Aden Nicolas Harris, also known as a hip hop rising star, has a huge love for music and a passion for spreading his creations with people all over the nation. Growing up in Houston has provided him with numerous opportunities and experiences to promote his music since music has always been present in his life. It was destined for Harris to gravitate towards music as his siblings, parents, and his late grandfather all have a love for music. “There’s never been a time where I haven’t liked music,” said Harris.

Ever since he was in the sixth grade at Lanier Middle School, making his first song in a school project with a close friend, continuing music has been a goal for Harris. In the seventh grade, Harris and a group of his friends decided to become a hip hop group. They would create songs about everything and had fun doing it while learning the ways of music. It was this defining moment when Harris realized he wanted to pursue a music career.

Things did start to get harder for Harris due to his home life and having to live on his own for a while. It was these experiences that allowed Harris to see the world differently. Harris was able to perfect his rapping skills with his hip hop group until freshman year at Summer Creek High School. He then started working on his own songs, primarily creating experimental hip hop, and created his stage name 4D3N with leet speak; a system of modified spelling where letters and words are replaced with symbols and numbers.

Although making music is great, it is not all for the purpose of entertaining the crowd. To Harris, rapping and producing music is the truest form of his self-expression. “It’s the only way I can truly be me, which is why I hold the concept of music in such a high regard.” He feels that the whole process is supposed to be a representation of the feeling conveyed through the song itself. When he performs his music to his audience, he feels like he’s getting prior feelings off his chest. As he raps, he also shares important messages to his audience that is submerged within his words. His music encourages people to live in ways where you feel like you’re living your life to the fullest rather than being alive for someone or something else. He encourages others to do what’s natural, safe, and morally positive. “I want my music to make people think differently, but at the same time, I want my music to represent a feeling you can relate to.”

Even though making a song and performing it to an audience may sound like a simple concept, it was not all that simple starting out for Harris. Getting people to hear his music and listen to what he had to say was the biggest challenge for him. “Having someone to resonate what I’m trying to convey is the goal.” As we know challenges can come with successes. Harris is proud to say his biggest success is being able to perform at venues all over Austin, Houston, and New York, and has been able to perform many songs, including his greatest hit, “So Clean.” He says he still has a long way to go, yet the lifelong friends he’s created in his musical journey will be with him every step of the way.

Harris looks up to Nujabes and Tyler, the Creator the most as he admires their articulation, creativity, and uniqueness. Gaining inspiration from them allowed Harris to accomplish his goal of working with Earl Sweatshirt, MIKE, and Tyler, the Creator.  Currently, Harris has some new projects in the works, hoping to release his new album “EnCassete” this summer, and his song “Rain E. Days.” He gives a big thanks to his talented best friends as he takes a lot of inspiration from them.

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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 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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