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Oak Cliff Advocate Magazine promotes local living and covers neighborhood news and stories. ☀️August Issue ☀️

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Christina Buford wanted a market just for the vegan crowd of makers, caterers and cooks. V Market was an instant hit. She hoped she’d sign up at least five vendors, but there were 15 at the first one. Now the markets have as many as 25, and she puts on about three a year.

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Elizabeth Bookman told a few friends and family members to come through her new restaurant, Vegan Food House, on the first day it opened in April. “There was a line,” she says. And that wasn’t just because she has 14 siblings. The fledgling restaurant draws a crowd every day it’s open.

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It’s almost State Fair time! Enter to win 2 tickets for the Annual Big Texas Choice Awards! Sunday, August 25 at 2 pm, Fair Park. #StateFairTexas #AdvocateGiveaway Winners will be contacted via email. Tickets are $250 value. USE LINK TO ENTER: https://advocate.activehosted.com/f/97

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Sirius Vegan took off without much marketing, and now she also holds pop-up dinners once a month at the vegan restaurant Recipe Oak Cliff on South Ewing Avenue. The dinners are called “eat your colors,” and Pierce believes that colorful food can align the chakras, energy points throughout the body used in meditation practices.

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If Spiral Diner is a beacon, Christina Buford was a ship lost at sea. She went vegan about 12 years ago when she read the book “Skinny Bitch”, which addresses animal cruelty and pollution that the livestock industry causes. So she moved from Fort Worth to Bishop Arts to be closer to the vegan scene and eventually started Vegan Market.

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Tribal All Day Cafe is heavy on greens, grains and fruits. Nothing on the menu has beef, chicken or pork, but there is smoked salmon. And most of the dishes are vegan, although eggs, cheese and cow’s milk are available. The cafe serves juice and smoothies, plus coffee, tea and specialty lattes, such as the caffeine-free “goldie latte,” made with turmeric root, raw honey and coconut milk. 📸: @kathytranx

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Do we ever run out of topics, writing about the history of Oak Cliff every month? Never. But we do run into some loose ends. So we tied up a few of em on our website including the rich history of El Ranchito.

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Tara Humphries took her students on a trip to Senegal - well, sort of. Her students learn about world cultures through food and spices and class discussions. Through the donation of Virtual Reality kits, she was able to show her students the places they are learning about and engage them in a whole new way.

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Tracy Popken knows her rights and isn't afraid to fight for them. Once when she struck up a conversation with a code inspector, it suddenly hit him: “You’re that lady. They told me at the office to watch out for you … but you seem really nice.” When dealing with anyone, she says, she’s polite but firm, and she doesn’t back down. She is nice. Just don’t mess with her.

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For District 1's new city council member Chad West, the first few weeks have been a whirlwind. He's getting used to being a politician which means running around securing funding for projects like complete streets, a new library and new crosswalks. See what West has in store for District 1 by heading to our website.

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Vegan stores are having a moment here in Oak Cliff and it's attracting plant lovers from around the city. Read how students traveled to Senegal with virtual reality or what our new city councilman plans to do for the neighborhood. All this and more in our August Issue.

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For a true dose of feminine power, look no further than the Pedraza family of Oak Cliff. Mother-and-daughter Andrea Pedraza and Cindy Pedraza Puente started a chocolate shop together in Oak Cliff in 2009. Their business benefits a woman-owned farm and they offer lots of vegan options. #cocoandrechocolatier #chocolate #delicious

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A book published last year, “The Real Lolita,” explores the story of Sally Horner, the New Jersey 11-year-old who was kidnapped from Camden, New Jersey, in 1948 and held captive in plain sight for two years by her rapist, Frank La Salle. When charges were placed against La Salle in New Jersey, the pair fled to West Dallas. #thereallolita #sallyhorner

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Singer/songwriter Jess Garland grew up in Lakewood and lives in the Cedars, but Oak Cliff is the epicenter of her work in music education. Garland, who plays guitar and harp, taught music at La Rondalla, the free music school based in Oak Cliff, for several years before striking out on her own. She recently started Swan Strings, a grant-funded program that pays professional musicians to teach free group guitar lessons to children before shop hours and on Sundays at Top Ten Records. #jessgarland #larondalla #swanstrings #toptenrecords @swanstrings @guitarlessonsbyjess

