Mr. Roy Douglas Malonson is a vivid advocate for the Acres Homes community. Mr. Malonson was born into a family of 11 people. As a child he was diagnosed with polio. However, he did not allow illness to stop him from hard work and determination. So many times, he faced bullying from kids which were cruel by calling him names because of having to wear a brace. Some of the same kids worked for his company and became his employees. This encourages me to not allow circumstances and obstacles to stop me from pressing forward. Unfortunately, Mr. Malonson’s mother left the family at the age of 5 for unknown reasons. However, His father John Curley Malonson Sr. challenged him by saying, “Something is wrong with your leg, but there is nothing wrong with your mind. Richness is defined by the mindset in which you adhere to. Though in life we may have differences we can make an impact to do great things.

Despite many of life’s challenges Mr. Malonson managed to stay in school and graduate for George Washington Carver High School in 1968. He was an apprentice of woodwork and started Roy’s Woodworking Company, the forerunner of Malonson Construction Company. In 1974, Mr. Malonson lost both his father and a brother to suicide. This is a pain in life that no one should have to endure. Mr. Malonson took his earnings from woodworking and invested in land in the Acres Homes area where he made negotiations with Shirley Ann a Booker T Washington Graduate and eventually became his wife. In the 1980’s Mr. Malonson got involved in the Acres Homes community founding the local chamber. He has worked with HISD, Mr. Thaddeus Lott to establish Acres Homes Coalition of Charter Schools. He has also established a newspaper by the name of African American News and Issues which displays the news from an African American perspective. Some articles like Embracing Fatherhood Ain’t Nothing new For the Black Man, Who Do We Go To, Time for Mothers to Mothers” brings day to day issues to forefront. Mr. Malonson and his wife Shirley opened Shirley Ann’s Black Arts and Kollectibles Inc, including sculptures, ceramics, dolls and African masks.

Mr. Malonson has donated both time and financial support to many educational and community organizations. He also headed the Acres Homes War on Drugs, the first community War on Drugs in the nation. Mr. Malonson founded the Acres Home Coalition Administrative School. He also closed the deal for the Acres Multiservice Center, the Acres Homes police station. It is possible to have respect even if there are differences. There are those that make noise and others that work silently in the background. Sometimes you have to speak up for that that can’t speak for themselves. The more that you learn will open up the door to the future for others that you may never know their name. Yet the seed you plant today can cause a great harvest. Mr. Malonson had an impact on my Uncle Shannon Kinniebrew who at the time was a 5th grader that attended Highland Heights Elementary in the past. He was the voice that went before the school board which caused the board to keep the school open under the leadership of Mrs. Ward. Mr. Malonson allowed Shannon to speak at programs for the Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce. Now today he is a counselor in a school and helps students as he was once helped himself. Mr. Malonson taught my uncle about hard work and determination and now he is passing that on to me and my brothers.

In conclusion, it is a good thing to remember your roots so that you will appreciate the load lifted that you did not have to carry. Mr. Malonson is a legend in the Acres Homes or the 44 as some would call it. Through the many businesses and organizations, he has opened doors that would be slammed in our faces. He did not allow illness to stop him from hard work and determination. So, I would suggest that you don’t allow circumstances and obstacles to stop you from putting one foot in front of the other. Though in life we may have differences we can make an impact to look in the mirror and strive to be a better person than we were yesterday.

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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