H make graduation celebrations a fiesta! H Complimentary H Houston's Urban Weekly Publication Volume 21 H Number 19 May 19 - May 25, 2011 SPOTLIGHTS
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ay 17 marks the anniversary of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racially segregated schools as “inherently unequal” and a violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Now over half a century later, America’s schools are being resegregated. The NAACP states that “schools around the country are, in essence, returning to Jim Crow-era patterns of segregation.” The figures are stark. A 2009 civil rights report published
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by UCLA reports that African-Americans attend schools more segregated today than they did on the day Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. The average white child in America attends a school that is 77 percent white, with 32 percent of the student body living in poverty. The average black child attends a school that is only 29 percent white, with 59 percent poor. The typical Latino kid is similarly segregated, with schools that are 27 percent white and 57 percent poor. Overall, a third of all black and Latino children sit every day in classrooms that are 90 percent to 100 percent black and Latino. Ironically, the most severe segregation in public schools is not in the South, but in the big cities of the Midwest and in Western states -- including California. The Supreme Court decision that separate public schools
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were inherently unequal put the court in the center of America’s fierce racial debate. A year after Brown, the Supreme Court ruled that desegregation could take place with “all deliberate speed,” which helped fuel the massive resistance to change throughout the South. Ambitious politicians like George Wallace and Orville Faubus “stood in the schoolhouse door,” trying to block black students from entering. It took a civil rights movement, constant litigation and federal intervention to make progress. School integration reached its all-time high in 1988, with almost 45 percent of black students in the U.S. attending majority white schools. But as whites fled to the suburbs, the backlash to busing grew. Nixon perfected the strategy of playing on those racial divides. Segregated housing patterns produced schools divided along racial and class lines. In a series of decisions, the Supreme Court retreated from supporting extensive court-ordered desegregation plans, culminating with a conservative majority of a badly split court invoking Brown as authority for overturning even
voluntary desegregation plans. But schools aren’t simply inherently unequal, despite equal resources and facilities. At the time of Brown, they suffered -- and suffer to this day -- what Jonathan Kozol described as “savage inequality.” Most school funding comes from local taxes; the most affluent districts support the best-provisioned schools. They get the best teachers, the most modern laboratories and equipment and the most modern textbooks. Those districts tend to be disproportionately white. The poorest districts -- particularly urban districts -- end up with the worst schools. The kids with the most need, in too many cases, get the least-skilled teachers and the worst facilities. The bulk of education funding from the federal government and -- after extensive litigation -- a portion of state funding goes to schools with poorer children, seeking to reduce the advantage enjoyed by the affluent. If living patterns lead to racially segregated schools, and the courts are retreating from trying to counter that, then at least the savage inequality of funding could be reduced.
But now, in the wake of the Great Recession, federal and state education budgets are on the chopping block. The harsh cuts in education spending on the drawing board in Washington and in states across the country will have ruinous effects on the most vulnerable students -- and the poorest schools. In 1954, a unanimous Supreme Court called on America to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity by ending segregated schools. Now segregation by law -- racial apartheid-- has been replaced with segregation in fact. In this increasingly diverse nation, our schools have become less diverse and more separate. And now they are heading to become even more unequal. In 1954, the Supreme Court helped to spark a renewed civil rights movement. Now a half-century later, we need a new civil rights movement to demand once more equal protection under the law. You can write to the Rev. Jesse Jackson care of this newspaper or by e-mail at email@example.com. Share this story on stylemagazine.com.
Local Briefs HoustonPBS Elevate Lecture Series Welcomes Jim Lehrer to Houston
he HoustonPBS Elevate Lecture Series welcomes veteran PBS newsman, Jim Lehrer to Houston on Mon-
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day, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel. Lehrer has moderated eleven nationally televised presidential debates and is the author of 20 novels, two memoirs and three plays. His next book, a non-fiction work about the presidential debates, titled Tension City will be published by Random House in September 2011.Tickets for the HoustonPBS Elevate Lecture Series featuring Jim Lehrer are $25 for general admission and
$75 for a special reception with Jim Lehrer and admission to the lecture. Visit www.houstonpbs.org/ events or call (713) 743-8459 to purchase tickets.
peace. For more information on how to participate in pre-scheduled tours, contact the HPD Museum at HPDMuseum@cityofhouston.net
HPD to Give Students an Mayor Parker and HPOPS Announce Deal to Save Inside Look Police and Jailer Jobs embers of the Houston
Police Department’s Training Division will open the doors to the L. D. Morr i s o n Police Traini n g Acade m y, 17000 A l dine Westfield, t o thousands of Houston-area school children to provide an inside look at various aspects of HPD. During these prescheduled tours, children will meet with officers and partake in demonstrations from the Air Support Division, K-9 Unit, SWAT, the Dive Team, and the Community Services Unit. It is during Police Week that we remember and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives so that we may live in safety and
Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Police Officers PenMayor Annise Parker sion System (HPOPS) have announced an agreement that will save more than 450 jobs at the Houston Police Department. The agreement, which has already been approved by the HPOPS Board of Directors, allows the city to defer payment of $17 million of its FY2012 police pension payment obligation. If needed, the City also has the option of deferring another $8.5 million in the following fiscal year. In return, the City is offering HPD’s headquarters building
at 1200 Travis as collateral for the deferred payments. The agreement with HPOPS requires the city to put 1200 Travis on the market for sale/ lease back in January 2012. The deferred payments would be paid back to HPOPS at 8.5 percent interest from the proceeds of the sale of the building, or earlier if the City so elects. This interest rate represents the required return on all HPOPS investments and inures to the City’s benefit as it must fund the system in any event. The agreement requires City Council approval.
The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary Season
he Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris announces the theatre’s 35th anniversary season lineup, a variety of comedies, dramas, classic, and musical productions. Cliff Roquemore’s Lotto, will kick off the season with laughter when a man wins the lottery and it brings out the eccentricity of all his family and friends. The African American Shakespeare Festival’s Cinderella
is back by popular demand for the holidays. Cuttin’ Up, by Charles Randolph Wright gives insight to barbershops as one of America’s great community institutions filled with humorous anecdotes and life lessons. This season in collaboration with the Houston Museum of African America Culture, The Ensemble Theatre will present The Ballad of Emmett Till, a jazz infused contemporary work by playwright Ifa Bayeza. The theatre will complete the August Wilson 10-play cycle with its production of King Hedley II. Season finale, Sanctified, by Javon Johnson, tells the story of a church on its last legs planning a revival as a last ditch effort to keep its doors open; plans to call upon Houston’s local talent as cameo vocalists will kick off with audition clips being solicited via social networking media. Several projects are underway in preparation for the theatre’s year-long celebration. Log on to www.houstonensemble. com for details.
