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Volume 28 | Number 3

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Jesse Jackson

More Than Obama’s Legacy at Stake in Healthcare Repeal

Jeanette Epps

KEEP FAITH IN THE FUTURE Story by Jo-Carolyn Goode / Photo: King Family

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COMMENTARY

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resident Obama returns to sweet home Chicago Tuesday night to say farewell to the nation. It will be an evening of joy, tears and pride in a job well done, despite the harsh headwinds of resistance he faced every day for eight years. As President Obama enters into his last days in office, surely his greatest legacy is the Affordable Care Act. Twenty million people have received health care coverage under the act, largely from the extension of Medicaid to cover lower-wage workers and their families. Insurance companies have not only been required to deal fairly with those afflicted with ailments, they have also been forced by law to limit what they rake off in administration and profits. This is a big deal. Lives are being saved; illnesses are being treated. Family finances are being protected. A smaller percentage of Americans go without coverage than ever in the history of the country. This is the most important extension of health coverage since the passage of Medicare

POLITICAL By Burt

onstable Gary Majors, appointed unanimously by Commissioners Court to succeed the late Fort Bend Constable Ruben Davis, led the renaming dedication of the street in front of the east Fort Bend Annex to Ruben Davis Drive. With freezing temperatures and tears coming from his eyes, Majors was joined by hundreds Saturday, January 7th to remember his mentor. “Constable Davis is our conscience. He’s a trailblazer who taught me what I know about this office and civil law enforcement. He was a teacher that taught us compassion for senior citizens and youth in our community and county. We’ll never fill his big shoes but I pledge to build on his promise and legacy,” said Majors, who has worked in the Pct. 2  Office since 1994, two years longer than Davis did. Under the watchful eye of Davis, Majors worked his way from deputy to corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. “From when I completed Houston Community College Police Academy to now, I am and will always look to Constable Davis for direction. My life’s mission is to make his wife Sharon, daughter Robin, father Ruben Davis Sr., the Pct. 2 office he put

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under Lyndon Johnson. Millions more, however, were turned away on the altar of meanness and ideology. So, naturally, the Republican Congress -- dedicated to reversing all things Obama -- has made repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, or what they call Obamacare, its first order of business. Repeal -- plus the defunding of Planned Parenthood’s programs for women’s health -- is the centerpiece of the reconciliation bill Republicans plan to push through Congress immediately. This opposition to the Affordable Care Act is founded in large part on racial delusions. Obama is charged with providing health care for “those people” -- people of color -- at the cost of hard-working Americans. Bluecollar white voters, particularly in the Midwestern states that gave Trump the election, were the most skeptical about the law. As Ronald Brownstein pointed out in the Atlantic, based on data from the Urban Institute, “more non-collegeeducated whites gained coverage than college-educated whites and minorities combined in all five of the key Rustbelt states that flipped from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016: Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.” There were stunning reductions in the number of uninsured blue-collar whites in states that Donald Trump won in November -- roughly 50 percent in Ohio, Iowa and Michigan, 60 percent in West Virginia and Kentucky, and 40 percent in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This was largely because these states

adopted the ACA extension of Medicaid to cover lower-wage workers. Where Republican governors refused to extend Medicaid, low-wage workers of all races were left out. Trump has promised that he would not allow people to “die on the streets” with health care repeal. He also promised not to touch entitlements -which would include Medicaid as well as Medicare and Social Security. He named GOP Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services, however, and Price has detailed and destructive plans for what comes after repeal of ACA. He would roll back the Medicaid extension, much of the subsidies for others getting insurance in the exchanges, and much of the regulation forcing insurance companies and hospitals to limit price hikes. If he has is way, Price will also go after Medicare and Social Security as well. The result will be to strip many of the 20 million -- whites and people of color -- of the health coverage they now have. This calamity is utterly unnecessary. ACA, as the president has stated, has flaws and is need of reform. The best first steps would be to crack down on drug company prices and to create a public option in the exchanges that would help keep insurance companies honest. Neither of these reforms is on the Republican agenda. Twenty Republican senators come from states that extended Medicaid. For ACA to be repealed,

they have to sign onto to punishing lower-wage workers in their states who are covered under Medicaid extension, among others. In fact, many more people are likely to take a hit. Republicans now plan to repeal ACA without a plan to replace it. That is likely to unravel not just the Medicaid extension but also the exchanges and the curbs on insurance companies and health care complexes. People now rightly complain about the cost of our health care. Republicans are about to make that worse. President Obama has sensibly said that he will support any Republican plan that is in fact better than ACA. Despite Republicans’ posturing, they offer nothing that meets that test. Donald Trump’s bumptious course as president-elect has made Americans appreciate even more the grace and maturity with which President Obama governed. Now Republicans, in their hurry to eviscerate Obama’s historic accomplishment, are about to make us appreciate it all the more. But unless a handful of Republican senators break ranks, that appreciation will come too late to help the millions that will be placed at risk. You can write to the Rev. Jesse Jackson in care of this newspaper or by email at jjackson@rainbowpush.org. Follow him on Twitter @RevJJackson. Share this story online at www. stylemagazine.com.

Constable Majors Leads Dedication of Street Naming in Honor of The Late Constable Ruben Davis

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together and law enforcement officers in all this county, Houston, Missouri City and Stafford proud in how we’ll work together to continue what Ruben Davis did right,” he said.   Constable Majors will continue in the light of Davis by focusing on meals for senior citizens as well as welfare checks for citizens. His deputies provide assist in providing back-toschool supplies and scholarship bids that have grown each year for decades. He’ll continue to reach out to Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert and all elected officials across the county and area cities.  This is just the beginning of work for Majors. This upcoming December he will need to file for the Fort Bend  Pct. 2 March 2018 Democratic Primary to be on the ballot for fall 2018 to continue on the path Davis laid out. Remembering Davis was State Rep. Ron Reynolds who served as the event’s emcee. Reynolds said there has never been an event he felt more emotional about serving at because of the close partnership between him and Davis. Both men often knelt in prayer together and partnered on projects. He credited Davis as among the first to

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inspire him to seek public office and credits the street as a step to ensure future generations always remember the generosity of Davis and his family. Many elected official and community leaders echoed similar r e m a r k s . P a s t o r D e n n i s Yo u n g of Missouri City Baptist Church said Davis “was a giant among men.” Fort Bend Commissioner GradyPrestage and JP Joel Clouser said Davis was one of a threesome with them that worked well to serve the county and community.

