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NATIONAL MITT ROMNEY outlines position on issues


OPRAH WINFREY highest paid celebrity


ERNEST McGOWEN dies at age 87

U.S. Rep. Jackson Lee

wins cancer battle Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee recently revealed her battle with breast cancer, and is speaking out about the disease and the fight against it. Hear what she has to say about being a survivor. Learn what she went through during her medical ordeal. Find out what she has to say about her future. H Page 3

Heishma Northern coaches at PV Prairie View A&M University football coach Heishma Northern is ready for the new season. Northern is entering his second year at the helm. What does he consider the key to success? Why is “urgency” an important word in his coaching vocabulary? And what do pundits have to say about PV’s chances? H Page 10 • Serving the Houston area for over 80 years


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Sheila Jackson Lee


wins cancer battle U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Defender News Services Now that she is a breast cancer survivor, Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said she plans to be a more active advocate of research and care. Jackson Lee recently announced “that I am a survivor of a disease that has affected millions of women around the world.” She revealed that she was diagnosed with the disease last year. “Like so many women, I experienced surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and other effects including loss of hair. Now, I am cancer free. I recently finished my last course of treatment. What a great feeling!” she said.

“Over the last year, I received exceptional care from the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I would like to thank the medical professionals, including St. Luke’s Hospital, for the care and privacy they have given me. Houston is fortunate to have such treasures of healing in our midst.” Jackson Lee said she looks forward to “having many more years to enjoy my family, friends and to serve our community and nation. I now intend to be an even more vigorous advocate and supporter for cancer research and improved care. Earlier this year, I introduced legislation to support research for triple-negative breast cancer.”


She urged all women to learn more about the disease and participate in preventive measures to increase their odds of survival. “I join the many women, men, organizations and the healthcare community who are working to support all of those who continue to fight to survive cancer every day,” Jackson Lee said. “Thank you for your concern and your support. This is just one more battle that I had to win and my strength is renewed. I especially want to thank my family for all of their support. I know my purpose – it is to use this challenge as an inspiration for the work that God calls me to do.”

Survivors remember Hurricane Katrina By ASWAD WALKER Defender

While Hurricane Isaac barreled into the Gulf Coast, individuals directly affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 gathered for a memorial observance to pay homage to those lost during that storm and its aftermath, and to those who persevered in its wake. The New Orleans Association of Houston (NOAH) organized the event, held at SHAPE Community Center, marking the seventh anniversary of Katrina on Aug. 29. According to NOAH founder and chair Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, the observance was intended for survivors to remember who and what was lost – loved ones, property and life moments – while celebrating the resilience of New Orleanians. “Recovery cycles normally take about 10 years, so we’re now in the fourth quarter of our recovery and should ask how things in New Orleans are,” said Sanyika. “And we know [that] conditions for Blacks have not seemed to have improved.” Sanyika said that asset poverty – the inabil-

ity to survive after three months without any new income source – for New Orleans’ Blacks has reached 50 percent compared to 22 percent for whites and 40 percent for Hispanics. “Has there been progress in New Orleans? Yes. But the city is whiter than it’s ever been, and the Black population has fallen from 67 percent to 60 percent, while Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans and its residents. crime is still high, at least 10 times The festivities were part of the ongoing are working, we have children in schools, own the national average. We must healing needed by survivors in Houston and homes, and some have retired here. Our quality ask how people are doing in the city compared beyond. of life seems to have improved; still, we are to how we are doing here in Houston,” said “The pain is not over. I lost my mother, supposed to have the right to choose—to stay or Sanyika, who was among the many transplanted relocate,” Sanyika added. trapped in the sixth floor of one of the city’s hosNew Orleanians who chose Houston as their NOAH was formed after Sanyika and pitals,” Sanyika said. “When exposed to traupost-Katrina destination. others organized a forum last September on the matic experiences like we were, there is healing The Katrina disaster, one of the worst in that needs to take place, knowing that you will American history, caused close to $100 billion in state of New Orleanians in Houston. Particinever be able to live in your space as before. pants decided to form NOAH to be connected property damage and claimed more than 1,860 “Thus, we celebrated the healing and afto and supportive of one another through events lives, 1,600 of them in Louisiana alone. It is esfirmed that we are still cared for by the Creator. such as the recent Katrina observance which timated that Houston is now home to anywhere There’s a joy about life that we New Orleanians included musical performances, poetic expresfrom 20,000 to 40,000 New Orleanians. will continue to celebrate so we can keep movsions, food and activities celebrating New “For many in NOAH, Houston was a ing forward.” Orleans culture. destination of choice post-Katrina. Many of us

Texas redistricting plans thrown out by court Defender News Services

A U.S. federal court threw out Texas’ controversial redistricting plans and ruled that they discriminate against Black and Hispanic voters. The state maps were passed by the Republicancontrolled legislature during the most recent

session. The court said Texas failed to show the new political lines would not discriminate against minorities under the Voting Rights Act. Houston Rep. Garnet F. Coleman said the ruling was a victory for Texans.

