PRAIRIE VIEW – Prairie View A&M University Interim Athletics Director Alicia Pete removed the interim tag from La Tonia Thirston, promoting her to the new Director of Sports Information.
“Ms. Thirston has become one of the most respected and dependable assets within our athletics department,” Pete said. “She’s been an integral part of our teams success and is one of our department’s unsung heroes.”
With nearly two decades of athletics communications experience under her belt, Thirston arrived at The Hill in November 2016 and took over the reins of the PVAMU athletics communications department in an interim role in February 2019.
She has overseen the publicity efforts of an impressive run of success for Panther athletics, having led the promotional tactics for the 2018 SWAC Softball and Men’s Outdoor Track championship-winning teams as well as the 2019 SWAC Men’s Basketball, Bowling and Soccer championship squads.
Additionally, Thirston has served as the lead statistician at all Panther home sporting events and has been actively involved in various external operations as well as the day-to-day management of communications efforts within the athletic department.
“I am elated,” Thirston said. “It’s funny, but this is one of two titles that I have not held since my stint in athletics, and I appreciate Mrs. Pete for giving me this opportunity.”
A stalwart in the Alabama State sports information department from 2001 until her arrival at Prairie View, Thirston’s career began in Alabama State University’s office of admissions and recruitment as a recruiter. She went on to hold various administrative titles within ASU athletics and was the inaugural bowling coach for the Lady Hornets, guiding the team to a division championship during its second year of existence and ultimately going on to oversee the communications efforts for several championship-winning teams for Alabama State.
Thirston is an active member of CoSida (College Sports Information Directors of America), BCSida(Black College Sports Information Directors of America), as well as a member of the most distinguished organization of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and Who’s Who of America.
The native of Waukegan, Illinois earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1991. Thirston has two daughters, LaTajia and LaTyahna, both of whom are students at Prairie View A&M.
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.
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