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Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talked about their 30 years of love and friendship with Davis. Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis credited Davis for being his secret to securing Fort Bend votes when he first ran for city council. US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was referred to as a big sister to Davis. Houston City Council Members David Robinson and Larry Green; Missouri City Council Members Chris Preston, AnthonyMaroulis and Floyd Emery; Stafford City Council Member Wen Guerra; Stafford MSD Trustee Xavier Herrera; and Houston Community College Trustee Neta Sane were there to emphasize the importance of Ruben Davis Drive to the future of Houston, Missouri City, Stafford and Fort Bend.    At the end of the ceremony, Constable Davis’ daughter Robin helped to hold up the new street sign to present to the open arms of all there. Keep in the know on Texas politics and Texas election issues with Burt Levine. Share this storyonline atwww.stylemagazine.com.


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Dowling Street Becomes Emancipation Avenue Style Magazine Newswire

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he Houston City Council voted to change the name of Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue. The street located in Houston’s Historic Third Ward was first named to honor Dick Dowling, a Confederate officer. However, with the history of the area being historically an African American neighborhood and the street running along side of Texas’ first public park that was purchased by freed slaves in 1872, it was thought that the street name should match the area. State Rep. Garnet Coleman started the effort to rename the street a year ago and today he sees the results of his work. The renaming of Emancipation Avenue will be part of the celebration of the renovation of Emancipation Park. Simone Biles Featured in Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 Style Magazine Newswire

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ouston’s own and Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles along with fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman make their SI Swimsuit debut in the 2017 issue. Biles Both were photographed against the backdrop of the VIBES festival, a first-of-itskind event to be held in Houston on February 17-18. The two-day music, food and culture festival will celebrate Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated 2017 swimsuit issue. The festival will feature live performances by GRAMMY™ Award-winning artists Diplo and Miguel; a food festival curated by Houston’s James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd and special appearances by the models of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Class of 2017.                                                                                                  

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Steve Harvey Heads to Texas Court Over Alledged Racist Rant Lawsuit RadarOnline.com

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adarOnline.com reports that Steve Harvey is heading to court in just days over accusations he went on racist rants against white people, among Harvey other disturbing statements. According to a number of new court documents filed by Joseph Cooper, the plaintiff in the case, Harvey must appear before a judge on Jan. 23 in a Northern District of Texas Federal Court. Cooper is suing his former boss claiming he recorded him going on hateful diatribes on a number of occasions. After Cooper’s legal claims, Harvey fired back with his own lawsuit, insisting the Dallas man was trying to extort him for $5 million with the potentially damaging recordings. State’s Utility Assistance Fund Runs Out of Money NBC DFW

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s the temperatures plummet, many low-income families will have to make a difficult choice: turn on the heat or pay for groceries. That’s the new reality now that the state’s LiteUp Texas fund has run out of money. The program was funded by ratepayers in competitive markets across Texas who paid a surcharge on their monthly bill of about $1, according to the Public Utilities Commissions. That money was used to offer lowincome residents financial assistance, providing them with a discount on their electric bills. The fund was estimated to continue until August 2017, but by Sept. 1, 2016, all the money was gone.

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Houston Hispanic Chamber President Has Private Meeting with Trump’s Transition Team Houston.CBSLocal.com

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he president and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Laura Murillo, had the opportunity to meet with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team this week in hopes of Murillo working together moving forward. The private meeting took place in Washington in which many topics were discussed including NAFTA, Immigration, tax reform, and health reforms. Laura Murillo believes that the meeting is a step in the right direction but is still disappointed in the lack of Latino representation in the Trump cabinet. She also confirmed that would be in attendance at the inauguration that will take place on Jan. 20th. Local Resident Crowned As First Ms. Black USA 2017 Style Magazine Newswire

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he is wife, mother and now Ms. Black USA 2017. Kennetra Searcy is the new face of Ms. Black USA, a newly established division of the Miss Black USA Organization for women ages 27 to 35. Kennetra bested 120 applicants in the nationwide search. Kennetra will spend her reign advocating on behalf of causes such as The Heart Searcy Truth, the national platform of Miss Black USA Organization to raise awareness of heart disease, and serve as a Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone. When Kennetra is not in Nashville, TN cheering on her husband Tennessee Titans Da’Norris Searcy, she is grinding in Houston, TX as a certified personal trainer, fitness enthusiast, and emerging businesswoman.

Oldest Living Military Veteran in US Gets to Stay in Texas Home NBC DFW

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riends and strangers alike have rallied to raise money for Richard Overton, a 110-year-old veteran living in Austin, TX to stay in his home. A GoFundMe page was established to help costs for 24/7 Overton home care in order to help keep him out of a nursing home since the VA does not cover 24-hour care. Overton has lived in his home since1945. The initial goal was to raise $50,000 and the page has raised well over that amount. Federal Ruling Points to Low Levels of Latino Representation in Texas Austin Statesman

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federal judge’s ruling last week that the city of Pasadena tried to dilute the voting power of its fast-growing Latino population through the use of at-large council districts could change how Texas officials enforce voting rights laws in the state, though the case is likely to be appealed. What’s more certain is that the decision serves as another reminder of the barriers to political power for Latinos in local government across the state. An American-Statesman investigation in October found that more than 1.3 million Hispanics in Texas live in cities or counties with no Hispanic representation on their city council or commissioners’ court, disparities that remain high even when accounting for noncitizens.

