HOUSTON — One of the immortals, Lady Billy Holiday sang God bless the child- Mama may have Papa may have but God bless the child that has got his own.
In “Roots,” a free black man called Chicken George, descendant of Kunta Kinte made and kept a promise that he would come back and bring them out of slavery. Chicken George knew that he had to establish a base in order to liberate his family. Chicken George embraced self-determination. Self-determination is the second principle of Kwanza. It means to name, define, speak for ourselves and determine our own destiny as free people.
Harold Cruse in the Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, a Bible for assisting in establishing black identity, purpose and direction, lamented that in a country based on ownership of private property that the privileged classes of black people have not properly sought and advanced ownership of property by the masses of our people.
A Houston developer on You Tube remarked that in Third Ward, rapidly becoming Midtown, that 70% of those living in Third Ward did not own their homes. In historic Fifth Ward, statistics reveal that 85% of those living in Fifth Ward do not own their homes.
Ownership is a basis for personal, family and community power. As the white supremacist senator said in “Roots” following the collapse of slavery, whoever owns the land will rule the people.
In 2020 and beyond, SANKOFA requires that the emphasis must be on ownership. Ownership for families and communities. If you travel down Cullen Boulevard from Griggs Road to Sims Bayou, the chief businesses will be dozens of barber and beauty supply houses that are legitimately owned by outsiders.
Chicken George was the forerunner of Good Times and the quest to get a piece of the pie to ensure black well-being. Ownership 101 says that practical wisdom requires that we move away from renting wheels and furniture. Ownership 101 says that we seek to control the space that we stand on by buying the property and having a deed in our name that is recorded in the county courthouse.
The encroachment and legal seizure of vast swaths of areas where blacks and poor people have historically lived is accelerated by not having ownership. The commercial and residential development around the soccer and baseball stadiums will force black and poor people to leave the neighborhood in the absence of well-paying jobs, affordable housing and great schools.
There were once scores of shot gun houses behind and around Jerusalem Baptist Church at McGowen and US 59. Almost overnight, there are now townhomes that sell for $350K that have replaced the shot gun houses.
President Bill Clinton moved into Harlem 15 years ago and today, Harlem, NY is nothing like the Harlem of the 40’s 50’ and 60’s. There are now boutique coffee shops, delicatessens and nice housing with doormen.
Yes, they are coming for our neighborhoods, but most owners will be in command.
Chicken George was the ancestor of the Alex Haley family. Haley authored the book, “Roots” and helped change history. His wife, Kizzy, said it best after her son asked how did they know Chicken George was coming back, remarking Chicken George was a promise keeper. Simply put, he would return because he said that he would. Chicken George did return and took his family to prosperity and the good life.
Conserve. Don’t let Madison Avenue, or the fancy neighborhoods in your city, seduce and bankrupt you. Own where you stand. Own where you live. Barack and Michelle Obama own where they live and have cleared the path for Sasha and Malia.
Let’s clear the path for our children by owning our homes and businesses and creating generational wealth.
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.