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The brand would not be where it is today without the support of the community. d-mars. com takes pride in this community, and that is why we are proud to be a platform that highlights those in our community making a great difference. As this month is Black History Month, I want to encourage you to celebrate the community beyond this month. Pay it forward in your community. Happy Black History Month! This month’s cover story is on Mufasa’s Pride Rites of Passage (Mufasa’s Pride). With social media, television, and today’s portrayal of

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manhood, it is hard for some, especially adolescent boys to know the true definition. There is an organization that is vital and relevant, doing great work preparing our young males for a bright future. Mufasa’s Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to help define and redefine manhood in the eyes of our adolescent young men. As always, thank you for your continued support of d-mars. com. When you support us, you are supporting more than just our company; you are supporting the communities in which we live and work. Working together, we can succeed in making positive things happen.

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A Message From Mayor Turner

Solving Our Flooding Problem A Message From Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner


t is a brand new year and there is a whole new list of things to get done at Houston City Hall. We are starting by tackling flooding. In what is truly an unparalleled move, the City of Houston is stepping in to provide the funds the Harris County Flood Control District needs to help speed up long-awaited flood relief projects along Brays, Hunting, and White Oak Bayous. It is important to note that these projects are not the City’s responsibility; the City is providing the financing to help speed up the work, but they are ultimately Harris County projects. We are stepping in to help because I believe we must do everything possible to mitigate the risk of flooding, even if it is not our sole responsibility. Brays Bayou is the first in line for improvements because it has already received federal approval. The work on Hunting and White Oak Bayous will follow, pending Congressional approval and separate agreements with the Flood Control District. The total estimated cost of all three projects is $130 million. The money the City will provide to the Flood Control District will come via a loan application to the Texas Wa-

ter Development Board. If approved, the loan proceeds will be advanced to Harris County, which will in turn repay the City once federal reimbursement is received. The work will involve bridge replacements and channel widening along Brays Bayou from Buffalo Bayou to Fondren Road. These projects will greatly reduce the

flood threat for residents along the targeted bayous and remove hundreds of properties out of the 100-year floodplain. I want to thank the multiple governmental entities that have come to the table to make this happen. The level of cooperation is unprecedented and a sign of just how committed everyone is to solving our flooding issues. I said flood

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relief would be a priority for the City in 2017; however, we would not be moving forward without Harris County, the Texas Water Development Board and the federal government. When the bayou improvements are coupled with the $10 million of quick action projects anticipated to be done by the Storm Water Action Team, or SWAT program, we announced two weeks ago, we will be making a significant dent in Houston’s flooding problem. Approximately 100 deferred maintenance projects spread throughout the city have been initially identified for inclusion in the SWAT program. The work encompasses everything from replacing sewer inlets and grates to regrading ditches and resizing culverts to minor erosion repairs and regular mowing. I know residents in neighborhoods all over Houston have been waiting a very long time for flood relief. Thanks to everyone coming to the table and being willing to work cooperatively, we are finally beginning to make progress in this area. My hope is that residents will no longer have to rush to get furniture and carpets off the floor when heavy rain is forecast. We can’t eliminate the possibility entirely, but you have my commitment to do all we can to keep water out of homes and businesses.

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Take the Time By Charlotte A. Jackson Contributing Writer


ave people ever told you that they think they know you? Have you ever been told that you look familiar? For me, it has happened at least four times this week. When in public recently, people have told me that they think they know me or that they recognize my face, but cannot recall my name. I jokingly tell them that they don’t recognize my picture from a poster of the most wanted fugitives on the post office wall. As I walked into a local business on the east side to work on a project, at least 14 people walked in and stopped to talk. And 13 of the 14 people immediately offered a hug. Anyone who has been around me, knows that I am a hugger. My friend Diane and I recently attended a training for those who are working to end human trafficking in our city. We had connections with many who attended. After the training, we stopped to eat at an establishment in Northwest Houston and received hugs from the owner. For at least 20 of the 25 years that the restaurant has been open, I have tried to return at least four or five times a year. Why? Because you cannot help but feel the presence of God while eating there. From the owner to the busboys, there is such a genuine and welcoming spirit. This is rare, so when I experience this, I make it a point to go back. Attending events in this city, I meet people from different backgrounds and am genuinely concerned about what is going on in their lives. Many times talking to people, my children have been with me, reminding me that we need to be somewhere else in a few minutes. However, I have come to realize that when you take the time to be real, honest, and caring, God stretches your time. Whether it is 10 minutes talking to a single parent who is struggling or a young person wanting to know how to get involved and make a difference, the time is ALWAYS well-spent. Several months ago, I was visiting with a district manager of a local business. He was telling me that his store managers were looking for a way to make a difference in the area, but since it would be with their own money, he was not sure what they could do. That conversation led into talking about looking customers in the eye, being honest, and simply listening. He stopped by this past week to share that he had asked each store manager to get to know at least one customer since our conversation. Since then, not only have sales increased in those stores, but the crime rate has gone down. Simple gestures can make a difference. Of nearly 20 years working at a local community college, I have seen a change in the population. Yet, when a past student returns with their teenager and expresses how they remember you as someone who cared, that feeling is indescribable. When young people come to me with a question or concern, I cannot help but to put myself in their shoes and take a few minutes to get to know them. I want them to know that if they ever need anything, I will be there to help. And in the last week, with only four days of class, I have already met at least a dozen students who I know will be lifelong friends. Make it a point to take the time to look into the eyes of someone and truly listen to their heart. Live each day with intention. Live each day being the best you that you can be proud of.

