• 3 ½ Minutes to Be Thankful for Black Lives

    Nov 25, 2015, 7:53 a.m.

    Greet your love ones with a smile that is a little brighter. Allow that embrace to last a few precious moments longer. Squeeze that hand just a bit tighter. As we sit down to partake in what has become a long standing tradition of breaking bread surrounded by a host of family and friends this Thanksgiving allow your eyes to gaze around the room and take a mental inventory of all the faces that look back at you. There may be one missing that wasn’t their last year or in some cases a few missing from years past. Be it from other plans made, sickness or some other tragic circumstance be thankful and grateful for the faces you see. There are some families where this time of year is not the best. This time of year does not bring joy and hopes for the future. This time of year just adds to their heartache.
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  • Find Your Way Home with The Wiz for the Holidays

    Nov 20, 2015, 6:56 a.m.

    It is fun to dream about what your future. But when your real life becomes bigger than anything that you could have dreamed its simply amazing. That is the feeling 19-year-old New Jersey native Shanice Williams has been coasting on since receiving the news that she would portray the lead role in NBC’s adaptation of The Wiz.
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  • Sylvester Turner’s Limitlessness Dreams for a Better Houston

    Nov 13, 2015, 1:04 a.m.

    Sylvester Turner is working hard to earn everyone’s vote in the Houston mayor’s race. Since the beginning of 2014, Turner has met with individuals, organizations and community groups across the city, listening to their concerns and discussing his plans for the city.
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  • The Evidence of Powerful Faith

    Nov 6, 2015, 12:33 a.m.

    Faith can be a touchy topic for some. Especially during this time when there are so many things and ideas that one can have faith in. The majority of people associate faith with some type of religious belief but faith can be placed in many things and areas. We all have faith in something. And it is that faith that fuels our dreams, fears, and failures. Religious leader Cora Jakes Coleman is using the basic principle of faith to start a movement to move people from where they are to where they want to go.
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  • Respect is a Two-Way Street

    Oct 30, 2015, 2:02 a.m.

    As a child my parents were not the only ones who raised me. There were my grandparents and my Godparents. My best friends’ parents were all second mothers to me. My elementary school principal and church members all had a hand in the woman I am today. Let me not forget about some key teachers, my mom’s friends, and the leaders of my Girl Scouts troop and other youth organizations I was in. All of these people helped to teach me morals, values and to know the dos and don’ts of life. They were positive influences for my upbringing. And though they are all very different with different life stories and beliefs themselves one rule was universal with them, respect those in authority.
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  • Cedric The Entertainer Tackles Diabetes in Houston With Step On Up Campaign

    Oct 22, 2015, 7:36 p.m.

    While he may forever be known to most as one of the "Original Kings of Comedy," whether it be The Steve Harvey Show or his hilarious turn in Barbershop, there's little that comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer hasn't already accomplished. Now he's added spokesman to his already impressive resume, using his massive platform to inform others about the dangers of diabetic nerve pain (also known as "diabetic peripheral neuropathy) through a campaign called "Step On Up".
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  • Houston to The Million Man March in DC

    Oct 16, 2015, 3:51 a.m.

    The unifying theme at last weekend’s “Justice or Else” march upon Washington was that of healing; healing and discovering the next step. Various apogees had sprouted since the original March on the mall some two decades ago, but some of the more tried and true ones remained. Black newspapers, Black ideologies, the all-important twist and braid of what black represents in so many ways were all present. Many people, young and old, questioned why the national media had delivered so little coverage to the march, considering the intense number of people and how much of the past year had been dedicated to marches and movements following unrest or even worse, riot.
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  • Houston Dynamo Celebrates 10th Season

    Oct 7, 2015, 7:54 a.m.

    Ever since the Houston Dynamo team came to Houston in 2005, the city has had a new injection of energy. Considering how youthful the roster of players are on the team and how much energy they exert during any game and one can easily see how dynamo is the perfect name for the club of ball players. When looking at each player their passion for the game can be seen as well as felt with each play that they make.
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Real Role Models with Scott McClelland

The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity (WALIPP) and the Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ) presents "The Real Role Models" Gala, honoring community leaders, students and media professionals. The evening aimed to reflect positive role models in multiple areas, celebrating journalists, non-profit leaders and scholars. Proceeds from this year’s gala will benefit both WALIPP and HABJ. Funds raised from the event will allow the Lawson Academy to expand its facility. They will also enable HABJ to provide professional development, honor excellence in journalism and cultivate young journalists to enter the professional world of media through various outreach programs. HABJ will allot $20,000 in scholarships to deserving college students majoring in the media and communications field.