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Jesse Jackson

Assault On Right to Vote Comes From Home-grown Reactionaries

Jordan Peele

Making History at the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay

The Life and Legacy of Larry V. Green Words By Jo-Carolyn Goode, and Photography by Vicky Pink

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COMMENTARY Assault On Right to Vote Comes From Home-grown Reactionaries


By Jesse Jackson, National Writer

his past weekend, we once again gathered in Selma, Ala., to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the March 7, 1965, march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was savagely put down by police. That march - and the march from Selma to Montgomery that followed under federal protection - helped galvanize public support for the Voting Rights Act that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law that year. Now the right to vote is under systematic assault once more. In Shelby County v. Holder, five activist right-wing Supreme Court judges in 2013 ignored precedent and the will of the overwhelming majority of Congress to gut vital enforcement mechanisms in the Voting Rights Act. Shelby rolled back some of what was won in Selma. Immediately, right-wing legislators in states across the country rolled out legislation setting up new barriers to voting. Before Selma, segregationists used a poll tax, literacy tests and often violent intimidation to keep African-Americans from registering to vote. After Shelby, states used new tricks and traps: gerrymandered districts, photo ID requirements, purges of the voting rolls, reduced time for early voting, limiting the number of polling places, particularly in Af-

rican-American neighborhoods, and more. In 2010, those same activist right-wing judges had also overturned decades of precedent in Citizens United v. FEC, opening the gates for corporate money - often contributed in secret - to flood our politics. Much of that goes to negative ads designed to drive down the vote and drive up cynicism. In the South before Selma - despite the 15th Amendment that prohibited states from infringing on the right to vote on account of “race, color or previous condition of servitude” -- the campaign to lock African-Americans out of the polling booth worked. It took the civil rights movement, marches and sit-ins, peaceful demonstrators suffering beatings, arrest and murders and many years to pass the Voting Rights Act and then to get it enforced. The foes of voting rights never gave up. They never stopped trying to turn back the clock. Now, their unrelenting campaign against voting rights is bearing fruit. In response, we need a new movement to protect and extend the right to vote. Strategic litigation is needed to counter the right’s legal maneuvers. Legislators should replace the new restrictions on voting with legislation

that makes voting easier, not harder: Automatic and same day voter registration, extended periods for early voting, longer hours for polling booths to stay open for working people, an end to political gerrymandering, an end to felony disenfranchisement, curbs on big money in politics and more. We once more need reform to revive our democracy. That won’t happen without a modern day people’s movement as courageous and as relentless as that in Selma a little over half a century ago. Much attention has been paid to the Russian interference in our 2016 presidential election. Surely it is bizarre that President Donald Trump’s State Department has spent not one cent of the millions appropriated for countering Russian cyber subversion of our election. Steps to protect a true vote and to expose and limit foreign intervention in our elections are vital. But we should be clear: The greatest attack on the right to vote comes not from the Russians but from home-grown reactionaries who want to make it harder for African-Americans, Latinos, the young and working people to vote, and easier for big money to influence our elections.

The democratic revival that accompanied the passage of the 15th Amendment after the Civil War was met with a fierce reaction that ended up imposing segregation - legalized apartheid - across the South. The democratic revival that followed passage of the Voting Rights Act and the civil rights movement has similarly been met with a fierce reaction that is undermining voting rights in states across the country. Now the question is whether that reaction will spark a new movement to protect the right to vote. Voter suppression matters. The purge of the voter rolls in Florida surely cost Al Gore the presidency in 2000. The new laws that helped suppress black votes in Wisconsin helped cost Hillary Clinton the presidency in 2016. The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, but it is neither explicitly guaranteed in the Constitution nor guaranteed in practice. It is once more under attack, and once more must be defended and extended. You can write to the Rev. Jesse Jackson in care of this newspaper or by email at Follow him on Twitter @RevJJackson. Share this story online at stylemagazine. com.


President Trump Says Rep. Maxine Waters Needs ‘an IQ test’ at Gridiron Dinner, She Responds By

resident Trump was at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday when he said that Rep. Maxine Waters “has to immediately take an IQ test.” The dinner is known for presidential humor and while Trump poked fun at his administration too, he saved some of his sharpest comments for Democrats.

also have some of the leading lights of the media here including some folks from the failing New York Times. That sucker is failing! … I know we have our differences, but I also know that you have a very special place … in my heart. … The other day they had five stories on the front page of the New York Times and every one of them was totally different and each one of them was bad.”


He also referenced former Vice President Joe Biden’s line during the 2016 campaign when he said, “I wish we were in high school, I could take him behind the gym.” Biden’s comment was made after he heard Trump brag on the Access Hollywood tape that he could kiss and grope women without their consent. “There’s talk about Joe Biden, Sleepy Joe, getting into the race,” Trump said at the dinner. “You know what he said, ‘I want to take him behind the barn.’” “Just trust me, I would kick his ass,” the President, 71, said of Biden, who is 75. “Boy, would he be easy,” Trump went on. “Oh, would he be easy.” Trump had a lot to say about a lot of things. He couldn’t help but bring up his embattled Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. “Attorney General Sessions is here with us tonight. … I offered him a ride over and he recused himself. … But that’s OK,” he said before going on about the media. “We