What’s Your Workout Environment? By Linda Lindsay Contributing Writer


xercise and relaxation is an important part of life. I have clients who have home gyms, but they are not motivated to workout. You may be in the same situation. Your workout equipment at home is collecting dust, and you are just not finding working out from home is fun. Your environment can affect how you feel. That is especially true when it comes to working out at home. So I ask, “What’s your workout environment?” Most of my clients, when they think of designing a home gym, they think of lining up mirrors and adding a treadmill along the wall with a TV screen and an elliptical or weight lifting system. However, I always encourage them and anyone, that you need to create a space that will be easier to motivate you. Your workout space should be well-decorated, well-lit, and attractive. Select an appropriate room or space in your house for your workout room. If you do not have a single room, then this space can be a small section of the family room, den, or office, What are your fitness goals and your workout personality? Think space planning first. Examples of this would be if you want to bulk up, then you would need to include free weights demanding more space. If you prefer yoga to running on a treadmill, not as much space is needed. Purchase the best equipment you can afford. Less

is more when it comes to getting started. Spending smart is the best way to start with your collection of equipment. When it comes to walls, create a room that is inviting by the choice of paint color. Paint it using colors you love. Also, I suggest displaying trophies, adding photos, and other artwork. Mirrors are a must. Think adding wall murals, as this can add a feeling of depth and space to small, dark rooms. If it is in your budget, hire a painter who can create artistic finishes. For example, you can choose an ocean scene for the wall facing your treadmill. This will allow you to envision yourself running along the beach with the breeze blowing through your hair instead of huffing and puffing on a treadmill indoors. A woody wall mural lets you imagine you’re mountain biking down a forest trail instead of pedaling on a stationary bike. Exercise time is like meditation. For some, exercising in peace and quiet is a must. But for others, working out to music is the option. If you opt for music during your fitness regimen, make sure your workout environment includes technology. And don’t forget that mini refrigerator for water or sports drinks that will help keep you hydrated during and after your workout. Once your workout area is a space of quality design that’s a fit for you, it is going to enhance your desire to workout. For more information, contact Linda Lindsay of Designing Your Lifestyle at 347-731-1020.

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From Me to You By Stella Alexander Contributing Writer


his is February, and love is in the air. This month I decided to share a poem from my book, Spontaneity: The Essence of Romance. This is a little something from me to you.

Effortless Love As the sun sets in the cool of the evening And stars shine bright under the moonlight Your love for me satisfies my need for love My love for you satisfies your need for love When you reach for my hand as we walk And I smile into your eyes as we talk This act of love satisfies As our need for love is met

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any people are copycats! They mimic another person’s style, talk, catch phrases, words, and moves. We do ourselves a great disservice because by copying others, we are denying our own greatness and attaching ourselves to someone else instead of standing in our own rights, power, and authority. What many don’t realize is that when you try to be someone else, many times it doesn’t work or fit, because that person’s life is just not meant for you. It is like trying on a suit two sizes too big or too small and expecting it to fit. It will never fit when it is a façade. It is time to own who you are. Use and embrace your own gifts, talents, and abilities. Each person has been endowed with gifts and graces that give them the right and responsibility to operate in them to the fullest capability and divine flow. You can’t do this if you don’t own who you are.


Howdo doyou youown ownyourself? yourself? How Accept what is. Be in acceptance and non-resistance mode when it comes to you. Accept who you are mentally and emotionally and where you are

physically. Accept all pieces of you. Resist nothing. If there is something you don’t like, then begin creating a new reality for yourself through change and move forward. Ignore what is. Ignore what is so that you can be better than you are. Acknowledge where you are and then move forward. Don’t pitch your tent in a place where you can’t get the best hold for your stake. If ‘what is’ is not where you desire to be, then stop being there. Ignore it and start creating your new life with new beliefs and an expectation of new and greater experiences. Give energy in the right direction. Send and vibrate in the place where growth, passion, and purpose are evident. Vibrating to a false narrative will not get you the results that you truly desire. Be the person who you were created to be, and that is in your own space, style, talk, walk, gifts, graces, talents, skills, and physical manifestation. The world is waiting for you – not an imitation of someone else in you. It is time to understand what is holding you back. Rise up and walk boldly in the direction of what you truly want for your life. It all starts with owning yourself. Frenetta Tate is CEO of Frenetta Tate International, an innovative coaching, training, and business strategy company. Connect with her on Instagram @frenettatate.

You ask God’s protection as we part for work I kiss you softly before I walk away Our love is at peace As we move in our days Together we kneel to pray Praising God for blessing us each day Our hearts are filled with gratitude As we thank God for the gift of love Under the moonlight, we dance Tenderly you pull me close In the warmth of your arms I rest my need for love I lean close to inhale your scent And whisper loving words in your ear Gently, I lay my head on your chest We are satisfied by this gesture of love We share an unconditional love As we move about in each others’ lives Being who we are individually Effortlessly satisfying the need for love Love is challenged But never threatened Peace abides even in the struggle We are satisfied knowing love is unconditional As the sun sets in the cool of the evening And stars shine bright under the moonlight We cleave to each other enjoying a sense of oneness Love is satisfied effortlessly Relatable, reliable and real, Stella is your go-to for rejuvenating relationships! Transparent and empowering, she energizes audiences. Stella is the founder of the social networking site www., where individuals and couples gather to discuss, learn and encourage one another about building healthy relationships.

