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Remembering “Mickey” Leland sial causes and that the trend of history often pointed to a strong backlash against valor on behalf of the downtrodden Prior to his sixth and final trip to the famine stricken horn of Africa, I received a pre-dawn call from Mickey. After postponing Mickey in order to go downstairs and get a cup of Louisiana mud (black coffee), Mickey says in a riveting and chilling voice with a calm tone, “Omowale, Ethiopia is the end of the world!” Mickey spun a story with a time honored suffering archetype that was transforming for him and any who would listen. He said that when he entered the country, he visited a refugee camp and encountered an underweight teenage Congress (1978). Our local activist cadre girl that was having trouble ByassimilatReShonda Tate Billingsley opened a campaign office in the heart of ing food. He attempted to feed her. DEFENDER his opponent’s city council district and we Upon exiting Ethiopia to return to Ameriwww.tsu.edu/giving laid down serious shoe leather to sell the ca, he encountered thisexas childSouthern again. University’s president has come up or contact Wendy Adair Mickey Leland brand. After winning, dur- She gazed at him and died with ina plan he hopes will put an end to a controUniversity Advancement ing a solemn moment, I presented Mickey his arms’. versy surrounding the painting over of some hisAdair@tsu.edu with a copy of Paul Robeson’s book, “Here From this point fortoric murals on the campus of the historically Black uniI Stand“. I did this partly because Mickey ward, the Armani suits But some students and community members versity. was not timid about embracing controverand Gucci shoes meant if his contribution of $50,000 for a Preservation wonder plan is enough to undo the damage. University officials H LELAND, Page 7 say they know it’s not enough, but it’s a first step. “We know $50,000 isn’t enough for the whole project. It’s just enough to bring in a conservator to analyze the

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The son of a short order cook and a father who later abandoned the family rose ON (NNPA) - The Congressional Black Caucus is to near mythic and iconic stature because ent debilitating joblessness in the Black community histhe singular dedication to oneeducation tenet: To veral sessionsofon connection between whom much is given, much is required at its 40th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). (Luke15-18 12:48). BiblicalE.foundational will be September at This the Walter Washington maxim led Mickey Leland to exhaust all er. of recently his talenthosted to become a servant leader to W. Burris (D- Ill) a panel on “Exploring lift worldwide boats that were stuck the ss Opportunities with the Federal Government.” on Sen. bottom. advocate of looking toward the future when it comes Forshould 22 years, I knew “Mickey” as believes Americans devote time into learning a friend and fellow frontline freedom s and becoming aware of new jobs in the emerging fighter. I met Mickey Leland while he was a pharmacy student at Texas Southern ★CBC PageUni3 versity and I was attending the University of Houston. Mickey and I joined the major efforts of the civil rights struggle in Houston as student-activists (1966-71). After a short assignment as a clinical university instructor, Leland successfully ran for the Texas Legislature. He served in the Texas House of Representatives for three terms. parlayed his electoral success EWS SERVICE Lelandtions against his relative, who’s into a successful run to the age UnitedofStates older than the 65. of financial Harrison faces charges of False rris County has Statement to Obtain Credit, for theft and Tampering with a tments recently Governmental Record, Theft, against Edwin and Misapplication of ★MURALS, Page 7 from allega- Fiduciary Property. Three of le from an eld- the charges are first degree ecile Harrison felonies that expose Harrison defendernetwork.com sponsible for a up to 99 years or life in prison. the NNPA from the AFRO-American Newspapers elated issues in The fourth is a state jail felony Let us know what you think Special adouttothe Mural Preservation field. Plus, Houston Ballet is a much By Aswad Walker his indictments on Friday @ defendernetwork.com. We want to hear from you! bigger company than the Tulsa ballet. Defender The Senate cleared a $1.15 billion appropriations om the allegaI wanted to push3myself. You know; One of the newest members of ★INDICTED, Page measure last week to settle a decades-old discrimination the Houston Ballet is Rupert Edwards change is always good. I felt like I suit by Black farmers, paving the way for one of the largcould learn a lot from the people here. III, a native of Jamaica. Trained at est civil rights settlements in history, if the bill clears the I saw a few performances before The School of Hartford Ballet in House. Hartford, CT, Edwards has performed I came and I liked the way they The nation’s Black farmers were awarded the money worked here. It felt real familiar and professionally with American Reperas part of a larger $4.6 billion dollar settlement awarded comfortable. And the Houston Ballet tory Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Tulsa to them and Native American farmers. has one of the best reputations in the Ballet, where he reached the rank of The action stems from the settlement of Pigford v. whole country for their productions, demi soloist. His diverse repertoire Glickman, a class-action lawsuit named after Timothy dancers and directors. Also, I came includes works by internationally The Houston community is remembering Pigford, a Black farmer from North Carolina. Pigford’s withcity my girlfriend, Gonzalez. renowned choreographers such as Imani Evans dation by staff to Karina extend included significant capital Rupert Edwards III is one of the newest faces at the Houston Ballet. a longtime political suit claimed that Black farmers received little or no U.S. She’s a ballerinaof and a soloist Nacho Duato, L TO THE NNPA FROMJerome Robbins, John the contracts Star with investments, during a periactivist who died Sept. 11, the Houston Ballet. Department of Agriculture support in the form of loans and Cranko, George Balanchine, Sir Concessions clicked. I saw the importance of loved it. So becoming a professional od DALLAS EXAMINER and Hudson of uncertainty following 2010. Beulah Shepard, What part of Jamaica are you Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, grants to their doing the steps correctly. Thenultiit dancer was not your aspiration as a the 9/11 terror attacks Retail Sales - two firms with 89,compared made her markWhite bothcounterparts. The case, from, did you initially move and Jiří Kylián. world of ties which began in 1997, saw a settlement reached in 1999 became an obsession, all child? NPA) - The arcane toand whenprominent mately failed to trying carryto do the locally and nationally as a the Defender able to the U.S.? the steps the correct way. One of my thattireless stated qualified farmers could receive $50,000 to settle Not in the beginning. For the ons contractsRecently, has been laid wasDemocrats, including State argument. fighter for civil I was born and raised speak withisn’t Edwards about hisRep. love Helen first Ann Dombrowski, allongest time I wanted to be a doctor Giddings andin KingsIn teachers, the three years since me, what to they see pretty. claims of racial bias. rights and political juston. In 1991 we moved to Hartford. of dance, transition to the U.S., and lowed me to notfirst only take my classes like my grandparents. But that 4th the council embarked sometimes heated discussion, U.S. Congresswoman Eddie However, many farmers missed the filing deadline to tice. the 4th-grade my teacher future aspirations. butits alsoLove take theField class above me to grade summer IEddie tried dance and it was on ed city hiscouncil voted 8-7 BerniceDuring Johnson without a gave Helen modernBernice receive payment. A settlement Funeral services will bereached last February alus the option company were you push me. We had athe good love-hate very fun. I was a very shy kid and l that would What haveBallet given more competitive bid. of auditioning for the Giddings ization plan, concesJohnson lowed those farmers to resume their claims. held at 10am at Galileepursuit of Beaulah or playing for lunch. I with immediately before joining the The ballet relationship.contracts But it was for thehave better. dance was kind of freeing for me. oncession space in a renovatessence of outside the city sions “The passage of thisBailey bill is long overdue,” said John MBC, 6616 D.S. Shepard told her no, because ballet was too Ballet? current staff recommendation What iscontentious it about dance inissue, general What person or individual rminal toHouston the airport’s that the no-bid contracts emerged asinspired by far the most Boyd, head ofPastor the National Black Farmers Association, in Lane. Edwin She said I shouldn’t judgethe it incumbents’ The Tulsa ballet in particular excites you to become aand dancer? ut a competitive bidBallet. - for a would girly. be appropriate given have led to and accusations ofthatpolitical a statement. Davis, officiating. Interment: Houston until I try it, and told What motivated you to leaveexperience, the you? there wereon a few years. desirability ofme minimizing Looking dis- back, favoritism both sides. “Black farmers have already died at the plow waiting that renovation if I didn’t like the themlong-time and come to Houston? I think dancing is in everyone. key moments. and the busi- In the beginning it was e of some council ruptions during the Page 4 “I for justice,” Boyd told the ★SHEPARD, Richmond Times-Dispatch. I could Thinking of new ByCONTRACTS, nature, when we hearPage music we justwhich pure fun. Then one day, through uncil overruled a recommenness risks taken byexperience the incumbents, ★AIRPORT 4 hope the ones who are living will see justice. The amount go outside. Well, opportunities; trying want to move. With me, to dance to a the learning and classes, things just of money will not put farmers back into business”. 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What is your that you’ve already crept in cally, and changed musicnever in the “Repo Men,” “Ghost this certain value of life that I never haduse music when do you favorite movie of all time, worked with before? West. People just don’t know to call it Dog,” “The Killers,” before.” With little possessions scoring and no a film? To shape and what is your favorite RZA: I would love to African. “Funny People,” “Ameriknowledge of English, K’naan and fami-the action? To andhis frame martial arts movie of all get a chance to rock with KW: If you could have one wish instantly can Gangster,” “Life is ly boarded the last commercial flight out of the viewer’s manipulate time? Stevie Wonder. granted, what would that be? Hot in Crack andbefore settling in Mogadishu forTown” New York emotions? RZA: You can’t ask a That would KW:beWhen look in K: Wow! for a you sudden shift “Derailed.” Toronto. RZA: I do incorporate movie buff like me that the mirror, what do you in my country from war, distrust and death Here, about reflect the sum The tunesheontalks Troubadour those elements into my see? kind of question. I’d like to peace, love and harmony. his latest outing playof K’Nasan’s life experiences. Having spent scoring. When Musician/emcee scoring, RZA: I see a chance to ask you that type of K’Naan Warsame is forging his own musical path via a unique blend KW: Are you ever afraid? ing Mouss in “The Next the better part of the last two years on theis the key. And empathy question and see if you for a world. of reggae, funk, pop, soul and, above all, hip-hop. K: Yes I am, but notbetter of what people ordiThree Days,” an actionroad, visiting over 50 countries itfrom is just as important to KW: If you can answer it. narily fear, fortunately. 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KW: How have you been received ics by putthe out an annual Ten KW: What advice do of AKA names. melancholy Do any of feeling. I just wrote that. and Liam Neeson. elusive things on the planet. I believe that you have for anyone who The CD’s first single, “Wavin’them Flag,” has with KW: it emanate at all from your childAmerican hip-hop community? Best List, but I put out a come theirDid own KW: Hi RZA, thanks for happiness is only appreciated in retrospect. Hundred persona or swag? become an international sensation, and was hood? K: Great! You can tell from what’s beenBest List because wants to follow in your the time. So, I’m always happy, given that I later find I likevery so many movies. footsteps? to everything kinda’ does. the official anthem of the World CupRZA: The answer K: I think happening for me. They’ve all been RZA: Peace, man. out that I was. RZA: RZA: Do the knowlSee? I underthatby is South “Yes!” Actually, Championship hosted this summer Everything is kind of shaped by life in gensupportive and showing love for what I do. What’s up? You having a KW: say How can your fans help you? stand exactly! I can edge, meaning: look, most people have Africa.day? Reaching over 150 countries, the eral,many so I guess it does feel like my childKW: Where do you think hip-hop is headgood K: By being understanding of the fact that this, though. The one kung listen, observe, and also different personalities. signature song was featured hood might have been an influence. But ed? KW: Can’t complain. I on K’Naan’s I don’t make music for them, but that I fu film that has inspired respect. If you do that, I’ve just to identiFIFA-sponsored Trophy Tour, which saw learned the those things are pretty subconscious. K: I think it will always go through phasreally enjoyed “The Next make music that’s abouthave my past and about me the most is called you’ll a strong founthem and them. emerging rap star spreading his fy message to to name KW: Do you still feel a strong connection es, like how philosophy in ancient times Three Days,” an edge-ofmy most honest internal instincts. They “The 36th Chamber of dation to build anything KW: When next soccer fans in concerts staged all around the is to your Somalia? would celebrate the body and the physical the-seat thriller that takes need to understand that more than anything album, “The Cure,” finally Shaolin.” world. K: Yes, I have many, many memories, for a while, then focus on the mind and theIt’s been a great you want to do in life you on an exciting roller else. Wherever Iupon. go, it’sKnow not about them, coming out? which have impacted inspiration before youbut RZA plays drug dealer in the movie spiritual. “The Next Three Days.” K’naanride. has also re-recorded new versions my alife. I think that those phases happen toto me. coaster where the music takes me. RZA: That’s somedo. Look before you leap. of the track with Will.i.Am KW: Were youto listening to apeople lot of are us as well, andmy hip-hop one of theKW: bestSomebody told RZA: I loved it, too. and French hear that recting is in heart. is And KW: a What has And beenifthe happiest moment me that you’re from thing I haven’t been able you want to follow dance producer David Guetta and a bilinAmerican musiclaughing while growing barometers of my what is happening, because it Those last 40 minutes at myup? scene in that’s where focus is, of your life? very large family. Is that to answer for ten years. in my footsteps, make sure gual versions with Spanish pop singer K: You could live in Date.” SomaliaAnd forever reflects the feeling young people. I see were adrenaline-filled. “Due I hadand like a laser beam. of That’s K: The birth ofyou my step first in son. true? [Laughs] I know my fans the ones that David Bisbal, never need music frombuddies outside with Somalia. my music following KW: WhatFrench was it MC likeFefe, AI Otsuka some me at what I’ve as been study- the feeling. KW: Do you have anyinregrets? RZA: do That’s superwho are interested in this went the right direction. from Japan, Jackie Cheung and Jane Zhang There are a lot of different styles and a variKW: When you look and in the mirror, what to work with a trio of the premiere of “The Next ing for a long time, K: I guess I do have some regrets, but for duper true! [Chuckles] subject are getting tired of KW: Thanks again from China, Tattoo Colour from Thailand, ety of musical ideas developing right there. you see?that everything Academy Award-winners Three Days,” and they I think none big enoughthe to obsess about. KW: How many time, RZA, and best of hearing it, but all I can say Nancy from Egypt, HHP from South KW: What did were it mean for you to have K: [Chuckles] Interesting… in PaulArjam Haggis, Russell happy to see me get that I’ve done before has I often try to KW: How do you want to everything. be remembered? people? luck with is, “I got it!” Africa, and and other in Greece, Turkey Wavin’ Flag become the anthem of thethey find the face to of the my teenage Crowe Liam artists Neeson? aggressive, because contributed devel- years. I don’t someone who wasThanks, always interested RZA: At leastK:a As 1,000 RZA: Kam, KW: You’re World a Renaisand RZA: elsewhere. Cup? know whether it’s like Oh, man, it was remember me being like opment of my craft asthis a for everybody, infamily, walking through life in a forward positive way in my extended sance Man who does actand I look to Kam Williams: K’naan, thanks so much K: I used to get very excited watching the but I can’t find it. a pleasure and aHigreat that when I was younger. director. and in affecting speaking people in with a positive way. easily. My mother had ing, directing, producing, you again for the time. World Cup on TV as a child. havediKW: What is would your favorite learning experience. When However, I’dSo, saytothat KW: Who you dish to cook? KW: Thanks forfuture. the interview, ODB’s [The late again performing, recording, in the K: Mydealing pleasure. any kind of involvement with the World K: It probably would be good 11 if Ikids. cooked you’re with the K’Naan, and best of luck on your world tour. scoring movies, and more. KW: What theall inspiration for Wavin’ Cup is a big, big honor. more, but I just don’t do it very often. When cream of thewas crop, that K: Thank you so much, Kam. Which is your favorite? Flag? is make me sharper. KW: Are you a soccer fan and did you play I do, I find it very enjoyable. I made a dish does RZA: I guess I feel My having a chance to more inclined toward this work around those gentleor that form of artistic men has helped me beexpression at different come better at what I do. I times. Right now, I feel couldn’t have asked for a very hyped-up about the better acting credit to add work I’m doing in front of to my resume. the camera on the silver KW: What’s it like to screen. It brings me joy