John S. Wilson, Jr. Challenges Students to “Make a Difference”
exas Southern University’s May 2011 graduates were the recipients of a powerful commencement speech delivered by John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Wilson challenged the graduates to go out and do something about the environment, education and poverty before, “we reach the point of no return.” He also let the May graduates know that in order for America to regain its number one status in the world in education, “We need to graduate another 8 million people by 2020. Education is the key. Do something now about education. Use your smarts to go out and make a difference.” Wilson asked several questions to the more than 800 graduates to starred silently as he made his points. The first question was - Can you climb? He asked, “Do you think you know how to excel in today’s society? Can you create passion? Can you innovate?” One of the most thought provoking questions he asked during his speech was, “Do you happen to the day or does the day happen to you?” He challenged the students to “be a lynch pin of change.” His next question was – Can you lift? “If you can lift, you can help someone along the way so that your living will not be in vain.” The final question he posed to students was – Can you build? “We need builders! So many of our institutions are broken, we need builders to help repair and give back to our institutions. Our institutions need
alumni to give back. Be the first class to give back 50, 60 100% to this institution.” After concluding with the question, “Do you believe?” Wilson gave one last charge to the May graduates, “believe that we will emerge from this cell of faithlessness.” He challenged all of those in attendance to never give up and to continue to move forward. TSU President, John M. Rudley in his commencement remarks answered the question are HBCU’s still relevant? He answered, “My answer, then and now is based upon statistics that are represented in this class. Education in a global economy requires that American Students are prepared to compete with students from around the globe. Texas Southern University as the fourth largest Historically Black College provides an immeasurable service to this nation.” He goes on to say, “HBCU’s graduate 25% of all Black Americans who earn undergraduate degrees, the nation’s Historically Black Colleges have produced the lion’s share of black professionals. At TSU, we graduate between 12 and 14 hundred students a year. “ President Rudley also took time to share major TSU accomplishment with an audience of nearly 10,000. He pointed to the fact that TSU’s football and basketball teams won the SWAC championships this year; and 17 athletes are graduating from football, basketball, women’s bowling, “where Chantell Jefferson is graduating cum laude today and she is the 2011 SWAC player of the year;
and in football, Dejuan Fulghum, an accounting major, SWAC defensive player of the year, is in the lineup; Also in football, Curtis Thomas, a communication major, 2010 First Team All SWAC, he is graduating today; In Basketball, Trevele Jones, 2011 SWAC Player of the year, is graduating today; In baseball, Brandon Mikell, is graduating with a major in mathematics.” President Rudley also recognized and called to the stage Randy Kelley, Grammy Award winning musician and TSU student; Spring Commencement valedictorian, Ms. Elizabeth Kim Pham, Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, graduate as Suma Cum Laude with a 3.92 GPA; and salutatorian Ms. Charla Yvette Hilton, Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Education, graduate as Suma Cum Laude, with a 3.89 GPA. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. currently serves as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). To accomplish the initiative's mission of strengthening the capacity of these institutions, he leads his team to work with the 105 HBCUs, the White House, 32 federal agencies, and the private corporate and philanthropic sectors. Their challenge is to ensure that HBCUs are a significant force in helping the nation to reach the goal set by President Barack Obama of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020. Texas Southern University was
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John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
founded in 1926 and became a state institution in 1947. Texas Southern possesses an impressive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, a diverse faculty, more than 80 student organizations, and an alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas Southern has served as a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socioeconomic, cultural, and racial backgrounds. Texas Southern is located in the heart of the city, giving its students and faculty easy access to the Museum District, neighboring educational institutions, the Texas Medical Center, downtown Houston, two major airports and all of the city’s major freeways. More than 9,487 students, along with nearly 1,500 faculty and staff comprise the University’s community making it one of the nations largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). For more information, visit www.tsu.edu.
The11th Annual Education & Charities Foundation of Houston Golf Classic
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n Saturday, April 30, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the Longwood Golf Club for the 11th Annual Golf Classic hosted by the Education & Charities Foundation of Houston. The organization is committed to the personal development and support to Houston area youths in their quest to attain higher education. They provide support through assisting financially distressed youths in their pursuit of a college education; participating in and supporting the cultural, educational and social development of at-risk children; supporting cooperative efforts of social organizations that undertake initiatives consistent with the mission and objectives of this foundation; and providing “models of achievement” from within this foundation as a source of encouragement and support for aspiring youths. Some in attendance were Art McElroy, Michael Alginson, Stan LeBlanc, Terry Williams, Dr. Marcus Barnnett, Sam Sims, Marcus Marshall, Cordell Baham, John Nash, Herb Taylor, Vince Goodwine, Don Maynard, Bill Tiller, Bruce Lamber, Raymond Joseph, Howard Ledet, Mark Brown, Charles Allen.
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Congresswoman Lee’s Budget Town Hall
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n Wednesday, April 27, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at Houston Community College for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s Town Hall Meeting. Congresswoman Lee, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the effects of proposed budget cuts on Medicare, Medicaid, and Education. Some in attendance were Dwight Boykins, Erica Lee, Janice Weaver, and Dr. Davetta Daniels.
ny Christian will tell you that when an individual confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord and savior, they are considered saved. No if, ands or buts. That’s when the conversation should end. Yet for some reason, the question as to whether President Barack Obama is a true Christian continues to be challenged by many, and one of those who should know better is the Rev. Franklin Graham. As the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, Franklin Graham is often called upon by national media outlets to discuss matters of faith. But when it comes to the question of President Obama’s faith, Franklin Graham has gotten a free pass from far too many folks in the media. And to be honest, his back and forth answers help to muddy the waters. Recently, in an interview with ABC’s Christiane Amanpour on her Sunday show, “This Week,” Franklin Graham was asked whether President Obama is a Christian. He replied, “He has told me that he is a Christian. But the debate comes, what is a Christian? “For him, going to church means he’s a Christian. For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith, and we have trusted him as our Lord and savior. That’s the definition of a Christian. It’s not as to what church you are a member of. A membership doesn’t make you Christian.” Instead of challenging Graham with President Obama’s own words about his salvation, Amanpour ignores Graham’s sleight of hand by asking if he actually believes the president. “Well, when he says it, of course I can’t -- I’m not going to say, “Well, no, you’re not.” I mean, God is the only one who knows his heart,” Graham said. But that’s exactly what he did! In Graham’s own sly way, he managed to say that he believes President Obama is a Christian because he said so, and then question if he’s really a Christian by suggesting that he’s just a guy who thinks if you show up at church it makes you one. This two-step is dangerous because all of a sudden Graham has become the arbiter of who is and who isn’t a Christian through the eyes of those in the media. By even asking him the question, we are affording Graham a level of respect that he doesn’t deserve. In fact, if anyone wanted to truly challenge Graham, all he or she would have to do is actually read what Obama has written on the matter. In his best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama wrote that he “felt God’s spirit beckoning me.” And as a result, “I submitted myself to His will and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.” And he was baptized at
