By: Roy Douglas Malonson

When President Obama was elected in 2008, and took office in 2009, history was made as he was the first African American President that couldn’t be too Black. After all, he did have a White mother. America thought they were ready for a Black president, and when it happened, some people couldn’t handle it. After his time was served, the U.S. elected President Trump, and it seems that this era brough out the worst in many people regarding hatred and racism. However, it should be noted that Trump did some things for Black people, by letting a few out of jail or even taken off death row. Now it appears that if a Black person is to be elected to a high standing position, there must be some White stipulations to it for it to be accepted. We are now seeing the expectations of society when it comes to Blacks in politics.

Justice Clarence Thomas was nominated for the Supreme Court in 1991 by President George H. W. Bush and succeeded Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African American to serve on the court. Thomas is known for leaning more towards “right” than any other justice serving on the bench today. Some would say that Thomas is nothing more than a Black sellout or should be called Uncle Tom. With the recent uproar regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and his White wife’s (Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas) interaction with Trump, some individuals are asking for him to be impeached. The crazy part is that Justice Thomas was not always like this. At one time in his life, research noted that he wanted to be a priest. However, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Justice Thomas left seminary because he did not think the Catholic Church did enough to fight racism. Justice Thomas wasn’t always an Uncle Tom. He understood the struggle and suppression that Black people went through. Now, he is just a Black person who is a puppet to the White man.

Vice President Kamala Harris made history by being the first woman to serve in this role as well as being the first African American and Asian American to serve in that position. Vice President Harris has done phenomenal work in her career and has always been “for the people.” She is a strong leader and so many girls and women look up to her as a role model and a sign of hope for the future. Her husband is White (Douglas Emhoff). History was also made when the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson was recently sworn in as the first African American woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. She has also done great work in her career and serves as a light of hope as well, but her husband is White (Patrik G. Johnson) as well. Do you see what I see? If you look at the current pattern, each of the individuals previously named have some White identity that has surrounded them. It is almost as if politics doesn’t want anyone or anything that is “too Black,” but every time they marry up, it dilutes the Black Genes. The question that remains is if they didn’t have a White spouse or White within them would things be different? Would they still have been given the opportunity to serve in those esteemed positions? Having a White spouse or White within may signify to others that they may have more of a White mentality than a Black one, which is acceptable. Is this the route Blacks will have to take to get in these positions? This is a trend that is starting to be obvious. Since we have these individuals in office, can we trust them to truly be “for the people.” Will they fight for those that can’t fight for themselves, or for Black people? Can we trust them to do what they say they’re going to do and keep the needs of “the people” to heart?

We elect these politicians at their word being “for the people,” but instead, they get in office and let their “White influences” sway them from their intended goal. Having that White influence, it is justification for them to allow “us” in those high positions to begin with. But at what cost? Stop supporting Black folks just because they are Black! Especially if they aren’t doing anything for the Black community.

So, are we balanced now? Are there enough White people and Black people in office? Is this sufficient for us to move forward and have the diversity we need, the people in place to fight for “our people?” If we don’t do it, then who will?

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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