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The Houston Independent School District wants to know what residents think, and is holding a series of meetings with Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier. The six “Community Conversations” take place in October in different parts of the city. Topics of discussion include the district’s Strategic Direction, a set of goals adopted last year.
Former NFL and Major League Baseball star Deion Sanders is not content to work as a sports analyst and star in commercials. He was recently given the go-ahead to open two charter schools in the Metroplex area. Sanders plans to locate both in traditionally underserved areas. The schools will serve at least 650 students each.
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with superintendent Houston Â Independent Â School Â District Â resi-Â dents Â are Â invited Â to Â attend Â a Â series Â of Â â€œCommunity Â Con-Â versationsâ€? Â with Â Superintendent Â Dr. Â Terry Â Grier Â during Â October. The Â meet-Â ings Â will Â address Â the Â districtâ€™s Â progress Â toward Â accomplishing Â the Â goals Â established Â last Â year Â when Â the Â Board Â of Â Education Â adopted Â its Â Strategic Â Direction. The Â town Â hall Â format Â will Â allow Â for Â an Â unscripted Â two-Âway Â conversation Â in Â which Â community Â members Â can Â ask Â questions Â (in Â person Â or Â via Â e-Âmail) Â and Â participate Â in Â the Â discussion. Developed Â over Â a Â six-Âmonth Â period Â
in Â partnership Â with Â the Â community, Â HISDâ€™s Â Strategic Â Direc-Â WLRQLGHQWLÂżHVÂżYH core Â initiatives Â designed Â to Â help Â make Â it Â the Â best Â public Â school Â system Â in Â America. Â Those Â initiatives Â are: 1 Â Effective Â teacher Â in Â every Â classroom 2 Â Effective Â principal Â in Â every Â school 3 Â Data-Âdriven Â accountability 4 Â Rigorous Â instructional Â standards Â and Â supports 5 Â Culture Â of Â trust Â through Â action Grier Â is Â asking Â HISD Â residents Â to Â begin Â the Â dialogue Â about Â the Â districtâ€™s Â direc-Â tion Â by Â submitting Â questions Â via Â e-Âmail Â to Â firstname.lastname@example.org. Â
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Justice Dept. rules redistricting plan illegal Defender Â News Â Services The Â U.S. Â Department Â of Â Justice Â recently Â ruled Â that Â a Â redistricting Â plan Â passed Â by Â the Â Texas Â legislature Â is Â illegal. Â The Â ruling Â sets Â the Â stage Â for Â a Â legal Â showdown Â to Â determine Â how Â Texas Â will Â select Â its Â representatives Â to Â Congress. The Â Justice Â Department Â said Â that Â the Â proposed Â map Â does Â not Â â€œmaintain Â or Â increase Â the Â ability Â of Â minority Â voters Â to Â elect Â their Â candidate Â of Â choice.â€? Attorneys Â for Â the Â state Â had Â defended Â the Â
new Â election Â districts Â drawn Â by Â the Â Republi-Â can-Âled Â legislature, Â saying Â they Â were Â designed Â within Â the Â law. 'HPRFUDWLFDQGPLQRULW\JURXSVÂżOHGD lawsuit Â over Â the Â redistricting Â maps, Â alleging Â new Â voting Â district Â lines Â are Â illegally Â discrimi-Â QDWRU\EHFDXVHWKH\FDPRXĂ€DJHWKHVWDWHÂśV Hispanic Â growth Â during Â the Â past Â decade. Â The Â plan Â approved Â by Â the Â legislature Â does Â not Â contain Â a Â single Â majority Â Hispanic Â district Â in Â the Â Dallas-ÂFort Â Worth Â area, Â despite Â the Â fact Â that Â the Â area Â has Â one Â of Â the Â largest Â Hispanic Â populations Â in Â the Â country.
Houston Â U.S. Â Reps. Â Sheila Â Jackson Â Lee Â and Â Gene Â Green, Â both Â Democrats, Â were Â among Â those Â who Â were Â critical Â of Â the Â plan, Â especially Â with Â its Â lack Â of Â representation Â for Â Hispanics. Â Â Prior Â to Â the Â ruling, Â lawyers Â wrapped Â up Â a Â two-Âweek Â trial Â over Â the Â plan, Â which Â was Â argued Â before Â a Â three-Âjudge Â federal Â panel Â in Â San Â Antonio. Â The Â judges Â indicated Â before Â adjourning Â that Â they Â would Â wait Â for Â a Â Justice Â Department Â decision Â on Â the Â redistricting Â maps Â before Â issu-Â ing Â a Â ruling.
After reviewing ethic complaints against Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones, Harris County prosecutors concluded that criminal prosecution is not warranted. City Attorney David Feldman and the Oâˆžce of Inspector General had accused Jones of using city resources to promote her private law practice. Jones, who maintained her innocence, said she never used her role to benefit anything or anyone other than her constituents. â€œFrom the start, I have maintained that when the facts came to light, I would have acted within the acceptable standards of conduct and was always confident that the District Attorney would come to the same conclusion,â€? she said.
Texas Tea Party members want another special session Members of the Texas Tea Party want Gov. Rick Perry to call another special legislative session to ban sanctuary cities that protect illegant immigrants. â€œGov. Perry needs to clarify his position on illegal immigration, and he needs to come back to Texas and to finish the peopleâ€™s unfinished business,â€? said JoAnn Fleming, chair of the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee of the Texas Legislature. â€œThe ball is in Gov. Perryâ€™s court.â€? Legislation to ban sanctuary cities failed during the regular session and special session. A spokesperson for Perry said, â€œThe governor already made this a priority, and the Legislature didnâ€™t pick it up.â€?
1ĂťĆŤ(+ĆŤ+( %!./ĆŤ+*ĆŤ$!!(/ An Â exhibit Â highlighting Â the Â untold Â story Â of Â the Â history Â and Â culture Â of Â African Â Americans Â and Â motorcycles Â was Â held Â at Â the Â Crowne Â Plaza Â Hotel. Â Shown Â at Â the Â event Â are Â (l. Â to Â r.) Â Â Kenneth Â â€œDream Â Makerâ€? Â Thomas, Â national Â president, Â Buffalo Â Soldiers Â Motor Â Cycle Â Club;Íž Â Captain Â Paul Â Matthew, Â founder, Â Buffalo Â Soldier Â National Â Museum, Â and Â Burl Â
Washington, Â artist. Â The Â exhibit Â featured Â the Â XQYHLOLQJRIÂł7KH%ULHÂżQJÂ´DQRULJLQDO watercolor Â painting Â by Â Washington. Â He Â is Â known Â for Â capturing Â the Â history Â of Â Black Â sol-Â diers, Â cowboys Â and Â cowgirls, Â and Â aviators. Â Washington Â is Â a Â native Â of Â Somerville Â and Â an Â art Â graduate Â of Â the Â University Â of Â Texas Â at Â Ar-Â lington Â and Â Texas Â State Â Technical Â Institute.
