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African-American News and Issues Newspaper

Greater Houston - 23rd Anniversary Edition

Vol. 23 Issue 1



The Partnership


(l-r) Thomas Carter; President of AAPA, Roy Douglas Malonson; Publisher of AANI & Ron Thomas; Vice-President of AAPA

African-American News&Issues, Inc. and African-American Photographers Association Join Forces



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Wiley College Extension (1925-1927)

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History of Texas Southern University: 1927-Present

On the night of September 11, 2025, as a slow rainfall, Professor Robert R. Davenport of Wiley College paced the floor of Trinity Methodist Church, then, located on Travis Street at Bell Avenue. He had answered the request of a group of Houston teachers to set up an extension class. The teacher for the Wiley College Extension Class in Dallas, was Professor J.T. Fox, who was also connected Wiley College. Mr. Fox was also assigned to direct the Extension Class in Houston. During the first year, 1925-1926, the Class met in “old Colored High School” located on San Felipe and Frederick Streets. San Felipe was later changed to West Dallas.

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e welcome all original responses from our readers to content found in the AfricanAmerican News&Issues. Letters to the Publisher may be sent via e-mail to Please keep all letters under 300 words. Be sure to include the author’s name, area of residence. All letters and articles may be verified before they are published. All letters are subjected to editing or being cut for spacing purposes. Thank you in advance for your submission.


Dr. Austin A. Lane, the 12th president of TSU, Georgia Provost, director, TSU Community Awareness Program (CAP) and Melinda Spaulding, VP of University Advancement.

The early classes offered a very limited curriculum. These classes included “child psychology, French, rhetoric and composition, history and government. Mr. Fox taught education and economics, and Miss Augusta Emanuel taught the languages. The School Board placed Colored High School and its facilities at the disposal of the Extension School. Throughout the first year of the Extension School, there was a growing demand on the part of Prairie View Alumni and others interested citizens to have the school affiliated with Prairie View College as well as Wiley College. This situation was met by both institutions agreeing to accept the credits in the Extension School. The growth of the enrollment was such that during the second year (1926-1927) the faculty personnel was increased, and new facility was secured-the new Jack Yates School on Elgin Street. The immediate success of the Extension School proved conclusively that Dean Fox was peculiarly adapted for the work for which he was engaged. So well did the community support the school, and so great was the demand for larger facilities that a committee of citi-

zens composed of Professors E.O. Smith, B.H. Watson, W.J. Smith, W.L. Davis J.T. Fox, Mrs. Helen Lafond, Miss M.E.B. Issac met with Professor L.T. Cunningham, the Assistant Superintendent of schools, early in 1927,to plan for the founding of the Colored Junior College. Houston Colored Junior College (1927-1934) On September 14, 1927, the Houston Public School Board agreed to fund the development of two junior colleges, one for Whites and one for Negroes. And so, with a loan from the Houston Public School Board of $2,800, the Colored Junior College was born in the summer of 1927 under the supervision of the Houston Public School District. The main provisions of the authorization was that the college meet all instructional expenses from tuition fees collected from the students enrolling in the college. The initial enrollment for the first summer was 300. For the fall semester the enrollment dropped to 88 students because many of the 300 enrolled during the summer semester were teachers who had to return to their jobs once the school year began.

The Colored Junior College was established to provide an opportunity for Negroes to receive college training. The Junior College progressed so fast that by 1931, it became a member of the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and was a proved by the Southern Association of Colleges. Houston College for Negroes (1934-1947) In the summer of l934, the Houston School Board changed the junior college to a four year college and the name to Houston College for Negroes. In 1936, sixty-three individuals became members of first graduating class on the new college. The college operated as a four year institution until the summer of l943 when the college formally added a graduate program. In the spring of 1945, the Houston Independent School District severed its relationship with Houston College for Negroes and, therefore, the management of the college was vested in a Separate Board of Regents. By 1946, the College which until this time had operated in Jack Yates School, but grown to an enrollment of approximately 1,400 and, therefore, needed room