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John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, in front of the U.S. Capitol, earlier this year. Supporting the Black farmers bill were CBC Members Barbara Lee, left, and Shelia Jackson Lee, right.

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Continued from page 1 The appropriations bill was stalled in the Senate for months while Democrats and Republicans fought over how to pay for the settlement. The stalemate was broken during the first week of the lame duck session of the 111th Congress when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, dropped an objection to the package, after Senate leaders agreed not to finance it through additional deficit spending. The matter now goes to the House where even more recalcitrance is expected from lawmakers who contend that the settlement adds to what they consider excessive spending at a time of federal budget deficits. According to the USA Today, the settlement will be paid for from a surplus in nutrition programs for women and children and by extending customs user fees. President Barack Obama praised the Senate for ending that chamber’s

refusal to clear the settlement. In a statement, he expressed hope that the House would follow in the Senate’s footsteps and pass the bill as well. “I applaud the Senate for passing the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, which will at long last provide funding for the agreements reached in the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers, and the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans over the management of Indian trust accounts and resources,” Obama said. “I urge the House to move forward with this legislation as they did earlier this year, and I look forward to signing it into law,” he continued. The legislation also included an extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and settlements for Native American water rights.


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new jobs and how to prepare for them. “So many people will never return to the jobs they lost,” said Rep. Elijah E. NOVEMBER 2516- (D-Md.), 2010 | DEFENDER SEPTEMBER –December 22, 20101,| honorary DEFENDER The CBC wants to ensure that the Black community is aware of the changCummings co-chair of 3 this year’s events. “It’s our responsibility to ing job market, new jobs and how to prepare for them. Nutcracker, a Houston Ballet people do great piece that I can really get into. their craft, I can see why By you’d rather stay in bed. Also, a lot Goare for it. No regrets. The only Shantella Y. Sherman increase their ability to do the jobs that tradition since 1987. Beginit. There’s a joy there—to convey That’s what I really look forward to. of dancers, like me, started in 4th regret is not going for it. In the SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE WASHINGTON INFORMER available to them.” row donation. informed,” Scott added. Continued from page 1 arts it’s totally worth ning on November 26 and running the correct information to people What do you see yourself grade and younger. So it’s the wear the sweat. If continued from page 1 town hall They will be holding several Also, for the first time in its history, the The sessions will include “Beyond a through December 16 there will be 35 and them get it. But teaching is also doing after your dancing days are and tear on your joints that add up someone says you can’t, prove great piece of music—that’s the real (NNPA) In what appears to be aofracially incendiary meetings throughout the week to discuss National AIDS Strategy: Next Steps in the conference is partnering with the National green industry. performances the production that a talent. Though I’ve done some I over? and take their toll. them wrong. If you really want to, joy and passion. With ballet, it’s like move, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, jobs and education, said Cummings. Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Black America” Black Justice Coalition to hold an LGBT The Congressional Black Caucus has become as much a part of holiday would have to do more to make a Maybe physical therapy. As a What goals do you have for you can do it, but you have to put the purist form of dance, and probFoundation, which fundsis the legislative conrecently offered stem season the steady influxCarol of Africans Elsie Scott, president of the CBC andin.“Sister Speak: Reducing HIV/AIDS leadership summit. The is the only as A Christmas and A final decision. Teachers are so to vital, dancer I’ve seen mycoalition share of physiyour dancing career goinginforward? the time and work ably the hardest. Everything “simference, wants to ensure that the Black com-is thethe Charlie Brown Christmas. the Nutin dance, in everything. I would cal therapists. Also,civil we dancers I just look forward to doing most challenging into variousSoEuropean nations in an effortInto keep Foundation, that need to What know Black Community” and “Beyond Blood: nation-wide Black gay rights are organizaplish” but it’s thesaid detail. Andpeople that’s munity is aware of the changing job market, cracker, Edwards will play the Arabian have to get it right to make sure very in tune with our bodies, so more good roles and pieces and aspect of your job? the thing they teach you—to get all Europe white and civilized. Gaddafi told Italian Prime that federal jobs are available, but it’s no Bone Marrow Donation Among African tion. new details jobs and how harmony prepare for them.The physical excursion. With and Chinese dancers, and the parent in I’m telling the students the correct that’s something I would like to do. enjoying them. Its great doing those in perfect Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a recent trip to Rome that longer a matter of totaking aand civic exam and Americans - A Health and Wellness The goal of this summit is to bring attenthe first act. Tickets can be purchased “SoThere’s many an people will never return to the classes and practices, As well, maybe coaching and teach- information. something you really enjoy. And the warm-up timing. uplifting feeling the European Union (EU)at www.houstonballet.org. should pay him at least 5bn having an application read Rep. by a supervisor. Luncheon.” tion to issues pertaining to gays and lesbians; Edwards will appear in the ing. To help someone get better at you get pretty jobs it’sthey lost,”It may said Elijah E. tired. And some days every now and then I get to do a when done right. not be euros ($6.3 billion) a year to stop illegal African immi“There’re technological advances in the “CBC Foundation has an ongoing project including their fight for equality. The ultiCummings The CBC wants to ensure that the Black community is aware of the changflying but if you(D-Md.), get it right honorary it’s kind co-chair of gration and avoid a “Black Europe.” hiring process” Scott said. “A computer to increase AIDs awareness with fulltime mate goal is for people to be able to come this events. “It’s our responsibility to ing job market, new jobs and how to prepare for them. of likeyear’s floating. MassagingBy oldShantella racial wounds and growing concerns, nowHow scans each application looking for key increase their ability torepredo the jobs that are research on how to prevent the spread of this together and have open and honest discusY. Sherman well are Blacks sented thetoworld of ballet? available them.” donation. Scott added. SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE INFORMER Gaddafi hoped to capitalize onWASHINGTON fears that millions of wordsinand phrases and weWhat want the commu- row disease,” Scott said. “We have a grant from informed,” sions. can beto done to cognizant change this reality? They will be holding town hall sessions will include “Beyond Also, for the first time in its history, the Africans, who once lived under the subjugation of nity be of several these changes to theThe Centers for Disease Control and are par-a Said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive In thetheir world of dance there are (NNPA)colonial - In whatrule appears to bewere a racially meetings throughout the week to discuss National Strategy: Steps in the is partnering thecommuniNational European and who made incendiary citizens of increase chances.” ticipatingAIDS with other BlackNext organizations to conference director of the coalition, with “Black many different forms. We seem to move, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar jobs and education, said Cummings. Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Black America” Black Justice Coalition to hold an LGBT those nations, would continue to migrate Gaddafi, to their This year’s conference will also attempt to get out more attention to the public.” ties are in crisis. It’s critical that we support excel in more contemporary forms. of the CBC and “Sister Speak: Reducing HIV/AIDS in leadership summit. The coalition is the only recently offered to stem the steady influx of Africans Elsie Scott, president “Mother Country” impoverished, and without clear break down theclassical complex new healthcare law This year the conference will have at least the empowerment of anyone who desires to But we’re also insaid too;need to know the Black Community” and “Beyond Blood: nation-wide Black gay civil rights organizainto various European nations in an effort to keep Foundation, that dance people means of employment. through a Cliff-notes-type guidebook. Free one workshop focusing on Black women. contribute something positive to rebuilding we’re just greatly outnumbered. In Europe white and civilized. Gaddafi told Italian Prime that federal jobs are available, but it’s no Bone Marrow Donation Among African tion. healthcare screenings, panel discussions, “But we want all aspects of the community our families, including LGBT people.” my last company the only aone. 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nity to be cognizant of these changes to professional dancer that most people increase their chances.” would find surprising? This year’s conference will also attempt to We work harder than people break down the complex new healthcare law think (Laughs). Many people think through a Cliff-notes-type guidebook. Free continued from page it’s kind of an easy life; you go to1 healthcare screenings, panel discussions, work and dance. Before I became that forums carrieson a punishment and serious medical issues in the a professional it seemed like a Black community be of up to two years inwill state pretty fun life, but we dance for six featured. But there will be prison. hours a day, and when people visit particular focus on Harrison, 54, has not us practicing they see it’s actually HIV/AIDS and marwork. people are really been But charged inbone his surprised offiwhen they visit usand for athe day alleto see us cial capacity, practice as opposed to seeing us at a gations do not involve performance. It’s a catch 22. It’s our any loss to Harris County. job to make whatfrom we do look easy, continued Still, Countypage Judge1 but it’s Harris not. Ed Emmett he wants that carries ahave punishment Do you allsaid special diets? of upYou toknow, two years in to state Harrison removed from we do try eat aprison. lot more the job. nutritional things. And Harrison, 54, not at the beginning at of each year we “Looking thehas imporbeen charged in his offiall go through the entire medical tance of that position for cial capacity, andwhat thewe allebattery of tests to see lack. this county, at this time, Usually D gationsdancers do lack notvitamin involve bondloss ratings andallall because we’re inside thethose time. So any to Harris County. things, I think it’s verythe we watch what we eat andJudge limit Still, Harris County important that either burgers and fast-burning But Ed Emmett said he hefoods. wants during a normal day, from male be suspended or the step Harrison removed from dancers’ can pretty the job.perspective, down in some we form or much eat anything we want since “Looking at the imporfashion,” Emmett said. we know we’re goingposition to burn it off. tance of that for Harrison denies the As a professional, do time, you have this county, at this charges, saying is condancing mentors andhe idols? Who bond ratings and all those fident his innocence will are they? I think it’s very things, be proven. Carlos Acosta an idol to a lot important that ishe either male dancers. As far as mentors, Emmett said if Harrison be suspended or stepI usually to who my or teachwon’t try step down willingdown into listen some form ers are at the moment. Usually ly, he says he plans to fashion,” Emmett said. they had careers as dancers, and know Harrison denies the make sure Harrison is what they’re talking about. charges, sayinguntil he is consuspended the What word of advice would fident hiswork innocence will charges you give children andtheir youth way be proven. throughinthe court interested dance and system. other arts, Emmett said if Harrison especially whenwife they get discourHarrison has also won’t step down willingaged from pursuing arts studies and beenhecharged. ly, says he plans to arts professions? make sure Harrison is suspended until the charges work their way through the court system. Harrison wife has also been charged.

