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Ice Cube has found amazing success as an actor, rapper, producer and director. He returns to the screen as a co-star in the sequel “22 Jump Street.” See why making the movie was like taking a vacation. Learn what he has to say about N.W.A. and group member Dr. Dre.

Jon Singleton, a rookie first baseman with the Astros, is the new face of the team. Discover why Singleton is considered a rising young power hitter. Find out about his lucrative contract. Hear his thoughts on having fun and keeping things in perspective.

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emorial Hermann recently opened the first of four Mental Health Crisis Clinics, an initiative under the Texas Health Care Transformation and Quality Improvement Program, in efforts to respond to the significant gap in mental and behavioral health in Harris and surrounding counties. “These crisis clinics serve as a long-term solution addressing the lack of resources readily available to the mental health population in the greater Houston area,”

said Theresa Fawvor, behavioral health services senior director. “Through these clinics, we aim to provide enhanced mental health care that will ultimately guide patients to the appropriate level of care and allow them to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.” The first clinic is now open on the campus of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble. The walk-in clinic provides rapid access to initial psychiatric treatment and outpatient multi-disciplinary services for patients with no immediate access to mental health care. The goal is to

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keep individuals healthy and safe, develop interventions to manage challenging behaviors, and reduce improper hospitalization or possible incarceration. The healthcare system will identify the locations for the three remaining clinics in key underserved areas. When all four clinics are open, the goal is to provide access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “It’s abundantly clear

Marshaun Williams, an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public affairs, has been named the new student regent at Texas Southern University. Williams was one of 10 student regents appointed by Gov. Rick Perry for terms beginning June1 and expiring on May 31, 2015. The student regent is a non-

there is a significant need for this specialized mental and behavioral health service in the greater Houston area and we’ve been encouraged by the community to make it happen,” said Mary Taylor, behavioral health services project manager. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said such services are needed. “We must move away from a crisis-based system that leaves our law enforce-

voting participant representing students on the board. Student regents may serve on special commissions, task forces and committees during their terms, and participate in required regent activities. The student regent also works with campus student government and other organizations, faculty and staff.

ment officers, our jails, and our emergency rooms as de facto mental health providers,” Garcia said. “With more than 25 percent of the approximately 9,000 inmates on psychotropic medication, I’m running the state’s largest mental health facility, the Harris County Jail. There must be a better solution, and I applaud Memorial Hermann for its efforts to be part of that solution.”

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localbriefs A NEW CONTRACT between the Houston Fire Department rank and file and the City of Houston has been proposed. Under the agreement, firefighters will receive 4 percent across-the-board pay increases on Jan. 1, 2015.  A provision allows for additional negotiations starting February 2016 after the city has had the opportunity to address the revenue limitations. There are also changes regarding time off for holidays, vacations and sick time. The agreement, which still must be ratified by the union membership and approved by City Council, will replace the current contract, which is scheduled to expire on June 30……..LOW-INCOME HOUSTONIANS

can visit Northwest Assistance Ministries, 15555 Kuykendahl Road or 10505 Jones Road, to find out if they are eligible for a free cell phone with service. The phones are offered in partnership with the Total Call Mobile Lifeline Program, a federal governmentsupported program that provides one base-level phone and 250 minutes of service to households in need. Individuals or families qualify if they are enrolled in Federal Public Housing/Section 8, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Medicaid, National School Lunch Program (free program only), SNAP or Supplemental Security Income. Visit namonline.

org or call 281-885-4555……..HARRIS COUNTY RESIDENTS who did not pay their 2013 property taxes by Jan. 31 are encouraged to arrange a payment plan as soon as possible. “I strongly urge those account holders to contact my office to see if they qualify for a payment plan,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. “If delinquent account holders do not set-up a payment agreement by June 30, by law, we must turn their accounts over to collection attorneys.” Property tax bill payments and payment plan applications can be completed through www.hctax.net, by phone at 713-368-2000 or at all Harris County Tax AssessorCollector’s branch locations.

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nationalbriefs LEADERS OF CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS held a closed door meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. They commended Silver for making a strong statement with the lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling and expressed the need for greater diversity on the NBA’s business side. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, discussed the Clippers’ ownership. “The new ownership group needs to be a broad, diverse group and the NBA needs to make sure that no more Sterlings ever come into the league and that no more Sterlings grow in the league,” he said. Other leaders at the meeting included Rev. Al Sharpton and incoming NAACP President Cornell Brooks……...THE MY BROTHER’S KEEPER (MBK) task force has discovered that part of its challenge will be to get males of color to reject negative images others have of them, according to a 60-page report detailing recommendations and policy proposals aimed at improving life experiences for the group. “Though disproving the prevalent negative narrative about boys and young men of color with their own example, these young men often made two heartbreaking admissions,” stated the report. “First, that they had internalized parts of the negative narrative and thus (at times) felt the shame of being fearful of other boys and young men of color; and second, that they often diminish themselves as they go through their daily lives to be less threatening to others.” President Obama unveiled the MBK initiative in February……..THE ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE Koch Brothers donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund. Charles and David Koch, billionaire heads of Koch Industries, are known for funding Republican politicians and causes, including recent voter ID laws. “Our partnership with UNCF will provide promising students with new educational opportunities that will help them reach their full potential,” said Charles Koch.