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to grow. A few years earlier the college with the help of Hugh Roy Cullen, a local philanthropist, obtained a 53 acre piece of property in the Third Ward area of Houston. With support from two large donors, Mrs. .T.M. Fairchild, in memory of her late husband, Mr.& Mrs. C.A. Dupree, and the Negro community, ($1.00 brick sale), the college raised enough money to construct its first building on the 53 acre campus. And so, in the fall of l946 the college moved from Jack Yates High School to its first building, the T.M. Fairchild Building which still operates as an active building in the University’s facilities inventory. Texas State University for Negroes (1947-1951) In February of l946, Herman Marion Sweatt, a Negro Houston mail carrier, applied to enroll in the law school at the University of Texas. Because Texas was one of the segregated states, Sweatt was denied admission and later, with support from the NAACP, filed a suit against the University of Texas and the State of Texas. In answer to the Sweatt lawsuit, and believing the separate but equal doctrine would carry the day, the Texas Legislature, on March 3, 1947, passed Senate Bill 140, providing for the establishment of a Negro law school in Houston and the creation of a university to surround the law school. This bill was complemented by House Bill 788,which approved $2,000,000 to purchase a site near Houston to house this new college and support its operation. Texas law makers first considered Prairie View A&M College for the location of this new Law School but on June 14, 1947, they decided to use the site of Houston College for Negroes, with its new campus at the center of a large and fast growing Black population. Continue Reading Hisotry of TSU online @ By: Georgia Provost

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Editorial & Opinion

Living Black In Modern America… The Standard View


Billy “Hollywood” Groves

he problems facing modern day Americans of color are real dangerous and confusing. We all know “Driving while Black” is a real problem for any Black or brown person driving at the wrong place at the wrong time. Racism is a high priority in America, it’s an unspoken rule that American law enforcement has a problem with minorities especially Black people. What I’ve noticed during my lifetime is that those people in positions of power who abuse citizens of color, like to commit their crimes and never be held accountable for their negative behavior. In other words “They like to throw a rock at you and hide their hands”. As a Civil Rights Activist and Freedom Fighter I will always speak out against negative behavior directed at my people. At a recent Crockett, Texas City Council meeting, Crockett police Chief Buddy Cross falsely accused me and Dr. Ianthia Fisher of disrupting the City Council meeting. Cross untruly said we were talking loud and causing problems for the Mayor and the Council members. That was a lie and a false accusation coming from a man who has an unstable history of racist and unfair behavior toward Black people. I am fearless and as a freedom writer I will always speak out and expose fake people in positions of power. First of all Chief Cross was out of place when he made his comments, which caught everybody by surprise. He is not the leader of Crockett or the presiding officer of the City Council; he is a

public servant who works for the citizens of Crockett. The truth be told, from my perspective, Buddy Cross is a racist who has openly displayed that position. We need some fair and strong American law agency to come in and examine the records and actions of this man. I promise you, they will find out that Cross is a dysfunctional bigot and has no business whatsoever in law enforcement. Buddy Cross followed the brilliant career of Jimmy Fisher who retired a few years ago as Chief of Police of the City of Crockett after decades of great service to the citizens of Crockett. Fisher was the first African American and the only African American to serve in that position. Cross, who served under Fisher before he left “under controversy” and went to another city’s police department, has since come back to Crockett and unfortunately was appointed Police Chief of Crockett. Cross started his new career as Police Chief by firing and removing all but one of the African American police officers who had been serving for years, although Crockett has more Black people than any other race, this didn’t appear to matter to Cross. He then proceeded to mass arrest and hassle Black people on a large scale all over the city. Complaints against this man and his officers have been numerous, but these complaints have never been addressed. Police officers under Buddy Cross’s direction have violated so many Blacks and poor people’s civil rights until it’s unbearable. I have four people who were at the January City Council meeting, as well as the Mayor and the City Council who know we broke no laws. To continue reading go to


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Wake Up Everybody!