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Said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director of the coalition, “Black communities are in crisis. It’s critical that we support the empowerment of anyone who desires to contribute something positive to rebuilding our families, including LGBT people.”

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continued from page 1 family met the same fate, K’naan’s mother would travel daily through the firefight to the U.S. embassy in the hopes of securing visas for her and her loved ones. Despite daily denials, she persisted, and on the last day the U.S. embassy was in Somalia, received visas to leave for America. “You can’t even describe it,” says K’naan. “It is the most sensational, liberating feeling. There was the weight of a world of hope on your shoulder that has suddenly landed. It was only then that I started to get this certain value of life that I never had before.” With little possessions and no knowledge of English, K’naan and his family boarded the last commercial flight out of Mogadishu for New York before settling in Toronto. The tunes on Troubadour reflect the sum of K’Nasan’s life experiences. Having spent the better part of the last two years on the road, visiting over 50 countries from Slovenia to Peru to Vietnam to Uganda, the album is the sonic document of an artist with much to share, and disproves rap music’s detractors who say that hip-hop has nothing new left to say. The CD’s first single, “Wavin’ Flag,” has become an international sensation, and was the official anthem of the World Cup Championship hosted this summer by South Africa. Reaching over 150 countries, the signature song was featured on K’Naan’s FIFA-sponsored Trophy Tour, which saw the emerging rap star spreading his message to soccer fans in concerts staged all around the world. K’naan has also re-recorded new versions of the track with Will.i.Am and French dance producer David Guetta and a bilingual versions with Spanish pop singer David Bisbal, French MC Fefe, AI Otsuka from Japan, Jackie Cheung and Jane Zhang from China, Tattoo Colour from Thailand, Nancy Arjam from Egypt, HHP from South Africa, and other artists in Greece, Turkey and elsewhere. Kam Williams: Hi K’naan, thanks so much for the time. K: My pleasure. KW: What was the inspiration for Wavin’ Flag?

Musician/emcee K’Naan Warsame is forging his own musical path via a unique blend of reggae, funk, pop, soul and, above all, hip-hop. K: I can’t remember specifically, it was just one of those moments when I had a melody in my head and a discontented, melancholy feeling. I just wrote that. KW: Did it emanate at all from your childhood? K: I think everything kinda’ does. Everything is kind of shaped by life in general, so I guess it does feel like my childhood might have been an influence. But those things are pretty subconscious. KW: Do you still feel a strong connection to Somalia? K: Yes, I have many, many memories, which have impacted my life. KW: Were you listening to a lot of American music while growing up? K: You could live in Somalia forever and never need music from outside Somalia. There are a lot of different styles and a variety of musical ideas developing right there. KW: What did it mean for you to have Wavin’ Flag become the anthem of the World Cup? K: I used to get very excited watching the World Cup on TV as a child. So, to have any kind of involvement with the World Cup is a big, big honor. KW: Are you a soccer fan and did you play

soccer in your youth? K: Yes I am, and I did play, like most other children. KW: How have you been received by the American hip-hop community? K: Great! You can tell from what’s been happening for me. They’ve all been very supportive and showing love for what I do. KW: Where do you think hip-hop is headed? K: I think it will always go through phases, like how philosophy in ancient times would celebrate the body and the physical for a while, then focus on the mind and the spiritual. I think that those phases happen to us as well, and hip-hop is one of the best barometers of what is happening, because it reflects the feeling of young people. I see my music as following the feeling. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? K: [Chuckles] Interesting… I often try to find the face of my teenage years. I don’t know whether it’s like this for everybody, but I can’t find it. KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? K: It probably would be good if I cooked more, but I just don’t do it very often. When I do, I find it very enjoyable. I made a dish

about a year ago. It was stir-fried vegetables with Szechuan sauce. I made it a little too spicy, I admit, but I think everybody enjoyed it, aside from all the sweating. KW: How do you think African music will influence the rest of the world in the coming years? K: I think it’s actually already affecting the world in a big way now. People just aren’t aware of it. For instance, there’s a great tune by Coldplay called “Strawberry Swing.” It’s essentially Afro-Pop music. And most of Vampire Weekend’s music is Afro-Pop. Africa has influenced many of the biggest bands. So, I believe Africa has already crept in and changed music in the West. People just don’t know to call it African. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be? K: Wow! That would be for a sudden shift in my country from war, distrust and death to peace, love and harmony. KW: Are you ever afraid? K: Yes I am, but not of what people ordinarily fear, fortunately. My fears are all internal. I’m afraid of my own self more than of anything external. KW: Are you happy? K: Happiness, I think, is one of the most elusive things on the planet. I believe that happiness is only appreciated in retrospect. So, I’m always happy, given that I later find out that I was. KW: How can your fans help you? K: By being understanding of the fact that I don’t make music for them, but that I make music that’s about my past and about my most honest internal instincts. They need to understand that more than anything else. Wherever I go, it’s not about them, but where the music takes me. KW: What has been the happiest moment of your life? K: The birth of my first son. KW: Do you have any regrets? K: I guess I do have some regrets, but none big enough to obsess about. KW: How do you want to be remembered? K: As someone who was always interested in walking through life in a positive way and in affecting people in a positive way. KW: Thanks again for the interview, K’Naan, and best of luck on your world tour. K: Thank you so much, Kam.


