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Volume 29 | Number 10


Jesse Jackson

The Janus Case and Attack On Workers


Houston Excellence in Education Finalists

Rodeo Ready

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COMMENTARY The Janus Case and The Continuing Attack On Workers


By Jesse Jackson, National Writer

n Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Janus v. AFSCME; a ruling is expected in a few months. The case is the culmination of a concerted right-wing attack on the unions of teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and other public sector workers. If successful, it will lower working family incomes across the country, in union and non-union households, in public sector and private sector alike. The question is fundamental. No worker can be forced to belong to a union. Public sector unions, however, are required to negotiate and represent all workers in a workplace whether they belong to the union or not. Current law allows unions to collect “fair share fees” for the basic costs the union incurs for representing non-union members who benefit not only from the higher wages and benefits that the union negotiates but also from the representation - sometimes costly - the union provides in personal grievance proceedings and other contract disputes with the employer. In Janus, an employee who is not a member of the union claims that paying fees for services that he benefits from is somehow

a violation of his right to free speech. The chances are good that the five right-wing activist judges on the Supreme Court may well overturn more than 40 years of precedents to support this bizarre argument. The Janus case doesn’t arise from widespread popular opposition to unions. It is part of a concerted, multi-faceted assault on worker organization financed by zealous right-wing foundations like the Koch Institute, the Bradley Foundation, the Uihlein Foundation, the Walton Foundation and more. It is a central reason why the Republican Senate outrageously refused even to bring President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination to a vote, essentially stealing a Supreme Court seat for the right. Reactionary employers - like Walmart and the Walton family - bitterly oppose unions for obvious reasons. Unions empower workers to gain a fairer share of the profits and productivity that they help to generate. That reduces the amount of money investors and owners can make off with. As a study by the Economic Policy Institute shows, when unions were at the height of their membership -- representing 33.4 percent of employees in 1945, the top 10 percent of America pocketed a generous

32.6 percent -- about a third -- of the nation’s income. In 2015, with unions reduced to only 11.1 percent of the workforce, the richest 10 percent pocketed 47.8 percent -- nearly half -- of the national income. Ironically, principled conservatives ought to support unions, small-d democratic organizations mediating between the individual and the state and providing schools of democracy and citizenship. Today’s right-wing, however, treats them as an arch-enemy, scorning them for supporting programs for the common good -- investment in schools, a higher minimum wage, a secure retirement, affordable health care -- rather than benefits to entrenched interests and the rich. So the right set out to crush unions, through legislation, litigation, disinformation campaigns and more. Taking off with Ronald Reagan, the campaign has been systematic and unrelenting, and increasingly successful. Workers wages have declined and inequality has grown more extreme as a direct result. With an anti-union ruling in Janus, the right hopes that more and more employees will choose to be free riders, refusing to join the union while enjoying the benefits that the union negotiates for free. Then, as a bill already introduced in

Florida demonstrates, they will move to decertify unions that whose dues paying members constitute less than a majority of the workplace. This is a fundamental human rights issue. Dr. Martin Luther King was gunned down in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers seeking to form a union. He understood that the right to organize and bargain collectively was vital not only to workers but to democracy. With the Janus case, that fundamental right is under assault at a time when we should all be working to strengthen the right to organize, not undermine it. Now is the time for citizens of conscience to stand with the public employees that serve us -- the teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and others. We will all pay the price if the right’s attack goes unanswered. 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.


Supreme Court Won’t Hear Trump Bid to End DACA Program

he Supreme Court said on Monday that it will stay out of the dispute concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for now, meaning the Trump administration may not be able to end the program March 5 as planned.

Court for the Northern District of California, who blocked the plan to end DACA and held that the Trump administration must resume accepting renewal applications. The action means the case will continue going through the lower courts.


The move will also lessen pressure on Congress to act on a permanent solution for DACA and its roughly 700,000 participants -- undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Lawmakers had often cited the March 5 deadline as their own deadline for action. But the Senate failed to advance any bill during a debate earlier this month, and no bipartisan measure has emerged since. Originally, the Trump administration had terminated DACA but allowed a six-month grace period for anyone with status expiring in that window to renew. After that date, March 5, any DACA recipient whose status expired would no longer be able to receive protections. Monday’s action by the court, submitted without comment from the justices, is not a ruling on the merits of the DACA program or the Trump administration’s effort to end it. At issue is a ruling by federal District Judge William Alsup of the US District


By Ariane de Vogue and Tal Kopan, CNN

Alsup said a nationwide injunction was “appropriate” because “our country has a strong interest in the uniform application of immigration law and policy.” “Plaintiffs have established injury that reaches beyond the geographical bounds of the Northern District of California. The problem affects every state and territory of the United States,” he wrote. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has generally allowed nationwide injunctions against the Trump administration actions from lower court judges under this President to stand, meaning the DACA program could be spared a year or more until the Supreme Court could take up the case in next year’s term, given the likely realities of the calendar. The White House said it was disappointed in the ruling. “The DACA program -- which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse -- is clearly unlawful,” said spokesman Raj Shah. “The district judge’s decision to

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Dreamers Protesting Against DACA unilaterally re-impose a program that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority. The fact that this occurs at a time when elected representatives in Congress are actively debating this policy only underscores that the district judge has unwisely intervened in the legislative process.” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, one of the 17 challenging Trump’s move to end DACA, called the ruling a “win,” but added “it also does not change the fact that we need a permanent solution to preserve DACA and protect Dreamers.” Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said the administration’s appeal to the Supreme Court was an uphill climb, given it came before the 9th Circuit ruled.

