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ay 25 will be a bittersweet day across America. On that day, after a quarter century of unparalleled excellence and out-of-thisworld success, Oprah is closing down “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” TV’s top-rated talk show year after year after year. Hers is a truly remarkable and thoroughly American story, a story of triumph and grace that really belongs to the whole world, especially the children growing up in hard and poor places like Soweto, Detroit and the West Bank. She didn’t inherit a penny. She earned everything she has. Some people born

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on third base think they hit a triple. Oprah spent much of her young life ducking wild pitches and unfair umpires. But in the best tradition of Jackie Robinson, she flew around the bases and crossed home plate standing up. Oprah was born in Kosciusko, Miss., so poor she sometimes wore homemade dresses stitched together from sacks used to ship potatoes. Raised in a broken family, she was raped as a child and became pregnant at age 14 (her son died shortly after birth). Somehow, she found the drive and grit to climb up and out of the valley of pain and shame and begin her ascent to the mountaintop as a freshman at Tennessee State University. That’s when and where she and I first crossed paths, although she had to remind me of it many years later. I was speaking at the university. Oprah was

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in the audience. She said what impressed her most about what I said was a bit of wisdom I shared with the students from my grandmother: the strongest weapon against bigotry is excellence. It was at Tennessee State where Oprah found her calling, becoming at the age of 19 the first African-American female news anchor in Nashville. She eventually moved on to Baltimore, where she spent several years perfecting her craft, before landing in Chicago and transforming a local talk show into a nationally syndicated TV phenomena. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is the highest rated TV talk show in history, drawing 49 million viewers each week in the U.S., and broadcast in 122 countries worldwide. Across the country and the world, people welcome Oprah into their homes each day. She is their sister, their best girlfriend, their guide to a better way of living and loving. Few have done more to break down racial divides. With her wit and humanity, she spoke across regional and racial and religious

barriers. In this last year of shows, she returned to Forsyth Country, Ga., where black people had previously been chased out of town by rock throwing mobs. She didn’t return alone. A guy who called her “the N word’’ on her first visit several years ago joined her for the tour of memory and reconciliation. Oprah always pushed boundaries. She did pathbreaking work introducing Middle America to the plague of AIDS, helping people move beyond their fears. She became a champion of abused children across the world, her testimony helping to pass the National Child Protection Act. Her influence takes many forms. She helped turn Americans onto reading good novels, even putting “Anna Karenina” on the best-seller list. She shared her own battles with weight and her struggles with relationships. When she endorsed the far less known junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, in the Democratic presidential primary, she gave a rocket boost to his campaign. Academic studies suggest her endorsement may have been

worth as many as a million votes. Along the way, she became the wealthiest AfricanAmerican in the 20th century, the first black billionaire and the greatest African-American philanthropist ever. In my life and time, work and travel, I’ve met people at all levels and in all spheres of life. I found none like Oprah. I’m blessed to know her. We are all. When poet Maya Angelo, penned “Phenomenal Woman,” she must have been thinking of Oprah, her dear friend. It reads in part: Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Share this story online at

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LOCAL BRIEFS Mayor Parker, Community Leaders Present Consensus Redistricting Map


ayor Annise Parker revealed a second version of the staff redistricting map that incorporates recommendations f r o m m e m bers of various Houston communities. Mayor Annise Parker The new plan includes four districts in which the total population and voting age population is majority Hispanic; two are majority African American and another is nearing majority African American; one district

contains a large and significant Asian population; and three districts have Anglo majorities. “This new map reflects Houston’s ethnic diversity,” said Mayor Parker.

commute calculator available on the METRO website. The latest numbers from the American Public Transportation Association shows that individuals who use public transit can save more than $10,000 a year – that’s the largest savings due to today’s high gas prices.

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ouncil Member Ed Gonzalez and Youth Genesis Consulting are excited to co-host ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ an upcoming Teen Evolution Youth Conference on May 21, 2011. The conference is intended to raise awareness on the many issues that face our youth and their parents today - obesity, bullying, college entrance, civic responsibility and much more in a fun and positive environment. Teachers, community leaders, media personalities, law enforcement officers and elected officials will lead the conference. Communities in Schools, The Flores

Law Group and NHPO Youth are other key collaborators to the event. Over 400 youth are expected to attend and participate in an array of interactive activities and breakout Councilman Ed Gonzalez sessions. T h i s event is open to youth of all ages between 12 and 18 years old and is free of charge. More information and registration can be found at http://bit. ly/YouthGenesis.

Local Governments Will Get $600 Million in Sales Tax Revenue


exas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in April was $1.87 billion, up 11.4 percent compared to April 2010.

“This is the 13th straight month in which state sales tax revenue has increased,” Combs said. “Business spending in sectors such as the oil and gas industry helped boost sales tax collections. Tax revenue from retail spending also showed growth.” Combs will distribute $600.1 million in local sales tax allocations on F r i d a y, up 5.8 percent c o m pared to May 2010. So far this calendar year, local sales Texas Comptroller tax alSusan Combs locations to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts are up 7.1 percent compared to a year ago. Combs will send May sales tax allocations of $403.4 million to Texas cities, up 4.7 percent compared to May 2010.

Houston Public Library’s Books Alive! 2011: Feed Your Dreams 2nd Annual Children’s Book Celebration

Meet Laura Numeroff, author of If You Give A Mouse a Cookie Saturday, May 14 | 1 - 4 PM Houston Public Library Central Library 500 McKinney, 77002

Children are invited to enjoy all the fun and exciting activities scheduled for the Houston Public Library’s Books Alive! 2011: Feed Your Dreams 2nd Annual Children’s Book Celebration.

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n Friday, April 29, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at The Corinthian for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Black Tie Ball. Under the theme “An Evening of Masterpieces,” many gathered in support of and to raise funds for the more than 700 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. For each $500 raised, one child will be removed from the waiting list and matched to a mentor. This year’s chairs were Anita and Gerald Smith, longtime supporters of the organization. Others in attendance were Pastors Suzette and Kirbyjon Caldwell, Dennis Albrecht, Ron Hadley, Rachel McNeill, Steve McNair, Reginald C. Adams, Bain and John R. Pitts, Jana and Richard Fant, Pam and Neil H. Tofsky, Kim Scates, Clay Albers, Lisa and John Sarvadi, Beverly and Jim Postl, Judy and Wayne McConnell, Yava and Milton Scott, Sonceria and Jodie Jiles, Jackie Adams, Councilwoman Wanda Adams, Scott McClelland, Winell Herron, Kae Shakir, Valerie Palmquist, Tracy Dieterich, and Yvonne Washington and The Mix.

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n Saturday, May 7, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at Independence Park for Fort Bend Get Out the Vote Rally for Education. The purpose of the rally was to send a message to Fort Bend ISD and the state legislature that all Fort Bend schools and students are the Fort Bend’s community most valued investments. After the rally, those in attendance went to the polls to vote. Some in attendance were Chairman of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party Stephen Brown, Larry Green, Congressman Al Green, State Representative Ron Reynolds, Dr. Jonita Reynolds, Dr. Anita Wallace, Kevin Daniels, Auturo Jackson, Daniel Menendez, and Cynthia Ginyard.





merica, as a nearly 20year professional journalist, it is with the utmost sadness that I offer to you a heartfelt and sincere apology for my industry’s creation and spectacle of the individual we all know -- some love and others despise -- as Donald John Trump Sr. For the last two decades, my beloved media industry has chronicled every crazy antic, sadistic statement, business announcement, marriage, divorce, birth announcement and the selling of multiple products. It’s as if our livelihood depends on showering gobs of ink and airtime on “The Trump.” We have afforded him the kind of respect normally reserved for people who have truly made a major difference in this world. Instead, the builder of gaudy buildings -- replete with the kind of extravagance that would make a Saudi oil titan blush -- has demanded that he be referred to as Mr. Trump. When he walks into a room, head turns, women faint and men quickly realize they are mere mortals compared to the indomitable Mr. Donald Trump. He is truly the most interesting man in the world (tongue