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Now wearound all know knowinthat that Andre Johnson isprovide one of of performed. we all Johnson one could moveNow folks theAndre trenches and is 11th in the conference Duane Brown, below are key components of the Texan new rushing attack. the world’s truly dominant receivers and Matt Schaub is the world’s dominant Matt Schaublanes is aa Schaub withtruly enough time toreceivers pass andand create running championship game Pro-Bowl QB, who can pass with the best of them. What Pro-Bowl who canFoster. pass with theI’m best of them. What in Birmingham. They for runningQB, back Arian Well, pleased to report Photos courtesy of the Texans Photos courtesy of the Texans we were were unsure unsure ofthewas was ifwith the flying revamped offensive line we of if the revamped offensive line finished the regular the O-line passed test colors, for at least #1 Right Right guard guard Antoine Antoine Caldwell, Caldwell, above, above, (college (college photo) photo) and and left left tackle tackle #76 #76 #1 could move folks around in the trenches and provide season with an 8-1below are key components of the Texan new rushing attack. could move folks around in the trenches and provide week one. Duane Brown, Duane Brown, below are key components of the Texan new rushing attack. Schaub withknow enough time to pass pass and create create running lanes conference record, 8-3 Schaub with enough to running lanes Now we thetime Texans can and score points in bunches, TSU head coach Johnnie Cole addresses the media after clinching the SWAC West title for running back Arian Foster. Well, I’m pleased to report overall. for back Arian I’m pleased report but running it traditionally has Foster. been anWell, air based attack.toAgainst the Grambling It’s “It’s for an incredible the Colts, O-line passed thegame. testthe with flying offense, colors, for at least least It was a game that the O-line passed the test with flying colors, at they introduced balanced which feano secret, we play great feeling coming from week one. the Tigers thoroughly week tured one. the running of Arian Foster and the outcome was a defense atafternoon. Texas Southern where wein from,” Now we know know the Texans Texans can score score points incame bunches, dominated from start Now we the can points bunches, record-setting Fulghum admitted. butConsider itUniversity!” traditionally has beenFoster’s an air air based based attack. Against to finish. Unfortunatebut it traditionally has been an attack. Against this: RB Arian 231 rushing yards on “We For Cole it was also came from the bottom to the Colts, they introduced the balanced offense, which fealy as usual, a couple the Colts, they introduced the balanced offense, on which fea33 carries (three TD’s) were the second-most Kickoff a chance to put his team’s the top. We were 0-11 my tured the running of Arian Foster and the outcome was a of late turnovers by tured the running of Arian He Foster and the was a Weekend in NFL history. recorded theoutcome first 200-yard accomplishments in a freshman year, now I’m a record-setting afternoon. the Tigers caused the record-setting afternoon. rushing performance in franchise history. Foster rushed historical perspective. Sr. and we’re playing Consider this: RB Arian Foster’s 231 rushing yards on for game to be unnecesthis:in RB Foster’s 231 125 rushing yards on forConsider 191 yards theArian second half and yards in the “I’ve been a part of the championship. 33 carries (three TD’s) were the second-most on Kickoff sarily close and had 33 carries (threeHouston’s TD’s) were second-most on KickoffNow fourth quarter. 257therushing yards represented this for 28 years, and I we’re in there and we’re Weekend in NFL history. He recorded the first 200-yard fans sitting on the Weekend in NFL history.rushing He recorded the first 200-yard just the second 200-yard performance in team hisknew that we always had going all the way!” rushing performance performance in in franchise franchise history. history. Foster Foster rushed rushed edge of their seats as rushing tory. greatyards players,” headhalf and 125 Offensively the forIt’s 191 inover thesaid second yards for in the the Tigers the seconds ticked off for 191 yards the second and yards in been saidin and overhalf again that125 in order coach Johnnie Cole. “I rode the back of running fourth quarter. quarter. Houston’s 257 this rushing yards represented the scoreboard. fourth Houston’s 257 rushing yards Texans to achieve their goals season, theyrepresented must featold our team that Texas back Marcus Wright. just the the secondbalanced 200-yardoffensive rushing performance performance in team team his- The Fortunately, the just second 200-yard rushing in histure a more attack. In other words, Southern’s never had a 5’10”, 210 lbs native of tory. Tiger defense, rated tory. improve a rushing game that was simply abysmal in 2009. great team. But this is a Dayton, Ohio rushed for It’sback been said over over and and over again that in inthe order for the the #1 in the conference It’s been said again that order for Big Arian saysover the team heard comments, great team,Foster and these kids 134 yards on 26feacarries, Texans to achieve their goals this season, they must and #2 nationally, Texans to achieve their line. goals this season, they must feaespecially his it. offensive deserve They sacrificed with one touchdown. It ture“We’ve moreheard balanced offensive attack. In other other words, came through to seal ture aa more balanced offensive attack. In words, this whole offseason about how our run everything, and they did was his sixth consecuimprove rushing game that that was simply simply abysmal in 2009. 2009. the deal. improve aa rushing game abysmal in game wasn’t as efficient last was year and how if we had a run the things I askedsays them tive game of at least 100 Big back Arian Foster the team heard the comments, “At the end of the Big back Arian Foster says this the and teamcould heardhave the comments, game, we could have done done that,” to do.his And tonightline. we’re yards. game you want the especially offensive especially his offensive line. celebrating.” Wright’s evolution best part of your pro“We’ve heard heard this this whole whole offseason offseason about how Page our run “We’ve about how our run ★TEXANS, 6 For All-Conference as the feature back gram on the football game wasn’t as efficient last year and how if we had a run in the gamelinebacker wasn’t as efficient last year and how if we had a run Dejuan Tigerhave offense field,” Cole explained. game, we we could could have have doneFulthis and and could could done stems that,” from game, done this have done that,” ghum, the idea of playing a preseason declaration he “I turned it over to and winning the champimade to his head coach. coach Ramsey (de★TEXANS, Page Page 6 6 ★TEXANS, onship would be the ulti“Me and Coach had fensive coordinator) mate rags to riches story. an agreement from the just like last week in #8 QB Arvell Nelson directs the potent Tiger offense.

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Several Houston area high By Darrell Darrell K.toArdison Ardison By K. schools projected earn a spot DEFENDER DEFENDER in the playoffs went into their third game of the season still Several Houston area high high passed for 176 yards and a touchdown to the Worthing 37 before William facing Houston Austin at Barnett By Darrell K. Ardison Several area seeking thatHouston first victory. schools projected to earn a spot Arrington intercepted a Mustangs’ pass Stadium, Deshun Laurent turned in a and contributed another 52 rushing schools projected to earn a spot After advancing to the Class in the playoffs went into their on third-and-10 at the Colts’ eight-yard performance for the ages. The 5-foot-7, yards and three scores to lead his team Some high school football players in the playoffs went into their 4A state semifinals last year, line. 140-pound senior two-way performer third game of the season still past Alief Hastings 49-28. are satisfied to just belong. Others third game of the season still Pearland Dawson was one of On the second play of the drive, scored all of the Colts’ points in a 16James White had 135 rushing striveseeking to be key contributors. Then seeking that first victory. that first victory. those schools after losing to Laurent broke off a 64-yard run to 13 come-from-behind victory. yards on 11 carries and scored three there’sClass that special few thatClear yearn toClass be After advancing to theSprings Class After to the 5Aadvancing stalwarts the Mustangs’ 25-yard line. Laurent Here’s a composite of what Lautouchdowns as the Dawson Eagles center4A stage at crunch time. 4A state semifinals semifinals last year, year, state and Conroe Oak Ridge.last finished with 108 rushing yards on nine rent accomplished: upset area-ranked Angleton 47-13 in The first round of the 2010 playPearland Dawson was (1-2) one of of Pearland Dawson was one DAWSON (1-2) vs. NIMITZ carries. With Worthing trailing 7-0 late in the Class 4A ranks. offs inthose the greater Houston area yielded those schools after losing to schools to Dawson brokeafter into losing the winAnother key play in the drive was the second quarter, Laurent hauled in Yet with underdog Worthing memorable performances in the latter Class 5A stalwarts Clear Springs Class 5A stalwarts Clear Springs ning column with a 28-0 victory a 15-yard scramble by Clayton to the a 69-yard TD pass from quarterback category that won’t be soon forgotten. and Conroe Oak Ridge. 4A powand Conroe Oak Ridge. on the road at perennial Austin 14. A five-yard penalty moved Saen Clayton to pull the Colts within Record-setting Pearland running DAWSON (1-2) vs. vs. NIMITZ NIMITZ (1-2) led DAWSON (1-2) (1-2) erhouseGarrison Dayton. The Eagles the ball to the Mustangs’ nine. 7-6. Laurent’s extra-point kick hit the back Dustin had four rushing Dawson broke into into the Steve winDawson broke the win21-0 at halftime behind That set up the game-winning right upright and the score remained touchdowns and gained 201 yards ning column columnthree-yard with aa 28-0 28-0TD victory ning with victory run, scenario with nine seconds remaining the same through halftime. on 39Orisakwe’s carries to lead the Oilers to a on the the road at at11-yard perennial 4A powpowon road perennial 4A Oliver’s scoring run in regulation. Laurent and the Worthing Following a scoreless third quar28-13Tre victory over Kempner. Garrison erhouse Dayton. TheTD Eagles led erhouse Dayton. The Eagles led and his anTD eight-yard run by field-goal unit rushed onto the field. ter, Austin increased its advantage to increased total to 37 on the sea21-0 atJones. halftime behindTDSteve Steve 21-0 halftime behind toTavares 3-0 this week against rival Milby. Here theyupfaced Paytonat A 40-yard pass Austin (dark uniforms) hopes to improve With pressure coming the middle, 13-6 when Garner scored on a son, eclipsing Kasey Carrier’s previous Orisakwe’s three-yard TD run, Scarborough last week in a 50-0 victory. run, from Garry Kimble to TD Randall Worthing’s offensive line held true and three-yard run with six minutes, nine schoolOrisakwe’s record of 35three-yard set in 2008. Tre Oliver’s 11-yard scoring was run Tre Oliver’s scoring run Weeks in the11-yard thirdJustin quarter seconds left in the final stanza. Laurent enabled Laurent to kick a 25-yard field Tomball quarterback and an eight-yard TD run by he purposefully set up a tough Garner rushed for 164 yards and 3 loss to Elkins in the 2010 seaand an eight-yard by thecompleted only scoring in TD the run second goal with three seconds left and assume returned the ensuing kickoff 85 Dvorak 14-of-20 passes Payton Jones. A A 40-yard TD TD pass Austin Austin (dark (dark uniforms) hopes to added improve toadditional 3-0 this this week week against rival Milby. Dayton Here they they faced uniforms) hopes improve 3-0 against Milby. Here faced Payton half. schedule to help pre- to twoto scores to sonrival couldn’t aopener, 16-13 advantage. yards for an apparent touchfor 148 yards Jones. and three 40-yard touchdowns, pass non-district from Garry Kimble to Randall Scarborough last week in a 50-0 victory. Scarborough last weekdown in a 50-0 Kimble to on Randall pare DAWSON VS.rushing NIMITZ for district games the victory. give SFAdown an that advantage they four first-half “We put the game in the hands of was nullified by a overcome whilefrom addingGarry 122 yards Weeks in the the third third quarter was line. “You have to get through would never relinguish. Weeks in quarter was The Eagles look to continue turnovers despite rushing for 178 the player that got us there,” Ellis said. penalty. 16 carries and another TD to lead the only scoring in the the second he purposefully settoup up abetter,” tough Garner Garner rushed for 164 yards and 3 loss to Elkins in the 2010 sea-that if the only scoring in second he purposefully set a tough rushed for 164 yards and 3 loss to Elkins in the 2010 seatheir winning ways this week some tough games get Milby will be trying to get into yards in the game’s first 24 min“It shows our younger players Three plays later, his squad past Kingwood 27-3. half. non-district scheduleisn’t to help help pre- added added two additional scoresanother to son son opener, Dayton couldn’t half. to preadditional scores to opener, Dayton couldn’t when Wells said. schedule “There an easy the wintwo column at theaccepted expense of utes.you really want something, you can go Laurent In one of they the top take match- on Aldine non-district DAWSON VS. NIMITZ pare for district games down the give SFA an advantage they overcome four first-half VS. anaerial advantage theyandovercome four out and get it.” the first-half from Clayton Nimitz. TheNIMITZ Cougars notched pare weekfor fordistrict us.” games down the give their SFA long-time rivals. Buffs’ Angleton turned tables in ups ofDAWSON the bi-district playoff The Eagles lookweek to continue continue line. “You have to get get through would would never relinguish. relinguish. turnovers despite rushing for 178 Eagles look to “You to through never despite rushing for 178 Time ran out on the ensuing cruised 86 yards for a turnovers roundtheir inThe thefirst Houston win last by rally- line. AUSTIN (2-0)have vs MILBY (0-2) quarterback Lawrence Putman the second half. Senior quartertheir winning ways this week some tough games to get better,” Milby will be trying to get into yards in the game’s first 24 mintheir winning thisroad week to get better,” Milby will be touchdown trying get into in the game’s 24 minwith 4:35 yards area, Alief Taylor facedways ing from behind on the to some Thistough is angames old-fashioned rival- and dimunitive widetoreceiver backkickoff. Quandre Diggsfirst (91 yards on when they take on Aldine Wells said. “There isn’t an easy the win column at the expense of utes. when they take on Aldine Wells said. “There isn’t an easy the win column at the expense of utes. “I knew the kick was going in,” he left in the fourth quarCypress Ridge with aspidefeat Conroe 13-9. Nimitz ry game so you can throw the Sergio Bautista will have their 30 carries) scored on a one-yard Nimitz. Thewith Cougars notched week forout us.” their long-time rivals. Buffs’ Angleton turned the tables in Nimitz. The Cougars notched for us.” their long-time rivals. Angleton turned the in said. just it.” tables Laurent Buffs’ finished sneak rations high on9-6 both sides of than trailed less two week records the window. team primed forter. confrontation. to “I cap a knew 53-yard, 15-play their firstremaining win last last week week byfourth rally- AUSTIN AUSTIN (2-0)a vs vs MILBYto (0-2) quarterback Lawrence Putman the second half. Senior quarterLaurent offquarterduring with fiveELSIK receptions their first win by rally(2-0) MILBY (0-2) Putman half. Senior the ball. Taylor quarterback minutes in the SFA has chance improve quarterback ANGLETON (2-1)Lawrence vs. ALIEF (2-1) forthe drivesecond in the thirdkicked quarter to givethe ing from behind on the road to This is an old-fashioned rivaland dimunitive wide receiver back Quandre Diggs (91 yards oncongame, although following two 169 yards. Jordaning Are’ tossed three from behind on the road to This is an old-fashioned rivaland dimunitive wide receiver back Quandre Diggs (91 yards on quarter when Torian Amos to 3-0 after demolishing The Wildcats played possum in his team a 17-10 edge. defeat Conroe 13-9. Nimitz ry game so you can throw the Sergio Bautista will have their 30 carries) scored on a one-yard secutive kicks out of bounds, he was This time Laurent touchdown passes on 12-of-20 defeat Conroe 13-9. Nimitz ry game so you can throw the Sergio Bautista will have their 30 carries) scored on a one-yard hauled in a 65-yard touchdown Scarborough 50-0 at Barnett the first quarter against Dayton. The Wildcats were at it again trailed 9-6 with less than two records out the window. team primed for confrontation. sneak to cap a 53-yard, 15-play replaced by sophomore DeMarcus converted the extra-point passing for 181 yards and added trailed 9-6 with less than two records out the window. team primed for confrontation. sneak to cap a 53-yard, 15-play pass from Flavies Heffner at the Stadium. Mustangs’ quarterback In the opening 12 minutes, the in the fourth quarter. minutes remaining in the the gamefourth Casey SFA Davis has aa tossed chancethree to improve improve ANGLETON (2-1) vs.and ALIEF ELSIK (2-1) at drive drive in Jackson, theLaurent third who quarter to give give Minor. punted for 46for yards in kick tied thegame’s game 113 rushing yards on provide 19 carries minutes remaining in fourth SFA has chance to ANGLETON (2-1) vs. ALIEF (2-1) in the third quarter to 1:58 mark to the touchBroncos dictated theELSIK Ryan rushed Worthing High School all-everything quarter when Torian Amos to 3-0 after demolishing The Wildcats played possum in his team a 17-10 edge. the third quarter that wasn’t returned 13-13. with aquarter score to complete a come-fromwhen Torian Amos to 3-0 after demolishing The Wildcats played possum in his team a 17-10 edge. winner. down Deshun passes Laurent and ranhadfora most two tempo and jumped out to an early performer hauled in aacoach 65-yard touchdown Scarborough 50-0 back at Barnett Barnett the the first quarterstarted against Dayton. The Wildcats wereposition at it it again again andWildcats reversed were field while playAustin drive behind 37-36 verdict. hauled in 65-yard Scarborough at quarter against Dayton. at Dawson Eric touchdown Wells saidmemorable more while running Tavares advantage. Afteritsanext tough 8- at The game in50-0 the 2010 high school10-0first ★H.S. FOOTBALL, pass from Chuckie Flavies Keeton Heffner at at the the Stadium. Stadium. Mustangs’ Mustangs’ quarterback quarterback Intheir the own opening 12 line minutes, the in in the theing fourth quarter. numerous downs atPage safety.6 30-yard and drove Cy Creek’s pass from Flavies Heffner In the opening 12 minutes, the fourth quarter. football playoffs. 1:58 mark mark to to provide provide the the gamegame- Casey Casey Davis Davis tossed tossed three three touchtouch- Broncos Broncos dictated dictated the the game’s game’s Ryan Jackson, Jackson, who who rushed rushed for for 1:58 Ryan winner. down passes passes and and ran ran for for two two tempo tempo and and jumped jumped out out to to an an early early winner. down H H.S. FOOTBALL Page 6 Dawson coach coach Eric Eric Wells Wells said said more more while while running running back back Tavares Tavares 10-0 10-0 advantage. advantage. After After aa tough tough 88Dawson ★H.S. FOOTBALL, Page 6 6 ★H.S. FOOTBALL, Page


