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NFL’s Michael Bennett said a White Player Needed to Kneel During the Anthem – Seth DeValve Listened

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat for the national anthem during the Seahawks’ first two preseason games — something he says he’ll continue to do for the regular season — and he said that it would take a white player joining the national anthem protests to really change the conversation.

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Free METRORail Rides to Theater District Open House

METRO is making the deal even sweeter for TransCanada Theater District Open House patrons with a free ride and a chance to win! Theatergoers can ride METRORail for free on Sunday, Aug. 27, between Theater District Stations and EADO/ Stadium Station from Noon to 5 p.m.

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Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals Hosts Fifth Anniversary of Opulence Drawing Dozens to Alternative Night Life

August ninth marks the fifth anniversary of Opulence Casino Night, Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals’ (HAULYP) signature fundraising event. Hosted at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum, Opulence provides an alternative to the common club or lounge options for nightlife.

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Bet on Black While Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week in Detroit

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) presents its’ 6th Annual Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Summit on August 26, 2017. In unison with Black Breastfeeding Week, this year’s theme, Bet on Black recognizes and acknowledges that the inherent wisdom, strength and self-reliance of black families has always helped to overcome challenges and resulted in the success and growth of black families and communities.

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Prairie View A&M University Again Breaks Records for Freshman Enrollment

For the second year in a row, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is on pace to again exceed its enrollment goal. The university is currently trending 8% ahead of last year’s certified enrollment of 8,762. That surge is driven in large part by a nearly 15.0 percent increase in the number of first-time, full-time freshmen. Additionally, PVAMU has noted a 2-4% increase in retention for continuing students.

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Governor Abbott Requests Disaster Assistance For Hockley County

Governor Greg Abbott has asked the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to declare Hockley County a disaster area following severe storms, winds, heavy rain, hail, and flooding that impacted the area beginning on June 30th, 2017 and continuing through July 4th, 2017. As a result of this devastating weather many homes and businesses were affected in the area, creating an economic emergency for the residents of the county.

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College of William and Mary Creating Mural to Honor Lynn Briley, Karen Ely and Janet Brown, 1st Black Students Who Lived on Campus

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, is commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first Black residential students on campus by creating a mural that will be permanently displayed at the university’s Swen Library.

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NAACP Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Icon, Writer and Comedian Dick Gregory

The NAACP mourns the death of comedic legend and civil rights icon Dick Gregory, who passed away today at age 84. Gregory broke down the barriers of segregation in American comedy and entertainment, and consistently lent his celebrity status to the ongoing fight for civil rights.

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NFL Fans Across the Country Experience “Random Acts of Kickoff”

98TH NFL Season Premieres with Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots​

In the lead-up to the 2017 NFL season, all 32 clubs are hosting RANDOM ACTS OF KICKOFF fan experiences, ranging from surprise player and celebrity appearances, to team rallies with free merchandise and game tickets, to events supporting non-profit organizations in the community. Visit NFL.com/Kickoff or follow #KICKOFF2017 and #RANDOMACTSOFKICKOFF on social media to view team activations.

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Jose Altuve Named Hickok Belt® Award Winner for July 2017

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has been named the Hickok Belt® Award winner for the month of July 2017. Voting was conducted by a select panel of members of the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). The voters selected Altuve for his torrid hitting throughout the month. In July, he batted .485 with four home runs, 21 RBI and a .727 slugging percentage.

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Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting Fireworks Postponed Until 2019

Due to the construction of Post Oak Boulevard, the Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event, held on Thanksgiving evening, is being postponed until 2019. Post Oak Boulevard is currently being rebuilt into an exquisitely designed Grand Boulevard.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Offers Prayers For The Missing Sailors On The USS John S. McCain

Jackson Lee: “I pray for the speedy recovery of the missing sailors and urge the Navy to conduct a full-scope investigation into the naval accidents that have injured and killed are brave men and women in uniform.”

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on Passing of Comedian Icon And Philanthropist Jerry Lewis

Jackson Lee: “In his more than seven decades in show business, Jerry Lewis brought us laughter, tears and awareness of an insidious disease that impacts millions of Americans and their families every year.”

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Dick Gregory Provided Comic Relief During Trying Struggle For Civil Rights

Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “Dick Gregory was a friend to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a man of courage, who often placed the equality of African Americans ahead of his own professional career.”

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Confederate Statues Come Down at University Of Texas at Austin

The president of the University of Texas at Austin has ordered the immediate removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and three other Confederate-era figures — Albert Sidney Johnston, John Reagan and James Stephen Hogg — from a main area of campus.

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Journalist Shaun King Reveals 1st Part of 5-Part Investigative Series on Corrupt Policing and Arrest Quotas in NYC

A snippet and the link to this brave man’s work is below. Please read and follow this groundbreaking series via medium.com as well as Shaun King (Facebook, Twitter). He is doing so much what needs to be done to root out injustice not only in NYC, but all across the country:

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Condemns The President For Excessive Travel Leading To A Financial Crisis For The Secret Service

Jackson Lee: “The Secret Service is in financial crisis largely because of the thoughtless travel of President Trump and his extended family, travel that does little to advance the interests of the American people.”