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NAACP says there was too much doubt Defender News Services The Â NAACP Â continued Â to Â insist Â there Â were Â too Â many Â holes Â in Â the Â Troy Â Davis Â case Â to Â proceed Â with Â his Â execution. The Â civil Â rights Â organization Â con-Â demned Â the Â Georgia Â State Â Board Â of Â Pa-Â roles Â and Â Pardons Â for Â its Â decision Â to Â deny Â clemency Â to Â Davis Â and Â to Â move Â forward Â with Â the Â execution Â on Â Sept. Â 21. Â â€œWe Â are Â appalled Â and Â outraged Â by Â the Â Parole Â Boardâ€™s Â erroneous Â deci-Â sion Â to Â uphold Â the Â stateâ€™s Â death Â sentence Â to Â murder Â an Â innocent Â man,â€? Â said Â NAACP Â President Â and Â CEO Â Benjamin Â Todd Â Jealous. Â â€œThere Â is Â too Â much Â doubt Â to Â proceed Â with Â an Â execution. Â No Â amount Â of Â delib-Â eration Â will Â change Â the Â fact Â that Â the Â case Â against Â Mr. Â Davis Â has Â too Â many Â holes.â€? Jealous Â added Â that Â the Â case Â does Â not Â
bode Â well Â for Â the Â justice Â system. â€œIn Â moments Â of Â immense Â sadness, Â moments Â that Â shake Â the Â foundation Â of Â our Â faith Â in Â the Â justice Â system Â and Â in Â mankind, Â there Â are Â often Â no Â words Â that Â can Â adequately Â express Â oneâ€™s Â grief Â and Â outrage,â€? Â said Â Jealous. Â Â In Â a Â case Â that Â garnered Â national Â attention, Â seven Â of Â the Â nine Â witnesses Â against Â Davis Â have Â since Â recanted Â their Â statements Â incriminating Â him, Â several Â citing Â police Â pressure Â to Â fabricate Â state-Â ments. Â At Â least Â three Â of Â the Â jurors Â from Â Davisâ€™s Â trial Â called Â for Â Davis Â to Â be Â granted Â clem-Â ency, Â one Â saying Â that Â if Â she Â knew Â at Â trial Â what Â she Â knows Â now, Â Troy Â Davis Â would Â have Â been Â found Â not Â guilty. Â The Â NAACP Â Georgia Â State Â Confer-Â ence Â had Â been Â at Â the Â forefront Â of Â calling Â for Â justice Â on Â behalf Â of Â Davis, Â and Â also Â condemned Â the Â scheduled Â execution, Â citing Â major Â weak-Â nesses Â in Â the Â case. Â Â Âł:HÂżQGLW
unconscionable Â that Â the Â Board Â would Â allow Â this Â execution Â given Â its Â prior Â ruling Â and Â despite Â the Â nearly Â 1,000,000 Â voices Â calling Â for Â justice Â â€“ Â including Â 40,000 Â from Â Georgia Â and Â over Â 10,000 Â from Â Savannah, Â 3,300 Â members Â of Â the Â clergy Â and Â 1,500 Â legal Â professionals Â â€“ Â in Â support Â of Â Mr. Â Davis,â€? Â said Â Edward Â O. Â Dubose, Â president, Â Georgia Â State Â Conference, Â NAACP. Â Â â€œTo Â allow Â this Â execution Â to Â go Â forward Â without Â a Â re-Âexamination Â of Â the Â facts Â and Â the Â alternate Â suspect Â is Â an Â injustice Â to Â both Â families, Â to Â the Â jurors Â who Â sentenced Â Davis Â to Â death Â and Â to Â the Â people Â of Â Chatham Â County.â€? On Â the Â evening Â of Â Aug. Â 19, Â 1989, Â 6DYDQQDKSROLFHRIÂżFHU0DUN$OOHQ MacPhail Â was Â gunned Â down Â while Â he Â worked Â as Â a Â part-Âtime Â security Â guard. Â To Â date, Â there Â is Â no Â physical Â evidence Â connecting Â Davis Â to Â the Â crime Â and Â some Â individuals Â pointed Â to Â an Â alter-Â nate Â suspect Â as Â the Â real Â killer. â€œTroyâ€™s Â family Â has Â been Â moved Â by Â the Â efforts Â of Â the Â NAACP Â and Â supporters Â around Â the Â world, Â and Â our Â thoughts Â and Â prayers Â are Â with Â them Â now Â as Â they Â turn Â to Â look Â into Â the Â face Â of Â the Â cruelest Â kind Â of Â injus-Â tice,â€? Â he Â said. Â
Are schools preparing Black boys for prison? By STARLA MUHAMMAD Special to NNPA
$&KLFDJRPRWKHUUHFHQWO\ÂżOHGDODZ-Â suit Â against Â the Â Chicago Â Board Â of Â Education Â alleging Â a Â public Â school Â security Â guard Â handcuffed Â her Â young Â son Â while Â he Â was Â a Â student Â at Â George Â Washington Â Carver Â Primary Â School Â on Â the Â cityâ€™s Â far Â south Â side. Â Â The Â attorney Â representing Â LaShanda Â Smith Â says Â the Â youngster Â was Â among Â sev-Â eral Â six Â and Â seven-Âyear-Âolds Â handcuffed Â by Â the Â guard Â for Â allegedly Â â€œtalking Â in Â class.â€? Â Â In Â New Â Orleans, Â Sebastian Â and Â Robin Â Weston Â were Â plaintiffs Â in Â a Â 2010 Â class-Â Â action Â lawsuit Â alleging Â their Â then Â six-Â year-Âold Â son Â was Â handcuffed Â and Â shackled Â to Â a Â chair Â by Â an Â armed Â security Â guard Â after Â the Â boy Â argued Â with Â another Â student Â over Â a Â chair. Â Are Â these Â incidents, Â in Â which Â young Â Black Â boys Â are Â treated Â like Â common Â crimi-Â
nals Â in Â Americaâ€™s Â schools, Â subconsciously Â preparing Â them Â instead Â for Â life Â behind Â bars Â in Â the Â criminal Â justice Â system? Â â€œThe Â school Â system Â has Â been Â trans-Â formed Â into Â nothing Â more Â than Â a Â prison Â preparation Â industry,â€? Â says Â Umar Â Abdullah Â Johnson, Â president Â of Â National Â Movement Â to Â Save Â Black Â Boys. Â â€œThe Â job Â of Â the Â school Â district Â is Â to Â prep Â the Â children Â for Â prison Â just Â like Â a Â chef Â preps Â his Â food Â before Â he Â actually Â cooks Â it,â€? Â -RKQVRQDQDWLRQDOO\FHUWLÂżHGSV\FKROR-Â gist, Â told Â the Â Final Â Call. Â â€œYes Â We Â Can: Â The Â 2010 Â Schott Â 50 Â State Â Report Â on Â Black Â Males Â in Â Public Â Education,â€? Â states Â that Â Black Â male Â students Â are Â punished Â more Â severely Â for Â similar Â infractions Â than Â their Â white Â peers. Â Johnson Â says Â a Â false Â image Â has Â been Â created Â that Â suggests Â Black Â boys Â are Â not Â interested Â in Â being Â educated. Â Â
The Â emotional Â and Â psychological Â effects Â on Â children Â from Â unfair Â and Â out-Âof-Â control Â disciplinary Â action Â like Â handcuff-Â ing Â is Â setting Â them Â up Â for Â criminality Â he Â explains. Â Âł7KHÂżUVWWKLQJWKDWW\SHRIEHKDYLRU does Â is Â it Â socializes Â the Â boy Â at Â a Â very Â young Â age Â into Â criminal Â consciousness,â€? Â Johnson Â said. Â â€œHe Â is Â nurtured Â by Â the Â school Â into Â an Â understanding Â that Â his Â role Â in Â society Â is Â that Â of Â a Â criminal.â€? Schools Â are Â the Â number Â one Â referral Â source Â to Â jail Â and Â juvenile Â hall Â for Â Black Â children Â and Â teens. Â Â Therefore, Â Johnson Â urges Â parents Â to Â meet Â and Â establish Â a Â rela-Â tionship Â with Â their Â childâ€™s Â teacher. Â â€œOnce Â you Â meet Â with Â a Â teacher, Â just Â the Â vibration Â from Â that Â teacher Â [will] Â let Â you Â know Â whether Â theyâ€™re Â there Â to Â get Â a Â paycheck Â or Â whether Â theyâ€™re Â there Â to Â teach Â your Â child,â€? Â he Â said.
U.S.briefs Cornel West joins group looking for Obama challenger After accompanying Tavis Smiley on a poverty tour across the country, scholar Cornel West has turned his attention elsewhere. West has joined forces with consumer advocate Ralph Nader and the New Progressive Alliance. It is described as a grassroots campaign conceptualized to oppose President Barack Obama by endorsing an independent or third-party candidate. The group faults Obama for his actions during the recent debt ceiling negotiations, the military escalation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and for extending tax cuts first enacted by former President George W. Bush. The group said it is seeking â€œrecognizable, articulateâ€? candidates to debate Obamaâ€™s policies.
First Lady and restaurant chain promote good health Michelle Obama recently visited a restaurant in Maryland for an announcement in the quest for healthier food choices. Mrs. Obama unveiled a Partnership for Healthier America with Darden Restaurants, the company that operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden and other establishments. Darden has committed to a variety of changes designed to increase healthy meal content and decrease calories and sodium. Fruits or vegetables, for example, will become the default side dishes on childrenâ€™s meals. â€œThis is a breakthrough moment in the restaurant industry,â€? Obama said. â€œThe changes [made] could impact the health and well-being of the entire generation of young people.â€?