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on beginning of the season,” #23 intimated. “ISports told him I was

a guy he could come to in a time of need. He took me at Beallword is theon Man my that and I meant happens when ayou it.What Me and him have good blister an opponent a Coach relationship and I for thank careerfor high 195 yards rushing Cole giving me the opporon just to 19make carries. You’re this happen.” tunity named C-USA Offensive Wright also became the PlayerTiger of thetoWeek that first rush and for 1000 honor was bestowed on talyards (1089) since Thomas ented Cougar Seigh (1204)Jr. inrunning 1998. back“That Brycewas Beall. one of my key Beallatscored three touchgoals the beginning of the downs tying a career best and season,” Wright said. “Of rattled off runs of 43,for 35 the and course, competing 31 yardsChampionship in helping Houston SWAC was to a 54-24 win over1,000 UTEPyards in first, but making the conference opener. was a key goal, and I feel good Texas Bowl about it.” Announces Class The Texas Bowl Tiger quarterback Arvell Committee Nelson whorecently has experienced announced 2010 of this his share oftheups andclass downs Texas Bowl season, wasGridiron glad to get this Legends by game in presented the win column. Wrangler and Cavender’s “It’s been a long year and Boot City, whichalways includes things haven’t been Pro Football of Famers perfect, but Hall we hung in there Raymond Berrythose and Joe and overcame adversities Greene, University of to and nowformer we have a chance Texasit defensive starssaid. Bill win all,” Nelson Bradley Bob and Nextand stop forMoses, the Tigers Aldine Texasconference A&M will benative, the SWAC star and former game Houston championship against a Texan Aaron Glenn. familiar opponent in Alabama TexasThe Bowl Gridiron State. Tigers defeated the Legends presented by Hornets 21-7 in Alabama earWrangler and Cavender’s lier this season (Oct. 2nd) and Bootreeled City are has offall7 individuals consecutive who made a significant conconference wins. tribution to the game foot“Alabama State of was the ball in thestarted state ofus Texas, win that on our either at the high school, winning streak,” CoachcolCole legiate or professional level. recalled. “We knew in order is arguably deep- to to “This put our self in athe position est andour most star-studded reach goal of a conference class of Gridironwe Legends,” championship would need saidrun Texas to the Bowl table.executive We’ve acdirector Heather complished thatHouston. and it’s a great “Each of Now these we fiveneed men to leftbeat feeling. an indelible markagain on theto win it Alabama State game in Texas and we are all.” extremely proud to be associated with each of them. I want to thank the Gridiron Legends selection committee for the wonderful job they’ve

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Houston’s top high school volleyball teams continued their winning ways recently. In the Class 5A division, top-ranked Cypress Woods swept District 17-5A foes Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls to improve to 26-1 on the season. No. two Klein Oak, 22-2, defeated Cy-Fair to win the Kingwood Tournament championship. Cy Woods is currently ranked No. three in the coaches’ state 5A poll while Klein Oak jumped to No. five. Other Houston-area ranked schools include Katy at No. 11 and No. 15 The Woodlands. Magnolia is the top area school in the Class 4A state poll at No. three with Friendswood, Brenham and Barbers Hill falling in line at four through six. Stratford is ranked No. nine and upstart Pearland Dawson is No. 11. Dawson is 21-6 after registering a dramatic comeback win over Deer Park last week. The Eagles prevailed 19-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-10, 15-12 as outside hitter Yewande Akanbi led the way in the match with 22 kills. After finishing in the top 10 at the prestigious Pearland Tournament last month, Dawson is serving notice that accomplishment was no fluke. Magnolia earned its 20th win of the season with a 2125, 25-10, 25-16, 25-15 vic★ARDISON, Page 6

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Katy head coach Gary Joseph says his team must make some adjustments to correct the mistakes made against Cy-Fair. Those mistakes included three turnovers that led to 14 Cy-Fair points. “We can’t afford to make those kinds of mistakes against North Shore,” he said. North Shore exploded for 28 fourth-quarter points to break open a close game (16-14) and

defeat Hightower 44-20. The Mustangs have won 11 consecutive victories since the seasonopening defeat to Katy. Running back Reggie Bryant (125 yards on 20 carries) and quarterback Keenon Gibson (106 yards on 14 carries) led a North Shore rushing attack that amassed 301 yards. Bryant (17 yards) and Gibson (37 and 16 yards) combined for three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Gibson played throughout the contest after suffering an ankle injury against Deer Park a

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Both The Woodlands and Brenham advanced to the state championship match before succumbing in their respective divisions. In the Class 5A state final in San Marcos, Hebron defeated The Woodlands 25-23, 25-17, 27-25. Lake Travis defeated Brenham 25-11, 25-18, 25-13 for the Class 4A crown.