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement On President’s Afghanistan Speech

Jackson Lee: “The President’s loosely defined plan for Afghanistan leaves too many critical questions unanswered and does a disservice to the brave men and women of the U.S. military who put their lives on the line in defense of this nation.”

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Pastor Bridget Hilliard Donates 75 Thousand Dollars to Kids for Back-to-school

Pastor Bridget Hilliard, the founder of B's Girls Foundation, recently initiated her first annual "B's Girls Shopping Trip" and hosted New Light Church's third annual back to school bash, where she donated seventy-five thousand dollars to kids in the Houston community. On August 12, 2017, Pastor Hilliard escorted twenty-two girls via a coach bus to partake in a shopping spree at the Galleria Mall. Each girl received a budget of one-thousand dollars to shop at various stores such as Nordstroms, Aldo, H&M and Forever 21.

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HMAAC: "He had more than a dream"

HMAAC is proud to present "Say That He Had More Than A Dream" during the anniversary weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic and timeless "I have a dream" speech.

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Houston … Mission Is a ‘Go’ Space Center Houston’s Crowdfunder Rockets Past Goal

Generous people around the world supported Space Center Houston’s mission to help restore NASA’s Historic Mission Control. The nonprofit’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign, "Webster Challenge: Restore Historic Mission Control,” more than doubled its initial Kickstarter goal and rocketed past the city of Webster matching funds to raise nearly $507,000. In total, $5 million is needed to restore and sustain this iconic area and, thanks to this successful campaign, Space Center Houston has raised more than $4 million toward that goal.

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Today on News One Now: Remembering Comedian, Author, and Activist Dick Gregory - "A Man Who Absolutely Believed In Black Media"

Today on News One Now, host and managing editor Roland Martin spoke with founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc. Cathy Hughes, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Ambassador Andrew Young about the life of comedian, author, and activist Dick Gregory. Gregory died on Saturday at the age of 84. Martin called Gregory “a man who absolutely believed in black media,” which Hughes agreed with.

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TSU Regents Confirm Melinda Spaulding as New VP of University Advancement

Texas Southern University’s Board of Regents unanimously confirmed Melinda Spaulding Chevalier as the new Vice President of University Advancement. Spaulding, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will direct the university’s marketing, communications, development and alumni relations departments. The confirmation took place at the board’s quarterly meeting on August 18.

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Kansas City Teacher Darryl Chamberlin Creates Youth Orchestra With his Own Money

Darryl Chamberlain was determined to create a youth orchestra come hell or high water. In these uncertain times, where public school budget cuts are impacting African American students perhaps more than ever before, Chamberlain, a history teacher in Kansas City, Missouri, began thinking out of the box.

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Federal Court Invalidates Part of Texas Congressional Map for Violating Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution

Federal judges invalidated two Texas congressional districts Tuesday, ruling that they must be fixed by either the Legislature or a federal court. A three-judge panel in San Antonio unanimously ruled that Congressional Districts 27 and 35 violate the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act.

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National Football League and Tencent Announce China Digital Partnership

Tencent to become NFL’s exclusive live streaming media partner in China

The National Football League (NFL) and Tencent Holdings Limited, ("Tencent", HKSE: 0700) today announced a three-year partnership to make Tencent Sports the exclusive live digital streaming media partner of the NFL in China.

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Confederate Statues On University of Texas' Campus Being Removed

Letter from the University of Texas President, Gregory L. Fenves.

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“The Diplomat’s Daughter” by Karin Tanabe

He almost got your nose. Or your cheek. Awkward, for sure, but on the second try, it finally happened. Then again. And again, each one sweeter than the last. As long as you live, you’ll never forget your very first romantic kiss or the person who gave it to you – even if, as in the novel, “The Diplomat’s Daughter” by Karin Tanabe, there’s a war outside the window.

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Galveston School Using Usual Defense in Bullying Case of African American Student

A private school in Galveston is using a religious exemption defense to fight a lawsuit brought by the parents of an African American student who say their child was subjected to racial taunts and threats while attending, including receiving “KKK origami” notes given by bullies.

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Houstonian Wins First Place in H-E-B Quest for Texas Best Competition

H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best judges narrowed the field of 25 finalists to just FIVE winners on Friday, August 11 at the Central Texas Food Bank.

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Predominantly African-American Church Vandalized with Nazi, Politically-Charged Symbols

The Waco Tribune reports graffiti bearing Nazi symbolism, the word “Satan” and the name of the president of the United States was found Tuesday morning at a predominantly black Baptist church in McLennan County that is home to about 30 members.