Reports vary on alleged tryst between Palin and Rice Did former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin really have a fling with former NBA player Glen Rice? A book by author Joe McGinniss claims the ex-Alaska governor had a one-night stand with Rice when she covered him as a sports reporter 25 years ago. McGinniss also said Palin had a â€œfetishâ€? for Black men. Rice refused to comment on the situation when reporters reached him at his Florida home, but he allegedly confirmed the relationship to McGinniss in the book. Palinâ€™s husband Todd, however, said it isnâ€™t so. â€œHis book is full of disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears,â€? Palin said.
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entertainment Multi-talented TourĂŠ talks By KAM WILLIAMS Defender
Born Â in Â Boston Â on Â March Â 20, Â 1971, Â TourĂŠ Â is Â a Â cultural Â critic Â for Â MSNBC, Â as Â well Â as Â the Â host Â of Â a Â couple Â of Â shows Â on Â Fuse-Â TV: Â â€œHip Â Hop Â Shopâ€? Â and Â â€œOn Â the Â Record.â€? Â A Â contributing Â editor Â at Â Rolling Â Stone, Â his Â articles Â appear Â regularly Â in Â publications Â rang-Â ing Â from Â the Â New Â York Â Times Â to Â the Â Village Â Voice Â to Â the Â New Â Yorker. TourĂŠ Â is Â also Â the Â author Â of Â a Â collection Â of Â essays Â called Â â€œNever Â Drank Â the Â Kool-Â Aid,â€? Â a Â collection Â of Â short Â stories Â called Â â€œThe Â Portable Â Promised Â Land,â€? Â and Â a Â novel Â titled Â â€œSoul Â City.â€? Â Furthermore, Â he Â serves Â on Â the Â Rock Â & Â Roll Â Hall Â of Â Fame Â Nominating Â Committee, Â and Â is Â a Â member Â of Â the Â Adjunct Â Faculty Â of Â the Â City Â University Â of Â New Â Yorkâ€™s Â Graduate Â School Â of Â Journalism. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A Â devoted Â father, Â TourĂŠ Â lives Â in Â Brooklyn Â with Â his Â wife, Â Rita, Â and Â their Â two Â children, Â Hendrix Â and Â Fairuz. Â Here, Â he Â talks Â about Â his Â new Â book, Â â€œWhoâ€™s Â Afraid Â of Â Post-Â Blackness?â€? Â KW: Â What Â inspired Â you Â to Â write Â the Â book? Â Let Â me Â guess, Â the Â incident Â in Â college Â where Â somebody Â embarrassed Â you Â by Â saying, Â â€œShut Â up, Â TourĂŠ! Â You Â ainâ€™t Â Black!â€? Â T: Â <HDKWKDWZDVGHÂżQLWHO\DQLQFLWLQJ incident. Â I Â had Â already Â been Â thinking Â very Â actively Â about Â what Â it Â means Â to Â be Â Black Â since Â I Â was Â very Â young. Â But Â that Â got Â me Â thinking Â about Â it Â with Â a Â different Â intensity Â on Â an Â extremely Â deep, Â personal Â level. Â So, Â that Â sort Â of Â got Â the Â ball Â rolling, Â but Â WKHPRUHVSHFLÂżFLQĂ€XHQFHZDVWKHVXFFHVVRI
Barack Â Obama Â which Â was Â an Â indication Â to Â me Â that Â something Â had Â changed Â in Â terms Â of Â race Â and Â what Â it Â meant Â to Â be Â Black Â in Â America. Â We Â are Â not Â post-Âracial, Â but Â some Â things Â have Â changed. Â For Â instance, Â I Â think Â the Â younger Â generation Â has Â a Â more Â progressive Â attitude, Â DQGWKDWGHÂżQLWHO\SOD\HGWR%DUDFNÂśVIDYRU Â KW: Â How Â can Â so Â many Â in Â the Â period Â you Â describe Â as Â post-Â Blackness Â give Â up Â being Â boxed Â in Â by Â race Â if Â they Â have Â neither Â the Â educa-Â tional Â nor Â economic Â opportunities Â to Â leave Â the Â ghetto Â locality? T: Â What Â Iâ€™m Â say-Â ing Â is Â that Â you Â have Â the Â ability Â to Â embody Â black-Â ness Â however Â you Â wish. Â I Â believe Â [itâ€™s] Â right Â that Â you Â see Â greater Â opportunity Â for Â education Â and Â advancement Â as Â you Â go Â up Â the Â class Â scale, Â but Â America Â is Â the Â land Â of Â rapid Â class Â ascension Â within Â a Â generation, Â within Â a Â decade, Â
even Â within Â a Â year. Â So, Â I Â donâ€™t Â think Â this Â only Â applies Â to Â middle-Âclass Â Black Â people. Â If Â you Â go Â into Â the Â â€˜hood, Â youâ€™ll Â encounter Â a Â huge Â variety Â in Â terms Â of Â blackness.â€? KW: Â Do Â you Â see Â any Â value Â in Â the Â government Â census Â trying Â to Â keep Â track Â of Â people Â by Â race Â â€“ Â Black, Â white, Â etcetera? Â If Â so, Â how Â can Â we Â truly Â become Â post-Â racial? T: Â I Â donâ€™t Â think Â the Â goal Â is Â to Â become Â post-Âracial. Â I Â donâ€™t Â want Â a Â world Â in Â which Â weâ€™re Â not Â think-Â ing Â about Â race. Â I Â want Â a Â world Â where Â people Â are Â proud Â to Â be Â who Â they Â are, Â and Â where Â everybody Â feels Â comfort-Â able Â imposing Â the Â beauty Â of Â their Â culture Â on Â America. Â The Â goal Â is Â that Â prejudice Â based Â around Â those Â differ-Â ences Â ends. Â Post-Âracialism Â is Â not Â the Â goal, Â because Â itâ€™s Â not Â
even Â possible. Â Â Â KW: Â What Â key Â quality Â do Â you Â believe Â all Â successful Â people Â share? Â Â T: Â The Â ability Â to Â take Â a Â â€œno,â€? Â because Â in Â order Â to Â become Â successful Â at Â anything, Â youâ€™re Â going Â to Â experience Â a Â lot Â of Â setbacks Â and Â a Â lot Â of Â doors Â closing. Â KW: Â What Â message Â do Â you Â want Â the Â public Â to Â take Â away Â from Â your Â book? T: Â Two Â things: Â First, Â I Â want Â the Â Black Â people Â made Â to Â feel Â like Â outsiders Â because Â they Â like Â opera Â or Â sushi Â or Â scuba Â diving Â to Â know Â that Â theyâ€™re Â not Â weird Â and Â that Â they Â are Â Black. Â You Â can Â do Â Black Â and Â be Â Black Â in Â any Â way Â you Â choose. Â And Â secondly, Â I Â want Â the Â self-Âappointed, Â volunteer Â identity Â cops Â to Â be Â frozen Â in Â their Â tracks, Â because Â theyâ€™re Â not Â really Â doing Â the Â race Â a Â service. Â Itâ€™ Â time Â for Â them Â to Â take Â off Â their Â badges Â and Â let Â people Â be Â %ODFNLQZKDWHYHUZD\WKH\VHHÂżW KW: Â What Â advice Â do Â you Â have Â for Â young Â people Â who Â are Â interested Â in Â entering Â WKHÂżHOGRIMRXUQDOLVP" T: Â Think Â about Â something Â else Â that Â might Â make Â you Â happy. Â Iâ€™m Â serious. Â I Â donâ€™t Â think Â the Â opportunities Â are Â there Â to Â make Â a Â comfortable Â living Â in Â journalism Â anymore. Â KW: Â What Â was Â the Â best Â business Â deci-Â sion Â you Â ever Â made? T: Â I Â bought Â some Â shares Â of Â Google Â and Â Apple Â a Â few Â years Â ago. Â Itâ€™s Â going Â good Â so Â far. KW: Â What Â advice Â do Â you Â have Â for Â any-Â one Â who Â wants Â to Â follow Â in Â your Â footsteps? T: Â Read Â a Â lot, Â write Â a Â lot, Â try Â to Â experi-Â ence Â a Â lot, Â and Â take Â a Â big Â bite Â from Â the Â buffet Â of Â life. Â
whatâ€™sup +Forbes names Tyler Perry richest man +Houston legend Archie Bell suing +R. Kelly opens up about next album in entertainment industry with $130 mil
record companies over royalties
â€˜Black Pantiesâ€™ and â€˜scaryâ€™ throat surgery
Tyler Perry, creator of the popular â€œMadeaâ€? franchise and TBS shows â€œHouse of Payneâ€? and â€œMeet the Browns,â€? recently topped Forbes Magazineâ€™s list of Entertainmentâ€™s Highest Paid Men. â€œThanks to five movies he has cranked out over the past two years and two TV series, Perry earned $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011, which ranks him as the highest-earning man in entertainment for that time period,â€? the magazine wrote. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer came in second on the list with $113 million. Perry is set to appear as detective Alex Cross in author James Pattersonâ€™s â€œI, Alex Crossâ€? film. Cross was originally portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the films â€œAlong Came a Spiderâ€? and â€œKiss the Girls.â€? Perry also has plans to launch his own television network tentatively titled Tyler TV.