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After School Program Bringing the Arts to Third Ward Breaks Ground for New Building Houston Public Media

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orkshop Houston has been busting at its seams in its current facility as it brings education and the arts to students. Their facility right now can only 36 students but the highly anticipated new facility will have the capacity to hold over 100 students. Organizers have been raising money to build a new building and have finally met their $2 million goal. Houston Public Media reports plans for the new building include a soundproof music studio, plus bigger spaces for tutoring, fashion design, and dance classes. Groundbreaking for the new building is set for Sunday, January 15th. New Channel Featuring African American Culture and Entertainment Comes to Houston Chron.com

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ust before the start of Black History Month, Houston will get a new channel showcasing African American culture and entertainment. The new channel is with KHLM-TV and will appear on the HTX Digital Walker Network channel 43.3. It is set to air on Feb. 20. The Houston Chronicle reports it will include programs from “Soul of the South,” an African-American focused broadcast group, and a show featuring sports commentator and former Texas Tech University head basketball coach Chris Walker. HTX is owned by Houston-based David Handy and After Party Entertainment, LLC, an event and entertainment company. KHLM-TV broadcasts live to more than 500,000 households in the greater Houston area.

San Antonio Being Considered for Self-driving Car Study KSAT 12

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o longer just a concept from the Judson television show, self-driving cars are here, and the technology behind them continues to improve. Now the city of San Antonio is offering Texas A&M University researchers a big stretch of road to try it out. City leaders for San Antonio have applied to be a testing ground for connected and autonomous cars. San Antonio and other Lone Star State cities – Dallas, Houston, El Paso and Austin – are in a partnership with research institutes to further cars that drive, or practically drive, themselves. While testing on controlled tracks is helpful, researchers say real streets provide the unexpected, like work crews and potholes. Lt. Gov. Discusses Potential Impact of Texas “Bathroom” Bill ABC13.com

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exas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick turned a lot of heads when last week he announced Senate Bill 6. A bill that “codifies what has been common Patrick practice in Texas and everywhere else forever - that men and women should use separate, designated bathrooms.” It is a response to Houston’s failed Equal Rights Ordinance, an effort in Ft. Worth schools, and even President Barack Obama’s direction last year that people could use a public or school restroom according to the sex to which they identified themselves, regardless of their birth gender.


BUSINESS BRIEFS H-E-B, Kinder Foundation and Others Donate Funds to Houston’s Emancipation Project The Houston Chronicle

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he $33 million renovation p roject f or Houston’s Emancipation Park just received additional funding from several businesses and foundations. The Houston Chronicle reports that both the Kinder Foundation and the Houston Endowment pledged $750,000. In addition, the Kinder Foundation put up another $250,000 if it could be matched. H-E-B answered the challenge to make the grand total $2 million in supplementary funds to the Emancipation Park Conservancy. METRO Bridges Communities With Green Line Completion Style Magazine Newswire

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ETRORail riders can now easily access East End restaurants, businesses and cultural activities. Today marked the first passenger train ride across the recently completed Harrisburg Overpass. Starting Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017  Green Line  patrons can connect to the Magnolia Park Transit Center using the overpass.  Free rides will be offered leading up to a community celebration on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The Green Line now offers nine stops, linking downtown Houston to the Magnolia Park Transit Center in the East End.  Fiesta Mart Announces South Richey Store Grand

Opening Style Magazine Newswire Houston-based Fiesta Mart LLC is excited to announce the grand opening of their South Richey store. The grand opening is part of a long-term reinvigoration of the Fiesta brand and their commitment to provide uncompromised freshness, great value and an unsurpassed variety of food choices every day. This new location will feature a Scratch Bakery where everything is baked in-store, an expanded product selection and a full-service Carniceria and kitchen offering traditional, homecooked dishes. TSU Awarded $3.3 Million Grant From the Kellogg Foundation Style Newswire

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he Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) was recently awarded a $3.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will expand The HBCU Gulf Coast Equity Consortium, a collaborative Bullard project involving Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and communitybased organizations (CBOs) formed to address health equity, social inequality and the vulnerability of children and families in the Gulf Coast. Dr. Robert Bullard, a distinguished professor in TSU’s School of Public Affairs, and Dr. Beverly Wright of the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, served as the grant’s co-principal investigators.

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nline grocery shopping will soon be a reality for a lot more families. Amazon, FreshDirect and other online grocers will now accept food stamps in a pilot program done in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two-year program for families participating in SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, will start this summer. Families in parts of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington will be eligible for different vendors.  Houston Rockets Legend Hakeem Olajuwon Is Getting Into The FroYo Business Houston.Eater.com

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ince ending his record-breaking career in the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon has been a successful real estate magnate in Houston, reportedly doing more than $100 million in property deals across the city. Come later this year, Olajuwon could be expanding his brand with a new frozen Olajuwon yogurt shop. The Houston Chronicle and Houston.Eater.com reports that Olajuwon will open a franchised outpost of Red Mango in Mont Belvieu, just a quick 30-minute drive away from Houston proper. The purchase of a Red Mango franchise marks Olajuwon’s first foray into the restaurant business. Olajuwon’s outpost of Red Mango is set to debut in Mont Belvieu “later this spring.”

