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Houston Style Magazine April 3-April 9, 2014

Houston’s Premiere Weekly Publication

Volume 25 | Number 14


Jesse Jackson

End NCAA’s Plantation Economics


Cuba Gooding, Jr. Plays Chess King In New Film

Words: Jo-Carolyn Goode

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White House Honors Dr. Reagan Flowers

LAMIK Honors Legends

Kelvin Sampson

UH Cougars Get Boost From Rockets

National HIV/AIDS Awareness

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Volume 25 | Number 14 | April 3-April 9, 2014 EDITORIAL

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End the NCAA’s Plantation Economics

Jesse Jackson

National Writer

It cannot be said that the employed scholarship players are ‘primarily students.” With that statement, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board last week accepted a petition by Northwestern football players that they were employees under the NLRB and could organize and form a union. His reasoning was simple and compelling. The players faced all the demands of a job -- in the hours the players worked, 40-50 hours a week during the football season, the control the coaches exerted, and the athletic scholarships that are a form of pay. The players said they wanted a union largely to negotiate about health care and practice hours. Many who love college sports can’t bear to think of it as polluted by money. But here’s the reality: it already is. Big-time college athletics -- particularly Division 1 football and basketball -- is a profitable, professionalized industry. The TV rights for the new col-

lege football playoffs total $7.3 billion -- with a “b” -- over 10 years. The TV rights for March Madness, the basketball playoffs, total $10.8 billion over 14 years. College football and basketball alone generates an estimated $6 billion a year, more than the National Basketball Association. The University of Texas football team generated $71 million in profit in 2011. Everyone is making money, except for the players whose play generates the revenue. Famed coaches in public universities are often the highest paid employees in the state. Urban Meyer of Ohio State will be paid $24 million over 6 years. As Joe Nocera of the New York Times reports, the 15 highest football coaches in 2011 made $53.4 million. The 13,877 Division 1 players got $0.00 They do receive scholarships that, by the NCAA’s own figures, average about $3000 short of the cost of attending college. The NCAA is making millions peddling the images and jerseys of players, even after they graduate, yet they don’t get a dime. Many come from poor families and can’t even afford a trip home or a spring break. And if they accept help from a fan, they can lose their eligibility or their scholarship. As the Nation’s Dave Zirin concludes, “the population that is most desperate for an escape out of poverty is the population that has got-

ten the rawest possible deal from the NCAA.” This has, as Taylor Branch has written, more than “the whiff of the plantation.”On the cotton plantation, everyone got paid -- the land owner, the overseer, the wholesaler, everyone except the slaves who actually picked the cotton. They were chattel, had no rights that a white owner was legally bound to respect. They benefitted, it was claimed, from the paternal care of the plantation owner, providing them with room and sustenance. Similarly, everyone gets paid in big-time college athletics except the players who actually risk their bodies to provide the show. The NCAA dubs them “student-athletes,” using the claim of “amateurism” to deprive them of any remuneration. But big-time college sports aren’t like the amateur sports of a Division III school. The demands on the players aren’t voluntary; they are mandatory and consuming. The injuries they risk aren’t minor; they can be career or even life-threatening. It wasn’t a good idea for the South to base its economy on slave labor. And it isn’t a good idea for universities to be the producers of professionalized, big money sports entertainment. It surely conflicts with the stated educational mission of the university. But however regrettable, that is what has developed. And that reality renders the claim of “amateurism” an

utterly cynical smokescreen. The argument that athletes should not share in the money that they are producing because it will remove them from their role as students is simply preposterous from programs that are require commitment of 50 hours a week to the sport. Led by Ed O’Bannon, former athletes have sued the NCAA for profiting from the use of their likenesses without permission or contract. The courage of the young men from Northwestern University will encourage others to act. Some of the players will testify before Congress this week. These young men produce an entertainment that literally hundreds of millions across the world pay to watch and cheer. They generate literally billions in revenue. It is simply inconceivable in a free market economy that they should be treated as chattel with no rights of contract. From picking cotton balls to now passing footballs and basketballs, it is still all sweat and no equity, all work and no reward. Workers should be paid for the profits they help to generate. That is as true for the stars of stage and screen, for the skilled workers in steel plants as for the gifted athletes in college athletics. 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