Local music legend Archie Bell has filed suit against Philadelphia International Records and its sister company Gamble-Huâ‰ Productions for money he claims they owe him. The court filing alleges the companies breached their contract with Bell by not paying him royalties and other fees. He and his group, Archie Bell and the Drells, had a huge hit in the 1960s with the dance single, â€œTighten Up.â€? Members included Archieâ€™s brother Lee Bell, along with James Wise, Joe Cross, Billy Butler, Lucious Larkins and Willie Pernell. The group left Atlantic Records and recorded for TSOP, a subsidiary of Gamble and Huâ‰ â€™s Philadelphia International Records. Their first hit was â€œI Could Dance All Night,â€? followed by â€œThe Soul City Walkâ€? and â€œLetâ€™s Groove.â€? Archie Bell and the Drells last performed together in 1979.
After undergoing throat surgery in July, R. Kelly is getting back on track with his next album. Kelly stopped by WGCIâ€™s Morning Riot radio show in Chicago for a rare interview. â€œIt was really scary,â€? Kelly said of his surgery. â€œAt the end of the Love Letter Tour, towards the end, I started feeling it. I thought I had a cold, but, man, I had like a cyst as big as a golf ball on my tonsils. The doctorâ€™s though, they cut it out, they took care of me really good.â€? Kelly revealed his 11th album will be titled â€œBlack Panties,â€? and the title says it all. â€œI just did the whole Love Letter joint and everybody thinking, â€˜Oh thatâ€™s the direction heâ€™s goinâ€™ now,â€™ â€œ Kelly said. â€œNah, that was a moment in timeâ€Śâ€?
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By ASWAD WALKER Defender
as Â the Â global Â economic Â downturn Â negatively Â affected Â Houstonâ€™s Â minority Â businesses? Â Â If Â so, Â what Â can Â be Â done Â to Â breathe Â new Â life Â into Â these Â entrepre-Â neurial Â efforts? Â Â Richard Â Huebner, Â president Â of Â the Â Houston Â Minority Â Supplier Â Develop-Â ment Â Council, Â recently Â spoke Â to Â the Â Defender Â about Â the Â state Â of Â minority Â business Â in Â Houston. Richard Huebner He Â also Â discussed Â the Â recently Â held Â HMSDC Â Expo Â 2011 Â that Â sought Â to Â provide Â minority Â business Â owners Â with Â the Â information Â and Â contacts Â needed Â to Â take Â their Â businesses Â to Â the Â next Â level. Â Huebner Â said Â that Â despite Â the Â economy, Â not Â everyone Â is Â suffering, Â and Â minority Â businesses Â that Â are Â members Â of Â the Â HMSDC Â tend Â to Â be Â plugged Â into Â larger Â contracts. Â Â â€œIn Â 2011 Â some Â minority-Âowned Â small Â businesses Â are Â doing Â quite Â well, Â but Â it Â depends Â on Â the Â industry Â youâ€™re Â in,â€? Â Huebner Â said. Â â€œRetail Â is Â doing Â poorly Â because Â no Â oneâ€™s Â
spending Â money. Â The Â IT Â industry Â became Â overcrowded;Íž Â so Â some Â businesses Â are Â washing Â out. Â â€œStill, Â weâ€™re Â actually Â seeing Â some Â spending Â again, Â especially Â with Â suppli-Â ers Â to Â oil, Â gas Â and Â transportation. Â Â Private Â industry Â has Â rebounded Â a Â little Â bit, Â but Â government Â contracting Â fell Â off Â big-Âtime. Â Â Government Â agencies Â are Â really Â having Â a Â tough Â time. Â Â But Â this Â year Â private Â industry Â is Â spending Â a Â little Â more.â€? Huebner Â offered Â additional Â insight Â into Â minority Â entrepreneurship. Defender: Â What Â hurdles Â besides Â the Â general Â economic Â downturn Â provide Â the Â greatest Â challenges Â moving Â forward Â for Â minority Â Businesses? Huebner: Â Two Â things Â in Â particular: Â capacity Â and Â capital. Â Â We Â are Â living Â in Â a Â global Â marketplace;Íž Â itâ€™s Â no Â longer Â a Â local, Â community Â or Â even Â a Â national Â marketplace. Â Â Businesses Â have Â to Â meet Â the Â needs Â of Â contractors Â on Â a Â global Â scale. Â Â Many Â small, Â minority-Âowned Â businesses Â lack Â that Â capacity. Â Â Contractors Â want Â to Â know, Â â€œAre Â you Â large Â enough Â to Â perform Â on Â my Â contract?â€? Â Â Accessing Â capital Â is Â another Â challenge. Â Â Trying Â to Â get Â any Â capital Â to Â grow Â your Â business Â
in Â todayâ€™s Â market Â is Â almost Â impossible. Â Â And Â as Â lending Â criteria Â has Â increased Â it Â has Â impeded Â access Â to Â capital, Â particularly Â growth Â capital. Â Â 2QHDUHDRIFKDOOHQJHWKDWPD\EHKDUGHUWRGHÂżQH involves Â what Â industry Â weâ€™re Â in. Â Â The Â U.S. Â moved Â from Â an Â agrarian Â society Â to Â an Â industrial Â society Â to Â a Â knowledge-Â based Â one. Â Â Jobs Â and Â opportunities Â changed Â as Â well. Â Â We Â have Â to Â ask Â ourselves, Â â€œAre Â we Â in Â the Â right Â industry?â€? Â Â Part Â RIWKHWKLQJLVWRÂżQGWKHULJKWPDUNHWIRU\RXUSURGXFWVDQG the Â right Â industry Â for Â your Â talents. Â Â In Â IT, Â for Â example, Â though Â the Â competition Â is Â crowded Â over Â here Â you Â may Â have Â more Â of Â a Â market Â overseas. Â Â A Â very Â FRQJHVWHGÂżHOGRIFRPSHWLWRUVH[LVWVLQGRZQVWUHDPEXVL QHVV>VXFKDVUHÂżQLQJDQGVHOOLQJRLODQGRLOEDVHGSURG ucts]. Â Â Just Â the Â opposite Â exists Â in Â upstream Â business Â [pulling Â the Â oil Â out Â of Â the Â ground. Â Minority Â businesses Â should Â set Â their] Â sights Â on Â where Â the Â business Â is Â instead Â of Â competing Â LQRYHUFURZGHGÂżHOGV$OVRPDQ\RIRXUFRQWUDFWRUVDUH doing Â much Â better Â overseas. Â Â So, Â is Â our Â opportunity Â here Â or Â overseas? Â Major Â corporations Â would Â love Â to Â see Â more Â minority-Âowned Â drilling Â companies, Â or Â even Â one. Â Â But Â capi-Â WDOUHTXLUHPHQWVIRUVXFKDEXVLQHVVDUHVLJQLÂżFDQW Defender: Â What Â is Â minority Â supplier Â development Â and Â how Â does Â it Â relate Â to Â the Â overall Â success Â of Â minority Â businesses? Huebner: Â The Â majority Â of Â our Â minority Â suppliers Â are Â Continued on Page 9
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$!ĆŤ00!ĆŤ+"Ä‹Ä‹Ä‹Continued from page 7 African Â American Â (43%), Â compared Â to Â Latinos Â (38%), Â Asians Â (17%), Â and Â Native Â Americans Â (2%). Â Â That Â means Â African Â American Â businesses Â should Â be Â winning Â about Â 43% Â of Â the Â supplier Â contractsâ€”and Â they Â are. Â Â That Â tells Â me Â what Â weâ€™re Â doing Â is Â working. Â Â However, Â even Â though Â Black Â businesses Â are Â winning Â 43% Â of Â the Â contracts Â theyâ€™re Â only Â obtaining Â 27% Â of Â the Â dollar Â volume Â compared Â to Â Native Â American Â businesses Â getting Â 20%. Â Â Does Â that Â mean Â contractors Â prefer Â Native Â American Â companies Â over Â Black Â companies? Â Â No. Â Â It Â means Â [some] Â Black Â companies Â are Â in Â the Â wrong Â industries. Â Native Â Ameri-Â cans Â are Â in Â the Â right Â industries, Â such Â as Â oil Â country Â tubular Â bids, Â that Â generate Â large Â amounts Â of Â capital, Â and Â also Â require Â access Â to Â big Â capital Â to Â get Â in. Â Â Generally, Â African Â Americans, Â because Â of Â the Â historic Â lack Â of Â capital, Â tend Â to Â be Â in Â industries Â that Â donâ€™t Â require Â a Â lot Â RIFDSLWDOÂ˛VWDIÂżQJFRQVXOWLQJWUDLQLQJ,77KRVHLQGXVWULHV are Â really Â down Â right Â now. Â Â [HMSDC Â has] Â done Â a Â good Â job Â of Â growing Â companies Â to Â qualify Â for Â contracts. Â Â Now Â we Â need Â to Â help Â them Â with Â getting Â in Â the Â right Â industries, Â gaining Â capital, Â turning Â the Â dollar Â over Â many Â more Â times Â in Â our Â community, Â forming Â strategic Â alliances, Â and Â developing Â strategies Â for Â growing Â wealth. Defender: Â Why Â do Â you Â think Â supplier Â diversity Â is Â often Â overlooked Â during Â discussions Â on Â equality Â and Â diversity? Huebner: Â Most Â people Â think Â employment Â when Â talking Â about Â diversity, Â not Â realizing Â minority Â businesses Â create Â way Â PRUHMREVIRUPLQRULWLHVWKDQODUJHUÂżUPVVHHNLQJGLYHUVLW\LQ their Â hiring. Â Â Supplier Â diversity Â helps Â small Â businesses Â grow Â and Â succeed. Â Â Small Â businesses Â create Â way Â more Â jobs. Â Â We Â
