Shining A Spotlight On Resistance Among Young African Women

By: NNPA The #SudanWomenProtest, which began in 2019, targeted the leadership of Omar al Bashir (former Sudan head of state). Thousands of women united in rejecting policies that gave credence to sexist and discriminatory laws. The revolt was a shock to many despite the years of resistance from Sudanese women. Social media provided them with a platform to spread their message abroad, resulting in an overthrow of the Bashir regime. “It is only by being “too much” that new cracks in the wall of patriarchal dictatorships can emerge.” These words from award-winning blogger and Pan-African feminist activist, Rosebell Kagumire in her essay entitled “African Young Women Resisting Beyond Borders” underscores young African women’s utilization of the Internet to bring attention to sexual violence, police brutality, and gender disparities. A recent chain of events emphasizing resistance on a global stage, has opened the doors for the composition to make its way to the forefront of conversations again. At the Tokyo Olympics, United States gymnast, Simone Biles, sent shockwaves throughout the world when she withdrew from the team competition and later individual events, to focus on her mental health. Citing the necessity of having her body and mind in sync, the now seven-time Olympic medalist chose not to follow the status quo of “pushing through.” Instead, she used her platform to emphasize the power of using one’s voice and actions to draw attention to unrealistic expectations, supremacy structures, and the muting of victims. Kagumire does the same by highlighting the various ways these women have developed a collective voice to demand an end to experienced injustices. Her essay begins with an explanation regarding last year’s Twitter uproar after dozens of Ugandan women disclosed they’re victims of sexual assault and harassment. Referencing movements that have pushed for accountability and consequences, Kagumire referred to the viral revealing as “Uganda’s own #MeToo movement.” “These young women were building on the bravery of women who had earlier told their stories despite the public wrath they faced.” Noting mounting displeasure, Kagumire explains how the “patriarchal power” structure uses its authority to silence women. Standing in the gap for those […]

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Commentary: Review of the negative portrayal of Rep. Harold Dutton

It seems that Representative Dutton is sending a message to School leaders in our community. He seems to be  insisting that principals should set up-to-date and challenging expectations for all our students, and relentlessly focus on improving teacher content knowledge, upgrading the content of the school curriculum, and improve classroom learning and the interaction between teachers and students. 

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COMMENTARY: White Robes & Blue Uniforms

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” (James 3: 16-18). In the past, it was White males in white robes killing and terrorizing Blacks. In the 21st Century, it is White males in blue uniforms, with guns, badges and the law on their side terrorizing and killing and Blacks. Thus, the Law Enforcement Constabulary was established to check-mate Blacks as well as other minorities. Even though, in American society crime is an intra-racial phenomenon: Whites rob, kill and steal from other Whites. Blacks and other minority groups rob, steal, and kill from each other, as well. Hence, crime in America is intra-racial, and not interracial. Whites should fear other Whites, not minorities.  Therefore, the Law Enforcement Constabulary is an after the fact investigatory agency, not a preventive agency. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Of course, the Bible spiritually warns us concerning wolves who masquerade in sheep’s clothing. This is why Jesus talked about children of God learning to live in the midst of evil men (wolves), and therefore, they must learn how to be wise like a serpent, but harmless as a dove. Twenty-first century American society is defined and characterized by gun violence. The spiritual question is why? The answer lies in the fact that America has become a country without a sense of the SACRED, oriented towards a gun-culture society; whereby the gun is god: guns, guns and more guns. As a matter of fact, vanity is running rampart. American society has more guns than citizens. And, when America references god, she is not talking about the Universal God who created the heavens and earth, but referencing the god that is inscribed on the U. S. currency system, which in turn, is the god that most Whites worship: guns, oil and drugs because this

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COMMENTARY: America’s Justice System on Trial: George Floyd

Given America’s torrid history of racial injustice, it is difficult for Black Americans to believe that Lady Justice is blind. Therefore, more often than not regarding “The Halls of Justice”; especially for Black Americans, it simply means that justice is usually in the halls, and not in courtrooms. For nine minutes and 29 seconds, the world witnessed in horror the police racial execution of George Floyd: disgraceful. There are usually two sides to every story: truth versus lie. Hence, Derek Chauvin is on trial, and at the same time, America’s criminal justice system is on trial. The spiritual question is: can Blacks in America receive justice? We all know that justice is a spiritual concept; not just monetary settlements, because money cannot buy either love or justice? Justice is about truth versus a lie. America has declared that all men are created equal, but we have never lived out the spiritual truth of the declaration. Moreover, we all know that God is a Just-righteous-Judge, because He judges both the living and the dead. And, this is why individuals should stay ready, and they will not have to get ready, because an individual never knows when God might call his/her name. Hence, looking back and saying “I wish” is not a plausible excuse for unrighteousness and evil, because God has warned all of us concerning looking back at sin (e.g., Sodom and Gomorrah), because all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD. America’s criminal justice system is at a spiritual crossroads, because justice is sacred and spiritual, and those who administer Justice should fear God with a moral conscience, because: “Fear of the Lord is the instruction in wisdom, and before honour is humility.” (Proverbs 15: 33).  Evil individuals do not understand justice, because they say Lord, Lord and run with the devil. However, this is why Amos could say: “Let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  If Americans desire to be judged justly they must judge others justly, because we know that: “Evil men do not understand justice, but those

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COMMENTARY: The longer a lie lives, the harder it is to kill