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resident Obama recently signed a presidential memorandum directing the secretary of education to propose regulations that would allow nearly 5 million additional federal direct student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income. The Education Department will begin the process to amend its regulations this fall with a goal of making the new plan available to borrowers by December 2015. The presidential memorandum also outlined a series of new executive actions aimed to support federal student loan borrowers, especially those who may be at greater risk of defaulting on their loans. Obama called giving borrowers a chance to cap their payments “Pay as You Earn.” “We know it works, because we’ve already offered it to millions of young people,” he said. “It’s giving graduates the

opportunity to pursue the dreams that inspired them to go to school in the first place, and that’s good for everybody. “ Obama reiterated his call for the Senate to pass legislation that could help an estimated 25 million Americans refinance outstanding student loans at lower interest rates, the same as those available to federal student loan borrowers taking out loans this year. This move could save a typical student $2,000 over the life of his or her loans. Obama said there is a great need for such changes. “Despite everything we’re doing, we’re still seeing too big a debt load on too many young people,” he said. “The average borrower at a four-year college owes nearly $30,000 by graduation day. Americans now owe more on student loans than they do on credit cards. “And the outrage here is that they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. I can’t tell you how many letters I get from people who say, ‘I did everything I was supposed to and now I’m finding myself in a situation where I’ve got debts I can’t pay off.’ ”

Murray proclaims innocence in new video VOLUME 83 • NUMBER 32 JUNE 12, 2014 Print Editor Publisher Marilyn Marshall Sonceria Messiah-Jiles People Editor Advertising/Client Relations Yvette Chargois Selma Dodson Tyler Sports Editors Multimedia Manager Max Edison Tiffany Williams Darrell K. Ardison Online Editor Local Editor ReShonda Billingsley LaGloria Wheatfall Art Director Contributing Writer Tony Fernandez-Davila Cierra Duncan The Defender newspaper is published by the Houston Defender Inc. Company (713-663-6996.. The Defender is audited by Certified Audited Circulation. (CAC). For subscription, send $60-1 year to: Defender, P.O. Box 8005, Houston TX 77288. Payment must accompany subscription request. All material covered by 2012 copyright. (No material herein may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher).

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As the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death approaches, the doctor convicted of his death has released a video telling his side of the story. Dr. Conrad Murray, who practiced medicine in Houston and Las Vegas, released the video on his website. “The purpose for releasing this video to the world is to highlight the injustices, deception, tampering with evidence, and obstruction of justice that occurred in the trial that led to my unjust conviction and incarceration, and above all it is to demonstrate my innocence,” Murray said.

The video discusses Jackson’s chronic insomnia and plans to wean him off of propofol and other drugs. Murray also said the prosecution and its witnesses were in collusion against him. Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. The L.A. County coroner ruled that he died from “acute propofol intoxication” with “other conditions.” Murray, who was hired as Jackson’s personal physician, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November, 2011 and was sentenced to four years in prison. He served about two years at a Los Angeles County jail before being released in October, 2013. His video can be found at www. drconradmurraytalks.com/video.html.

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A new AARP survey reveals the most important social issues for African-Americans ages 50 and older. The national survey, which included phone interviews with 650 respondents, demonstrates that while many older African-Americans are optimistic that the country is moving in the right direction when it comes to issues such as health care and education, they are significantly less optimistic about finances, employment and workforce discrimination. Lower levels of optimism related to finances and employment could directly impact their future retirement security. “In light of rapid population growth among multicultural communities, studies such as our African-American Social Issues Survey allow AARP to address the unique resource and service needs that have resulted from the demographic shift,” said Edna Kane-Williams, AARP vice president, multicultural markets and engagement. “We realize that decisions like knowing when to claim retirement benefits, making health care choices, seeking employment and financial planning can be complex and different for everyone.” While the majority of African-Americans 50plus considered all of the social issues AARP asked about as being important, access to quality health care (91 percent), financial security (91 percent) and health care information (89 percent) were seen as most important Optimism is lowest for employment-related issues, with employment discrimination based on age (44 percent) and race (45 percent), access to better employment opportunities (48 percent) and having a financially secure retirement garnering lower optimism levels relative to health, technology and education-related issues.