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planted firmly in cheek). Yet with his flirtation with running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, we have finally pulled the curtain back from this Wizard of the Weird. And what has been revealed is a man so obsessed with the sound of his voice that even when he lies, he pretends that it is the absolute truth. Fact? What fact? I will just dismiss that with the wave of the hand or just refer to the press as Obama lovers to settle that. With his rampant lying about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Trump dominated the airwaves, pushing aside any discussions about real issues of the day. With breathless promos, respected TV networks and their anchors, correspondents and reporters actually held interviews with Trump, seemingly giving him the benefit of the doubt as he continued to advance his lies. Instead of starting every interview with the most important question, “Donald, why do you keep lying?” we fell for the okey doke as if his joining of the birther movement somehow gave their wild, outlandish and untruthful view a dose of cred-


Magazines, newspapers and online sources also got in on the act by running a number of stories, taking his pronouncements of running for the presidency seriously and even commissioning polls that showed Republican voters held him in high regard. All based on the hyping of a lie? All of this created a firestorm of media attention, which all culminated in the coverage of President Obama’s news conference actually releasing his long-form birth certificate. In addition, on that day, what did we see? A split screen of President Obama and “The Trump,” who was beaming like a proud hunter who bagged his prey. Folks, the lavish attention paid to Trump -- not only over the last few months but also over the last two decades -has been pathetic and morbidly obese. And no one in the media wants to own up to the reason why respected journalists actually would ask Trump about his opinion on domestic policy and world affairs. Trump is an attention grabber and a ratings magnet. Or as Robert Traynham,

host of Comcast’s “Roll Call TV,” said on my TV One show, “Washington Watch,” on Sunday: “He makes good copy.” Folks, therein is the real issue. Ask any real journalist and he or she will laugh at the crazy things that Donald Trump says. They will admit that his only knowledge about foreign policy is the Miss Universe pageant, but because viewers and readers love to rubberneck at the scene of an accident, it is great to see the potential train wreck when he opens his mouth. I have had producers tell me their show ratings go up when he’s on. Forget the fact that what he says is a joke, news operations nationwide have allowed themselves to be pimped into running his outlandish comments. None of the major news organizations in this country is immune from doing this. NONE. So, why should any journalist be shocked that Trump would be so callous and ridiculous in joining the birther crowd? He knew we would eat it up, giving him tons of airtime to spew his garbage. But like crack addicts in need of a fix,

Trump is willing to supply us that hit so we can achieve that high, no matter how devastating it is to our system. The destruction he left in his wake didn’t matter. As long as we got what we wanted -- more ratings, newsstand sales and record page views -- and he got the attention that he desired, everyone was happy. America, for this, I am sorry. I am sorry that my media brothers and sisters failed in being honest with you. I’m sorry that even as we patted ourselves on the back for our tough interviews with him on the birther issue, it does not negate the many times that respected journalists actually interviewed the gossip page mainstay about serious matters. We fed the beast for years, and none of us should be shocked to see the beast go on a rampage. Again, America, I’m sorry. Let’s just hope that respectable news organizations will remember the last couple of months and leave Donald Trump and those like him in the celebrity news trash bin. Share this story online at


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URBAN SOULS DANCE COMPANY UNVEILS DANCERS THAT WILL COMPETE IN THE “DANCING WITH THE HOUSTON STARS” FUNDRAISING EVENT. The Houston Renaissance: Dancing with the Stars will be held on May 14, 2011 at the historic Eldorado Ballroom in the Third Ward (2310 Elgin). The festive night begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. To reserve your tickets, please call Urban Souls Dance Company at (832)687-3928 or email us at Visit us online at ●

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ENSEMBLE THEATRE KICKS OFF ITS BLACK BOX SERIES ‘HIHAT HATTIE: THE STORY OF HATTIE MCDANIEL’ AND ‘NO CHILD’ The Ensemble Theatre presents its Black Box series featuring ‘Hi-Hat Hattie: The Story of Hattie McDaniel’ by Larry Parr and ‘No Child’ by Nilaja Sun with Opening Night and media reception, Thursday, May 5, 2011, 6:30pm. The Ensemble Theatre 3535 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 For tickets and seating availability call: 713-520-0055 or visit: www.


A Civil Rights Film Series is being presented by Houston Public Library’s African American Library at the Gregory School every Saturday in May 2011 at 3PM. This Film Series is part an educational initiative “Freedom Now: Houston Retraces the Civil Rights Movement” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the year that galvanized the American Civil Rights Movement. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at1300 Victor St. 77019, in Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward. These film presentations are free and open to the public. For more details please visit or call 832393-1440.

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Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Seating for Jazz Salon: New York is general admission, and tickets are $25 each and can be purchased directly through The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts or by calling The Hobby Center box office at 713.315.2525. The Hobby Center is located at 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX.

May 13 - 15 33RD ANNUAL BARGAIN BOOK SALE HOSTED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY The Friends of the Houston Public Library invites the community to its 33rd Annual Bargain Book Sale, scheduled for May 13 thru May 15, 2010 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, 77010. More than 80,000 books will be available to the public at “bargain” prices, with proceeds benefiting the Houston Public Library. Admission is free and open to the public Saturday, May, 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the 33rd Annual Bargain Book Sale or to fill out an interactive volunteer form visit www. or call 832-393-1387. ●


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BRUNO MARS & JANELLE MONAE - HOOLIGANS IN WONDALAND AT RELIANT STADIUM Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 7:30pm 10:00pm Ticket prices are $29.50 - $35.00. For more information visit

May 20 - 21 ●DVINCE YOUNG FOUNDATION AND GENERATION TX PARTNER FOR UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY The Vince Young Foundation and Generation TX (pronounced Generation Texas) will host “Unity in the Community Weekend” in Houston May 20 – 22 to celebrate and promote continued education in the Houston community. All tickets and more information are available online at

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HOUSTON ART CAR PARADE Held on a Sunday for the first time ever, Houston’s very own Art Car Parade will make its 24th procession through downtown Houston on May 22 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 713-9266368. ●

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CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION TO HOST EDUCATIONAL EVENING IN HOUSTON The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation will host a wine and cheese reception sponsored by 180 Medical in Houston for residents to learn about the Reeve Foundation’s programs, including updates on recent progress in spinal cord research, the Paralysis Resource Center, the Peer and Family Support Program, Team Reeve, and the Reeve Foundation’s Advocacy program. Thursday, May 26 Briar Club 2603 Timmons Lane Houston, TX 77027 713-622-2667 Space is limited. There is a $25.00 registration fee. To attend, please register online at www.ChristopherReeve. org/roadshow or call (800) 225-0292 for more information. ●

May 26 - 29 DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS: MOTOWN & MORE REVUE Thursday May 26, 2011 8:15 PM to 10:45 PM This electrifying and soulful revue features many of Houston’s most talented vocalists and dancers, accompanied by the 23-piece BACEMENT Orchestra. Dancin’ in the Streets: Motown & More Revue features soul music from its inception in the 1950s to present day. For performance updates, please call (281) FREE-FUN (281-3733386) or visit www. milleroutdoortheatre. com. ●

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wedding is an emotional roller coaster. When the big question, “Will you marry me?” is asked, elated is the feeling that sets in as the roller coaster begins its incline. The excitement of planning and shopping for the wedding titillates the senses as the ascent to the highest peak continues. There are however some dips and valleys that result in frustration and causes many headaches. But what if the stress comes not from planning and shopping but from inviting the father of the bride to the ceremonies and not knowing who he is. The circumstance is the premise of the hit movie turned stage production “Mamma Mia!” that is currently playing in Houston until May 15, 2011, at the Hobby Center. I had heard some praise about this production, so I waited anxiously on its arrival to our city. The hype surrounding this production is worth it all. “Mamma Mia!” is fun, lively, and highly entertaining. From the time the curtains open until they close theatergoers will have plastered smiles on their faces. The setting for “Mamma Mia!” - a hotel on a Greek island - where Donna Sheridan (Kaye Tuckerman) is the proprietor, draws



whole ensemble was full of spunk and rhythm as they sang and danced across the stage. Productions are always great when the audience gets caught up in the story and forget it is a production until the theater lights come on. I love it! Just a note to theatergoers. When the cast comes out for their final bows, remain in your seats because this is only the beginning of the real party. The cast does a mini musical concert that really showcases the music of ABBA complete with elaborate costumes of the 1970’s. Also bring some extra money. A plea was made by the cast on behalf of Broadway Across America and AIDS Action. Those living with HIV/AIDS will be the beneficiaries so that their lives will be made more comfortable. For various donation amounts a little bit of “Mamma Mia!” goes home with the contributors. Over the course of nine years this effort has raised $2.5 million. I highly recommend checking out “Mamma Mia!” before its run in Houston ends. Tickets are available online or by contacting the Hobby Center box office at (713) 315-2412.