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Mitt Romney and running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan hope to win in November.

Where Romney stands on issues


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he storm-delayed Republican convention officially nominated Mitt Romney as President Barack Obama’s challenger in the November election. Romney, who will be joined in the race by vice presidential candidate Congressman Paul Ryan, said his mission includes restoring health to America through a “smaller, smarter, simpler government.” Where does Romney stand on issues of importance to African Americans? Following are his views on three of them – employment, education and healthcare.


If elected, Romney said his focus would include retraining workers. He said retraining efforts

About Mitt Romney Mitt Romney was born in Detroit in 1947. His father George Romney was chairman of American Motors Corporation, governor of Michigan and secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1971, Mitt Romney earned dual degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. He founded the investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. Romney served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He and his wife Ann have five sons and 18 grandchildren.

must be founded upon a partnership that brings together the states and the private sector. He believes states should be encouraged to pursue a system of personal reemployment accounts for unemployed individuals. These accounts would facilitate programs that place individuals directly into companies that provide on-the-job training. Specific steps include: • Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating program s and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency. • Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds • Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs. To ensure that America continues to lead the world in innovation and economic dynamism, a Romney Continued on Page 5

MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN will be the keynote speaker during a 17th anniversary celebration of the Million Man March on Oct. 14 in Charlotte, N.C. Farrakhan is scheduled to present “Muhammad’s Economic Blueprint: Ending Poverty and Want” at the celebration. Farrakhan organized the historic march, which took place on Oct. 16, 1995 in Washington, D.C. Estimates of the number of marchers – most of whom were AfricanAmerican men – ranged from 400,000 to 1.1 million........ CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS are supporting a suit filed against Dunkin’ Donuts, which accuses the company of franchise discrimination. The suit, filed in a New Jersey court, said the company deprived certain minorities of the same economically advantageous opportunities afforded to white male franchisees. It also alleges that the company steers  African-American franchisees to troubled ethnic neighborhoods, reserving socioeconomically advantageous markets for non-minority franchisees. Supporters include New Jersey leaders of the NAACP and representatives of the SCLC. A spokeswoman said Dunkin’ Donuts values diversity of its franchisee ranks, and those relationships “are a source of pride for us and a strength” within its system……..THE RECENT DISCOVERY of a previously unknown recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has scholars and civil rights leaders excited about its historic and cultural value. Stephen Tull was rifling through boxes in his father’s attic in Chattanooga, Tenn., when he found an audio reel labeled, “Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960.” In the interview, intended for a book project that didn’t pan out, Tull’s father questioned King about his notion of nonviolence and how a recent trip to Africa informed his views. King, who visited Africa a month before the interview, talked about how those on the continent viewed the U.S. civil rights struggle. Tull is working with an expert on historical artifacts to arrange a private sale of the recording. 


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administration would press for an immigration policy designed to maximize America’s economic potential. He said the United States needs to attract and retain job creators from “wherever they come,” and noted that foreign-born residents with advanced degrees start companies, create jobs, and drive innovation at an especially high rate.


Romney will pursue “genuine” education reform that puts the interests of parents and students ahead of special interests and provides a chance for every child. He vows to take the unprecedented step of tying federal funds directly to dramatic reforms that expand parental choice, invest in innovation, and reward teachers for their results instead of their tenure. Such policies, he said, will equip state leaders to achieve the change that can only come from commitment and action at the local level. He will also ensure that students have diverse and affordable options for higher education to give them the skills they need to succeed after graduation and that, when they graduate, they can find jobs that provide a rewarding return on their educational investment. Specific steps include: • Allow low-income and special needs students to choose which school to attend. • Provide incentives for states to increase choices for parents and develop quality alternatives. • Build on the success of effective charter and digital schools. • Reform No Child Left Behind by emphasizing transparency and responsibility for results. • Recruit and reward great teachers.