Study looks at fall prevention Falls are a leading cause of injuries – including fatal ones – among Americans 65 and older. The National Institutes of Health announced a new in-depth study that will examine the problem and solutions. Researchers will track 6,000 elderly patients at risk for falling at 80 clinics across the country. Medical personnel will evaluate patients’ risk and create a specific plan to avoid falls. Plans could include a change in medication, exercise or therapy to improve strength or balance, or safety improvements in the home. The trial will be funded over five years from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute established by the Affordable Care Act. Researchers will choose a combination of rural and urban sites to recruit patients.

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ce Cube has been a cultural watchdog, astutely commenting on, examining and detailing the breadth of the American experience in uncompromising terms with an unflinching honesty and a sobering perspective, as well as a deft comedic touch that has endeared him to several generations of fans. Growing up in crime and gang-infested South Central Los Angeles, he learned how to navigate a world where the lines between right and wrong constantly shifted. After penning memorable lyrics on N.W.A groundbreaking songs such as “Straight Outta Compton,” Ice Cube left the group at the peak of its popularity because he was not being paid correctly. As a solo recording artist, Ice Cube has sold more than 10 million albums while remaining one of rap’s most respected and influential artists. In the film arena, he’s an accomplished actor, producer, writer and director. As a TV producer, he took the “Barbershop” and “Are We There Yet?” series to successful network runs In 2012, he appeared in the blockbuster film “21 Jump Street” and the independent thriller “Rampart.” More recently, he enjoyed major success with the box office hit “Ride Along,” which his company Cube Vision produced. While Cube loves making movies, his first passion will always be music. His forthcoming album, “Everythang’s Corrupt,” slated for a release later this year, will be his 18th as either a solo artist or group member. Here, he talks about reprising the role of Captain Dickson in “22 Jump Street.”

KW: Did you enjoy rejoining Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and the rest of cast to shoot the sequel? IC: Yeah, we had a lotta fun. We shot it in Puerto Rico and New Orleans. You can’t beat that, especially since we went in knowing that we’d been successful the first time, and that we were going to make something just as cool. KW: Is it hard to play a supporting role after being a star, producer, scriptwriter and director? IC: No, I just want to be a part of good projects. I enjoyed playing my role. It actually felt like a vacation to only have to act and not have to worry about all the business stuff. I was happy for all that to be somebody else’s headache. KW: What advice would the Ice Cube of today give to the Ice Cube of N.W.A.? IC: Keep doin’ what you’re doin’, fall in love with what you’re creating, and everything else will fall into place. KW: What do you think of the deal Dr. Dre just cut to sell Beats Electronics to Apple? IC: I’m extremely excited for Dr. Dre, personally. He totally deserves it. He’s a genius. He put me in the game. I wouldn’t be here without Dr. Dre, so I was happy for him. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would it be? IC: I wish the world would become what God wanted it to be in the first place, before we tampered with it.

what’sup DRAKE kicked off his Houston Appreciation Weekend by hosting a meet-and-greet at Minute Maid Park for children from the Astros Urban Youth Academy and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. The activities continue with a concert and after-party with Lil Wayne on Friday, June 13; a pool party, “Think Like a Man Too” premiere and after-party with Kevin Hart on Saturday, June 14, and a basketball tournament and wrap party on Sunday, June 15. For information visit octobersveryown.blogspot.com........TRACY MORGAN remained in critical but stable condition after being injured in a June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. The collision killed Morgan’s fellow passenger, comedian JAMES McNAIR, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack. An 18-wheeler driven by Kevin Roper slammed into the back of the

limousine bus carrying Morgan, McNair and others. Roper hadn’t slept for 24 hours prior to the crash. He was charged with vehicular homicide and assault by an auto. Morgan, who starred in “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” suffered a broken leg, broken nose and several broken ribs……..HALLE BERRY will pay $16,000 a month in child support payments to model GABRIEL AUBRY, the father of her 6-year-old daughter, Nahla. A judge recently approved the settlement. Berry will pay for their daughter’s tuition as well, and she and Aubry will split health care expenses. In addition, Berry will pay a retroactive payment of $115,000 to Aubry and $300,000 to his attorneys to cover the costs of their legal dispute. Berry and Aubry share custody of their daughter……..SINBAD’S new special, “Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla,” debuts on Com-

edy Central on Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m…….. Legendary opera singer MARIAN ANDERSON is the subject of a documentary airing on BET’s Centric Network on Sunday, June 15, at 6 p.m. It is titled “Of Thee We Sing: The Marian Anderson Story.” Anderson sparked a cultural firestorm in 1939 by singing at the Lincoln Memorial for 75,000 people after having been denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall because of her race. She died in 1993 at the age of 96…….. The Critics’ Choice Television Awards will be broadcast live on the CW on Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. The show will be hosted by CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER. Nominees for Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series include WHOOPI GOLDBERG for “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” and CICELY TYSON for “The Trip to Bountiful.”

