“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
-President Barack Obama
By Roy Douglas Malonson
I was reminded of the words of our former President after watching the most recent Presidential debate held at Texas Southern University. With all that the nation has witnessed in the last few years, it is very clear that America truly needs CHANGE we can all truly believe in. Donald Trump’s administration should have shown the American people several things. Most importantly of them all, African-Americans should be paying close attention to the candidates that are seeking office and studying their character and dispositions, and how they feel on key issues. Because if we are not careful, we are going to land ourselves in another four-years of confusion.
We MUST Understand, enough is enough! It is time for US to wake up and start being concerned about the things that affect us and our children. Those who know me best, are aware that I religiously tell Our People, We Must hold Our Leaders accountable. And that is, regardless if they look like us or not. As it is, we have two of the most powerful tools that any person in America can have. “Our Money” and “Our Vote” carries a lot of weight, which is why We MUST be careful who we give them to.
As it relates to the “Great Democratic Debate” which featured the ten leading Democratic candidates for President, the central focus was placed on gun control and health care, as well as, immigration. It was the first time that all ten candidates appeared on the same platform.
I must admit that several of the candidates stood out to me as I watched them address issues which directly impacts, we Africans living in America. Overall, I would have to say Beto O’Rourke stole the show. However, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders all made compelling arguments in response to the issues presented to them.
Concluding, I would like to encourage all of our readers to pay close attention to all of the debates involving candidates seeking the office of presidency. We can learn a lot from these candidates just by listening to them talk and paying attention to their mannerisms. Because in the words of Lyndon B. Johnson, “It’s not doing what is right that’s hard for a President. It’s knowing what is right.” So, the best way for us to see what type of President is best to serve us, We MUST pay attention to how they feel on things that matter to us.
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.