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really Â need Â to Â be Â committed Â to Â growing Â small Â businesses Â if Â we Â are Â really Â committed Â to Â creating Â more Â jobs. Â Â Or Â are Â we Â doing Â this Â because Â we Â have Â to? Â Â If Â weâ€™re Â serious Â about Â creating Â jobs, Â a Â committed Â dia-Â logue Â around Â minority Â business Â development Â will Â become Â a Â priority Â beyond Â EEOC Â requirements. Â Â The Â question Â is Â â€œAre Â we Â about Â employment Â or Â compliance?â€? Â Â Minority Â business Â devel-Â opment Â is Â as Â important Â today Â as Â itâ€™s Â ever Â been. Â Â For Â example, Â
Exxon Â Mobil Â increased Â spending Â with Â HMSDC Â businesses Â by Â 33%, Â while Â other Â companies Â reduced Â their Â spending. Â Â That Â says Â Exxon Â Mobil Â made Â a Â concerted Â effort Â to Â ÂżQGFRPSDQLHVZKRFRXOGEULQJWKHPEHWWHUYDOXHLQWKHVH tight Â economic Â times, Â and Â they Â found Â them Â in Â the Â minor-Â ity Â community. Â Â Thatâ€™s Â a Â huge Â victory. Â Â So Â to Â the Â ques-Â tion, Â â€œCan Â minority Â companies Â perform Â [with Â these Â major Â contracts]?â€?Absolutely. Â Â Defender: Â What Â was Â the Â HMSDC Â Expo Â 2011 Â and Â why Â should Â owners Â and Â supporters Â of Â minority Â businesses Â look Â to Â attend Â next Â year? Huebner: Â It Â was Â a Â combination Â of Â incredible Â events Â and Â opportunities Â including Â 20/20 Â Insight Â Forums. Â Â We Â broke Â down Â the Â Houston Â economy Â into Â seven Â sectors Â and Â brought Â in Â top Â business Â leaders Â from Â each Â sector Â to Â tell Â us Â whatâ€™s Â happening Â next Â in Â their Â sector, Â what Â opportunities Â do Â they Â see Â coming, Â and Â how Â do Â we Â best Â approach Â them. Â Â The Â luncheon Â was Â a Â huge Â networking Â opportunity Â to Â meet Â with Â corporations, Â contractors, Â government Â agencies, Â and Â other Â businesses. The Â Early Â Bird Â Breakfast Â allowed Â small Â business Â own-Â ers Â to Â get Â their Â game Â plan Â and Â strategy Â together Â for Â the Â Trade Â Fair Â & Â Marketplace. Â Â At Â that Â event, Â corporations Â rotated Â in Â over Â 1,200 Â decision-Âmakers Â through Â 200 Â booths, Â with Â the Â 900 Â minority Â business Â owners Â present Â asking Â questions, Â gain-Â LQJLQVLJKWDQGÂżJXULQJRXWZKHUHWKH\ÂżWLQ So Â often Â we Â donâ€™t Â have Â the Â opportunity Â to Â ask Â the Â ques-Â tions. Â Â At Â the Â EXPO Â attendees Â had Â the Â opportunity Â to Â ask Â the Â questions Â and Â explore Â the Â opportunities, Â so Â they Â can Â hit Â the Â nail Â on Â the Â head Â when Â writing Â up Â business Â proposals.
Blacks wield considerable consumer power Defender News Services
A Â report Â released Â by Â Nielsen Â and Â the Â National Â Newspaper Â Publishers Â Association Â reveals Â that Â African Â Americansâ€™ Â buying Â power Â is Â expected Â to Â reach Â $1.1 Â trillion Â by Â 2015. Â This Â growing Â economic Â potential Â presents Â an Â opportunity Â for Â Fortune Â 500 Â companies Â to Â examine Â and Â further Â understand Â WKLVLPSRUWDQWĂ€RXULVKLQJPDUNHWVHJPHQW Likewise, Â when Â consumers Â are Â more Â aware Â of Â their Â buy-Â ing Â power Â it Â can Â help Â them Â make Â informed Â decisions Â about Â the Â companies Â they Â want Â to Â support. Â So Â says Â â€œThe Â State Â of Â the Â African-ÂAmerican Â Consumer Â Report.â€? Â â€œToo Â often, Â companies Â donâ€™t Â realize Â the Â inherent Â differenc-Â es Â of Â our Â community, Â are Â not Â aware Â of Â the Â market Â size Â impact Â and Â have Â not Â optimized Â efforts Â to Â develop Â messages Â beyond Â those Â that Â coincide Â with Â Black Â History Â Month,â€? Â said Â Cloves Â Campbell, Â NNPA Â chairman. Â â€œIt Â is Â our Â hope Â that Â by Â collaborating Â with Â Nielsen, Â weâ€™ll Â be Â able Â to Â tell Â the Â African-ÂAmerican Â consumer Â story Â in Â a Â manner Â in Â which Â businesses Â will Â understand. Â And Â that Â this Â understand-Â ing Â will Â propel Â those Â in Â the Â C-ÂSuite Â to Â develop Â stronger, Â more Â inclusive Â strategies Â that Â optimize Â their Â market Â growth Â in Â Black Â communities, Â which Â would Â be Â a Â win-Âwin Â for Â all Â of Â us.â€? Â
7KHUHSRUWWKHÂżUVWRIWKUHHDQQXDOLQVWDOOPHQWVLQD three-Âyear Â alliance Â between Â Nielsen Â and Â NNPA, Â showcases Â the Â buying Â and Â media Â habits Â and Â consumer Â trends Â of Â African Â Americans. Â The Â 41st Â Annual Â Legislative Â Congressional Â Black Â Caucus Â Foundation Â Conference Â recent Â activities Â set Â the Â backdrop Â for Â the Â announcement. Â Flanked Â by Â civic, Â business Â and Â legislative Â leaders, Â Nielsen Â
and Â NNPA Â executives Â spoke Â about Â the Â relevance Â and Â impor-Â tance Â of Â the Â information Â shared Â in Â the Â report Â and Â the Â fact Â that Â it Â will Â be Â distributed Â in Â NNPAâ€™s Â 200-Âplus Â publications, Â reaching Â millions Â of Â readers. Â â€œWe Â see Â this Â alliance Â with Â NNPA Â as Â an Â opportunity Â to Â share Â valuable Â insights, Â unique Â consumer Â behavior Â patterns Â and Â purchasing Â trends Â with Â millions Â of Â readers,â€? Â said Â Susan Â Whit-Â Continued on Page 11
