It’s been a couple of weeks since the Montgomery, Alabama brawl, and I am still in shock by what happened on that day. That brawl truly showcased the state of America and just how divided we are as a nation. I am not a fan of violence, but if it comes down to protecting yourself, then violence must be the response.

Not too long after this incident, many people took to the internet to mock what happened. I have seen many comical videos from people reenacting what happened, practicing in the gym with chairs, to even using clips from The Avengers, and so much more. Don’t get me wrong, the videos are funny, however, is this how will deal with serious events such as the Montgomery brawl? Is this how America copes with the devastation that unfolds before us?

Comedy is great, but is America truly dealing with the issues we should address? I believe that if we truly focus on these issues and really think about the root of it all, it is a lot to deal with. I can’t say if this was an act of racism, or if it was an act of hatred. I don’t know how the brawl started as I was not there, but I did see plenty of videos and comedy aside, it’s heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking to know that violence seems to be the answer these days when simple communication can still be effective. It’s also hard to see America cope with these issues through humor.

I can’t help but think about what our ancestors would say about the state of our country. How would they feel seeing the past still alive in 2023. The same fights that they were fighting, are still issues we are still dealing with.

As a parent of small children, what am I raising my kids in? What future will they have? I worry about them all the time. There is so much negative going on in the world that it is hard to see anything positive these days. How do I explain these kinds of events to them as they get older?  I am not sure what the answer is to any of my questions, which is unsettling, and I don’t have faith in most of our world leaders. So, what do we do?

 

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.

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