“While we were hopeful for a different outcome, the Supreme Court very rarely grants certiorari before judgment, though in our view, it was warranted for the extraordinary injunction requiring the Department of Homeland Security to maintain DACA,” O’Malley said. “We will continue to defend DHS’s lawful authority to wind down DACA in an orderly manner.” University of Texas professor law and CNN legal analyst Stephen Vladeck said justices normally don’t weigh in at this stage. “The justices have not granted such a request since 2004, but the government claimed that the urgency of settling the legal status of DACA, and the potential for nationwide confusion, justified such an extraordinary measure,” Vladeck said.


CoverGirl Features Their First Black Model with Vitiligo in New Campaign []


my Deanna is breaking barriers thanks to CoverGirl. For the first time, CoverGirl is featuring a model with vitiligo in a dynamic new ad campaign. Texan model Amy Deanna, is starring front and center in their new foundation ad that shows her applying the product to her face while asking, “Why try to blend in when you can choose how to stand out?” Deanna has praised the iconic makeup company for giving representation to those who have vitiligo which leaves the skin with uneven skin tones in patches. Deanna shares beautiful photos of herself regularly on Instagram showing the variations in her skin tone. The model also said she finds it heartbreaking knowing that so many people who have vitiligo don’t feel represented by most of the beauty ads.

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Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette

Macy’s Shares Strong Earnings Fuel Hopes Turnaround Is Gaining Traction [CNBC]


acy’s turnaround plans are taking hold, marking a positive sign for the overall retail industry, and the company expects the momentum to continue into 2018. In an interview Tuesday with CNBC, CEO Jeff Gennette said same-store sales were up 3 percent in January, as the company had fresher merchandise in stores and less carryover from the holidays. The department store chain on Tuesday reported earnings and samestore sales for the fiscal fourth quarter that topped analysts’ expectations, as investments in a more personalized loyalty program, fewer flash sales and a trimming of real estate are starting to pay off.

Kids from Boys and Girls Club

Melissa Harville



Disney Donates $1 Million to STEM Education Following ‘Black Panther’ Success []

n celebration of the record-breaking success of Marvel Studios’Black Panther, The Walt Disney Company is donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The donation will help expand Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, supporting the high-tech skills that were a major theme in the plot of Black Panther and are essential in helping youth succeed. Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use this one-time grant to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum, and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country. The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens.

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iversity in sports racing is lacking, as only a few people of color are part of racing organizations such as the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). But Melissa Harville-Lebron is a Black American woman that owns a NASCAR team franchise. The 47-year old started her career in the entertainment industry when she worked as an intern at Sony Music. She already launched her own music label in 2005 while working for New York City’s Department of Correction Office. But after a severe asthma attack ten years later, she had to retire early. Yet it seems that it had been a blessing in disguise. In 2014, she took the risk and opened a multifaceted entertainment company, W.M. Stone Enterprises, Inc.

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Payless Gains Footing In Hispanic Audience by Launching Spanish Website []


#MeToo Leader Cristina Garcia Facing More Harassment Allegations []

ayless ShoeSource, Inc. has made it easy for Spanish-speaking customers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to shop online in their preferred language. The iconic retailer recently debuted a new Spanish-language website, enabled by MotionPoint. Payless is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere, with nearly 3,600 brick-and-mortar stores in more than 40 countries. Anna Savignano, Director of at Payless ShoeSource said, “With our Spanish-language website, our Hispanic customers can have a more enjoyable shopping experience. We hope that when Hispanic consumers are shopping for everyday or special occasion shoes or accessories, they’ll think of the Payless brand first.”

Immigrants Sue Trump for Racism Over Ending of TPS Program []


group of Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants sued the Trump administration in a federal court in Boston, arguing that the decision to end special protections that shielded them from deportation was motivated by racism against blacks and Latinos. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil and Economic Justice, a Boston-based legal non-profit, filed the suit on behalf of eight immigrants enrolled in the Temporary Protected Status program, or TPS. The lawsuit seeks to block President Donald Trump’s attempt to strip TPS from hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador next year. Central to the group’s discrimination claims are Trump’s string of derogatory comments against immigrants.