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Taking care of business By ELESKA AUBESPIN Defender The Houston Minority Supplier Development Council is no stranger to the notion of networking and building partnerships. Established in 1973, the nonprofit organization continues its mission to foster relationships between Houston’s major corporations and minority-owned businesses. With tough competition, a challenging environment and lack of exposure to corporate leaders, it is imperative that minority businesses get the help they need to break through the “glass ceiling” of successful entrepreneurship. HMSDC will once again host its annual EXPO Business Opportunity Marketplace, which returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, on Sept. 5-6. This year’s theme is “Connect to Richard Huebner Success: EXPO 2012.” The event is designed to present information, insight and connections that will help companies flourish during tough economic times, said Richard Huebner, president of HMSDC. “This is an incredible event and it will provide direct access between minority business owners and decision makers from leading major corporations, government agencies and resource organizations,” Huebner said. EXPO sets the stage for more than 800 minority business enterprises to meet face-to-face with 1,500 top decision-makers from 200 corporations, agencies and organizations. HMSDC assists MBEs year-round with tools such as mentoring programs and educational scholarships that strengthen management skills needed for business development. Also, HMSDC certifies and matches local minorityowned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services. Houston’s council is one of 39 regional councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. In a Q&A with the Defender, Huebner talked about supplier diversity and minority-owned businesses. Defender: Why is supplier diversity and develop ment important? Huebner: The strength of our economy and our country is based on the full participation of all communities. Minority business development creates jobs and economic self-sufficiency, a broader tax base, reduced tax rates, and increased pur-

About EXPO Minority entrepreneurs, with all their hard work and vision, face a stark reality – there is often a closed door to major decision-makers in the marketplace. With that in mind, the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council is hosting its annual EXPO Business Opportunity Marketplace at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, on Sept. 5-6. MBEs should attend this year’s event because it will help them flourish, despite challenging economic times, said Richard Huebner, HMSDC president. There will be sessions on business development, potential contracting opportunities, marketing strategies, financial advice and networking events. Corporate leaders are encouraged to attend so they can increase their supplier network with experienced minority businesses that offer innovative, cost-effective solutions. The two-day agenda includes 20/20 Insight Forums, where top executives discuss Houston sectors, such as medical and transportation, and how minorityowned businesses can meet their needs in the future. Coaching Corner lets business coaches mentor expo attendees on professional development, and a Capital Connections luncheon provides alternate ways to finance growing businesses. For the first time, Direct Connect will let minority business owners ask the HMSDC to arrange sessions with five particular corporations. “We will actually send those five companies information on that minority company in advance so they can meet one-on-one at the EXPO and be prepared to talk,” Huebner said. “This way, EXPO is much more targeted rather than everyone walking around bumping into each other.” National Minority Supplier Development Council President, Joset B. Wright, will be keynote speaker at the Rigel Awards Luncheon. For information visit or call (713) 271-7805.

chasing power for other goods and services – essentially creating an economic engine that fuels the community, city, state and nation. In addition, diverse suppliers have been proven to bring innovation and costs savings to their customers beyond that which their current suppliers may be providing. Successful minority business owners become great role models for others in business and for kids in the schools and play an increasingly prominent role in supporting the arts, government, and charities. When an MBE (minority business enterprises) wins a contract, everyone wins. Defender: What are the benefits of being a member of HMSDC? Huebner: HMSDC certifies legitimate minority ownership, management and control giving you credibility in the marketplace. HMSDC develops the MBE to grow their business, bringing maximum value to their customers, while creating wealth and employment. HMSDC connects MBEs to sources of business and surrounds you with the resources to achieve long term, sustainable

growth. HMSDC advocates on behalf of MBEs. In essence, HMSDC will provide the information, insight, relationships and support to grow your business. In addition, we provide hands-on training and support for major corporations and agencies looking to derive maximum value from their supplier diversity efforts. Defender: What is the top challenge minority businesses currently face? Huebner: Access to opportunity and capital; understanding and capitalizing on changes that are occurring in the marketplace. Defender: How is HMSDC helping them with that challenge? Huebner: HMSDC connects buyers and sellers con- • Serving th



EXPO helps minority entrepreneurs and corporations connect with each other.

stantly through our committees, programs and events. This gives MBEs access to key decision-makers who can help them identify opportunities and position themselves with the information, insight and relationships that will drive business growth. This may be through the annual EXPO Business Opportunity Marketplace, through our quarterly luncheons, our extensive offering of seminars and workshops, or simply by serving on a committee alongside our Corporate Members. HMSDC also has its own financing program and collaborates with other programs to give MBEs access to the capital they need to grow their businesses. Defender: What advice do you have for starting a business and ensuring that it stays profitable? Huebner: Watch your cash flow. Too many businesses start out undercapitalized. Once they get a contract or two, they run out of cash and often out of business. It is much easier starting a business than growing it on a sustainable basis. Key to success in any business is delighting your customers with your products, services and performance. It is not about you selling. It is about you providing a solution to the customer’s needs. Also, hang out with business owners who are a step or two ahead of you. They can show you how it’s done and advise you along the way. Finally, business is about money. Understand your financial statements and ratios and what they tell you about your business. Too many great businesses with incredible products and services fail because they didn’t understand the finances of running a business.

