My Journey

When I first came to African-American News & Issues in September 2001, I had no idea what awaited me ahead.

Initially, I began working for A-AN&I as a carrier while attending college and working other jobs. As the years passed, I found myself becoming more engaged with the newspaper and often stopping by the paper just to hear Mr. Malonson crack a few jokes and spill a little wisdom.

It wasn’t until 2009 that I realized how much of an influence the Malonson’s had become in my life. Prior to that time, I had only worked closely with Mr. Malonson in regards to Distribution and had not really interacted much with Mrs. Malonson except in passing.

In 2009, after the loss of my son and mother within a month apart, I knew the best thing for me to do besides exercising my faith was to stay busy doing positive things.

At the time, I was just trying to focus and keep my mind off of my reality. It was during that time the Malonson’s decided to bring me on full-time.

I began working nonstop and found a safe haven in Distribution and Journalism. In the process, Mr. Malonson personally mentored me in many ways-from writing, interviewing, photography and countless other areas. I remember one Saturday afternoon, we went outside, and he literally got down on the ground and showed me the various angles and different ways to shoot the camera in order to capture the best photos of people.

As it relates to Mrs. Malonson, I had always admired her from a distance and always considered her as the Proverbs 31:10 kind of woman-virtuous. She always walked with grace and had a certain aura about her that commanded respect. I used to call her an “ornament”, due to her stylish trends and looks.

However, the more I got acquainted with her, I realized that there was so much more to her than styles and trends. As we conversed with one another, I realized that she was just as wise and knowledgeable about life, the Black community, business and anything else in between.

Through the years, I have been blessed in so many ways by being under the tutelage of Mr. Roy Douglas and Shirley Ann Malonson. Until this very day, I regard them as secondary parents. I will forever be grateful for the influence and impact that they have placed on my life.

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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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