He also couldn’t help but make things about himself, even when it came to slamming the NYT. “You the New York Times are an icon. I’m a New York icon, you’re a New York icon, and the only difference is, I still own my buildings.” He also went over some of what he considers his greatest hits, bringing up what a smash hit he has been pretty much at all times. “It might be hard for you to believe, but I do enjoy gatherings like these. They give me a chance to socialize with members of the opposition party. … Also great to see some Democrats here. … The opposition party, I’ve seen a few of them applauding tonight including Sen. Joe Manchin, who’s here. “And don’t worry, Joe. … He’s a good man. There aren’t any cameras this time Joe. And I won’t tell Chuck and Nancy what you’re doing. Because boy was he applauding me the other night. Right? At the State of the Union he was up there applauding. I don’t know who the hell he was catering to. “I thought my State of the Union address was actually extraordinary.

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Congresswomen Maxine Waters One of the best ever given. In fact, Luis Gutierrez was so overcome with emotion at how good this particular speech was that he had to leave the chamber. He left and wept. “I probably could have found a way to get the Democrats to stand and clap. … They didn’t. They were like frozen. I said black unemployment is at the lowest point in history. No emotion. They sat other than Manchin. He

stood up. Thank you, Joe. He’s still paying the price for that. I said Hispanic unemployment is at the lowest level in history, record. There was no emotion. But I decided I wasn’t going to change anything. I wasn’t going to get them to stand. I didn’t know how. … I was not going to include a salute to Fidel Castro. They would have stood up. They would have cheered.”

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Texas Poised to Send Its First Two Latinas to Congress []


he state of Texas is all but certain to break a major glass ceiling and send at least one, and likely two, Hispanic women to Congress next year. In El Paso, former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar declared victory Tuesday night in her race to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Across the state, state Sen. Sylvia Garcia won her bid for the Democratic nomination for the seat to replace U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston. Each woman won the Democratic primary in districts that are heavily in favor of their party in the fall. The two women are also likely to be in the first class of Texas freshmen women elected to a full term in Congress in 22 years.

NAACP Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Capital One Bank []


apital One Bank has been closing many of its brick-and-mortar locations around the state of Texas in what the bank claims to be a cost-cutting measure. The NAACP, however, has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the publicly traded company, alleging that its actions are discriminatory against its black and Latino customers, while also using black celebrities in its commercials to enhance its agenda. The suit, filed in federal court in the Southern District of Texas, alleges that black and Latino customers are encouraged to use ATM cards to transact their business with the bank, which reduces the possibility of minority customers applying for mortgages, credit, and traditional banking services.

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Jordan Peele Wins Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay []


t 90th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, “Get Out” writer/director/ actor Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, the first African American to ever earn this honor. On Saturday evening, Peele also won Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature and Best Director. Last year, “Moonlight” writers Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the first African American to win an Oscar in either writing category was Geoffrey Fletcherfor “Precious” in 2009. he only other African-American to win for writing is John Ridley in 2013 for the Adapted Screenplay to “12 Years A Slave.”

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Barbie Models Doll After NASA ‘Hidden Figure’ Katherine Johnson []

once-”hidden figure” from NASA’s history is being celebrated by one of the most well-known toy lines in the world. NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose real-life experience as an African American “human computer” was depicted in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures,” is among the first three historical figures to be honored in Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” doll series. The new line was revealed ahead of International Women’s Day will come packaged with educational information about the contributions each woman in the series made to society and their respective fields. The Barbie “Inspiring Women” Katherine Johnson doll honors “the achievements of a pioneer who broke through barriers of race and gender,” said Mattel.


arris County court documents show at least three women, all former employees, claim sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against the Houston-based pastry chain company’s , Shipley Do-Nuts, co-owner, Lawrence Shipley III. The women are accusing Shipley of inappropriately touching their rear ends while hugging them and staring at their body parts. All this is alleged to have gone down before they were fired in December of 2016. The suit also alleges a warehouse supervisor, Christopher Halsey, touched a female employee on her hip and lower back. The women are seeking more than $1,000,000.

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Inaugural March for Black Women Sisterhood and Empowerment []

housands filled Emancipation Park for the inaugural March for Black Women. According to the Houston Chronicle the march celebrated black sisterhood and empowerment, advocate the importance of voting. Nisha Randle and Kandice Webber, both of who are advocates for pushing forward the plight of Black women, organized the march. A similar march was held last year for women of all races, however Randle and Webber felt Black women, in particular, were left out of the overall focus of the march and decided to make it a priority in 2018. The pair highlighted more than just issues pertaining to Black women but women of color like immigration, education, sex trafficking, and more. oc.enizagaMelytS.www

Shipley Do-Nuts Sued Over Alleged Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination []

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Houston Wins $9.4 Million Grant to Improve 40 Flood-Prone Zones []


ew technology improvements are coming to 40 flood-prone intersections in Houston to save cars, headaches and lives. The City of Houston announced Tuesday afternoon it won a $9.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve flood-prone traffic intersections with new technology that alerts drivers when high water is present. City Council Member Larry Green, who died Tuesday, advocated for the grant application to the Department of Transportation on a recent trip to Washington, D.C., on behalf of the City. The proposal includes a location in District K, which Green represented, at Alt U.S. 90 and Beltway 8. The grant is in partnership with county and state governments.