COMMENTARY Lovell’s Food For Thought - The Rise By Dr. Lovell A. Jones Health Editor


& Fall of the Second Reconstruction Period in America

ow many of you are aware that Albert Einstein taught a physics class at Lincoln University (an HBCU in Pennsylvania) in 1946? In doing so, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist once said, “The separation of the races is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it.” Another noted figure, Martin Luther King, once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” But we have become silent, for I don’t see the human outcry about where we are today. We have become generations of me--“What’s in it for me?”--as opposed to “What’s in it for us?” We wait until injustices are on our doorsteps before we say anything to prevent those injustices from occurring. As my grandmother use to say, and I know many others said it, too, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” My two greatest fears on the night that Presidential Candidate Barack Obama was elected President of these United States were that first, some maniac would shoot him on Inauguration Day and second, segments of white America would rise up as they

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did during the Reconstruction Era to “Take Back America.” Well think about all that we are seeing today. The mantra during the Reconstruction Era was

whites, as well. We sometimes forget that fact, and because of it, the forces of divide and conquer continue to win. Is history repeating itself? As in the Reconstruction, the agenda we continue to see today is based on lies, distortion and deception. And, there are lies, distortions and deception on Albert Einstein teaching at Lincoln University both sides, the key something along the lines of “America exception is doe don’t see what side is going to hell in a hand-basket.” attempting to take away the rights of Are there any similarities? citizens to vote. Yet, both action are With Reconstruction, America entered allowing the truth to hidden and the into an era of “Jim Crow.” The era did America Dream to be destroyed. not just impact former slaves, but poor I still go back to what Benjamin

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Franklin said just before his death, and wonder if we will ever be able to right this ship. It is an issue that we continue to fail to address. Franklin said that until we really deal with the issue of race and the impact it continues to have on our society, we will continue to suffer as a nation, and that it would get worse as time moved forward. One can’t say that things have improved. African Americans went from being slaves to second-class citizens to almost citizens with the passage of the second set of civil rights laws. For those who are not aware, after the Civil War, several Civil Right Acts were passed. The Civil Rights Bill of 1866, although vetoed by President Andrew Johnson, Congress overrode the veto. Congress passed this bill to protect the civil rights of the newly freed slaves. The ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868 granted citizenship to African Americans and the 15th Amendment ratified in 1870 gave African Americans the right to vote. Read the full story online at moc.enizagaMelytS.www

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Houston’s Homeless Population Shows Dramatic Decline


ayor Annise Parker announced that the number of chronically homeless individuals living on the streets of downtown Houston has decreased by 30 percent in just one year and 50 percent over the past two years. The City of Hous- Mayor Annise Parker ton ramped up technology and developed a coordinated placement system to help house even more individuals. It is a real-time, electronic database that was successfully tested earlier this year and went live April 1 at The Beacon, which serves Houston’s underserved and homeless population. It will be expanded to other service providers and street outreach teams within the coming months.

Kelvin Sampson is UH’s Man to Head Basketball Team

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By Family Features


he University of Houston has not officially confirmed that Kelvin Sampson is their new head man but all those close to the situation have said the deal is a go. If all reports are correct Sampson will sign a five-year contract as head

basketball coach for the UH Cougars. With Sampson Cougars hope to return as victors at a NCAA Tournament, something they have not done in 30 years. It is said the Sampson will be officially introduced at a press conference this Thursday and immediately start in his new role.

Who Will Be the Next Houston Texan Cheerleader?


