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idel Castro, Cuba’s leader for almost six decades, has died at 90 in Havana. USA Today’s headline on Monday read, “No Mourning in Miami,” noting the continued bitterness of those who left Cuba. The Washington Post featured testimonies condemning Castro’s authoritarian government. A revolutionary, a brutal dictator who sided with the USSR in the Cold War, a sponsor of guerilla wars, leader of a failed economy -- Castro’s death has unleashed the full indictment against him. We need a broader view, a more clear-eyed analysis of the man and his times. Why was this leader of a small island nation 90 miles off our coast celebrated across Africa and Latin America? How could he survive the determined efforts of the U.S. government to oust him, outlasting 11 American presidents? Why did Nelson Mandela praise and thank him? Castro led the Cuban Revolution against a brutal dictator to victory in 1959. Always more a devotee of Marti -- the Cuban poet and patriot who led the revolt against Spain -- than of Marx, Castro set out to nationalize foreign


frican-American U.S. Senate staffers are looking forward to the new year since for the first time in a long time the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and The White House will all be under Republican control. The Senat9e Black Legislative Staff Caucus is also asking U.S. Senate offices to diversify. As a group, they are pushing lawmakers to increase diversity in their offices as they prepare for the next Congress that starts in 2017. The SBLSC sent a letter and a document of recommendations to Senate leaders and every Senate office Tuesday evening (November 29th). According to the documents, the SBLSC conducted a “census” of black staffers that evaluated career status and views on diversity efforts. “The results were deeply concerning, but not shocking,” said Don Bell, president of the SBLSC. The group’s census determined of the roughly 3,600 Senate staffers in the nation’s capital, just five percent were black. Nearly three quarters of the respondents said they “disapproved or were indifferent” to how Senate offices have addressed the needs of AfricanAmerican staffers. The census followed a December 2015 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report that found racial disparities among senior Senate


companies that owned and dominated most of the island, implement land reform, expand schools and clinics, and set Cuba on an independent course. There were victims of the revolution, for whom we continue to seek family unification. Some elites and some common people fled the turmoil of revolution. Relations with the U.S. quickly soured. John Kennedy signed off on the “covert” Bay of Pigs invasion by a CIA-organized and -trained army of Cuban exiles. They were defeated easily, and the CIA never forgave Castro for the embarrassment. The U.S. launched multiple assassination attempts, enforced an economic embargo and tried various ways to sabotage the Cuban economy. Cut off from the hemisphere, Castro turned to the Soviet Union, which supplied oil and aid. The U.S. strangled and starved him into strength. Castro’s defiance and pride consolidated the hatred of U.S. governing circles. He exported doctors and teachers while the U.S. exported weapons and war. Across the world -- and in parts of the U.S. -- Castro was and is celebrated. He stood with Africans against European imperialism and South African apartheid. He stood with Latin Americans against Yankee domination and corrupt local regimes. He dispatched doctors across the world to non-aligned nations, earning friends and saving lives. In 1975, he launched an audacious airlift of Cuban troops to repel the South African invasion of Angola, marking the beginning of the end for apartheid. He celebrated Mandela while the U.S. government was supporting the apartheid government and labeling Mandela a terrorist. In 1959, Castro came to the United Nations in New York City. He chose to stay in the Hotel Teresa

in Harlem and met with Malcolm X, acts scorned as a publicity stunt. But in 1959, African-Americans couldn’t stay in white hotels across the South. We lived under the American version of apartheid. Neighborhoods across the country were redlined by race. Castro was the first Cuban leader to recognize his country’s large black population, descended from slaves, and to help integrate them into national life. Castro’s embrace of civil rights was an electric message across the black community in the U.S. When I first met Castro in 1984, I found him to be a magnetic personality, a brilliant mind and a proud leader. I was told I couldn’t talk to him about religion. We talked for hours. He told me he had once loved the church and thought of it as a center of activism and social justice, not just piety. But when he came down out of the mountains after defeating the brutal dictator, he was shocked and heartbroken to find the priests armed and ready to kill to defend the graveyards of the rich. I reminded him of Dr. Martin Luther King and the other theologians of liberation, and Castro came to church with me in Havana. It was the first time Castro had gone to church in 27 years. I had to remind him to take off his hat and put out his cigar. We laughed and settled in for the service. I was told he wouldn’t talk about political prisoners. We talked, and he released 48 prisoners to me. In later years, Castro’s government cooperated with the U.S. in countering terrorism. His health and education systems became the envy of much of the hemisphere. He was hero and mentor to a new generation of populist nationalists across the hemisphere -- from Hugo Chavez in Venezuela to Evo Morales in Bolivia.

Castro’s legacy is surely mixed. Under constant threat from abroad, he jailed political enemies, suppressed free speech and trampled on rights. Cuba’s economy stagnated, particularly after the Soviet Union fell apart, but it survived despite being cut off from a major logical trading partner. U.S. enmity helped make Castro a global hero, a symbol of the possibility of independence for developing nations, but it inflicted great costs upon the Cuban people. The U.S. recognized and traded with the Soviet Union, with communist China, with brutal regimes from Saudi Arabia to Pinochet’s Chile, but the embargo against Cuba went on and on. When Barack Obama came to the White House, he discovered that instead of isolating Castro, the embargo was isolating the U.S. in our own hemisphere. After nearly sixty years of a frozen failed policy, the U.S. finally has started small steps toward normal relations. We shouldn’t be naive. Castro was no saint; the Cuban regime was repressive and wrong-headed about many things. But we shouldn’t view Castro solely from the perspective of those who fled the revolution or of the Cold Warriors and covert operators who spent decades trying to bring him down. We won’t understand the perversity of our own policies if we don’t understand why Castro’s leadership is celebrated across much of the world. 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 www.

