Dewayne Charleston

As 2014 comes to a close, here’s my “non-traditional” categories list of the year’s biggest winners and losers.
At the top of the “hackers” category for Biggest Losers List is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for hacking Sony’s emails. Joining him is President Barack Obama for hacking German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s emails, and the National Security Administration (NSA) for hacking ‘everybody’s’ emails.

On the “winners list” in that category is everybody on this planet that does not have an email account – that would be my dad and everybody in North Korea.
In the “entertainers and athletes” category, give it up for the biggest loser, Charles Barkley who, not only gained all his weight back when his endorsement with Weight Watchers expired, but is simply “turible” when it comes to anything he says. Coming in a distant second and third in this category were the television show, “the Biggest Loser” and the sequel to the movie, “Dumb and Dumber”. The loser, Barkley, denied them both, the top spot. In the winners category for entertainers and athletes, is NBA player Derrick Rose and the NFL St. Louis Rams who were the first athletes to show solidarity with the Ferguson and New York protestors. It is a safe bet, however, that Rose, pulled a muscle when taking off his shirt. Dr. Dre is definitely a “winner” in this category in that he made three times as much as money as Oprah Winfrey…Now that’s a ….umm “African-American” wit an attitude (As much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t type it).
In the “Dictators” category, the winner again, again, and again, is Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe who turned 91 years old this year. Joining him in the winner’s category is Fidel Castro, who has lived long enough to see a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relationships, and a chance to trade in his green1958 Plymouth for a custom camouflaged-green Escalade, and a billion dollars worth of stock in the American tourism industry. I would name North Korean leader Kim Jong-un the loser, but I’ve got 99 problems , and I don’t want my email’s to make it 100.
The biggest loser in the “Mammals” category, are Black men. We are now seemingly less protected by our government than, Killer Whales, Black Bears, and Wild Hogs. Other losers in this category are Mark Zimmerman, Darren Wilson, and Daniel Panteleo. All three were added to the protected species list joining whales and bears, and “pigs” (not to be lumped in with “good, law abiding police officers”) who have gunned down unarmed Black men without justification. There were no winners in this category.
In the “Clergy” category, the biggest loser is Pastor Jamal Bryant who actually said from the pulpit, “these hoes ain’t loyal” I don’t know who he was talking about, but I know at least “one president” who was probably saying that of senators who refused to be seen with him on the campaign trail last fall. And the winner in this category is soul singer Robin Thicke, who became the new “Weeping Prophet” with his hit single, “Lost without You”.
And lastly in the “Nobody Seems to Care Anymore” category, the biggest losers are the abducted Nigerian school girls. America found Osama Bin Laden after an exhaustive search in an Pakistan haystack. A single bloody glove was found behind OJ’s house, at night – that turned out not to fit (even surprising at the last minute, his attorney, Johnnie Cochran). We found a treatment for Ebola – once it got to America’s shores. Hell, we even found a whole dinosaur in North Dakota…nobody even lives in North Dakota! Why can’t we find and bring our precious girls home?

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

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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