By Alicia R. Smith

HOUSTON- Recently, New Orleans Artist, TI Rock Moore presented, “A Burning House” exhibit at the Houston Museum of African American Culture. She became an artist after Hurricane Katrina, she was also made aware of modern racism after witnessing and experiencing the prejudices New Orleans residents experienced after the devastation.

Moore is an activist who creates art to challenge White Supremacy in America. She also protests for African-American’s equality and social justice. Her exhibits are labeled as provocative, controversial and thought-provoking. She is what we consider a modern-day abolitionist and freedom rider, who uses her White privilege to speak against social injustice and educate Whites on present-day racism.

However, past exhibits of Michael Brown (2014 teen gunned down by police) sparked controversy. Brown’s family said the presentation was disgusting. The art exhibit provoked mass emotions from White and Black audiences. Graphic images have a history of instigating social injustice. For instance, Emmitt Till’s open casket publicized on Jet Magazine cover led to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. The images from D-DAY Birmingham 1963 of Black children being drowned by fire hoses, bitten by dogs and jailed for protesting quickly enforced the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

She is aware of the impact of powerful images and exhibits in America’s political climate. Her displays are taking Civil Rights to a new level by portraying images of the era of, “The Burning House” in America. Although integration has been enforced since 1964, another phase of racism emerged.

Moore believes Whiteness is the problem of America. So, she created a frozen milk statue of Donald Trump, to display how Whiteness needs to melt. Whiteness melting is not Whites disappearing, but White privilege melting away in our society. Also, the great display “Gazing” is the image of a Black man sitting on White Bricks forcing spectators to look up to him. The exhibition has several meanings depending on the spectator’s interpretation.

TI Rock Moore’s activism represents indifference is stronger than hate. As she mentioned, Whiteness is the problem, because Many Whites are indifferent towards other group’s struggles and inequalities. Activist Eliezer Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference.” When fellow Americans show indifference towards police brutality, hate crimes, economic discrimination and educational inequality, they are adding insult to injury. There is a reason why failing to seek aid for an injured party is illegal. It is inhumane to lack empathy for others.


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.

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