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Consumer power..Continued from page 9 ing, Â vice Â chair, Â Nielsen. Â Â â€œBy Â sharing, Â for Â example, Â that Â African Â Americans Â over-Â index Â in Â several Â key Â areas, Â including Â television Â viewing Â and Â mobile Â phone Â usage, Â weâ€™ve Â provided Â a Â better Â picture Â of Â where Â the Â African-ÂAmerican Â community Â can Â leverage Â that Â buying Â power Â to Â help Â their Â communities. Â Likewise Â the Â information Â literally Â points Â businesses Â in Â the Â right Â direction Â for Â growing Â market Â share Â and Â developing Â long Â range Â strategies Â for Â reaching Â this Â important Â demographic Â group.â€? Â Consumer Â trends Â included Â in Â the Â report Â include Â eye-Âopening Â facts Â such Â as: Â Â‡:LWKDEX\LQJSRZHURIQHDUO\WULOOLRQDQQXDOO\LI$IULFDQ Americans Â were Â a Â country, Â theyâ€™d Â be Â the Â 16th Â largest Â country Â in Â the Â world. Â‡7KHUHZHUHPLOOLRQDFWLYH$IULFDQ$PHULFDQ,QWHUQHWXVHUV in Â July Â 2011 Â â€“ Â 76% Â of Â whom Â visited Â a Â social Â networking/blog Â site. Â‡RIDOO$IULFDQ$PHULFDQVRZQDVPDUWSKRQH Â‡$IULFDQ$PHULFDQVXVHPRUHWKDQGRXEOHWKHDPRXQWRIPRELOH phone Â voice Â minutes Â compared Â to Â whites Â â€“ Â 1,298 Â minutes Â a Â month Â vs. Â 606. Â‡$IULFDQ$PHULFDQVPDNHPRUHVKRSSLQJWULSVWKDQDOORWKHU groups, Â but Â spend Â less Â money Â per Â trip. Â Â‡7KHQXPEHURI$IULFDQ$PHULFDQKRXVHKROGVHDUQLQJ or Â higher Â grew Â by Â almost Â 64%, Â a Â rate Â close Â to Â 12% Â greater Â than Â the Â change Â in Â the Â overall Â populationâ€™s Â earning Â between Â 2000 Â DQG7KLVFRQWLQXHGJURZWKLQDIĂ€XHQFHVRFLDOLQĂ€XHQFH and Â household Â income Â will Â continue Â to Â impact Â the Â communityâ€™s Â economic Â power.
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Merger praised for helping close digital divide
JURZLQJOHJLRQRIHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVVD\WKH EHQHÂżWVRIH[SDQGHGQH[WJHQHUDWLRQ* wireless Â service Â from Â the Â proposed Â merger Â of Â AT&T Â with Â T-ÂMobile Â are Â too Â good Â to Â pass Â up. Â Â )HGHUDODQGVWDWHRIÂżFHKROGHUVRIERWKSDUWLHV including Â 26 Â state Â governors Â and Â scores Â of Â federal Â legislators, Â say Â the Â transaction Â would Â boost Â the Â economy Â and Â create Â jobs. Â Â The Â merger Â also Â has Â won Â the Â backing Â of Â most Â of Â the Â nationâ€™s Â leading Â civil Â rights Â organizations, Â as Â well Â as Â advocates Â for Â rural Â organizations, Â educational Â groups Â and Â business Â organizations. Â Â The Â merger Â â€œstands Â to Â bring Â much Â needed Â relief Â to Â the Â African-ÂAmerican Â community Â by Â helping Â close Â the Â digital Â divide Â and Â increasing Â access Â to Â vital Â services Â in Â urban Â and Â rural Â communities,â€? Â NAACP Â senior Â vice Â president Â Hilary Â Shelton Â told Â the Â FCC Â in Â a Â recent Â letter. By Â making Â the Â new Â service Â available Â to Â over Â 97 Â percent Â of Â the Â U.S. Â population, Â the Â merger Â would Â also Â bring Â the Â country Â to Â the Â edge Â of Â President Â Obamaâ€™s Â goal Â of Â nearly Â universal Â high-Âspeed Â wireless Â broadband.
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Student loan default rates increase At Â public Â institutions, Â the Â default Â rate Â increased Â from Â 6 Â percent Â to Â 7.2 Â percent, Â and Â from Â Figures Â recently Â 4 Â percent Â to Â 4.6 Â percent Â among Â released Â by Â the Â De-Â VWXGHQWVDWSULYDWHQRWIRUSURÂżW partment Â of Â Education Â colleges. reveal Â that Â the Â Students Â borrowers Â number Â of Â bor-Â â€œWe need to ensure are Â being Â hit Â by Â two Â rowers Â default-Â that all students sides Â â€“ Â cash-Âstrapped Â ing Â on Â federal Â are able to access institutions Â raising Â student Â loans Â has Â and enroll in quality tuition Â and Â high Â un-Â jumped Â sharply. employment Â making Â it Â 7KHÂżJXUHV programs that harder Â for Â graduates Â to Â are Â the Â latest Â prepare them for ÂżQGMREV indication Â that Â well-paying jobs â€œThese Â hard Â rising Â college Â so they can enter economic Â times Â have Â tuition Â costs, Â the workforce and made Â it Â even Â more Â low Â graduation Â compete in our GLIÂżFXOWIRUVWXGHQW rates Â and Â poor Â global marketplace.â€? borrowers Â to Â repay Â job Â prospects Â are Â U.S. Secretary of their Â loans, Â and Â thatâ€™s Â causing Â more Â Education Arne Duncan. why Â implementing Â students Â to Â be-Â education Â reforms Â and Â protecting Â the Â come Â overwhelmed Â by Â debt. maximum Â Pell Â grant Â is Â more Â impor-Â The Â national Â two-Âyear Â cohort Â tant Â than Â ever,â€? Â said Â U.S. Â Secretary Â default Â rate Â rose Â to Â 8.8 Â percent Â last Â of Â Education Â Arne Â Duncan. \HDUIURPSHUFHQWLQÂżVFDO â€œWe Â need Â to Â ensure Â that Â all Â stu-Â Driving Â the Â overall Â increase Â was Â dents Â are Â able Â to Â access Â and Â enroll Â in Â the Â number Â of Â students Â who Â borrow Â quality Â programs Â that Â prepare Â them Â from Â the Â government Â to Â attend Â for-Â for Â well-Âpaying Â jobs Â so Â they Â can Â SURÂżWFROOHJHV enter Â the Â workforce Â and Â compete Â in Â
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, TX (METRO) Public Hearing for FY2012 Operating & Capital Budgets The Public Hearing for METROâ€™s FY2012 Operating & Capital Budgets will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 9:00 am in the METRO Board Room on the 2nd Floor at 1900 Main Street in Houston, TX. METROâ€™s FY2012 Operating & Capital Budgets will be available for public review beginning September 15, 2011 at METRO headquarters at 1900 Main Street on the 14th Floor by contacting Rosa Diaz at 713-739-4918. Also, you are urged to visit METROâ€™s website www.ridemetro.org to view the document and make comments.
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22 | 2011 DEFENDER
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Debilitating poverty %/ƫ+..+/%2! By JULIANNE MALVEAUX NNPA Columnist he fall of the Roman Em- pire is best captured in the SKUDVHWKDW³1HUR¿GGOHG while Rome burned.” Set on pursuing his own plea- sures and indulgences, Nero could not see the walls crumbling around him. Similarly, our leaders seem oblivious to the walls crashing in on us, bicker- ing about the way that relief on our employment situation should be struc- tured, while poverty rates are soaring. The data that came out last Tuesday included no surprises, but in some ways, it was a stunning indict- ment of the economic gridlock that has plagued us for the past year. While Congress has been yammering on about debt ceilings, more and more Americans are without work;; more and more have experienced poverty. The poverty rate rose from 14.3 percent to 15.1 percent between 2009 and 2010. That means that the number of poor Americans grew by 2.6 mil-
lion people, from 43.6 million to 46.2 million. For the past three years the poverty rate has continued to rise, and income has continue to decline. In the past year, the average income has dropped by 2.3 percent to $49,445. Of course, the African-American level of income saw a steeper decline, from $33,122 to $32,068, or by 3.2 percent. While median Black income dropped by more than a thousand dollars a year, white income, from a higher perch, saw a lesser decline of about $900, or from $52,717 to $51,846, about 1.7 percent. With much less, African Americans are hit much harder. Thus, while the overall poverty rate is 15.1 percent, it is 27.4 percent for African Americans, 26.6 percent for Hispanics, and 9.9 percent for whites. More than 40 percent of African-American children live in poverty. There are further indications of increased poverty and dire news for years to come.
