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By: Shelley McKinley The newest Port Commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority is  Thomas Jones, Jr. He joins six other Commissioners and has the responsibility of setting policies and guiding executive staff to ensure that Port Houston continues to be a strategic leader for the Houston Ship Channel. Following a unanimous appointment from...

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[Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty] In a delightful twist that combines love and music, Nelly and Ashanti, two titans of the R&B world, have shared some joyous personal news—they are expecting their first child together. This announcement has sent waves of excitement through their fan bases and the music industry alike.   Ashanti, at 43, is...

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By Megan Brown MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Ensign Rita Doakes, a native of Houston, Texas, FROM 11AM TO 4PM recently graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Limited Duty O cer/Chief Warrant O cer (LDO/CWO) School. On Apr. 12. Doakes, a Richard Milburn Academy graduate, joined the Navy 14 years ago. “I joined the Navy for  financial...

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By: Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, a day those of us who are old enough will never forget. But April 4th is significant for another reason, because on April 4, 1972, the Rev. Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Congressman from New York, died...

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By Jazz Paz It is no coincidence that the month of new year’s resolutions is the month of mental health awareness, especially for Black and brown people. Sixty-seven percent of Texans declared themselves to be African American or brown in the 2020 national census. In these communities self-care is often seen as self-indulgence rather than urgently necessary. When expressions of emotional distress are taboo, they become difficult to recognize and admit to. Too many individuals experience a mental health diagnosis as a label that implies a weakness. Being a “strong person” encourages victory in athletics and other physical successes, but not in activities that promote emotional or mental growth, especially for men.   According to the National Institute of Health, Black and brown people are twice as prone to depression. anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder than whites, and that racism, discrimination, and poverty all contribute to psychological disorders.  These burdens foster the temptation to unwisely hide our mental struggles to defend against further bigotry, especially since the media (like, Silence of  the Lambs or  the Joker),  flaunt mental impairment through characters that are dangerous, crazy, murderers.   An exacerbating contributor to mental stress is that helpful resources can be difficult to obtain when people lack health insurance, work irregular schedules, or are without reliable transportation, but relief exists for those who su er.  The Hope Line (832-831-7337) at the Hope and Healing Center offers free 30-minute peer counseling over the phone as well as free support for adults (https://hopeandhealingcenter.org/).  e Harris Center for Mental Health (24/7 crisis line 713- 970-7000; toll-free 866-970-4770) serves those with or without legal status, in English and in Spanish, and can provide transportation (https:// www.theharriscenter. org/). If you need immediate suicide or mental health support or are worried about someone else, call or text 988.   If you are called upon to assist a friend or family member besieged by distress, recommend that they get or continue seeing a professional advocate as well as: • Listen to them. Empathize. Avoid judgment, just be a safe understanding hearer Remind the person of their inherent worth and...

By: Vera Baker Eliza Ann Robertson was born on April 4 1924, in Keatchie, Louisiana to Sam and Laura Collins. She attended Flower Hill School in Grand Cane, Louisiana. She moved to Houston’s Acres Home community in 1952. She’s the mother to 10 children: 4 girls, 6 boys. She’s the grandmother to 25, and the great grandmother of 17. She still drives, even though her children chauffeur her where she needs to go. She loves to  sh, socialize, and attend church. She’s been a life-long active member at Greater Zion MBC, 1620 DollyWright in the heart of the Acres Homes Community since 1960, for over 64 years. On April 4th, 2024, she kicked off her 100th birthday celebration with her Acres Home MultiCenter family with cake and ice cream. Her children then gave her a beautiful party at her home, with over 100 family and friends in attendance. On Sunday, April 7, 2024, her birthday concluded with a church service at Greater Zion MBC. Eliza Ann Robertson, our blessed centenarian.

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By: Fox 5 On April 8, 1974, history was made in Atlanta as Hank Aaron knocked his 715th ball out of the park, topping the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth. That was the day Hammerin’ Hank Aaron cemented himself as the home run king. “Aaron waiting. The outfield deep and straight away. Fastball is a high drive into deep center field, back to the fence … and it’s gone!” Tom House, the former Braves pitcher, had the honor of catching the history-making homer. “I knew when I got the ball I had to get it in his hand,” House told FOX 5.   House was one of the members of the 1974 Braves team members on hand Monday at the Atlanta History Center on the 50th anniversary of the monumental moment. He was there as Billye Aaron, Hank’s widow, cut the ribbon to help open a new exhibit that takes a look at The Hammer’s life, impact and obstacles he overcame to reach greatness. “For me, this is the first total picture of Henry Aaron in a setting where it can be appreciated,” said House.   “It was a wonderful feeling, and they did a marvelous job,” said Ralph Garr, former Braves outfielder. Paul Crater from the Atlanta History Center is one of the people who helped put the exhibit together. “It just didn’t seem like work,” he said. The center worked with Billye Aaron to bring never-before seen items together for the exhibit, which officially opens Tuesday. It is expected to remain open through the 2025 all-star game in Atlanta.   Some of the items on display include his Hall of Fame ring, an original Peanuts cartoon drawn about him, and his 1974 away jersey. “I hope people learn what an incredible human being Henry Aaron was,” Crater said. “He was an empathetic, kind, caring human being who made it his life’s mission to give to others.”