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MBEs say council works for them The climb to the top can be a hard one for many minorityowned businesses, but World Wide Technology has done it. As the largest Black-owned company in America, World Wide Technology has established itself as a leader in providing advanced technology hardware and equipment to companies. The St. Louis-based company, which has a Houston office, is a Houston Minority Supplier Development Council member. Malcolm Goodwin, World Wide Technology’s director of minority supplier development for the Midwest, said HMSDC helps foster valuable relationships with MBEs and large corporations. “Before, you didn’t have companies championing minority businesses, but HMSDC pushes these companies along as they are making plans to decide who should have opportunities,” Goodwin said. “The council says doing business with minority businesses make sense.” For Joyce Scott, owner of Superb Speakers and Trainers in Houston, HMSDC has helped her focus on growing her business, which offers performance improvement training, speaking, coaching, facilitation and consulting services to various entities. “I go by strategy, real research and real data,” Scott said. “I recognized when I first came to one meeting for HMSDC that it would be absolutely relevant to where I wanted to go as a business owner because my goal is not to stay a small business.” Scott lived in Austin when she attended a HMSDC meeting and became a member seven years ago. “I was so impressed at that first meeting with the quality of programming because it was on a world-class scale,” said Scott, who moved her business to Houston in 2010. As a HMSDC member, Scott feels she must meet the high expectations required of minority businesses. “I love the peer pressure of the council because everyone is expected to exceed these expectations,” Scott said. “You play up to the higher standard when you are involved with HMSDC. It gives me an opportunity to exceed goals.”

Corporations benefit from EXPO, council When it comes to the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, membership has its privileges. HMSDC corporate member CenterPoint Energy, for example, has access to qualified, certified minority-owned businesses to support their needs. “At the upcoming EXPO there will be a great deal of suppliers, and this gives us a one-stop shop and maximizes our ability to meet diverse suppliers in one spot and in one day,” said Jewel Smith, supplier diversity manager at CenterPoint. “For us, we find that diverse suppliers are more innovative, flexible and they make us feel that we are the customer of choice,” Smith added. “These businesses have competitive rates and they deliver. They have now become valuable for our supply chain.” United Airlines, a corporate member since 2002, works

to partner with suppliers who also reflect the company’s customer base, said Layle McKelvey, the airline’s supplier diversity manager. “For us, we do really well when it comes to supplier diversity and we attribute the success that we have to the utilization of those businesses certified through HMSDC,” McKelvey said. HMSDC not only offers direction, but provides knowledge and assistance through its staff. “What’s different with this Houston council is that their staff is very helpful and are like an extension of your own staff,” McKelvey said. “We can call them for anything and they are there to help.”

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entertainment Quvenzhané Wallis

Film role earns youngster rave reviews


By KAM WILLIAMS Special to the Defender

uvenzhané “Nazie“ Wallis was born in 2003 in Houma, La., where she attends Honduras Elementary School. She has three siblings. Nazie loves reading, singing, dancing, acting and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. She’s a big fan of China McClain, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, and her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Here, she talks about her Oscar-worthy performance as Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a visually enchanting modern parable issuing a dire warning about the threat to the planet posed by civilization and corporations if left unchecked. An early entry in the Academy Awards sweepstakes, this surreal fairy tale deserves all the accolades already heaped upon it at Sundance, Cannes and other film festivals. Considerable credit must go to newcomer Nazie, a talented youngster who not only portrays the protagonist but narrates the film as well. KW: I saw you interviewed by Jay Leno on the “Tonight Show” recently. You also

went to the Sundance Film Festival and travelled to France for the Cannes Film Festival. What was that like? QW: I had a lot of fun in France. I liked how they said my name over there. They wouldn’t say Quvenzhané. They would say a whole other thing. KW: What type of name is Quvenzhané? I thought it was French, especially since you’re from Louisiana, where there are a lot of people with French ancestry. QW: It’s Swahili. KW: You were only 5 when you auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy. Had you acted or taken acting lessons before? QW: No. KW: A lot of scenes were shot on the bayou and around animals like alligators, pigs and chickens. Were you ever afraid? QW: Yes, I was afraid of the pig. KW: What was it like seeing yourself on the big screen for the first time, after the film was finished? QW: I was like: “Wow! There is actually a bigger me, but I can handle it…” KW: You are the youngest of four kids. Do your sister and big brothers treat you any differently now that you’re a movie star? QW: Nope, they treat me the same way. KW: Nazie, are you anything like your character, Hushpuppy? QW: In some ways I am, in some ways I’m not. We both like to go outside and do some things

that you wouldn’t even think about. KW: What do you think people will learn from this movie? QW: That when you’re a little kid, you might have to take care of your parents as much as they take care of you. Otherwise, they might get sick, and that’s something you don’t want to happen. KW: What do you like to do to have fun? QW: Ride my bike. KW: What is your favorite movie? QW: “Happy Feet 2.” KW: What is your favorite food to eat? QW: Jambalaya… No, stir-fry. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? QW: Myself. KW: What do you want to be when you grow up, an actress or something else? QW: A dentist. KW: Who is your hero? QW: My mom. KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would? QW: Yes, how did you burp and scream like that in the movie? KW: Okay, how did you burp and scream like that? QW: It’s just something I learned how to do. The screaming I do at my brothers’ basketball games to make the other team miss foul shots. One of them is in junior high, and the other one is going to high school. KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? QW: I don’t know, but I would say you have to be nice to people you meet.