Black Senate Staffers Seek Representation

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The Paradoxes of Castro Cannot Be Reduced to Black and White

staff in Washington. The report looked at the racial breakdown of chiefs of staff, communications directors, legislative directors and committee staff directors. Of the 336 “senior” Senate staffers, the report found 24 staffers of color. Twelve were Asian American, seven were Latino, three were AfricanAmerican and two were NativeAmerican. According to the SBLSC, not much has changed since the report came out. “In our census overall, we found no significant gains in the number of black staffers and overwhelming disapproval or indifference in the current state of diversity in hiring and inclusiveness in office environments,” Bell continued. SBLSC members also pointed out that having more diversity would be beneficial to lawmakers. “Having a diverse and inclusive workforce both in Washington and in a members’ home state develops a deeper bond with represented communities, and ensures that individuals of all backgrounds are heard,” the staffers wrote in their recommendations to lawmakers. One recommendation involved establishing a nonpartisan diversity office in the Senate. Currently, U.S. Senate Minority Leader (Nevada) Harry Reid’s office hosts the Senate Diversity Initiative, which maintains

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a candidate database, assists potential staff candidates with writing and interviewing skills and work with offices on diversity efforts. A spokesman for incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. “Chuck” Schumer of New York said the initiative would continue under Schumer’s leadership. Reid is retiring at the end of this year. Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell will continue as Senate Majority Leader with the Senate staying in Republican hands. It was announced Tuesday that President-Elect Donald Trump will name McConnell’s wife, Chinese American Elaine Chao (President George W. Bush’s Labor Secretary) as Secretary of Transportation. SBSLC is pushing for a nonpartisan entity that would be more permanent and address issues on both sides of the aisle. The proposed office

would also track employee demographic data, similar to other federal agencies and private companies since there is currently no entity in the Senate that does so. The black staffers described this lack of data as “one of the most fundamental challenges” to addressing diversity. “Congress saw fit to require certain employers to maintain records of employee demographics,” SBLSC wrote. “There is no reason the Senate cannot hold itself to this same standard of transparency.” SBLSC also recommends offices work with outside groups to create fellowships at the senior level and commit to include people of color in each class of interns. L a s t l y, t h e y r e c o m m e n d lawmakers increase resources for the Office of Compliance, which oversees discrimination and workplace grievances at the Capitol. SBLSC recommends the OOC should play a larger role in the orientation of new senators and their staff, including antidiscrimination training. Keep in the know on politics and election issues with Burt Levine. Share this story online at www.stylemagazine. com.



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LOCAL BRIEFS Congresswoman Lee Announces Huge Grant for UH Cougars Style Newswire


African American students, in particular, felt more comfortable at HBCUs due to heighten racial tensions in the country in recent years. Taxpayers Out Of Millions Defending Former HISD Trustee Marshall ABC13

ongresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee announced a big early Christmas gift for the University of Houston cougars in the form of a grant of $378, 333 from the National Eye Institute of the U.S. Department of Health and Lee Human Services. The money will help fund a continuous project of the university on vision research in the field of Optically Induced Anisometropia. In the statement released by Congresswoman Lee, she added that the grant would also assist UH with the funding of professional development activities for student researchers at the institute. UH has a stellar College of Optometry that not only educates students but also serves the greater community.


HBCUs Seeing Increase in Student Population in Houston Area ABC13



here is a buzz of a good kind spreading at Houston area HBCUs, an increase in student enrollment. According to ABC13, Texas Southern University, in the heart of Houston’s Third Ward, has seen an increase of over 700 students in the last five years while Prairie View A&M University, right outside of the city limits, is experiencing its highest enrollment ever with over 8,000 students. Besides tuition costs, class sizes, and student life, students are opting for HBCUs because of their location and to feel safe.


Texas Confirms Local Transmission of Zika CNN/ Style Newswire


exas has become the second state in the continental United States to confirm a locally transmitted case of the Zika virus, state and federal health officials said. Lab results confirmed the virus in a non-pregnant female resident of Brownsville. She has not traveled to an area where the virus is circulating and has no other known exposure to the virus that would have put her at risk for infection. Health officials said they are not surprised to confirm local transmission of this virus in South Texas, near the Mexico border. Officials are investigating where the woman became infected by testing mosquitoes found around her home and knocking on her neighbors’ doors to request voluntary urine samples and other information to determine whether others are infected. Houston Leaders Travel to Alamo City to Address Homelessness KHOU


delegation of Houston community leaders including Houston City Council members, Houston’s new police chief and Harris County Sheriffelect visited San Antonio, TX to get a first hand look at the way the city is addressing homelessness with a onestop type of center that encompasses several services. San Antonio’s Haven for Hope Center houses 1,700 people who access to such services for mental health,


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ike many taxpayers, there are probably a number of questions in your head as to why so many dollars have gone to defend a now guilty Larry Marshall. It’s because he is a government volunteer. Former HISD Trustee Marshall has had ongoing legal troubles since 2010 for which he was charged and fined $5 million Marshall with his conspirators. Houston ISD was proud to proclaim that taxpayers were not liable for the fine but they did not say how taxpayers had already paid millions for Marshall’s legal defense. ABC13 broke down the figures and the grand total is $3, 064.934 to be exact. And this may not be the final bill since Marshall is considering appealing the ruling. Community Leaders Taking Multi-Level Approach to Revitalize Houston’s Third Ward KPRC 2

s the years have passed, Houston’s Third Ward has not seen a growth in their economy due to lack of jobs, high crime, and no opportunities. Soon that will change according to community leaders reports KPRC 2. After a meeting where heads of community organizations met to share ideas and solutions to revitalize the area, their eyes are set on reinvesting in their community to protect its “integrity and identity” through a multi-level approach. They want to empower citizens to help in reshaping the community, train youth for new opportunities, explore housing projects, substance abuse, job training, finding employment and so much more. The Houston delegation was very impressed and want to bring something similar to Houston to address our homelessness problem. KHOU reports that Houston has a current homeless population of an estimated 3,600 people, which has been reduced by half in the last five years. Texas to Require Burial of Aborted Fetus New York Times


