HIS CROWNING GLORY

“All this because of my hair?” In the 1700s, the “Negro Act” made it illegal for Black people to “dress above their condition.” In 2024 Black Americans remain stigmatized for not imitating the grooming habits that match white, European beauty values. Darryl George is a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Chambers County. Every school day since August he has suffered the punishment of forced segregation from his peers in in-school suspension for the depravity of sporting his hair in well-groomed, painstakingly pinned-up locs. He will remain in isolation indefinitely since the March 22nd trial where the white State District Judge Chap Cain III brazenly declared the school’s policy “does not prohibit nor does it discriminate against male students who wear braids, locs, or twists,” but that Mr. George must cut his to regain classroom attendance privileges.

 

“It feels lonely,” Mr. George said. “When you’re only stuck in one room for a whole semester it makes you feel some type of way. You see everyone else walking around talking and laughing, and you can’t do that.” The school district forbids males from wearing hair that extends beyond eyebrows, earlobes, or collars even when it’s always gathered on top of their head, even for religious reasons. This contradicts the Texas CROWN Act law that strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair styles associated with race. Protective styles expressly include locks, braids, and twists. Lawyers representing Barbers Hill I.S.D. claimed lawmakers should have included specific language about hair length if they expected the CROWN law to cover it. Allie Booker, representing Darryl George, was forced to state the obvious to the oblivious judge: protected styles, including braids and locks are only possible with long hair. “You can’t make braids with a crew cut. You can’t lock anything that isn’t long,” she tried to explain. Her efforts were repeatedly disrespected and interrupted by the opposing counsel as “irrelevant.”

 

The primary author of the CROWN Act, Texas Rep. Rhetta Andrews Bowers recognizes that Darrell George’s education is being unlawfully withheld. “We see your efforts to break down this young Black man, and we will not allow it.” She added that if she and her team have to go back to the drawing board to create a clearer law, they will. State Rep. Ron Reynolds says he will file a new crown act including hair length. Civil rights activist Candice Matthews knows Barbers Hill ISD “wanted to pick a sacrificial lamb in order for them to show that ‘We don’t give a damn about your bill, and your law.’”

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.

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