The 2023 Mayor’s Campaign

In 1963, Ebony Magazine featured an article on the three best cities for Black Americans to reside, thrive, and live in. These cities were Los Angles, Atlanta, and Houston. Two of these great cities have come a long way in improving socio-economic conditions and opportunities for Blacks due in part to stellar first-class Black political leadership, and one of the three cities is the mecca for Black business developmental opportunities.

Another city has shown great possibilities, but because of limited-levels of inclusionary, and visionary leadership, it has not been as successful as it could and should have been in the business arena because Black business owners have not received their fair-share of prime contracts. Sadly, Blacks have always been at the bottom of the totem-pole-ladder when it comes to socio-economic developmental opportunities. And it seems as though in the third city, there is a political “crab-barrel-mentality” that is perpetrated by elected political leaders. Yet, and still, for the most part, all the political leaders are multi-millionaires. However, there was a breath of fresh political air that blew through this city from, 1998-2004, because Blacks and other minorities did receive multiple prime contracts. What a glorious time-period it was in Houston under the mayoral leadership of Lee P. Brown! Sadly, in 2023, Black business owners are unable to receive prime contracts from the political efforts of Black politicians. Thanks be to God, we have a socio-political-voting opportunity in (2023) to set the socio-political-economic record straight in upcoming Mayoral races across the USA, especially in Houston.

The 2023 Mayoral Campaign in the City of Houston is shaping-up to be very, very interesting, because of the diverse highly qualified and capable field of candidates. Gilbert Garcia entered the mayor’s race, a man of impeccable God conscience. It is widely rumored that a particular high-profile national figure might enter the race as well. And it must be said, if this political personality enters the race for mayor, it would be Katie bar the door! Senator John Whitmire filed early, and both former City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards and former County Clerk Chris Hollins filed early too.

Houston, when all is said and done, the 2023 Mayor’s race has a stellar socio-economic-political class of candidates, and all of them are highly qualified first-class capable individuals. Grass-roots-retail politics wins election, not sophisticated media-blitzes (Television ADS). Retail strategic campaigning, especially in minority communities is the best method of cementing campaign messages in the hearts and minds of voters. No doubt about it, touching and agreeing on a personal level with voters is a winning campaign strategy. Minority voter turnout is the key to winning the (2023) mayoral race.

Whoever is the successful winner of the (2023) mayoral race will have to find creative ways to resolve Houston’s financial (woes) indebtedness. In fact, the City of Houston just might need to seek forgiveness of its state indebtedness. Additionally, the firemen and policemen pension fund issues must be creatively addressed, because we need high levels of professionalism in both public service entities. Houston, get ready for a highly competitive, interesting, and lively (2023) campaign for the Office of the Mayor, because righteousness exalts a city, and wrongdoing is a reproach to any citizen. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14: 34). Amen!

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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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