Amazon’s Latest Grocery Experiment Involves Accepting Food Stamps

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HISPANIC/LATINO BRIEFS First Hispanic Bishop In U.S. Dies CatholicNews.com

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etired Archbishop Patrick F. Flores, 87, the first MexicanAmerican bishop in the United States, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Jan. 9 at Padua Place Residence for retired priests in San Antonio. The bishop, who dropped out of school to be a Flores migrant farmworker, was known for his support for farmworkers, Mexican-American civil rights and his love of his culture and heritage. A funeral Mass was scheduled for Jan. 17 at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller presiding. The archbishop also will celebrate a Mass for the Dead Jan. 16 at the cathedral followed by visitation. BMW Committed to New Factory in Mexico CNN/Style Magazine Newswire

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MW is sticking with plans to open a new factory in Mexico in 2019 despite warnings from President-elect Donald Trump that he will slap a border tax on cars imported from the country. The German automaker’s head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, explained that the company needs to expand manufacturing beyond its U.S. factory

in Spartanburg, South Carolina, already the biggest BMW plant in the world. The Spartanburg plant produces up to 450,000 cars per year, he said. Trump has publicly threatened automakers with a tariff on Mexican-made cars that are sold in the U.S. In recent weeks, he has specifically called out Ford, GM and Toyota.

Alaska, where he had repeated incidents and displayed erratic behavior with family, local authorities and the FBI.  Cadillac Tramps and Manic Hispanic Frontman Mike ‘Gabby’ Gaborno Dies at 51 ocregister.com

Former Argentine President Charged with Corruption Latino Loop

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ormer Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner faces corruption charges, illicit association and aggravated fraudulent administration and had $643 million of her assets frozen. The charges stem from allegations that she directed public road works Kirchner to a particular company during her term as president.   Florida Airport Shooter Has His Day In Court Latino Loop

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lorida airport shooting suspect, 26-year-old, Esteban Santiago appeared in federal court this week following the attack that killed 5 people at the Fort-Lauderdale/ Hollywood International airport last week. Santiago had served a tour in Iraq as part of the Puerto Rican Santiago national guard and later moved to

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ocal musician Mike “Gabby” Gaborno died after a battle with liver cancer. Gaborno was the frontman and founding member of Orange County punk rock band Cadillac Tramps, as well as punk parody supergroup Manic Hispanic and more recently, his more bluesy project dubbed Santos Y Sinners. Gaborno’s health has deteriorated over the past decade as he has battled hepatitis C, diabetes, liver and renal failure. He also suffered a stroke, heart attack and in 2015 he was diagnosed with liver cancer, which had spread to his stomach by late last year.

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FEATURE By Jo-Carolyn

Keep Faith in the Future

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Six Famous Quotes By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never despair; never give up; never feel that the cause of righteousness and justice is doomed,” are the words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on May 11, 1957, at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. It was a time when African Americans were fighting for the basic right to vote. In his first national speech, Dr. King demanded that Africans Americans be given the ballot and the right to vote for the act of denying that civil right was a “tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic tradition.” That was almost sixty years ago though today we echo a similar battle cry. We have acquired the right to vote but that right is still being challenged with the Voter ID law. We have the right of being innocent until proven guilty. However, time and time again that right is tested when some of those who are charged to enforce the law choose to accused people first using violence and ask questions when its too late leaving countless bodies in the wake. And the injustices continue when “they” are found to be within their rights but we never had a chance to exercise our own. These types of injustices were the ones that Dr. King fought so hard against and the ones that we must continue to fight for today. Nonviolently and without hate, we must act in the manner of Dr. King. He stood for justice no matter what color it appeared to be. We must hold up our fists against the discrimination of others with lighter skin tones just as high as we hold them in protest of Black Lives Matter. We have to pull together as people and work hand-inhand and arm-in-arm, especially now, when our very livelihood is at risk with the uncertainty of the unknown. Though we may be fearful. We may be baffled. We may not have the solutions to the problems we yet face. We must remain faithful. Keep the faith in the future is what Dr. King advised on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the message still holds true today. Keep the faith in knowing that no matter who the leader of the free world is, there is still only one who reigns over all. Faith is what we must hold dear and what will allow love to trump hate. Dr. King’s dream was not realized with the election of America’s first Black president. It seems as many steps as we take forward. We take just as many backward. We can not shy away from the issues. We have to stand firm and speak loud to lift our collective voices and be silenced no more. Aggressive leadership is needed from the local level on up to the top to see the change that is needed for all to prosper. “We must work passionately and unrelentingly for the goal of freedom, but we must be sure that our hands are clean in the struggle,” said Dr. King. ”We must never struggle with falsehood, hate, or malice. We must never become bitter.” But we must, among all things, keep the faith.

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“Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.” – December 11, 1964, Nobel Lecture “Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.” –March 31, 1968, Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. – 1963, Strength to Love Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection. – April 1963, “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” – April 3, 1968, “I See the Promised Land,” Speech in Memphis, Tennessee “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” – March 25, 1966, Medical Committee for Human Rights Press Conference

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Dr. Martin  Luther  King,  Jr.  Chronology   


January 15, 1929

Martin was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr.

1944

Martin Luther King Jr. graduated for Booker T. Washing High Scool. He was 15 years old. He was admitted to Morehouse College.

February 25, 1948

King became a minister in his father's church, Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was 18 years old.

June 21, 1948

King graduated from Morehouse College. He graduated when he was 19.

June 18, 1953

Martin King Jr. married Coretta Scott and settled in Montgomery, Alabama.

October 13, 1954

King became a pastor of a Baptist
 church in Montgomery, Alabama.

1957

Martin Luther King Jr. formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to fight segregation and achieve civil rights.

1958

Martin's first book, Stride Toward Freedom, was published.

1959

King resigned as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Babtist Church to work on civil rights full time and to direct the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

1960

Martin Luther King Jr. became co-paster of the Ebenezer Baptist Church iwth his father.

1961

The first Freedom Ride through the South took place by CORE, Congress for Racial Equality. Due to the work of King the Interstate Commerce Commision banned segregation on interstate travel.

