The DeAnne Group Honors Community ‘Sankofa’ Leaders

Southern Travelers performing a melody of songs

HOUSTON – Recently, the DeAnne Group hosted its 3rd Annual Holiday ‘Sankofa’ Celebration at the Third Ward Multi-Service Center located at 3611 Ennis St., 77051. The theme of the event was “Back to the Basics”, which correlates with the term, ‘Sankofa’. ‘Sankofa’ teaches that, “we must go back to our roots in order to move forward.” The DeAnne Group subscribes to a motto which states, “we want to leave a place better than we found it.”
Residents from the community, activists, business owners, singers, ministers and a gallery of others all joined together to celebrate with the seniors of the community as they enjoyed the award luncheon. Several esteemed and influential individuals throughout the city of Houston were honored at the event of whom the DeAnne Group has recognized as ‘Sankofa’ leaders. The Seniors luncheon was held in memory of Dan Gray and Samuel “Pomp” Moore and in honor of Mrs. Nina Frederick.
Tammy Moore who is the Assistant to the United States Attorney served as the Mistress of Ceremony. Founders of the DeAnne Group, Roy Dean Moore and Anne L. Frederick opened up the afternoon’s program while, Michael Robertson made all of those in attendance welcome. Pastor Leroy Joseph gave the invocation and the Southern Travelers put on a mini-concert which got all of the guests up and moving to the beautiful Christian selections of jubilee.
A raffle drawing was held  once everyone was seated back in their seats from the splendid musical performances rendered by the Southern Travelers.  After Dr. Lisa Burrell had words of expression the keynote speaker of the evening took center stage in the person of Rev. L.E. Gibbs. Rev. Gibbs is an Associate Minister of Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
He began his address off by stating, “Today is a good day, regardless of how you woke up today – it’s still a good day.” He made reference to the theme of the day throughout his entire message. Rev. Gibbs went on to explain that going “Back to the Basics” starts first within the home. “If you haven’t been reared right your community will be bad” he said.“The way you are trained is the way you will think and they way you will believe and your belief is you.”
Rev Gibbs referred back to Proverbs 22:6, which states, “Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Throughout the building nods of approval were seen by the seniors and guests, which was an indication that those in attendance were in total agreement with the sentiments that Rev. Gibbs expressed.
Once lunch was served and all attendees assembled back in their perspective places, the 2014 Deans Lists Honorees were acknowledged. Dorris Ellis, Sandra Massie Hines, Florida Cooper, Travis McGee, Ovide Duncantell, Henry A. Vogel, Edward and Mary Banks, Evelyn Smalley and Roy Douglas Malonson were all honored for the outstanding work that each one contributes in their varying communities and businesses.
As each honoree was called, they were given the opportunity to have words. They each showed appreciation and gratitude for the honor that had been bestowed upon them.
Overall, the luncheon was a success and after seeing and hearing various speakers repetitively refer to the community going, “Back to the Basics” it undoubtedly gave many attendees good food for thought.

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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