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By: Sharon Jenkins The journey to leadership can often be an unexpected path, filled with pivotal moments and experiences that shape an individual’s role and contributions to their community. For many, the title of “leader” is not something sought after but rather something that comes as a byproduct of passion, hard work, and dedication....

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[Photo/Flickr] Morgan Freeman’s illustrious career is a testament to his exceptional talent, resilience, and versatility. Spanning over five decades, Freeman has become one of the most revered figures in Hollywood, captivating audiences with his distinctive voice, commanding presence, and profound acting prowess. This article delves into the key milestones and achievements that have solidified...

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By: Rita Anderson The illustrious graduates of George Washington Carver High School’s Class of 1974 commemorated their vibrant 50th Reunion with a memorable weekend of Festivities in the last week of May, hosted at The Royal Sonesta Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas. Kicking off the reunion on Friday evening, attendees were treated to a...

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“My adult life has been defined by my faith in God, my love for humanity and my commitment to public service. As a member of Congress, I’ve been honored to be one of the leaders in the fight for justice and equality for all; especially the disadvantaged and the dispossessed. Today, my fight is...

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Housing, Mental Health Advocates Push for November Ballot Measure Would repeal, replace Measure H

By City News Service | Our Weekly News A coalition of housing and mental health advocates, among others, submitted more than 410,000 signatures this week to the county in hopes of placing a homeless initiative on the November ballot. The measure, known as the Affordable Housing, Homelessness Solutions and Prevention Now initiative, would repeal and replace Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2017 to create a dedicated stream of revenue to address homelessness. Measure H is expected to expire in 2027, unless renewed. Backers say the new initiative, which would increase the sales tax to a half-cent, would be a game changer for the county and its approach to addressing the homelessness crisis. Proponents have said the measure would produce $1.2 billion annually. The coalition–including more than 80 organizations such as the L.A. County Federation of Labor, California Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, SEIU 721, among others–worked together to draft, qualify, and aim to pass a “bold and new” approach to housing affordability and homelessness, organizers said. They aim to focus more funding generated by the half-cent sales tax to build more affordable housing, increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, and bolster accountability measures–including a legal requirement to deliver results. The proposed ballot measure notes that 60% of the revenue would cover costs for homelessness services and 15% of that would be distributed to cities based on the annual point-in-time count. Another 35.75% would support the L.A. County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency, which was created last year by the state Legislature to oversee homeless solutions. Earlier Tuesday, hundreds of supporters rallied outside of the offices of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office to submit the signatures. The county requires 238,922 valid signatures in order for the ballot measure to qualify. “Today, we stand at a critical crossroads in our county’s history,” Yvonne Wheeler, president of the L.A. County Federation of Labor, said in a statement. “We have one of two options. Either we go about business as usual, or we...

By: Sharon C. Jenkins Senfronia Thompson is a name that resonates with the echoes of history and the relentless pursuit of justice and equality. Growing up in Houston, ompson’s journey from a college student at Texas Southern University to a revered state representative is a testament to her enduring commitment to civil rights and social justice. Her experiences during the turbulent times of segregation and the civil rights movement have profoundly shaped her career and life. Early Life and Education ompson’s formative years were marked by the harsh realities of segregation. As a college student at Texas Southern University, she was thrust into the forefront of the civil rights movement. e pivotal moment that ignited her lifelong activism was her participation in a sit-in at a segregated drugstore. She recalls, “During those days, everything was segregated.   I had the opportunity to participate in the sit-in strikes, where we would occupy places that served food, knowing they wouldn’t serve us. We just sat there, occupying the seats so they couldn’t serve anyone else.” One particular incident stands out vividly in her memory. Thompson and other students faced a life-threatening situation when a white man brandishing a double-barrel shotgun threatened to kill them. Despite the imminent danger, they remained seated, paralyzed by fear yet resolute in their mission. This harrowing experience solidified ompson’s commitment to the cause, as she hoped her actions would pave the way for future generations to live in an integrated society.   Legislative Career ompson’s journey from the sit-ins of Houston to the halls of the Texas Legislature is a story of perseverance and dedication. Elected in 1972, she has been serving for over 50 years, becoming one of the longest-serving women in the history of the Texas Legislature. Her legislative achievements are numerous and impactful, reflecting her deep commitment to social justice, women’s rights, and education. Rep. Thompson received the Patient Care Champion Care Award in 2011 from the Harris County Medical Society, the Legislator of the Year Award from the Texas Family Law Foundation, a Friend of County Government Award from the Texas Association of...