New H-E-B Water Playground to Help Houston Children Beat the Heat This Summer

ust in time for the summertime heat wave, children will have a new place to cool off after the grand opening of H-E-B’s ninth water playground, located at Jaycee Park, 1300 Seamist in the Timbergrove area. The celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and will include a visit from H-E-Buddy and free H-EB Creamy Creations ice cream. “H-E-B is thrilled to present this beautiful, interactive water playground to Houston-area children,” said Cyndy Garza Roberts, director of public affairs for H-E-B

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the characters to they were young. The motherthe wedding of daughter relationship is Sophie (Chloe authentic because of Tucker) Donna’s the passion they twenty-yearbring to the old daughroles. Sophie’s ter. The play dilemma intenopens with sified with the Sophie confusion surand her rounding the giggling identity of her bridesfather leapt off maids, Ali the stage. The (Stephanie audience was Barum) also energized and Lisa by the music (Elena of the 1970’s Sophie with her bridesmaids Ali and Lisa reading Donna’s diary M a r i s a pop group ABBA in the hit musical “Mamma Mia!” Flores), anbut left the theater prise” guests is her father! Therein ticipating the wedding day. Donna’s without knowing Sophie’s father. lies the plot and the beginning of the best friends, Tanya (Alison Ewing) Theatergoers must come to their comedy. and Rosie (Mary Callanan), hope individual conclusions, so you will I must first applaud Kaye to relieve some of the stress of the have to see the play for yourself. Tuckerman and Chloe Tucker for mother of the bride. Three of DonJust as good as Tuckerman their superb performances in assumna’s former lovers, Sam Carmichael and Tucker are the performances of ing the roles of Donna and Sophie. (John Bisom), Harry Bright (Paul Callanan and Ewing. They provide Parents in the audience could really Deboy), and Bill Austin (John – Micomic relief as their characters offer feel the pride Donna had in Sophie chael Zuerlein), surprise everyone a shoulder on which Donna could because she raised her as a single but Sophie by showing up for the cry. With extremely different perparent. Her frustration, however, wedding. In Sophie’s plan for her sonalities the three potential fathers becomes apparent when she realizes ideal wedding she would walk down were charming in their portrayals. what Sophie has done by inviting the aisle on the arm of her father. Personally I think they act better her three boyfriends from the past Problems arise because Sophie does than they sing, but at the end of and revealing the wild times she had not know which one of the three “surthe day, they got the job done. The with her friends Ali and Lisa when

Houston. “It’s been a pleasure to work with the Houston Parks Board and Houston Parks & Recreation Department to create the H-E-B Water Playground at Jaycee Park, which can be enjoyed nearly year round.” The butterfly-themed H-E-B Water Playground at Jaycee Park features brightlycolored recreational areas designed with equipment such as sidewinders, ground geysers, cylinder and spidy sprays which squirt, spray, mist and shoot water for children of all ages to enjoy. A unique feature includes oversized in-ground prints of cottonwood, live oak, post oak,

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water oak and red oak leaves, which can all be found on trees located within Jaycee Park. “H-E-B has been a tremendous partner and we are so grateful for their help in creating the newest water playground,” said Joe Turner, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “Their continued support and commitment has made it possible for many Houston children to enjoy water playgrounds across the city.” Since 2003, H-E-B has donated and committed $2.5 million to the Houston Parks Board to create and build new water playgrounds in ten Houston public parks. The next neighborhood park to receive a water playground is Houston Amateur Sports Park, located at

288 and Airport. “Houston’s Park System is grateful for the support of H-E-B,” said Roksan OkanVick, executive director of the Houston Parks Board. “Thanks to them, many kids will have a refreshing place to cool off this summer.” The specially-designed water playground equipment will be fully automated, controlled by a touch pad that activates the equipment. Admission is free. Other H-E-B Water Playground locations in Houston include: Cullen Park, 19008 Saums; Blueridge Park, 5800 Court Rd.; Edgewood Park, 5803 Belfort; Hidalgo Park, 7000 Avenue Q; Aron-Ledet Park, 6500 Antoine; Montie Beach Park, 915 Northwood;


Dodson Lake Park, 9010 Dodson and Hackberry Park, 7777 South Dairy Ashford. The water playgrounds are open each day from dawn until dusk. The Houston Parks Board, a non-profit organization committed to furthering public parkland development and improvements on behalf of private donors, serves as the project manager and facilitator for the project. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department oversees the management and stewardship of the city’s 350 developed parks and provides programming and recreational opportunities for people of all abilities. For more information on the Houston Parks and Recreation Department visit www.


Tigers Zeroing in on

“On Time” Graduation

By Jo-Carolyn Goode Editor-at-Large


t’s that time of year when mothers, fathers, and extended family members get to stick out their

on their pry, they will fulfill their dreams on Saturday, May 14, 2011, when they graduate with their de-

who graduated from the University of Texas in five years. He feels that he has bragging rights since he ac-

ited as this past season’s leader in points scored and rebounds and assists made by ESPN. He loves

and eliminate them during his third year. He focused solely on studying for his classes and playing basket-

Texas Southern University Class of 2011 graduates Harrison Smith, Timothy Price, Ricky Boyles, and Travele Jones with Associate Professor and Dean of Student Dr. Willie Marshall, Head Basketball Coach Tony B. Harvey, and Athletic Director Charles McClelland.

chests and scream congratulatory praises because their baby after 16 years or so is graduating from college. Their lectures stressing the importance of an education have sunk in and the sacrifices and hard work have finally come to fruition. The typical college degree plan is completed in four to five years depending on the course of study or degree that is obtained. What I am talking about here is graduating on time. Often times there are so many distractions at school, at home, and in general that some students find graduating on time challenging. The students are particularly getting bad wraps for not graduating on time are college athletes. Putting that myth to rest are four Texas Southern University (TSU) star ballers who have had their eyes on the prize and like, tigers zeroing in

gree in hand. One such student is Timothy Price. After the Houston native completed his secondary education in the Klien ISD, he took his next step and for him that would be college. Originally he was attempting to travel a path that would led him out of Houston, but a friend recommended that he attend Texas Southern University. A decision he now says was a good one. Price quickly became known on campus for his skills on the basketball court. He also has skills in the classroom. The 6’ 11” power forward is an accounting major who is extremely proud to graduate from TSU in four years. One source of motivation for Price to obtain his education in four years was his desire of completing college in less time than his father

complished his goal in four years. His ultimate dream is to continue to play basketball after graduation. He is realistic about his chance to get into the National Basketball Association or even to play overseas by having a plan B. His backup plan is to go to graduate school, be an accountant and eventually become a teacher. Price encourages those who follow him to never give up, to keep on pushing, and they will make it through. His fellow teammate, Travele Jones, will join him in walking across the stage. The Los Angeles, California native chose Texas Southern University because of the good work of the recruitment official who wanted him for the basketball team. An excellent choice I must say. On average Jones scores sixteen points per game and is cred-


the game of basketball and wants to continue playing as long as he can. This was the motivation that pushed him to graduate on time. Jones wants to take his talents and skills in the game to a team overseas so he can continue to play. Another Californian wanting to go to play professional basketball is Ricky Boyles. Coming to Texas Southern because of a recruiter’s recommendation, Boyles remembers how the recruiter showed him around campus and what TSU had to offer. He was sold. He has played on the men’s basketball team his entire time of studying at TSU. He notes that his best year was his freshman year. He was really himself on the court. Admitting that distractions did get in the way his second year, however, he was able to see what they were