Wake up everybody, no more sleepin’ in bed; no more backward thinkin’ time for thinkin’ ahead… The world has changed so very much from what it used to be; so there is so much hatred war an’ poverty…. Wake up all the teachers, time to teach a new way; maybe then they’ll listen to whatcha have to say… ‘Cause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands; when you teach the children, teach ‘em the very best you can… The world won’t get no better; if we just let it be… The world won’t get no better; we gotta change it, yeah, just you and me… Wake up all the doctors, make the ol’ people well; they’re the ones who suffer an’ who catch all the hell… But they don’t have so very long before the judgment day; so won’tcha make them happy before they pass away? Wake up all the builders, time to build a new land; I know we can do it if we all lend a hand… The only thing we have to do is put it in our mind; surely things will work out, they do it every time…” I have always enjoyed listening to Teddy Pendergrass’, Wake Up Everybody, and I must admit that it is one of my all-time favorites. It’s not just because of the smooth melody and easy listening that it brings either. But, every time I hear the lyrics to this song or the words, “Wake Up Everybody”, it takes my mind back to the journey that my wife and I started out on over a couple of decades ago. Before the City of Houston and the State of Texas were ever introduced to this publication, we had long been on a mission to educate, empower and uplift the African-American community and culture. We understood early on, that as Africans living in America we are the only group of people that were brought to this nation and have yet to receive a due balance. Even though it looks like the whole

world around us has changed and many of the struggles that once served to afflict us does not exist anymore; many people are unaware that there remains even higher hurdles to cross than the ones we have already overcome. We understood that African-Americans are one of the most significant and integral parts of American society, regardless of how our relevance is often overlooked and portrayed in mainstream media. To that regard, we set out on a mission and searched high and low for partners to share in with us on our quest to uplift and present the true issues that affect our communities. However, our searches proved futile and we knew that we had to do what we were compelled to do, just to say, “Wake Up Everybody!” Some people may refer to my wife and me as being repetitive with our messages of awareness and empowerment. Some may even think that some of the things that we strive to warn and teach our people about are common sense. But as my wife always say, “Sense ain’t common, if everybody ain’t got it”. My point in stating that is to explain that there is a “method to our madness”. We know first-hand how generation after generation are constantly being left behind and are gravitating further away from our culture, in most cases due to ignorance. This in part is why African-American News&Issues has produced 23 volumes, because it is imperative that our people understand the need to, “Wake Up”! Since the establishment of this publication, there are many changes that have taken place. AfricanAmerican News&Issues evolved from being an Acres Homes’ community-based paper to covering the city, state and the nation. Furthermore, with our most-recent outlet, we now have the ability to allow our message to penetrate globally.


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Over the years, we have accommodated forums for countless writers, experienced employees come and go, changed the colors, format and styles of the paper, produced tons of life stories, presented a networking and advertising tool for individuals, small business owners and large corporations, we have promoted endless community, local and nationwide events, in addition to a wide variety of other services. However throughout the changing of our concept, one thing has remained the same; the message that we stand for. For 23-years, African-American News&Issues has not strayed away from addressing and highlighting current and historical realities affecting our communities. Without fear or favor we have vowed to speak to and for our people. We don’t cut corners, we have not been bought out and we will not be bought out, we answer to no one and no one has the authority to forfeit our constitutional right to express ourselves through freedom of speech and press. Concluding, I would just like to state that the African-American community as a whole, would truly be an impactful force to reckon with, if every African-American decided to “WAKE UP” at the same damn time. If our people would open their eyes and see what is going on right under our noses and get sick and tired enough to do something about it together, we who have been labeled as the “minorities” could really turn this nation around. But once again, this can only happen when Black folks realize that there is a seriously a need to “WAKE UP”! To continue reading go to TX-3



