The Southwest Art Fest featured Frank Frazier’s Visual Arts Collection in Killeen

By: Elisabeth Treadwell, Texas Metro News The 2021 Southwest Art Fest (SWAF) hosted by Endeavors Performing Arts & Special Events Venue in Killeen, TX featured the artistic works of internationally renowned visual artist Frank Frazier. Frazier, a retired disabled Vietnam Army Veteran, led a caravan of other amazing artists from all over the U.S. to Killeen Labor Day weekend. Their incredible paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other unique creations were showcased at Endeavors located at 868 S. Fort Hood St. in the 440 Plaza. Prominent sculptors and visual artists including Burl Washington, Cedric Chandler, Fredrick Douglas Moore, Victor Hoover, Jarrad Hamilton, Billy Edmonds and Fanta Celah converged in Killeen at Endeavors. Also, there was Dallas-based Elegant Home Decor artist Dominique Dunbar and African Wear Designer & Clothier Amadou. At Endeavors, these artists merged their prize artwork alongside well-known and respected Killeen artists Reshard Hicks, Roshanda Prior, Rhea Rose and Austin’s Devan Mingo and Lakeem Wilson. Visual Art enthusiasts as well as the general public were also able to chat it up with local nonprofits such as The Innovation Black Chamber of Commerce and shop with local vendors such as J-Sassy Designs and Danielle’s Delicious Deserts. The Southwest Art Fest kicked off on Saturday September 4 with Killeen Mayor Segarra of presenting The SWAF a proclamation declaring September 4 and 5 as the official days of the festival in Killeen. Fest-goers then grooved to the sounds of DJ Rob Flex, enjoyed a performance by Ursula Cimone of Soul Arts Collective and Spoken Word Artist, Shake The Poet. Fest-goers then experienced a fashion show spotlighting music from the up-and coming international singer Hone7, wearing fierce fashions by “Emerging With Beauty” founder Cinderella Fonken. Performances by Violinist Hillary Riley, award-winning international singing sensation from Chicago, Rooby Man and Siva Ori Polynesia Fire Dancers wowed the crowd as the first day of the fest came to a close. On Sunday, several car clubs rolled up just after The Mini Monopoly Youth Dancers performed at the soulful brunch provided by the official SWAF restaurant, Jolly’s. Fest-goers quenched their thirst with ice cold water donated by Riley […]

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Thousands View NNPA’s First Virtual Convention

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “This represents a tremendous step forward for the Black Press of America. We note that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Press of America has been able to overcome many of the obstacles that the pandemic continues to present. We plan to rebroadcast the virtual NNPA 2020 convention as soon as we conclude some post-production edits and additions.”

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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.

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