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ball. It’s a good thing those distractions did not stop him from achieving his ultimate goal of earning a college degree. These three guys, along with Harrison Smith, were starters for the basketball team this past year. All four are good guys doing what they are supposed to do - not wasting their parents’ money, completing their education, fulfilling their dreams, and maintaining focus, lessons learned at home and continued at Texas Southern University. Congratulations to Timothy Price, Travele Jones, Ricky Boyles, Harrison Smith and the rest of the class of 2011. Remember the words of Malcolm X. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

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Houston, TX

HoustonWorks Hands on Housing Block Party

HAUL Young Professionals’ YP University

Photography By Stephen Beringer

Photography By Vicky Pink


n Saturday, April 16, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at 10534 Fairfax for the Hands on Housing Block Party. YouthBuild Houston, a HoustonWorks USA Program, partnered with Keep Jacinto City Beautiful to benefit elderly residents as students renovated a dilapidated garage, performed lawn maintenance, recycled and cleaned streets. This program to restore historic homes in Jacinto City began in October 2010. Projects are completed with recycled materials donated by community organizations including the City of Houston ReUse Warehouse, Historic Houston and Houston Habitat for Humanity. Some in attendance were HoustonWorks CEO Larry V. Green, Texas District 6 State Senator Mario Gallegos and representatives from the office Texas District 143 State Representative Ana Hernandez Luna.

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n Saturday, April 30, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business for Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) 6th Installment of Young Professionals’ University. Over 100 students from various schools within the Houston area and from organizations participated in the one-day college prep-session. The event included workshops on academic responsibility, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, money management and extracurricular activities. Some in attendance were Elijah J. Williams, Samson Babalola, Emestine Smith, Rachel Wilson, Amanda Edwards, Kevin Plowden, April Todd, Vinnika Johnson, Melanie Singleton, Eric Miller, Charlene James, Courtney Taylor, and Ramonica Caldwell.


CULINARY Seafood With The Blues By Yolanda Pope Culinary Editor


magine spending a day at Coast Seafood conveniently locat- the food is heavenly. The seafood the museum, the recollection ed in the heart of The Museum Dis- is so fresh; you can tell what the of Van Gogh’s self-portrait t r i c t . fish were thinking. The restaurant has your mind spinning, but it is is elegant, but casual. The serabruptly interrupted by the growl vice is impeccable and the in your stomach. The thought of price of the food is condugoing home and cooking cive to accommodate dampens your the most conmood, so servative of you disbudgets, to miss that the extravathought gant. I sat and dedown with cide to o w n e r ’s treat yourKyle Teas self to a and Danton meal that Nix, who mirrors are native the majesHoustoDanton’s Gulf Coast Seafood’s grilled red snapper with lump crab meat, tomatoes and basil tic beauty nians, of an imbusipressionist’s painting. So where To state that the food at this restau- ness partners, and childdo you go? Go to Danton’s Gulf rant is good is an understatement; hood friends. Kyle de-

scribed himself as “the good looking one” and Danton as “an artist in the kitchen and the restaurant business”. Danton Nix is also the Executive Chef, and most of the menu items are dishes that he enjoyed as a child at his family’s kitchen table. Danton’s opened in October 2007, and is located at 4611 Montrose Boulevard, in Chelsea’s Market. Additionally, there is ample parking at this location, unlike a lot of the other businesses on Montrose Boulevard. I returned to Danton’s the following Sunday and enjoyed the “Sunday Jazz Brunch” with my family. We were treated to music

by Houston’s blues legends Milton Hopkins and Texas Johnny Brown. The Sunday Brunch was “jumping”! I believe we ate everything; red beans and rice, fried calamari, crawfish po’ boys, crab patties, crawfish enchiladas, gumbo, and shrimp with fries, salad and dessert. Everyone was well satisfied with their meal, and we have already made plans for our next visit to Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood. If you are a restaurant owner, and would like for me to share my review of your establishment with the readers of Houston Style Magazine, please send an email to:




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Help us plan tomorrow – attend a METRO public workshop to discuss the future of transit in your community. All public workshops will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Third Ward Multi-Service Center Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3611 Ennis St. Houston, TX 77004

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West End Multi-Service Center Thursday, May 19, 2011 170 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77007

Crowne Plaza – Brookhollow Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12801 NW Frwy. Houston, TX 77040

Upper Kirby Building Thursday, May 12, 2011 3015 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77098

Hilton Garden Inn – Katy Thursday, May 19, 2011 2409 Texmati Dr. Katy, TX 77494

Ripley House Tuesday, May 24, 2011 4410 Navigation Blvd. Houston, TX 77011

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Mathis’ Mind Ex-offender Discrimination




hen pundits discuss America’s still too high unemployment rate, they usually tell stories of individuals with impressive work histories and college degrees who are having a hard time finding a job after being downsized. Or, they relate tales of former manufacturing employees lost in our new, more tech-driven economy. Rarely does anyone share the plight of the more than 65 million Americans with some sort of criminal past who have a hard time finding work.


We need to talk about this population more often and come up with solutions to help them secure employment. The reality is that more and more people with criminal histories are trying to enter the work force but failed background checks keep thousands of people from getting hired, some for offenses that are decades old and as minor as disorderly conduct, drinking and having too much fun in the street with friends. Some of those being denied work have never been convicted of a crime, only arrested. Every year, more than 700,000 people are released from state and federal prisons: they all need to find work so that they may support themselves and their families, contribute to their communities and to ensure poverty, frustration and desperation don’t force them to return to a life of crime. There are no federal laws that protect individu-


als with a criminal past from being discriminated against by employers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, however, does suggest that employers take in account the severity of the offense, the amount of time that has passed since the crime was committed and how the crime relates to the position being applied for. W e need more than EEOC guidelines. There has to be a conscious effort by the business community to weed out practices that discriminate against exoffenders. Most accept that some with a criminal past will not be able to work in certain sectors; for example, a child predator cannot work with children. But

there are countless other positions this individual can hold that won’t present a danger to society. Employers also need to understand that, just because someone committed a crime once does not mean they’ll do

Current hiring practices are locking millions out of the work force. This discrimination not only hurts the individuals in question, it damages America’s long-term economic health. We’re losing millions

it again. In fact, research shows that the farther back the crime occurred, the less likely the offender will be to repeat that mistake.

of workers and need to help keep our country moving forward. Share this story online at





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Port of Houston Authority Business Development Workshop


Photography By Roswitha Vogler

n April 29, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the University of Houston Small Business Development Center (UHSBDC) for the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) Small Business Development program’s presentation of Export/Import: The Basics. The three-hour workshop was held in partnership with the UHSBDC for enrollees in the PHA small business program. Scott Singleton, manager of Global Logistics with Exterran, was the workshop presenter. Some participants were Carmen Castro, Michael Pratt, Bob S. Anderson, and Sherry Singleterry.

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Better Business Bureau 19th Awards for Excellence


Photography By Vicky Pink

n Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the InterContinental Houston Hotel for the Better Business Bureau 19th Awards for Excellence luncheon. A record breaking 750 people attended the awards luncheon that recognized local companies & non-profits for overall excellence in the workplace. The awards are modeled after the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award. Some in attendance were President of Better Business Bureau Dan Parsons, Tilman Fertitta, Gary Milleson, Scott Sparks, and Jim Steffes.