he 2014 Houston Texans Cheer- Dillard’s Welcomes Platinum Recording leaders tryouts Artist Keyshia Cole have been set for this Satteve Madden, a leading designer and marketer of urday, April fashion footwear and accessories for women and Texans Cheerleaders 5, from 6:00 men, announced a partnership with multi-platinum - 9:00 p.m. CDT at the Methodist Training Center. recording R & B sensation, Keyshia Cole, last month.  Tryouts are open to all interested ladies age 18 and The line features a variety of heeled and platform over. Ladies must either be a part-time student or styles, ranging from pumps have a part-time job. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. to gladiators to ankle booThere is no registration fee for the auditions. Ladies ties. The exciting new prints interested in auditioning may visit www.Houstonand colors, along with the to register or to find more platform and cut-out details, information. continue to showcase the fusion of Steve Madden’s and Houston Food Bank Introduces #Helpie Keyshia Cole’s style. Cole for National Volunteer Week, April 6-12 Keyshia Cole will celebrate that partner  ship with a visit to Houston. ouston Food Bank happens to think the true ce- On Saturday, April 5th at 2:00 PM., she will meetlebrities are people who give generously of their and-greet fans,  as well as sign autographs, while TV time to help others, including those that volunteer at personality, Rodney Rikkai,  hosts and special guest their warehouse and commercial kitchen to help feed DJ spins the latest hits at Dillard’s Post Oak-Galleria the hungry in our community. So, in honor of Nation- .  Visitors have the chance the win their very own al Volunteer Week (April 6-12), Houston Food Bank pair of Keyshia Cole x Steve Madden shoes and reis encouraging volunteers to take and share a #Hel- ceive a special gift with any Keyshia Cole x Steve pie, a selfie snapped while volunteering and helping Madden purchase.     



Host a Spring-Inspired Brunch

2 1/4 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick®) 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 cups Musselman’s Apple Butter

s winter gives way to spring, it’s the perfect excuse to gather together with your loved ones. This time of year is ideal for casual brunches, so for your next midday feast with friends and family, take your inspiration from the changing weather and create a brunch menu that mimics the flavors of the season. Whether you’re planning a brunch for a group of five or 15, a little pre-planning will help ensure the event is big on fun and low on stress. Take a cue from Mother Nature to establish the theme for your party. Simple bouquets of early-season blooms provide a colorful and welcoming backdrop for a casual brunch hosted indoors or out. Use vases in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to create a sweetly whimsical look. A buffet-style brunch makes it simple to serve your meal and it allows guests to mingle and snack as they wish, leaving you free to visit and enjoy a leisurely party, as well. Big taste comes in small packages. Serve your guests a plethora of smaller, bite-size appetizers which allows them to sample different flavors. Keep with your spring theme by incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients. To discover more delicious Apple Butter recipes, check out or visit to download the free e-recipe book.

2/3 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter 2/3 cup barbecue sauce 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (optional) 1 pound cooked ham, cut 3/4 inch thick 1/2 fresh pineapple Wood toothpicks

BBQ Sauce-Glazed Pineapple Ham Picks Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 36

Awesome Apple Butter Breakfast Cake Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Yield: 9 servings

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BBQ Ham Picks

Preheat oven to 400oF. Pour Musselman’s Apple Butter, barbecue sauce and mustard into bowl and stir to combine. Cut ham and pineapple into 3/4-inch cubes, about 36 each. Place one pineapple chunk on each toothpick, followed by a chunk of ham. Stand the picks up on baking sheet and brush each one with BBQ sauce mixture. Cover all sides. Bake for 10 minutes. Serve warm with remaining sauce for dipping.

Topping: 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1/3 cup pecans, chopped 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted In bowl, stir together baking mix, milk, 1/2 cup sugar, egg and 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

Apple Butter Breakfast Cake

Pour two-thirds of batter into 8-by-8by-2-inch glass baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with apple butter. Drop remaining batter by spoonful on top.

Combine coconut, pecans, 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle on top of cake. Bake at 350°F for approximately one hour, until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Note: Pan will be very full so do not substitute a smaller pan. You may want to place a cookie sheet under the pan in the oven in case of drips.

ENTERTAINMENT Cuba Gooding, Jr. is Chess King in By Susie Stillwell, Entertainment


New Film

uba Gooding, Jr. plays Eugene Brown in the remarkable film, “The Life of a King,” based on the real life of the Big Chair Chess Club founder. In prison 18 years for bank robbery, Brown learned how to play chess. After his release Brown’s motto of “Teach the un-teachable, reach the un-reachable, and always think before you move” saved the lives of many doomed youths. The filmstrip caught up with Gooding and writer/director Jake Goldberger recently at the Soho Grand in New York City. Gooding gives a lowdown of his newest release, the Oscars and the ‘Blacks don’t sell overseas’ stigma. SUSIE STILLWELL/JUICY CULTURE: Cuba, jumping right in, let’s talk about you as an actor and your taking various roles. What makes this character The Life of a King special to you?  CUBA GOODING, JR: There are a few criteria on which I choose for the roles I gravitate towards. One would be military. I like military movies but I also like real life people that reflect how America became the great nation that it is today. Just look at ‘Men of Honor,’ Chief Carl Brashear, and the Tuskegee Airmen movies. I think the third thing is the father and son nucleus in the family. You look back at ‘Boyz n the Hood,’ with Tre and Furious, even ‘The Butler’ there’s that relationship with father and son. When I was growing up my father was on the road and all my other buddies’ fathers were gone. It was the mom that raised us and turned us into men, but it pushed me to wanting to be in the life of my sons. All of those