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Partnership from page 1

HOUSTON - For twenty-three consecutive years, AfricanAmerican News&Issues has thrived off of highlighting and addressing current and historical realities affecting our communities. In addition to being the watchman on the wall for our people, we have consistently aimed to uplift and promote individuals, businesses, institutions and organizations, which have made great strides within and for our community. Accordingly, our lengthy and productive history throughout the Black community has enabled us to partner, collaborate and network with some of the best that our culture has to offer. With that being stated, African-American News&Issues (AANI) is proud to announce our newest partnership with the African-American Photography Association (AAPA); under the direction of President Thomas Carter and Vice President Ron Thomas. IMPORTANCE OF BLACK COLLABORATION Our publisher, Roy Douglas Malonson, often stresses emphasis on the need to, “support those, who support you”. The future of our generations and communities rests upon the investment of Black collaboration. True African-American history within this nation has been a testimony that, while we reside in a melting pot of cultures; the Black race operates on a lonely island by ourselves. For too long, other races have built wealth for their neighborhoods, churches, schools, communities and families off of the backs of our Black dollar. Unfortunately, many of us have no room to complain or justify this factor, because we are the blame. Our people are notorious for swiftly leaving our communities to patronize others. Oftentimes, we support others and hold no accountability or expectation TX- 4

of them to support us. Many of us have been guilty of bypassing local African-American entrepreneurs and businesses that service our community to flock to those who do not look like us. Notwithstanding the fact, that at least by supporting local businesses from amongst our communities, there is a definite likelihood that the revenue will circulate within, in some fashion. Prior to integration the strength of Black collaboration was strong and powerful, and for good reason. There was a time when African-Americans had no choice but to network and support each other, because it was literally against the law for us to even attempt to support others. In the event, where our support was deemed acceptable, the protocol was established through inhumane treatment. Yet, somehow we got away from the basics of, “taking care of home first”. As a result, we are losing all that our forefathers worked to achieve for us. Nevertheless, there is something about unity that commands respect from others, even if they don’t like us. Needless to state, the importance of Black collaboration is an imperative need within our community. This vision is one that is shared by AANI and AAPA and we have decided to lead by example in our recent partnership. MEET THE MANAGEMENT TEAM OF AAPA Ron Thomas, Vice President Ron Thomas is a native Houstonian. He was educated in the Houston Independent School District and ultimately graduated from Jack Yates Senior High School. At an early age, he developed a fascination with the outdoors experience and enhanced his love for nature as a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America, in a program headquartered at Wheeler Avenue Baptist

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Church. He took his passion with him when he enrolled at Clark College (Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Mathematics and Physics in 1973. INTRODUCTION INTO PHOTOGRAPHY While studying at Clark, Thomas was elated to discover that he was just hours away from an avalanche trail. Initially, he went on a hike with a roommate of his, who had a film camera. After realizing that they could hike the avalanche trail, Thomas purchased a camera as well. Equipped with

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his backpack and camping skills acquired from being a Boy Scout, him and two of his classmates set out to hike the trail. It was at this time, that he recalls prepping his photography talents in what he describes as the, “outdoor laboratory”. Along their journey, Thomas captured various sceneries and settings and met people from different backgrounds. This experience served as an introduction into the world of photography. Over time, he continued to develop his love for the art. He started out doing landscape, travel and adventure photography; he later evolved to perfecting the art form of portraits, inclusive with certain types of texture, lighting techniques and costumes, in addition to event photography. After completing his college coursework, he moved back home and began working for AT&T in the field of technology. He later transitioned into the oil and gas industry, where he was employed by several companies throughout the City of Houston. Thereafter, he dedicated 25-years to operating as a Consultant, which allowed him to hone his exceptional managerial skills. In the process of serving

as a Project Manager, he gained experience working for and with a number of professional entities, including: oil and gas companies, a bank and consulting firms. Today, Thomas is employed by Wood Mackenzie, a leading research and consultancy business for the global energy, chemicals, metals and mining industries. Though he has operated in the corporate world throughout his professional career, he continued to nurture his love for photography. In an effort to network with other local African-American photographers, he became acquainted with Thomas Carter. Nearly two years ago, Carter created a successful meet-up group for local African-American photographers. The group evolved into the African-American Photography Association, where Thomas currently serves as Vice President. Aside from maintaining his role as Vice President of AAPA, he is a Certified Management Professional. He has also been married to his wife, Deborah for 34-years. Together, they have three children and one grandchild. Continue reading Partnership on page 5

