By: Omowale Luthuli- Allen As portrayed in the captivating documentary “Summer of Soul,” the 1960’s was a time when the Negro and the colored identifications for Black people died. In 1966, a talent deserving of wider recognition graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in San Antonio, Texas. Wilbur Eusan and wife knew about the upside of their elder daughter, Lynn Eusan, while the world awaited her brilliant explosion. This supernova with an Andromeda sized heart decided to enter a public university in Texas. Lynn’s mom had a confidant and lifelong friend in Houston, Richie Dell Moore of the Silk Stocking, Third Ward – Houston Texas. Ms. Richie Dell Moore was the musical north star of the Moore family, talented daughters Anita and Angela Moore, and saxophonist Bernard Moore. Having a family away from home was a reassuring factor in convincing the Eusans to bless Lynn’s decision to attend the University of Houston during the summer of 1966. Lynn was an accomplished high school journalist at Phyllis Wheatley and the University of Houston had an emerging top notch journalism department. The University of Houston had transitioned from a private to public university in 1963. Ezekiel Cullen, trustee of the school, boasted that no Black person would ever enter the University of Houston. Simultaneously, Black students from East Texas, the inner city Houston, the 44-Acres Homes and Southeastern Louisiana took the fork in the road to UH. Prior to the influx in 1965 and 66, notable was the presence of a handful of star scholarship Black basketball and football players. At the time of Lynn’s entrance, UH had not made any provisions to include Black students into the mainstream of campus life. This deficiency led to the creation of the Committee on Better Race Relations (COBRR) under the leadership of upper-classman Gene L. Locke. Lynn provided more than ample leadership as Vice President and a movement was born. Clusters of Black students from the 44 Acres Homes, Veronica Dorian Becnel, Mary Bowers, Sherra Aguirre, Michelle Barnes, Wilbur Taylor, Calvin Stephens, Doris Jones, Sue Smith and Jackie Wilson were turnkey ready to […]
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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 www.edwardsforhouston.com
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.