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Audra McDonald made entertainment history by winning a recordbreaking sixth Tony Award during the annual ceremony held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. She won the award for Lead Actress in a Play for her portrayal of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the musical “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” It was her first win in the lead actress category, and also marked the first time a performer has won Tonys in all four acting categories. McDonald previously won Best Featured Actress in a Play (twice), Best Lead Actress in a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (twice). “You deserve more than you were given on this planet and this is for you baby,” McDonald said of Holiday during her acceptance speech. James Monroe Iglehart won a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as the genie in “Aladdin.” He previously appeared in such Broadway shows as “Memphis” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” British actress Sophie Okonedo won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play with her Broadway debut in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Okonedo was nominated for an Academy Award for “Hotel Rwanda” in 2004. Kenny Leon won a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for “A Raisin in the Sun,” which also stars Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sean Patrick Thomas. Leon’s past work on Broadway includes “Fences,” “Radio Golf” and “Stick Fly.”

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Judson W. Robinson III, President & CEO Executive Committee Join with the Houston Area Urban League, Inc. as it celebrates the partnership and community involvement of five outstanding Houstonarea organizations and community figures at its 46th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Gala Saturday, June 21st at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. “The Magic of Delivering Help Today and Hope for Tomorrow” is the theme.

Cary Yates, Chairman Phil Dyson, 1st VP Laurie Vignaud, 2nd VP

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Native Houstonian Pluria Marshall Jr. has purchased three FOX-affiliated TV stations – including KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Texas – for $58.5 million through his Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG), pending FCC approval. The other two stations are KLJB-TV in Davenport, Iowa and KMSS-TV in Shreveport. Marshall is publisher of the Wave Newspaper Group in Los Angeles and the Houston Informer and Texas Freeman. Under the TV plan, Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. will sell three of its stations to Marshall. The deal would require a waiver from the FCC, which voted in March to bar so-called Pluria Marshall Jr. “shared service agreements” where one station provides services (i.e. advertising) for another. However, when the FCC passed the ban on such arrangements, it added language designed to encourage waivers for joint sales agreements that encourage diversity in media ownership. Nexstar said it would guarantee the loans necessary for Marshall to meet the $58.5 million price tag. Marshall said he will embark on a “listening tour” of the three markets to develop different programming that is timely, informative, entertaining and family-oriented. “We want people to watch these shows,” he said. Marshall, a business graduate of Clark College, has extensive TV experience, including working as a station manager. He is the son of Pluria Marshall Sr., a co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and founder of the National Black Media Coalition.

JET Magazine, the weekly pocket-size publication founded 63 years ago by the late Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, released its final print issue, which hit newsstands on June 9. The issue includes a letter from President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, a tribute to Maya Angelou, a montage of swimsuit beauties and coverage of Black history. “I am very proud of this last issue of JET Magazine,” said Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Company. “It epitomizes the historical influence this magazine has made in this country. “For those who grew up with the magazine, they will find this issue a collection of treasured memories, and a younger audience will see it as the guide that reveals the cultural influences of today.” JET will launch a weekly digital magazine app on June 30 and post breaking news on its website.

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tatistics have rarely been kind in ana- ethnic group.” lyzing the realities of Black life, esThe myth pecially as they relate to the presence Johnson says that Black fathers who do not or absence of Black fathers. Yet, live with their children are the ones most often many concerned with the well-being cited by traditional studies as absent. Though of the Black family are pointing to two recent it’s estimated that nearly 70 percent of all studies that suggest the image of the absentee Black children are born to unmarried mothers, Black father is off-base. Johnson agrees with sociologist Dr. Roberta “The New American Father,” a report Cole who said equating that statistic released by the Pew Research with lack of parental involvement is Center last June, and a National flawed. Center for Health Statistics In her book “The Myth of survey released last December the Missing Black Father,” Cole paint a vastly different picture said that even though Black dads of Black male involvement in may be less likely to marry their the raising of their children. children’s mothers, they typically “Recent data indicates that remain involved in rearing their Black fathers are as present children. and under some circumstances Miller believes too many more present in the lives of Black fathers are getting a bad their children as fathers of rap. Dr. Carolyn Clansy Miller other races,” said Dr. Carolyn “Black men are always being Clansy Miller, University of mischaracterized and this negaHouston alumna and co-owner tive stereotype is in keeping with of Charis Psychological Asthe historical attempts to denigrate sociates. the Black male,” she said. “It’s the “Based on empirical perpetual ‘half a man’ issue. Instead research, I believe the assumpof calling today’s Black man ‘boy’ tion that Black fathers are as in generations past, he is labeled absent is invalid. It has been ‘half a father’ when research actumy observation that many ally shows that he has been just as Black fathers are raising their much a father as men of other races. sons and daughters despite and “In my opinion, he has Marcia Johnson in the midst of tremendous been more of one because of the obstacles – relational and legal. obstacles he has to overcome to love his These are challenges that Black mothers have children and to be present,” said Miller, who never had to face.” hosts the podcast, “Getting Good at Life Dr. Marcia Johnson, a professor at Texas with Dr. Carolyn.” Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall Johnson added that overcoming those School of Law, believes the story of Black obstacles is essential. fathers is more complex than the assumptions “Whatever the statistics show, how can often made. we provide greater opportunities for success Johnson’s work with the Earl Carl Infor our children?” she said. “We know statisstitute, Texas Freedom Network and Harris tics have shown that children who live with County Coalition for Juvenile and Criminal the father in the household are more likely to Justice Reform have provided her with experirefrain from criminal activity and more likely ence dealing with the Black father dynamic. to succeed. “Current statistics show that while Black “So even though many Black fathers do fathers are more likely to be living apart from remain active in their children’s lives, we their children, more than 60 percent of Black need to consider the importance of creating fathers who lived with their children were and maintaining the marital unit along with a actively involved in their children’s lives,” multitude of other outcome-determinant facJohnson said. tors,” Johnson said. “Moreover, the Pew Institute reports that Other factors these Black fathers were more active in the Miller and Johnson believe that social, legal and lives of their children than fathers of any other public policies historically and systematically create