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More Than a February Kind of Love By Art McElroy Contributing Writer


ebruary is officially recognized as the month of love. People all over the world will spend time and money on the 14th in order to show someone their affections. I will too! It is the love expressed on this happy day that has prompted me to write this article. I do not have anything against Valentine’s Day, but I certainly do not believe this holiday or cupid and his arrow have anything to do with love. The world seems to display actions contrary to what the month of February represents. It will take more than a February kind of love in order to truly heal. The kind of love that I am speaking of is a noun. By definition, a noun is defined as a person, place, or thing. Love is something that has actual sustenance and life. Love is something that you neither fall in or out of. Anything short of this, is nothing but a February kind of love. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, and it never loses faith. It is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever! If love is all of this, then why are so many suffering in the name of it? It appears that more hateful com-

ments and attacks are being committed against all types of people and groups every day. What is most troubling is that many of these acts are confidently committed in the name of God and Jesus. This type of discrimination stems from a misinterpretation of God’s word and His plan that is detailed in it. We are shooting arrows to others, but many are not of love. This is not Love! This is what makes this a difficult article to write. I am pained to see and hear the suffering of others brought on by Christians. Though I understand that actions are based on the level of maturity and knowledge that we have of Jesus, it still hurts. I am disturbed to see so many Christians speak for God when it comes to the judgment of many, while others are standing idly by without saying a word in defense of those being prosecuted. Why is it so prevalent in the Church? Why do so many of us find it necessary to act as if we sat in on the development of God’s plan and advised Him on it? What makes a person feel qualified in casting others to hell by using the few scriptures that they know as justification? Why is this month used as a barometer of love, when more than a February kind of love is needed? Perhaps it is because many of us cannot comprehend the plan of God or do not properly apply His Word to our lives. Scripture is being used out of context, which causes us to pass indictment on others as if we do not sin. Caution declares that a lack of understanding of the Bible will allow Christians to slide from a position of victory and celebration, to

may be? Instead of me speaking on God’s behalf, read the following scriptures where He expresses himself: John 1:29 – “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” 1 John 2:1 – “… and if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

a place of despair that includes guilt and condemnation of themselves and others. It is important to understand that I firmly believe that the responsibility of learning, applying, and growing in God’s Word belongs to each Christian. However, there are instances in which the Word of God is not being taught and presented properly either. Some church leaders are not providing the full context of scripture. As opposed to a strict diet of meat (God’s Word), many in the flock are left with a diet of meat by-product (a meat substitute) that does not sustain or allow the believer to grow and mature, causing one’s behavior to never change. This leaves the Christian to flounder alone and struggle to live a life worthy of his calling. Unfortunately, instead of guiding the new Christian, others pass judgment on him. So what is the solution? How do we get to a place where love is more than what the month of February offers? How can we change our approach toward those who act out as a result of not being as mature in God’s Word as some

1 John 2:2 – “… and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” Romans 4:8 – “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 – “May the Lord direct your hearts into the Love of God and into the patience of Christ.” It is our responsibility as Christians to express a love that is more than what the month of February represents. We are to consider one another, giving responses of love and inclusiveness that is rooted in the knowledge and remembrance of what God has done for us. Happy Valentine’s Day! Art McElroy is the founder of The Penuel Group, Inc. Please visit The Penuel Group on the web at You can also contact Art at art@


Spiritually Speaking: The Devil Is a Liar By James Washington NNPA Member


’m sure at one time or another, you’ve heard the phrase, “the devil is a liar.” I’ve said it here many times. Satan specializes in deceit. You know the drill. Harden not your heart, when you hear the Word of God. More often than not, that small voice you hear at difficult times, when your faith is really challenged, is that of Satan. Be careful when it happens to you, because according to the Bible, you are indeed in dangerous waters. One of my favorite passages of scripture is, “Some people are like seed along the path where the Word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the Word that was sown in them.” (Mark 4:5). My point is that recognition is a

most powerful attribute to have. If you could only recognize when you’re being fooled, used, manipulated or lied to by someone or something hell-bent on destroying you, then possibly you might be able to handle it accordingly. I have a pastor friend that reminds me that the devil does not want to just hurt you. He wants you dead. Emotionally, we all have responded vehemently when recognition affords us the opportunity to see when we’re being made a fool of by someone else. For the perpetrator, it is not a pretty picture. In Satan’s case, he doesn’t always show his hand in a manner obvious to us. The devil is a liar and specializes in presenting situations and circumstances that never reveal his hand in your life as the reason that everything is going to Hell in a hay basket. “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 11: 1415). So, it is my speculation, using what I hope is my sanctified imagination, that Satan is hard at work in your life, when you are most likely trying to be true to

James Washington says if we could see the devil at work, then it would be fairly easy to make the right decisions and the right choices.

your faith. The Bible says watch out, because it is at these times that “so-called” supporters, advice givers and yes, even friends and family show up to help us, comfort us, guide us in a way that on the surface, appears to be consistent with our efforts to hear and follow the Word of God. In truth, if we could see the devil at work, then it would be fairly easy to make the right decisions and the right choices. But the devil is so cunning that at that moment of truth, he sees to it that we blame others, rationalize our actions, defend sin and otherwise fault life for what we ought to know that God has total control over. In the name of everything but Satan, we can explain away all those things that will virtually insure us a ringside seat in Hell. Rarely do we permit ourselves the

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time and thought to recognize this is the devil doing his best to win your soul as his ultimate prize. Rarely, if ever, will we give him his due for all that we regret doing on the morning after. Rarely do we consider him or his agents the night before the morning after. If we did, then the Word of God would emerge out of our chaos and light our paths to peace as in peace of mind. At this point, how we live becomes second nature to why we live. When one understands the why of life, the how becomes pretty easy. “Be careful then, how you live, not as unwise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 4:15-18). The key to all this, I believe, is recognizing the difference between God’s Word and the devil’s whispers. It’s those whispers and who’s in your ear that’ll getcha every time. May God bless and keep you always. James Washington is with The Dallas Weekly, and he is a member of the NNPA.

