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July 4th Event Cancelled In Accordance With COVID-19 Guidelines

In another proactive move to safeguard citizens during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, Missouri City officials have cancelled the 2020 Fourth of July Celebration festivities, including the annual fireworks show.

HISD students can apply now for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer

Up to $285 available for families who lost access to no-charge school meals

HISD families can now complete the applications necessary to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit for families who lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to school closures.

Fresh Bus produce delivery program announces new community stops to better serve families

The Fresh Bus produce delivery program is announcing new community stops to better serve students and families.

TSU Board Approves Temporary Revision to Admissions Standards Due to COVID-19

The Texas Southern University Board of Regents unanimously approved a temporary addition to the existing university admissions standards, allowing an important COVID-19-related exemption for first-time, incoming freshman who meet specific criteria. TSU will provide automatic admission for any student in the top 25 percent of his/her graduating class who has a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Additionally, these students will not need to present ACT or SAT scores. This change is effective immediately and is due to limited or lack of ACT and SAT testing as a result of COVID-19.

Human Rights Campaign Responds to Enactment of Puerto Rico Civil Code Revisions

Code fails to include comprehensive protections for LGBTQ residents

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization — responded to the enactment of Puerto Rico’s revised civil code by criticizing leaders’ failure to explicitly include vital comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents. HRC also condemns the legislature's amendment process, which was rushed through during a pandemic and did not allow sufficient opportunity for civic participation.

Urban One, Inc. Hosts We Are One: More Than A Hashtag Virtual Town Hall For Injustices Around The Country On Thursday, June 4 At 8 p.m. ET

Veteran Media Personality Sybil Wilkes to Moderate with Featured Panelists NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Political Commentator Bakari Sellers, CURLS Founder and CEO Mahisha Dellinger, Reach Media Syndicated Radio Hosts Russ Parr, Erica Campbell, Angie Ange, Rickey Smiley, Willie Moore, Jr., and Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart

“Ready to Save the World” with Mass Vaccine Manufacturing

Texas A&M Center, Fujifilm Biotech prepared for U.S. order to make COVID-19 vaccines

Texas A&M University is home to a state-of-the-art biotech manufacturing center that’s set up to make millions of vaccine doses … and make them in a hurry.

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Minneapolis Police for Attacking Journalists at Protests

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota overnight filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of journalists who were targeted and attacked by Minneapolis and Minnesota police while covering protests over the killing of George Floyd. The lawsuit was filed against the city of Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Minneapolis police.

Ninth Circuit says states, counties can sue VW in Dieselgate cases

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan today praised a federal court ruling that affirmed the right of state and local governments to sue Volkswagen over tampering with emissions devices on their vehicles after they were sold.

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Friendly Faces Sharing Insights, Resources for Those Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s this Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and those caring for loved ones at home who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia are facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Relief Telemed Launches COVID Mitigation Platform for Businesses

Louisiana Technology Park member company Relief Telemed, a virtual care platform, announced today that it has launched it’s COVID Mitigation Platform.

Board & Brush Creative Studio is Coming to League City Plaza in League City, Texas

Weingarten Realty (NYSE: WRI) announced that Board & Brush Creative Studio is leasing 1,613 SF at League City Plaza in League City, Texas.

Citywide celebration set to take place on HISD campuses to honor high school graduates

Houston Independent School District graduating seniors will gather outdoors on their high school campuses in their caps and gowns on Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate during a citywide event spearheaded by Mayor Sylvester Turner in collaboration with HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan. Houston Independent School District graduating seniors will gather outdoors on their high school campuses in their caps and gowns on Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate during a citywide event spearheaded by Mayor Sylvester Turner in collaboration with HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan.

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Author Teddy Hayes brings to life modern African-American detective Devil Barnett in acclaimed book series

Writer hopes to turn detective novels into television or film series

Prolific author Teddy Hayes has developed one of the most unique detective book series over the last 20 years. Hayes’ crime genre series features hardened New York City African-American detective Devil Barnett, a “bad ass” private detective seeking redemption from his previous life in the CIA where he was deployed to kill others for a living.

WEST: Military Must Not Be Used Against Peaceful Protestors, Condemns Trump’s Grandstanding

DALLAS--State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas), candidate for U.S. Senate in the July 14 Democratic Primary Runoff, issued the following Statement on Tuesday:

CAIR-Houston to Join Black Lives Matter ‘Justice 4 George Floyd’ March

Muslim civil rights group calls for release of detained protesters, law enforcement transparency

Later today, the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join Black Lives Matter: Houston for its "Justice 4 George Floyd" march to City Hall. March begins at 3 p.m. at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street.

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Governor Abbott Provides Update On State's Response To Protest Violence, Calls For Unity And Peaceful Protests

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Dallas where he provided an update on Texas' response to protest violence across the state. In his remarks, the Governor called for swift justice in the case of George Floyd’s death, and discussed the ways Texas is working with local law enforcement to maintain order and uphold public safety so that peaceful protestors can continue to make their voices heard.

Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce releases statement in light of current events

President and CEO Tam Hawkins shares personal statement in support of the Austin black business community

Today, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce (GABC), Tam Hawkins, shares a personal statement in response to the current climate of social injustice in the United States of America and in support of the Austin black business community.

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Congressman Al Green Stands in Solidarity with Floyd Family, Attends ‘A Salute to George’ Rally and March

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement:

Alliance for Justice Condemns Rampant Police Brutality

Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement: “Our nation is facing a great reckoning. The tragic murder of George Floyd last week was only the latest senseless death of an African-American citizen at police hands. The world watched the shocking footage of Derek Chauvin holding his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, but only the video evidence distinguished it from so many other police killings. Alliance for Justice expresses its deepest sympathies to George Floyd’s family, friends, and loved ones and to all people coping with this callous disregard for life.

Ben Jealous Selected as President of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation

The boards of directors of People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation are honored to announce that Benjamin Todd Jealous has been selected as the next president of both organizations. Jealous will take office on June 15. He succeeds Michael Keegan, who has served as president of the organizations for 11 years and will continue to serve as a member of both boards.

Results In for 2020 Missouri City Community Survey:

Shows Gains In Public Safety ǀ Solid Waste ǀ Parks & Recreation, Emergency Preparedness; Shows Decline In Communications

At the Monday, May 4 Special Meeting, City Council and Staff were presented the results of the 2020 Citizens Survey, which was conducted by ETC Institute. The survey was mailed to a random sample of 3,000 of Missouri City’s 75,000 households earlier this year and the goal was to achieve participation citywide.

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Beyond the Rhetoric 869: Why can’t They shut ANTIFA down?

Our hearts are so heavy. George Floyd was a brother living an everyday life when he was spotted by a racist police unit in Minneapolis, MN. Is Minneapolis known for its racism? We lived in the city back in the 1980’s. Our recollection was a city void of typical racism and hatred. In terms of race relations, we remember Minneapolis as one of the most race neutral cities in America. Therefore, the latest events unraveling around this city boggles our minds.

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Houston Native Promoted to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Aboard USS James E. Williams

Lt. j.g. Shelby Ramirez, a native of Houston, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant during a ceremony held onboard USS James E. Williams, a guided missile destroyer, currently deployed in the Persian Gulf.

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Prairie View A&M President Ruth Simmons Appointed to Dallas Fed's Houston Branch Board

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., has appointed Ruth J. Simmons to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Houston Branch board of directors to serve the remaining portion of an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2020.

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Looking for ways to protect against pandemic PTSD

As many places start to look forward to life after the first wave of the coronavirus, another type of illness could be about to follow in its wake.

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‘I can’t breathe - The murder of George Floyd was a lynching in broad daylight.’

The signs say Black Lives Matter. Yet the very people who are supposed to protect us too often, in too many places, don’t seem to agree.

Three police officers stood and watched as a fourth, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd’s neck. They watched for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, with Floyd unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that, according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin.

Today, Def Jam Recordings stands with our colleagues, our artists, our industry and our community in observance of BLACKOUT TUESDAY.

Today, Def Jam Recordings stands with our colleagues, our artists, our industry and our community in observance of BLACKOUT TUESDAY.

Mental Health and Emergency Medical Experts Encourage Support for Clinicians Health During Pandemic

In a joint statement, emergency medicine and other leading medical associations, academics and psychiatry experts outline steps to support the mental health of emergency physicians and other health professionals currently risking their lives to treat patients during this pandemic.

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Debt Management Agency Seeks to Help Texans Crushed by Debt Due to COVID-19

Texas has been hit hard by COVID-19. As of June 1, 2020, there were 64,899 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, and over 1,600 deaths, with the cities of Harris, Dallas, and Tarrant seeing the greatest loss of life.

Houston 2020 high school senior celebration only days away

Live event program information and updates to video tribute celebrity lineup

Now just days away, Houston area high school seniors will soon celebrate their achievements at a series of special outdoor events created by their respective school districts at the urging of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Five participating districts: Aldine, Alief, HISD, Spring Branch and Spring have announced locations and plans for their individual celebrations Friday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m.

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Camp Bow Wow Cypress Opening June 12th!

Camp Bow Wow Cypress located at 16641 Telge Rd., Cypress, TX, will officially open on June 12th!

Statement by Dr. Gail Christopher on congressional resolution calling for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Commission

“Today, the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) enthusiastically applauds the House Resolution urging that a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) be established. As cited in the Resolution, a devastating belief in racial hierarchy has fueled injustices against populations of color for centuries.

Freeda The Frog™And The Two Mommas Next Door

For toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids too, the world of grown-ups is often confusing and sometimes scary. In her Freeda the Frog™ children’s book series, author Nadine Haruni makes coping with various life challenges easier for little ones with the help of a momma frog, Freeda, and her three little tadpoles, Frannie, Frank, and Jack. The first four books deal with common issues: divorce; a parent’s remarriage and becoming part of a blended family; moving to a new city or town and starting a new school; and the loss of a pet or loved one.