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By ASWAD Defe and foster what is called the absence of the Black father. “There is evidence that poverty, for example, plays a role in the separation of Black men from their children. The welfare system is a prime example,” Miller said. Johnson noted the historic ramifications of slavery along with mass incarceration, grossly disparate laws and law enforcement, and racial and geographic profiling as policies facilitating the absence of Black fathers. “An ambivalent public is usually very willing to accept the statistics without looking beyond them to determine whether the bad rap is earned, and even if it is, whether there are viable solutions, like policy changes that could positively impact the lives of Black families,” Johnson said. Miller contends that the “absent Black father” narrative is harmful. “The narrative means that the Black father does not love and care

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Dr. Boyce Watkins, social activist, noted blogger, and founder of www.yourblackworld.com, consistently urges Black men to recognize and exercise the depth of their parental impact. To this end, and in an effort to empower Black families and communities, Watkins provided on his website the following 10 tips for helping Black men become more effective fathers.

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1 Tell your kids you love them every single day 2 Set an example for other fathers 3 Always find a way to show respect to the mother of your children 4 Prepare them for the reality of racism and other life challenges 5 Give them the courage to be different 6 Start thinking about their education right now 7 each them to run their own business 8 Teach them to live life with a purpose 9 Teach them the value of being a good parent 10 Give them plenty of your time

BLACK DADS FICTION?

D WALKER ender for his children and this creates fear, mistrust, and emotional and relational instability in the Black family, the cornerstone of the Black community,” Miller said. “Most importantly, it creates doubt in the Black community that Black boys will one day be present in the lives of their children.” Johnson believes the discussion needs to continue, but with Blacks in control of the content. “The Black community needs to take charge of defining those debates that impact us instead of leaving it to those outside of our communities to frame the debate,” Johnson said. “I find it remarkable how well our communities have survived despite the constant onslaught of negative portrayals and propaganda directed at us. But it is time that we took charge of our own lives and charted our own destinies.”

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Reports paint different picture Several recent studies refute the notion that Black fathers are missing in action. Highlights from those studies include: • Among American fathers living apart from their children, Black dads were at least as involved as other dads not living with their kids, or more so, according to most measures. Among fathers living apart from older children, more than half of Black fathers said that several times a week or more, they talked to their kids about their day, a higher percentage than among white or Latino dads living separately from older children. • Among fathers who lived with young children, 70 percent of Black dads said they

bathed, diapered or dressed those kids every day, compared with 60 percent of white fathers and 45 percent of Latino fathers, according to a report released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics. • Nearly 35 percent of black fathers who lived with their young children said they read to them daily, compared with 30 percent of white dads and 22 percent of Latino dads. • Black fathers are the most likely to be heads of single-father households – 29 percent – compared to 20 percent of Hispanic fathers and 14 percent of white fathers. Sources: Pew Research Center, National Center for Health Statistics


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juneteenth Get to know Texas’ Black historical sites included retail stores, restaurants, lumberyards, a blacksmith shop, tailor and barber shop. A number of churches also formed. By 1915 there were about 400 residents. Independence Heights was annexed by the City of Houston in 1929.

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uneteenth is a perfect time to discover Black historical sites in Houston and beyond. A number of important sites have been designated with markers from the Texas Historical Commission. Here is a glimpse at 10 of them.