exas approved new rules requiring health care facilities that perform abortions to bury the fetal remains instead of disposing of them in a sanitary landfill like other forms of biological medical waste. The rules, which go into effect on December 19th, mandate that aborted fetal tissue must be buried regardless of how long it has been gestating. The rules state it can either be buried directly after an abortion has been performed or it can be buried or scattered after it has been incinerated. Fetal remains can also be steam disinfected before burial, according to the guideline. According to the New York Times, the rule was proposed in July at the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott as part of his commitment to protect the “rights of the unborn” and “turn the tides” against abortion in the state. Texas Makes Budget Cuts for Disabled Kids’ Therapy Services KHOU


exas announced it would enact significant cuts to the money that it pays therapists who

and utilize other resources. Courthouse Candy Man in Need of Some Sweet Help ABC13


he song goes “…the candy man can ‘cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.” Well, the world does not taste so good because the candy man is missing in Johnson action. Rick Johnson, better known to his fans as the ‘courthouse candy man’, has made the corner of Caroline and Franklin one of the sweetest corners in the city but his light has been missing as he battles cancer. Now lawyers are banning together to offer the candy man some help by setting up a Go Fund Me account to assist with his care. Others can assist as well at rickjohnsoninhomehealthcareassistancefund. In just one day, over $20,000 has been raised. High School Student Among Others Arrested for Human Trafficking NewsFixHouston


high school student’s education involved more than the basic of reading, writing and arithmetic as she along with six others were arrested in a prostitution and human trafficking ring over the Thanksgiving break reports NewsFixHouston. Harris County officials said of the suspects ranging in age from 18 to 28 were arrested on Houston’s north side and were charged with prostitution. One was also charged with a second prostitution offense and another was jailed on a warrant with several misdemeanors. The bust of this sting puts a bigger dent in the ongoing efforts to end human trafficking in the Houston area.

treat vulnerable children with disabilities in two weeks. Medicaid reimbursement rates are used to pay for pediatric therapy services provided to disabled babies and toddlers. Texas will apply cuts on Medicaid rates on Dec. 15 in an attempt to achieve savings directed by the Texas Legislature in 2015. A group of concerned Texans last year filed a lawsuit seeking to block the $350 million cut to Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor and disabled, from taking effect. In September, the Texas Supreme Court declined to hear their case, upholding a lower court’s ruling that the lawsuit lacked standing. State officials point to a state-commissioned study that found in-home therapy providers were overpaid by Medicaid when compared to other public insurance programs. U.S. Sees Immigration Surge at Texas-Mexico Border


ederal immigration officials will set up a second temporary holding facility on the Texas border to deal with a surge in arrivals of families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. The federal government has struggled to manage a surge in immigrants from the nations of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Homeland Security, the U.S. Border Patrol, and charities are helping with the surge by providing assist with temporary humanitarian respite care for as long as families need it and there are supplies and volunteers.


1,000 Jobs Saved by Trump. Thousands More To Go CNN/Style Newswire


resident-elect Donald Trump has struck an agreement to save more than 1,000 factory jobs at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis that were destined for Mexico. But fighting the trend of U.S. companies moving to Mexico won’t be easy. More than 250,000 jobs will be lost due to plant closing announcements this year, according to Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Saving the Carrier jobs is “only a drop in the bucket,” said John Challenger, the firm’s CEO. In fact there are thousands of more jobs that will be lost from plant closings in Indiana alone in the coming months. One plant that is still scheduled to move to Mexico is owned by United Technologies, the same parent company that owns Carrier. The electronic controls factory has 700 workers in Huntington, Indiana. The First Black Woman in Space is Also a Successful Entrepreneur

Creator of McDonald’s Big Mac Dies at 98 CNN/Style Newswire


he man who created the Big Mac, which went on to be one of the world’s best known sandwiches, died Monday. Michael “Jim” Delligatti, who invented M c D o n a l d ’s t w o - t i e r e d burger at his Uniontown, Pa., Delligatti franchise, was 98. Delligatti began tinkering with the store’s burger in the mid-1960s. He added a second burger and six other ingredients. But he labored for two years to come up with the right combo for his “special sauce.” Delligatti first introduced the seven-ingredient sandwich at his Pennsylvania restaurant in 1967. The burger -- two beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun -- was available nationwide the following year. Delta Airlines Bans Disruptive Donald Trump Supporter for Life New York Times


elta Air Lines has banned a disruptive passenger who shouted pro-Donald Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton remarks at fellow passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pa., last week, the airline’s chief executive said on Monday. The chief executive, Edward H. Bastian, said in a memo published on Delta’s website that other travelers on the flight Nov. 22 would receive refunds for their tickets. The

decision by Delta came after the airline received criticism on social media for its initial response to the episode, which a passenger identified as Emma Baum videotaped and released online and to news organizations. Howard Schultz Stepping Down as Starbucks CEO to Focus on Higher-End Shops Wall Street Journal



tarbucks Corp.’s Howard Schultz is stepping down as chief executive so he can devote all of his time to a new strategic initiative of opening highend coffee shops for the 45-year-old company. Mr. Schultz, 63, is handing over the reins to President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson, who served as a board member of the company for several years before joining its executive team two years ago. Mr. Schultz will remain chairman of Starbucks and said he has no plans to step away from the company or run for political office, as many have speculated in the past due to his vocal stance on such issues as veterans’ rights and jobs creation.