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Statewide Election 2018 Results Governor Texas - REP

Precincts: 7673 / 7677 (99% reporting) * Greg Abbott (R) 1,392,294 (90%) Barbara Krueger (R) 127,524 (8%) SECEDE Kilgore (R) 20,478 (1%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:46:43 PM Vote Total: 1,540,296

Governor Texas - DEM

Precincts: 7691 / 7694 (99% reporting) Lupe Valdez (D) 436,659 (43%) Andrew White (D) 278,704 (27%) Cedric Sr. Davis (D) 83,936 (8%) Grady Yarbrough (D) 54,655 (5%) Jeffrey Payne (D) 48,406 (5%) Adrian Ocegueda (D) 44,825 (4%) Tom Wakely (D) 34,889 (3%) James Jolly Clark (D) 21,945 (2%) Joe Mumbach (D) 13,921 (1%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:30:43 PM Vote Total: 1,017,940

Lt. Governor Texas - REP

Precincts: 7673 / 7677 (99% reporting) * Dan Patrick (R) 1,165,947 (76%) Scott Milder (R) 370,292 (24%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:46:43 PM Vote Total: 1,536,239

Lt. Governor Texas - DEM

Precincts: 7691 / 7694 (99% reporting) Mike Collier (D) 501,772 (52%) Michael Cooper (D) 456,319 (48%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:30:43 PM Vote Total: 958,091

U.S. Senator Texas - REP

Precincts: 7673 / 7677 (99% reporting) * Ted Cruz (R) 1,317,450 (85%) Mary Miller (R) 94,451 (6%)


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Bruce Jr. Jacobson (R) 64,604 (4%) De Stefano (R) 44,327 (3%) Geraldine Sam (R) 22,842 (1%)

Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:46:43 PM Vote Total: 1,543,674

U.S. Senator Texas - DEM

Precincts: 7691 / 7694 (99% reporting)

Beto O’Rourke (D) 641,324 (62%) Sema Hernandez (D) 246,308 (24%) Edward Kimbrough (D) 150,147 (14%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:30:43 PM Vote Total: 1,037,779

U.S. Rep Dist 2 Texas - REP

Precincts: 159 / 159 (100% reporting) Kevin Roberts (R) 15,236 (33%) Dan Crenshaw (R) 12,644 (27%) Kathaleen Wall (R) 12,499 (27%) Rick Walker (R) 3,315 (7%) Jonny Havens (R) 934 (2%) Justin L. Lurie (R) 425 (1%) Jon Spiers (R) 417 (1%) David Balat (R) 348 (1%) Malcolm Whittaker (R) 322 (1%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 2:22:39 AM Vote Total: 46,140

U.S. Rep Dist 2 Texas - DEM

Precincts: 159 / 159 (100% reporting)

Todd Litton (D) 15,113 (53%) J. Darnell Jones (D) 6,308 (22%) Silky Malik (D) 2,770 (10%) H.P. Parvizian (D) 2,259 (8%) Ali A. Khorasani (D) 2,148 (8%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:54:42 AM Vote Total: 28,598

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U.S. Rep Dist 7 Texas - REP

U.S. Rep Dist 18 Texas - DEM

* John Culberson (R) 28,944 (76%) Edward Ziegler (R) 9,088 (24%)

* Sheila Jackson Lee (D) 34,514 (86%) Richard Johnson (D) 5,604 (14%)

Precincts: 153 / 153 (100% reporting)

Last Updated: 3/7/2018 2:22:39 AM Vote Total: 38,032

U.S. Rep Dist 7 Texas - DEM

Precincts: 153 / 153 (100% reporting)

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D) 9,731 (29%) Laura Moser (D) 8,077 (24%) Jason Westin (D) 6,364 (19%) Alex Triantaphyllis (D) 5,219 (16%) Ivan Sanchez (D) 1,890 (6%) Joshua A. Butler (D) 1,245 (4%) James Cargas (D) 650 (2%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:54:42 AM Vote Total: 33,176

U.S. Rep Dist 10 Texas - REP

Precincts: 317 / 317 (100% reporting) * Michael T. McCaul (R) 41,881 (80%) John W. Cook (R) 10,413 (20%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 9:26:41 AM Vote Total: 52,294

U.S. Rep Dist 10 Texas - DEM

Precincts: 331 / 331 (100% reporting)

Mike Siegel (D) 15,434 (40%) Tawana Walter-Cadien (D) 6,938 (18%) Tami Walker (D) 6,015 (16%) Madeline K. Eden (D) 5,514 (14%) Matt Harris (D) 2,825 (7%) Kevin Nelson (D) 1,589 (4%) Richie DeGrow (D) 301 (1%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:54:42 AM Vote Total: 38,616

Precincts: 244 / 244 (100% reporting)

Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:54:42 AM Vote Total: 40,118

U.S. Rep Dist 22 Texas - REP

Precincts: 129 / 129 (100% reporting)

* Pete Olson (R) 35,782 (78%) Danny Nguyen (R) 6,170 (14%) James Green (R) 2,521 (6%) Eric Zmrhal (R) 1,174 (3%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 2:22:39 AM Vote Total: 45,647

U.S. Rep Dist 22 Texas - DEM

Precincts: 129 / 129 (100% reporting)

