By Billy “Hollywood” Groves

While the expression “ There seems to be a lot of crazy people carrying guns and using them in America might appear to be a harsh declaration, the outsized number of unexplainable, irrational shooting incidents seems to support this startling statement. When every day we see that gun violence is so rampart, it is easy to think that evidently common sense is not as common as one would expect. No one seems to be exempt from having their lives impacted by this terrible phenomenon. We have seen young and old people, who are both perpetrators and victims of shooting across the country as well in many other parts of the world.


Living in America makes each of us painfully aware that the problem of gun violence is front and center. While these violent, evil tragedies are happening in our immediate communities, we do not have the luxury of pretending that this problem will be resolved without each of us taking proactive measures to address the situation. By not acknowledging the problem, by not speaking out against this problem, and by not seeking to resolve the problem, we become part of the problem.


Making our voices heard in support of alternative ways to resolve our differences, as well as being positive examples of constructive ways of resolving conflicts through demonstrating personal, good behavior will hopefully encourage gun-packing, trigger-happy, people to make better decisions. Unfortunately, in America, our elected officials have not only failed to adequately address the gun violence issues through legislative measures, but many have by using inflammatory rhetoric and personal incivility, been guilty of contributing to an aggressive climate pitting fellow Americans against each other and condoning violent, inappropriate behavior.


Others in our government seem to have agreed to ignore the escalating problem in favor of not offending the gun lobby, or by embracing the unrealistic hope that it will all just go away. While I know that there are many Americans that don’t fully embrace godly principles, however, I believe that most Americans have accepted the guidance of and commitment to God our Father and are fully equipped to effectively deal with this societal illness to ensure a better future for our youth. America as a Nation of God must always take a stand against negative incidents in our homes, communities, cities, and country. God has sustained us as a world leader, and as such we must continue to stand against devastating, crippling gun violence. God will assure our success. God Bless America!

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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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