Franklin Graham is Wrong to Question President Obama’s Christianity Trinity United Church of Christ in the 1990s. Yet polling from last year showed that 1 in 4 Americans believe the president to be a Muslim. There is no doubt that his name plays into that as well as the fact that his father was a Muslim. I wonder if Dr. Ergun Caner has to contend with that. He was actually a practicing Muslim who converted to Christianity. And today, Caner is the dean of the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. It is simply a stubborn fact that too many Christian conservatives like Franklin Graham refuse to accept, something that Bishop T.D. Jakes -- one of the world’s most prominent pastors -- finds “insulting.” “We didn’t question the Christianity of President Bush when he said he accepted Christ, and I’m disappointed in Rev. Franklin Graham in that regard,” Jakes told me Friday for my Sunday morning news show, “Washington Watch,” on the TV One cable network, which airs at 11 a.m. EST. “I wish he had the diplomacy of his father, who brought the gospel to people without being nuanced by politics, because when you do those things you offend people that you are actually called to save and to serve. “And I would hope that he would see the rationale in apologizing for such statements -- because if the president’s faith is suspect then all of our faiths are suspect, because the Bible is quite clear about what it takes to be saved, and the president has been quite open about his accepting Christ and him openly confessing it before men. And if it’s good enough for the Bible, it ought to be good enough for the rest of us.” While Jakes has the courage to take on the issue, far too many fellow Christians have refused to call out Graham for his shenanigans, which is clearly an attempt to cast doubt on the issue. Where are the likes of pastors Rick Warren, Rod Parsley, Robert H. Schuller, John Hagee, Richard Land, Dr. Julius Scruggs, Paige Patterson, Samuel Rodriguez or even the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops? Are they too afraid to offend their congregations by directly challenging the erroneous assumptions of Graham and speaking truthfully and prophetically? When Graham has gone on CNN, ABC and other media outlets offering his contradictory statements, they should have the courage to come out and say even Billy Graham’s son is dead wrong. This isn’t an ideological issue. This has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans. It doesn’t matter if
you are Catholic, Methodist, Baptist or any other Christian denomination. It has everything to do with Christian values and standing up and defending a fellow follower of the faith. But the reality is that these days, when the Rev. Franklin Graham speaks, he sounds more like a partisan politician rather than a prophetic pastor. Roland S. Martin is an award-winning
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CNN analyst and the author of the book “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.” Please visit his website at www.RolandSMartin.com. To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators. com. Share this story on stylemagazine.com.
Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection of African American Art
Photography By Roswitha Vogler
n Friday, May 6, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the Texas Southern University Museum for the showing of the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection of African American Art. Regarded as one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the country, the Perry Collection makes its first showing in Houston now through August 24, 2011. The former NBA player Elliot Perry and wife Kimberly started collecting art in 1996 from such artists as John Biggers, Norman Lewis, Alma Thomas, Charles White and the list goes on. The art collectors are also known as art educators by organizing salons between artists and collectors in their hometown on Memphis, TN. The Perry’s have also shown their collection at The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College. Some in attendance were Lloyd Gite, Toni Smith, Zoie Johnson, John Guess, Docia Rudley, Travele Jones, Reginald Adams, and Francis Page, Jr.
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Phillip Paul Bryant for Houston City Council District B
Photography By Vicky Pink
n Monday, May 2, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the campaign office of Phillip Paul Bryant. He wants to represent District B as a member of Houston City Council. From being raised in a single-parent home, to being in an employment line; Phillip has dedicated his experiences, education and life to the betterment of the communities. His feel-good testimony from starting out as a cashier for Jack–in-the-Box in the late ninety’s to a Senior Vice President of a Major Trading Firm less than 10 years later, speaks to not only the nurture of his community; but the nature of his family. Phillip has pledged the remainder of his resources to maintaining family values and minimizing community issues. Now Phillip is committed to serve his community again. He wants to continue to fight for the people of our community and would be honored to fight that fight for at City Hall.
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What’s in STYLE Cultural Festival: Our Family, Our Roots, and Our Strength, at Our Park, 2604 Alabama from 11:00am – 8:00pm. Featuring live performances and entertainment by notable and emerging local artists, arts and crafts exhibits, and a variety of informational displays and presentations, this family oriented event will include music, dance, food, a film festival, and many activities for children. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Summer Youth Enrichment program. Call Nefertitti Jackmon at 832-549-0937 or 713-521-0641, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
May 20 - 21 Now till - May 22 The 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. ensemblehouston.com l
Now till - May 28 Civil Rights Film Series Presented by the African American Library at the Gregory School A Civil Rights Film Series is being presented l
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 www.thegregoryschool.org or call 832393-1440.
May 21 Practice what you preach Practice What You Preach is hilarious stage play written by Ronald Lindsey. It is about a young suave preacher blinded by the lure of power and money. Can a dysfunctional family that serves within his congregation change his l
life forever? Or will he be too late in saving the people he learns to care about the most? Find the answer when viewing this play at Furr High School, 520 Mercury Drive, Houston, Texas 77013. Doors open at 6pm and the play begins at 7pm. Tickets are $20. For tickets call (281) 804-9012 or visit xietalambda. net/main.
May 21 Viki Kind-Author of the caregiver’s Path to compassionate decision making is at the houston public library Join special guest Viki Kind-author of The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making-Houston Public Library, Humana and various organizations throughout the health and wellness community for this informative, fun-filled afternoon at the Central Library (500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77002) in the Concourse meeting room at 1pm. Healthy refreshments will be served, and free goodies will be available while supplies last. l
May 28 l 32nd annual pan african cultural festival S.H.A.P.E. Community Center hosts the 32nd annual Pan African
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l VINCE 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 www.vyfoundation.org
al 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 (281-373-3386) or visit www. milleroutdoortheatre.com. l
Erykah badu at Arena Theatre May 21, 2011; Sat 7326 Southwest Freeway (Hwy. 59) Between Fondren Rd & Bellaire Blvd Houston, TX 77074 BOX OFFICE TICKET REQUEST LINE: 713-772-5900 or visit www.arenahouston.com
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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 www. orangeshow.org or call 713-926-6368.
May 26 l Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to Host Education-
annual hbcu alumni mixer The Houston Historically Black Colleges & Universities Alumni Association (HHBCUAA) annual HBCU Alumni Mixer, at Suite 6224, 6224 Richmond Avenue at 5:30pm. The mixer will provide alumni another opportunity to acquaint the community with the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, while funding scholarships for deserving young people. Call 832- 293-3476, email email@example.com or log on to www.houstonhbcualumni.org for more information.