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Small Business Owner Orgena Keener



Companies Working on $350 Million Obama Presidential Center [The Grio/Good Black News]

ow that Barack Obama is out of the White House, he’s making a statement on support for Black businesses with a huge deal for the Obama Presidential Center. The OPC is set to cost about $350 million, and an alliance of minority firms is set to get a large chunk of that. Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, and Safeway Construction, all part of the Presidential Partners consortium, have all come together as part of the Lakeside Alliance working on the presidential center, according to Black Enterprise. The minority companies will be getting a 51% stake, while Turner Company, which is one of the nation’s largest construction companies, will have a 49% stake. oc.enizagaMelytS.www

Wells Fargo Celebrates Houstonian’s Entrepreneurship [Style News Wire]

ells Fargo saluted Orgena Keener, owner of Kaffeine Coffee Internet & Office Café, during a special Community Builders event celebrating African American entrepreneurs and encouraging support of small business. Orgena’s business model includes three key ingredients: good deeds, good spirits and good coffee. She’s helped to build a neighborhood coffee spot that her community and local college students can count on. Wells Fargo is committed to helping small businesses in underserved communities get started and grow. Throughout February, Wells Fargo will visit local communities to highlight Community Builders the African American small business owners who go above and beyond to bring better to their neighborhoods.

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LOCAL & STATE BRIEFS Dr. Irishea Hilliard

Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza

New Black Panther Party

Sommer Hayes and her grandmother Teresa





Houston Pastor Makes History As the First Female Black Pastor of a Megachurch []

r. Irishea Hilliard was destined to make history. Being the daughter of a preacher, Hilliard has grown up in the church. She has worked there in various capacities as well. And now she takes on her biggest job, senior pastor of New Light Christian Center Church. Her father, I.V. Hilliard, recently gave her the reigns of the church. Now as the head of the 20,000 plus member church, Hilliard told ABC13 that she wants to show the world her heart and join generations together. “It’s now time for women to step up to the plate. I think we have to do it and continue to do it from a place of integrity, do it from a place of character and know someone is watching,” Hilliard told ABC13.

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Cynthia Marshall


Marshall Named Interim CEO of Dallas Mavericks []

ynthia Marshall, named interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks in the wake of a scathing article exposing the basketball organization’s culture of sexual harassment against women, is about to give a whole new meaning to the idea of March Madness. Meeting with the Mavericks for the first time this morning, she laid out a plan for the next month. It includes completing the internal investigation already launched by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; personally meeting with each of the organization’s 141 employees; and formalizing a detailed process for transforming the organization’s dysfunctional culture and refining its operational effectiveness, with an emphasis on all systems and policies related to reporting and addressing employee complaints.


Houston ISD, Houston PD Address School Safety Concerns []

ith the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., still fresh on people’s minds, Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza has asked parents, students and school staff to be the first line of defense when it comes to keeping HISD students safe. Carranza said that the best preventative measure is a well-informed school culture. He urged students that if they “see something, say something” and report any concerns to an adult. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez chimed in, urging parents to talk to their students about the consequences of making jokes or threats regarding school safety on social media, in person, or through other channels.

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New Black Panther Party Cuts Ties with Quanell X []

he People’s New Black Panther Party officially renounced Quanell X as a group member and the organization’s leader after at least 14 lawsuits were filed against the famed civil rights activists. The party held a press conference allowing those allegedly victimized by the former party leader to speak out. The party recently investigated allegations from multiple residents that claim Quanell X stole money from them after agreeing to help them with their legal cases. “Quanell X has been stealing money from the same community he claims to serve,” National Chairman Yahcanon Ben Yah said. Quanell X has been an outspoken activist in the community on many high profile cases.

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New Orleans Saints Assistant Coach Aaron Glenn

Aaron Glenn to be inducted into Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame []


ew Orleans Saints assistant coach Aaron Glenn, who was a star defensive back for Texas A&M and the New York Jets, will be inducted into the Parrish Restaurants Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Dallas. Glenn, a first-round draft choice by the Jets in 1994, enjoyed a 15-year playing career in the NFL. In addition to the Jets, he played for the Houston Texans, the Dallas Cowboys, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Saints (2008) before getting into coaching. Glenn has been the Saints’ defensive backs coach since 2016. Other notable athletes being inducted Saturday include basketball stars Artis Gilmore and John Lucas and football sensation Billy “White Shoes” Johnson.

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ike most students starting college, Sommer Hayes was a little scared. But she was able to calm her fears with the help of her faith, family, and a James Avery charm from her grandmother that said, “With God all things are possible.” Hayes said it was the encouragement she needed to know everything wasn’t all on her shoulders. Hayes still wears the charm today as a reminder that she can walk into any room bravely and that she is never alone. It was her touching story of how the charm connected Hayes to her grandmother as to why James Avery selected her as its new face. Now until April 16, Hayes will be featured in various digital and print campaigns along with her true James Avery story.

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New Flu Strain Spreading Fast Across Texas [CBSDFW]


Houston-area Woman Becomes New Face of James Avery [Style News Wire]

he deadly flu season is far from over, and now it’s strain B that’s spreading fast in Texas. Officials say that Doctors in Texas are now seeing more of the type B flu and less of type A as the season begins to peak. Lara Anton with the Texas Department of State Health Services says the number of people going to the Doctor with flu symptoms is down over the last couple of weeks, but it’s still higher than it has been at the peak of the two previous outbreaks. Health official say it’s still a good idea to get a flu shot. The CDC says the effectiveness rate of the vaccine is 36 percent overall. 25 percent for type A and 46 percent for type B. It’s even better for six month old babies to eight year old children, 59 percent effective overall.