April 12, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested on Good Friday along with Ralph Abernathy. He was arrested by Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor for demonstrating without a permit. He spent 11 days in jail during which time he wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

August 28, 1963

King led the March on Washington and gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Almost 250,000 people listened to his speech in the nation's capital.

December 10, 1964

Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

March 21, 1965

King led thousands of protesters 50 miles
 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
 King was arrested during the march.

July 10, 1966

King began a campaign to end discrimmination in housing, employment and schools in Chicago.

1967

King marched in support of sanitation workers that were on strike in Memphis, Tennessee.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” D r . M a rt i n Lu t h e r K i n g , j r .

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s the era of America’s first African American president draws to a close, our nation faces many new challenges. Yet, our city is vibrant, our people are inspiring and we continue to work hard and value the essential humanity of every Houstonian. In Houston, if we can dream it, we can do it. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

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ENTERTAINMENT

By Kelsey

McDaniel, Feature Writer

Red Hot Chili Peppers Heated Houston Up With The Getaway Tour haunting track called “Dark Necessities” which came next and flowed perfectly in the set-list. It was as if all the songs were created at the same time. Ironically, every record RCHP touched from “The Getaway” whether it be “Go Robot”, “Sick Love” or “Dreams of a Samurai”, fell seamlessly in the groove of RHCP’s more well known songs. Sometime right before the band played “Californication”, Kiedis took his shirt off and we all knew it was business time. Covers of both “What is Soul” and “Higher Ground” followed and found Flea singing lead vocals, both men exerting more energy at 54 than I probably have in my entire life. After “Soul to Squeeze”, Flea took a moment to speak to what seemed like an unusually large amount of kids in attendance. To sum up his sentiments, he compelled the kids to pick up an instrument, paint a picture, write a book and a whole host of other creative outlets. Just before the band broke into “By the Way” he ended his inspiring segue with “shine a light on the world, it’s your job.” The coolest part about it was how passionate it felt and how every face in the venue lit up, especially the parents whose children were there to hear it. As RHCP left the stage, nobody moved a muscle. Screams for an encore were soon met with performances of “Galveston”, “Goodbye Angels” and as always “Give It Away”. Fans tried to regain their hearing and spoke with broken voices as they left the Toyota Center, completely satisfied. I couldn’t help but wish my mom made it to this show as well but with the success of “The Getaway” released nearly 35 years after their debut album, I am sure we will be able to catch the Red Hot Chili Peppers in fine form again soon.

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obody in their right mind passes up a chance to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers live in concert. Last time they came to Houston, my mother and I happily lost our voices after belting out every word to every song they performed. Whether you grew up listening to their music or know a few of their hits, RHCP has proven time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with. With nearly 40 years of making hits under their belts, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame members hit the road again for The Getaway Tour, promoting their highly acclaimed, recently released album “The Getaway”. Sprinkling a bit of nostalgia into their opening refrain, founding Red Hot Chili Peppers percussionist Jack Irons opened the night with a solo drum set that was a tad confusing but nonetheless interesting. After Irons’ set, New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue took the stage for what turned out to be an amazing show of energy and talent. Shorty, a former member of Lenny Kravitz’s touring horn

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section wowed the crowd with both vocals and out of this world horn playing. Once legendary bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer hit the stage, everyone in the sold-out Toyota Center got on their feet and cheered; lead singer Anthony Kiedis joined them as they went straight into “Around the World”, the second single from the band’s top selling album “Californication”. Flea thanked Houston for their continuing support in a very Flea-esq way by saying “after 10 years of touring we came to Houston and it was f--awesome. After 20 years we came to Houston and it was f--- awesome. Now, after 35 years we come to Houston and it’s f---- awesome.” After over 30 years of RHCP shows, Saturday night’s concert solidified that we think they are just as awesome. The band wasted no time getting into their hits following up “Around the World” with Photo by Steve Keros “Snow (Hey Oh)” and “Scar Tissue”. One of the stand-out tracks from “The Getaway” is a slow,

Astronaut Jeanette Epps To Be NASA’s 1st African-American Crew Member On International Space Station

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ASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is set to become the first African-American crewmember on the International Space Station when she flies to space next year, the space agency announced Wednesday. Epps’ months-long trip should begin in 2018, and it will mark the first time she has traveled to orbit, following in the footsteps of the women who inspired her to become an astronaut. “It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and my twin sisters’ grades and he said, ‘You know, you guys can probably become aerospace engineers or even astronauts,’” Epps said in a NASA video interview. “And this was at the time that Sally Ride [the first American woman to fly in space] and a group of women were selected to become astronauts — the first time in history. So, he made that comment and I said, ‘Wow, that would be so cool.’” While other AfricanAmerican astronauts have flown to the Space Station for brief stays during the outpost’s construction, Epps will be the first African-American crewmember to live and work on the station for an extended period of time.

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SPORTS

By Brian Barefield, Sports Writer

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f revenge is a dish best served cold, then the Houston Texans are trying to serve the New England Patriots a TV dinner that has been sitting in the freezer for over seven years. That was the last time the Texans defeated the Patriots (January 3, 2010). As they venture into a cold 29 degree Foxboro Stadium on Saturday, Houston will look to shock the world and come out with a victory over the number one AFC seeded New England Patriots. As the divisional round of the playoffs began the Texans, lead by the number one overall defense in the NFL, will try and advance by taking on the guy seeking his revenge as well on the entire NFL in Tom Brady. The Patriots leader has a personal vendetta against Commissioner Roger Goodell over the Deflate Gate scandal that rendered him a four game Clowney suspension at the beginning of the season. Brady came back to prove he was still the best QB in the game by completing 67.4% of his passes while throwing for 3,554 yds, 28 TD’s and only 2 interceptions all while leading the Patriots to an 11-1 record since his return. All those stats lead the Texans Head Coach Bill O’ Brien and former Patriots assistant to say, “I’ve stated many times that to me he’s the best quarterback to play the game. So in preparation for him, it’s very difficult.” Speaking of quarterbacks. The Texans have named Brock Osweiler the starter even though Tom