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hat is the definition of manhood? With social media, television, and today’s portrayal of manhood, it is hard for some, especially adolescent boys to know the true definition. There are so many temptations and negative influences out there that can have a negative impact on our young boys. With the family unit changing, many adolescent males in our community are growing up without a positive male role model and influence in the household. However, we cannot give up on our young males as they are not at-risk, but in at-risk situations. There is an organization that is vital and relevant, doing great work preparing our young males for a bright future. Mufasa’s Pride Rites of Passage (Mufasa’s Pride) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization on a mission to help define and redefine manhood in the eyes of our adolescent young men. At the helm of the organization is T. Hondre’ Outley, who is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Mufasa’s Pride. Though he runs the day-to-day operations, he definitely does not take the credit for the work this organization does. Cornelius Wright is the Director and Co-Founder, working to pour into the lives of our young males. The Board of Directors, which includes Gospel recording artist, Kathy Taylor, are a dedicated group who stand behind Outley and Wright, helping to fulfill the Mufasa’s Pride mission to help make sure our young males grow up to be men who pay it forward in a positive way. “Mufasa’s Pride…the pride of my father, is a divinely inspired and formulated community-based program for adolescent boys. God entrusted Cornelius and I with this vision, and we don’t take this responsibility lightly. With passion, motivation, and determination, we have formulated a dynamic and powerful program for today’s urban males,” says Outley. Mufasa’s Pride targets young males between the ages of 12-17 and is committed to making a difference in the lives of these young men by equipping them with the tools necessary to help change the world of tomorrow. These tools are provided through their 7 Impact Sessions that are foundational courses, using classroom instructional strategies, field trips, speakers, and exposure to real-life experiences. Mufasa’s Pride also teaches 7 Pillars that are components of what they believe make up the whole and complete man.

“These young men represent some of society’s greatest untapped resources and some of the brightest minds who have not started to realize their full potential. God has a gift in each and every one of them. Mufasa’s Pride is helping to bring out what God has put in them.” — T. Hondre' Outley, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Mufasa's Pride

Q&A With Mufasa’ What is your message to our adolescent males in today’s society where social media portrays unrealistic images of manhood? That it is not REAL. In the real world, actions have real consequences, and sometimes those consequences have an impact for a lifetime. They see images of ‘get money’ by any means necessary. They want instant gratification. Unfortunately, they are not shown in many instances that hard work really does pays off.

Do you focus on adolescent Black males only? We welcome any urban male who wants our services, however, our initial target is the lowest performing demographic in our society, which sadly is our Black boys. Please give me a success story as a result of the work Mufasa’s Pride does. We have many success stories, but one that comes to mind is about a young man we helped to open up his mind about

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who he was and what he accomplishing. 4 years ag young men on a trip to Atl toured Morehouse College trip that this young man a he could attend such a pre I told him not only could h working hard on his grade a scholarship. Today that his 3rd year at Morehouse a full-ride scholarship as a


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With Mufasa’s Pride not being reactive, but proactive, our young men are able to learn and experience what manhood really is. They are learning that manhood is more than what society says a man is, and more than what the media portrays a Black man to be. Taylor says, “I truly believe in what Mufasa’s Pride is doing, and that is why I am on the board. Like my nonprofit KATCO, where I’m working with 9th graders at my alma mater, Worthing High School, I understand the importance of pouring into our adolescents. Some young people have a very unrealistic view of what manhood is. I have seen the work Mufasa’s Pride does, and I am proud to be a part of this organization’s efforts.” Between the efforts of Outley, Wright and the board, young males are seeing that manhood is more than swag, girls, money, and athletics, and with it comes real responsibility and accountability. Mufasa’s Pride has an annual fundraiser that will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017. This fundraiser is vital

to the organization, as it is not receiving federal funding at the moment. Without the generosity of the community and sponsors, Mufasa’s Pride cannot continue. Outley and Wright feel that the most important accolades Mufasa’s Pride receives are positive feedback from parents on the improvement of their son’s behavior because they feel heard and validated. The young males they assist come from different backgrounds. Though some of their boys have great relationships with their fathers, it’s important for the boys to see that their fathers appreciate the Mufasa’s Pride concept. Outley says, “We work diligently to change the negative trajectory that many of our young men are on, and for those who are already on the right path, it’s about exposure, enlightenment, and making them aware of their options.” For more on Mufasa’s Pride Rites of Passage, please visit www.MufasasPride. org or contact T. Hondre’ Outley at 281231-2829 and


“It means a lot. I can express my feelings in there and evaluate my priorities. I never really had a male figure in my life. Over here it shows me I can do a lot.”

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whatever negative stereotypes they see, they won’t believe it. Instead, they will believe in their light.

What is your message to our adolescent males to stay positive in today’s society where there are such negative depictions of them in the media? My message to them is God has given each of them their very own “light.” With this mindset, whoever they encounter or

What is the approach you use that works to reach our adolescent males? We start off with a group of dedicated and committed men who though not perfect, have managed to become successful in our own right. We engage them each with a level of transparency and realness that

allows them to become vulnerable to the process. Once we have their trust and they know that they matter and we are never going to give up on them, great change happens. From there, it’s a matter of sharing knowledge that will help to bring about an awareness and enlightenment.

