By D.E. Daniels

Oftentimes, we tend to forget the good that a person does. Usually the negatives are remembered long after the positives. In recent months, this has been the case for the Honorable Sylvester Turner, the proud Mayor of Houston. Lest not forget when the Harvard graduate and native Houstonian took over as Mayor, he inherited an unbalanced city budget. Lest not also forget that within months Turner was able to balance the City of Houston’s budget.

Let us not also forget that in the first months as Mayor of the third largest city, mother nature sent Hurricane Harvey to Houston. Mayor Turner quickly put on his boots and rain gear to join first responders, police, firefighters and volunteers to help those in need. Bro. Turner spoke out first to get help to various apartment complexes on the Northside. He also hurriedly made contact with the powers to be and got Houston the necessary federal funding and items needed to cope with Hurricane Harvey such as food, shelters, and temporary housing.

Lest not forget it was Mayor Turner who also provided the Homeless community with protective individual shelters. May I ask this question to Mr. King, Buzbee and Boykins. Where were you? Especially, Mr. Boykins, who also served as City Councilmen under former Mayor Annise Parker and was quiet as a mouse and basically supported all of her endeavors. To candidates King and Buzbee, you don’t know how you would have handled Houston’s budget or Hurricane Harvey because you were not running the City, but Mayor Turner was then and is still now leading the City. He even asked City Council to consider awarding contracts to minority businesses.

Let us remember the firefighter issues existed long before Mayor Turner was elected. So, that means they had pay raise issues with several other Mayors before Turner, but just because of who he is and what he is, they “the firefighters” are wanting to blame Turner and only Turner for their problems. Lest not forget that it was this Acres Home native son who went on the limb to sponsor a community concert with all proceeds going to help Harvey victims. It was Turner who brought the City and community together with his campaign theme: “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” After all, Mr. Turner also served as Texas State Representative for years. As history is repeated Jesus Christ did all the good He did, and was talked about, so did Dr. King, President Obama, and Nelson Mandela did a lot of good but were talked about. So, then when Mayor Sylvester Turner continues to do “good” for all Houstonians, he too will be talked about and criticized. To date, Mayor Turner has done many good things for Houston during his first term, such as tackling the infrastructure throughout the City and establishing a train from Houston to Dallas, former Mayors have spoken about exploring these ideas, but this second African- American Mayor has turned these dreams into realities.

Lest not forget also that Turner has joined forces with a local rapper to bring back “Astro World.” So instead of criticizing the Mayor, join him and support his second-term dreams. Babies, age 3-6, when picked on, will tell you to “leave me alone.” Lest not forget Mayor Turner’s “good” and leave him alone! Pray for him…

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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