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Join the Instagram LIVE “Cocktail Club” with Tommy Bahama Thursday, June 4

This Week Featuring the Key Lime Martini and Grapefruit Basil Martini

Join lifestyle expert Gretchen Connelie in the kitchen for a taste of the island lifestyle – no island required! Relax at home and log on to the Instagram LIVE “Cocktail Club” @tommybahamarestaurant Thursday, June 4, 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST.

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After saving her husband with CPR, she gave birth to their son

Nearly ready to deliver her first child, Ashley Goette woke up at 5 a.m. to go to the bathroom and nudged her husband, who seemed to be snoring. Andrew made a scary, gargling sound, so Ashley ran to get his asthma inhaler.

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GBN Celebrates African American Music Appreciation Month 2020 (LISTEN)

Even as our nation is in the grips of a necessary battle against injustice and institutionalized racism, we will not temper the celebration of our culture and our contributions to it.

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Protest Options: A List of Links to Petitions, Donations, Resources and Education

education/">Good Black News Protest is powerful – so much so, it is listed as a right in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. But when marching is not an option, there are other ways to keep fighting for justice.

PFAW Calls for Arrests of Remaining Officers in George Floyd Killing

Following the arrest of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who now faces murder charges in the killing of George Floyd, PFAW President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

Statement from the Association of Community College Trustees Regarding Recent Events

What we have witnessed in Minneapolis with the killing of George Floyd, and in too many other places over the years, violates the very core values of ACCT and our commitment to inclusion, acceptance, dignity, and justice for all people.

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The Alley is Houston’s theatre and we stand with the people of Houston

The Alley is Houston's theatre and we stand with the people of Houston, especially with the Black community, during this heartbreaking and challenging time.

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With School Year Interrupted, HCPL Summer Reading Program More Important Than Ever

With summer beginning and students exiting their virtual schools, there will be an increased gap in the learning process. The Harris County Public Library's virtual Summer Reading Program fills that gap by helping students and parents combat the summer slide. HCPL will present online programs for all ages from community partners like Books Alive! Da Camera, Ensemble Theater and more.

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2020 Hurricane Season Is Under Way

For Emergency Updates & Alerts, Follow Official City Outlets: www.MissouriCityReady.com; MissouriCityEM on Twitter

The 2020 Hurricane Season is officially under way today, Monday June 1, and runs through Monday, Nov. 30. And with tropical storms, heavy rains and high water levels already on the national and regional weather radars, Missouri City residents are urged to plan ahead to ensure they are prepared in the event a disturbance impacts our area.

Governor Abbott, U.S. Attorneys Announce Federal Prosecution For Protest Agitators Violating Federal Law

Governor Greg Abbott, along with all four United States Attorneys in Texas, announced today that individuals who come to Texas from out of state to engage in looting, violence, or other destructive acts in violation of federal law will be subject to federal prosecution. Anyone who is arrested and charged with such offenses will be transferred to federal custody.

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Empower Cocktails Launches Ladies-Focused Spirits Line

The Empower Cosmopolitan Martini beverage launches to wet the whistle of spirits-savvy women

The distilled drink industry is booming, with one report citing the global alcoholic beverages sector is poised to reach a whopping $1,684 billion by 2025. In this day and age, it’s a curiosity that this category doesn’t put a more intensive focus on targeting women. In fact, the consumer spending power of women is getting more than its fair share of attention, including a recent Forbes.com story highlighting how this demographics’ escalating economic power and prowess is helping reshape markets.

NALEO Educational Fund Statement on the Demonstrations Across America in the Wake of the Death of George Floyd

Civically engaged citizens peacefully demonstrating against injustice is key to American democracy

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released a statement from CEO Arturo Vargas on the recent protests across the nation in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Statement on Protests and Solidarity in Houston

To those who deny that racism is deeply embedded in our country, you are wrong. The pain and frustration millions of Americans are expressing in our streets is a demand for equality.

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METRO Bus Operator Tests Positive for COVID-19

METRO has received confirmation a bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases to 25 METRO employees and three contractors. Twelve of the employees had no contact with the public. METRO tracks and reports all positive cases among its workforce of more than 4200. We are also conducting temperature checks of employees before they begin their workday.

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Service Adjustments Planned for Tuesday's Downtown March

Several METRO services will be modified during a march planned for Tuesday afternoon in downtown Houston. Numerous routes will be impacted, including Park & Ride and local bus. Customers are asked to review the planned modifications and adjust travel plans accordingly. Delays should be expected.

The Executive Leadership Council Statement on Racial Injustice and Disparities Facing the Black Community

The Executive Leadership Council issues the following statement in response to recent events fatally impacting the Black community. The Executive Leadership Council

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