Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “Violent crime in Houston is a public health crisis.” As of February 7th, 2022, only Chicago had (61) homicides compared to Houston’s (57) homicides in 2022. New York and Los Angeles, America’s two largest cities were somewhat respectively lower: 34 and 30. Houston’s homicide numbers reveal a disturbing alarming significant trend: Houstonians are becoming more violent, more ungodly, and more undisciplined and the question is why? Houston, I hate to tell you this, but Houston is a vibrant affluent culturally diverse socio-economically viable city, and some of the individuals who are moving into the Houston area have ungodly reasons for doing so!
Therefore, Houstonians must now become more sophistically aware of our environmental surroundings, and not become prey for criminal minded individuals. We must exercise safe behavioral practices. Thus, Houston’s year to year trend shows an alarming (54%) increase in homicides. Question: how do we as a city and local neighborhood communities reduce these senseless criminal behaviors and violent crimes from occurring? The City of Houston must deploy more community-based policing in high crime areas. Additionally, local communities must have viable community watch programs. If you see something say something and call the police department. We spiritually know that individuals who do not know the Lawgiver will not obey neither God’s nor manmade laws.
Murders and violent crimes are on the rise in Houston. The spiritual question is why, and the following statistics are indicators of the trend related to violent crimes. Again, how do we bring violent criminal behaviors under control in the City of Houston? In 2021 Houston recorded (473) murders an increase of (71%) from the number of murders in 2019. This is the highest murder rate in Houston since the 1990’s. The increase in violence and criminal activity was primarily family related, gang violence, and individual violent robberies. Before we can stop violence, we must spiritually understand why it is happening and where it is occurring. The zip codes with the most murders and criminal activity were Zip Code 77033, the Southpark Neighborhood in Southeast Houston, the area North of the 610 Loop to Tidwell (Zip Code 77022) between Hardy Toll Road and Independence Heights, and Zip Code 77036 the area that includes Sharpstown and Chinatown.
The spiritual answer to why such a dramatic increase in violent crimes lie in the breakdown of the family structure that has resulted in individuals seeking love, pleasure, and social acceptance from the wrong individuals and in all the wrong places. Thus, when God is not at the center of family life it simply means that EGO has Edged God Out, which in turn, only leaves room for the devil and violence. God is LOVE, and love covers a multitude of sins. Hence, all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God, but all individuals do not lie, steal and kill. Churches must play an important role in assisting the Law Enforcement Constabulary in reestablishing moral, because: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29: 18). Houston, there is no neutral attitude concerning righteousness. Amen.
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.