Sri Preston Kulkarni (D) 9,466 (32%) Letitia Plummer (D) 7,230 (24%) Steve Brown (D) 6,246 (21%) Margarita Ruiz Johnson (D) 3,767 (13%) Mark Gibson (D) 3,046 (10%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 1:54:42 AM Vote Total: 29,755

U.S. Rep Dist 29 Texas - REP

Precincts: 168 / 168 (100% reporting)

Phillip Aronoff (R) 2,402 (39%) Carmen Maria Montiel (R) 1,467 (24%) Jaimy Z. Blanco (R) 1,309 (21%) Robert Schafranek (R) 1,042 (17%) Last Updated: 3/7/2018 2:22:39 AM Vote Total: 6,220

FEATURE HBRW: Serving Up Black Businesses as the Main Dish

Larry V. V. Green: Green: Friend, Friend, Mentor, Mentor, Larry and Leader Leader for for All All and By Jo-Carolyn Goode, Managing Editor


reen has always been associated with new life, growth, and a certain kind contagious energy. These descriptions align perfectly with the character and legacy of Houston City Councilman Larry V. Green. In his welllived life that was shorten all too soon, Green was able to use his power and influence to bring liveliness to the city of Houston and everyone he came across. With his passing, Houston has lost a bit of its color. Green was found dead in his bed at home on Tuesday, March 6. He was 52 years old. Green was a friend to many, a mentor to some, and a leader for all. His roots were firmly planted in the bayou city as a Houston native. A product of Houston ISD schools, he matriculated at William P. Hobby Elementary, Dick Dowling Middle, and James Madison High. It was in those early years at Hobby that he met

a lifelong friend in Houston Style Magazine publisher Francis Page, Jr. Remembering Green fondly Page said that they first bonded over their love for bikes and the friendship grew from there. From schoolboy times to being the big man on campus, Green would further his education at the University of Houston and Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. As he discovered who he was as a man, his natural leadership skills emerged in the classroom, student government, and through organizations like the brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Fellow law school classmate Susan Bynam recalled how people were naturally drawn to him and that he was a born leader. “He was sharp. He was a bright student. He just had a very infectious personality. He was the type of student that never met a stranger.” Bynam added that Green was a true advocate for things he believed in.

That strong belief system and fight for the right made him an excellent attorney. As he built his career, he forged influential relationships with people like that of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee whose mentorship undoubtedly guided him to the political arena. Before he stepped into that platform, however, he would practice law privately for 21 years and help raise funds for a financially strapped HoustonWorks as its CEO. The need to help the plight of his fellow man drew him to public service. In 2012, he made history as the first to lead the newly formed District K serving those from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to the portion of Houston within Fort Bend County. In this role is where he would really leave his mark on the city he loved so much. With a clear understanding of the needs of residents of District K, Green knew a major issue was the lack of economic development in the area. During his first term as a councilman, he was oc.enizagaMelytS.www

able to infuse over 20 million dollars in the underserved area for street construction and repair, neighborhood police station, senior resident center and other projects. He increased the participation of MWBE/ SBE and gave women-owned businesses back their seat in the city’s affirmative action contracting program. Unique programs like Klean It Up/Green It Up and mini murals painted on traffic control electrical boxes took sights that were once eyesores and made them beautiful area attractions. His work was not just limited to the Houston. He led a delegation to Cuba for an educational excursion to learn of opportunities to better Houston. Most recently because of his advocacy in Washington, DC Houston won a $9.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve 40 flood-prone traffic intersections with new technology that alerts drivers when high water is present.

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As much as he loved advocating for citizens, he had a special place for mentoring the next generation. His life had been directed by a number of gentle hands pushing him in the right direction, he felt compelled to do that for any youth that he came across. One who was a beneficiary of that influence was John Guess. He was fortunate enough to have had many conversations with Green on educational decisions and what career path to take. Green mentored him in the fraternity to make him an outstanding brother. All of his interactions with Green had been straightforward so he had to come to think the politician was a real stick in the mud until one fateful night at a Houston Rockets game that he attended with fellow fraternity brother and former Houston Controller Ronald C. Green.

any opportunity and live life as boldly and loudly as we can adding sparks of color along the way.

A jazz visitation reception has been planned to celebrate the life of Houston City Councilman Larry V. Green on Sunday, March 11th from 4-6pm at Sugar Land Mortuary. His homegoing service will be held the following day, Monday, March 12th, at his home church, Brentwood Baptist Church, with the viewing of the body from 8:3010am, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Omega Service from 10am-10: 45 am, and funeral service at 11:30 am.

