By: Sharon Jenkins

In the heart of East Texas, amidst the sprawling landscapes and tight-knit communities, a story of resilience and advocacy unfolds through the life and legacy of Mr. Michael Harris. Born in Galveston, Texas, in 1952, and raised in Panola County near Carthage, Harris’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of community support, the pursuit of social justice, and the profound impact of media advocacy in underrepresented communities. The Early Years and Influences Michael Harris’s upbringing was shaped by the challenges of his environment and family
circumstances. Raised by his grandparents alongside his brother due to his mother’s circumstances, he learned early on the value of resilience and the importance of communal bonds. The rural setting of Panola County instilled in him a deep appreciation for community support and the strength that arises from mutual aid.

Harris’s exposure to media during the civil rights era left an indelible mark on his aspirations. Witnessing disparities in media representation fueled his determination to challenge these
narratives and amplify the voices of marginalized communities. His journey began as a quest to redefine storytelling and media representation. Journey to Houston and Media Advocacy
Upon completing high school in 1969, Harris ventured to Houston in pursuit of education and employment opportunities. Houston’s diverse urban landscape provided fertile ground for
his aspirations. He immersed himself in the world of media, driven by a passion to bridge societal divides through authentic storytelling. His career trajectory took shape as he delved into journalism and radio, where he carved out a space to elevate underrepresented voices.

Harris’s work aimed to humanize issues often overlooked by mainstream media, fostering empathy and understanding across cultural and racial lines. Through his efforts, he challenged
stereotypes and amplified narratives that had long been silenced. In his role as radio talk show host at 1230am on KCOH, he spoke his mind giving others the courage to speak theirs.

Advocacy and Community Empowerment Central to Michael Harris’s legacy is his commitment to community empowerment. Beyond the confines of his professional career, Harris engaged
actively with local organizations and initiatives aimed at uplifting disadvantaged communities. He understood the transformative potential of collective action and dedicated himself to fostering social change from the grassroots level. Through his involvement in community projects and advocacy work, Harris became a beacon of hope and inspiration for many, especially
in his role at KCOH. He was named Houston’s Top Jock in 1986 and is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. His approach was grounded in the belief that lasting change begins
with empowering individuals and communities to become agents of their own progress. His legacy underscores the importance of grassroots activism and the value of investing in community driven initiatives.

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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

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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