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Freedman’s Town, West Dallas Avenue at Heiner, Houston -- Located in Fourth Ward, the original Freedman's Town settlement was founded soon after the emancipation of slaves in 1865. It became the economic Freedman’s Town in 4th Ward was settled by freed slaves. and cultural center of HousIndependence Heights, 7818 North Main & ton's Black population, growing throughout the 38th, Houston – The community began in about 1880s and 1890s. City growth and urban renewal 1908. Many Black families purchased lots and changed the boundaries and character of the area. built their own homes. Neighborhood businesses

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 6616 D.S. Bailey Lane, Houston – Located in Acres Homes, Galilee was organized in 1913, with services held under a brush arbor. By 1915, members began construction of a new building. As membership grew over the years, the church rebuilt several times, including a large sanctuary constructed in 2003. Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 1501 Jensen Drive, Houston – The congregation originated in 1865. In 1867, Rev. Emanuel Toby bought its Vine Street Continued on Page 12

“In accordance with a proclamation from the executive of the United States, all slaves are free...” JUNE 19, 1865, GALVESTON, TX

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We’re still making progress in Houston. Join me today in celebrating our progress in the ongoing pursuit of justice, freedom and equality. I am proud that we are in the final stages of the restoration of the historic De Luxe Theater in partnership with Texas Southern University and the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation.

The De Luxe opened in 1941 in the heart of the Fifth Ward, a neighborhood settled in the 1800s by freed slaves. It’s a cultural touchstone for Houston’s African American community. Bringing the De Luxe back to life will honor the contributions of African Americans and enrich the lives of all of us in Houston.

Happy Juneteenth! Mayor annise Parker

“Wishing you a Happy Juneteenth as we reflect on our past and focus on our future.“ CONGRESSWOMAN

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Juneteenth activities planned Musical Beginnings and Black Ball Classics sponsor “Why We Celebrate” on Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the Mainland Preparatory Academy, 319 Newman Street in La Marque.  The celebration includes food, games, entertainment, a fashion show and vendors. Contact: 832-638-6519. African-American Museum in Galveston hosts a free Juneteenth Family & Friends Festival on Saturday, June 14, at noon at Kermit Courville Stadium Lot, 1307 27th St., Galveston. There will be a kids’ play area, music and food. Visit GalvestonJuneteenth.com or call 409-497-6963. All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project hosts a Juneteenth Freedom and Music Festival on Saturday, June 21, at noon at Fifth Ward Community Garden, 3707 Brill. It features Marian Anderson music by Archie Bell and Khalila Nice, dance, food, guest speakers, African drumming and kids’ games. Contact: 832-6473550 or 214-7077309. African American Library at the Gregory School, Paul Robeson 1300 Victor, sponsors two Juneteenth programs. A “Voices for Freedom” discussion about Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes and Paul Robeson is Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Houston Ebony Opera Guild. Speakers include Dr. C. Dianne Mack and Rev. Dr. Virgil Wood. A library presentation titled “Making the Connection: Challenges of Tracing Enslaved Ancestors” is Saturday, June 28, at 2 p.m. It will review resources for beginner and intermediate level AfricanAmerican genealogical research.  Presenters include Debra Blacklock-Sloan and George Allen. Contact: houstonlibrary.org or 832-393-1313. Houston Ebony Opera Guild sponsors a tribute to pioneering concert artists Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson and Roland Hayes on Sunday, June 29, at 4 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church, 4920 Cullen Blvd. For ticket information visit houstonebonymusic.org or call 713-335-3800.

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site for $5 from his ex-master, Darius Gregg. Renamed Mount Vernon Methodist Episcopal Church in 1879, the congregation moved to its permanent location in 1901. The present sanctuary was constructed in 1935. Reedy Chapel AME Church, 2013 Broadway, Galveston – Trustees of the Methodist church purchased a lot in 1848 as a worship site for slaves. Meetings were held outdoors until a building was erected in 1863. Completed in 1887, the present structure was restored after the hurricane of 1900, and repaired again in 1947 and 1957. Trinity United Methodist Church, 2600 Holman, Houston – The congregation was organized in 1848 for slaves. Initially known as First Church, Houston, Trinity grew to 100 members within the first year. In 1869 the cornerstone was laid for a sanctuary on Travis. The church has been at its current site since 1951.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS Carver High School, George Washington, 2500 South Vic-

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The McGhee School in Channelview opened in the early 1900s.