ou might say, ‘The sky is the limit’ when it comes to Dr. Mae C. Jemison. Not only was she the first woman of color in the world to go into space, but she is also a successful entrepreneur, having founded two technology companies and a non-profit organization. After returning home from space, in 1993, she founded a company called the Jemison Group that researches space technology and it’s application to daily life. In 1999, she founded another company called BioSentient Corp. which focuses on developing portable technology that allows mobile monitoring of the involuntary nervous system. Toyota, Lance Gross and Blodgett Urban Gardens Unite Over a Common Battle Cry … Sustainability Style Newswire


he Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) and its coalition will join forces with local volunteers to assist the Blodgett Urban Gardens Gross in ending extreme hunger. Powered by Toyota, TGI is a sponsor of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Football Championship and several other HBCU classic games throughout the season. In each city, the automotive company has dedicated itself to leaving a sustainable eco-impact, by providing renewable plants and garden resources to a local garden. The Houston-based Community Day will take place at Blodgett Urban Gardens, which is dedicated to eradicating the causes of malnutrition and dietary related diseases. oc.enizagaMelytS.www 4102 ,6 Dec 2 yr1au- rDec beF7-0,22016 yraurbeF

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and the physically or cognitively challenged, and children of all ages.” First Hispanicize CMO Summit to Be Held in Miami Latino Loop

Cuban-American Celebrities Offer Messages of Hope Following Death of Fidel Castro Fox News Latino




illionaire Antonino Fernandez, former Chairman of Grupo Modelo in Mexico, left $210 million in his will to the residents of Spanish town Cerezales del Condado, with each resident receiving almost $2.5 million each. Fernandez passed away in August at age 99 and grew up in poverty in Cerezales del Condado before moving to Mexico at age 32 and working his way up to become CEO of Grupo Modelo in 1971.  


uban-American celebrities in the United States have offered messages of hope following the death of former Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Friday. Actor Andy Garcia said he feels “deep sorrow” for Cuban people both on the island and abroad that have “suffered the atrocities and repression by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime.” He prays for the restoration Frida Kahlo’s “Niña Con Collar” Rediscoverd of the constitution and absolute freedom for the After Decades people of Cuba. Gloria Estefan does not celebrate Latino Loop the death but says, “it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, r i d a I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community K a h l o ’s with renewed hope and a relief that has been long “ N i ñ a C o n in coming.” Collar” was found after First Flights From U.S. to Cuba Have Begun the painting’s Latino Loop owner, a f o r m e r assistant to Kahlo, reached out to Sotheby’s to sell the piece. Diego Rivera apparently gifted the assistant with the piece after Kahlo’s death and it was brought to the U.S. in the 1950s where it has remained ever since. The painting will go to auction next week with an estimated sale of $1.5-2 million.



he first regularly scheduled commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba since 1961 began this week, as the island nation began its formal mourning following the death of Fidel Castro on Friday. American Airlines flight 17 landed in Havana on Monday, the first U.S. commercial flight to land in the city since before the Cuban revolution. Billionaire Antonino Fernandez Leaves Millions to Residents of Small Town Latino Loop


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Composer Pauline Oliveros Dies at 84 Latino Loop


omposer Pauline Oliveros died i n N e w Yo r k a t age 84 this week. Oliveros was a proponent of “Deep Listening”, founding Oliveros the Deep Listening Institute whose mission was “creative innovation across boundaries and across abilities, among artists and audience, musicians and nonmusicians, healers


ispanicize has partnered with PRWeek to launch the first Hispanicize CMO Summit, taking place on April 3rd, 2017 in Miami and kicking off the Hispanicize 2017 Week. The CMO Summit will feature peer-to-peer brand talks, case studies, live focus groups and town halls.   The full line-up of Hispanicize CMO Summit speakers will be unveiled in early January. Mexican Airline Loses Houston Woman’s Dog at Airport ,Turns to Social Media for Help Fox News Latino


ll’s well that ends well, as the Mexican airline Interjet desperately launched a social campaign (#BuscandoMika, or SeekingMika) after an 8-yearold mixedbreed female dog apparently escaped her cage and got lost at Mexico City’s international airport. Mika’s owner, Pamela Alvarez, who was flying from Mexico City Alvarez to Houston, where she lives, said that when she arrived in Texas, she was informed by Interjet that her dog had escaped after her cage fell. Alvarez and her husband returned to Mexico City to hunt for the lost pup. The airline posted photos of the search effort and flyers with a picture of Mika with a pink handkerchief around her neck offering a 5,000-peso ($250) reward. And now Mika has been located and is safely with her owners.

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Houston Welcomes First Latino Police Chief, Art Acevedo

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rtists are generally two things, patient and always crafting to make a beautiful picture. Houston’s new police chief is an artist in more than just his name, Art Acevedo. He has the patience to work with Houston’s officers coupled with the community to produce great results to make a beautiful picture. He says that together he and the police force will be a group of “fine artist tweaking” to make Houston the best it can be. And many will be looking to see the type of job he will do. Chief Acevedo was sworn in this past Wednesday as Houston’s first Latino police chief. Surrounded by his family, Chief Acevedo took the oath of the office from good friend Judge Cliff Brown and pledged to serve and protect all Houstonians. Mayor Sylvester Turner proudly introduced the new chief to the city with a charge to all that in order for Houston to be the safest it can be it will take more than just Chief Acevedo to do the job but everyone, a message that Chief Acevedo believes in as well. As the Chief of Police of Austin, Chief Acevedo ran an operation that was based on something he called “relational policing” in which he took every opportunity to build a relationship with the person. It was the formation of successful relationships with officers, the community and everyone he came across that made the city great and safe. Chief Acevedo is excited to bring this concept to Houston. It is his belief that is how you build trust within a community, something that is so vital for citizens and officers with these heighten racial times in which we live. Chief Acevedo knows only friends and no strangers. He is a people’s person. Priding himself on knowing the more than 2500 officers that made up the Austin Police force, he will get to know Houston officers in the same matter. First with surveys to better know officers opinions and thoughts. When they become united, they then can take on the community to begin the process of winning the hearts and minds of the people they serve, which is what Chief Acevedo thinks is the biggest thing the city needs to do to be safe. Chief Acevedo’s top goals are simple. He wants to not have any officer seriously injured or killed, not violate any one’s Constitutional rights or break any laws, and lastly, in any given 24-hour period he wants his officers, as well as himself, to be able to the face the people they serve and honestly be 10