Texas Students Protest Gun Violence After Florida School Shooting []


early 500 students at three Austin-area districts participated in walkoutsas well, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Students said the activity seen in Texas schools is largely due to the example Parkland survivors have been setting. The demonstrations were the first of three planned nationwide events. The next is scheduled for March 14, the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting, and the final walkout is set for April 20 for the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, which left 13 people dead. Separately, a March 24 rally to stop school shootings is being planned in various communities, including in Austin. Administrators in Austin worked with students but not all have.

ENTERTAINMENT The Ensemble Theatre Honors King in a Magnificent Way By Raegan Carey, Entertainment Writer


n April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis TN while standing on a hotel balcony. Dr. King, the praised civil rights leader, arrived in Memphis on April 3rd and delivered the final speech of his life, known today as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address, in which he spoke of his own mortality. This April marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death and Houston’s Ensemble Theatre celebrated the man, the minister, and the activist. The show “King The Legacy Lives On” directed by Anthony Boggess- Glover is a commemorative tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a reflection on his legacy as one of the most prolific leaders of the civil rights movement. The performance began with a heart-rending montage composed of spirited Gospel songs: We Shall Overcome; I Shall Not Be Moved, Precious Lord, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Mountaintop. The program also included spoken word pieces and monologues contrived with themes of strength, unity, and freedom. The Ensemble’s tribute included talented actors who were exceptional vocalists as well. Among the show’s cast were actors Kyle Mosely, April Wheat, Roena Thomp-


son, Darron Gilmore, Silvanus LaToison and Young actor’s performer Oak Morse who delivered a dynamic spoken word piece on Dr. King’s hope and vision for today. Included in the show was a riveting performance from the play “The Mountaintop” performed by actors LaToison and Thompson that depicted a pensive Dr. King on the night before his death. During the scene, an angel (Thompson) gives Dr. King (LaToison) a look into future and the impact he has had on the world since his death.

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It was a powerful scene and LaToison does an outstanding job embracing the essence of Martin Luther King, Jr. and dramatizing his “hopes, regrets, and fears” in the very last moments before his death. The Ensemble Theatre helps audiences’ to respect Dr. King’s legacy by reminding us to vote and to be an active participant in legislative decision-making. The actors demonstrated the tensed political climate of the civil rights movement and how one man had the courage and conviction to change it all. King: The Legacy Lives On also addressed today’s current political issues and reminded us that there is still much work to be done with a racial divisive Trump agenda in full effect.

‘What are you doing for others?’”

The performance ended with a poignant presentation of Dr. King’s most infamous

It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day; this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident - that all men are created equal. As I viewed the play, I couldn’t help but think of another one of Dr. King’s poignant speeches. It was one he delivered in 1957 in which he spoke of sacrifice and civil service. Dr. King declared, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:

In that spirit and in honoring King’s Legacy to help others, I implore all of you to serve as a time of reflection and a call to action. Here are a few ways you can continue Dr. King’s Legacy: Make A Commitment: (Yes, Any Commitment!) King’s legacy includes making a difference in his unwavering commitment to civil rights and non-violent social change. Making a commitment means giving your time and energy to something that you believe in, and creating positive change in your life and in the life of others.

Dream Bigger

King’s dream is well documented and 50 years later, his dream still belts out a powerful message: The point is, think beyond your block, beyond your current job, beyond what you already know. When we dream bigger we also reach further, holding tight to a vision of a better life, one of success and abundance. Dreaming big means having high standards for your life and setting the bar high for yourself.

Pledge An Act of Kindness Honor Dr. King by accepting an invitation to participate in the King Center’s “Love for Humanity: 50 Acts of Service or Kindness” Campaign in commemoration of the 50thAnniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join this worldwide campaign that encourages you to cross the cultural and racial divides by participating in service projects or acts of kindness that will allow you to make a positive impact on your local community. With still so much to be done, I ask you to reflect on what Dr. King’s legacy means to you and how you will personally continue to keep the legacy of Dr. King alive. Check out more from Houston’s Ensemble Theatre by vesting ensemblehouston. com.

Houston Educators Named Finalists for 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards By

Eight Houston educators have been named finalists for the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, spotlighting them as some of the best educators in Texas.

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H-E-B’s Excellence in Education is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas, and among the largest in the nation. The honor was kept a surprise from the educators, who learned they were finalists when H-E-B representatives visited their classrooms and schools with balloons, cookies, and flowers.

