Home Wasn’t Built in a Day

Home Wasn’t Built in a Day

Houston is gentrifying more quickly than the other Texas cities, and four predominantly Black neighborhoods, the Fifth and Third Wards, and Independence Heights and Sunnyside, are becoming proportionally more Hispanic and whiter. In the 1800s the Third Ward was what architectural historian Stephen Fox referred to as “the elite neighborhood of late 19th-century Houston, a silk-stocking neighborhood of Victorian-era homes” where whites lived in the lower part of Third Ward, and African Americans were segregated in shotgun shacks north of Truxillo Street with Alabama Street being the dividing line between the black and white areas. Now Emancipation Avenue is the street widely viewed as the center of Houston’s music culture, the “main street of Black Houston.”

Third Ward is home to some of the most celebrated African American artists, activists, educators, and leaders. John Biggers, George Floyd, and Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins all spent time in “The ‘Tre”. In 1970, Carl Hampton, one of America’s most dynamic and influential young Black civil rights leaders was assassinated by HPD in Third Ward for providing decent clothing and food on behalf of the People’s Party II the community members whose had basic needs were unmet. Beyoncé is from the Third Ward area and it’s featured in her music video No Angel. Her Drunk in Love and Pretty Hurts singles are remembrances of her neighborhood. Houston rappers often reference Third Ward in their lyrics. Rapper Drake also publicizes the Third Ward as his adopted home in his music. “Know I do this [expletive] for Third Ward already/ Know I do this [expletive] for H-town already.”

Some of the old Third Ward churches still call back members who now live in Missouri City and other suburbs. The Trinity United Methodist Church, which began in 1848, is the oldest African American church congregation in the City of Houston. In 1910 the construction of Union Station caused the “residential character of the area to deteriorate” according to Ralph Bivens of the Houston Chronicle. The area “began a long downward slide toward the skid row of the 1990s.”

In 1938 Cuney Homes, a public housing complex, opened across from Texas Southern University. It was updated in 1997. In 2004 Third Ward had the most “you buy, we fry” fish restaurants in the City of Houston. Gentrification in the historic Third Ward began in 2016 when Highway 288 claimed that too many Black-owned homes were in its way and so were condemned. Other changes to a neighborhood evolve when younger, more affluent residents move in and begin or attract businesses where resources were previously non-existent or scarce.

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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