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Community Organizations

Community Spotlight on CDM Youth & Wellness Center By News Provider


DM Youth & Wellness Center (CDM), founded in 2009, is a community-based organization whose mission is to serve children and families in the North Houston area. CDM’s community activities and events include boxing, mixed martial arts, fitness training, and the Junior & Senior Golden Gloves and Super Brawl III ( Courage, determination, and motivation are CDM’s founding core values, and these values serve as a driving force behind everything it does. Spanning 16K sq. ft., CDM’s facility is located in the Greenspoint Mall, offering a large space for many of their activities. Houston Junior Golden Gloves, CDM’s annual three day boxing tournament was held last month. This boxing event specifically designed for youth between the ages of 8 and 16-years-old was open to all student athletes who met CDM guidelines. With a total of 102 fights throughout the three day tournament, boxers competed in three one minute rounds or until only one fighter stood victorious. This fun and entertaining event was made possible by the many boxers and gyms spanning across Greater Houston and the surrounding cities.

The winner of this year’s Junior GoIden Gloves was CDM’s own Adrian Norton, a freshman at Davis 9th Grade Center in Aldine ISD. The most exciting and electrifying fight of the championship night, Adrian, a competitor in the 200 lbs. + weight class defeated his opponent by using a careful combination of the skills taught by his coaches and mere gut intuition. While CDM is proud of him for bringing home the gold, they are just as proud of the dedication and resilience he has shown

throughout his process. Adrian, raised by a single parent, has faced many challenges in his family life and in school. Where most students would give up in the face of adversity, Adrian used his circumstances as motivation to overcome and deliver. With the help of his mentor, Coach Charles Brown and former English teacher Tanya Thompson (Lewis Middle School 2015-2016), Adrian has improved as an individual, student, and athlete. Because of the structure and discipline set

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forth for Adrian by his coaches, mentor, and teachers, he has become an exemplary student athlete. Last year Adrian received a Certificate of Achievement for his participation in a writing competition powered by “Do the Right Thing” (, a national campaign to stop youth violence. Adrian’s coaches are Fred Crowe, Chris Powell, Mo Darthard, Rey Rueda, and Carlos Herrera. CDM gives special thanks to Tavares “The Producer” Coleman with Famous Touch TV, Meeko Spark TV (, and Chandra Jarmon and Chelsea DavisBibb with African-American News & Issues (

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The Humble Intercontinental Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. on the Move

30th Annual Western Scholarship Gala Honored Outstanding Community Leaders and Educators


he Humble Intercontinental Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (HICTLOD) celebrated its 30th Annual Western Scholarship Gala on January 28, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pearland, Texas. This year’s theme was Rodeo and Rhinestones Dollars for Scholars. Every year for over 25 years, the HICTLOD dedicates an evening to recognize and honor worthy community leaders and educators who are positively impacting the lives of youth and adults. The central purpose of the HIC-TLOD Western Scholarship Gala is to provide scholarships to help minority youth to develop a positive sense of self and to set high educational and career goals.

Someofofthe theHIC-TLOD HIC-TLODgoals are Some goals are to: to: •  assist students and their parents in identifying and qualifying for financial resources to continue their postsecondary education. •  raise the academic standards of youth and expose students to diverse career options and leadership skills. •  provide youth with role models whose success and knowledge will inspire them to reach their personal goals. •  create channels for continuing community involvement. •  recognize and promote positive

character development and performance excellence. There were 324 guests in attendance at this event. The evening was filled with delicious food, great friends, special guests, and plenty of "Boot Scootin' Boogie" music. The music was provided by the Butchashop, with former Top Teen Chad Steward. Among the many distinguished guests was former 11th National TLOD President, Lady Jackie Pope.

The HIC-TLOD presented five Humanitarian Awards to community leaders for their outstanding dedication and contribution to Harris County and the Houston community. The honorees also received certificates from Chris Brown, City Controller and The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office. The 2016 Outstanding Community Leader Honorees were: Shannon Broussard, John Hankins, Roni Johnson,

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George Lunnon, MR. D-MARS, Vera Bumpers-Pentecost, Delesa Thomas, and Dr. Roslyn Vaughn. Sponsors: Silent Auction Donors, Bayway Lincoln, Arrest- A-Pest Company, and Holley’s Seafood Restaurant. Gala Co-Chairs: Barbara Fields, Joyce Jacquet, Sylvia Jones, Kathy Mosby, Claire Pope, and Rosa Rush. Special thanks also to the Western Gala Committee: Ladies Yvonne Bonner-Holley, Jackie Bostic, Chantay Deblanc, Cherry Gooden, Janice Hall, Dorothy Jackson, Pamela Johnson, Rhonda Jones, Pamela Levine, Barbara Lewis, Carol McCree, Rita Murphy, Barbara Smith, Cherise Story, Sylvia O’Neal, Tiffany Taylor, Bernette TelemaQue, Mary Washington, and Eunice White.

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The Impact Network Expands Its Reach through Comcast Xfinity By Roz Edward NNPA Member


he Impact Network, the only independent African Americanowned and operated Christian television network in the United States, will now be available in even more homes, thanks to an expanded distribution agreement with Comcast’s Xfinity TV platform. The Impact Network features programming on urban ministries, gospel music, lifestyle and entertainment. “We’re excited about the commitment Comcast has made to continue to increase diversity in all communities and to the African American community by expanding distribution of The Impact Network,” said Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the co-founder and CEO of the Impact Network. The Impact Network’s mission is to provide Christian and educational programming designed to “empower the spiritual, physical, financial and emotional needs of the community and viewers.” The network line-up includes television ministries by The Impact Network’s co-founder Bishop Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Creflo Dollar, Pastor Paula White, Pastor Rod Parsley, Bishop I.V. Hilliard, Bishop Charles Blake, Bishop Stanly Williams, Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Henry Fernandez, Pastor Joel Olsteen and more. It also offers original programming such as Dr. Beverly Jackson’s “Living Free,” “The Jewel Tankard Show,” and “Impact Better Health/Diet Free Life” with Dr. Robert Ferguson. The Impact Network was founded in 2010 by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr. Beverly Jackson in Detroit, Mich., and is the fastest growing African American-owned and operated independent, Christian television network in the U.S. Expanding on Comcast’s Xfinity TV,