how to play chest that became Grand Master chess champions.

things coupled with the fact that when I was going to high school I didn’t know about Tuskegee Airmen or the other [black heroes] in the pages in Black history. And I damn well didn’t know about prison inmate Eugene Brown who taught some kids in the inner city moc.enizagaMelytS.www

SS/JC: What were some of the challenges? CG: Money to shoot it, to sell the script. [Enacting the negative responses of some studios and financiers, so what’s it about?’ It’s about this Black guy who teaches kids how to play chess. ‘Right, good luck with that.’ JAKE GOLDBERGER the producer and I sat down with some financiers and they said we love the script, we love the story but what about making Eugene Brown white? My producers and were like, ‘have a nice day!’ It was right after ‘The Blind Side’ with Sandra Bullock and that was their way of thinking. We thought, they had to be out of their minds. So we walked away. CG: They were thinking foreign box office and that a Black lead won’t sell to the foreign market. SS/JC: But this has been proven wrong in some cases? CG: Yes. When I did the sabbatical into the independent film world for 10 years and did a lot of direct to video movies, what it did was it opened the door to actually finding financiers and establishing a structure for financing a movie through foreign pre-sales. So what happened is these buyers in Spain in Japan, in Germany in all these different territories, they all come together for these festivals, like Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. They’ve represented these countries for years.

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By Burt Levine, Political Writer


Texas Blacks Buck National Trend in Backing Capital Punishment

he Pew Research Center is out with a new poll on the death penalty. It shows nearly twice as many whites as Blacks nationally back the death penalty while overall support nationally continued to slide. National opposition is still strongest among Blacks and Hispanics but in Texas African Americans and Hispanics are siding with all others in support of the ultimate consequence for the crimes. As goes the nation on capital punishment and in other social issues such as abortion and single sex marriage, Texas typically is going the other way including African Americans that despite perceptions are conservative issues based on the Bible. Support in Texas for capital punishment is considerably higher than the nation, perhaps by 20 points or so. Texas support may, in fact, have gone up a tick or two in recent years. Support among blacks in Texas was 24 points higher than blacks across the U.S. Texas support remains strong across racial demographics, not to mention party affiliation. A UT/ Texas Tribune poll shows supports the break down this way:  Texas whites — 76% support, Texas blacks — 60% support, Texas Hispanics — 78% support.  While historically it is Democrats that argue against the death penalty and Republicans rally for it, in Texas Democrats back it at 62% support and Texas Republicans — 85% support. Hispanic support in Texas — at 78 percent — exceeded white support in the UT/TT poll and was 38 points higher than Hispanic support nationally.

This is especially surprising given the high proportion of blacks among wrongfully convicted Texans who have been exonerated through DNA tests and other means. Texas’ first African American DA,

Dallas’ Craig Watkins, has said Texans kid themselves if they think the justice system is colorblind and deals everyone a fair hand. That view contributes to black opposition to the death penalty across the nation, but why not here? Surpassing now Harris County, Watkins, Texas’ first and only black DA, has sent more people to the death chamber in recent years than any other county DA anywhere in Texas. On Texas’ overall support for the death penalty, observers theorize it stems from elected appeals judges and limited clemency powers for the governor. A sense of lingering frontier justice typically enters the conversation. Texas experts assert that Texans in all demographic groups more readily accept the theory of retributive justice — the “just desserts” approach, centering on punishment vs. the objectives of deterrence or rehabilitation. Central to that is a sense of proportionality that suggests there is no substitute punishment for the most heinous of crimes. Why is that philosophy so strong here? Given that Texas has been a career destination for millions of Northerners (including me, from Illinois and California) and the destination for millions from Mexico and other Catholic countries (a pro-life/religious group with lower death penalty support), and given that Texas has become a heavily urbanized state, it’s a puzzle support for capital punishment in Texas has been so resilient.