Like Mother, Like Daughter

oms do more than pass on their genes to their daughters. They have a powerful influence as

role models for their daughters’ physical activity, dieting behaviors, body image and self-esteem, according to a panel of experts at t h e

Role Modeling Health Legacy Summit, hosted by the National Milk Mustache got milk?® Campaign and Family Circle magazine. Key findings from the Summit include moms’ influence on: • Nutritious Eating: Studies show that a mother’s decision to drink milk more frequently and to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains helps influence her daughter’s choices. In particular, research suggests that moms who drink milk are likely to have daughters who drink milk. This influence has been shown throughout childhood, but the impact appears to be the strongest in the early years of her daughter’s life. “The bottom line is that if a mother wants her daughter to eat nutritious foods, drink milk instead of sugary sodas and avoid fad diets, she needs to do the same,” according to panel member Liz Ward, RD, child nutrition expert and author of “Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids.” • Physical Activity: “Mothers can also play a positive role in influencing their daughters’ activity level – both by explicit modeling of behavior and logistical or tangible support, such as providing transportation to activities,” said panel member and pediatrician Alanna Levine, MD. Providing this support may

be especially important for young girls who do not perceive themselves as being athletic. • Dieting Behaviors: Mothers may unknowingly pass on poor body image and weight worries to their daughters. Studies have found that weightrelated issues of parents, particularly mothers, are transmitted to their children. • Body Image and Self Esteem: Research shows that early awareness of body weight is associated with a low self-worth in girls as young as 5 years of age. Concerns about weight can affect a child’s self-esteem and wellbeing. Adolescent girls who perceive that their mother is frequently trying to lose weight are more likely to be preoccupied with weight t h e m selves and more likely to become constant dieters. With awaren e s s , knowledge and skills, mothers can pass on a new legacy of healthier food and beverage choices, body relationships and increased physical activity. The panel of leading health and nutrition experts developed these recommendations to mothers: • Eat (and Drink) Healthy Yourself. Kids will do as you do, so consume the foods and beverages that you want your children to have. Encourage lowfat or fat free milk instead of sugary drinks at every meal. • Make Meals Matter: Make family meals a positive time for you and your kids. Avoid criticism and enjoy your time (and your food) with your family. • Get Active: Be active to set a good example for your kids. Avoid unhealthy habits and find your family’s favorite ways to be active together. • Focus on the Positive: Avoid making negative comments about food, your body or your child’s body. Boost your daughter’s self-esteem by complimenting qualities beyond just appearance. For more information on role modeling healthy behaviors, the full research in “Like Mother, Like Daughter: Exploring the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, Food and Health,” and more, visit MilkMustache or



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Style Book Review


“ Yo u C a n’t F i r e E ve r yo n e A n d O t h e r L e s s o n s f r o m a n A c c i d e n t a l M a n a g e r ” b y H a n k G i l m a n


ou catch more flies with honey than vinegar. As far as you can see, that old saying - a reminder that being nice works better than being a jerk - holds true for every boss you’ve ever had. The manager who compliments while criticizing, privately. The supervisor who surprises the staff with cold treats on a hot day. The boss who just lets you do your job. You’ve worked for them all, and you’ve toiled for their opposites. But what kind of boss are you? Read the new book “You Can’t Fire Everyone” by Hank Gilman and find out. You don’t get to be Deputy Managing Editor of Fortune magazine with-

out working your way there, and Hank Gilman has done exactly that. Gilman spent time in small local newsrooms as well as with big-city dailies. He’s seen colleagues come and go. He’s seen his share of good managers and bad ones, all of whom taught him to be a better boss himself. In this book, he explains how you can manage to get the best out of your employees. The first lesson, says Gilman, is that everyone who works for you has flaws. Conversely, everybody has strengths. It’s your job to find those strengths, then get out of the way and let employees use them. You, of course, want to like the people you work with (otherwise, they wouldn’t be your employees, right?) but understand that being friends isn’t truly possible. There will be hard decisions to make someday and they may then hate you, so keep employees close but keep them at arms’ length, too. And even if you have favorites, don’t practice favoritism. On that note, keep your stars happy but don’t create a “class system.” Know the Cardinal Sins of Hiring and avoid them. Think before speaking. Remember that the day a good em-

ployee leaves for another job is the day to start recruiting her back. Give the right people the right jobs and give them feedback. Answer all emails and return phone calls. Learn to do the Donald Trump thing correctly and don’t be afraid to be fired yourself. And when you start arriving at work angry, know that it’s time to go. So “manager” was never in your DNA? No worries… that’s why “You Can’t Fire Everyone” is around. With solid advice, a touch of winking snarkiness, and a good dose of droll, author Hank Gilman offers his readers career advice entwined with behind-the-scenes anecdotes straight from the publishing world. New managers and managers-tobe will appreciate Gilman’s willingness to use his own experiences to illustrate that mistakes are going to be made and that you’ll live through them. And any manager who’s been around the Big Desk for awhile, will find Gilman’s in-the-trenches stories entertaining, no matter what your industry. If you’re getting ready to move up at work or if you’re already the boss, you’ll find this book to be fun and extremely helpful. For you – and for your

“You Can’t Fire Everyone And Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager” by Hank Gilman c.2011, Penguin Portfolio $25.95 / $32.50 Canada 224 pages

employees –“You Can’t Fire Everyone” is a honey of a read. Terri Schlichenmeyer can be reached at: The Bookworm Sez, LLC N5593 County Road C West Salem, Wisconsin, 54669

CULINARY Throw a Backyard Barbecue with a Twist


t’s that time of year again the kids are out for summer, the days are longer and the weather is warming up. And, nothing brings people together for a fun time quite like a barbecue. “By picking up a few items found at your local club store, throwing a backyard BBQ can be a simple affair,” says Stephanie Ashcraft, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and mom of four. “In fact, you can host a BBQ without even firing up the grill. There are some delicious

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frozen, fully-cooked, pork barbeque options in clubs right now.” What could be simpler than putting a tray or crock pot full of delicious, tender BBQ out for guests to build their own sandwiches? Just warm up frozen barbecue meat, put out the fixings, and let everyone else do the rest. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings like coleslaw, red onion, pickles, shredded lettuce and tomatoes. They can enjoy the BBQ plain, or

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served on a fresh roll or toasted bun. Ashcraft shares a unique, eye catching recipe for Layered BBQ Sundaes as another fun and easy option. “If you’re looking for a unique way to incorporate BBQ into a festive recipe this one is simple to prepare, but guests will be wowed by the presentation.” She suggests using Byron’s Pork BBQ, found in the freezer section at Sam’s or BJ’s Clubs, for her recipe. It’s hand pulled and hickory smoked for hours. No need to spend all day over a hot grill preparing your own. It comes packaged in grill-friendly aluminum trays or in microwave trays for added convenience. “The sweet and spicy sauce is delicious. It’s my favorite go-to summer item because it saves me time and money – leaving more time for family fun,” says Ashcraft. For the sides, serve up summer standards like lemonade and potato salad. Don’t forget the dessert. Store bought cookies and brownies make that menu item a cinch.


For more recipes and summer party ideas, visit www.ClubEntertaining. com or Layered BBQ Sundae Serves 8 1 package Byron’s Pork BBQ (approximately 3 cups per 8-person serving) 1 can baked beans 2 cups colorful coleslaw 1 10-ounce bag frozen whole kernel corn, thawed 2 cups green bell pepper, diced Pickled okra for garnish Prepare BBQ according to package instructions. Meanwhile, heat baked beans on medium heat until warm, about 5 minutes; stirring occasionally. In the bottom of a serving dish (or small glasses), layer heated baked beans. Then, place an even layer of corn kernels, followed by a layer of green bell peppers. Place an even layer of BBQ on top of the bell peppers, followed by coleslaw. Place pickled okra on top for garnish.