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able to say that they have done their very best that day to serve and protect. Not one to sit behind a desk, Chief Acevedo plans to be a highly visible chief known for more than just policing the community but giving back too. It was the need to give back and the call to patriotism that lead him to be an officer. In Austin, he was involved in the Boy Scouts. He was a mentor. He got down in the trenches with officers to work the streets himself. His ear is always up on what’s happening in the city since he is heavily involved on social media. Chief Acevedo says don’t call him a

cop who is a community leader but call him a community leader who happens to be a cop. Being the head of fourth largest city’s police department is not a one person job. It takes all citizens coming together with a common purpose and common agenda to achieve success. Houston, in the words of our new chief, “sit back, relax, buckle up and enjoy the ride” because it is going to be fun.




5 Tips for Good Gut Health During the Holidays


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he holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year and you may have noticed you’re more prone to colds and upset stomach when you’re stressed. Stress tends to slow the digestive process. What’s more, 70 percent of the immune system lies in the digestive system, according to findings reported in “Clinical & Experimental Immunology.” Unfortunately, one of the most stressful seasons coincides with one of the most indulgent. To help, Vincent Pedre, MD, author of the new book, “Happy Gut: The Cleansing Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and to recognize when you’re full. Plus, eating quickly Eliminate Pain,” is offering useful tips to lessen can cause gas, acid indigestion and bloating. digestive upset and keep your gut healthy over the holidays. “When we stop and really enjoy what we’re eating we’re less likely to overdo it, and we’ll avoid • Pack healthful snacks. When traveling, people issues like emotional eating,” says Dr. Pedre. tend to grab unhealthy foods for convenience. Pack nutritious foods like carrots, apples, almonds • Relieve stress. Take some “me time.” Maintaining and frozen yogurt to keep the body strong. Foods an exercise routine and practicing deep breathing like yogurt, which contain probiotics, not only relaxation techniques can do wonders for mental address digestive issues, but are said to help and digestive health, and help alleviate stress’ stave off colds. One study found that those who negative effects on the digestive system, such as took a probiotic supplement with Lactobacillus gas, acid reflux and stomach cramps. rhamnosus, a type of healthy probiotic bacteria, recovered earlier and reported less severe • Maintain a sleep routine. Get an adequate night’s symptoms. rest of at least eight hours nightly. Your body and gut like predictability. Plus, staying up late could • Eat mindfully. Eating in a hurry is a major no-no make you more likely to visit the fridge and eat for good gut health, and makes you more likely to that piece of chocolate cake that’ll lead to an overeat, since it takes the brain about 20 minutes



When the temperatures drop, how and what people drink often changes. Water consumption tends to plummet, which is a critical mistake because hydration is connected to moisture, and moisture is essential during the colder months. People also tend to drink more hot beverages, a habit that is believed to increase dryness of the lips.

inter should come with another weather advisory—rough beauty conditions ahead. The main culprits are cold air, which holds less moisture than warm air, and low humidity and central heating, which make already dry hair and skin even drier. The result: Your skin becomes rough and flaky while your hair feels dry and loses its shine. Even worse, cold weather hits harder as you get older, when the skin’s production of natural moisturizers starts to dip.

These simple cold weather beauty tricks will help your skin smooth, your hair shiny, and your makeup looking fresh well past the groundhog’s springtime start date: 1. Invest in a humidifier. If your heating system doesn’t have a built-in humidifier, place a portable unit in your bedroom to add extra moisture into the air and prevent dry skin and eyes in the winter. Set the unit for 30 to 50% humidity during the winter months, advises the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (Humidity levels above 60% may allow moisture to build up and condense on surfaces where bacteria can settle and flourish.) Change water in your humidifier daily and clean out the unit every week to destroy bacteria that can grow in stagnant water. Breathing in dirty mist can cause respiratory problems that are especially dangerous to

• Help your body naturally. Overeating or drinking is easy to do this time of year, but it can cause stomach distress. Check out local natural product retailers, which offer homoeopathic medicines like Nux vomica to relieve nausea, heartburn, acid indigestion or fullness associated with overindulgence of food or drink. While these uses have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration for efficacy, Nux vomica is one of the most popular homeopathic medicines. It’s also easy to take. The pellets are quickly absorbed under the tongue without water, as opposed to being absorbed through the stomach, which may not be functioning at its peak. As a homeopathic medicine, it has no known side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, gas or drowsiness. To learn about relieving a variety of acute stomach issues, explore the Boiron Medicine Finder app. This free resource, available on Android and iOS devices, allows users to find the right homeopathic medicine for many everyday conditions. Both the stress and the fun of the holiday season can take a toll on gut health -- take extra steps this season and beyond to feel your best.

6 Cold Weather Beauty Tips


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allergy or asthma sufferers. 2. Take special care in the shower. Cold weather strips the skin of moisture and it causes people to seek increasing amounts of warmth. Instead of heating up your shower, heat up your bathroom. Hot water promotes dryness so try to keep the water temperature lukewarm to warm and avoid making a habit of long showers and baths. 3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. You will need to take extra measures to replenish moisture. To do so, you should switch to a heavy body moisturizer if you aren’t currently using one. You also want to make sure that it has a humectant, which is an ingredient that attracts moisture. Examples include urea, hyaluronic acid and glycerol.