The transmission of the pox is contagious. It often moves by community spread. Even if you observe the protocols, lies have legs and wings, often in your face, but more often slick and near invisible. The man or woman that doesn’t know that they have been infected or deny the evidence of infection is very sick. And so, we know that if the people around us share a false belief, the odds are exponentially greater that we will adopt that belief, even if it is absurd. Sharpshooter Steph Curry can defy logic in launching a sphere toward and consistently through a cylindrical hoop from 40 feet away, yet deny the moon landing. Flat earthers think that the Earth is not a globe that is curved, despite the views from the Apollo craft. Galileo, in possession of the telescope was sentenced to life imprisonment because his views contradicted the ignorant church leaders. Some rappers think that because we can’t see over the horizon in Galveston Bay that the Earth is flat. Astro physicist Neil de Grasse Tyson clarion calls from his scientific podium do not dissuade the flat earthers from their fixed beliefs. There are sworn advocates of the theory that the Earth is 5,000 years old, and that planet Earth is the center of the universe.  Fairytales must be acknowledged as fairytales. There are flat earthers that believe that the COVID-19 vaccines are sent from hell below and instruments of white supremacy in 2021. Believe it or not, black epidemiologists and other scientists researched and helped in the creation and design of the leading vaccines. Some military members have taken hundreds of vaccines and never had any serious side effects. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was genocidal in effect but an anomaly in the history of vaccine development. If your friends and associates are predominantly anti-vaxxers, you will be more prone to being a conspiracy zealot. If you believe that the presidential election was stolen, if you believe that the murder of Officer Brian Sicknick by the Neo-Confederates on January 6 was not sedition, you are in a select club of

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COMMENTARY: ‘Bad day’ for mass murder

The spiritual and structural-functional breakdown of the nuclear family structure has produced untold and unforeseen consequences. The ungodly/misguided belief that skin-color gives an individual superiority-rights is a spiritually dangerous/destructive belief-system. Every human being is a Child of God, and human-beings should never forget that spiritual fact of human existence, because: “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” God is life and this is why faith must be taught and exampled in family structures, because faith pertains to all of human existence. Therefore, Christian Right Evangelical Pastors must in their preachment substantiate this spiritual fact of human existence, because all of US have unforeseen faith in individuals and corporations that build creature comforts (houses, cars, etc.), therefore: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” All families should teach this spiritual-faith precept repetitiously to children in order to build a God conscience in them; whereby  guns will not become the final arbiter of problem solving, and ultimately seen as GOD. Guns are instruments of negativity, not problem-solving tools, because guns only acerbate problems. Only individuals with a God-conscience understand this profound spiritual knowledge, and moreover, Jesus gave us a living spiritual example of God-Conscience when he said to Peter: “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” This spiritual knowledge applies to any instrument of death that is in vogue at any given time-period. Christian Right Evangelicals, GOP, and Trump Loyalists need to have a “looking glass self- encounter”: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” America, there are too many among us without God-Conscience, and they need to have a “Come to JESUS sustained encounter”. Turning the other cheek is allowing God to fight the battle, because: “The battle is not yours, but God’s”. The spiritual fight is between God and the

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Commentary: David had to go after Goliath

The living dead wants to roll us back to Jim Crow laws and a subordinate position in American life. I know you have been reading between the lines but let me be more explicit. We have elected a President, Congress and an Attorney General and it is high time to strike back against the Neo-Confederates in Texas and the nation. This is a unique opportunity to put the Neo-Confederates on their heels and backs. When President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland in 2016 for the Supreme Court, Moscow Mitch (McConnell) and the Republicans refused to give him a hearing on the basis that 2016 was a presidential year. Now, the cornerstone that was rejected is the chief law enforcement officer in America. Garland indicates that he has not forgotten his humble beginnings with this SANKOFA “never forget” moment. “I come from a family where my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution … the country took us in and protected us, and I feel an obligation to the country to pay back, and this is the highest, best use of my own set of skills to pay back.” The Justice Department’s initial mission was to thwart and corral the white supremacists such as the Ku Klux Klan that were trying to roll back emancipation after the southern states and Texas were defeated. They started strong but failed when federal troops and bayonets were pulled out of the South. Chapter II begins with President Joe Biden and . Atty. General Garland Garland is clear about a straight-line trajectory from the white supremacist Oklahoma bombing in 1995 that killed 168 Americans, including nine babies. The trajectory should start from the bombing and attack on Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 that killed hundreds of people. This race massacre was incited by city officials that deputized and armed low intelligence white citizens to attack the Black community. Garland is proud of his Jewish heritage and cannot be hoodwinked. The same forces that sought to wipe Black people out are the same forces that wanted a final solution by the death of all Jews.

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Commentary: Double-Minded Males

Wisdom is knowledge that comes from God; but more importantly, wisdom is the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. This is why spiritually wise individuals pray for understanding. Therefore, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A doubled minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1: 5-8). God-fearing Christians should never spiritually grope in darkness for answers just ask God to guide choices. Life is about choices. Choices have consequences: good or bad. Asking God for spiritual enlightenment is asking to become Christlike. Question: why are there so many double-minded males in 21st century America? Has it become too spiritually difficult to live as a God-fearing man in 21st century secularized America? That is, live from the inside (internally) to the outside (externally). Double-minded-males sever their conscience from the reality of God in order to physically exist, not spiritually/creatively live. Consequently, secularized American culture frequently and boldly promote double-minded-males in commercial TV ADS; especially Black males. The question is WHY? Is it because if you emasculate the males of a race you destroy that race, because females are the carriers of culture! And, rebirth (procreation) is divinely ordained and occurs only between males and females. Marriage is God’s Idea, and procreation is an absolute proposition. Seeking to maximize the pleasure principle is a dangerous and sometimes deadly proposition, and this is why individuals should be careful about how they seek pleasure. If you cannot understand who you are, and who you belong to, how then can you understand who others are? Nevertheless, God requires that we love each other, because He first loved us. In fact, God says, I knew you before you were conceived in your mother’s womb. All individuals are physically born of a woman’s womb,

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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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