By Roy Douglas Malonson

“Nobody trusts anyone in authority today.  It is one of the main features of our age.  Wherever you look, there are lying politicians, crooked bankers, corrupt police officers, cheating journalists and double-dealing media barons, sinister children’s entertainers, rotten and greedy energy companies and out-of-control security services.” -Adam Curtis

I couldn’t agree with Adam Curtis more.  Because over the years, I have witnessed the Black culture go through many changes. One thing which really bothers me is the fact that too many Black folks think they are entitled to a role in leadership, just because they are Black.  But I am sounding the alarm.  Because I am sick and tired of people trying to capitalize off of the Black community for support and then when it’s time to consider what’s best for our community, the people who solicited support from us are nowhere to be found.  I have seen this happen too many times and have been questioned myself when it comes to this, “Do I fight those who I fought for?”

It may sound strange to some people, but it is heart-wrenching to have to battle with someone you once fought so hard to support.  We MUST Understand it is time out for us accepting the first person that comes along screaming they are the next leader.  We have got to start holding our Black leadership, especially the preachers and politicians, accountable.

I always highlight these positions, because they are two seats that have the ability and authority to do and make great things happen in and for our community.  It is time that those assets are used for the people they claim they represent.  In the event that they will not produce, find a replacement!

But I am not just singling out our leaders.  As it is, everybody wants to lead, but everybody can’t lead.  Nobody wants to follow.  Nobody wants to respect, he or she that does what’s best and that is a factor that is crippling us as a people as well.  Nonetheless, we all should have a responsibility in some way, to strive to reach our full potential and encourage those coming behind us to follow those steps.

I often surf the internet researching information and I recently ran across a quote from the Success Club.  It said, “I was raised to treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO.”

I understand this thought pattern because that is the way we were raised also.  It didn’t matter what a person’s affiliation, title, handle, position or status was.  We were taught to respect everyone, especially those who had authority over us. Furthermore, during my day there was a special level of respect that was reserved specifically for our elders and the leaders throughout the community.  But now, we live in a society where people won’t respect themselves, their parents, children, leaders or anyone else for that matter.

Sad to state, but many of our mis-educated folks believe that their education has entitled them to turn their nose up at people.  Many demonstrated a personality which suggests that they don’t have to respect anyone who has reached the level of education they have.  Folks wake up, we have got to do better!

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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