Quvenzhané “Nazie” Wallis turned 9 on Aug. 28.

What’sup OPRAH WINFREY is the highest-paid celebrity for the fourth year in a row, says Forbes Magazine. It’s estimated that Winfrey earned $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012. Record executive and rapper DR. DRE is fifth on the list. He earned $110 million, thanks in part to a successful headphone company he co-founded called Beats. TYLER PERRY is sixth on the list, and earned $105 million……..Meanwhile, authorities are investigating the cause of a recent fire at Perry’s 30-acre studio complex in Atlanta. The fire is the second blaze in recent months at the studio. It was confined to a roof of a building at the complex and was brought under control in less than an hour. No injuries were reported………TINA KNOWLES has sold her luxurious Houston home for a little more than $2.9 million. According to TMZ, Knowles originally tried to sell the

8,885-square foot home for $3.4 million but it sat on the market for nine months with no takers. The home, located in the Piney Point Village area, includes five bedrooms, five baths, a resortstyle pool, gym and giant media room…….. Native Houstonian LORETTA DEVINE is portraying Cedric the Entertainer’s mother, Della, in two episodes of the TV Land sitcom “The Soul Man.” Devine won an Emmy last year for her guest role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” and has been nominated again this year for the same role. Devine, who grew up in Acres Homes, graduated from the University of Houston in 1971. She gained national attention in 1981 for her role in “Dreamgirls” on Broadway……..ROBIN ROBERTS is on medical leave from “Good Morning America” as she prepares for a bone marrow transplant and treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Roberts is determined to overcome the disease. “My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this, and I know it’s true,” she said…….. ANGELA BASSETT will star as CORETTA SCOTT KING and MARY J. BLIGE will portray BETTY SHABAZZ in the upcoming Lifetime movie “Betty and Coretta.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will profile the two women as they carry on as single mothers following the assassinations of their husbands, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. and MALCOLM X, who later took the name EL-HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ……..Disney Channel star KYLE MASSEY lost his online bid to become the 13th star on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” which premieres Sept. 24 on ABC. Dallas Cowboys great EMMITT SMITH will be the show’s only African-American contestant. • Serving the Houston area for over 80 years WEEK OF AUGUST 30 | 2012 | DEFENDER

Former Councilman McGowen dies at 87 By ASWAD WALKER Defender

Ernest McGowen Sr., former City Councilman and one of Houston’s first Black elected officials, died Aug. 26 at the age of 87. From 1980 to 1993, McGowen served as the District B representative on the Houston City Council. McGowen’s tenure on Council outlasted three mayors, and was highlighted by his advocacy for the appointment of more minorities to high-ranking positions in the police department. Ever the civil rights advocate, McGowan supported naming the then-Houston Intercontinental Airport after another Houston icon, the late U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland. McGowen began his career as a public servant in 1975 when he became the first African American elected to the HCC and HISD Boards of Trustees from District 2. Elected to serve on the City Council in 1979, McGowan distinguished himself in that capacity giving voice to the voiceless. “Some of the initiatives championed by former Councilmember McGowen during that time include the South African Divestment Ordinance and the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Ordinance,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. “We have lost a vital light and uncompromising spirit that has changed lives, stood by those who were accused unfairly and commanded attention from elected The late Ernest McGowen officials from the White House to the State House to local government and he will be forever remembered and without question continuously missed.” McGowen, who also served for 12 years on the Houston Galveston Area Council, becoming the organization’s first elected African-American president in 1993, was pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church and was one of the early Black leaders of the United Methodist Church. Mayor Annise Parker said that McGowan “served his constituents with passion and commitment, but he also led on issues such as how the city responded to apartheid in South Africa and promoted disinvestment. He left a legacy through his family as well – his wife and sons have carried on the importance of service in the community.”