Dr. Beverly Jackson (left) and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, are the co-founders of The Impact Network, the fastest growing African American-owned and operated independent Christian television network in the U.S. (The Impact Network)

The Impact Network will now reach over 75 million households in the U.S., Africa, The Bahamas, and Virgin Islands on various distributors. Before Jackson purchased the station in 2010, there wasn’t a single African American Christian-owned television network in the country or the world. Black preachers were at the mercy of mainstream networks, that were prone to pull the plug on their Sunday morning shows for reasons as simple as personal disagreements and as complex as racial and religious oppression. “Anytime we wanted to [air] broadcasts, we always had to go to other people to get our ministries shown to television audiences,” said Bishop Jackson. With the assistance of broadcast programming veteran Terry Arnold, former

president and CEO of Bell Broadcasting Company (WCHB and WJZZ), Jackson was able to form an unprecedented alliance with AT&T’s DIRECTV and on November 30, 2015, the bishop was able to extend The Impact Network family of programs with a launch on the multi-channel platform. This was not the first partnership of its kind for the fledgling network. “In 2011, we were able to partner with Dish Network, which gave us a much broader national audience covering the continental United States. Then we got with Comcast which gave us Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana,” said Bishop Jackson. Impact Network would go on to strike similar deals with The Bahamas and several African nations, placing faith-based

programs in 950 million households worldwide, a real coup d’état for African Ameri-can Christian television. The addition of DIRECTV access adds 20 million more viewing households to Impact Network’s viewing audience. Minority- and women-owned broadcasts currently represent only five percent of all broadcasts currently airing in the United States. Bishop Jackson admitted there was some initial discussion about basing the network’s headquarters in the suburbs, but decided to keep the network based in Detroit. “We are helping to power the revitalization of Detroit. While we have Dan Gilbert, Roger Penske and Mike Illitch who are doing great things in our city, there are African Americans doing great things in Detroit, and we are going to tell those stories,” he said. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), said that the partnership between Comcast and The Impact Network is good news for Black America. “We congratulate both Comcast and The Impact Network for working together to significantly enhance television broadcast opportunities for Black America,” said Chavis. “The NNPA and Comcast are also business partners in the marketplace across the nation and we support Black-owned businesses like The Impact Network.” The Impact Network is now broadcasting 24-hours a day, seven days a week and can be viewed on DIRECTV’s channel 380 or on channel 268, DISH Network Channel 268 and Comcast’s Xfinity TV channel 400. Check local listings in your area for more information. Roz Edward is with the Michigan Chronicle and a member of NNPA.

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Teen Musicians Win GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens Make Music Contest and a 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Experience

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Recognize Winners By News Provider


alon David, a teen singer/songwriter, has been chosen as the winner of the seventh annual GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens Make Music Contest for her original interpretation of the importance of living above the influence of drug and alcohol use. Second- and third-place winners for the contest have also been chosen. The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, the two affiliated nonprofit organizations of The Recording Academy®, in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' Above the Influence campaign, will honor each contest winner in late January and early February with exclusive GRAMMY® experiences and prizes. The GRAMMY Foundation offers a range of GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs for high school students, teachers and schools, along with archiving and preservation initiatives. MusiCares provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music industry in need. The contest asked young musicians, ages 14–18, to compose or create an original song and/or music video that celebrates life above the influence or brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance abuse. "We are honored to partner with the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares to recognize these creative and

talented teen musicians," said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. "We're thrilled to recognize these individuals for shedding light on the realities of substance use disorders and what being above the influence of negative pressures means to them." "The Teens Make Music Contest is an engaging and effective mechanism that encourages young people to consider and give voice to the issues around substance abuse," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Foundation, and MusiCares. "The submissions are very compelling across the board, and they bring the challenges of addiction and the paths to recovery into focus." First-place winner David, a student at Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tenn., submitted "Deep Snow," a song that metaphorically compares snow to addiction and focuses on how easily a person can drown in its depths. Yet there is hope as the lyrics reflect a cry for redemption: "Lay me down to rest. Alone in the deep snow. Feel the cool, the rush, the chill, the numb, the kiss of the deep snow. Flurries luring in their ear. Hold still. It will all be over soon. Swallowed up in emptiness. Left as bare as the surface of the moon. … Is it too late to fight it? Take me back. Save me from being buried alive, stolen from life." Second-place winner Renee Audrey

is from Short Hills, N.J., and is a junior at Millburn High School. The lyrics for her song "Paralyzed" describe the life of an individual struggling with a substance abuse problem and details how Audrey hopes she could help the individual overcome her addiction: "Searching for solace at the bottom of a bottle. Using but losing to a fake gospel. Her bloodshot eyes make my eyes water. Her disguise in the skies, feels like paradise. But she's para-para-paralyzed. Para-para-paralyzed. Para-paraparalyzed. Wish I had the antidote to guide her lifeboat. In these rough waters, it's hard to stay afloat." Third-place winner Jarren Blair, a senior at Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., submitted "Out Alive." His song tells the story of someone with a drug or alcohol issue and how difficult that problem can be to overcome. The lyrics illustrate that, even in the midst of despair, faith in a higher power can help one rise above the negative influences: "I've seen trouble, I've seen pain. I've seen struggle for all my days. They say the devil is on his way to cut me open and steal my faith. I know it's hard sometimes. I know it's hard to find someone you like. I know it's hard sometimes. I know it's hard to smile through. I know it's hard to smile through your life, but I'm singing. Oh, I'm saying. Oh, I'm praying. Oh, got my hands up to praise him. I know I'm