[Photo: Instagram] Tomekia Reed, the celebrated head coach of the Jackson State women’s basketball team, is leaving her position to join the Charlotte 49ers. The official announcement, posted on social media by the UNC Charlotte women’s basketball program, marks the end of a transformative era for Reed and Jackson State. Her tenure with the Tigers has been nothing short of remarkable, with multiple championships and high accolades marking her journey.   In her six seasons at Jackson State, Reed achieved considerable success, earning four Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year awards and three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Coach of the Year honors. Under her leadership, the Tigers reached the NCAA tournament in 2021, 2022, and 2024, achieving a feat that put Jackson State on the national radar. Her departure to UNC Charlotte, which competes in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), represents a significant step in her coaching career.   During her tenure, Reed’s coaching style and commitment to her players were instrumental in propelling Jackson State to the forefront of women’s collegiate basketball. She fostered a culture of excellence, discipline, and resilience, leading the Tigers to five SWAC regular-season titles and three SWAC tournament titles. Her ability to bring out the best in her players earned her widespread recognition and respect within the basketball community.   This past season, Reed guided the Tigers to the NCAA tournament, where they faced the formidable UConn Huskies, ranked third nationally. Although Jackson State fell short in that game, the team’s journey to the tournament demonstrated the remarkable progress Reed had made with the program. Her players competed with tenacity and skill, reflecting the strong foundation she had built.   Reed’s move to the Charlotte 49ers represents a new challenge and an opportunity for her to continue her impressive coaching career at a higher level. The UNC Charlotte program is eager to benefit from Reed’s expertise and leadership, anticipating that her winning mindset will lead to significant success in the American Conference.   For Jackson State, Reed’s departure raises questions about the future of the women’s basketball program. While her...

By: Malonson Family Born on March 27, 1928, in the serene town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Horace Malonson’s early life was marked by both joy and sorrow. He was the youngest son of Josiane Norman and John Oneal Melancon (aka Malonson), following his older brothers, John Curley and Andrew Malonson. Tragically, when Horace was just two years old, his mother passed away. In the years that followed, his father remarried, bringing a new sibling into Horace’s life—a half-sister named Mary Lucille Melanson (Nicholas). Due to the limited opportunities for education available to sharecroppers, people often had to rely on the knowledge they could share with one another, which was inherently limited. The variations in name spellings arose from the challenging circumstances and cultural practices of the time, but the correct family name is Melancon. is was the surname of the family patriarch, John Oneal Melancon. As a young man, Horace’s journey took him from the quiet corners of Louisiana to the bustling city of Houston, Texas. There, he found work at Blue Ribbon Packing Company as a butcher. However, Horace’s aspirations extended beyond the the packing company. On February 19, 1948, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the United States Navy. This decision marked the begin- ning of an adventurous and impactful period in his life. Horace served as a machinist mate on the destroyer USS Borie DD704 during the Korean War. His role was crucial, as he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the main engine and steam turbines. The Navy allowed him to see the world, with memorable voyages to Hawaii, Europe, an Suez Canal. His dedication and skill earned him several Navy medals, test is invaluable contributions. On February 14, 1952, Horace was honorably discharged, but his commitment to service continued as he remained in the Navy Reserves for an additional three years. Prior to his naval service, Horace had met the love of his life, Georgia Gordon, at an Our Mother of Mercy Church bazaar in Houston. Their romance blossomed through heartfelt letters exchanged while he was deployed. A significant moment...

