Think your speedily appreciating home assessment in the Black neighborhood of your ancestors is a blessing? Think again. As wealthy as you feel now, you may not be able to afford to live there much longer. As communities gentrify, poorer properties transform to two-story mansions with wrap-around porches that resemble overseer’s houses and “exclusive” townhomes with organic grocers and trendy cafes offering $35 hamburgers on the corner. The influx of new wealth increases pressure on rents displacing original residents. Since property owners can oft en profit more by selling their buildings than renting them there is little incentive to maintain them. Urban renewal is another modern scheme making Black people subject to the caprices of capitalism.
At the terminal stage of exclusion people are forced out of their historic homes as the area becomes unaffordable. They must accept longer com-mutes and the rupture of the community support provided by their previous neighbors and nearby family. Gentrification creates more white and fewer Black home-owners, leaving even less wealth under Black control. And Houston is gentrifying faster than any other Texas city. In its glory days of the 1920s and ‘30s the Fifth Ward was effervescent with entrepreneurs. About forty Black-owned businesses prospered on Lyons Avenue. It was the neighborhood that produced Congress representatives Barbara Jordon and Mickey Leland. Now its poisoned soil and air have provided government money to relocate legacy residents, but new-comers are taking advantage of “north eado’s” depressed market by buying up whole parcels for development. Th is has inspired suspicion among the holdouts that the diminished cash awards to those who move may be camouflage for a plan to acquire the land for restoring and reinvesting in it.

Culturally rich Houston’s Third Ward is committed to resisting the fate of the nouveau riche aspirants. Some residents there remember when Sears and Fiesta were the retail rulers, when Black-owned businesses speckled the area. One way the residents are organizing is through informative community events like bike riding. Routes sometimes pass landmarks like Emancipation Park, the El Dorado Ballroom, Project Rowhouses or Texas Southern University, where their history is displayed. Although the average price of a home in Third Ward approaches a half-million dollars, affordable housing units are still being built. Th e Citadel on Elgin opened last year for low-income seniors. Additional affordable housing is planned for opening next year, with rents from $800 to $1,260, all of which help preserve the history and heritage of the neighborhood.

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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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