BOOK REVIEW Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock By Terri Schichenmeyer, Literary Writer


Your Unlimited Potential

ou’ll never amount to anything. You might have had those words thrown at you at some point in your early life – and if they were directed at you, the memory still stings. There’s too much finality in them, too much lack of hope. The threat of becoming nothing feels like a death. So if you heard those words – or something similar – how can you pull yourself out of their grip? Read “Transforming Pain to Power” by Daniel Beaty, and you might find some direction. Having grown up in a household marred by addiction and incarceration, you might think that Daniel Beaty would’ve had a childhood lacking in dreams. That wasn’t the case, though, because of the kindness of a third-grade teacher who nurtured Beaty’s interest in public speaking. Still, and despite that his talents blossomed into a multi-faceted career, Beaty continued to suffer pain because of a lack of relationship with his father. The bad times continued while he was in college, until he figured out a few things on the road to happiness and contentment. The first thing he determined is that “No matter where you come from or where you are in this moment, you have within you the unlimited potential to create, do, or be anything.” Furthermore, you can choose “power over pain… joy over sorrow” and a “purposeful” life. To do that, you need to find your “core Authentic Self,” which will tell you who you are. “The Authentic Self is the parent to our thoughts and feel-

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ings,” Beaty says. “By connecting with out Authentic Self we can embrace whatever label of identity we choose that empowers us to accomplish our greatest dreams.” Next, identify your “INITIAL BREAKDOWN,” or the deepest, most primal hurt you’ve

by Daniel Beaty, foreword by Michael Eric Dyson

experienced. From there, you can hone in on a “RESULTING THOUGHT PATTERN,” which is a negative self-identifier. Learn to embrace the pain and breathe through it. Understand that, while you should get rid of negativity, it’s “hard to not do something.” Identify your “Emotional Inheritance,” things your parents said that may or may not be true. Don’t wallow in sorrow for “a season.” And “remember to Breathe, to Observe, to Choose, to be Intentional, to Create.” No doubt about it, “Transforming Pain to Power” is an odd little book. Not only is it repetitious, but author Daniel Beaty filled it with poetry, excerpts from his plays, letters from his father, and quotations in between the nitty-gritty of his subject. There’s psychology in here; some of it’s actually real, and some of it’s fabricated from his ideas and experiences. Because of all this, I often had a hard time staying focused on this book and Beaty’s line of thought, mostly because it seemed to go in squares and circles. I do believe there’s some basic good inside this book – affirmations, self-appreciating thoughts, and ideas for coping - but it’s going to take extreme patience to find what you might need. Overall, you can try “Transforming Pain to Power,” but reading it might amount to a lot of frustration.

c.2014, Berkley Publishing $19.95 / $22.95 Canada 225 pages

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FEATURE By Jo-Carolyn Goode, Managing Editor

James Stewart Dominating the Motocross Track for 50th Win

James Stewart practicing


ven though none of the people I know nicknamed “Bubba” are country farm boys, many have that picture of someone named Bubba. Twenty-eight year old motocross racing champ James “Bubba” Stewart had the same image. But as the first African American to dominate the sport, he has not just change the image of the typical “Bubba” but he has change the game and made history all at the same time. For a young boy, nothing can be more fun than getting to go fast. Before he was stable on his feet to walk, baby Stewart was riding a motorcycle courtesy of his dad who first introduced him to the sport of motocross. After growing up in the industry Stewart is a grown man living out little boys’ dreams daily as one of the best in the industry of motorcycle racing as a professional motocross racer competing in supercross. Not familiar with the sport yet? No worries as this weekend Stewart comes to Houston with fellow motocross racers to contend in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross at the NRG Stadium, formerly Reliant Stadium, stage. It is always great when you do what you love because your job is not work its just plain fun. Every time Stewart steps out on the racing track having fun is all he does. Riding on dirt roads at excessive speeds and flying three stories in the air Stewart has perfective his craft to become the first African American to win a supercross title in 2003 and he has not stop breaking records since. In front of a crowd well over 60,000, Stewart won his third race in a row and a career best 50th win. He now leads the 450SX Class with the most wins. A mist all this fanfare over his amazing career Stewart is ever so humble. Not ever thinking too much about how he is gaining national attention for the sports for being both African American and really good, or how he is breaking records along the way, commenting to the St. Petersburg News, “With a helmet on, we all look the same anyway.” He simply trains hard, does his best on the track, and hopefully wins races and championships. So far that formula is working.