Vanessa Reyes, V.W. Miller Intermediate, Pasadena ISD (Principal Secondary)

Six teachers were presented with a $1,000 check for themselves and a $1,000 check for their schools. Two principals received a $1,000 check for themselves and a $2,500 check for their school. The finalists are: Bonnie McSpadden, Wood Creek Elementary, Katy ISD (Leadership Elementary) Kellie Karavias, Gregory-Lincoln Elementary, Houston ISD (Leadership Secondary) Amber Neal, Almeda Elementary, Houston

Jennifer Chase, The High School for Performing & Visual Arts, Houston ISD (Rising Star Secondary)

Terri Armendariz, Carpenter Elementary, Deer Park ISD (Lifetime Achievement Elementary) Diego Calderon, Luther Burbank Elementary, Houston ISD (Principal Elementary) Pamela Broussard, Cypress Falls High School, Cypress Fairbanks ISD (Lifetime Achievement Secondary) All finalists are invited to Houston on May 5-6 to compete on a statewide level for larger cash prizes totaling $430,000. Want to  Tweet  about the finalist announcements? Please tag @HEB and use the hashtag #HEBEducation. Find us on Facebook at oc.enizagaMelytS.www Mar. 410201 ,Dec 62 -yr29 au-rbJan e07, F-4, 022018 2017 yraurbeF Mar.

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FEATURE HBRW: Serving Up Black Businesses as the Main Dish

Meet One of the Faces of Rodeo Houston By Jo-Carolyn Goode, Managing Editor


oing to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) had become an annual tradition for Jamila Lloyd. The New Jersey native loves any occasion where she gets to dress up and donning cowboys’ boots with a hat to match was just her thing. Throw in some good Texas BBQ and Lloyd was sold. While she was partying with her boots on, Lloyd learned of the many volunteer opportunities the rodeo offered and just had to apply. “I wanted to join because I love the mission and the overall objective, which is to provide scholarships to deserving students,” she said. Improving the lives of youth through the advancement of education while making an invaluable impression on the livestock and entertainment industries has been the purpose of the HLSR since the


very beginning. All the moving parts that it takes to keep an operation like this going for this length of time are endless. One of the most important are the many, many volunteers. Organizers of RodeoHouston honor the more than 33,000 volunteers with this year’s theme, the “Spirit of the Volunteer.” Annually, volunteers commit to over 2.1 million hours of their time, talent and money to the rodeo and its mission. And Lloyd is proud to be one of the many this year. After looking over the 108 committees of the rodeo, Lloyd decided to join the Wine Garden Committee, a perfect fit if you know her personality. Serving wine is just part of what the members of this committee do. “Typically Wine Garden volunteers greet customers, educate them about wine, give wine suggestions (if asked), and serve

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wine, water, cheese and charcuterie trays,” said Lloyd. The Wine Garden Committee is responsible for hosting and managing the operation of the Wine Garden during the run of the show according to the HLSR website. Members also must attend all meetings led by Wine Garden Committee Chairman John McAleer, volunteer training, work the Best Bites competition, and work 40 hours during the rodeo. Though the rodeo is just getting started, Lloyd is having a fabulous time as a rookie committee volunteer. Oftentimes viewing another dimension of something gives a person a greater appreciation for everything involved and Lloyd is no different. “I absolutely love it (the rodeo) more now that I see what goes on behind the scenes,” stated an excited Lloyd. “I’ve met some wonderful people and have gained lifelong

friends.” It is easy to apply to be one of the many that help power the rodeo. Potential volunteers just need to pay $50 to become a rodeo member and then the associated fee for the committee that they want to join. Committees cover a wide range of interests. Additional requirements may be needed depending on the committee that one joins. As a member of the Wine Garden Committee, Lloyd was required to also obtain a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license to serve wine. The trail riders have arrived. Ranchers have secured their cattle. Cowboys have dusted off their boots. And the volunteers are ready to welcome the crowds to one of Houston’s greatest traditions. We’re rodeo ready folks. So c’mon yall and join the fun. Visit for tickets and more information.


Kickstart Healthy Habits


hen it seems that everyone around you is feeling under the weather, you can be your own best line of defense against getting sick. Help ward off sickness for yourself and your family with these self-care tips that help promote healthy habits and fight off illness.

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teria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing is an important step to help avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. You can find more hand-washing tips and information by visiting

Get up and move. Exercise is one of your strongest weapons against illness. A regular Eat right. A diet that is rich in fruit routine that gets your blood pumping is and vegetables can give your body the good for overall health and your immune immunity-boosting nutrients it needs to system. It can help flush toxins and keep function properly. Avoid excess, empty your body in top condition.Just say no. calories and instead aim for meals that When it comes to protecting yourself and deliver a healthy balance of all food your family, give yourself permission to groups.Wash, wash, wash. Kids and draw hard lines about spending time with bacteria go hand-in-hand, literally. Kids’ those who aren’t feeling well. Reschedule hands are everywhere, including some play dates or other events that might unsurfaces that may be more susceptible necessarily expose your family to germs. to bacteria. Hand-washing is a simple Rest up. When your sleep schedule is off, way to encourage healthy habits all year so is your whole system, and that makes round, and Softsoap Liquid Hand Soaps you more susceptible to illness. Everyone’s make it easy to gently wash away bac- precise sleep requirements are different;

you’ll know you’re getting enough if you feel rested when you wake up. If you’re not, and more overnight rest isn’t realistic, look for ways to sneak in some extra rest time during the day.Enjoy the outdoors. Even when it’s cooler than you’d like, brief time outdoors can do plenty to lift your spirits and, in turn, your oc.enizagaMelytS.www

overall well-being. The fresh air and vitamin D from a bright, sunny day are free and easy ways to give your body a boost and help ward off illness. Kickstart your healthy habits by visiting