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As an artist who identifies as non-binary, Faz [who uses they/them pronouns] says they wanted to find out if there were other queer people of color around working in printmaking. That’s how they started Radical Love Collective, which celebrates the traditions of Latin and American printmaking, such as linocut and screen printing. #radicallovecollective #art #printmaking

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CocoAndré Chocolatier's specialty is hand-rolled truffles, made from recipes Andrea Pedraza developed over decades as a chocolatier. But there’s also the popular pistachio bark as well as chocolate poured into whimsical shapes, including their famous red-bottomed high heels. All of their chocolate comes from a woman-owned farm in the Chiapas region of Mexico. #cocoandrechocolatier #delicious #chocolate @cocoandre_chocolatier

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Akwete Tyehimba on how she'd like to be remembered: "Martin Luther King Jr. told us not to mention the degrees he had or the Nobel Prize, but to remember that he served humanity. That’s why we’re here. I could die with a billion dollars in the bank, but who cares? It’s the work that people will remember. I lived to try to serve humanity." #fiercefemales #nobelprize #akwetetyehimba

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Crystal Z. Perry has an agriculture degree from Texas A&M University. A former Carter High School cheer squad captain, she worked as a corporate recruiter for 20 years before venturing into her own business in marketing and branding. Oak Cliff connections put her at the heart of a Dallas music scene full of producers, songwriters and musicians whose names might not be in lights, but who are making big moves. Read more on our website. #crystalperry #dallasmusic #fiercefemales @prissperry

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“I’m a big believer in the idea that you don’t have to do giant things to be effective.” Erica Stephens manages two orthodontist practices and teaches art appreciation in the Dallas County Community College District at night. She makes her own art and spends as much time and money as possible giving back to the community. She recently collected about 250 pairs of glasses for the Oak Cliff Lion’s Club just by asking friends on social media. And when she had to have a hysterectomy, friends donated thousands of tampons and pads for homeless women at her “bye-bye uterus” brunch. #dcccd #ericastephens #oakclifflionsclub #fiercefemales

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Ana Christa Robles started licking stamps and block walking for Ron Kirk’s first campaign for Dallas Mayor in 1994 when she was still a teenager. The experience fostered her passion for the community. She later volunteered for Mega Voto, helping her neighbors pursue citizenship and register to vote. She has served the community in numerous ways, all inspired by her grandfather. #anachristarobles #megavoto #fiercefemales

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It's the moment you've been waiting for... our Fierce Females have finally returned. These women are champions of the neighborhood, business owners, volunteers and just really cool people that you'd want to grab a drink with. #fiercefemaleissue #julyissue #advocatemag

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24 HR GIVEAWAY:The Used, Sleeping with Sirens, The Story So Far and more are at the Dos Equis Pavilion for the Rockstar Energy DISRUPT festival. Want a pair or a set of 4 tickets? Direct message us your email address!

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When Ebony Smith was pregnant, she found a doula who recommended a yoga class. “I was like, ‘Well, black people don’t do yoga,’” she says. “There are no yoga studios. The closest one was 24 miles from my house. And when I walked in, the lady at the front saw me coming, and she was like, ‘… um this is a yoga studio.’” The typical picture of yoga didn’t include someone overweight or African American, she says. Now she teaches kids in DISD how to use yoga to work through their stress. #ebonysmith #yogandahood @yogandahood

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It all started with Ricki Lake. Ebony Smith says she was an alcoholic addicted to benzodiazepines like Xanax. She was married to someone she barely knew and found out she was pregnant. She watched “The Business of Being Born,” a documentary in which Lake and a journalist examine the business of medicine as it relates to giving birth. Smith decided she wanted natural childbirth, so she found a doula, who recommended a yoga class. #yogandahood #ebonysmith

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Azucar Bishop Arts always offers at least one flavor of vegan ice cream, which is made with pea milk. “I’m not sure if it’s because I’m next to Tribal [All Day Café],” she says. “But people kept asking me for it.” They also offers Mexico-inspired flavors such as Mexican vanilla and the “ay, Chihuahua,” which has chile powder. The shop opened last year and already has a loyal following. “People seem to love it,” Batlle says. #azucar #bishoparts #veganicecream @azucaricecream