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Though the young man is riding high now, he knows it won’t last forever. Most racers retire by age 30. With that in mind he is making plans for the future and who knew those plans would include that of a fashion designer. Don’t think 3-piece button down suits, sports blazer, and polo type shirts but think racing gear. Stewart was well known for his heavy contract with clothing apparel company Answer Racing but he felt as if his voice was not always heard. “Sometimes, I felt like just an employee, rather than a part of things, and that’s what inspired me to do my own thing,” he said in an interview. In 2013, his voice was heard when he launched his riding apparel company SevenMX. Described as a collaboration between an artist and a racer, SevenMX gives riders what they need to performance at their best while styling threads that will turn heads. The venture is something that Stewart is really passionate about and that is told through the sacrifices he has had to make. He not only gave up a 7-figure salary, but a salary altogether. He invests everything into the brand because he wants it to be best it can be. In an interview with Transworld Motocross Stewart said, “My salary is nothing and I am investing in it for all of the right reasons. Whether it goes well or not is yet to be seen, but I am committed to this thing 100%. I think that Seven can be something special, and with Troy’s help, it can be even better,” referring to his business partner, Troy Lee, one of the industry most respected designers in motocross. SevenMX was just recently made available to the public in 2013. With his place etched in motocross history and his future set Stewart can put all his attention on his first love of simply racing. See him do what he does best Saturday, April 5, 2014, at NRG Stadium for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Doors open at 12:30pm with qualifying races and practice runs. The main event starts at 7pm. Ticket prices start at $15 and are $5 more the day of the show. Tickets are available at NRG Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets and online at or call 800-745-3000.

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Honoring Dr. Reagan Flowers’ Champion of Change Photography By Vicky Pink

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Houston Style Magazine was on hand for a special reception honoring Houston’s own Dr. Reagan Flowers. The White House recently recognized the Founder & CEO of Communication-Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics Teacher & Student Support Services, Inc., which is the first integrated Pre K through 12th grade STEM enrichment program in the nation, as STEM Diversity and Access “Champion of Change.” Dr. Flowers’ efforts have created opportunities for numerous young people typically underrepresented in STEM industries by using unconventional approaches to enhance student exposure. Some in attendance were Laolu Davies-Yemitan, Rhonda Arnold, Vernita Harris, Roy Carter, and Houston City Councilmen Dwight Boykins and Jack Christie.

7th Annual Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Celebration


Photography By Vicky Pink

n Saturday, March 29, 2014, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at Bethel’s Place for the 7th Annual Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Celebration. Bee Busy, Inc. along with Houston Department of Health and Human Services, and the Church at Bethel’s Place hosted the program to educate and inform women and girls about the increasing HIV/AIDS contraction rates among minority women and girls, the importance of opening a prevention dialogue with potential sexual partners and medical advances in the care and treatment of HIV and AIDS. The keynote speaker was Hydeia Broadbent, the well known HIV/AIDS activist was born with HIV. Attendees at the free event were able to take advantage of Affordable Care Act enrollment and health screenings for HIV/STIs, blood pressure, and diabetes. 

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LAMIK’s 3rd Annual Ladies to Legends Tea Photography By Vicky Pink


n Saturday, March 29, 2014, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at LAMIK as they hosted the 3rd Annual Ladies to Legends Tea celebrating Women’s History Month. Women of all walks of life whose individual and collective contributions have enriched our lives were honored. Some in attendance were LAMIK founder Kim Roxie, Beatrice Green, Wanda Adams, Chris Noble, Lillie Lacy, Sharday Campbell, and Tammie Campbell.

