My grandmother always said, when a man closes his eyes, his debts are paid.  And in the case of George Floyd, his death was the ultimate price paid for the advancement of African Americans for years to come.  Now, as repayment – even though there could never really be one – the world owes him the honor of allowing him to rest in peace.

Unfortunately, certain people still living in their version of a racist AmeriKKKa are adamant on trying to dishonor his legacy.

First, the family has to rely on Gov. Greg Abbott to grant Floyd clemency on what could possibly be a bogus drug conviction initiated by a crooked cop.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended Monday that Floyd receive a posthumous full pardon for a 2004 drug charge he received in Houston.

The 7-0 decision comes five months after Houston public defender Allison Mathis sent in an application for clemency for Floyd, whose 2020 death during an arrest in Minneapolis set off national protests about police violence.

Mathis claims that the officer who arrested Floyd in 2004 fabricated evidence in the case.

Now here’s the bizarre backstory…

In 2004, Floyd was arrested by former Houston police officer Gerald Goines for selling $10 worth of crack cocaine.

Officer Goines has since been indicted for murder and other misconduct charges after he led a “no-knock” raid in 2019 that resulted in the death of Houston couple Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas. Prosecutors have accused Goines of lying to obtain the warrant for the raid.

As a result of the criminal investigation into Goines, his arrest cases were reviewed, and more than 160 of his convictions have been dismissed.

If anyone has been following the Goines case, you will remember that he and his partner are labeled in the streets as the “crooked cop duo” called “Batman and Robin.” A social media search will pull up a laundry list of accusations and stories from people who claimed to have encountered them.

As for Floyd, Gov. Abbott must either approve or reject the state board’s decision.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg released a statement saying her office “laments the loss of former Houstonian George Floyd and hope that his family finds comfort in Monday’s decision…. and the DA is urging Governor Abbott to follow the Board’s recommendation and grant clemency.”

Adding more insult to Floyd’s legacy.

This week, a 10-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Floyd stood prominently in New York City’s Union Square for just two days before a vandal splattered grayish-blue paint down the bust.

This is the second time the artwork has been defaced. On June 24, five days after it was displayed in Brooklyn, the sculpture was vandalized with black paint and tagged with an alleged logo for a White supremacist group.

Chris Carnabuci, the artist, said the latest malicious act, while upsetting and disappointing, “didn’t come as a complete surprise.”

As outlined in the Washington Post, security footage shows a man holding a skateboard and loitering behind the statue last Sunday. At about 10:15 a.m., the man is seen mixing paint behind the bust, getting on his skateboard and throwing it onto the structure as he skates away. Bystanders immediately jumped into action. By the time Confront Art co-founder Andrew Cohen arrived, five people were already restoring it.

Several other Floyd murals and tributes have been vandalized since the 46-year-old Black man was killed. Murals in Rochester, Minn.; Minneapolis; Houston; and Portland, Ore., as well as several other cities, have been defaced. At Duke University in March, someone printed out the toxicology report from Floyd’s autopsy and posted it next to a mural on campus.


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.

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