By Max Edison Laurent’s performance delivered a statement to me.”DEFENDER to the younger players on the team. Laurent was reminded that he resembled former Worthing Colts receiver and current “We’ve been working hard since sevenContinued from page 5 ell, it’s only the first game of the season, but standout at the University of Houston, Tyron on-seven drills back in the summer,” Ellis you have to be excited about the way the fight“I just wanted to get that punt as far said. “Deshun has been a leader from day one Carrier with his touchdown receptions. downfield as possible,” Laurent said. in’ Texans dismissed their old nemesis, the Indy “I’ve always wanted to play football at and once he got on a roll in the Austin game, It needs to be said that this was by no Colts, last weekend at Reliant. Of course, there was a sellthe University of Houston,” he said. “I’d like he made all of our hearts just as large as his. means a one-man effort. out crowd that was more than amped up for the kick-off of to be a Cougar.” “I told our kids to summon up all the Worthing’s defense led by Arrington, NFL longsuffering Texan fansin by Elliswhich said the performance turned strength they had left to give him the time to regular season, defensive tackle John Gardley and linebacker hope will be their first visit to the playoffs. his senior captain wasn’t a surprise on the convert the field goal at the end,” Ellis said. Jamal Lewis limited Austin to 128 total yards. You also to be enthused at the intensity level the sideline. “With the game in his hands at the end, if haveWorthing “My teammates kept putting me in team displayed, which quite frankly beenthe somewhat “Every week hehas shows heart and everybody else did their job, we had a very position to make a difference in the game,” underwhelming on far too many occasions when team desire to make things happen,”the Ellis said. good chance to win the game.” Laurent said. “Out of all the things that haptakes the field. Normally, the outcome is very predictable, “when a player says that, you have to put him Laurent said he never lost confidence in pened during the game, I’m most happy about a big fat loss. in positions to make a difference in the game. his kicking ability despite an earlier setback. kicking the winning field goal. That happened No, was He’s a different group of fightin’ Texans. On the type of kid that makes everybody “I kept telling myself that I have to this make one other time when I was 11 years old.” defense, they came out with a surly attitude, led by his is that else raise their level of play. His heart this kick,” he said. “I’ve got to make this, Worthing head coach Brandon Ellis said “royal highness of surliness,” safety Bernard Pollard. strong.” I’ve got to make this kick. It all comes down Even potential All-World defensive end Mario Williams came ready to dominate, and did just that. The realinkey the squad, compete at TCU Fortfor Worth, Texas atthat 3 made yours truly simply in the community, reaching out, allowing giddy with joy, was the way the vaunted Texan offense p.m., Saturday. Franklin will call the playwhomever to come in, to get a chance to Continued from page 5 Now we all know that Andre Johnson is one of by-playperformed. action during the Cougar football be introduced to the game of baseball.  “I talk to scouts all the time and they I think it’s just a matter of time, but I’m world’s truly dominant receivers and Matt Schaub is a team’s the regular-season finale at Texas Tech tell me there is just a plethora of baseball Pro-Bowl best of them. What  night. QB, who can pass with the convinced that before too long this Acad- later that  courtesy of the Texans talent here in the Houston area. Guys like emy will produce morePhotos    line   we coach were James unsure of was offensive than it’s share of Head Dickey and if the revamped #1 guard Antoine Caldwell, (college photo) and left tackle #76    CarlRight Crawford, Michael Bourn, and Chrisabove, Major League players and it’s all because Director of Athletics could moveMack folksRhoades aroundwere in the trenches and provide Duane Brown, areiceberg,” key components of the Texan new rushing attack.    Young are just thebelow tip of the the Academy gave them an opportunity.” equallySchaub excited about the qualities with enough timethat to pass and create running lanes      Bass continued. “Getting exposed to the Hayes will bring to the broadcasts. for running back Arian Foster. Well,  I’m pleased to report  game through a facility like the Academy Big E Comes Aboard “To someone like the Elvin Hayes thehave O-line passed test with flying colors, for at least  is invaluable. The great thing is through Former Cougar legend Elvin Hayes on our week radio broadcast team is a great one. baseball, opportunities are made available will join the University of Houston honor forNow our basketball program,” Dickey we know the Texans can score points in bunches, to get scholarships and get an education men’s basketball radio broadcast team  said. “He have a great feel forbeen the an air based butwill it traditionally has attack. Against and for those who have the talent; there as an analyst, Director of Athletics Mack University of Houston, Cougar Basket the Colts, they for introduced the balanced offense, which feacould be an opportunity to play profesRhoades announced. ball andtured for the overall game.” was  the running of Arian Foster and  the outcome a       sionally.” As one of the greatest players in “We are absolutelyafternoon. thrilled that Elvin record-setting  For Kevin Bass the key to what the both Houston and NBA history, Hayes will rejoinConsider our basketball as a Foster’s 231  yards  this:family RB Arian rushing on      Academy does can be summed up by one will primarily work with radio play-bymember our radio team,”TD’s) Rhoades said. 33ofcarries (three were the second-most on Kickoff     word, opportunity. play, announcer Tom Franklin on the “As one of the greatest players in the his       Weekend in NFL history. He recorded the  first 200-yard      “It’s all about opportunity. It’s all Houston Sports Network from IMG Coltory of rushing college basketball and theinNBA, he performance franchise history. Foster rushed      about getting a chance and getting the lege for both home and away games for will bring insights fans.” half and  yards  forvaluable 191 yards in to theoursecond 125 in the   opportunity to develop, to produce and the remainder of this season. All Cougar men’s basketball games fourth quarter. Houston’s 257 rushing yards represented     until you get that you never know what Hayes will join Brett Dolan at press 790rushing AM performance can be just heardthe livesecond on SportsTalk   200-yard in team hiscould be. It’s great to see the Academy row for the first time when the Cougars KBME. tory. It’s been said over and over again that in order for the Texans to achieve their goals this season, they must feature a more balanced offensive attack. In other words, improve a rushing game that was simply abysmal in 2009. Big back Arian Foster says the team heard the comments, especially his offensive line. “We’ve heard this whole offseason about how our run game wasn’t as efficient last year and how if we had a run game, we could have done this and could have done that,”

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Several Houston area high schools projected to earn a spot in the playoffs went into their third game of the season still seeking that first victory. After advancing to the Class 4A state semifinals last year, Pearland Dawson was one of those schools after losing to Class 5A stalwarts Clear Springs and Conroe Oak Ridge. DAWSON (1-2) vs. NIMITZ (1-2) Dawson broke into the winning column with a 28-0 victory on the road at perennial 4A powerhouse Dayton. The Eagles led 21-0 at halftime behind Steve Orisakwe’s three-yard TD run, Tre Oliver’s 11-yard scoring run and an eight-yard TD run by Payton Jones. A 40-yard TD pass from Garry Kimble to Randall Weeks in the third quarter was the only scoring in the second half. DAWSON VS. NIMITZ The Eagles look to continue their winning ways this week when they take on Aldine Nimitz. The Cougars notched their first win last week by rallying from behind on the road to defeat Conroe 13-9. Nimitz trailed 9-6 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Torian Amos hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass from Flavies Heffner at the 1:58 mark to provide the gamewinner. Dawson coach Eric Wells said

Austin (dark uniforms) hopes to improve to 3-0 this week against rival Milby. Here they faced Scarborough last week in a 50-0 victory. he purposefully set up a tough non-district schedule to help prepare for district games down the line. “You have to get through some tough games to get better,” Wells said. “There isn’t an easy week for us.” AUSTIN (2-0) vs MILBY (0-2) This is an old-fashioned rivalry game so you can throw the records out the window. SFA has a chance to improve to 3-0 after demolishing Scarborough 50-0 at Barnett Stadium. Mustangs’ quarterback Casey Davis tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more while running back Tavares

Garner rushed for 164 yards and added two additional scores to give SFA an advantage they would never relinguish. Milby will be trying to get into the win column at the expense of their long-time rivals. Buffs’ quarterback Lawrence Putman and dimunitive wide receiver Sergio Bautista will have their team primed for confrontation. ANGLETON (2-1) vs. ALIEF ELSIK (2-1) The Wildcats played possum in the first quarter against Dayton. In the opening 12 minutes, the Broncos dictated the game’s tempo and jumped out to an early 10-0 advantage. After a tough 8-

3 loss to Elkins in the 2010 season opener, Dayton couldn’t overcome four first-half turnovers despite rushing for 178 yards in the game’s first 24 minutes. Angleton turned the tables in the second half. Senior quarterback Quandre Diggs (91 yards on 30 carries) scored on a one-yard sneak to cap a 53-yard, 15-play drive in the third quarter to give his team a 17-10 edge. The Wildcats were at it again in the fourth quarter. Ryan Jackson, who rushed for ★H.S. FOOTBALL, Page 6