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The 1979 police raid on the Village Station nightclub was just one of many along Cedar Springs Road during that time. Don Maison’s involvement was accidental. The former civil rights attorney hadn’t heard of the bust — in which the police department’s vice squad arrested 12 men doing a bunny hop on charges of public lewdness. But when an old law school classmate asked him to represent a client, he couldn’t refuse. #donmason #lgbtq

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Kristen Jackson taught visual art for 10 years at Polk Elementary. Many of the students she worked with hadn’t picked up a crayon until they entered her kindergarten class. Most of the fourth-graders she took to the Dallas Museum of Art for an annual field trip were going for the first time, despite living less than five miles away. Now she runs Color Me Empowered, which offers classes and camps. #kristenjackson #polkelementary #colormeempowered #dma @colormeempowered

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Betty Neal started bartending at what was then the only gay bar in her hometown as soon as she was old enough. It was the beginning of a decades-long career in nightlife that would put her at the center of the Dallas gay community and set her on a path as a leader and organizer. Neal and partners opened up the first black lesbian bar in Dallas, Raps. It was one of the first bars in Dallas to give drag queens a regular space to perform. #bettyneal #lgbtq

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The streets of Bishop Arts are flowing with ice cream, but there’s only one Azucar. Former banker Suzy Batlle opened the first Azucar Ice Cream shop in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in 2011, inspired by her Cuban grandmother who loved to make ice cream with tropical fruits. Their signature flavor is called abuela Maria, named after her grandmother and made with vanilla ice cream, cream cheese, guava and Maria cookies. #bishoparts #icecream #azucar

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The Great Depression-era Works Progress Administration sent writers to collect oral histories from former slaves in 17 states from 1936-1938. They collected 2,000 stories, producing a body of work that can never be recreated. That said, the “WPA Slave Narratives” has problems. Historians have judged that it’s unreliable for historical research because the subjects were elderly and usually living in poverty. Read stories of Dallas slaves on our website. #wpaslavenarratives

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“We were there to run a good restaurant and provide good food and good service to everybody,” he says. “Being gay was almost secondary to everything else. You had to conform to society a little bit more. And then when you wanted to be gay, you went to Cedar Springs.” Hunky’s was a place you could come have a burger while showing Kaposi sarcoma, the rare cancer that sometimes inflicts AIDS patients. It was common for customers to bring friends and family to Hunky’s as a neutral place to come out to them, Barton says. #rickbarton #lgbtq

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The 1979 police raid on the Village Station nightclub was just one of many along Cedar Springs Road during that time. Don Maison’s involvement was accidental. The former civil rights attorney hadn’t heard of the bust — in which the police department’s vice squad arrested 12 men doing a bunny hop on charges of public lewdness. But when an old law school classmate asked him to represent a client, he couldn’t refuse. #donmason #lgbtq

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Advocate’s Keri Mitchell on NBC 5 for the Booker T Washington admissions cheating scandal. Read the story online now. Suburbanites kids are taking the spots of DISD kids by lying about their address at one of the most prestigious Dallas schools. #nbcdallas #disd

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In our May Issue, we told the story of this Sunset High Senior and the budding filmmaker. But we can’t tell her story as well as she can. Listen to her story here or find the full video on our website. #mayissue #students #sunsethighschool

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“From my experience, and from what my neighbors are telling me, 7-Eleven is going out of its way to cater to all of the economic groups living nearby,” Randall White says. The corner store has canned foods, tacos, gluten-free bread and wine on tap. It's a little something for everybody. #7eleven #randallwhite

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Mi Lindo Oaxaca opened in February 2015 on Fort Worth Avenue, but it moved to West Davis at Willomet last year. Everything is homemade. The owner is from Oaxaca, and his grandmother and mom were wedding caterers, so he learned everything from them. The restaurant has applied for a liquor license, so expect to see little clay bowls of sliced citrus with shots of mescal sometime this summer. For now, it’s byob. Enjoying a long meal with friends at Mi Lindo Oaxaca is not the same as a weeklong vacation in the city of eternal spring. But by God, this is Oak Cliff, and this place is special. Photo by @kathytranx #milindooaxaca #oaxacanfood

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