House of Usher

I remember in High School literature class reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe, famous mystery writer. We rhymed with Annabelle Lee and ad nauseum repeated the Raven. Perhaps we should have paid more attention to his fiction, short story The House of Usher. Poe tells of his narrator visiting an old buddy at his

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Living Legend: Alma Allen

By Rebecca S. Jones HOUSTON – Alma Allen began teaching within the Houston Independent School District at the age of 21. Initially, she taught at Parker Elementary School and Grimes Elementary School. Swiftly advancing and soaring through the ranks of education, she later became Assistant Principal at Foster Elementary School and then served as principal

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Legal Double Standards Keep Us In Shackles

It’s time we stop lying to ourselves. The lying has gone on much too long and every time the lie is repeated, we are all the worse for it. The lie is that in America, everyone is equal under the law. It’s time to pull back the curtain on this lie, but in order to

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Community Engagement Meeting for the South Mayde Creek Channel Conveyance Improvements and Related Stormwater Detention Projects

HCFCD Projects U101-00-00-P003 and U501-06-00-E001- Bond Projects C-36 and C-46 The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a Community Engagement Meeting for the South Mayde Creek Channel Conveyance Improvements and Related Stormwater Detention projects. The purpose of this meeting is to inform residents about the status of the projects and share project information. The

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Living Legend

By Rebecca S. Jones HOUSTON – Roy Dean Moore is the seventh of nine children born to Bob and Ollie Moore in Gause, Robertson County, Texas. As a child, Moore and his family would go out to far West Texas each year, to pick and pull cotton in the field. Oftentimes, this outing came during

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What Happened to OUR Village?

“Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions not retribution.” –L.R. Knost Back when I was coming up there were many things Black folks did not have. But, there was one thing we did have, which replaced and

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A Matter of Life and Death

All oppressed people know this feeling. Tevye expressed it best in “Fiddler on the Roof” when he said there are times “when our hearts lie panting on the floor.” Atatiana Jefferson’s murder by Aaron Dean, a White police officer, in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 11 has created one of those times. It is clear

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Organ Donation Saved My Life

Many of you may know that I have struggled with my health all of my life. That battle includes facing sickle cell anemia and kidney disease head-on. Like many who live with a debilitating illness, I power through each day, no matter the pain to provide for my family and to serve the people of

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Fourth Democratic Debate

In presidential elections, the home of the fourth Democratic Presidential debate, the state of Ohio is known as a kingmaker. Candidates were quick to point out that Ohio and the Midwest has lost jobs while the President has been in office. Nevertheless, Ohio is pivotal. For the first time, billionaire Tom Steyer was on stage,

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