The Definition of Success OprahWinfrey: By Jo-Carolyn Goode Editor-at-Large
ow do you spell success? For the past twenty-five years success has been spelled O-P-R-A-H. Worth billions, Oprah has been named one of the most powerful, influential women in the world for many years. Americans everywhere hang on to her every word. Celebrities feel they have made it to the big time when they are given the chance to sit on Oprah’s famous couch. Just the mention of a company’s name by her has caused profit margins to increase. She has caused nationwide movements of change by her presence or with just the utterance of a few words. A true rags to riches story Oprah Winfrey went from being the child of an unwed teenage mother to the epitome of success. She is co-owner of the cable network Oxygen, president of Harpo Productions, publisher of two magazines, co-author of numerous books, owner of both a radio channel and a new cable channel OWN. Born Oprah Gail Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954,
the world would not come to know her until 1986. She turned the talk show format on its head because she changed the way the game was played. She was honest about herself with classic admissions about her trouble with weight, her difficult childhood that included sexual abuse by family members and her revelation of a half-sister who she did not know existed. Her guests felt safe in being honest about themselves because she walked the walk as well as talked the talk. Both celebrities and ordinary citizens felt welcome and comfortable on her famous couch. To her credit Oprah has transformed the lives of Americans. I am willing to bet that almost everyone can say that she has affected their life in a positive way. I personally don’t watch the show regularly because my own schedule is so filled that I am constantly on-the-go and on the occasions that I have watched the show I remember always learning something. For example, one of her guests was speaking about
safety tips. The things I learned on that particular show, I am able to implement everyday. Others have commented that, in like fashion, points presented on her shows have even saved their lives. Families have been helped to get out of debt. Children’s’ dreams have come true. What is now known as “The Oprah Effect” has resurrected struggling businesses to become million-dollar companies with just the utterance of their name by the media giant. All of this because of a woman named Oprah. What happens after May 25, 2011, in the post-Oprah world? Who knows? Let’s face it, no one can or will replace Oprah. In spite of who the media says is the next Oprah, she can’t be replaced. She is a one-of-a-kind original. Others, of course, will try to immulate her success but the truly successful people are those who define success by their standards. That’s what a little black girl from Mississippi did. That’s what the incredible Miss “O” did. May you continue to grow and glow.
By Susie Stillwell
Style Entertainment Writer
ello. Allow me to introduce myself to you. I am Susie Stillwell. I once programmed radio in Houston, I graduated from Booker T. Washington, and achieved many other accolades in Houston, Texas. I am a singer/actress, writer, both song and script.
When the idea of this column came about, I was sitting on the shore of Redondo Beach, Ca, (PCH) Pacific Coast Highway watching the tide come in. The local news was we as (SAG) Screen Actors Guild actors were about to go through some major changes……. That was 1999……..Since then, we watched as the Acting community’s Black work dwindled to kibbles and Bits… and I mean bits…. Like Bit parts? It occurred to me, the Nation had no idea what is being forced on them through movie, TV drama, sitcom, news…. Or any other media or medium….. They just except what is on TV and decide to watch or not? The Nations choices were no
better than what they decided to not look watch. As SAG begin to change, we saw a massive change in the programming…….. Movies became, mostly animated, what Disney calls Anime!, then came an onslaught of reality shows, from Big Brother to COPS!? None required acting, actors, or the Union for that matter… That applied also to White actors, the difference was, they could always find work, Black work faded to Everybody Hates Chris. Produced by Chris Rock. That was the only Black TV show on from 2006-2008, but, White sitcoms air for 7 years? Unless the name of your show was Friends, you live in New York
City, have been on the air in excess of 9 years, your lead actress was a basic unknown Jennifer Anston, and YOU HAVE NO BLACK FRIENDS, then you get to stay on longer. With the worst rating in the history of television, Voyager stayed on the air for 7 years. Rating were consistently 104 of 117. Deep Space 9 was cancelled with great numbers in the ratings…The star on Star Trek Deep Space 9? Avery Brooks! A pattern?. I remember thinking then, the world needs to know….. I need to tell it on the air…..so this column is designed as a vehicle of information for you to see, know, and understand why you see one Hallie Berry to 10,000 Angelina
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Jolee’s. The other sisters look like basic none beauties…….. I am not poking fun or making a statement but LOOK for yourself. American Producers hire that type of sisters or sisters that look like Aunt Jemima, Hattie McDaniels or some street walking….lady of the night…. Crack head looking……. Hey? I’m just calling it as it is……….. The trend for their productions for the Black actor did a bout face……….. I am here to tell you all of it, to show it to you, to explain it to you. To research it for you, to define it with you, to help you grasp the virtual reality of what has happened to the Black actor?
2011 Annual Status of Women Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show
Congresswoman Lee Visits Texas Children’s
Photography By Jo-Carolyn Goode
Photography By Vicky Pink
n Saturday, May 7, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at Brady’s Landing for the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD) Sugar Valley Chapter’s 2011 Annual Status of Women Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show. The year’s annual event saluted those who honor and serve others by giving back through health and wellness. The 2011 honorees were Lovie Harris, Dr. Mildred Bright, Donna MillsJohnson, Cynae Johnson, Pamela Jones, Dr. Kenneth King, Cozeta Nelms, Dr. Tina Oliver, Roxanne Race, and Dr. Pleshette Johnson-Wiggins. Proceeds raised from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit TLOD’s scholarship program for the members of Top Teens of America Sugar Valley Chapter. Kathy Mosby of LeChic Boutique provided fashions for the show. Some in attendance were Estine Johnson, Edwina Clark, Lillie Etienne, Lucille Williams, Rita Roberts, Anitra Provost, Bettye Narcisse, Madeline Newton, Loris Anderson, Lillie Lacy, Beverly Maddox, Ruth Buffington, Pamela Branch, Alicia Castille, Glorena Moody, Idaena Wade, Brenda Davis, Kim Harris, Sheri Cole, Shundra Williams, Janice Scimmons, Dove Wright, and Chandler Branch.
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n ____2011 Houston Style Magazine was on hand at Texas Children’s Hospital Feigin Center as Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee visited the hospital. Congresswoman Lee, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Children’s Caucus, visited the hospital in order to highlight the effect of budget cuts to Medicaid and children’s health care. Congresswoman Lee toured the hospital with doctors and staff of the facility, and then she hosted a press conference following the tour. Others in attendance were Mark Wallace, President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Children’s Hospital; Beth Quill, Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund; and Jeff Mosley, President, Greater Houston Partnership.
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Port of Houston Authority Quick Books Workshop
Photography By Roswitha Vogler
n Thursday, May 5, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the University of Houston Small Business Development Center (UHSBDC) for the partnership of the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) Small Business Development program with UHSBDC for the presentation of QuickBooks Pro 2010. The workshop trained enrollees in the PHA small business program. The two-day workshop was taught by Julie Gilmer, CPA. Some in attendance were Jules Moor, President, Exquisite Group; Mary Scaggs, Director of Sales, Houston Chem Safe, Inc.; Michael W. Evans, South Shore; Teresa Alvarez, Xellent Services; Jaya Kalaga, Office Manager, KIT Professionals, Inc.; and Michael Pratt, President, Paradise Cruise.
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Port of Houston Authorityâ€™s workshop on Export & Import: The Basics
Photography By Roswitha Vogler
n Friday, April 29, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the University of Houston Small Business Development Center for the Port of Houston Authorityâ€™s workshop on Export and Import: The Basics. The Port of Houston Authority Small Business Development Program and the University of Houston Small Business Development Center (UHSBDC) partnered together to present the three hour workshop to teach enrollees in the PHA small business program. Presenter Scott Singleton - Manager, Global Logistics with Exterran guided attendees through the workshop. Some participants included Carmen Castro, Michael Pratt, Bob S. Anderson, and Sherry Singleterry.