It may seem that your appearance somehow takes a dive in the winter. You may not have thought about it, but people often eat differently once the chill moves in. Salads, cooked veggies and fruits may make fewer and fewer appearances on the grocery shopping list. Be aware of this tendency and avoid it. Your diet is your primary source of nutrients, which supplies the building blocks for healthy hair, skin and nails and the tools to repair and combat damage. 6. Protect yourself from the sun. Another habit that largely changes for the worse is the application of sunscreen. Though it may not be as bright outside, UV rays are still present and can still do the same amount of damage. This is especially true when it snows because the rays tend to reflect off the surface. To avoid cold weather sun damage, loyal to your sun protection products.

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Why Atlanta and Insecure Arrived at the Right Time

By Bradford Howard, Special to Style


f one were to cite the new shows that debuted on television this fall and wanted to point out the clear, undisputed winners of the fall TV lineup, two shows in particular would sit at the top: Issa Rae’s Insecure (for some, the HBO adaptation-cable remix of Rae’s Awkward Black Girl webseries); and Donald Glover’s Atlanta on FX. Both series not only added more color – aka more Blackness – to primetime television, but also infused millennial personality into a sorely lacking TV landscape. Atlanta’s writers are the show’s real MVPs. Week in and week out, they managed to combine a smart script with one-liners and monologues that taught without being preachy. The beauty of Atlanta was how it “code-switched”: it was accessible to every audience. But, for Black audiences in particular, it felt like there was a secret language present. You understood it regardless of where you came from; but if you were Black, you got it. If you identified as Black, you understood Earn telling Darius (quite possibly the most refreshing TV character of the last two decades) in the field

that poor people can’t plan for tomorrow, because they’re trying to figure out how to eat today. You understood attending a party with upper-crust friends and wanting to fit in to improve your position but still feeling like something was just “off.” You understood the complicated position of having a half-roommate, half-ex, full parent in your life. As for Insecure? It exposed people from all walks to the ordinary Black woman’s thoughts. Issa was no “Cookie” from Empire,

no “Rainbow” from black’ish. She was a regular shmegular girl doing community work while juggling trifling friends, a boyfriend stuck in neutral and an overall feeling of being left behind in life. The leads in Insecure are beautifully flawed, all of them. And its debut season finale may be the first in recent memory to prompt a plethora of online and offline conversations about the nature of relationships and friendships. Insecure, too, benefited from a sparkling script and witty dialogue. Oh, and also from putting real-life situations (your one-night stand showing up at your job function) on full display. Insecure and Atlanta also made music as much part of the cast as the characters themselves. For most TV shows, a popular song here and there changes the mood. In Insecure, The Internet playing as Issa reflects on her relationship drives the point home. In Atlanta, OutKast’s “Elevators” playing in the waning minutes of the season finale reminded viewers that life is a continual work in progress. In order to get to the “empire,” you have to start from the bottom. For self-professed

millennials who haven’t yet gotten where they hoped they’d be in life, Insecure and Atlanta put their lives on blast. They saw their joys, their frustrations, their dreams, their fears play out before our eyes on a weekly basis. Life’s funny; the least millennials can do, is laugh at it. Bradford Howard is a

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By Terri

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he house won’t write its own check. Car payments don’t happen by magic, food won’t drive to your doorstep, and decent clothing isn’t free. In short, bills won’t pay themselves – but are they the sole reason to go to work each day? Author Dan Ariely says no, and in his new book “Payoff: the Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations,” he explains. No matter where you get your paycheck or salary, the truth is that you are the boss of you. You make yourself get out of bed, eat well, disengage as needed, exercise, and stay motivated. In fact, says Dan Ariely, “we are all part-time motivators,” but to what extent? Why do we endure tasks that “may appear on the surface to be thankless”? To understand, you need to know that we humans are “driven” to seek meaning. You may think, for example, that retirement on a beach would be perfect, but you probably wouldn’t be happy for long. You need meaning, because the people with the most meaningful lives tend to be happiest. So, back to motivation: how do you motivate your employees to, say, boost productivity? Studies show that offering monetary rewards can backfire. Unexpected prizes are high motivators – for awhile. Recognition works very well because “Acknowledgment is a kind of human magic…” and can keep employees engaged. This all comes back to meaning: give employees a reason to believe that they’re valuable and not just some “cogs on a wheel,” and they feel more ownership toward their work. Put them in a meaningless cubicle or tell them that they’re just



he NFL is known for having a huge heart and for giving back. During the holidays, their arms are outstretched even further to meet the needs of the community. During week 13 of the season, the players are having fun while giving back showing off their creative side with the My Cause My Cleats campaign. Players across the NFL will debut custom made cleats supporting their charity of choice. My Cause My Cleats is a social media campaign designed to help raise awareness for different causes. Several Houston Texans players will show off their cleats in their game against the Green Bay Packers. Some players honoring their charities include the following:

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations worker-bees, and you’ve squashed their motivation like a bug. People tend to value things they’ve made, more than something someone else crafted – and that includes customers and product customization. Let employees feel some sort of investment toward and from you, and they’ll act more like part of the team. Know what’s measurable on the job, and don’t make the “uncountable… as if it were easily countable.” Look long-term. And always remember the importance of goodwill. “Supporting it is easy,” says Ariely, “but destroying it is even easier.” Remember that job you had where you never felt appreciated? Remember how much you couldn’t wait to quit? That won’t happen in your business if you read “Payoff.” It’s easy, as it turns out, to retain employees, so long as you can motivate them in ways that work for you both. Gone, says author Dan Ariely, are the days when a paycheck was the only reason for going to the office. Instead, researchers recognize that motivation and job enjoyment go hand-in-hand, and that the wise supervisor or business owner seeks both. Here, Ariely explains what motivation is and why it’s so “fragile,” and he shows how we can be motivated to do something we don’t like, and how that can ultimately become something worthwhile. If your own get-up-and-go is gone, or if you’d like a surprisingly effective workplace enhancer, here’s the book you want. You’ll get a lot out of “Payoff,” so check it out. Share this story online at www.stylemagazine. com.