The Texas

Black Expo


creating economic synergy within urban communities

Dear Expo Guests,


t is with great pride that we welcome you back to the Texas Black Expo Summer Celebration! Each year, we produce our event according to a theme that will empower and equip our Expo guests to live better lives once they depart from the Expo. This year, our theme is: Adding Thousands of Faces of Color to the Green Movement. Conserving our environment and being responsible citizens of the world by going green is not only a responsibility that we all share; its outcomes are benefits that we all share. Unfortunately, many minority communities have been left behind in the Green Movement… but at this year’s Summer Celebration, you can catch up! We encourage you to visit our Green Zone to learn about how practical and easy it is to implement going green into your lifestyle. It’s necessary, it’s

doable, and it will benefit our communities for generations to come! Only when each of us does our part will we reap the global benefits of a healthier, cleaner planet – and no one is exempt! Above all, while you’re learning to go green, enjoy the 2011 Summer Celebration. There’s plenty to do, see, taste, touch and experience for the entire family, and we are honored that you have chosen to be our guests! Thank you for your support, and enjoy the Expo!

Dear Expo Friends:


s interim Board Chairman of the Texas Black Expo, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the eighth annual Texas Black Expo Summer Celebration! This distinctive event is orchestrated to stimulate growth and development within urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth and building better lives. As you attend the 2011 Summer Celebration, it is my hope that you will LaTayne Bruce take this opportunity to supTexas Black Expo’s port the many vendors that Interim Board Chairman are present, attend the informative seminars, participate in the various screenings offered in the “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day” Health Fair and enjoy the live, world-class entertainment on our main Expo stage. We would not have been able to bring you eight years of excellence at the Texas Black Expo without the dedication of each of our corporate sponsors. We thank them for their unyielding support, and we encourage you to support these businesses and corporations that support your community. We would also like to thank our vendors and tireless volunteers for their time and commitment in making the Texas Black Expo a huge success. On behalf of the Texas Black Expo Board of Directors, I encourage you to enjoy the 2011 Texas Black Expo Summer Celebration!! Sincerely, LaTayne Bruce Interim Board Chairman

Jerome Love President

Jerome Love Texas Black Expo Founder & President


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The Texas Black Expo Green Advocate Margaret Ford Fisher President of Houston Community College Northeast


r. Margaret Ford Fisher is President of the Houston Community College Northeast, one of six colleges within the Houston Community College District. She was appointed President of the Northeast College in 1997 after a National Search conducted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Dr. Ford Fisher was born in Marion, Alabama, and completed her early education at Lincoln High and Robert C. Hatch High Schools. She completed her Baccalaureate and Masters Degrees in the Teaching of English at Wichita State University, her Doctoral Degree in Education at the University of Houston, and Certificates from Oxford University and Kansas State University in International Relations and Urban and Regional Planning, respectively. In 1997, she received a Certificate of Completion from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for participation in the Presidents’ Academy; and in July 2001, she was an invited delegate to the Oxford International Roundtable for Community College Presidents – held in Oxford, England, where she presented a paper to an international audience of community college presidents on the topic: “A Higher Education Transition Pedagogy for Marginalized Populations: Challenges, Opportunities, Benefits.” Dr. Ford Fisher has over thirty years of experience in higher education. She began her higher education career as a Professor at Wichita State University where she served for ten years. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, a faculty member at the University of Houston and Texas Southern University, and an invited delegate to the “Germany Today” educational program. At the Houston Commu-

nity College, she has served as a professor of English and in various administrative posts leading to the presidency. She has also been a television producer and host with PBS Television Programs entitled “The Capitol Report” (broadcast Statewide) and “The Margaret Ford Show” (broadcast locally on KUHT TV). Dr. Ford Fisher has written numerous articles that have been published in various scholarly journals and publications. The most recent articles include, “Factors Influencing the Matriculation and Course Completion of First Time In-College Students,” published in the Proceedings of the 2P nd P Annual National Symposium on Student Retention, and “Quality of Life and Resiliency: A Focus on Student Success,” published in the Community College JournalU – a publication of the American Association of Community Colleges where she has also published other scholarly articles. She has coauthored several resource workbooks and one textbook. The textbook is a formulary written by Ford Fisher and published by Sage Publications in 1997. The book is entitled High School Students Earning College CreditU: A Guide to Creating Dual Credit Programs. The focus of her book is Dual Credit, which was the first publication on the subject. She is also the author of other related Dual Credit publications and of the Teacher/Student Interaction Instrument, which is an assessment tool to measure the attitudes of teachers toward diverse student populations. Dr. Ford Fisher is very active in the Houston community and serves on a number of Workforce Development Committees and Advisory Boards. She is an active participant in local Chambers of Commerce and works closely with industry advisory committees for economic and community development. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors: the Education Award presented by the L & S Academy; the Carrol Sterling Masterson Education Award presented by the YWCA Board of Directors, the

Houston Community College Northeast Energy Institute

Margaret Ford Fisher President of Houston Community College Northeast Education Award presented by the Acres Homes Citizens’ Chamber of Commerce, the IMPACT Award in Education presented by the Wheeler Avenue Women’s Guild, the Education Award presented by Variety – The Children’s Charity of Houston, the prestigious District Award of Merit presented by the Sam Houston Council of Boy Scouts of America – Antares District where she served as District Chair for several years, and the W.E.B. DuBois award presented by the National Alliance of Black School Educators. In 1999 Dr. Ford Fisher was appointed a Senior Education Advisor for the State of Texas – an honor conferred by the Office of the Governor. Recently, she served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board that produced Special Report #275 on The Workforce ChallengeU. She has served on the AACC Global Education Commission, the Homeland Secu-


rity Ad Hoc Taskforce, and Board Member for the American Association of Community Colleges. Recently, Dr. Ford Fisher was invited to provide testimony to the U. S. House of Representatives, Research and Science Education Subcommittee, on Reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and the Houston Community College – Northeast’s successes in preparing “at-risk” students for transfer success in Mathematics, Science, and Technology fields. Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Judge Raymond Lamar Fisher, who is a Juvenile Court Judge and Attorney in Private Practice.

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The Energy Institute at the Houston Community College - Northeast serves as a comprehensive incubator for the education and preparation of students to enter the vast array of jobs available in the areas of Oil and Gas as well as in the renewable-energy fields of study. As an essential part of its mission, the Institute also prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution and for entrepreneurship in the green-energy sector. Through its green energy outreach, the Energy Institute has strengthened the socio-economic, academic, and environmental outlook of communities in the Northeast Sector -- including those of North Forest, Fifth Ward, and Acres Homes. These partnerships include (1) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) academies at high schools to expose students to the fields of science and engineering through hands-on training, science fairs, and industry-related field trips; (2) training programs funded by the Department of Energy and the Houston Galveston Area Council in the amount of $5.3 million dollars to provide training in solar panel installation and weatherization; (3) training in Wind Technology and in other renewable-energy fields in area high schools, and (4) certificate and degree programs that lead to lucrative incomes and gainful employment. Through these varied partnerships, HCC Northeast and its Energy Institute is committed to ensuring that the total Houston community has access to green energy resources and training that will advance their educational aspirations, their environmental knowledge, and their entrepreneurial skill sets.

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The Texas Black Expo Green Giant Everett A. Bass Vice President of Community Relations and Public Sector Services for Waste Management Inc.

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Letters From:

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Mayor Annise Parker, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

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The Texas Black Expo Green Entrepreneur La Verne Williams EcoArchitect AIA, LEED AP


ince 1975, he has focused upon quality of life matters for homes & community. His passion? Cultivating and Applying Sustainable Living Concepts & Practices. LaVerne is an Architect, Building Ecologist, Bioneer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and the CEO & Founder of ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATES, Architects & Consultants, a pioneering green building architecture practice which has demonstrated over 35 Years of Leadership in creating Healthful, High Performance Green Homes and Remodeling and other good works. Brief Bio: Recognized as one of this nation’s dedicated green building pioneers, LaVerne’s concerns since the 1970’s about the “Living Cost” of our homes, buildings and communities, and their effect upon our overall quality of life and health has led him to focus his efforts upon where it matters most, on our homes and communities; as this is where we spend most of our lives and where we have the most control over decisions which profoundly affect our quality of life, health and finances.