An Estimated 50 Million Americans are Affected with Tinnitus. Are you one of them?
f you have ever experienced a ringing, buzzing or even roaring in your ears, even when there is nothing around you actually creating that noise, then you know what it’s like to have tinnitus. For an estimated 50 million people, tinnitus doesn’t permanently go away. It can be so annoying that it can lead to fatigue, stress, sleep problems, concentration troubles, anxiety and depression. The good news is that new options exist for tinnitus management including a breakthrough sound therapy tool. You may be surprised by what can causes tinnitus A common cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud sounds, which can damage the sensory cells of the inner ear. Tinnitus has also been associated with ear infections, aging, excessive ear wax, high blood pressure and even sensory nerve disorders. Activities that may cause tinnitus include smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeine, and taking excessive amounts of aspirin or antibiotics. What to do if you think you have tinnitus Start by being evaluated by a hearing healthcare professional. Some hearing healthcare professionals have general experience with tinnitus while others are specifically trained in managing tinnitus. He or she can help you determine the best options for managing the condition. If there are no specific medical issues involved, there are still several steps you can take to help reduce the severity of your tinnitus or help you cope better with the noise. Tinnitus management • Hearing aids. In as many as 90 percent of cases, someone experiencing tinnitus also has a hearing loss. The use of a hearing aid to amplify sounds can help to make the ringing or buzzing less distracting. • ZEN. The real breakthrough today comes from advanced hearing instruments that make use of fractal technology and offer a harmonic sound program called ZEN. This type of program generates soothing sounds and chimes that show great promise as a
sound therapy tool to relax patients and distract their attention from their tinnitus. Patients will happily make this trade-off to finally get some relief from their tinnitus. The innovative Zen program is only available inside premier-level hearing aids such as the Mind440 Passion 440 . The discreet hearing aids that offer ZEN also offer ultimate performance in noise, ultimate hearing of soft and distant speech, an Audibility Extender that takes high pitched sounds out of your range of hearing and actually moves them into your range of hearing, and many other features to help you hear better at home, at work, on the telephone or in a noisy restaurant. • Noise suppression. Electronic devices with pillow speakers that produce “white noise” may help you to sleep better at night. Additional lifestyle changes that may help you to either avoid tinnitus or make the symptoms less bothersome: • Avoid likely irritants. Limit your exposure to things such as loud noises or nicotine that may worsen your tinnitus. • Manage stress. Stress can aggravate tinnitus worse. You may get relief through relaxation therapy, biofeedback or exercise. • Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol can increase blood flow, especially in the inner ear area, which can contribute to tinnitus symptoms. • Use hearing protection. Exposure to loud noise or listening to loud music through headphones can, over time, damage the nerves in your ears causing hearing loss and tinnitus. • Manage your cardiovascular health. Regular exercise and good nutrition can help prevent tinnitus linked to blood vessel disorders. Learning as much as you can about tinnitus and ways to alleviate symptoms can help you cope. For the millions of people of all ages who experience this annoying condition, the ZEN feature is by far the newest and most promising option for tinnitus management. To find an audiologist in your area go to www.widexusa.com.
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“The Chicken Chronicles” by Alice Walker
eople call you a “Dog Person” and you kind of like that.
It’s no reflection on you, personally, of course. That moniker just says to the world that you have a love for anything canine, that you probably have a few pups of your own, and that you’ve never known a dog you didn’t like. You probably also know a lot of other Dog People and maybe a few Cat People and Horse People, too. Author Alice Walker would never cotton to anything so commonplace. No, Walker is a Chicken Person, and in her new memoir “The Chicken Chronicles”, she writes about her newfound friends and what they taught her about life.
Alice Walker had never seen a chicken before. But, of course, she had. As a child growing up in Georgia, it was her responsibility to chase down Sunday dinner. She’d collected plenty of eggs in her lifetime, too; some for food and some for music lessons. But she had never really seen a chicken in all its chickenness before – until she noticed a hen with her brood, and it made her look twice. Years passed, but the enticing memory of that hen never left Walker’s mind. And then, one night after supper with neighbors, the conversation turned to chickens and Walker’s longing for them. It was quickly decided that the neighbors would take chick duty and Walker would provide a “chicken condo” for grown birds. Walker built nesting boxes “lovingly and with hopefulness filled with straw.” By mid-summer, the chickens were hers to tend so, on a metal stool she’d bought decades before but had never used, Walker perched to meet them. She was surprised at the warmth of the birds, their vibrant colors, and that each had a personality. They liked it when she talked to them and they snuggled like kittens. Soon, she
was referring to herself as “Mommy” and her chickens responded. There was Babe, the one who first trusted Walker. There was Rufus and Agnes of God, aggressive chickens who reminded Walker of race relations and who were “surely” roosters until they began to lay eggs. There was Glorious, who died during a tumultuous time; the Red Gang of Six who eventually were all named Gladys; and other chickens who taught Walker to be mindful of lessons from the past and the preciousness of the present. If some recent memoirs have you crying “Fowl”, then try this little delight. You won’t be disappointed. With an eye for wonderment and plenty of surprisingly wry humor, author Alice Walker shakes up fans with a memoir that’s nothing like her novels. Instead, “The Chicken Chronicles” is a series of enchanted musings on Walker’s life and charitable works, the richly-imagined life of her pets, and a powerful sense of gratitude for friends, the Earth, and its gifts. I flew through this book, loving every page of it. For pet lovers, Chicken People, or anyone who craves a perfectly charming memoir, here’s one to read. “The Chicken Chronicles” is worth bringing home to roost.