BOOK REVIEW By Terri

Schichenmeyer, Literary Writer

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ven if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father. For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insert-your-father’s-name-here’s kid. You’re a chip off the ol’ block, maybe named after your Pops, forever known as your Dad’s offspring. But, as John Edgar Wideman indicates in “Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File,” that doesn’t mean that the supposed sins of a father should be laid at the feet of his child. On a hot Chicago summer day in 1955, fourteen-year-old Emmett Till took a train south to visit family in Mississippi. He left with a sense of excitement and came home in a specially-ordered, glass-lidded coffin, because his mother wanted “the world” to know what had happened to him. There was, of course, a trial for his murder, and fourteen-year-old John Edgar Wideman watched it unfold. He’d always wanted to write “Emmett Till fiction” but real-life turned out to be more compelling: two weeks before the Grand Jury convened, someone leaked Emmett’s father’s confidential military records, revealing that Private Louis Till had been hanged in Italy a decade earlier for the crimes of rape and murder. The revelation changed the expected outcome of the trial. In that same summer of 1955, Wideman fell in love, became broken-hearted, and saw pictures of dead Emmett in Jet magazine. That summer, he was sad, confused, angry and so, he says, was his father. There were other parallels, too; so many lines drawn from fathers to sons that made Wideman and his dad “afraid of each other.”

On the Menu Today: REVENGE Savage has cleared the league’s concussion protocol. Hopefully, Brock will finally show all of the Houston sports fans that doubted him why the Texans gave him that big free agent contract. Osweiler’s last meeting didn’t go so well with the offense being held to zero points and his stats were less than stellar (24-41 for 196 yds). In order to avoid a repeat, the Texans must rely heavily on the run game, which features another Houston free agent RB Lamar Miller. He had 111 yards from scrimmage the last time the two teams met, which will put the Patriots defense on high alert. “Stopping the run in this league is big,” said O’Brien when asked about New England’s ability to stop the run. If Houston can establish that aspect of the game it may open up the field for DeAndre Hopkins who is having a very sub-par year when you compare his numbers from last year. He scored a touchdown last week which might be the thing needed to make the Osweiler-Hopkins connection come alive. The advantage that Houston has coming into this game as previously stated is the number one defense in the league. And they are doing this without their all-pro defensive lineman JJ Watt who ironically was put on season ending injury reserve after the 1st Patriots meeting. The Texans will rely heavily on 2016 all- pro DE Jadeveon Clowney. He is finally showing the league why he was the Mercilus number one overall pick by Houston in the 2014 NFL Draft. Although held in

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check in their first meeting (2 total tackles), this is a different player now. “He makes plays on the football even when he’s getting after the quarterback or tackling the running back,” says his biggest supporter Coach O’Brien. This time around Clowney will have help with the relentless pursuit from LB Whitney Mercilus, the healthy return of LB Brian Cushing after missing the first game with the Patriots due to injury, and a defensive backfield with rising star CB A.J. Bouye. They will have their hands full trying to contain Tom Brady. “I think the guy’s the most poised quarterback in the NFL. He just keeps calm, and that’s what makes him so good,” Clowney stated when talking about the all-pro. If the Texans can keep their turnovers down (they had 3 in the last meeting), apply pressure on Brady, and get a great game out of Osweiler. They have a fighter’s chance of coming out ahead of New England with a win. That’s a lot of ifs. Especially going against a mastermind in Head Coach Bill Belichick. Some way, somehow, he always finds a way to win. Maybe the Texans will have to put that dinner back in the freezer for another year.

Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File With that in mind, Wideman requested Louis Till’s file and discovered “helter-skelter” papers and a “hodgepodge of this and that…” Till had been just “a kid” when hanged, the probable victim of an “ugly story.” Had he been around to “school his son… about the south,” would Emmett have come home alive? Can a man change the outcome of his child’s existence? Though “Writing to Save a Life” is an intriguing, even provocative book, it may be a struggle to read. For sure, it’s going to take some getting used to. In with news clips, files, history, current events, and reconstructions of what might have happened decades ago to Louis, Mamie, and Emmett Till, author John Edgar Wideman melts his own experiences and his imagination. That’s a great method of storytelling, and it lends urgency and relevancy but it’s not very well delineated here – meaning that it sometimes takes a minute to understand when this book takes a fictional turn and when it turns back again. That can be a distraction, even as those switch-andswitch-backs add to the emotional feel of the story. Purists may also find an occasional lack of punctuation to be quite irritating. And yet – keep reading. This is a hard-hitting, raw-spirited tale that ultimately gets under your skin, and it’ll make you think about fathers, sons, and what they might leave one another. Keep reading – because “Writing to Save a Life” may become a book you can’t forget, even if you wanted to. Share this story online at www.stylemagazine. com.