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Autistic Teen Turns Food Aversions to Recipes for Success


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By Yolanda Pope, Culinary Writer

hen it comes to eating many of us have that one or a few things that we refuse to digest because of the texture, color, taste or all the above. Most of us grow out of our food struggles, but if you’re a person that is diagnosed with Autism, having food aversions is common; however, getting older is not a factor to changing one’s eating preferences. For Chase Daily, his food aversions were so severe, because ever since he was little, he would only eat five things; this habit threatened his health and alarmed his family. Then, according to his mother Mary “one day I noticed how drawn he was to TV cooking programs. Long story short, food became his world— he started overcoming his aversions and even started trying exotic foods. He also decided he wanted to be a chef and have his own cooking show.” Chase now has a popular YouTube series called “Chase N’ Yur Face”. Each episode features the teen chef Daily demonstrating how to prepare and cook certain types of food. His show has gotten quite a large fan base and notoriety that he’s been on “The Chew” and often has a celebrity chef on his web series. Moreover, I had the pleasure of speaking to Mary Daily and she was thrilled to tell me how much Chase’s life and health has improved since he became obsessed with cooking. First all, his eating habits have changed completely, he grills and eats vegetables, meats, and loves to experiment with different types of food, plus he likes to bake. I asked her “did he have a favorite food, and she said I’ll let you ask him” the young chef’s voice was clear and full of joy as he explained to me that he loved “cooking and eating all the classics, burgers, pizza, spaghetti with a classic marinara sauce.” He even asked me a few questions, for example “had I ever eaten foie gras?” After I replied, he went on to tell me how he loved pastor tacos, and other spicy foods. Furthermore, as of this November, Chef Chase’s cookbook has launched with the main purpose to “celebrate life and raise money to help other people with Autism.” The Official Chase ‘N Yur Face Cookbook “combines delightful recipes, uplifting anecdotes and fun facts”; it is now available for purchase at: and Read more about Chase Daily by going to his website: Thanks for reading, and please continue to follow Team Style Magazine on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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Santa Fe, New Mexico: “The City Different”

was dubbed “The City Different” in 1914. With 20 soaking tubs and cold plunges with professional percent of the city deemed as a historic district, all therapists on hand to perform many types of buildings follow the same building codes which massages and treatments. Rooms aren’t only luxe, make the architecture timeless as its blended but have a contemporary Asian look to tie in with culture come to life in numerous festivals, events the Japanese theme. Whether you are getting a and local traditions like The Burning of Zozobra, move on with hiking, soaking away your stress or created in 1924. just want to find yourself still in nature, whatever With the exception of Amazing Culture your body and soul needs, Santa Fe will help you and History, in town you can find The Santa Fe find it. Plaza which is a National Historic Landmark in Of course, you can’t do Santa Fe without downtown Santa Fe. Essentially serving as the experiencing their cuisine! From roasted chile to heartbeat of the city, The Plaza is the perfect tamales, you are in for a treat with special flavors example of traditional Spanish-American colonial and excellent spirited pairings. During our trip, he capital of New Mexico isn’t quite as cities. The plaza was originally, and is still to we had the opportunity to dine at several amazing large as many state capitals, but, what it this day, the center gathering place in town. Near restaurants but nothing was more magical then lacks in size, it more than makes up for the Plaza you will find the New Mexico History cooking up our own Northern New Mexico Food in beauty and uniqueness. Santa Fe, the second- Museum which is connected to the Palace of the at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Seated in front of the demonstration kitchen, our group of oldest city and oldest capital in the U.S., has journalists watched as Chef Micah prepared an approximately 80,000 residents. Voted as one of authentic meal before our eyes. Over the course the Top 10 Friendliest Cities in the United States, of two hours, we learned tips for making mole’, you will hardly need an excuse to visit Santa Fe, choosing peppers, roasting chile pepper, while but if you must insist, the city thrives with worldlistening to stories told that intertwined the food class restaurants, spas, performing art venues, with the rich history and culture that is Santa Fe. shops, art galleries and rich culture/history. Also, Oh, and we sipped on local voted as one of the top 10 high altitude cites in wines as the yummy aroma filled the room! the world, Santa Fe can easily satisfy the most The last hour was dedicated to eating! adventurous and active soul. The blending of Perfectly plated meals were assembled on the Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo cultures counter and brought to our table. From the provide a wealth of Santa Fe events and attractions Corn Bisque soup to the Tamales, it was a great for visitors. With so many things to do and see, experience and a fantastic meal. Santa Fe literally has adventure for everyone. On a very personal note: Upon receiving an invite to attend the Whether you are visiting Santa, New “Only In Santa Fe” press trip, my first thought Governors, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Mexico for the 40 different festivals or fiesta, the was, “What is there to do there”? My immediate instinct was to Google the city and see what was the St. Francis Cathedral with its iconic spiral 250 plus art galleries, 325-plus days sunshine or to offer. I stumbled across key words like, “The staircase at the Loretto Chapel which are all a the 400 plus restaurants and fabulous bars, there is no doubt that you will fall in love with this Plaza”, “Canyon Road” and “The Railyard – must see! After exploring the historic downtown magical city. #TeamStyleMag would love to give Guadalupe District”. Not knowing much about the area, take a trip to the location of the legendary a loving shout out to the Lou Hammond Group state or city, my goal was to explore Santa Fe like Santa Fe Trail and continue towards Museum Hill for the gracious invite and Cynthia Delgado and where you will find the Museum of Indian Arts John Feins of Santa Fe Tourism Bureau. Also, & Culture and Museum of International Folk Art. thank you to La Posada de Santa Fe and Hotel St. Upon entering the Museum of International Folk Francis for the lovely accommodations. Art, I was immediately drawn in by the exhibits. Personally, it was one of the highlights of the press trip for me. Founded by Florence Dibell Bartlett and opened to the public in 1953, it has gained national and international recognition as the home to the world’s largest collection of international folk art. Santa Fe is the perfect destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. With 3 of Santa Fe’s spas named as the “Top Best Hotel Spas” by USA Today, it is easy to say that Santa Fe is the ideal destination for relaxing, detoxing, and a local by getting acquainted with its most beloved getting away from it all. While visiting “The City attractions. I quickly realized that Santa Fe is a Different” I got a chance to experience this first paradise for lovers, history buffs (like me), culture hand with a spa day at the Ten Thousand Waves explorers and outdoors enthusiast. Being 400 plus Spa. Ten Thousand Waves is a small, secluded years old, Santa Fe’s history is some of the oldest property with a Japanese-style spa and 12 guest in the country. Santa Fe, which means Holy Faith, rooms nestled in a mountainside pine forest just outside of Santa Fe. The grounds are dotted with oc.enizagaMelytS.www 4102 ,6 Dec 2 yr1au- rDec beF7-0,22016 yraurbeF B egaP15



