By Zibora Gilder

With the world in constant motion and recent Supreme Court decisions making headlines, it’s essential to remember the greats of the past. Thurgood Marshall’s birthday, coming up on July 2nd, reminds us of his incredible legacy. As the first Black Supreme Court Justice, Marshall played a pivotal role in the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. His dedication to family and community is truly inspiring. Picture young Thurgood, working in his father’s restaurant, earning a $20 tip from a belligerent, racist senator. Th at experience taught him to navigate a system designed to disenfranchise and humiliate minorities, turning adversity into sweet, southern lemonade. Marshall’s rejection from the University of Maryland fueled his drive to become one of the most strategic and diligent lawyers of his time. Th is setback motivated him to win cases that paved the way for the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision. His tenacity and understanding of which battles to fight and where to fight them showcased his genius and innovative mind.

In stark contrast, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas oft en seems to undermine the very paths that allowed him to inherit his position. Michael Waldman on MSNBC described
Thomas’s approach as “originalism,” meaning only laws rooted in history and tradition are valid. Th is perspective suggests that the views of property-owning white men from the 1700s should govern modern America. Bless his heart! Overturning crucial legislation during such a critical election year highlights the need for vigilance.

Honoring Thurgood Marshall’s legacy is more important than ever. With six Texas Supreme Court seats up for either re-election or new appointments, educating oneself about the candidates is vital. Th e Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest appellate court in Texas for criminal cases, decides every appeal on the Texas death penalty. Additionally, the Houston 1st and 14th Court of Appeals have vacant seats. Candidates such as Brendetta Scott, Sarah Beth Landau, Julie Countiss, Richard Hightower, Amber Boyd-Lora, Velda Renita Faulkner, Charles Spain, Frances Bourliot, Megan Hassan, and Margaret “Meg” Passant are running for these positions. Understanding their platforms and decision-making processes is essential.
From one southern belle to another, it’s time to use the power at hand.

Thurgood Marshall once said, “Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. Th is is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” Recipe of the Month: Pineapple Coconut Cake No southern reflection is complete without a sweet treat. Th is month’s delight is a Pineapple Coconut Cake, adapted from It’s perfect for enjoying on a porch swing with a cool glass of sweet tea.


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

• 3 large eggs, room temperature
• 1 tsp coconut extract
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 3 cups cake fl our
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
• 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut For the frosting:
• 1 cup unsalted butter, room tem-perature
• 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
• 4 cups powdered sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1/2 tsp coconut extract
• 1 cup sweetened shred-

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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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