“The Chicken Chronicles” by Alice Walker c.2011, The New Press $21.95 / $25.95 Canada 186 pages
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Save Green and Much More in the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
By Jo-Carolyn Goode Editor-at-Large
love the color green. I love to wear it, spend it, and sometimes leave others green with envy. Those who fancy green as much as I do will love the 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid. This vehicle features two additional attributes that make me love green – going green and saving the green. The last time I was at the gas pump, the cost to fill up my tank was more than an arm and a leg. In my book that is way too much. I began to look at my options to start saving some green. What better plan is there than one that includes the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The major selling point of this vehicle is how it saves the earth environmentally and the consumer’s money fiscally. In the original Toyota Prius the vehicle was powered by a nickel-metal hybrid battery pack. For the 2012 Prius, the engineers improved the battery by replac-
ing the nickel-metal battery with a more efficient lithium ion battery. This type of battery allows the vehicle to operate as a plugin because it charges easier and has a greater energy density. The 2012 Prius requires three hours of charging using a regular household 110-volt outlet to be able to travel 12.5 miles per charge. I know that may not seem to be a sufficient distance per charge, but compared to the 6.23 miles per charge in older models of the Prius, 12.5 miles is significant. The plug-in model allows the Prius’ electric motor and petrol engine to work parallel for a longer period of time. This combination also help reducing CO2 emissions. I was fortunate enough to test drive one of the 150 current preproduction PHVs or plug-in hybrid Priuses currently on the road. I was a little apprehensive at first but soon found the Prius Plug-in Hybrid to be not that different than a regular car. Using both the electric motor and 1.8 liter gasoline en-
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gine, the Prius PHV can produce 80 horsepower. The fuel economy is drastically improved. I drove the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid for one week and I did not have to fill up once. That saved me money since I travel all over Houston on a daily basis. Noticeably different in the Prius PHV is the dashboard. There are more graphics with displays that show the ratio of EV driving vs. hybrid driving. The remainder of the EV distance as well as the battery’s condition and so much more are also displayed. The exterior of the Prius is striking because of its oval shape. It almost reminds me of a bullet. It has a real strong pointed nose and a wide back. Lights are elongated and resemble raised eyebrows that seem to be sinister. Fog lights represent the “cool” in the driver. There is really only one distinct feature that identifies it as a PHV besides the words boldly written on the side doors and that is the plug-in socket. The charge tank, as I have decided to call it,
is on the same side of the car as the fuel tank, which it resembles. When the door was opened and I was situated behind the steering wheel, I instantly feel in love with the front window. It is long and wide giving the driver a wider range of view. The center console houses the usual – dual a/c controls, radio/CD player, and navigation system. Something I really found to be unique is the space below the center console. Many vehicles have this space closed in, but in the Prius it is open. It provides an extra place for storage. Who among us can’t always use that? The seats are roomy and plush. The trunk, however, is rather small. So, yes, this would be an ideal car to take on a road trip, but
packing had better be light. Americans are not used to change and generally accept it slowly. The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is something that all Americans should gravitate to quickly. It is financially as well environmentally expedient to do so. These savings will ultimately benefit the present and following generations. Price points have not been set as of yet. Just keep in mind this type of technology is not cheap, but Toyota is trying to bring the cost of ownership down before its official release in 2012. Find out more about the new eco-friendly vehicle by logging on to www.toyota.com.
Culinary ยกFiesta in a Flash!
1 cup diced tomatoes 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded or grated Cheddar cheese
tilla on work surface. Holding one pointed end
Chipotle Chicken Taco Cones Prep Time: 10 minutes Start to Finish: 20 minutes Makes 8 cones 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 pound ground chicken 3/4 cup water 1 packet (1.25 ounces) Ortega Chipotle Taco Seasoning Mix 1 can (16 ounces) Ortega Refried Beans 8 8-inch Ortega Flour Soft Tortillas 1 cup shredded lettuce
Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until translucent. Add ground chicken; cook and stir 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in water and seasoning mix. Remove from heat. Warm refried beans in saucepan or in microwave. Wrap tortillas in lightly moistened paper towels. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 20 to 30 seconds, or until pliable. Fold tortilla in half; spread with refried beans. Form tortilla into cone shape;* press to adhere outside corner with refried beans. Fill cones with chicken mixture, lettuce, tomatoes and Cheddar cheese. *To form cone, lay tor-
d o w n , grasp other end and bring point to round edge, twisting point under slightly. Curl opposite end around outside of cone and press to adhere with refried beans.
ommitted to bringing authentic, high-quality Mexican food to the family table for more than 100 years, Ortega continues to share a rich heritage of family traditions for festive occasions as well as for every day meals. Find more ways to celebrate at www.ortega.com and www.facebook.com/OrtegaTacos.
Chipotle Chicken Taco Cones
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UH African American Studies 6th Annual Scholarship Banquet
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Honors the Virtuous Women of Wheeler
Photography By Vicky Pink
Photography By Vicky Pink
n Friday, May 6, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the University of Houston (UH) Hilton Hotel in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom for the African American Studies 6th Annual Scholarship Banquet. Hosted by the African American Studies Program, the event’s was to raise funds for the UH undergraduate and graduate student scholarships. Since 2004, the program has dispersed over $100,000 to deserving UH students. Several individuals received awards and scholarships. The honorees were Lynden B. Rose, Gene L. Locke, Chris K. Wilmot, Dr. Delores P. Aldridge, Kandryia Houston, Toya Roberts, Sam Sium, Tiffany Cebrun, Jessanda Ellis, Courtney Wyatt, Monica Whitfield, Batney Onwumere, Hal Allen, Fred Bryant, Angela Calhoun, Christian Clark, Chanel Deal, Julian Dunn, Hannah McConn, Megan Pavageau, M’Kina Tapscott, Edward Vincent, and Jamillia Wren. Some in attendance were Rev. Jacque Dinkins, Dr. James L. Conyers Jr., Dr. John W. Roberts, Kaine Hampton, Malachi D. Crawford, Paul Easterling, and Erin Shanks.
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n Sunday, May 8, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church as the Christian Education and Sunday School Ministry honored the Virtuous Women of Wheeler. Using Proverbs 31:10-21, the women were honored in celebration of Mother’s Day. After a poem by Rev. Shanita Parks and introduction by Rev. Kylyn Taylor, Rev. Glenn Gray spoke about the “Lessons of “A Woman’s Faith” by Shulamite Woman. The 2011 honorees were Shantell Robertson, Deborah Roulette, Dolores Scott, Florence See, Vanessa Smith, Felicia Solomon, Faustina Stevenson, Nina Taylor, Earnestyne Terry, Annis Turney, Carol Valley, Lou Walker, and Theresa Willis. Others that were recognized were the distinguished first lady, Audrey Cosby; distinguished ladies of the Wheeler Charter, Audrey Lawson, Charlotte Bryant, Helen Cashaw, and Frances Jackson; and 49 distinguished ladies of Sunday School.
Houston’s Renaissance: Dancing with the Houston Stars
HoustonWorks USA 2011 Scholarship Luncheon
Photography By Jo-Carolyn Goode
Photography By Vicky Pink
n Saturday, May 14, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at the Eldorado Ballroom for the Urban Souls Dance Company’s (USDC) presentation of Houston’s Renaissance: Dancing with the Houston Stars. It made for a fun, fabulous evening. USDC dancers Harrison Guy, Walter Hull, Rachel Eckroth, Leonard Price, Mayra Bullock, Edwin Cole, Quincy Oliver, Arriana Aguilar, Donnie Johnson and Meoka McBride were paired with stars Dr. Michon Benson, Reginald Adams, Danielle Burns, David Anderson, Katishia Cosley, Ricky Sanders, Joan Higginbotham, Se7en, and Mia Wright. With the combined scores of the judges, Lauren Anderson, Charles Lewter, Dance, Lonnie Mathison, and Brittany Brown and dollars donated by the audience Mia Wright and David Anderson emerged as the overall winners. A total of $10,000 was raised to help USDC continue their mission of educating and entertaining. Marium Rattler, the Unknowns, and DJ Ferbidden provided the entertainment while Lloyd Gite and Laura Whitley emceed. Others in attendance with USDC board members Carolyn Codwell, Susan Bynam, Darryl Wilson, Ryan Ferbee-Coleman, Antonia McClammy, Kyle Pierce, Phillip Brent, and LaRence Snowden were Steven Burns, Wendy Lewis, Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Lorna Hankins, Lamario Thompson, Levi Benton, Sharon Sanders, Michelle Barnes, Angela Craven, and Linda Bell.