Michael Williams named TEA commissioner Defender News Services

Michael Williams of Arlington has been named state commissioner of education, and will take charge of the Texas Education Agency effective Sept. 1. As commisMichael Williams sioner, he will over“High standards and acsee the state’s 1,200 school countable public schools are districts and charter schools. essential to our state’s future An estimated 70 percent success, and no two people of the state’s 5 million public understand that better than school children are minorities. Michael and Lizzette,” said Williams is a past comGov. Rick Perry in making the missioner and former chairannouncement. man of the Railroad Com“Together, they will build mission of Texas, and was on the improvements achieved the first African American during the tenure of Robert in Texas to hold a statewide Scott and Todd Webster, and elected post. will ensure our children are Lizzette González Reynprepared for the challenges of olds will serve as chief deputy college and the workplace.” commissioner. Williams is also past as-

Museum launches membership drive Defender News Services

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will join the Kingdom Builders’ Center in launching a grass roots campaign to reach its goal of 100,000 charter members with a soulful dessert reception in Houston. The reception takes place Friday, Sept. 7, from 7-9 p.m. at the KBC, 6011 W. Orem. The free event will give Houstonians the opportunity to learn more about the country’s first national Black museum and view the artwork of local environmental artist Charles Washington. To date, the museum has more than 35,000 charter members. Houston is the first city in a multi-city campaign to raise awareness of the museum and increase membership at the local level. Charter membership gift levels range from $25 to $1,000. The museum was created in 2003 by an act of Congress establishing it as part of the Smithsonian Institution. It will be the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to showcasing African-American life, art, history and culture. The museum will be located across from the Washington Monument and will open in 2015. To RSVP to the reception contact 7I3.726.2663 or by Sept. 5.


sistant secretary of Education for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education and past deputy assistant secretary for Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Treasury under President George H.W. Bush. Additionally, Williams is a former adjunct professor at the Texas Southern University School of Public Affairs and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in public administration and a law degree from the University of Southern California. Reynolds has served as deputy commissioner for policy and programs at TEA since 2007.


HOUSTON DOWNTOWN MANAGEMENT DISTRICT MARKET SQUARE PARK | MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING SHADE STRUCTURE The Houston Downtown Management District (the “Downtown District”) will receive competitive sealed bids for construction as Modifications to an Existing Shade Structure for Market Square Park, located at 301 Milam Street in downtown Houston, Texas. Bids will be received until 11:00 AM, local time on Thursday, September 27, 2012, by the Director of Construction, Downtown District, 2 Houston Center, 909 Fannin, Suite 1650, Houston, Texas 77010. Bids received after this time will not be accepted. Beginning Thursday, August 30, 2012, Bid Documents may be purchased for $50 per set from the Downtown District, 2 Houston Center, 909 Fannin, Suite 1650, Houston, Texas 77010, by a cashier's check, certified check or money order, payable to the Houston Downtown Management District. The cost for up to two sets will be refunded to Bidders who submit a valid bid for this Project. Addenda are free of charge and will be distributed to those who purchase Bid Documents. Bid Documents may be examined at plan rooms of the Associated General Contractors of Houston, the F.W. Dodge Corporation, the Minority Business Development Center, and Amtek Information and Plan Room. A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, in the Downtown District Conference Room, 2 Houston Center, 909 Fannin, Suite 1650, Houston, Texas 77010. All bidders (general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers) are invited to attend. Bids will be ruled non-responsive if received from someone who did not attend the pre-bid conference. Late arrivals will not be admitted to the pre-bid conference. Bidders shall comply with City Ordinance 95-336 (March 29, 1995) and Exec. Order No. 1‑2 (June 14, 1995), and City of Houston Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance Division Minority/ Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Procedures (June 1995). The successful Bidder will be required to make good faith efforts to achieve an M/WBE participation goal of 17 percent. The Downtown District is working in collaboration with the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) TIRZ No. 3 and the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department.




PV Panthers think championship in 2012


By MAX EDISON Defender

Coach Heishma Northern

Terrance Mitchell will head a scrappy, but inexperienced group in the secondary that will have to grow up in a hurry in the pass-happy SWAC. Offensively, the Panthers led the conference in rushing in 2011 and Northern won’t hesitate to lead with his rushing game in 2012. When you can run that successfully you have to have a strong group up front and the Panther O-line will be one of the conference’s best. Three starters return. Dillon Bonnet, Langston Patterson and pre-season AllConference lineman Tre Glover will give Coach Northern the option to run or pass with authority. The Panthers boast two of the top young