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Warm Up with Comfort Foods By Family Features

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njoying warm comfort foods during winter months can serve as an exceptional way to defeat that icy chill. As the frost sets in and winds howl, nothing beats the comforting taste of delicious foods like Roasted Sonoma Chicken with Wild Rice and Carrot Butter, Beef and Potato Tzimmes, or Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread Pudding. For more comfort food recipes, visit culinary.net. A Winning Comfort Combination Almost nothing says comfort food quite like tender, slow-cooked beef and potatoes. Add in sweet honey for a twist on a timeless cold-weather classic and you’re in for a true delight. Find more honey-infused recipes at honey.com. Beef and Potato Tzimmes Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board Servings: 6 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 1/3 1/2 1/8 4 4 2 2

tablespoons vegetable oil, divided pounds beef, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks cups chopped onion cups carrots, sliced 1-inch thick teaspoons garlic salt cups water, plus 3 tablespoons (optional) cups potatoes, cubed 1-inch thick cups sweet potatoes, cubed 1-inch thick cup honey teaspoon ground cinnamon teaspoon ground pepper ounces dried apricots ounces pitted prunes tablespoons flour (optional) tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)

In heavy 5-quart pot over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add beef and brown on all sides. Remove beef from pan, add remaining oil, if necessary, and saute onion until tender. Return beef to pan; add carrots, garlic salt and 4 cups water to cover ingredients. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour. Add potatoes, sweet potatoes, honey, cinnamon and pepper; stir and return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, 30 minutes, or until potatoes are barely cooked. Add apricots and prunes and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until beef is tender. Liquid should be slightly thickened. If necessary, dissolve flour in 3 tablespoons water and stir into stew; return to simmer, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with parsley before serving, if desired.

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Cozy Up to Comfort Foods Creating a comfort food masterpiece like Roasted Sonoma Chicken with Wild Rice and Carrot Butter is a no-brainer when hunger hits along with chilly winter air. The dish’s warm, captivating spices will help you forget about the frosty climate around you. But to truly keep winter winds at bay, try pairing your tasty meal with a vibrant, fruit-forward wine, such as Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2014. The wine works well for nearly any occasion, but it’s the perfect complement to bring out the flavors of the roasted chicken thanks to its aromas of raspberry and red currant combining with spice notes of nutmeg and vanilla, which lead to a smooth, elegant finish. For more wine pairing tips and recipes, visit KenwoodVineyards.com.

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Obama Offers Optimism -- And Earnings -- In Farewell Address

By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer

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opular but politically humbled, President Barack Obama said goodbye to the nation Tuesday night, declaring during his farewell address that he hasn’t abandoned his vision of progressive change but warning that it now comes with a new set of caveats. His voice at moments catching with emotion, Obama recounted a presidency that saw setbacks as well as successes. Admitting candidly that political discourse has soured under his watch, Obama demanded that Americans renew efforts at reconciliation. “It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy,” the President said. “To embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours.” Obama also stressed solidarity despite a presidency sometimes at odds with Congress. “Democracy does not require uniformity,” Obama said. “Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity -- the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.” In a concession that, for now, his brand of progressive politics is stalled in Washington, Obama admitted “for every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back.” He implored his backers to be vigilant in protecting basic American values he warned could come under siege. “Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear,” he said. “So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.” And he warned against turning inward, telling Democrats that only by involving themselves in a real political discourse could they hope to renew the hopeful vision he brought to the White House eight years ago. “After eight years as your President, I still believe that,” he went on. “And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea -- our bold experiment in self-government.” Capstone Obama’s speech is the capstone of a months-long farewell tour, manifested in extended magazine interviews, lengthy television sitdowns, and the White House’s own efforts to document the President’s waning administration. Through it all, Obama has sought to highlight the achievements of his presidency using statistics showing the country better off now than eight years ago. As he spoke before a rowdy crowd of supporters, Obama was interrupted often with screams of “I Love you Obama.” When a protester holding a “Pardon All of Us” sign, chants of “four more years” drowned out the shouts. Obama sought to corral his crowd, listing the accomplishments of the last eight years 16

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ranging from health care to marriage equality, all while insisting that his work isn’t finished. He recognized his successor Donald Trump, saying he was committed to a peaceful transition of power. But he warned that going forward Democrats shouldn’t fall in line with their commander-in-chief. Obama, who has addressed race with varying degrees of force during his time in office, used his farewell to insist Americans work harder to understand each other’s struggles. After presiding over eight years that saw race relations enter a fraught new era, Obama demanded that differences be identified and reconciled. “Brown kids will represent a larger share of America’s workforce” in the years ahead, Obama proclaimed, calling for better rules that will help the children of immigrants succeed. He warned that “laws alone won’t be enough” in resolving persistent differences between Americans. “Hearts must change,” he said. He called on African-Americans and minorities to view with empathy “the middleaged white man who from the outside may seem like he’s got all the advantages, but who’s seen his world upended by economic, cultural, and

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technological change.” And he urged whites to regard the protests of minorities as a fight “not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our Founders promised.” “Regardless of the station we occupy, we have to try harder,” Obama said. “To start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own.” Capitalize on goodwill In coming to Chicago, Obama hoped to capitalize on a well of goodwill that’s expanded in the final year of his tenure. He discarded the staid Oval Office or East Room for his last formal set of remarks, choosing instead the city where his political rise began and where he declared victory in 2008 and 2012. Inside a vast convention hall packed with more than 20,000 of his most ardent supporters and former staffers, the mood was wistful. Ahead of his address, aides described the normally unsentimental commander in chief as nostalgic.