n Wednesday, May 11, 2011, Houston Style Magazine was on hand at The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts for the HoustonWorks USA Annual Scholarship Luncheon. More than 300 business and community leaders were present at the event to hear the announcement of the 2011 scholarship winners. The luncheon featured emcee Fox 26’s Natalie Bomke, HISD Board President Paula Harris, and Mayor Annise Parker. The 2011 HoustonWorks USA Scholarship Recipients were Cailey Cotner, Warren Douglas, Victor Hu, Christian Mata, Chelsea Minter, Marisol Palomares, Lizet Pantaleon, Christian Tulio, Heather Woitena, and Ty Wilson. Others in attendance were HoustonWorks CEO Larry Green, Howard Lederer, Pastor Remus Wright, Hanq Neal, Nina Shokrian, Eric Jenkins, Charles Whimbley, Andre Johnson, Cary Yates, Argentina James, and Jerome Love.
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National The Home Depot® Announces Bethune Cookman University as the $50,000 Major Grant Winner of the 2011 “Retool Your School” Campus Improvement Grant Program
Christian College (Terrell, TX); Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee, FL). The Home Depot® truly exemplifies “More Doing” with its strong commitment to the communities it serves, through education, volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise and sustainable improvements. ‘The Retool Your School’ program launched in 2010 and underscores The Home Depot’s strong commitment to some of the nation’s most historic institutions. The Home Depot® prides itself on making a positive impact on the environment. Support for this year’s “Retool Your School” program began at the grassroots level as many schools utilized Facebook, Twitter, school websites, newsletters, local media appeals and their Alumni associations to spread the word. Also, some heavy hitting media influencers including nationally syndicated radio personalities Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner took to the airwaves to help make the public aware of this dynamic initiative. On April 14, Marvin Ellison, Executive Vice President, U.S. Stores, The Home Depot® appeared live on The Steve Harvey Morning Show as he provided an impassioned call to action for the community to get involved and vote. Also, he Home Depot® today announced the just in time for Earth Day, on April 18, Melissa top winners of its 2011 “Retool Your Brown Multicultural Marketing Manager, The School” Campus Improvement Grant Home Depot® appeared on The Tom Joyner Program, an initiative designed to reinvigo- Morning Show to provide some examples of rate Historically Black Colleges and Universi- the eco-friendly projects that were competing ties (HBCUs). Through this program, eleven for grants. Receiving more than seven times schools will receive $150,000 in grants for the number of votes as last year’s program, lasting renovations. The grand prize winner is over two million online votes were cast before Bethune Cookman University, located in Day- the close of this year’s competition. With the goal of issuing grants for tona Beach, FL, which will receive $50,000 to install automated access doors and a wheel- projects that have a lasting impact, this year’s chair ramp in its Student Center to accommo- winning projects include establishing the only date students, faculty and staff members with public park in a 10-mile radius, transformdisabilities Also, the following ten schools will ing a residence hall, creating safe and well each receive a $10,000 grant for enduring on- lit outdoor areas, installing a sustainable rain campus improvements: Virginia Union Uni- garden, upgrading campus grounds and comversity (Richmond, VA); Knoxville College munal areas, decreasing the amount of waste (Knoxville, TN); North Carolina A&T State on campus by supplying students with reusUniversity (Greensboro, NC); Morris Brown able recycling bags and encouraging recycling College (Atlanta, GA); Howard University on campus, installing sustainable ecofriendly (Washington, DC); North Carolina Central landscaping to help reduce pollution and proUniversity (Durham, NC); Tuskegee Univer- viding automated irrigation systems for camsity (Tuskegee, AL); Mississippi Valley State pus greenery. The 2011 “Retool Your School” University (Itta Bena, MS); Southwestern winners were chosen by a combination of public, online voting and careful review by a distinguished panel of judges which included: JaFoster Brown, Publisher, See what’s hot on mie Sister 2 Sister Magazine; StyleMagazine.com Lezli Baskerville, President, National Association for Equal Opportunity In Higher Now exclusive Education; who was back for a second year; Duer Sharp, partners with Commissioner, South Western Athletic Conference; Oscar Joyner, President, Reach Media; and Monica McCluney, Director, Corporate
Local Alliances, United Negro College Fund. Online voting for the 2011 program took place from March 1 – April 22, 2011. This year, the “Retool Your School” program received an outpouring of support from HBCU alumni, family, friends and the community who all joined together to show their school pride and spirit as they voted for their favorite HBCUs and projects to make an impact for generations to come. “Retool Your School” winning projects will begin in Fall 2011. For more information on the “Retool Your School” program, visit www.RetoolYourSchool.com.
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The Methodist Hospital and the Houston Texans are sponsoring a one-stop shop for youth extracurricular pre-participation physicals at Reliant Stadium on Saturday, May 21. “All student-athletes are required to
Local Methodist Hospital, Houston Texans Sponsor Sports Physicals For Ages 12 & Older
oustonWorks USA has been awarded more than $120,000 in technological upgrades from the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) (NYSE: HPQ). Additionally, HP volunteers will hold HP Impact Day from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., today, May 19, 2011 at the HoustonWorks USA Northline Career Center at 4424 North Freeway, Suite A, Houston, TX 77022. HP Impact Day will include mock interviews, resume review and individual career advisement by HP volunteers. “In this difficult economy, thousands of area residents turn to HoustonWorks USA services to connect to area employers and services,” said Larry V. Green, CEO, HoustonWorks USA. “With this investment from HP, residents will have a significant technological advantage in securing job opportunities.” HP Impact Days are part of the company’s global social innovation initiative, which facilitates in community investments and volunteering with local organizations throughout the world. HoustonWorks USA is the only local agency receiving assistance
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Methodist Hospital, Houston Texans Sponsor Sports Physicals For Ages 12 & Older
from HP. In 2010, more than one million residents utilized HoustonWorks USA services through its nine career centers, job training outreach and combined youth and human services programs. “HoustonWorks USA and HP are both dedicated to putting customers first in everything they do.” Rick Diaz, HoustonWorks USA Board Member, said. “HP Impact Days will not only place our neighbors first, but prepare them to maximize their impact in the local economy and marketplace.”
have a sports physical before they set foot on the field of play,” said Dr. David Lintner, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Center for Sports Medicine and medical director of the event. “This is a great way to be seen by doctors, athletic trainers and other providers who have years of experience in performing physicals.” The student-athletes will not only receive a physical, but if a problem is detected, they will be evaluated by a specialist on site. “For example, if a heart murmur or something similar is detected, the child will be seen by a cardiologist on site for a consultation and, if necessary, further tests, such as an echocardiogram, will be performed on site.” Lintner said. “If further problems are found, we will refer them to another speciali s t near their homes to determ i n e the appropriate course of treatment. An expert in
concussion management will also be present to evaluate any student-athlete with a significant history of concussions.” The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at Reliant Stadium by the Amegy Bank entrance. Free parking is available in the Blue Lot and all participants should enter through Gate 9. Physicals are $15. All student-athletes must have University Interscholastic League (UIL) pre-participation forms filled out to receive a physical. The medical history and consent forms may be downloaded online at www. methodisthealth.com or by phone at 713-7903333. Forms will also be available on-site at the event and must be filled out by a studentathlete’s parent or legal guardian. Physicals are only available for students 12 to 18 years of age.