“It was the first time I met homeboy Larry,” laughed Guess as he spoke about the 30 minute conversation the trio had about hip-hop and watching Green rap to Lil Wayne. Guess said his mind was blown and the dynamics of their relationship took on a new meaning. Something that he took for granted then but is appreciative of today because it was interactions like that with Green’s personality that made him so relatable to all people of different ages and backgrounds. Though he was on year six as a councilman his work for Houston and District K was far from over. The greatest way to honor Green’s legacy is to continue his unfinished work. “Council Member Green was a caring visionary. He was a champion for the constituents of District K. His passion and dedication to improving our community was contagious. He laid an amazing foundation for this district and we will continue the great work he started. We will all miss this stellar public servant,” said Martha Castex-Tatum, Director of Constituent Services for District K and Green’s right hand. A special election will happen on May 5 to fill Green’s District K seat. Larry Vincent Green’s death has shaken Houston. It also has awakened us to, of course, not take life or anyone for granted but to also not waste


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IN MEMORY Expressions of Sympathy Over the Passing of Houston City Councilman Larry Green

“I am shocked and grieving over the untimely death of Houston Council Member Larry Green. But one person’s feelings are secondary to the fact that all of Houston has lost a groundbreaking advocate for equality, economic opportunity and neighborhood safety. Larry Green was the first and only District K council member following the south/southwest district’s creation for the 2011 municipal elections. He was the right person to give definition to this new alliance of neighborhoods and businesses: A hard worker. Not a grandstander. He shared in the economic advances and public safety strides of the district without taking the credit for himself. ‘We’ have fought together ‘to build up the economy of District K,’ he wrote on his campaign web site…Council Member Green captured the essence of being an enlightened public servant for Houston. My heart goes out to his family, his colleagues and all city residents.”

“…Although the years of his life were short, the life lived in those years by Councilman Larry Green was vibrant, dynamic, purposeful, and directed toward service to others. Larry Green was an extraordinary human being with an unsurpassed exuberance and passion for our city, its neighborhoods, its future, and most of all, its people. Councilman Larry Green was devoted to providing opportunities for his constituents, indeed all Houstonians, to realize their potential and their dreams…I am proud to have served as one of his mentors. But as anyone who knew Larry Green can attest, you also learned a lot from him because he was so generous with his knowledge and expertise.” ~Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

~Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner “We are all saddened by the death of Councilmember Larry Green. I will miss his smile and warmth. We @ houstonpolice mourn his loss and pray his family finds comfort in his trying moment. Till we meet again Councilmember, we will continue to serve with honor in your memory.” ~Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and fraternity brother, City Council Member Larry Green. I knew Larry for many years as a fierce advocate and public servant who dedicated his career in service to his constituents. He served Houston honorably by creating a sense of community throughout his work within Houston and Fort Bend County neighborhoods and businesses…I will always remember Larry as a dear friend who was filled with kindness and compassion for others, he will be deeply missed. My love and prayers are with the Green family and friends during this difficult time.” ~Congressman Al Green

“…Council Member Green and I have been friends since we were 13. As we grew up, we talked about how we would make our community better. As elected officials, we did just that. He worked every single day as a public servant for Houston City Council District K. His only wish was to serve the community honorably with passion and dedication. He did just that and more. He was my frat brother, my colleague and one of my closest friends. His loss has left a hole in the hearts of many in the community, including myself. Rest in peace, Larry.” ~Texas Senator Borris L. Miles oc.enizagaMelytS.www Mar. 4102 08 ,Dec 62 y-r29 au-rbJan e14, F-4, 022017 yraurbeF Mar. 2018

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IN MEMORY Expressions of Sympathy Over the Passing of Houston City Councilman Larry Green

“…In 2012, we began working together on our passion to build and grow businesses created and led by minorities across this great, diverse city. Council Member Green channeled that energy into strong advocacy for the Office of Business Opportunity, working hand-in-hand with the department on projects to elevate these historically underserved communities. One of them was the Small Business Economic Development Summit, which introduced dozens of entrepreneurs to opportunities to conduct business with the City of Houston... Personally, I will miss Council Member Larry Green’s knowledge, passion and advocacy for the causes we believed in.”

“Licia and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Council Member Larry Green and offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. Larry was a passionate public servant and a strong advocate for our city. I will miss his friendship and will fondly remember our times working together on behalf of all Houstonians.” ~Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis

~ Director Carlecia D. Wright from the City of Houston, Office of Business Opportunity

‘‘Our hearts are broken and we are truly saddened by the loss of Council Member Larry V. Green. He was truly an outstanding leader in the community. He will always be remembered for his hard work and determination. Constable May Walker and the Precinct 7 family extend sincere prayers and condolences to Council Member Green’s relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed.’’ ~Constable May Walker

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“There isn’t much more I can say that hasn’t already been said about the loss of Houston City Council Member Larry V. Green today. Larry loved this city and he loved his job! A friend, fraternity brother, mentor and colleague (in the law and public service), he will be missed by many of us who knew him, as well as the countless constituents who benefitted from his work on the council and as a civil rights attorney. As a law student, I interned in his office. Subsequently, we were law partners and came full circle when he was elected to city council, while I was the city controller. Condolences to his family. Rest easy old friend.” ~Ronald C. Green, Former Houston City Controller

LOCAL TSU’s Thurgood Marshall Law School Partners with Local

Organizations to Host Free Record Expungement Clinic in Acres Homes By Destany Rainey, Style Feature Writer


tudents from Texas Southern University’s (TSU) Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) partnered with the Houston Lawyers Association, the Earl Carl Institute, the Houston Area Black Law Students Associations and the Houston Area American Constitution Society to host a free criminal record expungement and nondisclosure clinic at the Multi-Service Center in Acres Homes.

event. Khanay is in her final year of law school and said she wanted to be part of a project that would help the community. “Knowing how the criminal justice system is extremely disproportionate and affects the black community more than any other race, I looked into what it would require to organize an expungement and non-disclosure criminal record sealing clinic,” she said.