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through my association “Later that afternoon State with him. Next, Mickey Rep. Rodney Ellis shared Continued continuedfrom frompage page11 asked me who some of with me that the search had nothing. His passion had not yielded a discovery of my clients were. I ripped green industry. led him to the tipping point a plane and its victims. off a few names that he The Congressional Black Caucus and through the door of no About 57,000 starvknew. Then he asked, Foundation, which funds the legislative conreturn for a second time. He “How much did I carry ing refugees had spilled ference, wants to ensure that the Black comwas a driven man. into Ethiopia from Africa’s on myself? Finally, his munity is aware of the changing job market, Leland represented the largest country and longest prophetic instincts spoke. new jobs and how to prepare for them. poorest urban district in the running war (Sudan). The He said, “During my last “So many people will never return to the State of Texas. Critics were mission that sanctioned trip to Ethiopia and Sojobs they lost,” said Rep. Elijah E. on radio lambasting him for thi s flight was to check out malia, some International Cummings (D-Md.), honorary co-chair of The CBC wants to ensure that the Black community is aware of the changfighting poverty in Africa conditions on the ground Aid planes were fired on this year’s events. “It’s our responsibility to ing job market, new jobs and how to prepare for them. while poverty persisted in and organize relief efforts. from the ground”. Mickey increase ability to do the jobs that are By Shantella Y. Sherman Young Leland in grade school. his hometheir district of Fifth Mickey, three members of then asked me to quote available to them.” row donation. informed,” Scott added. SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE WASHINGTON INFORMER Ward Texas. At this point it his staff and a host of aid face amounts and premium They clear will be town hall The sessions will include “Beyond a Also, for the first time in its history, the became to holding his con-several costs. This exchange led to workers perished when (NNPA) - In what appears to be a racially incendiary meetings throughout the week to discuss National AIDS Strategy: Next Steps in the conference is partnering with the National stituents that he had been their plane crashed into a a paramedical exam being move, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, jobs and education, said Cummings. Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Black America” Black Justice Coalition to hold an LGBT anointed to fight the good 4300 foot mountain during scheduled and the issuance Mickey Leland ran for Congress. recently offered to stem the steady influx of Africans Elsie Scott, president of the CBC and “Sister Speak: Reducing HIV/AIDS in leadership summit. The coalition is the only fight and finish his course. of a life insurance policy in bad weather. I imagine that into various European nations in an effort to keep Foundation, said that people need to know the Black Community” and “Beyond Blood: nation-wide Black gay civil rights organizaWhile in the United quick order. All of this (un- Mickey would say, “No Europe white and civilized. Gaddafi told Italian Prime that federal jobs are available, but it’s no tion. Bone Marrow Donation Among African States Congress, Leland regrets, I was doing what I derwriting) etc had to be Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a recent trip to Rome that longer a matter of taking a civic exam and Americans A Health and Wellness The goal of this summit is to bring attenjoined with a couple of his was anointed to do”. accomplished prior to his the European Union (EU) should pay him at least 5bn having an application read by a supervisor. Luncheon.” tion to issues pertaining to gays and lesbians; colleagues and persuaded A groundswell of upcoming date with destiny euros ($6.3 billion) a year to stop illegal African immi“There’re technological advances in the “CBC Foundation has an ongoing project including their fight for equality. The ultithe Congress to form the sympathy and support led in Gambela, Ethiopia. gration and avoid a “Black Europe.” hiring process” Scott said. “A computer to increase AIDs awareness with fulltime mate goal is for people to be able to come Select Committee on Hunthe Houston City County to On the day that his Massaging old racial wounds and growing concerns, now Feeding scans each for key research on how to prevent the ways spreadof of memothis together and have open and honest discusger. theapplication hungry looking consider plane crashed along with Gaddafi hoped to capitalize on fears that millions of words and phrases and we want the commudisease,” Scott said. “We have a grant from sions. became an imperative as rializing its native son. 15 of his delegation, a Africans, who once lived under the subjugation of to beEthiopians cognizant of these changes to me thethat Centers for Disease Control and are par1nity million were A recommendation came Said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive friend told a bird European colonial rule and who were made citizens of increase their chances.”were ticipating with other Black organizations to director of the coalition, “Black communidying and 8 million forward to name the new had flown into her house The militantIt’s Mickey Leland those nations, would continue to migrate to their This year’s conference will also and attempt to ties are in crisis. critical that we support get out more attention to the public.” facing profound food shortairport in his honor. A rebel finally exited when a “Mother Country” impoverished, and without clear breakin down theSelective complex new law This year the conference will have at least the empowerment of anyone who desires to ages 1984. am-healthcare councilman suggested that window was opened. She international terminaltoisrebuilding means of employment. through a Cliff-notes-type Free one workshop focusing on Black women. contribute something positive nesia griped his critics forguidebook. the airport might as well said, “you do know what known as “Mickey Leland healthcare panel discussions, “But we want all aspects of the community our families, including LGBT people.” Leland hadscreenings, helped create be called “nigger internathis means, don’t you? U.S. Rep. Leland took Jesse Jackson and an entourage on a tour. International Terminal. “ ★GADDAFI, Page 6 and forums on serious medical issues in the going especially those attional.” a higher risk the to be Free Breakfast Programs, Today, busy Someone’s to die. Black community Houston Food Bankwill andbe featured. programs But there for will be Lifeline particular on senior citizens.focus HIV/AIDS and bone Rep. Leland took marthe plight of the starving Ethiopians to several of his friends and was advised that President Rea-1 continued from page gan would turn deaf ears thata carries punishment on massivea aid request. of upcynical to two years in state This admonishprison. ment steeled his resolve. has not HeHarrison, met with 54, the President beenconvinced charged inhim histooffiand cial capacity, andpeacetime the allesign the largest gations aid dopackage not involve hunger in US any loss to Harris County. history. distinctly remember Still,I Harris County Judge dining in thesaid White House Ed Emmett he wants Restaurant with Speaker Harrison removed from of thethe job.House Tip O’Neill and Congressman “Looking at the Wilimporliam (Dem-Ohio) tanceClay of that position for and One of time, the this Mickey. county, at this White House employees, bond ratings and all those athings, diminutive AfricanI think it’s very American waitress important that he says eitherto Rep. Leland, “Can I be suspended or speak step to you for a moment?” down in some form or She proceeds to explain fashion,” Emmett said. that the approaching Harrison denies out the of sessionsaying breakhe(six charges, is conweeks) would mean that fident his innocence will employees of the restaube proven. rant wouldsaid not ifbeHarrison paid. Emmett She stated that she was a won’t step down willingsingle mother with 3 orto4 ly, he says he plans children and that her make sure Harrisonfamis ily would suffer. from the the suspended until lack of income. Leland charges work their way connects her with a staffer through the court system. and promises to seek a Harrison wife has also solution. Everyone was been charged. important to Mickey and I am certain that his humble beginnings played a role in his decision to honor this lowly-paid employee. Mickey was chosen byVOLUME history79 and he ac- 47 • NUMBER cepted his calling. This SEPTEMBER 16 – 22, 2010 grip of history made his death prescient. Yes, this is Publisher the “spooky” side of the Sonceria last days of Messiah-Jiles Congressman Leland. Editor While watching Vonmorning Jiles early talk TV, I listened to a broadcast Associate Editor that featured the wives of ReShonda Billingsley Congressional members. Mickey’s wife, Allison, was complaining Art Director about theCale failure of the pay raise Carter proposal for Congress. I mentioned the broadcast Columnist to Yvette MickeyChargois as we were having breakfast and heSports explained to me how Editors expensive Washington Max Edison had become. I offered Darrell K. Ardison that all of us had to earn supplementary income to Contributing maintain and prosper. He Writers asked how did I generate Aswad Walker extra income? I explained Webmaster that I sold Life Insurance Corneleon Block products. 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National Cemetery. Shepard was an outspoken federal prosecutor in Chicago in 1977, she was Democrat who moved to elected state representative the next year. In 1987 Special to the NNPA from the Chicago Defender Houston from Louisiana nearly she was elected Cook County Recorder of Deed. 60 years ago and lived for CHICAGO (NNPA) - Carol Moseley Braun Five years later, history was made in the U.S. decades in Acres Home, where may put her hat in the ring to succeed outgoing Senate. Braun held the post for one six-year term. she unofficially known as the Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, sources said. She served a U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand “Mayor of Acres Homes.” AN AN EVENING EVENINGWITH OF A The former U.S. Senator was flooded with and Samoa from 1999 to 2001 under the Clinton STAR……..Tony Award winning play“Beulah was a woman of PHILANTHROPIC calls on the day Daley made the surprise administration. wright and performer, Sarah Jones, treated guts, purpose and presence,” During the 2004 U.S. presidential election, announcement that he would not seek a seventh EXCELLENCE………The Douglas L. Houstonians with her multi-character solo said state Rep. Sylvester term in office –– encouraging her to mull a run Braun was a candidate for the Democratic nomiWilliams Alumni Chapter of Grambling th show “Bridge & Tunnel.” The show was Turner, D-Houston. “If she for the mayoral post. nation. State University hosted their 5 Annual originally produced off-Broadway by thought it, sheSarah said it.Jones She was Braun, who in 1993 as the first Braun currently runs her Chicago-based com- Jr., Playwright Black & Gold Scholarship Gala Audrey, Rev. Billmade and history Roxanne Lawson John Guess, Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and went on to direct. That was Beulah African-American female U.S. Senator said that pany, Good Food Organics, the parent company recently. This spectacular gala was and Melanie Lawson become a critically acclaimed, long-running Shepard. You didn’t have to she is “seriously considering it.” of Ambassador Organics, which manufactures attended by 500 guests and included Chapter President Dwight Moore and Dorothy and GSU President Dr. Sylvania Paul and Super Bowl Gala Chairs Veronica and hit on-Broadway. In this stirring production, guess what she was thinking. Braun’s political career spans more than two several products including coffee, food spices, Dr. Frank Pogue, President of GSU Veronica Williams Dr. Frank Pogue XXII MVP Douglas L. Williams she examined Jewish and African American SheWilliams loved politics, she loved olive oil and tea. She founded the company five Keith decades. and special guest, GSU Super Bowl relations in America that was developed the process and she loved parCarol Moseley Braun After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office as a years ago. XXII MVP, L. Williams, especially forDouglas the final event of a fabulous ticipating in the process. If you who chapter is named Other debutthe season for the Houstonafter. Museum of sought political office, you guest were Clifton Lemelle, PresidentNo African American Culture (HMAAC). sought her out. She had the of National oneGrambling can reflect University on that better than Sarah, power.” to put all of the concession space up for bid once the Alumni Chapter who is a Association, product of a Black father and a Shepard enjoyed rare 24airport renovation is completed in 2014. This made continued from page 1 President, Dwight Moore,HMAAC Atty. Barbara Jewish mother. has had an hour access to Texas governors the final outcome appear less racially polarized. “I thinkPresident/DLW whatseason happened we’ve been working on “I’m hoping that it (politics) did not play a Hudson, incredible first and is, isFoundation, quickly estaband other state and local politiBoth Hudson and Star have been tight-lipped this for threeasyears, even before I came Gala Chairs, Keith and Veronica L. on the coun- role... I want to be able to say that he did it about how they will respond. Through its public relalishing itself a place that attracts national cians, and was invited to the cil,” said Carolyn Davis, talent and Councilwoman initiates thought-provoking dis- who voted Johnson Williams, Dorothy Pogue, White House a few times, tions firm, Hudson would only disclose, “At this in favorBradford, of the no-bid contracts. so I went with for the city of Dallas.” cussions about people, placesFlewellen, and“And times. James Elnora meeting at least a handful of point, the Dallas City Council has approved a plan Councilwoman staff recommendation. I’ve Melanie always – DallasGregory Ayesh Mutope Ray and C. B. Claiborne Spotted at the show Cecile Lemelle, Dr.included Sylvania Paul,supported staff Lindsey, Lou and Linda Lorrell including John F. for the allocation and process for awarding conces- Ellenpresidents, Carolyn Davis recommendation, but we didn’t win. It takes eight and Calepha Johnson Lawson, HMAAC Chairman of the Board Dr. Kenoye K. Eke, Rev. Michael Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, sions at Love Field. Hudson will continue to work votes to winJohn here Guess, at the Horseshoe, of Directors, Jr. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Anderson, Rev. Lamon Atkins, Sr.,and the eighth with the city staff based on the plans approved by the vote won.” HMAAC/CEO, Rev. Bill and Audrey Shepard, who worked as a Melissa Bickham and Sue and Lionel city council.” HudsonRoxanne is part-owned by Giddings Lawson, Lawson, Vanessa and by a trust the parking garage, they’ve been through 9/11, constituent liaison for former Aranza of Star Concessions could not be reached Feazell, among others. Yourstruly that manages theCoffee, assets ofVanessa Johnson.Gilmore, Star is owned by they’ve been through the remodeling of the terminal, Williams, Alyce Harris County Commissioner for comment. served as Madame Toastmistress and prominent Democratic donor Gilbert Aranza. [and] they’re now going through another remodelSharon Owens, Roxanne Chargois, Lisa Squatty Lyons for some 20 For Davis and others, what stands out about the Noah Ledetit and The Drumline along To some, wasBeal, the direct - some say heavy-hand- ing.” Chargois, Janice Linda, Lindsey years and then Sen. John council’s decision is the second-guessing of city with DJ, Gregory, Rick Wheeler provided the ed -Lou involvement ofMichael Mayor Tom Davis expresses similar feelings. and Helm,Leppert Ellen that turned Whitmire, D-Houston for about staff, which Davis says is unprecedented during her entertainment. Great Gala!........... the tide. In April, Leppert beganPinkett his campaign “We also felt that they had never missed a payRay, C. B. Claiborne, Carole and to stop 10, was gifted at reading people three years on the council. HOPE THROUGH GRACE…….. the deals from and being approved, calling them too ment, they had paid on-time, and I asked the quesCarol, Carolyn John Guess, III. and politics at play. In fact, it “This has been the only time since I’ve been on the The Annual Symposium to for Dallas’ image sweetEight forShow!.......PUMP-Athe incumbents and bad tion, ‘How muchMonica moneyCeruti had these concessionaires Fabulous Atty. Barbara Hudson, and Dr. Sylvania Paul council, that my colleaguesClifton and Cecile Lemelle was Shepard who convinced have gone against city eliminate colorectal cancer through as a fair place to do business. given the city of Dallas?’” she said. LICIOUS…….Putting their best foot forTurner to run for political office staff,” said Davis. “Remember, coming out of the prevention and detection was2010would award “These 19 the years, The answer to her question soon became evident. ward, aboutcontracts, 200 early ladieslasting attended in the late 80s. transportation committee we voted 10 to 0. Being a hosted byKidney the non-profit organization, majorOut portions of Disease our new Luncheon terminal toby the two incum“They have given the city a lot of money. Lots of Kick “I told her, ‘Ms. Shepard, I newbie on the council, I looked to [the committee Hope Through Grace,without Inc. Participants bent concessionaires having wearing their pump-a-licious shoes. Thebeen vetted money. If you own a building and you’ve got good have no interest in running. To chair’s] leadership on what we should do, because I Lady Merele Gail Smith, Rhonda Adams and Florence Love through the competitive process. This has short-cir- Michael tenants, Helm you just don’t say, ‘Well, I’m goingChair to kick event chaired by Merele Yarborough at thiswas year’s symposium addressed which she replied, ‘You have just hadn’t been briefed on the Love Field situation.” Roxanne Chargois Yarborough who knows first-hand about terrible cuited new ideas and concepts and discouraged com- and them out because I think I want someone else who is and Honoree the theme, “An Agenda forthis Colorectal no idea what you’re interested Davis’ recollections also suggest that the council’s Myra disease the need tofirms kickwill itowned out of exispetitors,and including byas minorities, going to give me more or pay me more,’ you tend to Rega Cancer Prevention,” that served in.’ She was literally the one deliberations weren’t always as contentious as they On the scene Terri Phillips, women and emerging entrepreneurs,” Leppert said in keep the good paying tenant,” Davis said. atence. catalyst for a pilotwere phase involving a who put the idea in my head,’?” eventually became. Indeed, before the August meetBoard Chair/National Foundation an opinion “What they were trying to accomplish is encouragnetwork ofletter. agencies Kidney in the community he said. ing there was literally no argument since the option Serving Southeast Nicole Sonnier, “I’m thatTexas, [politics] did not play a role,” ing the incumbents to stay through the renovation, that willhoping engaged initstrategic planning. Shepard’s love of politics to grant the no-bid contracts was the only one then on Regional Vice Crystal Wright, Davis said of President, Leppert’s involvement. “I want to be and then having space in the new terminal at a rate Attendees included the organization’s was evident in her constant the table. It was at the urging of the mayor during the Marion Johnson, Rega, Phyllis able to say he Myra didButler, it for the city of Dallas.” that was more than what the consultants even recomfounder, Dr.that Grace Steven efforts to get people out to vote. June council meeting that voting on the proposal be Williams, Clarease Yates, Keryl Douglas, Davis, along with six of her council colleagues, mended,” said Oakley. “The remaining space would Williams, Dr. Ronald Colman, “She knew the value of the postponed so that other options could be added. Regina Carrington, Gail Smith, Rhonda was impressed by the incumbents’ track record as be bid out, and if [the new tenants’] rates were highvote because she had been Marian Krauskopf, Thelma Crider, “There was never an argument. Most of the conAdams, Florence Love,hardships Ebele Iloanya, tenants, their post-9/11 and the unanimous er than what [the incumbents] were paying, the denied the right to vote,” Frankie Watson, Dr. Everett Sandles, tracts were going out for bid anyway,” Davis said. Stacy McIntosh and Elouise Jackson, to recommendation of the transportation committee that incumbents’ rent would automatically escalate to Turner said. “We just wanted the incumbents who [had] been Suzan Rush and Carole Pinkett, to name a few. Adding a special touch to the the deal go forward. match. How is that not fair?” Shepard's survivors include there through 9/11 to stay there and recoup their name a few. Continued Success!......... luncheon included greetingsthick fromand Deborah “They’ve been through thin out there,” In another victory for the mayor, three council seven children, 30 grandchilinvestment, with the amount of money they put into CELEBRATIONS……..We should Duncan, KHOU ChannelEd 11Oakley Great Day said former Councilman in support of the members on the losing end of the vote eventually dren, 24 great-grandchildren that airport. celebrate everyday, but when you’re Houston, HFD poster-boys Errick Presley incumbents. “They’ve been through the building of crossed over to side with the majority on an 11-4 vote and 10 great-great children. 90 it’sBond a special Inez andplus, Aaron and acelebration. fabulous fashion Prejean Calegon and Ruth E. Drake presentation by Neiman Marcus. John W. Johnson, Jr. Ebele Iloanya Nicole Sonnier, Errick Presley did just that with birthday parties Continued Success!.....MENTORING James and Elnora Flewellen Melissa and Dr. Kenoye Eke Sue and Lionel Feazell andBradford Linda Johnson andBickham Stacy McIntosh and Marion Johnson MIXER………To kick-off the 2010 fit for a queen. Their families and Black Expo, the Houston Area Urban League friends came to express their love for hosted a mentoring mixer welcoming these two lovely ladies. Inez’s party Susan L. Taylor, Emeritus of was hosted by herPublisher daughters, Denise Essence Magazine to the city and honoring Labrie, Yolanda Sample, Bernadette five outstanding mentors.Lucullus The honorees Calegon and Patricia and included Charles Savage, Executive was attended by Joe Sample, Wanda Director of the Fifth Ward Enrichment Leblanc and a host of relatives. Ruth’s Program, Algenita Scott-Davis, Executive This is the uptownby version. party was hosted her daughter, Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity, The 2010 Dodge Caliber by Uptown Regina Drake and attended Pam Lawrence Allen, Director/Special Projects small wagon is the answer for buyers and Mike Gaston, Dr. Alberta Seaton, for HISD, Dr. Jonita Reynolds, CEO /Gulf seeking fuelSeaton, economy, safety verElizabeth Mitch andand Irene Coast Community Services Association satility.Shannon Buggs, Ralph Buggsand Allen, Dr.I Frazier Wilson, Vice President/Shell remember two years ago when and Abbie Brother. Happy B-Daywe and Oil Company Foundation. were heading for Niagara Falls, may you enjoy many, many more!.......... Congrats!......NEWEST CHAPTER….. Canada and Buffalo, New York, the CHAG’S BOOKSHELF….On The recently organized Cy-Fair Chapter Dodge Caliber was the vehicle of of February 26,Women 1946, an African American Terri Phillips and Deborah Duncan Kicking Out Kidney Disease the National of Achievement hostchoice when it came to rent cars. from Houston applied for admission to edWe their first event, “Sister II Sister” Health test droved the Dodge Caliber Stephen Williams, Dr. Grace Butler and Dr. Everett Sandles and Suzan Rush Marian Krauskoph, Dr. Grace Butler and Angela Tate & Wellness Breakfast at Good Hope the oftoTexas School of Law. for aUniversity week prior going on vacation. Dr. Ronald Colman Baptist Church. In addition to a delicious Although he met all of the school’s Then when we arrived in Buffalo, the breakfast, the guests were treated to a panel academic qualifications, Herman Caliber was our first option as a rental discussion presented by Venisha Shepard, Marion Sweatt was car. It seemed like thedenied Caliberadmission was the nutritionist, Dornne Burnside, pharmacist because he was Black. The inspiring vehicle of choice. and Officer Rachelle Holman. Although story ofathis courageous Houston With 2.o-liter, four-cylinder engine new, the chapter has already surpassed mailman provided the precedent for their matched with a continuously-variable expectations in providing service to the eldthe landmark Supreme Court decision transmission, the Dodge Caliber had erly, veterans, youth and women. Should Brown v. Boardpower of Education of us more enough to transport you wish to join the chapter, contact Helen everywhere wanted to go. in Topeka that we ended segregation Johnson at 281-852-4405 or Chapter The cargo space Author was more thanM. adepublic education. Gary President Anne Harris at 713-937-3320. quate, and we travel large. Lavergne tells the fascinating story Congratulations and continued sucBetween myinwife daughter,wellwe of Mr. Sweatt this and engrossing, cess!........ KUDOS…….Mt. Horem Baptist travel withbook. everything except the researched Great Reading!......... Church family and Minister Thomas F. Arlener Poydras, Susan Taylor and Phyllis Bailey Charles Savage kitchen sink. HISTORICAL MARKER……..The Freeman celebrated their 60th Annual and Algenita Scott-Davis Standard equipment includes airthe Bernadette Calegon, Patricia Lucullus, B-Day Girl Inez Calegon, Yolanda Lightnin’ Hopkins Marker Fund and Women’s Day Program…….Houston’s first Ms. Chag and Great Aunt Inez Calegon Thelma Crider and Frankie Watson conditioning with automatic temperaSample and Denise Labrie Harris County Historical Commission African American Congregational Church ture control, power windows with drirecently unveiled a state marker and Senior Pastor Rev. Myron E. Cloyd ver’s one-touch feature SIRIUS celebrated its 106th year ofand service with a honoring Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins satellite radio. dedication andofunveiling the Francis Official at the corner Dowlingofand Other standard equipment includes by Texas State Historical Marker presented There is an information display that dow. in Houston’s Third Ward. This sight heated front seats, leather-wrapped CALIBER: HIGHLIGHTS the Texas Historical Commission and stop the tells you what direction you’re heading, The 2010 Dodge Caliber Uptown was chosen because it’s near a bus steering wheelHistorical and tilt steering column. Harris County Commission and where he would to play for tips. the temperature outside and how fast gets five-star government safety ratings We drove the board 2010 Caliber Mayor Anise Parker hasDodge been named one you’re traveling. You can also see what in the frontal driver, crash passenger, MSRP base price 23 miles per gallon (city), 27 Lightnin’ called Houston home from Uptown from Houston to AustinPeople” for the of “The World’s Most Influential $19,995 (as tested- $22,965) mpg (highway) you’re fuel economy is and what your side front seat and crash rear seat cate1946 until his death in 1982……… annual school baseball tourby Timehigh magazine…….. Havestate a great weektire inflation-level is. gories. It also rates four stars in the Have a great week and remember Engine Estimated annual fuel cost nament without incident. In fact,towe on and remember to watch CROSSROADS The 2010 Dodge Caliber Uptown is a rollover division. watch CROSSROADS on Channel 2.0-liter four-cylinder $1,560 enjoyed our drive, with smooth riding Channel 13 Sunday morning with Melanie crossover vehicle waiting to happen. Warranty coverage includes a five13 Sunday morning with Melanie on I-10 leading up to Highway 71 into Lawson for your event covered by Ms. Safety equipment Exterior features include 17-inch alu- year or 100,000-mile powertrain limitLawson for your covered the stateAlso capital. Chag. checkevent out our websitebyatMs. minum wheels, power-heated exterior ed warranty and 24-hour towing assisSpeed sensitive power locks Chag. Also check outtoour website at My partner, Big John, mentioned that defendernetwork.com view the “Event mirrors, fog lamps and a bright front tance. defendernetwork.com to and view thetocar there was no road noise the of the Week.”…..From Chag’s Place grille. Big John told me this is a vehicle for handled like a mid-sized sedan. This is “Event of the Week.”…..From Chag’s Dr. Jonita Reynolds Joe Arrington and Jerome Love Yvette Pawnell your place, Ciao Darling! Optional equipment includes a power college students starting out or newlyRuthand Drake, Dr. Frazier Alberta Seaton and Elizabeth Seaton Regina Drake and Birthday GirlDeanna Ruth DrakeSantiago Fuel economy a vehicle lists forDarling! less than Place to yourthat place, Ciao Dr. Wilson and express moonroof, media center and weds getting out of the starting gate. $20,000. 6.5-inch touch screen navigation winI tend to agree By Kathy Chaney

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Houston Defender: November 25, 2010  

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