By: Roy Douglas Malonson

When Donald Trump asked Black Americans “What have you got to lose?” he should have been asking himself that as he surely found out what he had to lose – the presidency –  no matter how much he tries to dispute it. The days of his manipulation and race baiting will no longer be tied to his “commander in chief” title.

And in classic Trump fashion, he is going down kicking and screaming like a “terrible twos” toddler, unwilling to concede and attacking the votes of the people he begged for support.

The president is challenging the votes of minority-heavy areas, contesting election results in cities where he was the clear loser and doing everything he can to hold up the country from “getting about its business and moving on.”

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie finally had the courage to do what most Republicans have been afraid to do – speak out against the president’s actions and call them exactly what they are — an embarrassment!

The president is aggressively trying to invalidate ballots cast in Philadelphia, Detroit and other heavily Democratic cities, an effort that would disenfranchise a disproportionate number of Black voters, but he has not been successful.

The Trump team is trying to dismiss these challenges as merely questioning results in cities where, in their eyes, fraud is most likely to have occurred, but most people say it is time to just call it what it is: RACISM!

“The targeting of the African American community is not subtle,” Bob Bauer, legal adviser to President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign, said. “I think it’s quite remarkable how brazen that is. It’s very, very disturbing.”

Trump’s “elections fraud” claims focused on cities with large Black populations, and it should be noted that he also lost in places outside the urban centers of battleground states. In suburban counties in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Biden improved his margin of victory by nearly 6 percentage points, compared to Hillary Clinton in 2016, or a combined 361,000 votes.

According to reports, in urban counties with more than 1 million population, Biden’s margin increased just 1.6 points, or 193,000 votes, relative to Clinton.

In Pennsylvania, the most hotly contested state, those suburban voters alone were enough to flip the state to Biden.

If you need more clear proof of Trump’s team attacking Black voters, just look at how they targeted Detroit, a city that is 79% Black.

Two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially refused to certify the Nov. 3 election results, claiming the vote in Detroit was suspect, and the Republican chairwoman of the board, Monica Palmer, said during the debate that she would be open to certifying the vote in “communities other than Detroit.”

The members of that board reversed their decision after the NAACP came out publicly against them, releasing a public statement saying, “Shame on you. Shame on you!”

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, has repeatedly accused Philadelphia, Detroit and other “Black” cities of being run by corrupt political machines with a history of election fraud. He said there was a national conspiracy to rig the election, and that Democrats chose cities where “they can control” workers and law enforcement.

Of course, none of this has been proven and Trump’s string of lawsuits filed have been either rejected or dismissed.

What did Michelle Obama say? “It is what it is.”

Being a true leader is as much about how you FINISH, as how you START.

If Trump were a schoolboy, would we chastise him for being a “sore loser?” We think most adults, educators and parents would agree that we would.

So, again. We go back to the original question, “what have you got to lose?”

The answer is – “you already lost it – your damn dignity.”

The votes have been counted. Democracy still has its place in America. Time to find a new address. The people have spoken, “Goodbye Mr. President!”

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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