Holiday Festivals

Festival of Lights Moody Gardens A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story Nov 12 – Jan 8 of Christmas Moody Gardens hosts the Gulf Alley Theater Coast’s largest holiday lighting event Nov 20 – Dec 28 which features a 100-foot slide, ice A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story skating, and a mile-long trail of more of Christmas returns this year with a than a million lights and 100 soundretelling of Charles Dickens’ Classic enhanced animated displays sparkling story that follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s over the beautiful Galveston Bay. journey with three ghostly spirits that Zoo Lights visit him on Christmas Eve. Houston Zoo Nov 18 – Jan 14 It’s a Wonderful Life Houston Grand Opera The Houston Zoo transforms into Dec 3 – 17 a winter wonderland, filled with HGO’s holiday opera series continues brilliant displays of colorful lights with the world premiere of Jake and festive holiday music. Sip hot Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a chocolate as you stroll through the Wonderful Life. Made famous by zoo and take in all the awe-inspiring the 1946 Frank Capra movie, this sights, including the thousands timeless tale follows a troubled of twinkling lights adorning the banker whose guardian angel helps magnificent live oak trees, whimsical us realize the lasting impact our lives colorful projections over 15 feet tall, and life-size animated animal can have on those around us. scriptures. Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker Sugar Land Holiday Lights Wortham Theater Center Constellation Field Nov 25 – Dec 27 Nov 25 – Jan 8 Set in nineteenth-century Germany, the ballet opens at a charming Christmas The third annual Sugar Land Holiday party at which the mysterious Dr. lights returns to Constellation Field. Drosselmeyer gives his little niece The showcase of lights will feature Clara a magical toy that takes her over 100 walkthrough displays and on an unforgettable journey. From 2.5 million lights throughout the the Christmas tree that grows to a park. This year will also feature towering forty feet in the first act Texas’ largest inflatable snow glow to the cooks who fly magically and Santa Claus each night through through the air in the second act, December 23. The Nutcracker is sure to enchant Exhibitions/Events audiences of all ages. Performing Arts


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Meet Santa’s Reindeer! Children’s Museum of Houston Nov 26 – Dec 17 One of Santa’s reindeer has taken a wild turn to the Children’s Museum of Houston before his big journey around the world! Come hear the sleigh bells jingle-ing when the Children’s Museum of Houston hosts a live reindeer Christmas Village at Bayou Bend Bayou Bend Dec 10 – Jan 1 Just in time for the holidays, Santa and his reindeer visit Bayou Bend for 12 evening of festive fun this December. During “Christmas Village at Bayou Bend,” Ima Hogg’s former home is decked out with merry decorations, a trail of sparkling lights, animated projections, and performances. At the center of “Christmas Village” will be an elaborate Spiegeltent – a Belgian “tent of mirrors” comprising of more than 1,200 separate pieces. Thank you to Visit Houston for this segment of our Houston Holiday Roundup. For more information, go to


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18th Congressional Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway Photography by Vicky Pink


or the past 21 years, Congresswoman Jackson Lee has had the honor and privilege to give back to the senior citizens in our community, and this year was no exception. She partnered with the World Youth Foundation Inc. to give turkeys and the sides to residents at selected senior centers and apartments. With the senior population becoming increasingly diverse, these demographics will have profound impacts on the demand for social services, especially the need for adequate and culturally appropriate nutrition services. This is an opportunity to give back to those have given so much to the current and future generations.


Diane Peavy 70th Birthday Celebration Photography by Vicky Pink


any gathered in celebration of Diane Peavy’s 70th birthday celebration. Her loving husband Judge John Peavy hosted the basted that featured food and lots of festive fun. Some in attendance were Mr. & Mrs. Harry Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Hall, Dr. & Mrs. John Codwell, John Peavy, III, Chase Peavy, and Terry Franks.


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Pamela J. Joyner’s Book Signing Photography by Vicky Pink


eginald Van Lee invited the public to meet and greet Pamela J. Joyner in celebration of her new publication Four Generations. The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art is widely recognized as one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary work by African and African Diasporan artists, and Four Generations draws upon the collection’s unparalleled holdings to explore the critical contributions made by black artists to the evolution of visual art in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Houston Texans vs San Diego Chargers Photography by Semetra Samuel


he Houston Texans lost their first home game of the season to the San Diego Chargers with a score of 21-13. It was the second loss in a row for the Texans since coming back from Mexico City. The game recap had the Texans with four turnovers and plenty of penalties. Brock Osweiler rushed one touchdown and caught three interceptions. DeAndre Hopkins had catches for 70 yards. As a team, the Texans rushed for 114 yards, led by Lamar Miller. oc.enizagaMelytS.www 4102 ,6 Dec 2 yr1au- rDec beF7-0,22016 yraurbeF

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