As the architect of many innovative and precedent setting green homes and a frequent guest lecturer and speaker regarding green home and green living matters, the preeminent National and Local green building programs have each awarded Environment Associates’ (EA) their highest awards available, as well as being the recipient of many professional and personal honors himself. Each year, EA is responsible for the site planning and design of many new healthy green homes and remodeling projects, plus healthy living & green design counseling and consulting for scores more. EA has advised families and individuals as well as government officials at many levels, new green business start-ups, other architects & professionals, builders and their subcontractors, and not-for-profit citizen and professional organizations. LaVerne is a designated national & local “Houston Hero for the Environment”, and has been inducted into the Conservation History Association of Texas’ “Texas Legacy Project”. Identified as one of Houston’s “City Brights” by the Houston Chronicle, Houston’s main newspaper; watch for his Houston “EcoArchitect” online blog coming soon on 5828 Langfield Rd., Houston, TX 77092 713.528.0000


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Eric Lyons President & CEO of Houston Citizen Chamber of Commerce

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A Beauty Comes to Houston By Jo-Carolyn Goode Editor-at-Large


hen the word “diva” comes to mind, Vivica A. Fox is a natural association. She is successful, talented, and highly accomplished. She is a beautiful person inside and out who is relatable. She is the essence of “diva”. Attendees at the Texas Black Expo will get to know some of her secrets of being a diva and see her along with a distinguished panel of guests moderated by Majic 102.1 FM’s Kandi Eastman, at Diva Dialogue 2011. Fox left our fair city earlier this month when she starred in Je’Caryous Johnson’s stage play “Cheaper to Keep Her,” and she is on her way back to dish out and gab about everything associated with beauty at the Texas Black Expo. Having been in the entertainment industry for years Fox has a lot to share. At the beginning of her career she pursued both modeling and acting so she has a real insider’s look at he field of beauty. Some of her top must-have items are clear mascara to shape brows more effectively and lip-gloss for kissable lips. Her top beauty secret is taking a steam shower. Fox admits to showering twice a day to hydrate her body as well as drinking a lot of water. Hair is another area in which Fox has expertise. Her successful wig line launched

in 2010 provides customers with quality human hair wigs and extensions to bring out the diva in each individual woman. Wigs are handmade or have lace fronts. See Fox’s wig line by going to www.vivicafoxhair. com. The star helps others by assisting cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments. In addition to her successful career as an award winning actress and producer. Fox is also working on a clothing line. All of these interests are helping to make her a businesswoman. Fox is letting people know that beauty isn’t only skin deep. Beauty must be perceived by the outward appearance but of equal importance is success. Sharing their definition of beauty with Fox will be Mia Wright, co-pastor of Fountain of Praise; Tyra Metoyer, doctoral student and communications professional; Gabrielle Deculus, Prairie View A&M University student and entrepreneur; Kim Bady, inspirational speaker and author; and Dr. Shannon Cormier, co-founder of Texas Black Expo and entrepreneur. Admission is free with general expo ticket. Get event information online at www.

Vivica A. Fox Hollywood Actress & Producer

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The Texas Black Expo Sponsor Statements ANGA


America’s Natural Gas Alliance

merica's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) members are dedicated to increasing the appreciation of the environmental, economic and national security benefits of clean, abundant, American natural gas. The organization represents 30 of North America's largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies and the leading developers of the shale plays that are now transforming the clean energy landscape across the United States. Our country now has more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil and ANGA believes that it can offer a clean source of energy at stable prices for many generations to come for consumers of electricity, people who want to drive cleaner vehicles and our manufactur-

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• Supplier Diversity We firmly believe this allows us to become a better neighbor, business and community supporter beyond the four walls of traditional retailing. It gets right down to making the community we serve a better place and taking an active role in that journey. The Texas Black Expo is one of those community supporters as it brings together community and B2B opportunities, which is a must have to build economic empowerment. Jerome, you are to be congratulated for another successful event on this year.

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Journey to Diversity

Lifting Up the Praises of God at TBE By Jo-Carolyn Goode Editor-at-Large


he Texas Black Expo (TBE) knows that when the praises go up, the blessings come down. On Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the praises will go up at the Gospel Extravaganza featuring James Fortune & FIYA and Earnest Pugh. Spiritual warriors are invited to put armor on and give praise to the One from whom all blessings flow. They will be invited to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and leap for joy as the sounds of gospel greats fill their souls and ignite the spirit within. Houstonians are very familiar with James Fortune since he is homegrown and has a musical legacy that began here in Houston. He went from being homeless with his wife Cheryl and their two children, to being a three-time Stellar award winner with the most outstanding gospel albums ever. Trusting God at every step of the way, James Fortune and FIYA (Free in Yahweh’s Abundance) have released four albums. They will be sharing some of their gospel chart toppers with the expo audience. Recently, Fortune announced a brand new venture. He is the President and CEO of his own record label FIYA World Music Group. In this new role he will have the opportunity to develop new talent. Another great announcement that is sure to bring “fortune” to his household is that his wife Cheryl is working on her first solo project. Like her husband she is a voice that was developed in Houston where her family still lives. Cheryl has been singing

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James Fortune & FiyA all of her life and her vocals are heard in the background of FIYA as well as with countless other gospel artists. Appearing with James Fortune and FIYA will be Earnest Pugh. Like Fortune, Pugh was raised in the church and spent time in the army before really pursuing his music career. Once he actively started his musical career, doors began to open. For example, doors to networks such as the Word Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET) were opened for him. The birth of two CDs evolved from those unions, the music of which he will gladly bless the audience at TBE to bring them closer to Jesus Christ. He says, “My prayer is that through my latest CD people will truly see and understand the Glory of God. I know that God wants to reveal Himself in His people.” Don’t miss your praise cue on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the George R. Brown Convention Center at the Gospel Extravaganza featuring James Fortune & FIYA and Earnest Pugh. Get more information at

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Earnest Pugh, National Gospel Recording Artist


Ronnie Laws Adds Coolness to TBE J. Anthony Brown By Jo-Carolyn Goode Showing a Different Side usic is in his DNA. With sisters as vocalists and a flutist-saxophonist at TBE brother, it was pretty clear early Editor-at-Large


on that Ronnie Laws would have a career in music. Beginning his career as the saxophonist and flutist with Earth, Wind, & Fire, Laws branched off as a solo act. His first album “Pressure Sensitive” released in 1975 solidified that he would be a star with the phenomenal hit “Always There.” For over 30 years, he has consistently and constantly tickled the ears of jazz enthusiasts. He is now bringing his talents back home to Houston at the Texas Black Expo. Texas Black Expo (TBE) President and CEO Jerome Love sincerely believes that his organization is committed to those who support the expo and considers participants as partners in the production of the largest multicultural trade show in the state of Texas. Therefore, public opinion plays a big role in the events that are presented each year as the expo continues to evolve in the building of strong families, businesses, and communities. In essence, the people get what they want. For sometime now the people have requested a jazz concert, and since they have asked, it will

By Jo-Carolyn Goode Editor-at-Large

be granted. The Texas Black Expo is proud to present for 2011 their very first jazz concert featuring none other than Ronnie Laws. The best part of all is that the concert is free with the purchase of a general expo admission ticket. Groove with the nationally acclaimed saxophonist as he raises the cool level of the Texas Black Expo to exceptional with melodic sounds. Laws will go from smooth and relaxing to funkadelic to mellow blues all in one performance. Considered to be one of the greatest legends in the jazz world, Laws is Houston’s homeboy thus his concert is a family affair. Seating is on a first come – first served basis, so get your ticket today and arrive early. For more details log on to



tingling sensation in the fingers could be blown off as an annoyance for some. For others it could mean something more. In the case of J. Anthony Brown it did mean something more. After visiting doctor after doctor he discovered that he had Type II diabetes. Even though both his parents had diabetes. Brown still did not know much about the disease. He was not aware of how serious the condition and complications could be, or that diabetes could even cause death. He was oblivious to the dire circumstances until both his parents passed away due to complications of diabetes. Brown realized that he had to do something to make Americans more aware of diabetes and that some way, somehow he had to stop its devastation. The J. Anthony Brown Foundation was born from his enlightenment. Founded to raise awareness and funding for diabetes and continued research of the disease, the