There are 2 million more “doubled up” households, meaning that more than one family is living in the same home. Yes, we used to do this “back in the day,” but today entire families are moving in together because of economic exigencies. Nearly a third of those families headed by women are in poverty, and women are still earning 77 percent of what men earn. Those who are poor are victims of a corroded economy. While many would like to blame the 46.2 million Americans who are experiencing poverty, the real culprit is our nation’s economic failure. This does not mean that we should give up. It means that we should organize and galvanize ourselves to take our economy back. Dozens of congressional representa- tives have ignored the poverty data, but they wouldn’t be able to ignore it if we grabbed their attention. More than 40 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. planned a Poor People’s Campaign. Who will plan it now?
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DEFENDER | WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22 | 2011
A noted pitch man, Sanders will sell the concept of quality education to inner city youth
turns his attention to education By MAX EDISON Defender
To say that Deion Sanders was a great athlete is an understatement. An outstanding Major League baseball player, he once played in an NFL game and baseball playoff game on the same day. As an NFL cornerback/wide receiver/ return specialist he was one of the greatest cover corners of all time and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sanders’ appeal off the field has been equally as impressive. As a sports analyst with the NFL Network he is insightful, witty and of course very well dressed.
Hall of Famer Deion Sanders will open Prime U Prep Academy in 2012. Photo Credit NFL.com
As a pitch man for Direct TV he is comical, yet amusingly on point for his product, the NFL Sunday Ticket. Now the multi-talented Sanders has decided to enter into an arena where the stakes are decidedly higher, education. Sanders was recently granted a charter to open a charter school in the Metroplex area by the Texas Board of Education. Sanders plans to open two schools in 2012 for kindergarten-12 students. Both will be located in traditionally underserved areas. One of the schools will be located in Fort Worth at Charity Church and the other located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. The schools will serve between 650-1000 students each. Sanders, who has been active in area youth league
sports, said his interest in education began to take shape while watching over 1200 kids try out for youth football. “I sat up in the top of the bleachers and said, ‘This would be wonderful if we would educate these kids,” the Hall of Famer recalled. “We could marry the two. Why can’t we do such a thing?” The good news from the board of education was music to “Prime Time’s” ears, as evidence by his joyful tweet. “GOD IS GOOD! WE GOT IT WE GOT IT WE GOT IT! IM IN TEARS LORD I THANK U LORD I THANK U! PRIMEU PREP ACADEMY WILL OPEN IN 2012 K-12 FREE FREE” In the midst of his jubilation Sanders never lost site of his main focus, the education of underserved youth. “[The notification] was pretty much one of the best moments of my life because it’s not about you,” Sanders said. “It’s about the countless number of kids that will be blessed from this school.” Of course the move was not without its detractors. There were some who thought Sanders’ celebrity status unfairly influenced the education board’s decision. Board member Mavis Knight (D-Dallas) reconciled her vote thusly. “I had to wrestle with myself to keep from penalizing opportunities for students because of the
celebrity involved. There are probably more resources coming to the students because of it.” Long-time Dallas resident and former Cowboy and NFL executive John Wooten admires the Sanders group’s involvement in education. “I have a great deal of admiration for Deion and what he’s attempting to do in the field of education,” Wooten said. “Deion lives on the far north side of town, yet he is one of the few guys that regularly travels south of the Trinity River [inner city] to spend time and resources with those kids. “My grandchildren also attend a charter school that Deion’s group has an affiliation with and I’ve been very impressed with the quality of their education.” The schools will be called, appropriately enough, Prime U Prep Academy. In typical “Prime Time” persona, Sanders will seek to provide nothing but a first-class environment for students to matriculate. “We plan on marrying the best of teachers academically, some of the best students academically, some of the best athletes together – the best attitudes, the best passion and desire all intertwined to educate these guys to raise company CEOs, and not employees,” Sanders said. Somehow, based on his past list of accomplishments, you just get the feeling Sanders and his future students will be very successful.
DEFENDER | WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22 | 2011
sportsbriefs Top-ranked College Park girls spank Kingwood
is the start of games that count By DARRELL K. ARDISON Defender The Â dress Â rehearsal Â is Â over Â and Â the Â formalities Â have Â been Â concluded. Houston Â area Â high Â school Â football Â teams Â have Â been Â pointing Â to Â this Â moment Â since Â two-Âa-Âday Â practices Â in Â the Â searing Â August Â heat. Â Now Â the Â season Â gets Â more Â interesting Â as Â most Â area Â teams Â begin Â district Â play Â with Â a Â goal Â of Â qualifying Â for Â the Â postseason. Six Â of Â the Â toughest Â district Â races Â include Â 13-Â5A, Â 24-Â4A, Â 22-Â 4A, Â 20-Â5A, Â 21-Â5A Â and Â 19-Â5A. Hereâ€™s Â a Â look Â at Â some Â intriguing Â match-Âups Â this Â week Â that Â could Â help Â determine Â who Â secures Â a Â playoff Â berth Â come Â November. KLEIN Â COLLINS Â vs. Â KLEIN Â OAK, Â Sept. Â 23, Â Klein Â Memorial Â Stadium, Â 7 Â p.m. These Â two Â District Â 13-Â5A Â powerhouses Â were Â preseason Â SLFNVWRÂżQLVKLQOHDJXHSOD\ Both Â schools Â are Â coming Â off Â a Â bye Â week. Klein Â Collins, Â the Â Houston Â areaâ€™s Â top-Âranked Â Class Â 5A Â school, Â improved Â to Â 3-Â0 Â a Â week Â earlier Â with Â a Â dominating Â 49-Â23 Â victory Â over Â Willowridge. Â Five Â different Â Tigers Â scored Â touchdowns Â in Â the Â fracas, Â including Â two Â short Â TD Â runs Â from Â Shane Â Rhodes. Â Rhett Â 3HWWHUVRQNLFNHGÂżHOGJRDOVIURP 26 Â and Â 38 Â yards Â out. Quarterback Â Tyler Â Stehlig Â completed Â 17-Âof-Â25 Â passes Â for Â 202 Â yards Â and Â a Â touchdown. Klein Â Oak Â had Â the Â misfortune Â of Â running Â up Â against Â North Â Shore, Â which Â was Â still Â smarting Â from Â an Â opening-Â game Â beatdown Â by Â Katy. Â The Â Mustangs Â utilized Â their Â quick-Âscoring Â ability Â to Â sting Â the Â Klein Â Oak Â defense Â for Â three Â long Â scoring Â plays. Â Larry Â McDuffey Â caught Â TD Â passes Â of Â 78 Â and Â 30 Â yards Â from Â quarterback Â Micah Â Thomas. Â Davonte Â Milton Â added Â a Â 67-Âyard Â TD Â run. The Â Klein Â Oak Â defense Â PXVWVRPHKRZÂżQGDZD\WR FRQWDLQWKHRIIHQVLYHÂżUHSRZHU