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Texas Southern University Is Now Home to NAACP Official Archives

Texas Southern University has been designated as the official depository of records from the Texas NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). A special presentation was held August 17 in the University’s Robert J. Terry Library. The collection consists of minutes, newspaper clippings, legal documents, brochures, Freedom Banquet programs and photographs, along with digitized images from individual Texas NAACP branches.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Condemns ISIS Terrorist Attack That Killed At Least 12 Persons in Barcelona, Spain

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today regarding the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 persons dead and more than 100 victims injured:

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2 Texas Officers Cleared After Subjecting Black College Student to Body Cavity Search

The Root, previously reported on June 20, 2015, about the encounter Charnesia Corley had when she was pulled by two Harris County, Texas, deputies after allegedly running a stop sign.

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Hot Spot at Hawaii? Not So Fast

Rice University scientists' model shows global mantle plumes don't move as quickly as thought

Through analysis of volcanic tracks, Rice University geophysicists have concluded that hot spots like those that formed the Hawaiian Islands aren't moving as fast as recently thought.

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Applications Being Accepted for Free Program That Helps Houstonians Learn How to Get Out of Debt and Become Financially Fit

Capital One Bank and Windsor Village United Methodist Church are now accepting applications for the next session of Debt Boot Camp: How to Get Out, Stay Out and Become Financially Fit!

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HCDE Board Names First Public Recovery High School in County ‘Fortis Academy’

The name of the first public recovery high school in Harris County is officially “Fortis Academy” as the Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees voted 5 to 1 in favor of the school’s naming at its Aug. 16 meeting.

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Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Reforming Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders In Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) to strengthen patient protections related to Do-Not Resuscitate Orders. This bill closes a loophole in state law that permitted doctors to place Do-Not Resuscitate Orders on patients without their consent. Protecting life in all its forms was an essential part of the Governor's special session agenda.

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Governor Abbott Signs School Finance Reform Legislation

Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 21 (HB 21) to create a school finance commission as well as provide immediate funding for public education, historic funding for charter school facilities and new programs for students with special needs.

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"Go Astros" Shuttle Improves Game Day Thursday Commute

It's been an exciting season for the Houston Astros. But all the activity at Minute Maid Park can mean increased traffic downtown during the afternoon rush hour, causing big delays for commuters.

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Campbell Soup CEO Latest to Quit Trump Council

The CEO of Campbell Soup Co. became the latest CEO Wednesday to walk away from President Trump. "Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville," CEO Denise Morrison said. "I believe the President should have been -- and still needs to be -- unambiguous on that point."

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Theatre Under The Stars ​to Hold Local Houston Auditions for ​SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is holding dance auditions for the upcoming holiday production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, which TUTS is bringing to Houston with Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP).

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TXDOT Is Hiring - Texans Encouraged to Attend Job Fair This Week

The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a career fair to help fill open positions in numerous fields within the agency. Benefits include health insurance, paid leave, tuition assistance and more. Recruiting opportunities include:

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FREE Backpacks this Saturday @ Tidwell Park

Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Davis - along with Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston and DJ Mr. Rogers- hosts a Back to School Block Party at Tidwell Park!

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Local Philanthropists Anna and Raj Asava to donate $100,000 to the North Texas Food Bank

The Asava family will launch NTFB’s first Indo-American Council to mobilize the Indian community in the fight against hunger

Longtime North Texas Food Bank supporters Aradhana (Anna) and Raj G. Asava have pledged to donate $100,000 to the North Texas Food Bank in conjunction with the launch of NTFB’s Indo-American Council (NTFB-IAC), which the couple will co-chair.

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League-Leading Astros Celebrate Legends Weekend During Upcoming Homestand

Astros take on Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland A’s and Washington Nationals in eight-game homestand

The Houston Astros return home tomorrow to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (August 16-17) and continue the homestand against the Oakland A’s (August 18-20) and Washington Nationals (August 22-24). With just 42 games remaining in the regular season, Houston leads the AL West Division by 11.5 games and the American League over the Boston Red Sox by 5.0 games. The Astros also lead the Majors in runs, hits, doubles, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS, owning one of the most potent offenses in franchise and MLB history.

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Mayor Turner Requests Study of Confederacy Statues

Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked top staff members to study whether statues related to the Confederacy should be removed from city property.

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UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon in Houston Helps Deserving Students in Pursuit of a Higher Education

Mayor Sylvester Turner will serve as keynote speaker

UNCF unites the community for a great cause—education—as it hosts the fifth anniversary Mayor’s Luncheon at the downtown Hyatt Regency on August 18, 2017. Networking and registration starts at 1 p.m. The luncheon will begin promptly at noon.

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“Party of Lincoln Has Crashed”

Jackson Lee: “Republicans must now stand up en masse in defense of the American idea and ideal of equality of all persons by denouncing Trump’s obscene attempt to normalize neo-Nazis and White Supremacists. If the President does not know the difference between neo-Nazis and anti-racist protesters, then it is time for a different president.”

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Hugo Awards 2017: NK Jemisin Wins Best Novel for 2nd Year in a Row

A year after NK Jemisin became the first black person to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the African American author has landed the prestigious science fiction prize for the second year running.

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