[Photo/Flickr] Morgan Freeman’s illustrious career is a testament to his exceptional talent, resilience, and versatility. Spanning over five decades, Freeman has become one of the most revered figures in Hollywood, captivating audiences with his distinctive voice, commanding presence, and profound acting prowess. This article delves into the key milestones and achievements that have solidified Morgan Freeman’s status as an iconic actor.   Early Struggles and Breakthrough Morgan Freeman’s journey to stardom was far from easy. Born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman faced numerous challenges in his early years. He moved frequently with his family and found solace in acting at a young age. Despite his passion, it wasn’t until his mid-30s that Freeman began to make a significant impact in the entertainment industry.   Freeman’s breakthrough came with the PBS children’s show “The Electric Company” in the early 1970s, where he played multiple characters, including the memorable Easy Reader. This role showcased his versatility and laid the foundation for his future success. Despite the show’s end in 1977, Freeman’s career continued to gain momentum.   Rise to Prominence in Film The 1980s marked the beginning of Freeman’s rise to prominence in the film industry. His portrayal of Fast Black in “Street Smart” (1987) earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. This role was a critical turning point, showcasing Freeman’s ability to bring complex characters to life.   Freeman’s career skyrocketed with a series of critically acclaimed performances. In 1989, he starred in “Driving Miss Daisy,” a film that earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. His portrayal of Hoke Colburn, a chauffeur to an elderly Jewish woman, was both heartwarming and powerful, further cementing his reputation as a talented actor.   Iconic Roles and Accolades The 1990s and 2000s saw Freeman take on some of his most iconic roles. In 1994, he starred as Red in “The Shawshank Redemption,” a film now considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Freeman’s portrayal of the wise and patient prisoner earned him another Academy Award nomination and solidified his place in cinematic...

N B U F 99TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR MALCOLM X Special Edition SOUL SUNDAY at The Black House May 18 – May 19, 2024 Houston, TX – From May 18, through May 19, 2024, The National Black United Front (NBUF) will be hosting a celebration of the 99th birthday of Malcolm X at the National Black United Front Headquarters 2428 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004. There will be a host of activities happening for those two days, in the general vicinity of the National Black United Front HQ Building, known as the “Black House” including: • A Community Self-Determination March (Please bring pictures/posters of Malcolm X for the march). • A Work/Education Session in the Acoli/Sankofa Self-Determination Garden; • NBUF FEED the HOOD Community Food Distribution; • Soul Sunday Buy Black Market, complete with vendors, music, and edutainment, including children’s activities and story-time; • A Theatrical Presentation about the life of Malcolm X by Baba Aundar Ma’at; • Solidarity Statements from Community Allies and Open Mic Poetry. The two-day celebration will build on the 44-year NBUF legacy of social justice activism, humanitarian aid/relief and organizing for self-determination.. For more information, schedule, sponsorship, vending, and more information call 832-422-7806. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @nbuf_houston @National Black United Front Houston Chapter @TheRealNBUF. Struggle, Service, Sacrifice, KOFI TAHARKA NBUF NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

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Democracy is a citizen driven system of government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. The foundation of democracy is spiritual-moral values informed by basic tenets of human rights and human dignity: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thus, democracy requires spiritual enlightenment in order that individuals do...

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By: Roycelyn Bastian The Lone Star College Board of Trustees awarded the title of Professor Emerita to Annie Beni eld, Ph.D., LSC-Tomball and Joan McAninch Samuelson, Ph.D., LSC-Kingwood during the May board meeting. “Lone Star College is proud of the selfless dedication of Dr. Beni eld and Dr. Samuelson,” said Mario K. Castillo, J.D.,...

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By: Mike LaFirenza The American dream of homeownership often begins with a starter home—a manageable property that allows young adults and families to establish roots, build equity, and lay the groundwork for fi nancial security. This initial step on the property ladder fuels the housing market and strengthens the economy by creating a generation...

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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