By: Black Pepper

It is worthy to note that the SPEC’s empire of 200 stores in Texas has answered the call by POTUS Joe Biden and the American people to assist in ending the war in Ukraine and stop the dictator Putin.

On Saturday, March 26 SPECs joined with a solidarity effort at its flagship Louisiana store to promote the cause of freedom and independence for Ukraine. Now that a near genocide is being perpetrated against the Ukranian people, it is time to pump the brakes on the Stoli. Vodka is often mixed with ginger beer, lime and cranberry juice.

As some of our Black celebrities promote Russian vodka, pregnant women and children are being maimed and killed in Ukraine by the dictator Putin.

Our Congress and the President have put a boa constrictor vise grip on the Russian gas station economy that has nuclear weapons through powerful sanctions that threaten to cancel their economy. Vodka and other spirits are being put into inventory at Spec’s. According to owners, Ms. Rydman and her husband they decided to do the right thing event if the right thing subtracted from their balance sheet Ms. Rydman said that the husband wife titans were proud to support these measures.

Adding Pan-African support to the SPEC’s direct action peaceful instore demonstration was a Nigerian woman. Ms. Layo Emmanuel has lived in Ukraine for eleven years and completed her medical school studies. She is on a path to become a physician in the United States. Along with Ms. Emmanuel was her talented 11-year-old daughter that speaks fluent Ukrainian. Her daughter, Sophia is focused on becoming a gymnast in the Simone Biles tradition. Ms. Emmanuel said that there might be some issues of color in Ukraine, however during her 11-year tenure she was treated well and did not detect racial bias.

We have flexed Black sanction muscles before to end governments that devour people. During American styled apartheid, Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin and Black people broke the back of the color sick Montgomery Alabama Bus System by refusing to ride in favor of barefooting and carpooling. After the unjust system collapsed, many of the obsolete buses were sold to a fledging transportation system in the fair city of Houston, Texas. Black people punished the racists via a boycott, also known as a sanction.

Sanctions are in order as a direct-action tactic to support a larger strategy to limit or win a war. Consider that the City of Houston withdrew hundreds of millions of pension dollars as part of a global movement to crush apartheid in Southern Africa. Councilmember Anthony Hall and McGowen worked with the activist community to withdraw the gates for South African Airways in Houston. Students from local universities drove the South African consulate out of Houston. A few activists went to jail, but they knew that freedom had a cost.

Diva songbird Stephanie Mills, star of the Broadway hit, the “WIZ” faced hundreds of picketers that insisted that she repudiate her travel to apartheid South Africa or face a shutdown. Ms. Mills relented.

Sanctions, intelligent selective buying can put the Black community on the right side of history.  Party, but party in a righteous intelligent way.

President Biden has imposed unprecedented sanctions. Selective buying doesn’t ask for blood. A little discipline will send an unmistakable message to dictators that dare bomb a maternity hospital and a children’s hospital ward.

This is BLACK PEPPER, if Hennessy was manufactured in Russia, we need to boycott Hennessy. BLACK PEPPER urges you to join with McDonalds, Starbucks, EXXON and a few hundred companies who refuse to do business with invaders and mass murderers.

President Zelensky says, we will fight on the sea, in the air to defend our land.   Know that the Rylands will not sell Russian Vodka and liquors at any of their 200 stores.

Until the war is over, and the sanctions are lifted, NO RUSSIAN MULES.



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.

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