Residents of the Houston area with certain criminal histories were invited to have their records cleared at the event. “Houston area residents with arrests, criminal charges, or convictions on their permanent records suffer a disadvantage when applying for jobs,” HLA said in a statement.

“My goal was to provide the full free service of screening, drafting, and filing a petition of either expungement or nondisclosure for individuals that qualified,” said Khanay. Jupiter Howard, another TMSL law student, said the event was a positive look for the area, as Acres Homes is usually seen in a bad light. “Helping them to seal their records could equal more jobs, which would result in less crime, thus bringing more money into the community. This would improve the area. This event could also change the political landscape in the Acres Homes area,” commented Howard.

“This is because negative information appears on their permanent records, which is accessible by prospective employers, professional licensing organizations, public benefits, among other things. Texas law allows certain information regarding arrests, charges, and convictions to be removed from individual’s permanent records in certain circumstances through a process called expunction.” Residents were able to find out whether the information on their records was eligible for expunction by speaking with an attorney, something that may not have been feasible otherwise, for many of the guests. “We had an amazing turn out at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center of over 350 attendees from the community and over 70 volunteers,” said Khanay Turner, a TMSL law student who helped coordinate the



Khanay said individuals who did qualify were directed to the organizations that were able to execute their expungements. “This being the first clinic held within the Houston area, we were only able to screen individuals to see if they qualified for either record expungement or non-disclosure sealing. However, we did refer qualified individuals to Lone Star Legal Aid and Earl Carl Institute so that those two organizations could actually take up their cases based on financial need,” Khanay said. “I truly hope this partnership continues for

years to come, and that we expand from just screening to fulfilling my original vision of filing a petition of either expungement or nondisclosure for individuals.

Overall, my heart was warm that so many people were able to be helped, and that attorneys continue to be social engineers for change, justice, equality, and equity.”

HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza Stunning Departure From Houston to NYC By Kelsesy Whittington, Style Feature Writer

fter a year and a half, Houston ISD’s superintendent Richard Carranza has announced that he will be leaving the district to become the New York City’s Schools Chancellor. This announcement comes during the peak of a $208 million deficit that will cause hundreds to lose their jobs due to budget cuts. “While Carranza leaves in the midst of HISD facing several challenges, we are confident in the ability to overcome those challenges with viable solutions,” HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones said in a statement. “We are committed to continuing the work he began and moving the district forward.” Many of HISD’s teachers and parents have voiced concerns about Carranza leaving since he has been helping to turn around the troubled district since his arrival in August 2016. Many wondered if there was any truth to the idea of more money

that lured him away and was shocked to learn that his new salary would be the exact same as his current salary. “It has been an honor and privilege to have served the students of the Houston Independent School District and bring a voice to communities that have historically been underserved,” Carranza said. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure as I embark on this new journey. I am looking forward to the opportunity of serving the 1.1 million students in New York City. I am forever grateful to the people of Houston for allowing me to be a part of this great city.”

liked within the Big Apple community upon his arrival. He connected on a cultural level as well since he is the grandson of Mexican immigrants. About two-thirds of the student population in the New York City district is Hispanic.

The departure comes as a shock where many found out of his leaving via social media. Carranza was next in line for the NYC job after Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho declined the job last week during a live press conference. Carranza’s engaging personable nature quickly made him well-

“It’s not fair to our kids, he came in very eager to help them and had them connect with him greatly but as soon as a better offer came along he’s dropping them,” said HISD parent Trisha Garcia. “It is making them feel as if they are not wanted.” Carranza has stated that this decision did not come easy but that this was a once

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Richard A. Carranza in a lifetime opportunity to lead the largest school district in the country. HISD trustees will meet later this week to discuss further plans and next steps.

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ENTERTAINMENT Memphis Makes it’s Way to Houston Audiences with an All –Too Familiar Narrative By Raegan Boutte Carey, Style Entertainment Writer


ritten by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan and directed by Dan Knechtges, the story of Memphis begins in musically–rich Memphis during the 1950’s south where Rock and Roll was born. It tells a story of a white radio DJ named Huey Calhoun who becomes obsessed with the taboo music of Blacks. Lured into a jute-joint by the sound of Rhythm & Blues, he starts to regularly visit a local nightclub for Blacks only and develops a crush on the nightclub’s star singer, the beautiful and talented Felicia Farrell. Huey, in an attempt to win her affection, promises to get Farrell on the radio, a dream of hers for many years. Despite outrage of the main character’s families and friends (Huey’s mom who fears black people and Felicia’s brother who distrusts whites), the pair falls in love anyway and secretly date fearing for their lives in a racially divided south. As their careers rise in the Memphis music scene trouble arises as well, as they garner the attention of racists and feel the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love. With choreography by Jessica Hartman and under the vocal direction of Darryl Ivy, Memphis is filled with vocals that soar and music that makes you want to jump on your feet and tap alongside the 50’s styled dance ensemble. Among the lively jukebox dance scenes, there is the Swing, the Bop, and the Hand jive dance. The talent and irresistible fun choreography in Memphis the Musical