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Over the past several weeks, Obama has offered a rational view of Trump’s election and rarely let on to any apprehension about his future as an ex-president. First lady Michelle Obama has articulated a more candid view in a scaledback version of her own farewell. She sat for an hour-long interview with Oprah Winfrey, frankly admitting that Democrats were now “feeling what not having hope feels like.” And she became emotional during her final set of formal remarks at the White House Friday, her voice quaking and eyes welling with tears as she told a crowd of educators: “I hope I made you proud.” During his speech Tuesday, Obama voice quaked when describing his wife’s service. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor,” he said. “You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.” Planning for months The President had been planning his speech for months, aides said, formulating the broad themes while on vacation over the holidays in Hawaii and developing drafts starting last week. He told aides months ago that he preferred to deliver his farewell address in his hometown, a first for a departing President. George W. Bush, unpopular and facing a financial crisis, delivered his final prime-time address in the White House East Room to a crowd of 200 supporters and aides. Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter all used the Oval Office -- a setting Obama has long spurned for formal remarks. George H.W. Bush traveled outside of Washington to West Point for a departing address after failing to secure a second term, though he didn’t actually bill it as a farewell. The tradition extends back to George Washington, who issued warnings against unchecked power and partisan entrenchment in a written address to the nation in 1796. Like major addresses in the past, Obama wrote his speech himself, dictating passages to his chief speechwriter Cody Keenan who puts the President’s words into print. Obama returned the drafts with heavy annotations, writing his changes in a tightly compressed scrawl on the margins. The President and Keenan went through at least four drafts of the farewell speech, an official told CNN Tuesday. The broad themes of the speech came together while the President was in Hawaii and he started reading a first draft on the long flight home last Sunday. Aside from Keenan, several familiar names from the past were involved in the drafting, including former speechwriter Jon Favreau and former senior adviser David Axelrod. When he returns to Washington in the early morning hours of Wednesday, it will be Obama’s 1,293rd -- and final -- flight aboard Air Force One. He’ll use the presidential aircraft on Inauguration Day to depart Washington. But with only a former president aboard, it’s known simply as a “Special Air Mission.”


WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN MACY’S IN CELEBRATING THE

LIFE LEGACY AND LOVE of

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AMC FIRST COLONY 24 HOUSTON, TEXAS

AKAs Supports Hidden Figures Film Photography by Vicky Pink

here was a flood of pink and green at AMC First Colony 24 as the Houston T Metropolitan Area Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. turned out in large numbers to support the ground breaking film Hidden Figures. The ladies joined by their family and friends watched the movie that tells the story of three African American women, who are members of AKA, behind the historic launch of John Glenn into orbit. After the screening, a panel discussion was held with NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps, NASA Aerospace Engineer Macresia Alibaruho and former TSU STEM professor Dr.  Polly Sparks Turner and moderator, Houston Chronicle reporter Cindy George. Some in attendance were Faye Bryant, Gwendolyn Brinkley, Faye Phillips, Betty Merritte-Williams, Donna Miles, Patricia Roberts, LaDonna Harris, Laura Sandling, Honornell Sandling, Nakesha Smith, Krystle Simpson-Hamlet, Jennifer Rachal, Ideana Wade, Pamela McGee, Linda Knight Burkley, Jackie Watson, Maddie Nunn, and Kellye Singletary-Cunningham.

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The Next Level Houston Photography by Vicky Pink

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ollywood is coming to Houston with a new live music experience debuting this month called The Next Level Houston. The monthly affair will feature sounds from a variety of genres and offer a mix of live performances by professionally known artists as well as local artists. Next Level Houston made its star-studded debut with performances by national recording artists, Andrea Helms of BET’s Sunday Best and Grammy-nominated singer Tamar Davis. Leela James, R&B superstar, made a special celebrity appearance as guest host. Other live performers were Ahrel Lumzy, Shonnie Murrell, Gene Moore, Shelia Moore-Piper and Christina Collins.

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FEDERAL BUILDING HOUSTON, TEXAS

Affordable Care Act Emergency Round Table Discussion Photography by Vicky Pink

ongresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called on doctors, community leaders, and C community members to engage in an emergency round table discussion and press conference on the Affordable Care Act. The passage of the Affordable Care

Act represents a historic opportunity to improve quality and increase value within the American health care system. It is being threaten by President-Elect Donald Trump. Congresswoman Lee along with those assembled exchanged ideas and solutions to prepare if the act is repealed.

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NHPO Membership Drive Photography by Vicky Pink

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he National Hispanic Professional Organization is looking for new members and they started their recruitment at their 2017 membership drive. The professional development organization helps to provide members with career opportunities, leadership training, professional development and business development. Mayo Some in attendance were HPD Chief Art Acevedo, HFD Chief Samuel Pena, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Burt Levine, Pilar DelaRosa, Sonia Rivera, Leah Martinez, Teresa Rodriguez, Monica Cortez, Cesar Espinosa, Elaine Gracia, Raquel Boujourne, Jose Diaz, Raul Reyes, Fred Shuchart, Esmeralda Garcia, Tony Diaz, and Hector Chavana,

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H-E-B SPARKLING Beverages 12 pk., 11.5 oz. cans assorted varieties (excludes H-E-B Sparkling Water)

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with in-store coupon

H-E-B Organics® Pasta, 16 oz.

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free! with in-store coupon

H-E-B Organics® Pretzels, Tortilla Chips, or Potato Chips 7 - 12 oz.

assorted varieties Llévatelo

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Mark’s Good Stuff Salsa 16 oz. assorted varieties

16 oz.

64 oz. assorted varieties

free!

2.48

free!

• Dole Spinach, Shredded Lettuce 8 oz., or Classic Coleslaw, 14 oz. • H-E-B Select IngredientsTM Fresh Brewed Tea

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assorted varieties

$

• H-E-B Brown & Wild Rice Blend

FREE

14 in 5 items!

$

free! with in-store coupon

Mission Carb Balance Fajita Tortillas 8 ct., flour or whole wheat

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$

4.38

free!

buy Oscar Mayer Ham, baked, smoked, or honey, Beef Bologna, or Beef Cotto Salami 16 oz.

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$

3.47

free!

buy H-E-B Lunchmeat

family pack 16 oz. tub assorted varieties

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Kraft Singles 12 oz.

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free! with in-store coupon

H-E-B Natural Sliced Cheese, 8 oz.

assorted varieties

Prices Good Wednesday, January 11 Thru Tuesday, January 17, 2017 At Your Neighborhood H-E-B Stores.

Some items may not be available in all stores. Items not valid at Central Market. Due to the popularity of our Extra Low Prices Every Day, we reserve the right to limit quantities. Limit Rights Reserved. We Accept Lone Star Card, WIC And Manufacturers’ Coupons. ©2017 HEB, 16-6648 visit www.heb.com

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