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gonna make it out alive." The first-place winner will receive two tickets to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, two tickets to the GRAMMY Celebration® afterparty, a cash award of $500 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center, and the opportunity to perform a set at the Acoustic Tent on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour in the city closest to their hometown. The second- and third-place winners will receive cash prizes of $250 and $100 respectively, both provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center. Each of the winners will have the opportunity to attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during rehearsals. Other prizes include two tickets to the GRAMMY Museum®, two tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show, gift bags, and more. All the winners will have their original compositions posted on the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation's websites, the Vans Warped Tour website and on this month. MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation provided a panel of judges that included music industry professionals, while the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provided technical expertise in the judging process. Points were given for accurate depictions of subject matter. Source: The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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National Nonprofit, Homes For Our Troops, Inc. Appoints New President By News Provider


omes For Our Troops (HFOT) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of a new President and CEO. Effective January 25, 2017, Brigadier General USA (Ret) Tom Landwermeyer will replace Major General USA (Ret) Timothy McHale as President. McHale will vacate his position of four years at HFOT to assume a leadership role at another nonprofit that provides housing for elderly Veterans and their widows. Landwermeyer previously served for five years as Chief Operating Officer at Armed Services YMCA of the U.S.A., a military affiliated nonprofit that provides programs and services to active duty junior enlisted Troops across the country. "After a comprehensive search process, our board has found the best person to build upon HFOT's impressive accomplishments under current President and CEO, Timothy McHale," says Richard Cody, Board Chairman at Homes For Our Troops. "Tom's dedication to the brave men and women who serve in our military, combined with his business acumen and the ability to effectively

communicate and execute strategic plans, make him the ideal person to lead HFOT in its next phase of growth." Landwermeyer was commissioned as an Armor Second Lieutenant in 1976 upon graduation from West Point, and became an Army Aviator in 1981. During his 33 year military career, he led both armor and aviation units at all levels from platoon to his final tactical position as Deputy Commanding General of 2d Infantry Division. He held key staff positions at U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Forces Japan and culminated his career on the Army Staff at the Pentagon. His duty assignments have been throughout the United States, Germany, Japan, Bosnia, Iraq and Korea. Outgoing President, Timothy McHale, will continue to serve HFOT on its Board of Directors. "It will take strong and consistent leadership to guide HFOT to effectively meet its timelines and far reaching objectives for 2017 and beyond," says McHale. "Tom is a great American, and his passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for taking care of our nation's military families assures me that the future of the organization is in the

and HFOT's financial sustainability. I am equally excited about the opportunity to assist even more Veterans in acquiring the homes they need to rebuild their lives." HFOT has completed over 225 specially adapted homes nationwide, and is currently working with another 200 severely injured Veterans of post 9/11 wars in need of an adapted home.

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best possible hands." Landwermeyer began his position at Homes For Our Troops on January 25, 2017. "Joining the incredible legacy and cadre of professionals at HFOT is indeed an honor for me," says Landwermeyer. "I look forward to building upon the current strategic trajectory Tim McHale has set for the organization,

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Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), Inc. is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Veterans in its program have service connected disabilities that may include limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Since HFOT's founding in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to its program services for severely injured Post 9/11 Veterans. Visit WWW.HFOTUSA.ORG. Source: Homes For Our Troops, Inc.

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Find the Right

“Hairapist” By News Provider


inding the right stylist can be much harder than you might imagine. However, if you've moved or ever had a stylist retire, you know the struggle is real. Follow the following four steps to find the perfect stylist for you! Matrix can help you find your perfect stylist – check out the Salon Finder tool to search a salon in your area:

1.1.Research ResearchLocal LocalSalons Salons&&Stylists Stylists One of the best and most authentic ways to source a stylist these days can be through social media. There are so many platforms of social sharing that finding a stylist through Instagram may be the answer to our heart – whoops, I mean hair. The top two social platforms used by stylists and salons to post their work are Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Log into your account and search and scroll different hashtags to find stylists near you. Since hashtags group photos by key word, it collects and curates everyone that has had a conversation about a specific topic. Some examples of hashtags to search may look like this: #matrixhair #hou stonst ylist #dallashair #sandiegosalon – they could also be more general like #balayage #pixiecut #hairgoals etc. As you scroll through hundreds of images that flood your feed (thanks to your new BFF the hashtag), select pictures that catch your eye. If you think, "Hey that looks nice," click on it. It will take you to the stylist's profile or bio page where you have a close look of their portfolio. From here, read the comments section for reviews. Not all in search of a new stylist are into the whole social media craze. Ever met someone who feels like Snapchat is just the government's way to spy on us? Ok, maybe that's a little far out, but hey, that's why search engines like Google, Yelp and StyleSeat are great resources. Check reviews and browse pictures of passionate stylists. Social media may be considered "the new word of mouth" but don't forget there's still the original word of mouth which is perfect for those that aren't big on technology. Chatting with friends and coworkers happens naturally and you never know what great resourc-

es or ideas they may have. Also, if you see hair that speaks to your #hairgoals, stop the girl or guy, compliment them, and ask what salon they go to! Trust me, people are honored to give out their stylist's information. People want their hair to look flawless, but it's more than the hair itself. Over the years, people form a bond and close relationship with their stylist – a compliment to their hair speaks volume of their stylist and they want nothing more than to promote their friend and hair guru.