is undisputable. The show features major Houstonian talent and many of the dancers and actors are students from TUT’s own Humphrey’s school of Musical Theatre. There is an array of talented stars leading the casts as well. Actress Simone Gundy as Felicia Farrell is the break out singer and obvious star of the show. You may have remembered her as a top competitor from the NBC hit show The Voice. Gundy’s double threat ability to sing and act was delightful to watch. She mesmerized the audience with her powerful gifted voice and brought the audience to their feet in her solo performances in songs Love Will Stand and Colored Girl. Talented vocalist Barrett Riggins (DJ Huey) was funny, but overplayed his character’s quirks and whiny voice so much so –that it was hard for me to believe his relationship with the strong, admirable and fierce Felecia Farrell- just didn’t see the sparks or compatibility there. The supporting casts of vocalists were just as phenomenal and it was the show’s talented ensemble that I felt carried the show along as well. Another standout performance worth mentioning was actor Avionce Hoyles (Gator) he captured the audience with his soulful filled solo Say a Prayer. His range and skill as a vocalist were beyond words. Other audience hits were ensemble songs: Make Me Stronger, Everybody Wants to be Black on a Saturday Night, & Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll; all in which brought lots of

Cast of MEMPHIS / Photo Credit - Melissa Taylor amusement to the show. Personally, I’m performance art? It’s time I think to move not sure how I really felt about his show. forward. After seeing Blank Panther and the The talent is there within the cast and is inspiring future of a brighter and better narundeniable for sure but I was disappointed rative for all Black people and humankind, in the storyline. It’s the often-told storyline Memphis the Musical although entertaining of heartless racism pitting whites against to some, just feels oppressive. Blacks all while showcasing the ridiculous racists laws of Jim Crow. Yes, it may be a reminder of how things were, but we have to move past this all too During the second act, I couldn’t help but familiar tale as a nation. I personally don’t cringe as I watch actors with poetic license call each other “Nigger” and “Cracker” want to clap my hands or dance to the beat because a white and Black person wanted and celebrate it anymore. If you love the to hold hands, date, or even dine together music of Rock and Roll/ Blues and don’t in public. How can we ever move from mind the overly didactic parable of a Jim the hurtful, racist-bigoted, shameful past if Crow racially tensed south, than this is a we keep memorializing it- as entertaining show for you.

COMMENTARY Let’s Have An Honest Conversation About the #MeToo Movement By Demez White, Style Feature Writer


s a man, I’ve been hesitant to write about the #MeToo movement because what I’ve seen a lot of is instant generalizing. If you don’t automatically condemn any man that’s accused then you’re for sexual harassment and rape. Having this conversation with one of my friends I put it to them like this, “If you’ve been friends with a guy for years and he’s always been a good guy and even protected you on occasion. Would you cut him off for being accused of something without any video or real evidence?” Of course, the answer to that question is no for most people but why do we ask that of people that are friends with celebrities? The #MeToo Movement has been necessary not only in Hollywood but in real life. For decades, if not centuries, men have

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had this power to treat women as though they were nothing more than toys to be touched and played with regardless of how the woman felt. We are at a place in our country where that needed to come to an end. I have zero sympathy for the men that are being called out and found guilty, even if it’s only in the court of public opinion. Now, let’s get to the honest conversation portion of the article. Both men and women have to stop using situations that aren’t the norm to justify bad behavior. The first example is Aziz Ansari, the creator of Masters of None, and his situation. It’s clear to anyone that read the article about him and the woman that accused him of sexual misconduct that it wasn’t sexual assault. My issue when it comes to men is that guys keep using his case

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to justify why the #MeToo movement is dangerous which simply isn’t true. There are a lot more women that aren’t reporting rapes and sexual misconducts than there are women making up stories. The other part of this equation is the women. I’ve seen women be caught in inaccuracies or flat out lies and other women don’t want to call them out because they’re afraid of being labeled “anti-women.” At some point right is right and wrong is wrong. I can’t ask men to stop looking for reasons to discredit a movement that has given power back to women but not ask women to hold women that are discrediting their movement accountable.

like the other women at the office. She didn’t let him hug her or touch her because she had a man. She viewed that as a compliment and maybe it was but my issue is this. What if she didn’t have a man or wore cute clothes to work but simply didn’t want to be touched.

That’s her right; it’s not even a conversation. That’s the mindset that needs to change. This Let me end this with a quick story. A friend of mine told me that her co-worker idea that random hugs and shoulder touching said he respected her because she wasn’t isn’t rape is the gateway to feeling empowered.


Breast-feed Now, Avoid Diabetes Later


reastfeeding has been known to come along with an over-supply of benefits for the mother. From weight-loss, speedy after-birth healing, decreasing breast and ovarian cancer risks, healthy hormone releases and now a source for prevention to Type 2 Diabetes. Serving as a significant long-term benefit for mothers, breastfeeding babies not only reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes but also rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. “We found that a longer duration of breastfeeding was associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women,” said lead study author Erica Gunderson. In fact, women who breastfed more than six months had about half the risk for type 2 diabetes as did women who never breastfed, according to Gunderson. She is an epidemiologist


and senior research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s division of research in Oakland. In babies, breastfeeding has been linked to a reduced risk for infections, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, some cancers and childhood overweight and obesity.

were black, and half were white. All had at least one live birth. The researchers adjusted the data to account for other factors that could affect a woman’s risk for type 2 diabetes. These included income, education, weight, diet quality, physical activity, medication use and other health conditions.