tory, Houston – In 1915, White Oak (Colored) School was established to serve the Acres Homes Community. In 1937, the school became part of the Aldine School District. It moved from West Montgomery to Wheatley Road in 1941. The school later changed its name to George Washington Carver. A 1198512_12304 4.79x6.5 BW

new school was built in 1954. In 1978, Carver H.S. became Aldine Contemporary Education Center. McGhee Elementary School Building, 531 Crockett, Channelview – Built before 1916, the one-room schoolhouse served Black children. It originally stood a half mile east of

its current site on land donated by Joseph McGhee, a Black farmer. With one teacher and seven grades, the school was typical of many in rural Harris County n the early 1900s. It operated until 1942. Powell Point School, FM 2919 at Powell Point School Road, Kendleton – The Black community of Kendleton developed in the 1880s. Powell Point School was established in 1904 in a two-room structure. The school prospered and in 1918 graduated six students, five of whom went on to college. In 1923 funding was obtained for a new facility. The school grew over the years and today Powell Point is an elementary school. Prairie View A&M University, 100 University Drive, Prairie View – Authorized by the legislature in 1876, the Alta Vista Agricultural and Mechanical College for Colored Youth was Texas' second state-supported institution of higher learning. It occupied a 1434-acre former slave plantation. The first eight students enrolled in 1878. After several name changes over the years, it was given its current name in 1973.

Saluting the spirit of freedom and independence

We always feel fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world, but our national holidays give us time to reflect on our good fortune.

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he Houston Astros have been one of the hottest teams in the Major Leagues over the last 30 days. They finished the month of May with a 1514 record, the team’s first above .500 month since September 2010. After three years of futility there truly is a light at the end of the Astros tunnel and it’s not another train. The key to the turnaround and the recipe for future success rests on the shoulders of two rookies who were recently called up from the minor leagues, George Springer (right fielder) and Jon Singleton (first baseman). Springer and Singleton were tearing up the minors, and some Astros fans wondered when they would see the young guns. Springer (6-feet-3, 205 pounds), was the Astros No. 1 draft pick in 2011 (11th overall) from UConn. He made his Major League debut on April 16. In just two months he has shown the hype was real, and was recently named AL Rookie of the Month for May. For the month, Springer hit .294 (30x102) with four doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 25 RBI and a 1.032 OPS (.385 OBP/.647 SLG). He led all Major League rookies in homers, RBI and OPS during the month, while ranking fifth in batting average and second in hits. “It’s been awesome, the last two months, this whole opportunity I’ve had,” Springer said. “I’m finally starting to slow things down more, be who I am, just go out and play.” Despite the early success and the lofty expectations, Springer is careful to not get caught up in the hype. “You have to know who you are as a player and understand that this just doesn’t revolve around you; it’s about the Houston Astros. It’s about trying to help the Astros win,” he said. Jonathan (Jon) Singleton, 6-feet-2, 255 pounds, was the 8th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies

in 2009. He came to the Astros in the Hunter Pence trade in 2011 along with Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana. Singleton was called up from Triple A Oklahoma City on June 3. He also signed a guaranteed five-year contract with three club options, with a reported $10 million in guaranteed money before he ever took a major league at bat. “Jon is one of the rising young power hitters in baseball, who has had a terrific first two months this year at Triple A,” Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said. “He is a big part of our future here in Houston, and this contract ensures that he will be an Astro for many years to come. He has worked hard to overcome adversity in the past couple of years and demonstrated to the organization that he is ready to contribute to a winning team in the Major Leagues.” Like rookie teammate Springer, Singleton is careful not to let the expectation for success divert him from playing the game he loves at a high level. “It can be overwhelming, but I try not to let things like that sink too deep in my mind,” Singleton said. “I like to think about just going out, playing ball, having fun, keeping it simple, like when I was a youngster.” It has been a smooth transition for Singleton since he has come up through the ranks with teammates such as Springer. “It’s a good environment,” Singleton said. “A lot of these guys I’ve played with before, going back to rookie ball. It’s a real nice mix of talent and we play well together, especially Springer and I. “We played together in Corpus Christi [AA] and then last year in Oklahoma City [AAA]. We’ve had some discussions back then when we talked about what [the Major Leagues] would be like. We were both looking forward to that moment. Now we’re here and it’s like a dream come true.” The dream for Springer and Singleton is a nightmare for opposing pitchers. Longtime Astros fans hope this duo can have the same success that another duo, Bagwell and Biggio, had in making the team a consistent playoff contender.

George Springer

Springer was AL Rookie of the Month for May.

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sportsbriefs UIL largest of its kind The University Interscholastic League is the largest interschool organization of its kind in the world. It has more than 800,000 high school student-athletes and more than 450,000 junior high studentathletes competing in sports ranging from football to wrestling every year in Texas. The UIL provides services to more than 1,400 member schools across the Lone Star State and administration of region and state championships in 14 sports. More Texas high school students participate in athletics than in any other state.

