Charles Porter, Jr., Houston’s professional broadcaster with the “golden” voice, was the only child born on Friday, February 20, 1942, to the union of Charlie Porter, Sr. and Rosa Rainey (Robinson) Porter in Arcola, TX. Charles attended H.I.S.D. schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School where he was actively involved as a school band member and played the saxophone. He furthered his education at Texas Southern University, where he met his soon to be wife, Lola McIntosh. Charles enlisted in the United States Navy in 1960 and was proud of being a frogman as he shared many tales of his experiences. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
Charles and Lola united in holy matrimony in 1966 in Houston and later welcomed their three children: Charles III, Stacy and Phillippa. He later married Helen Santee, and had a son, Jonas. He lovingly referred to his children as his “rascals” whom he truly adored. He was always very close to his family, including his stepfather, Rev. Eugene Robinson, his aunt and uncle, Patsy & Manuel Lewis, and his beloved first cousin Shirley Mae Ingram, who was more like a sister to him. Charles was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church and because of his melodious voice, he served as a “lay reader” at each of the Episcopal parishes he attended.
“Charlie” as he was often called, was a man of many “firsts” and began his on-theair broadcast career in radio at KCOH AM Radio and later, KYOK AM radio as News Director in the late 1960’s. Later, his historic television career began at KTRKTV, ABC-13 in the early 1970’s. He made history when he trailblazed as the first Black television news reporter and news producer in the Houston market. He was known for his melodious voice as well as his precisely accurate news reporting along with his informative documentaries.
While at KTRK, one of his many specials he produced was the award-winning program, “The Sweet Bye & Bye”, a feature about Houston area Black Churches; later he produced another prolific documentary when he was the correspondent for the special documentary, “Barbara Jordan Goes to Washington” and he reported from the U.S. Capitol during Congresswoman Barbara Jordan’s historic swearing-in as the first African American woman from the South to be elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1972. He also hosted two of the first public affairs programs, “The Show” and “Black Outlook” which C. Porter bio cont’d Page 2 began a trend with other television stations in Houston to begin offering programming relevant to the issues and accomplishments of the Black community. He also hosted another magazine style program on Houston Public Television’s Channel 8 (KUHT) “Interchange” in the early 1980’s. Charlie had a prolific half-century (50 year) career in broadcasting encompassing both radio and television.
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.