any Prairie View A&M University faithful feel the 2012 season could be a repeat of their 2009 SWAC championship campaign. With seven returning starters on both side of the ball, you can easily see why the folks on the “Hill” are giddy with anticipation. A youthful group of Panthers lost several key conference games in the fourth quarter which cost them a shot at the West Division crown. Entering his second year at the helm of PV football, head coach Heishma Northern believes “urgency” is the key to success in 2012. “We want to play with a greater sense of urgency,” Northern said. Don’t play games where one play can make a difference. Don’t take first down, short yardage or extra points for granted. We want to develop a sense of ‘right now.’ That way one play on offense or defense late in a game won’t get you beat.” Northern believes the strength of his 2012 group will be his offensive and defensive lines. A successful defensive coordinator before taking the reins as head coach, Northern believes that a good football team builds success with a solid foundation with their offensive and defensive fronts. “Everybody knows if you don’t have good guys up front the skill guys can be taken out of the equation,” Northern said. “That’s really what football is, making holes or closing holes. If you don’t have the skilled big guys up front you’re not going to be able to close them on defense and on offense you’re not going to be able to open them.” Defensively, pre-season AllConference defensive linemen The Panther Ryan Love and Jarvis Wilson defense will be will anchor a powerful front led by pre-season line. At linebacker Raheem All-Conference selection DE Jarvis Cardwell, also a preWilson (48) season All-Conference player, will shore up an aggressive group of linebackers.

Offensively, the Panthers will count on a talented pair of sophomores, including RB Fred Anderson.

running back tandems in the conference. Sophomores Fred Anderson and Courtney Brown will give the Panthers a potent one, two punch. They will both be spelled by impressive freshman Johnta Hebert. Expect sophomore quarterback DeAundre Smiley to get the nod as the starter. The Lufkin native shared the duties with fellow sophomore Jerry Lovelocke last season as freshmen. Lovelocke has been hampered by nagging injuries throughout the spring and summer which have slowed his progress. Senior Spencer Nelson, a pre-season AllConference selection at wide receiver, will lead an improved receiver core which will also feature Jacoby Anderson and Deandre Cooper. The Panthers are always a very physical bunch that plays with a great deal of pride. A youthful squad last season (5-6 overall, 5-4 in conference) allowed several key conference games to slip through their paws. That, plus a year’s experience, should provide the team with the momentum they need to compete for the SWAC’s West Division crown. The pundits have selected them to finish second in the West behind Grambling. With improved QB play the Panthers can win the West and land a spot in Birmingham in early December. • Serving the Houston area for over 80 years



District 23-5A football:

What to expect By DARRELL K. ARDISON Defender


one week earlier so that teams could have a well-deserved off week during the season, preferably before the start of district games. Initial resistance came from coaches who did not want to give up a week of practice before the regular season began. Others from large districts argued they wouldn’t get a week off during the season. Hightower was in a 10-school district last year and the Hurricanes began the season with two losses before running off 13 consecutive victories and advancing to the Class 5A Division I state championship game. Due to the UIL re-alignment,

adriac McGinnis takes over as the first African-American head coach at Fort Bend Hightower. McGinnis, the former assistant head coach to Barry Abercrombie, didn’t officially get the job until July. After guiding the Hurricanes to the Class 5A Division I state title game in 2011, Abercrombie took the same position at Klein Forest. With a solid talent base, Hightower has ruled Fort Bend ISD despite undergoing three changes at head coach since 2008. Gene Johnson was followed by Shane Hallmark (Klein), Abercrombie (Klein Forest) and now McGinnis. Hightower will attempt to reach doubledigit victories for the fifth time in six seasons, but it won’t be easy. Five new coaches will try to replace 10 offensive starters, including all-everything quarterback Bralon Addison. Padriac McGinnis Allen Aldridge Delveince Chandler has the inside track to replace Addison at three Fort Bend ISD schools moved quarterback. from 5A to Class 4A. Willowridge, Linebacker Joshua Price is a Fort Bend Marshall and Ridge Point team leader and the team’s leading are part of newly-organized District returning tackler. Brian Smith and 22-4A along with Northbrook, Spring Kelsey Douglas anchor what should Woods, Stratford, Tomball and Tombe a strong secondary. ball Memorial. Another factor that could work Hightower will get the benefit of against McGinnis and his staff is play- three non-district games this season ing in week zero with already a short against Eisenhower, The Woodlands turnaround with the coaching changes and Alief Taylor, as opposed to two and the players having to get used to a non-district contests last year. new agenda. The Hurricanes will have some When the University Interschotime to grow together as a coaching lastic League (UIL) emphasized staff and as a team. utilizing week zero seven years ago, With nearly 90 percent of Housmany high school football coaches in ton area schools playing in week zero, the greater Houston area were a bit how times have changed. hesitant. Fort Bend Bush and Elkins The prevailing thought was to qualified for the playoffs in 2011 and start the high school football season are poised to uproot Hightower as the