of Â Klein Â Collins Â to Â have Â a Â chance Â to Â win Â this Â game. Â LA Â MARQUE Â vs. Â MANVEL, Â Sept. Â 23, Â Alvin Â Memorial Â Stadium, Â 7 Â p.m. Manvel Â tuned Â up Â for Â this Â weekâ€™s Â showdown Â by Â pounding Â Sharpstown Â 42-Â0. Â The Â Cowboysâ€™ Â two-Âheaded Â tandem Â at Â quarterback Â of Â Julian Â Walker Â and Â Shane Â McCarley Â were Â both Â HIÂżFLHQWDV0DQYHOLPSURYHGWR 4-Â0 Â on Â the Â season. Walker Â completed Â 10-Âof-Â 12 Â passes Â for Â 216 Â yards Â and Â a Â touchdown. Â McCarley Â was Â 5-Âof-Â 8 Â for Â 132 Â yards Â and Â two Â TDs. La Â Marque Â running Â back Â Tim Â Wright Â rushed Â for Â 161 Â yards Â and Â three Â touchdowns Â in Â the Â Cougarsâ€™ Â 68-Â3 Â win Â over Â Brazosport Â at Â Hopper Â Stadium. Â Wright Â averaged Â over Â 16 Â yards Â per Â carry Â for Â La Â Marque. Manvel, Â La Â Marque, Â Dawson, Â Friendswood, Â Santa Â Fe Â and Â Texas Â City Â are Â all Â capable Â of Â winning Â games Â in Â this Â district. Â La Â Marque Â and Â Friendswood Â each Â won Â regional Â titles Â last Â season. 7KLVÂżJXUHVWREHD high-Âscoring Â affair Â with Â the Â team Â owning Â the Â football Â last Â in Â position Â to Â secure Â a Â victory. LAMAR Â vs. Â CHAVEZ, Â Sept. Â 22, Â Barnett Â Stadium, Â 7 Â p.m. Chavez Â is Â 2-Â1 Â on Â the Â season Â with Â victories Â over Â Clear Â Lake Â and Â MacArthur. Â Lamar Â opened Â with Â a Â win Â over Â Clear Â Brook Â and Â followed Â that Â with Â close Â losses Â to Â Elkins Â and Â Brenham. Every Â victory Â in Â this Â district Â puts Â you Â a Â step Â closer Â to Â the Â playoffs. Â Bellaire, Â Westside, Â Westbury Â and Â Lamar Â will Â be Â ÂżJKWLQJLWRXWIRUWKHWRSVSRW in Â the Â district Â standings Â with Â Chavez Â and Â Madison Â in Â hot Â pursuit. Demun Â Mercer Â can Â make Â plays Â with Â his Â arm Â or Â his Â feet Â for Â the Â Lobos Â at Â quarterback. Â He Â threw Â for Â 20 Â touchdowns Â last Â season Â and Â ran Â for Â 12 Â more Â scores. Lamar Â is Â led Â by Â defensive Â HQG&KLPD8]RZLKHDÂżUVWWHDP all-Âdistrict Â selection Â last Â year. The Â Redskins Â must Â be Â able Â
to Â match Â the Â Chavez Â scoring Â power. SEVEN Â LAKES Â vs. Â KATY, Â Sept. Â 23, Â Rhodes Â Stadium, Â 7 Â p.m. Katy Â proved Â it Â could Â still Â dominate Â a Â good Â opponent Â last Â week Â without Â standout Â running Â back Â Adam Â Taylor, Â who Â will Â miss Â the Â remainder Â of Â the Â 2011 Â season Â with Â a Â torn Â ACL Â in Â his Â left Â knee. The Â tandem Â of Â senior Â Cody Â Gomez Â and Â freshman Â Rodney Â Anderson Â replaced Â Taylor Â and Â shredded Â the Â Beaumont Â West Â Brook Â in Â a Â 42-Â7 Â rout Â at Â Rhodes Â Stadium. Seven Â Lakes Â has Â playmakers Â in Â quarterback Â Kaleb Â Morton Â and Â running Â back Â Denzel Â Guillard. The Â Spartans Â will Â need Â
WRSOD\DQHDUĂ€DZOHVVJDPH to Â win. WORTHING Â vs. Â JONES, Â Sept. Â 24, Â Barnett Â Stadium, Â 6 Â p.m. The Â winner Â of Â this Â annual Â grudge Â match Â will Â likely Â secure Â a Â playoff Â berth Â in Â District Â 22-Â4A. Wheatley, Â Kashmere Â and Â Booker Â T. Â Washington Â appear Â to Â be Â virtual Â locks Â for Â the Â postseason, Â which Â adds Â to Â the Â importance Â of Â this Â game. DEER Â PARK Â vs. Â LA Â PORTE, Â Sept. Â 23, Â Bulldog Â Stadium, Â 7 Â p.m. Although Â these Â two Â schools Â are Â no Â longer Â in Â the Â same Â district, Â these Â two Â neighboring Â communities Â look Â forward Â to Â owning Â bragging Â rights Â after Â winning Â this Â contest.
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College Park is the Houston areaâ€™s top-rated girlsâ€™ high school volleyball team. Trailing 18-14 in the first set against area-rankedKingwood, Michelle Griffith helped reverse the momentum by delivering 10 consecutive serving points for the Cavaliers. Griffith had four aces in that run and ended the match with seven. Kingwood was never able to recover as Kingwood prevailed 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-13). Katie Mitchell and Taylor Erwin were also instrumental in the College Park victory. Each finished with nine kills apiece, as the Cavaliers had 37 kills to just 15 for the Mustangs.
Fort Bend Bush makes history by beating Kempner Bush had never beaten Kempner in football. Trailing by a point in the fourth quarter, Bush called on its field-goal kicker to rally for a victory. Alex Gomez booted field goals of 22 and 38 yards in the final stanza to improve Bush to 3-1 on the season. Despite being limited to 154 yards total offense in the contest, Bush recorded its first win over Kempner in football. After missing the Chavez game due to injury, Bush running back Jalynn McCain returned to action and rushed for a game-high 103 yards on 22 carries and scored on a nine-yard run in the second quarter.
Elkins suddenly on a roll with three straight wins After opening the season with a heartbreaking one-point loss to Dayton, Fort Bend Elkins has rebounded with three consecutive victories. Following wins over Lamar and Clear Brook, the Knights opened their District 23-5A ledger with a 28-17 victory over rival Dulles. The game was tied 14-14 at intermission and the teams played a scoreless third quarter. However, Elkins quarterback Jake Burkhalter tossed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to seal the win. Burkhalter finished with four TD passes in the contest on 19-of-32 passing for 247 yards and no interceptions. Elkins faces Clements this week.
Jason Bourgeois selected by Astros for Clemente The Houston Astros have selected Jason Bourgeois as the team nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. The award goes to the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Bourgeois, a Houston native, is honored to be the teamâ€™s nominee. â€œGrowing up, baseball was big part of my youth. I loved playing the game and much of what I learned about myself and life is because my family and other adults took time to teach me and make me a better player and a better person,â€? he said. â€œI am grateful to be in a position, right here in my hometown, to do for kids today what others did for me. Clemente was a tremendous player and his commitment to helping others is a great example of giving back. I am honored to be the Astros nominee for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award.â€?
DEFENDER | WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22 | 2011
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Dr. John Rudley and Algenita Scott Davis
Byronne Hearn and Cheryl Creuzot
Breylon Reed, Reagan Dennis and Janiya Alexander with Joe Carmouche
Front Row, Sharisse Beavers, Edgar Lopez and Josiah Martinez...Back Row, Fayette Allen, Dehner Franks, Jr. and Kenneth Onigbinde
developing Â and Â nurturing Â the Â musical Â talents Â of Â youth Â ages Â nine-Â16 Â and Â emphasizes Â the Â relationships Â between Â the Â study Â of Â music Â and Â academic Â achievement Â while Â bringing Â the Â MR\RIPXVLFWRWKHZRUOG7KHIXQÂżOOHGHYHQLQJIHDWXUHG jazz, Â classical, Â spirituals, Â disco Â and Â reggae Â music Â performed Â by Â the Â children, Â Farhan Â Ahmed, Â Janella Â Alfred, Â Dehner Â Franks, Â Edgar Â Lopez, Â Sharisse Â Beavers, Â Mahdi Â Bey, Â Kenneth Â Onigbinde, Â Josiah Â Wade Â and Â Lily Â Ubani-Â Ukoma, Â and Â accompanied Â by Â pianist Â Dehner Â Franks Â Sr., Â bass Â player Â Eric Â Elder Â and Â drummer Â Kyle Â Turner Â Jr. Â Â Special Â guest Â performers Â included Â Kyle Â Turner Â Sr., Â Joe Â Carmouche Â and Â Mickey Â Moseley. Â Â Sheldon Â Nunn, Â KTSU Â music Â director, Â served Â as Â master Â of Â ceremonies Â and Â the Â event Â was Â sponsored Â by Â the Â Houston Â League Â of Â Business Â and Â Professional Â Women, Â Inc. Â Â Continued Â success!.........From Â Chagâ€™s Â Place Â to Â your Â place, Â have Â a Â blessed Â week!
Dr. Thomas Freeman, The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, Dr. John Rudley, Luci Baines Johnson and Myrlie Evers-Williams
Wayne McConnell and Designer Judy McConnell
Lily Ubani-Ukoma, Janella Alfred, Mahdi Bey and Farhan Ahmed with Fayette Allen