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Tournament turns 65, Houston schools lose but Reagan countered with a game-winning run (5-4) in the bottom of the inning to prevail. “When you come here from the city of Houston, you want ROUND ROCK – The University Interscholastic League to represent the city in a positive way,” said Atascocita head coach state high school baseball tournament celebrated its 65th anniverEric Matthews. “Although we didn’t win, we feel we represented sary this year with a notable omission. No Houston area school the city pretty well. Moving forward, we hope to get another opwas crowned a champion in 2014. portunity to do this.” For the first time since 2009, a Houston team didn’t even San Antonio Reagan, the Region IV-5A champion, was makadvance to a title game. The Woodlands (2013), Cypress Ranch ing its first state baseball tournament appearance and attempting to (2012) and Brazoswood (2011) had won the last three Class 5A become the first school from San Antonio to win a 5A state title. championships. Top-seeded Pearland (37-6) and upstart Atascocita San Antonio Highlands won a state title in 1968 when 4A was the (31-9-1) represented the greater Houston area in the 2014 5A UIL’s largest classification. Region IV has only produced a total of bracket. three 5A titles. Pearland put forth its worst performance of the season while However, Flower Mound proved too much for San Antonio losing 8-1 to Flower Mound in the Reagan in the 2014 Class 5A state semifinals. The Oilers could state championship game as only muster four hits in seven innings defendernetwork.com the Jaguars roared to a 10-0 against Flower Mound starting pitcher five-inning, run-rule victory at State baseball tournament facts Kyle Johnston. Meanwhile, six differDell Diamond. In other action, ent Pearland pitchers yielded 12 walks Aledo defeated Victoria East and hit three batters in a complete 4-0 to win the Class 4A crown. breakdown. Tournament novice and Houston area representative George “It kind of makes you sick to your stomach,” said Pearland Ranch lost 4-1 to Victoria East in the 4A state semifinals. head coach Anthony Scalise. “To get to this point of the season and College Station (3A), Sunnyvale (2A) and Douglass (1A) not compete on the mound is kind of sickening. Our kids battled also claimed 2014 state baseball titles. East Bernard (Region IIIall year. I just wish we would have competed better pitching wise 2A) lost 4-3 to Sunnyvale in the 2A state semifinals. than we did today.” The 2015 state high school baseball tournament will crown Atascocita led San Antonio Reagan 3-0 going into the botfive champions in conferences 2A through 6A. The addition of a tom of the fifth inning in the other 5A state semifinal when things Class 6A will not necessitate a tournament format change accordbegan to fall apart for the Eagles. The Rattlers rallied for four runs ing to tournament director and UIL assistant athletic director Darled by RBI singles from Zach Morrow and Jack Thompson to take ryl Beasley. “5A becomes 6A and the rest of the classifications just a 4-3 lead. The Eagles tied it (4-4) with a run in the top of the sixth move up a number,” he said. “Everything will remain the same.” By DARRELL K. ARDISON Defender

The much anticipated first meeting in football between Pearland ISD members Dawson and Pearland High School is set for Oct. 3 at The Rig with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The two perennial state playoff qualifiers have never met in football since Dawson High School opened in 2009. The school was named after former Texas Rep. Glenda Dawson, who taught for 34 years at Pearland High School. Dawson head football coach Eric Wells was an assistant coach at Pearland High School under head coach Tony Heath before moving to Dawson. Pearland will open the 2014 season with non-district games against College Park (Aug. 29/away) and Spring Branch Memorial (Sept. 5/The Rig). Dawson will open the season against George Ranch (Aug. 29/The Rig) followed by Magnolia West (Sept. 5) on the road. Both Pearland and Dawson are members of District 22-6A along with powerhouse Manvel.

Beverley on defensive team Even casual Rocket fans are familiar with the “pit bull” style defensive approach that point guard Patrick Beverley brings to the court game in and game out. Now Beverley has been saluted by the NBA. He was recently named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Joining Beverley on the second team are Lebron James, Jimmy Butler, Roy Hibbert and Kawhi Leonard. The first team is comprised of Joakim Noah, Serge Ibaka, Chris Paul, Paul George and Andre Iguodala. Noah was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Beverley joined the Rockets as a free agent in the middle of the 2012-2013 season after playing professionally in Russia. This year he won the starting slot in training camp over Jeremy Lin.

Clowney signs contract Its official. Jadeveon Clowney is a Texan and he has got the contract to prove it. It’s a four-year deal, with a fifth-year option. The value is reported at $22.2 million guaranteed, including a $14.5 million signing bonus. Clowney, who played defensive end at the University of South Carolina, will play linebacker in Texan defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s system. Although it’s early, head coach Bill O’Brien likes the work ethic the No. 1 overall pick has exhibited. “I think he’s a guy who has come in here and really put in extra time so far,” O’Brien said. “He needs to keep doing it. He’s put in extra time in the training room to work on his flexibility. He’s put in extra time on the practice field. He’s being coached very well by Mike Vrabel and Romeo Crennel.”

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