By: Chelsea Davis-Bibb, Ed.D.

When I read the headlines of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, I immediately shook my head in disgust and frustration. Roe v. Wade was a 1973 landmark ruling that gave the constitutional right for women to go through an abortion in the United States.

It has been almost 50 years since the historic ruling, and now the rights of women have once again been set back, 50 years and more to be exact. I am tired of everything being about politics. It is not always about the left and right, but what is right and wrong.

I did not ask you to speak for me! It is my body, my choice, my right!

It is sad that we have allowed so many people to die by the hands of guns, and how 19 children had to die because politicians want to scream and put up a fight for gun rights. However, when it comes to women, the decision is final, no conversation.

I did not ask you to speak for me! It is my body, my choice, my right!

This ruling has taken away our power and our progress. What’s next? What else do you want to strip away from me? This ruling is dangerous to the health of so many women. It has been said that the expectation is that many states will now begin to outlaw abortions in their state. For women who may need or want to have an abortion, they will not have many options to do so. This forces them to seek illegal help, travel outside the country for an abortion, or even take matters in their own hands, which can all be deadly.

What do we tell our young daughters who are coming behind us? Do we tell them that the world doesn’t care about your health and well-being? Do we tell them that men are the ones making decisions on the behalf of women because they feel like they know what’s best for us? Do we tell them their voice and opinions don’t matter? Absolutely not!

We tell them to fight, to speak up, and to always stand up for what they believe in. We empower them to know that no matter what, your voice matters. We continue to be examples and provide platforms for them to speak out. We also must start the conversation with our young women and keep the conversation going.

I did not ask you to speak for me! But even though you did, just know that regardless of the ruling, it is still my body!

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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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