district champion. Bush is hungry after notching the first playoff berth in school history and the return of the Monroe brothers (Ronald and Donald) along with running back Jalynn McCain give the Broncos’ offense a boost. Coach Allen Aldridge expects LB Stanley Nzeadibe and DB Chad Davis to be stalwarts on defense. Elkins wants to erase an embarrassing playoff loss with eight starters returning. Head coach Dennis Brantley has speed to burn in wide receivers Darvin Kidsey and J’Momn Moore. Johnathan Giles will attempt to shift from receiver to the fulltime quarterback. Kerrie Renchie is a future Division I prospect at linebacker according to Brantley. Travis, Austin and Dulles will battle for the district’s fourth playoff berth. Travis has strong leadership in quarterback Teagan Nehls, LB Khevin Brewer and wide receivers Cody Moncure and Parker Smith. Austin has 15 starters back from a squad that finished 3-2 in district play. The Bulldogs appear closer to challenging for a playoff berth than they’ve been in more than a decade. Key returning players include QB Sean Aboderin, WR Josh Kenebrew and LB Josh Rahman. Dulles has senior leadership in two-way performer Maurice Smith. The University of Alabama commit can make big plays from each side of the ball. Head coach Jim Creech is counting on huge contributions from DB Maurice Smith, DB Eric Johnson and QB Robert Harris. The Vikings have talent, but depth could be a problem. Kempner and Clements appear headed for the second tier of teams in the district. Kempner was hit hard by graduation and Clements is coming off a 1-9 campaign.

District 17-5A preview Cy-Fair ISD and Fort Bend ISD have grown like wildfire over the past decade and each have 10 or more high schools. All 10 Cy-Fair ISD schools compete on the Class 5A level and comprise District 17-5A. Cy-Falls and Cy-Woods appear to be the cream of the crop, but Langham Creek, CyCreek, Cy-Fair and Cypress Ranch harbor playoff aspirations as well. Nine of this district’s seniors are listed in the Texas Top 300. Players to watch include Cypress Woods linebacker Deoundrei Davis, Langham Creek quarterback Connor Feist and Cy Falls wide receiver Jacorey Warrick.

District 24-3A preview La Marque exited District 24-4A with the top-ranked defense and carries seven returning defensive starters to 24-3A. Head coach Mike Jackson is hoping that unit will carry the Cougars through a brutal early-season schedule that includes Galveston Ball, Texas City, Coldspring, Lamar Consolidated and St. Pius. Transfer Demun Mercer gives La Marque a proven playmaker at the quarterback position. Perennial playoff qualifier Columbia has a number of spots to fill after losing 23 quality seniors and their head coach. Former offensive coordinator Randy Lynch takes over as head coach and expects running back Floyd Bess and linebacker Broderick Thomas to be leaders on each side of the ball. Sweeny gets the nod for the third playoff berth ahead of Stafford and newcomer Sunnyside.

Two rivals meet Stratford and Memorial are set to play. What makes this game so spirited is that all the students attended the same middle school. Former Stratford QB Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick in the last NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, was 1-2 against Memorial.

Bills release Vince Young Former Madison standout and UT All-American QB Vince Young was recently released by the Buffalo Bills. Young, the third player drafted in the 2006 NFL Draft, had been competing for the backup job with Bills reserve Tyler Thigpen. It was a major setback in the career for the former Rookie of the Year, who served as the backup for Michael Vick in Philadelphia last year. Young had played well in preseason action, but hit a major speed bump when he threw two interceptions in the second half of the team’s game against the Steelers. The Bills lost 38-7. In a related note the Bills acquired QB Tarvaris Jackson.

Local stars switch coasts A recent blockbuster Major League Baseball trade involved three local stars who exchanged teams on opposite coasts. The nine-player deal between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent former HISD Jeff Davis star outfielder Carl Crawford from Boston to L.A. In exchange the Dodgers sent former Ft. Bend Elkins All-State product first baseman James Loney to the Red Sox. Also going to the Dodgers was former Spring All-Star pitcher Josh Beckett. Rounding out the deal, the Dodgers also received first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and utility infielder Nick Punto. The Red Sox obtained pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and two players to be named later in the deal. • Serving the Houston area for over 80 years




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HENNESSY V.S......Renowned graffiti artist Futura visited Houston recently for an exclusive event to showcase the limited edition Hennessy V.S. bottle he designed. The street-art legend, who has shown his collection alongside Keith Haring and JeanMichel Basquiat, has designed the bottle with a brighter series of tones and features his signature helix visuals in bright colorways on the front of the bottle and on the cap. His visit included a brunch, an in-store autograph session at Spec’s Liquor Warehouse, an art tour hosted by acclaimed local graffiti artist GONZO247, and a private party at Ban Bou. Kudos to Rhonda McDonald and Gina Torres…….CONDOLENCES…..Our prayers are with the family of Ernest McGowen Sr. who recently celebrated his homegoing. Think of it this way, Ernest has a new position, he’s now your guardian angel appointed by God to look after you. God Bless!....From Chag’s Place to your place, have a blessed week! • Serving the Houston area for over 80 years

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