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BUSINESS Dick’s Sporting Goods

No Longer Selling Assault-style Rifles By Style Magazine Newswire


ick’s Sporting Goods took a major stance against gun violence today. Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack penned a letter expressing their sadness about the school shooting in Parkland. He continued, with a bit of regret, told of how Dick’s sold a gun (although not the gun used in the school shooting) to the Parkland shooter. In effort to protect kids and join the voice of the nation to do something to stop gun violence Stack issue an announcement about the future of rifle sells at Dick’s. “We at DICK’S Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones. But thoughts and prayers are not enough.” “We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country. We have heard you. The nation has heard you.” “We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids. Fol-

lowing all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been. Clearly this indicates on so many levels that the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens. We believe it’s time to do something about it.” Beginning today, DICK’S Sporting Goods is committed to the following: • We will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. We had already removed them from all DICK’S stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores. • We will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age.

• Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks

• We will no longer sell high capacity magazines.

• Require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law

• We never have and never will sell bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly. At the same time, we implore our elected officials to enact common sense gun reform and pass the following regulations: • Ban assault-style firearms • Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21



anctity of life should always be priority number one closely followed by civil liberties. All life matters whether you’re aged or young, black or white, male or female. You and your loved ones matter and your physical safety should be taken seriously! It is an honor each day that you have been gifted the breath of life for at any moment any of us can be called to be with our Maker. The tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people reignited political debates nationwide. People are justifiably angry, fed-up, and are demanding change. But what can ordinary civilians do to stop school shootings if elected leaders continue to argue who’s to blame and fail to implement efficacious legislation? To be fair, legislation intended to eliminate the gun show loophole or require gun manufacturers to put fingerprint technology on handguns could help decrease gun violence. However, the problem is much smaller than the NRA, gun control, and legislation. The problem is that students and school faculty are specifically targeted because

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• Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms • Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks

taken seriously. Some will say these steps can’t guarantee tragedies like Parkland will never happen again. They may be correct – but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it. We deeply believe that this country’s most precious gift is our children. They are our future. We must keep them safe. Sincerely, Edward W. Stack Chairman & CEO DICK’S Sporting Goods

We hope others join us in this effort to let our kids know that their pleas are being

How to Stop School Shootings By Keandra Scott, Entertainment Writer

a large number of people are gathered in close proximity often with minimal security. There have been five—not 18—school shootings in 2018 that took place during school hours and resulted in injury. That’s still five too many. In the past 20 years, there have been approximately 22 school shootings on colleges/universities (10), high schools (8), middle schools (2), and elementary schools (2) campuses. Conversely, there have been five deadly attacks on police officers in the last 20 years. Colleges and universities typically have the means to pay for security. The focus must logically shift to high schools because that is where the second largest number of school shootings have occurred and high schools typically do not have the fiscal means nor manpower to protect its populace. One simple, cost effective solution to stop school shootings is to change the physical location where police officers begin and end their work shift. For example, put a mobile home/building in

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walking distance from high school campuses that would serve as the starting and ending point for on-duty police officers. This solution does not require the recruitment/ hiring of additional police officers. Instead, police headquarters would be subdivided and scattered throughout the community in order to be positioned closer to high schools. The police can set-up their equipment inside the mobile building and conduct business as usual. The only change that would be made is the location that the police officers begin and end their respective shifts. Some high schools and middle schools are built within walking distance of each other. However, for the elementary and middle schools that are far away from High schools, the police headquarters can be further subdivided to provide additional mobile stations near those sub-high schools. The added visibility of police officers near high schools should deter crime and eliminate school shootings based on the

historically low number of egregious crimes against police. Mobile homes/buildings can be rented for approximately $525 a month, which is cost affordable for even the poorest communities. That money can be raised through various fundraisers. After your community raises enough money, the mobile buildings can be replaced with brick-and-mortar facilities. One life lost is too many. Let’s address the school shooting epidemic on a local level because the action doesn’t mandate legislation for change to occur. #StopAsking #TakeAction

TRAVEL Le Pavillon Hotel:

“The Belle of New Orleans”


Words and Photos By Reginald Dominique, Video and Social Media Editor

ot many hotels will offer you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich late at night as a treat; Le Pavillon is not like most hotels. Nicknamed the “Belle of New Orleans,” Le Pavillon is located just minutes away from the French Quarter in the Central District of New Orleans, LA. With 226 guestrooms and seven themed suites, the hotel is luxury on a very grand scale. Growing up in Southern Louisiana and spending a lot of time in New Orleans, I would drive down Poydras Street and always stare at the façade of Le Pavillon with its over the top luxury and French/European inspired design. Once I received word that I was going to experience this one of kind icon, I knew I would be in for a real treat. Come along on as I dive into the history of this luxurious property.

