Without the power to communicate, I truly believe African-Americans would be in a situation worse than they are. African-American journalists have a very important role in providing essential information to people who are not considered to be credible. Without people writing and speaking out about the successful and positive endeavors of Black, Brown and other disrespected Americans, the news we would get about these Americans would mostly be negative.
When you see more negative news than positive news on certain groups, you have to question the communication between the media and those groups. That is why it’s important that we have Black publications, which actively communicate with African-Americans and are able to highlight their greatness. I am not trying to say there aren’t negative activities happening in Black communities, because there are.
In fact, there are “bad actors” in every American neighborhood; however, there are more productive citizens in Black communities than those which are often highlighted by various media outlets. Oftentimes, we see majority of these outlets only focus on the negative things that happen in Black communities.
Sad to say, when you look at the American major news media of television, newspapers, radio, magazines, the internet and other outlets, they are predominantly made up of White people, while Black people in sports and entertainment are given media attention basically for their performance and amusement abilities; however, for the most part there is much more attention from American media on Black people when they do something wrong.
The power to communicate allows young and old people the ability to work together on goals which help not just African-Americans, and our communities’, but, all Americans. For those who may think I’m not telling the truth, do your own research on your local media outlets. Find out how many African-Americans, Brown people and other so-called minorities are on their staff and what their positions or status is at that business.
Imagine if the majority of these recent massive shootings and murders at schools, clubs and other places in America had been done by Black men instead of White men. I know the coverage by America’s media would have focused more on them and their race than they have done on the current killers.
The more African-Americans and other minorities that speak out against this element, the stronger the nation can become. I really feel good when I talk with White Americans across Texas and America who tell me they enjoyed reading about successful endeavors accomplished by African-Americans. They tell me if they had not read it in a Black newspaper, or heard a Black journalist say it, they would have never known this “positive news”about Black people.
Historically, America has not been kind to Black people, rooting in the fact that only our ancestors were slaves in this nation; therefore, the way media outlets portray African-Americans should not come as a surprise. But with new avenues of Black media things are changing.
The “Power to Communicate” is one of the main ingredients that America must use to bring our currently “divided country”together and we the media are there to make it happen! God Bless America!
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.