By: Bobby E. Mills, PhD

 Crime is crime, regardless of race, class, creed or color, but law enforcement should be color-blind when apprehending law breakers. The application of law and order should be universally enforced, regardless of skin-tone and socio-economic statuses. Of course, we must acknowledge that historically there have been enforcement discrepancies in applying the law toward all American citizens. We also know that Police profiling does exist! Hence, sometimes it seems as though Lady Justice is peeping from under her blind-fold, and the scales of justice appear to be unbalanced, but that’s no excuse for law-breaking. HISD is primarily a minority school district. Question: why aren’t minority children being properly instructed (educated)? Does the answer lie in the desire of some HISD officials to steal resources rather than utilize resources to educate children? An important facet of educational development is citizenship development that is how to live with each another in a multi-cultural society; where your rights end, and the other person’s rights begin. Example is the best teacher, and stealing is not a good example. The primary goal of any ISD is: (a) teaching and learning (self-development), (b) career/occupational path development and (c) and civic responsibility. In order to maximize the development of these goals an ISD needs: (a) excellent first-class administrators, (b) excellent well-prepared teachers, (c) dedicated support personnel (d) quality state of the art facilities, and instructional materials.

The recent scandalous contractual monetary behaviors by a Board of Trustee, and four former HISD employees publicly revealed in federal indictments suggest that these individuals should have been indicted quick and in a hurry, because of contract price overcharging and kick-back schemes. An indictment is only an indictment, not a guilty or innocent verdict. Only the Court System can render a just verdict. Leadership in any organization or any elected public position is about moral accountability and fiduciary responsibilities and duties. Too many Black elected leaders violate their moral oath of responsibility to their continuants. In the Black community when confronted with violating the law most Blacks play the race card as a defense mechanism: I’m Black and that’s why I am singled out, because Whites do it to. There is no honor in criminality or among the ungodly. “The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.” (Proverbs 14: 11). Individuals should never defend or imitate lawbreakers regardless of race, color or creed: obey the law. Historically, the education of minority children in HISD has been at the mercy of the majority population. As population demographics have changed over time HISD is now under minority administrative control. Interestingly, and sadly nothing significantly and qualitatively has changed. What started out as a prejudicial and judgmental educational system continues in that same dysfunctional mode even with minority control.

The system works for the system, not children. Therefore, it should not surprise anyone that minority student performance levels in HISD have not improved even with the historic administrative shift to minority control. However, and sadly, corruption and stealing remains front and center. Unfortunately, we have a classic ungodly example of the ole saying: “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Houstonians know this: God has pure eyes He sees all, and knows all, therefore: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For if he soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Galatians 6: 7-8). Amen.


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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