Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and co-chair of 'Black Voices for Trump,' has died at age 74 due to complications from COVID-19. Cain's death is a grim reminder that African Americans, regardless of social or financial status, are dying at a disproportionately higher rate than other races.
H-E-B Vice President of Operations Terry Williams had double pneumonia, was extremely tired and hallucinating from drugs and fever when his father came into his room and told him two simple words, "Get up." And just like any obedient son, he did.
There is mixed reaction from parents who are trying to decide whether to send their children back to campus when the 2020 fall semester returns. Is it safe? What are the Plan As and Plan Bs for exposure? There are no guarantees. In this phase one of dealing with the coronavirus and COVID-19, is it too soon to send students back to the classroom?
When you maintain your version of reality after it is contradicted by an avalanche of facts, you are delusional, living in “La La Land.” One fact is worth a shipload of loud-mouthed declarations.
The City of Houston, Harris County, and the Coalition for the Homeless have announced a joint, $65-million plan to house 5,000 people experiencing homelessness over the next two years to limit the spread of COVID-19. Due to underlying health conditions and a lack of access to facilities, people experiencing homelessness are more susceptible to the novel coronavirus and are at higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has always been a hands-on leader for the people of Houston, but these days, she can be seen front and center at community events and press conferences, leading the charge in demanding more testing in the fight against COVID-19.
I am inclined to go in my Watchtower and shake my fist at God and shout, “we don’t deserve this, why are you doing this to us? You have some explaining to do!”
Governor Greg Abbott has announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically re-open while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
In 1953, Ebony magazine reported there were 3,000 black-owned funeral parlors across the country, and last year, that number had decreased to about 1,200, with nearly a dozen remaining across the Houston area. Many African Americans continue to rely on the comfort and security from familiar faces when it comes to burying their loved ones, especially during the COVID-19/ coronavirus global pandemic.
As the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, many of our bravest souls are out there fighting the good fight trying to help save lives, keep the economy going and flatten the curve.