I am Judge Audrie Lawton Evans and I am the Presiding judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1. On behalf of all of my colleagues on the 5th Floor, I
would like to welcome you to 201 Caroline. What a great assignment this is…I have the distinct honor of starting this celebration and oh what a celebration it will be! And doesn’t it feel great to celebrate? It feels especially great to celebrate on a day, such as this… a day that was meant to break the American spirit and destroy our very own democracy…on a day, 3 years ago, that was meant to break us all. And yet, a year ago, on this very day, Harris County swore in the First Female Sikh Judge in the entire nation, Judge Manpreet Monica Singh, and today, we a swearing in our very first Associate Judge for the Harris County Civil Courts at law and oh….he just happens to be a Black Man. I am not sure if everyone caught that last part, so I will say it again…he just HAPPENS to be a Black Man.

And so today, I am welcoming you not only as a judge, but as a mother, a Black Mother who is filled with JOY! And so I asked my daughter and she said that they actually have a name for this type of joy. Many of you are probably familiar with the term Black Girl Magic…well, I am here to tell you that there is something else and it’s called Black Boy Joy! In Our Country, The weight of being a Black boy and a parent of a Black boy is immense. The truth is that every time a Black boy is brought into this world, his JOY is at risk from day one. If Black boys can be feared and falsely accused because they choose to wear
a hoodie, or play with a toy gun or jog through a neighborhood, that means their very existence, their very place in this world, is always on trial. Can
you imagine walking around with the 24 hour burden of proving that you’re a good person? Constantly on alert about how you’re being perceived and
striving to make others comfortable? Assumed guilty until proven innocent?

That is the oppression that Black people, particularly Black boys, have to live with in our country every day. And so on this day, which was meant
to break us, we sit here more unified than ever, together, celebrating the swearing in of the first Associate Judge in the history of Harris County Civil
Courts at Law, and the First Black Associate Judge in the history of the Harris County Civil Courts at Law. Today, let’s celebrate how far we have
come. Today let us celebrate Judge Thomas in all of his accomplishments, let us also celebrate the legacy he is leaving to little black boys across the world.

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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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