In mothers, breastfeeding helps return to pre-pregnancy weight and decrease postpartum blood loss and menstrual blood loss. Breastfeeding has also been associated with a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The new study began 30 years ago when researchers recruited young women, then 18 to 30 years old, for a study on heart disease. During that study, researchers also gathered information on pregnancy and breastfeeding. They also tested the women every five years for diabetes. That produced information on more than 1,200 women for the new study. Half

By the end of the 30-year study, 182 of the women had developed type 2 diabetes. Women who breastfed for 6 to 12 months had a 48 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than women who never breastfed, the findings showed. The protective effect of breastfeeding didn’t differ by race or the presence of gestational diabetes, the study found. Although the study cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship because it was observational, the researchers suspect that breastfeeding quickly returns the body to a more normal metabolic state. Other studies have shown that when women breastfeed, their triglycerides (a type of blood fat) and blood sugar levels return to normal more quickly. oc.enizagaMelytS.www

Breastfeeding moms also secrete less insulin and use fat tissue stores. Dr. Rekha Kumar is an endocrinologist at New York-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Comprehensive Weight Control Center in New York City. She also thinks that breastfeeding likely has beneficial effects on insulin and blood sugar metabolism. We know for some women breastfeeding may not always be possible and it’s important to know you and your baby’s options. Although to stave-off diabetes through breastfeeding may not be achievable alternatively, proper dieting and exercise can do just as an unsurmountable of good for your health as well. As far as your precious bundle of joy, there are ways to still ensure that your baby receives its proper natural nutrition. Alternatives like Milk Share donations, homemade formulas, and organic formula are still options as a substitute for your own breast milk.

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Comfort Food Made Quick and Easy By Family Features

Chicken Enchilada Soup


steaming bowl of savory soup is the perfect comfort food when the wind is howling, rain is falling or the temperature is dropping. It’s a time to cozy up and enjoy the warmth of being inside while indulging in some of your favorite flavors. The rich, hearty tastes and textures of a soup result from the seasonings, spices and melding of different ingredients while it slowly simmers to perfection. However, when there’s no time for lots of prep and cooking, there are shortcuts that don’t sacrifice taste.

For example, when time is short, a can of READ Southwestern Bean Salad gives you a head start. The robust mixture of black beans, corn, hominy and kidney beans in a slightly spicy, chili-lime accented tomato sauce is just right in recipes that boast Tex-Mex flavors like this Chicken Enchilada Soup. Just add a few pantry staples and some sauteed chicken for a warming pot of soup in about half an hour. For more quick and easy recipes for the season, visit

Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Desserts on behalf of READ Salads Servings: 6 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 pound chicken breast cut into 1/2inch cubes 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilis 2 cans (15 ounces each) READ Southwestern Bean Salad salt, to taste pepper, to taste crispy tortilla strips (optional) shredded cheddar cheese (optional) diced avocado (optional) In large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and onion. Cook 5-6 minutes, or until chicken is browned and onions are soft, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in enchilada sauce, chicken stock, tomatoes and bean salad. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with tortilla strips, cheese and avocado, if desired.

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She’s Happy Hair at Black Panther Photography by Vicky Pink ith the desire that as many Houston children as possible see Black Panther, Warren Broadnax, CEO of She’s Happy Hair and Executive Director of the She’s Happy Hair Foundation, organized a surprise for some deserving youth. Over 400 students from five area high schools - Yates, Booker T. Washington, Madison and North Forest – were able to see Black Panther courtesy of She’s Happy Hair at AMC Fountains Theater in Stafford. Each student received a “Wakanda Forever” t-shirt and saw an encouraging message from Angela Bassett, one of the film’s stars.



Actress Storm Reid Visits Houston

Photography by Vicky Pink ome lucky students from Young Women’s College Preparatory and Peck Elementary got to hang out with actress Storm Reid, star of Disney’s new movie “A Wrinkle in Time.” Students were able to meet and greet Reid before viewing Ava DuVernay film that opens this Friday, March 9. During the screening, students were treated to popcorn and drinks by Dr. Kathy Flanagan. This fun filled outing was part of the Year of Joy Project that helps children in underserved areas experience a little joy in life and sponsored by State Rep. Ron Reynolds and the NAACP Missouri City with president Lynette Reddix.


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MS On the Move Luncheon

Photography by Vicky Pink nder the leadership of Shawntell McWilliams and Franelle Rogers, the13th annual Houston On the Move Luncheon was a complete success. Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the proceeds help with research and critical programs and services for people living with MS. This year’s honorees were Melanie Lawson as the Person On the Move, Gerald Merfish as Above & Beyond and Lisa Sailor as the Hope award recipient. KTRK-TV’s Gina Gaston emceed the event that featured Camerone Elise Parker, model and TV personality as the keynote speaker.




HLSR Black Heritage Day Photography by Vicky Pink ust over 50,000 piled in to see RodeoHouston first timer Leon Bridges on Black Heritage Night at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The low attendance was not a surprise as criticism has been ongoing about Bridges’ appearance since the entertainment lineup was announced. Despite all that, Bridges gave a stellar performance and probably gained some new fans in the process. The surprise of the night happened midway through Bridges’ performance when Houston’s own Bun B joined him on stage for a rendition of UGK’s “One Day.”

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