Askthe theRight RightQuestions QuestionsWhen WhenYou Decide 2.2.Ask You Decide on a New Stylist on a New Stylist Years of experience isn't everything. We see credentials and accolades hanging on the wall at a doctor's office – seeing professional credentials can grant a sense of peace and comfort. However, this mentality doesn't necessarily translate in the stylist world. Your first thought might be to ask, "How many years have you been cutting hair?" While this is a very valid question, the years alone aren't everything. Years behind the chair don't add up a PHD in hair coloring, cutting, styling or weaving. While experience aids in wisdom and knowledge, a stylist should also be continuing their education on new technologies and techniques to keep up on the ever-changing trends of hairstyling. A true stylist needs to continue their education in order to provide their clients with the latest trends in hair. Ask about the stylist's educational background, how often the

stylist enrolls in educational experiences, courses or events. My rule of thumb is the more the better. If the stylist you're visiting cares about you as their client, their career, and their industry, it is in their own best interest to be "in the know" of all new innovative trends and technology… want dream hair …not dated hair!

3.Take Takethe theFirst FirstStep Step&&Consult Consultwith A New 3. with A New Hair Stylist Hair Stylist Once you've done all your homework and research, what do you do with the information? How do you know if this stylist is still going to be right fit for you? Make an appointment at the new salon for a conditioning treatment or blow out. This step allows you to personally meet the stylist and see his or her skills without breaking the bank (or potentially snipping off way too much). Use this time to ask the questions about their expertise and accomplishments. And most importantly, get a feel of their personality to see if it fits with yours. Education, accomplishments, years of experience and portfolio play key roles but a stylist's personality will either make or break the deal.

NowJust JustTie Tiethe theKnot! Knot! 4.4.Now The last step is to formally establish a stylist-client relationship. The best relationships are formed when each party's personality compliments each other. As for me, I'm blunt, funny, outspoken, honest and to-the-point. I'm an entertainer type. Sometimes, I randomly bust out singing. I love to laugh and make others laugh. I'm also confident in my skills and knowledgeable in my craft. In comparison, my colleague stationed next to me is super sweet, soft-spoken and loving. She loves her craft and is extremely knowledgeable and talented too. Although her clients may compliment my work, they are not likely to be sitting in my chair because our personalities are so different. They are more comfortable with their stylist's personality type and the same goes with my clients. The reason people stay twenty years with a stylist is because they like how their stylist makes them feel. If I'm ever away and a colleague takes care of my client in my absence, I can trust them to do a great job. However, when I return, my clients always say things like, "I loved him! They did a great job but he's just not……YOU!" I hope this helps in finding your perfect hairstylist. Do your research, find your hair inspiration via social media, the web or the grocery store. Make a relatively inexpensive "test" appointment. Hold out for the personality that fits yours like a glove and you and your "hairapist" can conquer the world.

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Youth Team Sports: Coaching Today’s Youth to Work as a Team By News Provider


hether it's a neighborhood scrimmage or a national championship, experts agree that the benefits of belonging to a team are significant, and they range well beyond physical exercise. These important experiences teach lessons that help shape kids and teens' outlooks about themselves, working with others and the world around them. Boys & Girls Clubs of America, through its national partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, has introduced tens of thousands of kids and teens to various sports through its popular ALL STARS program. ALL STARS is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's leading team sports program, offering opportunities for Clubs around the country to organize football, basketball, cheer, dance and step programs. Based on observations from participating Clubs around the country, here are the top life lessons instilled by being part of a team and how participation can help kids and teens feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. Teamwork: By working together on a team, kids and teens can learn not only how to lead, but also how to follow directions. The ability to work well with others will help them at home, at school and at game time. Young people also experience the satisfaction of working

together toward a common goal, which is an essential skill to learn for successes down the road. Sportsmanship: Whether in sports, with family and friends, or at the workplace, it's important to know how to properly handle winning and losing. Kids and teens who learn that it's okay to lose - and how to act when they do, gain an important skill to help them throughout their life. Through sports, they can learn to play fair, act with humility and handle both victory and defeat with grace, style and dignity. Strong character: By mastering athletic skills, players gain self-confidence that carries through to the real world. By practicing regularly they learn discipline and responsibility. By playing in a fast-paced game, kids and teens learn to handle stressful situations and make quick decisions. By being part of a team, young people experience a sense of belonging while building valuable friendships. What's more, when parents and caregivers gather to watch games, it can strengthen communities and provide a sense of unity. Healthy lifestyles: Three out of 10 youth are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finding fun ways to keep kids and teens active will help fight this growing epidemic. Team sports

provide a great opportunity for young people to get moving. Because it's fun, they often don't even realize its exercise. By promoting an active lifestyle from an early age, caregivers can help today's youth learn healthy habits that can have a lifelong impact. Practice makes perfect: No one throws a perfect spiral or hits a three-

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pointer the first time they try. To improve at sports, you need to practice. Sports teach kids and teens that if they want something, they have to work for it. Practice and proper preparation are key skills throughout life - whether for a big game, big test at school or any of life's big challenges. Want to help encourage kids and teens in your community to play team sports and learn these important life lessons? It can be as easy as visiting a local restaurant. Through its Team Up for Kids initiative, Buffalo Wild Wings supports ALL STARS, helping to teach sportsmanship, promote positive self-image, build character and encourage healthy, active lifestyles of our nation's young people. Buffalo Wild Wings' guests can support this important cause with the purchase of sauce and seasoning bottles sold in-store or online, with $1 from each purchase going directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By 2020, Buffalo Wild Wings will have donated more than $16 million to fund football, basketball, cheer, dance and step programs, as well as facility renovations at local Boys & Girls Clubs through ALL STARS grants. To learn more, visit – BPT

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