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organization has grown to become an educational haven for children ages 6-17 who have type I and type II diabetes in South Carolina through summer camps. He is bringing his desire to educate others about diabetes to the Texas Black Expo on May 21-22 at George R. Brown Convention Center. Brown wants to make Texans more cognizant of their health at the “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day” and “Living Strong” Mega Health Fair. In his health presentation about diabetes he will educate the public and encourage them to be their own health advocates. The health fair will include the screening of diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, kidney, stroke scan, vision and dental, and bone density. Body fat composition testing, fitness demos, line dancing and more will also be included with expo admission. Texans “watchoutdehnow” because J. Anthony Brown is coming to town. See him and all the other exciting events at the Texas Black Expo. Get event details and tickets at

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Houston Historically Black College and Universties Alumni Association

Donna Glover President of HHBCUAA

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May 12 - May 18, 2011


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On Saturday… Mix and mingle with other Naturalistas from across the state at our Texas-sized Natural Hair “Meet-up” on Saturday, featuring “real talk” at informative and interactive “Advice from the Experts” workshops: • Rehab for Product Junkies: Products We Love, Products We Hate, and Everything In-Between • What Not to Wear in Your Hair: Shopping Effectively for Healthy Natural Hair • Natural Hair 911: Solutions, Tips and Tricks from Natural Hair Experts • Corporate Image: Can I Be Natural AND Professional in Today’s Corporate Culture? • From the Brothers: Straight Talk from Men about Women, Natural Hair, and the Beauty Image

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National Local Mayor Parker Calls for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Coast Guard Auxiliary Association FlickLaunch Showcases First to Receive $25,000 from Chase Consolidation of Convention & Employess Bowl for Kids to Movie Distribution Platform Entertainment Facilities Raise Money for Mentors Community Giving Built on Facebook® for Viewing undreds of Bank of America Merrill Department with Hotel Independent Films he Coast Guard Auxiliary AssociaLynch employees will take part in tion, Inc. (CGAUXA) will receive Corporation one of the largest fundraisers for Big lickLaunch, the first movie distribu-


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today it would begin showing independent films for 7-day rentals on the filmmaker’s Facebook fanpage. This new platform enables independent filmmakers access and the ability to market to a global audience through Facebook without the prohibitive costs of traditional and outdated distribution. Starting today, FlickLaunch will offer the urban crime thriller “Blues,” distributed by Level 33 Entertainment. The movie can be viewed in its entirety and in full screen here, on the Blues movie fanpage. “Blues” was written and directed by Brandon Sonnier, one of the youngest filmmakers to premiere a film at the Sundance Film Festival. The first 1,000 “movie goers” can view the movie for free. Go to the Blues movie fanpage, hit the “LIKE” button and the movie begins. Once the first 1,000 “LIKES” are exhausted, the movie will be only $1 to view. “We see a great opportunity to help these filmmakers get their films seen by offering this powerful direct-to-consumer distribution platform,” remarked Craig Tanner, Co-founder and CEO of FlickLaunch. “Currently, many independent films cannot secure distribution from a major distributor and rarely have a marketing budget to reach a mass audience. FlickLaunch provides an immediate solution to filmmakers for both of these issues.” With FlickLaunch, filmmakers can offer their movies on Facebook in minutes, not days or months as is the case for other Internet platforms. The FlickLaunch player and application quickly uploads the filmmaker’s movie to the Facebook fanpage. Using the “LIKE” button, the filmmaker can give away a predetermined amount of free views to “movie goers” to promote the movie or set the rental price to start making money right away. Once the predetermined number of “LIKES” is exhausted, “movie goers” will use Paypal (Facebook Credits available soon) to rent movies at a price of $1-$5 depending on the film, while engaging with their Facebook friends. To read more go to stylemagazine. com.

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$25,000 from Chase Charity Giving as part of Chase’s $25 million commitment to charities over next two years. CGAUXA finished in the top 100 charities in the first round of the 2011 Chase C h a r ity Giving campaign on CGAUXA will now move to the second round to compete for an additional prize pool worth $500,000 Located in St. Louis, CGAUXA is the non-profit arm that supports the Coast Guard Auxiliary and its volunteers in communities across the nation. CGAUXA provides outreach and educational programs to further community based programs. “The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, is constantly striving to strengthen the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s community outreach. Receiving this $25,000 will help ensure the great work of the Association around the country,” said Jim Vass, chairman and CEO of the Association. “Facebook users have spoken and voted for some truly incredible and deserving charities. We are delighted that Chase will make a contribution to each of these worthy causes,” Kimberly Davis, president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, said. “We continue to be inspired by the number of outstanding charities that choose to participate in the Chase program and the millions of fans who visit our Facebook page and vote for them. The dedication and enthusiasm of the charities and their supporters is one reason why Chase has committed $25 million for Chase Community Giving to distribute to even more charities over the next two years.” In Round 2, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association will be submitting a “Big Idea” describing how it would use $500,000 to further its cause. Beginning May 19, Facebook users will vote again to select the best ideas among the top 100 charities. The 25 charities that receive the most votes will receive between $20,000 and $500,000. The winners of Round 2 will be announced on May 26.

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ayor Annise Parker today recommended consolidation of the city’s Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department (CEFD) into the Houston Convention Center Hotel Corporation (HCCHC). The proposal, if approved by City Council, would provide the Mayor Annise Parker city an extra $10 million in the next fiscal year, thus helping to avoid some planned layoffs. Under the proposal presented to City Council’s Fiscal Affairs Committee today, the newly renamed organization, called Houston First Corporation, would lease CEFD properties from the city for an $8.6 million pre-payment of rent, payable in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. In addition, an annual lease payment of $1.4 million would also begin in FY12. Future increases in the lease payments would be tied to the Consumer Price Index. CEFD properties include the George R. Brown Convention Center, Wortham Theater Center, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Jones Plaza, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Sesquicentennial Park, Root Memorial Square and several other smaller park and performing arts facilities. “This is somewhat different from 2002 when the city created a non-profit organization to manage the Houston Zoo because this time the city will receive annual revenue from leasing these facilities.” Mayor Parker said. “Those monies will help the city’s bottom line and, in turn, reduce the number of hard-working employees we have to layoff.” “Our facilities bring in revenues, but their primary purposes are to serve as economic generators for the city by increasing the levels of convention and tourism business,” said CEFD Director Dawn Ullrich, who would serve as president of Houston First. “We could operate more efficiently as part of Houston First, which would enable us to generate more revenues to the city through increased bookings in the long run. The increased revenues will also allow us to continue to maintain all of our facilities in first-class condition.” To read more go to stylemagazine. com.



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This RFP is available on the Internet at the following site: Go to Quick Links and click Request for Proposals In the event you do not have download capability, the RFP document maybe obtained from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, 8th Floor Reception Area, 8000 N. Stadium Dr., Houston, Texas 77054. The City of Houston, Texas will receive submissions at the City’s Secretary’s Office, City Hall Annex, Public Level, 900 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002 until Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. Questions concerning the RFP will be responded to during the Pre-Proposal Conference on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:a.m. in the auditorium located on the 1st Floor at 8000 N. Stadium Dr., Houston, Texas. All submissions will be required to comply with City Council Ordinance No. 78-1538, passed August 9, 1978, relating to Equal Employment Opportunity Contract Compliance. The City reserves the right to reject and/or accept all or any portion of a submission deemed to be in the City’s best interest.


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Bush’s Best Baked or Grillin’ Beans, 21 - 28 oz.

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