About Le Pavillon Dating back to 1905, the 10-story Le Pavillon Hotel located on Poydras at Baronne in thriving city of New Orleans still has its original construction. The hotel was then became known as the new Hotel Denechaud until 1913 when new owners renamed it the DeSoto Hotel. During its time as the DeSoto, the hotel quickly became well known for its luxury finishing and being the only building in New Orleans offering a hydraulic elevator. The penthouse suite was the original home of the first radio station in the city, WDSU, from 1928-1948. New owners acquired the hotel in the early 1970s and renamed the hotel Le Pavillon. The French name seemed befitting, as the land was purchased from France more than 200 years ago from Jean Bienville, founder of New Orleans. A few things that immediately stood out upon arrival were the massive exterior columns and oversized sculptures. The 11 glistening lobby crystal chandeliers were purchased in Czechoslovakia and the various paintings and furnishings such as the marble railings came from the lobby of the Grand Hotel in Paris. The details undoubtedly define the historic Le Pavillon Hotel’s roots; however, with its newly updated rooms and more renovations coming soon, the hotel is firmly rooted in the 21st century.

The Accommodations Whether it’s an overnight stay or you are a bride preparing to walk down the aisle, there is a hotel room for everyone at Le Pavillon. The hotel is placed on the National Register of Historic Places and besides the over the top décor, the rooms live up to those standards as well. Lets start with the single and double bedrooms. The Le Pavillon Hotel recently introduced newly designed suites and rooms paying homage to the rich history and cultural heritage of the Big Easy. The single and

double bedrooms boast tons of living space that makes it easy to move around and leaves a great impression with guests. Completely different from the old style of the guestrooms, this renovation sheds light on where the future of the property is heading. I was lucky enough to stay in the Bourbon St. Suite located on the 5th floor. Inspired by the infamous Bourbon Street, the Bourbon St. Suite greets guests with chocolate leather furnishings and walls and hand scraped wood floors. The sitting area features tufted seating, a grand molded antler chandelier, and gentlemen’s portraits. A king size leather bed stands prominently in each of the two bedrooms, complemented by oil paintings of foxhounds and world maps.

Cuisine New Orleans is known for its authentic Cajun/Creole food and the Le Gallery Lounge at Le Pavillon delivers the deliciousness! Surrounded by granite railings from the Grand Hotel in Paris, the Le Gallery offers something for everyone’s pallets. While there I was able to enjoy an array of dishes including Seafood Nachos consisting of two Louisiana’s favorites: Crab Meat & Crawfish, paired with Chicken and Andouille Sausage with a roux so good that it could make your mouth water just by looking at it.

Le Gallery Lounge at Le Pavillon

You cannot dine in New Orleans without enjoying the native cocktail known as the Hurricane! When in Nawlins, the only true way to enjoy a Hurricane is to make it bright red, serve it in a tall glass, and garnished with fresh fruits. The local favorite was created at the well-known Pat O’Brien’s Bar. The name of the drink came from the shape of the glass it’s served in – the iconic curved glass resembles a hurricane lamp. But be sure to exercise caution, while these drinks are sugary-sweet, they pack a category-5 punch. If you are dining at Le Gallery, be sure to ask for Jamie as your bartender/ server. She knows her cocktails and takes great care of her guests! In closing, the property is by far one of my favorites in NOLA! The décor blends old world glamour with modern comforts, art, and antiques with refined amenities. It is very easy to be in awe while walking into the grand lobby under the chandeliers, dining in the Crystal Room restaurant, being surrounding by granite in the Le Gallery Lounge, or sunbathing at the rooftop pool with historic marble statues overlooking the city. New Orleans is a city rich with culture, history, and traditions and the majority of that lies within Le Pavillon Hotel. Whether for business or pleasure, your spirit loosens and ideas will surely flow freely. Special thanks to Jessica Shashaty of The Mayfield Group PR and Amanda Lipman of the Le Pavillon Hotel for the gracious accommodations and wonderful property tour. For more information visit oc.enizagaMelytS.www

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Festive Fun for St. Patrick’s Day By Family Features


urn your St. Patrick’s Day celebration into a chance to enjoy Irish heritage with hearty foods and a lively atmosphere. When it’s the one day each year it’s acceptable to pinch non-conforming friends and family, it’d be a shame not to go all out. These few simple tips can help you put together the perfect party to revel in all things green – and tasty. • Decorate with purpose. Everyone knows that green is the color of the day, but go one step further by incorporating it into different items. Banners and streamers work fine, but setting out green candles or even adorning your light fixtures with green bulbs can help you take an extra step forward. • Create active fun. Instead of limiting your guests to dining and conversation, plan some simple activities to help the fun flow. Games like a “treasure hunt” for gold coins, limerick-writing competitions or even just turning up Irish-themed music can help get the party started.

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cups low-fat, reduced-sodium

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medium russet potatoes, peeled

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• Eat festively. Turn your party’s food and drinks into true Irish dining with some delicious recipes like this American Irish Stew, which includes beef, onion, carrots and potatoes for a tasty cultural meal to fill all of your hungry guests.


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In large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.

American Irish Stew Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer ResearchServings: 6 1

tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

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cloves garlic, minced

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste


medium onion, coarsely chopped


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medium parsnips, cut into large

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Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 75 minutes, or until meat is tender. Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. To avoid potatoes falling apart, do not overcook. Serve hot and garnish with parsley, if desired. Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate, 32 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 427 mg sodium.