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Secretary Sebelius & Congresswoman Lee Live Youth Panel & Twitter Town Hall Photography By Vicky Pink

n Thursday, March 27, 2014, Houston Style Magazine was on hand on the campus of O Texas Southern University (TSU) at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs for the Live Youth Panel & Twitter Town Hall. Presented by TSU’s Barbara Jor-

dan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Young Invincibles and The League of Young Voters Education Fund, the event allowed for an open dialogue to discuss healthcare and young adults in Houston. President Obama’s HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, made a special appearance. Also on the panel were Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Christina Sanders, Jose Sanchez, and J-Mac.

Let the Fashions Begin Check Presentation


Photography By Vicky Pink

n Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at Texas Children’s Hospital for a check presentation by Let the Fashions Begin. Through various donations from the annual Men of Style fashion show, sponsored by Let the Fashions Begin, the organization was able to present a check for $55,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital. Some in attendance were Judge Clarease Rankin Yates, founder of Let the Fashions Begin; Dr. Alex George, Constance Charles, Vanessa Hall, and Linda Wischnewsky.

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and veteran recruiting. More information on AT&T job openings can be found at

Jeff Gennette Named President of Macy’s, Inc.


acy’s, Inc. announced that Jeffrey Gennette, who has served for the past five years as Macy’s chief merchandising officer, has been elected President of the corporation, effective immediately. In this new role, Gennette will retain day-to-day responsibility for Macy’s merchandising functions, as well as oversight of Jeff Gennette marketing and macys. com. In addition, he assumes oversight responsibility for Macy’s Private Brands organization. He also served as chairman and CEO of Macy’s West for the previous year, and was chairman and CEO of Macy’s Northwest in Seattle from December 2005 to February 2008. For more information, visit

Amazon Jumps into TV-Streaming The pool of TV-Streaming companies jut got larger with the introduction of Amazon’s Fire TV. The video streaming device delivers content straight to the television and offers a more prominent showcase for the e-commerce giant’s slate of original programming. Fire TV will also have content from Netflix, Hulu and others. It is smart TV as it can also predict what consumers will watch ad has a remote for voice-activation search. For more information, visit

Microsoft Windows Will Soon Be Free It is almost unheard of to get something free these days. However, Microsoft plans to offer their Windows operating system for free on smartphones and tablets as a way to compete in the growing the market and win more customers. The announced was mad at Microsoft’s annual developers conference this month. Recognizing the success of Google’s Andriod system for phones and tablets that accounts for more than 75% of all phones sold in 2013, Microsoft hopes to steal some of that thunder. Microsoft hopes customers will use more of their cloud-base services. For more information, visit,

GM Statement: Barra Vows to Rebuild Customer Trust General Motors CEO Mary Barra testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance investigating the GM ignition switch recall. The following statement may be attributed to her: “The issues raised in the hearing were tough but fair. I appreciate the intense interest by the senators to fully underMary Barra stand what happened and why. I am going to accomplish exactly that, and we will keep Congress informed. Meanwhile, we will continue doing all we can to repair our customers’ vehicles and rebuild their trust in GM.” For more information, visit www.

est level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality; inpatient complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. Memorial Hermann has been recognized with this honor five times. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

2014 Woman of the Year: Katherine Archuleta BlackBerry Ends Licensing with T-Mobile On the 25th of this month Blackberry and T-Mobile will no longer have connecting ties. With the smartphone market getting more and more competitive, BlackBerry has had a tough time staying relevant falling below 1% on the U.S. market. The split was sparked by the ongoing arguments between the wireless carriers CEOs. For more information, visit

HispanicBusiness has named Katherine Archuleta as their 2014 Woman of the Year. She is the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Obama administration, and prior to that, she was the first Latina national political director for a major presidential run when she headed up President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. As the director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Senate confirmed her to her position in October. As the director of OPM, she oversees a staff of more than 5,000 people, and an agency that manages over 2.7 million civilian employees of the federal government. For more information, visit

AT&T Hiring More Than 3,000 Retail Employees AT&T* will hire more than 3,000 retail sales and sales management employees nationwide over the next several months. The new employees are needed to meet increased customer demand in the company’s growing retail business. With 243,000 employees, AT&T is one of the largest employers in the country. It continues to hire in growth areas including wireless, video, cloud services, sales and mobility applications.  AT&T is also committed to diversity

Memorial Hermann Named One of America’s Top Hospitals Memorial Hermann Health System has been named among the top 100 hospitals by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the high- moc.enizagaMelytS.www

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