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By: ABC News O.J. Simpson, the former football great who was accused of and ultimately acquitted of the brutal 1994 slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, has died, according to his family. He was 76. “On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace,” a statement from his family said. In May 2023, Simpson posted a video on X, then known as Twitter, revealing that he had recently “caught cancer” and “had to do the whole chemo thing.” He added, “It looks like I beat it.” Simpson didn’t specify the nature of the cancer. Then in February 2024, a Las Vegas television station reported that Simpson was again undergoing treatment for an unspecified cancer. Simpson himself posted a video on X that day, denying rumors that he was in hospice care, though he did not otherwise confirm or deny reports that he was ill.

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[Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty] In a delightful twist that combines love and music, Nelly and Ashanti, two titans of the R&B world, have shared some joyous personal news—they are expecting their first child together. This announcement has sent waves of excitement through their fan bases and the music industry alike.   Ashanti, at 43, is embracing an exciting new chapter in her life. Known for her soulful voice and profound lyrics, she has always expressed a deep connection with her audience. Now, she’s ready to connect on a new level as she prepares for motherhood. Her revelation came with a playful twist during a backstage moment, which she shared with her fans on social media. The exchange featured her responding to a question from her mother about her readiness, to which she humorously replied, “I’m gonna need about nine months,” hinting at her pregnancy.   Nelly, 49, shares in this joy, adding to the celebration with news of their engagement. The couple’s relationship, marked by its ups and downs, has come full circle with this recent affirmation of their commitment to each other. Nelly himself has expressed how this unexpected reunion has deepened their understanding and appreciation of each other, suggesting that their time apart played a crucial role in their growth both as individuals and as a couple.   The announcement was not just a personal revelation but also a strategic public gesture during a performance at a high-profile event in Miami, where the couple was seen joyfully hinting at their news on stage. Their actions were met with cheers and support, reflecting the public’s affection for both artists. This public display, coupled with their history of chart-topping hits and powerful stage presence, underscores how their professional lives blend seamlessly with their personal joy.   Their love story, now taking a new turn with the anticipation of a child, offers their fans a glimpse into the tender side of these artists. Both Nelly and Ashanti have been icons in the music industry, each with a distinct style and following. Together, they have found a harmony that extends beyond their music,...

Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Area One, Selects Houston as Site of 53rd Conference   (Houston, Texas – March 29, 2024)-Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD), and Top Teens of America (TTA) will convene its 53rd Area One Conference in Houston on April 4-7, 2024, at the Westin Galleria. Under the service theme, “Legacy, Equity, Accountability, Diversity, and Service-Ready to Elevate on All Levels”, Lady     Rhonda Harris, the 16th National Area One Director of the largest Area in TLOD history, has appointed Dr. Kimberly Agnew Borders, Director of Operations, as Chairman of the Area One Conference.  Together, they will roll out the welcoming mat to more than 900 attendees. According to Lady Harris, Area One fosters a service culture to youth and adults along the Gulf of Mexico that flows through the hearts of Ladies and Top Teens in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  “Service to Youth is not only our motto but also our mission.  We are delighted to be in Houston.   This city exemplifies collaboration across community service organizations that utilize partnerships while engaging youth groups to see the value of reaching out and helping those in need,”  Harris said. With the conference theme, “Area I LEADS: Elevating and Empowering Communities through REAL Service”, youths and adults will participate in a service project while elevating their leadership skills through numerous workshop opportunities.  Attendees can expect a new line-up of leadership development opportunities and service, including a Pre-Conference President’s workshop for Aspiring TLOD Leaders, the celebration of new inductees, Oct.19, 2023-April 4, 2024, and Precious Orchids, members- 83 years young, Homecoming Parade: A Celebration of former Top Teens who have returned as members of TLOD, Royal Club 1.6., VIP Breakfast, to name a few. Houston, the headquarters of Top Ladies of Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated (TLOD), and the home of four past national presidents, is a non-profit professional humanitarian organization.  It was organized in Tyler, Texas, in 1964 to assemble women nationally in a collaborative effort to help alleviate the moral and social problems confronting youth in the mid-sixties.  Since its inception, the […]

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Opinion

Is there economic justice in the City of Houston’s prime contracting processes?  e City of Houston has never had an inclusive diverse system of awarding contracts. No doubt about it, former Mayor Lee P. Brown was Houston’s most inclusive multi-cultural leader in the past   y years. Mayor Brown’s Atlanta experience was the national...

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By: SH-FBISD News The FBISD Board of Trustees approved the appointments of two deputy superintendents and a  finance director at the Monday Agenda Review meeting. Dr. Jaretha Jordan was named Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Kathleen Brown was named Deputy Superintendent of Operations, and Juan Zamora was named Director of Finance. “ ese...

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On March 23, 2024, Martha E hosted a Spa Day at Camellia Alise, offering a retreat for five female entrepreneurs to unwind and recharge for Women’s History Month. Martha orchestrated this heartfelt gesture to honor the resilience and achievements of fellow female entrepreneurs, especially given her own experience of having to rebuild after losing her...

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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