By: Black Pepper

 

Citizens of the world, an hour of destiny is upon us. Late Congressman Mickey Leland was driven by the plight of the wretched of the earth. Leland knew that nations wanted independence and people wanted freedom. His Catholic social ethics led to him to be prescient about the last becoming first and the first becoming last.

His protégés, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (18th) and Congressman Al Green (9th) have courageously embraced the plight of the Ukrainian people and the looming humanitarian crisis.

When you lay the Ukrainian issue flat, it is not really complicated. The Black Kenyan ambassador took the biggest stage in the world and made it “Malcolm X” plain. His speech was so brilliant that it set the foundation for Fareed Zakaria of CNN’s Global Public Square to frame the crisis as a tyranny and autocracy versus democracy. This game-changing speech told the world that clinging to ethnic, racial, or religious homogeneity as a basis for statehood would lead to bloody wars. Those that desire ethnic enclaves in the world, United States and the former Confederacy should take off their ideological blinders and dismiss the lost cause. Let losers Jeff Davis and Robert E. Lee RIP.

Ambassador Kimani was crystal clear about allowing a sick dictator, President Vladimir Putin, to re-establish the imperial ambitions of the Russian bear would cause the death of the modern world’s peacemaking tool, multilateralism. Multilateralism is our tool for peacemaking through a rules-based international order.

Pair Ambassador Kimani with Ambassador Linda- Greenfield and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and we have the trifecta. A trifecta of competency and not ethnicity. Greenfield has been uncompromising as evidenced by her accusation of China’s genocide against the Uighurs. By the way, she is a faith-based woman from Bakers, Louisiana with a degree from Louisiana State University (LSU). Austin is from the red clay of Georgia and after graduating the US Military Academy, he spent 41 years in uniform. These educational competencies are mentioned to tattoo education on our door posts and foreheads. Ambassador Kimani has a Doctorate in War Studies from the University of London. President Joe Biden and the nation sought out and received the very best.

These men and women are giants when compared to the lost cause midgets in Texas government. Not such much because of their educational credentials, but because of their UNDERSTANDING or lack thereof.

A star for our Congressman Lee and Congressman Green.  Unbeknownst to me is why African Americans and African expatriates are not vigorously advocating for Africa and advancing the Pan African Agenda. Now, Ethiopia has about a million refugees from the war in South Sudan and the Tigray region. Among these exhausted and emaciated refugees are a hundred and fifty thousand Eritrean refugees. If these names are not familiar to you, it is because our leaders have not shone the light on war, rape and killing in Africa. How many know about the carnage and war crimes happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the massacres in Burkina-Faso or Mozambique. All of these are humanitarian disasters. Are we using a colorism yard stick to determine who suffers and who deserves the most aid?

I am taking a leap of faith because most Americans think that Africa is a country. This must sadden all of us who know differently. All of Africa is not at war just as all of Europe is not at war.

POTUS Biden gave a near flawless speech last week and through sanctions our government will increase the pain index for PUTIN and his kleptocrats. I thought he would say something significant about our kleptocrats and he chose not to. His focus had to be singular, and we understand that.

I could not stop thinking about the thousands of Haitians that were killed by US Marines in the 1930’s. Never any recompense or meaningful reparations. Tuck this into your knowledge memory band. Before Toussaint and Dessalines and the Haitian people kicked France and Napoleon out, Haiti was the richest colony in the world.

I could not stop about the horsebound Texas troops that used lead batons and whips to force the Haitians across the Rio Grande. Who speaks for the well-being of the Haitians, an African people?

At this moment, we must stand shoulder to shoulder against cluster bombs and the subjugation of the Ukrainian people. We can do this without forgetting that WE ARE AN AFRICAN PEOPLE and Black well-being will always be at the top of our agenda. Or will it be?

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.

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