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Partnership from page 4

Thomas Carter, President Thomas Carter was born in Omaha, Nebraska. However, he was reared in Oakland, California after his family relocated. From as far back as he can remember, he was always involved with community activism. He would often protest injustices against members of the African-American community and was active in the fight for equal rights. During his involvement with the freedom movement, he worked alongside many young people who had cameras. As he watched what they were doing, it sparked his interest into photography. After completing his formal years of education, he attended Merritt College in Oakland. While there, he was recruited into management, by a local well-established drug company. By the age of 23, he had become the youngest General Manager for a drug company in the state of California. Carter remained in retail management for many years and acquired experience both as General and District Manager for several companies. Additionally, he pioneered several business ventures of his own. Some time ago, he came to visit some friends in Houston and fell in love with the city. Eventually, he relocated to Houston and began working as a waiter at the Marriot Hotel, as he sorted through career options. As time went on, he enrolled into massage therapy school. After his completion, he started a massage therapy business

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ANNIVERSARY for medical massage. In the process, he met Cora Coleman. Coleman is a renowned drummer from Houston, who has played for many great artists, including Prince and Beyonce. Together, they collaborated on a couple of projects. After acknowledging her camera and informing Coleman that he was an amateur photographer, she took him under her wings and showed him the professional side of the field. From this experience, Carter was able to groom his photography skills into a professional career. The Birth of the African-American Photography Association (AAPA) While searching for other photographers to learn from and collaborate with, Carter soon found that there were numerous highlyskilled African-American photographers; however, many of them went unnoticed and unseen. Therefore, he began browsing online for local photography associations. Much to his surprise, there were various associations within the industry; but none of them addressed the AfricanAmerican community. As a result, he established the African-American Photographers Meet-up. Within a month, over 160 people signed up for the group. The overwhelming response assured him that, “there was a hunger for minorities to be able to unite and work together,” he said. Consequently, he was able to identify a strong group of African-Americans, who were excited to accelerate and utilize their talents to


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transition to the next level in photography. Hence, the African-American Photography Association (AAPA) was birthed. The concept of the AAPA was designed to extend a much broader platform to local AfricanAmerican photographers. Within AAPA, Carter desires to express to his constituents that, “they can self-educate and control their own futures and destinies.” He said, “I have always believed that, we as a people can do anything we put our minds to; and our strength is in numbers. We have incredible talent that most people don’t even realize that we have in our communities, because we don’t have the opportunity.” He continued, “So, I wanted to create those opportunities for other photographers, makeup artists, models, videographers and anything that has to do with photography - to be able to showcase those talents, so that the public at large can see them and that will cause them to gather opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have.” Continue reading Partnership on page 6

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The African-American Photography Association is uniquely comprised of individual photographers, who have their own businesses and cater to their different genres of specialization. While members are self-contained, AAPA yields an avenue for photographers to work collectively and boost their clientele all at the same time. Through membership with AAPA, whenever a certain type of service is requested, the association dispatches a photographer based on the client’s perspective needs’. AAPA specializes in virtually every aspect of photography, including: event photography (family reunions, corporate events, parties, fashion shows, etc.), wedding photography, commercial projects (products, fashion, corporate branding, etc.), head shots, portraits, high school graduation photos, media coverage and any other type of need that a client may have. Since its inception, AAPA has incorporated several initiatives within its design.

Periodically, the organization participates in different programs. Most recently, members went on a landscape photography trip to the Hill Country. Other events have included a photo scavenger hunt, fashion shows and the Black Heritage Cowboy event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Furthermore, the association offers training classes for photographers who are looking to break in the industry and may lack certain skills; assists senior citizens who may have a camera and are interested in learning how to use their equipment and they are working with at-risk teenagers by teaching them photography through Cora Coleman’s, VIVO Club. Tentatively, AAPA is seeking to partner with a local non-profit organization within the community to host a Summer Workshop. Individuals who express an interest with AAPA are interviewed. Once the interview is complete, they are paired with a seasoned photographer who serves as a mentor. AAPA is a completely Blackowned and operated organization. The studio is located at 5002 Ennis St., 77004. For more information or details visit; contact (281) 793-2619 or email Tune in next week for Part 2 of the Anniversary Story! By: Rebecca S. Jones

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