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SPORTS Selection Sunday: UH Cougars Have

High Hopes to Make the “Big Dance”


n two weeks, college students, players, and fans will sit in front of their televisions waiting for the big announcement on who their basketball team will be playing in the first game of the second season. That’s right people, March Madness is back. The NCAA will pick 68 teams from various Men’s Division 1 basketball programs on Selection Sunday (March 11) to make up the 2018 tournament bracket. For the University of Houston men’s basketball team, that day will mean so much more. With two games left in the 2017 -18 season, the Cougars will be looking to end an 8-year drought from the NCAA Tournament. Their last appearance was in 2010, where they were defeated in the first round by the University of Maryland. Houston is currently ranked 25th nationally and is in third place in the American Athletic Conference at 12 – 4, but it is their overall record of 22-6 that has the selection committee poised to place them in the “Big

By Brian Barefield, Sports Writer

Dance.” The Cougars have big wins this year over conference foes #10 Cincinnati and #11 Wichita State and they will need a strong showing in the conference tournament to improve their seeding in the NCAA Tournament. “When I came to the University of Houston, I thought to myself why can’t this program be better? We are in a great city surrounded by great high school basketball programs,” said the Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson on an interview with sports talk show host Jim Rome. Sampson took over a program that was less than mediocre in 2014 and has turned the program completely around. Since his arrival, the team’s overall record is 77-45. This will be the third 20-plus win season under the former Houston Rockets assistant. He acknowledges that the current administration along with current Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has been very instrumental in the success of the program.

UH Men’s Basketball For all the talk and coaching Sampson does, he has also put together a team who believes in him and trusts his system. Senior guard Rob Gray leads the team in scoring and assists at 17.7 and respectively. Gray is a natural at point guard who has the vision and basketball mindset to play on the next level. “I see the floor better and make better decisions this year. I play at a slower pace instead of one speed,” he said when asked about his court awareness. His veteran presence along with Junior guard oc.enizagaMelytS.www

Corey Davis Jr. is what drives this team towards success. This U of H team looks poised and ready to play with any team in the country. “Our kids have a lot of pride. I think we are one of the best teams in the league,” Coach Sampson said about this group of players he has assembled. Reminds me of another set of guys back in the early 80’s who walked that campus with the same attitude. Good Luck.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Community Garden Dedication

Photography by Jo-Carolyn Goode and Monica Green ed by six undergraduate and fifteen graduate host chapters in Houston metro, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is sponsoring “29 Moments of Service” ahead of its biennial conference where more than 25,000 members are expected to converge this summer. The Sorority hosted a community garden project to address the food desert problem in the Third Ward area. Local chapters have committed to volunteer in the garden over the next two years. The garden is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some in attendance at the dedication were International President Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson; Sorority leaders South Central Regional Director Katina Semien, Jasmine Adkins Moore, Gwendolyn Fedrick, Diedra Fontaine, LaDonna Harris, Carolyn Jones and Houston City Council members Dwight Boykins and Amanda Edwards.



TSU’s TMSL Black History Program Photography by Vicky Pink exas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law commemorated Black History Month by bringing to the forefront of public consciousness the central role of African American veterans and the roles they played in historical wars. Distinguished US Army Retired Colonel Holland Bynam, successful aviator/TSU administrator Dr. Kendall Harris, and dynamic historian/professor Angela Holder led the discussion moderated by Dr. Reginald D. Harris. A reception and book signing followed the discussion. Some in attendance were LaToya Rascoe, Gary L. Bledsoe, Susan Bynam, Danny Norris, and the Jack Yates High School JROTC Color Guard.


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18th Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Gala Photography by Vicky Pink he Buffalo Soldiers National Museum hosted their eighteen annual fundraising gala to support their many educational programs and the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers. This year’s gala honored the Buffalo Soldiers Sergeants Major. Some in attendance were Captain Paul J. Matthews, Jaye Valentine, Rev. Ronald Mouton, Keynan Dutton, Desmond Bertrand-Pitts, R> Christian Tucker, David Whatley, SGTMAJ Donald Sparks, Neidra Billings, Sam Davis, Wayne DeHart, and 9th & 10th Cavalry Association – Greater Houston Chapter.




HCC Black History Scholarship Gala Photography by Vicky Pink ouston Community College celebrated Black History Month with their annual scholarship gala where Rev. Jesse Jackson was the keynote speaker. Under the theme, “The Politics of,” Rev. Jackson spoke about violence and poverty. Posthumously William Harmon was remembered with the Lifetime Achievement Award. State Rep. Garnet Coleman, Houston Independent School District Board Chair Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Senior Pastor Marcus D. Cosby, entertainment attorney Ricky Anderson and veteran sports journalist Ralph Cooper were recognized with the Unstoppable Leadership Award. Annually the gala raises funds for deserving HCC students. Some in attendance were Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, Mayor Slyvester Turner, Melanie Lawson, Kimbrel Marshall, Rep. Borris Miles, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, and Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz.

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