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Package Two at Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center
Renovation work at Whidby Elementary School
Project Number: 11-05-01CS
Project Number: 11-04-04CS
Houston Independent School District (HISD) MORGANTI TEXAS, INC, as Construction Manager-at-Risk for HISD, in accordance with Texas Education Code Section 44.038, will receive bids or proposals from subcontractors for replacement of Package Two at Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center. The work includes chiller and cooling tower replacement, 2-stop elevator structure, overhead door replacement, door and hardware replacement, bathroom remodeling, selective deomolition, roofing, casework and fume hoods for science classrooms in the existing building. Bids or proposals are due no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the offices of MORGANTI TEXAS, INC, 350 Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite 121, Houston, Texas 77060, phone 281-448-1015, fax 281-448-8416 attention: Jim Peace or Macon Macicek. The plans and specifications will be available beginning Monday, May 9, 2011, and may be obtained from A&E The Graphics Complex, 4235 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77027 / Phone (713) 621-0022 / Fax (713) 621-2537 / www. aecomplex.com, upon refundable deposit of $100.00 for each set of printed plans and specifications. Documents in portable document format (pdf) are also available from A & E Graphics on disk for a deposit of $50.00. Deposit checks should be made payable to HISD. Requests for access to on-line documents and any questions regarding documents are to be addressed to MORGANTI TEXAS, INC, 350 Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite 121, Houston, Texas, phone 281-448-1015, fax 281-448-8416 attention: Jim Peace or Macon Macicek. M/WBE documents as described below will be received until 4:00 PM on the due date. There will be no public opening of bids or proposals. All bids or proposals shall be available after award of contract or the 7th day after final selection of bids or proposals, whichever is later. After receipt of bids or proposals, MORGANTI TEXAS, INC, will conduct its evaluation of the subcontractor bids or proposals in relation to the project requirements and will select the bid(s) or proposal(s) that offers the best value to HISD.
Houston Independent School District The Houston Independent School District will receive Competitive Sealed Proposals from contractors for work Renovation work at Whidby Elementary School The work includes but is not limited to roof repairs, window replacement, ADA upgrades, bathroom renovations, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, hardware, life safety upgrades, technology upgrades, abatement, and general renovation work.. Proposals are due no later than Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 2:00 PM at the Board Services Offices, 4400 West 18th Street, Office of Board Services, Houston, Texas 77092. The price proposals will be opened and the amounts read aloud. Whidby Elementary School is located at 7625 Springhill Street, Houston, TX, 77021. The Request for Competitive Sealed Proposal (RFCSP), which includes plans and specifications, will be available beginning Monday, May 9, 2011, and may be obtained from A&E The Graphics Complex, 4235 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX, 77027 Phone (713) 621-0022/Fax (713) 621-2537 upon refundable deposit of $100.00 for each set of plans and specifications. Documents in portable document format (pdf) are also available from A&E on disk for a deposit of $50.00. Deposit checks should be made payable to HISD. Any questions regarding bid documents are to be addressed to BROWN REYNOLD WATFORD ARCHITECTS (BRW), 4501 Magnolia Cove Drive, Houston, 77345, JEFFREY CHOYCE or Lawrence Watkins, v. (281) 361-3800, f. (281) 361-3808. The Competitive Sealed Proposal process will be utilized as authorized in Senate Bill 669, Section 44.039 of the Texas Education Code. The Competitive Sealed Proposal process enables HISD to select contractors on the basis of price and qualifications/methodology.
MORGANTI TEXAS, INC, is committed to meeting the M/WBE goals set for this project. M/WBE forms, schedules and statements, as required by the package documents, shall accompany each bid or proposal that is submitted. BIDS OR PROPOSALS SUBMITTED WITHOUT ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION AND IN THE MANNER SPECIFIED WILL BE CONSIDERED NON-RESPONSIVE.
M/WBE Forms, schedules and statements, as required by Section AB of the RFCSP and in accordance with the Office of Business Assistance, will be received at 12:00 PM, May 27, 2011, at the Board Services Office, 4400 West 18th Street, Office of Board Services, Houston, Texas 77092. PROPOSALS SUBMITTED WITHOUT M/WBE FORMS, PROPERLY COMPLETED, WILL BE CONSIDERED NOT RESPONSIVE.
A pre-bid/proposal conference will be held at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at small cafeteria at Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center, 9400 Irvington Blvd., Houston, TX 77076. For additional information regarding this project, please contact Mr. Elvis Eaglin, at 713-746-8256, or email@example.com.
A pre-proposal conference will be held at 3:30 PM, Monday, May 16, 2011 at Whidby Elementary School, 7625 Springhill Street, Houston, TX 77021. A walk-thru of Whidby ES will be held after the Pre-Proposal conference. For additional information regarding this project, please contact Mr. Elvis Eaglin, at 713-746-8256, or eeaglin@ houstonisd.org.
Drawings and Specifications may be reviewed at: MORGANTI TEXAS, INC, 350 Sam Houston Parkway East, Suite 121, Houston, Texas 77060, phone 281-448-1015, fax 281-448-8416, attention Jim Peace and the following Houston locations: Associated General Contractors, 3825 Dacoma Street, (713) 843-3700 McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Plan Room, 10106 Hempstead Rd., Ste.110, (713) 316 9411 Associated Builders & Contractors, 3910 Kirby, #131, (713) 523-6222 Revive Houston Plan Room, Roland W. Smith Bldg., Rm. 122, 555 Community College Dr., Houston, TX 77013, (281) 704-9269 HISD Construction Services Office (Bond), 3500 Tampa (Front Entrance 3561 Dixie), Houston, TX 77021, (713) 746-8256
Drawings and Specifications for the RFCSP may be reviewed at the Reed Construction Data Electronic Plan Room and the following Houston locations: Associated General Contractors, 3825 Dacoma Street, (713) 843-3700 McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Plan Room, 10106 Hempstead Rd., Ste.110, (713) 316 9411 Associated Builders & Contractors, 3910 Kirby, #131, (713) 523-6222 Revive Houston Plan Room, Roland W. Smith Bldg., Rm. 122, 5555 Community College Dr, Houston 77013, (281) 704-9269 HISD Construction Services Office (Bond), 3500 Tampa (Front Entrance 3561 Dixie), Houston, TX 77021, (713) 746-8256
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