During Black Excellence Month, Sean “Diddy” Combs and CÎROC brought the next iteration of #CIROCStands during one of the biggest moments in sports, Super Bowl weekend. Together with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), CÎROC celebrated Black journalists making headline-worthy strides and bringing their perspectives to the stories told in sports. As a partner of this year’s #CIROCStands for Black Excellence iteration, CÎROC supported NABJ’s mission to promote diversity, equity and inclusion through advocacy efforts and professional development for Black journalists and media professionals worldwide.

Together with sportscasters MJ Acosta-Ruiz, Cari Champion and NABJ member Kelsey Nicole Nelson, with Award-winning journalist, NYT Bestselling author, and NYT Bestselling author & TV host Elaine Welteroth, they hosted a panel discussion at NFL House to recognize these powerful women, while exploring their inspirational stories and spirits while toasting to their success as they pave the way for others.

Nelson described how this partnership is important so it can “inspire the next generation.” She said, “You have all these powerful women coming together, and all this Black girl magic and people realizing that NABJ, it’s an organization that has helped women leaders itself. It also helped lead this charge every single day, so it just seemed like the perfect pairing.”

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are words that are currently trending around the world, but Nelson made it known that “many of us have lived DEI our entire lives,” and said, “I think it’s making sure that advocacy efforts are uplifted, and the importance of professional development,” since NABJ represents a diverse group of individuals such as journalism professionals, communication professionals, student members, and so much more. She emphasized the importance of everyone coming together with a true commitment “to celebrate powerful voices, and really highlight and uplift voices in the Black community.”

She also mentioned how Black excellence is something that needs to be continually pushed and championed for our next generation. “You see what’s happening right now with the attack on education for our children and have been trying to erase Black history. This is living history and we’re honoring the trailblazers before and those coming after, and I think being together it’s profound.” Nelson also discussed the significance of this partnership stating, “My biggest thing is having a platform for a purpose, and I think that’s exactly what #CIROCStands did by having a great platform for a purpose and uplifting Black girl joy and Black boy joy.”

In addition, Nelson mentioned how more positive news is needed and how our younger generations are looking at us and watching everything we do. “We need more positive news in the community and other examples of woman leaders that they can strive to be, and women who look like them in the mirror, and an organization that they can join and who wants them to become a part.” She further illustrated, “We’re 4100 members strong right now with NABJ, and I think that’s so special that people have a place to go…it offered me a seat at the table and seats aren’t always offered.”

Nelson also reflected on her own journey from where she started with journalism to where she is today. “I’ve been doing journalism since I was little. I did the middle school newspaper and yearbook, the high school newspaper and yearbook, and went on to study that in college at the University of Maryland in Georgetown and have continued that for my professional career. I hope when people look at partnerships like this and groups look at partnerships like this, they see why they’re needed. I think there’s so much power when we come together.”

Nelson is excited for what the future may hold and is optimistic about future partnerships like this one. “I’m looking forward to the future…and it was a special event by not just the panelist, but I think everyone who attended. We shared a very special comradery during that panel weekend and just honored to be a part of it.”




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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