Houston Forward Times

18 June 2014 Written by  Tyrone Willis

Houston Buzz

Honoring Men Who Make a Difference- Morehouse Alumni Association Brunch Honoring Fathers

elwyn davisHonoring men who make a difference...That’s exactly what the Houston Morehouse Alumni Association did on Saturday, June 14, 2014 afternoon at the Hess Club for men who make a difference in our community. The Forward Times was on sight to witness the third annual "Honoring Our Fathers" Father’s Day brunch to honor men who exemplify extraordinary leadership in our community.

The Houston Morehouse Alumni Association honored individuals for being great dads and incredible role models including Mr. Derrick A. Reed, Mr. Jarvis Hollingsworth, Dr. Elwyn Lee, and Dr. Kelvin Sampson. Morehouse alum Mr. Jordan Hollingsworth gave the prestigious Dezra White Leadership Award to his dad Mr. Jarvis Hollingsworth. Mr. Derrick Reed was awarded as "Father of the Year" Maroon Tiger Award for his leadership in the community.

Spotted included many Morehouse students and alumni that included Mr. Jodie Jiles Sr. and Mr. Jodie Jiles Jr., Mr. Ryan George, Mr. Steven Ragland both of whom are Morehouse students, Mr. Bryce Kennard and Erica Lee were just some of the people who filled the Hess Club ballroom. Plenty of buzz filled the room and Happy Father’s Day to all fathers who make lives better!

Women In Film & Television Houston (WIFTH)

The Emerging Female Hero Conference:  Discovering, Writing and Creating the New Female Hero

melanie lawson Lights, Camera, Action was the buzz as professional women in film and television in Houston gather to celebrate KTRK-ABC Channel 13 news anchor Melanie Lawson. Award-winning journalist Melanie Lawson was recently presented with the Women In Film & Television Houston’s Jade Award. The luncheon also included a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker,Mayor of the City of Houston presented by the organization’s president Anita Long and City of Houston Mayor’s Press Secretary Darian Ward. Professions in the areas of the entertainment industry are brought together by Women In Film & Television Houston (WIFTH) that is a non-profit organization chartered in 1995.  WIFTH is dedicated to helping women and men reach their highest level of achievement in television, film, and other moving-image media.  Their mission is to build community across the industry while collaborating with numerous film and media arts organizations. 

On June 14 – 15, WIFTH will host a two day workshop conducted by Dr. Linda Seger and Pamela Jaye Smith at the Hilton Houston Southwest Hotel and topics covered are:  A New Female archetype for the 21st Century. This year’s honoree will be our own local hero Melanie Lawson at The Jade Award Lunch on June 14, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. to 1;30 p.m. at the Hilton Houston Southwest, Houston, Texas 77074. Spotted in the crowd included Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Rev. Dr. William A. Lawson and his lovely wife Mrs. Audrey Lawson, Roxanne Lawson, Cheryl Lawson, John Guess, Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Mary Benton, Elma Barrera, Samica Knight and Dr.  Rhonda Yvette Dula

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Drake Appreciates Houston…

drake astrosPlenty of Buzz in Houston for Juneteenth… On June 10th,  2014 Houston Appreciation Weekend officially kicked off by the City of Houston as they officially proclaimed "Drake Day" in the City of Houston presented by City of Houston Council Member Jerry Davis at Minute Maid Park. Drake was there to celebrate and contributes Houston to his success. Drake’s weekend here in Houston included many events and loves the celebrating Houston’s culture. Drake does give back to his community and encourage others to volunteer for their community and preserve its heritage. In fact the only way to score a ticket to Drake’s concert at Warehouse Live was to volunteer. Drake’s concert at Warehouse Live included many stars including Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Lil Keke, Mike Prince, J-Prince, Lil Flip, Slim Thug, Houston Rocket’s star James Harden and King Keraun. Houston Appreciation Weekend concluded with a celebrity basketball game where it was filled to capacity.

Drake has worked with several producers, including Boi Wonda, the man that produced Drake’s Forever featuring Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West. Drake honors Houston & contributes Houston to his success and said that it was Warehouse Live where he sold-out his first show and said that his mom was his hero and that she always encouraged him to chase his dreams. Drake feels guilty when he’s not working.  His right hand man is named 40, a long time friend. He wanted to bank $25 million by the time he was 25 years old—and he did.  Now, he’s wondering what it would take to run his life, with a wad of perpetual pocket money, at the level he wants.  His goal now is to acquire $250 million by the time he is 29 years old. His father was a musician from Memphis, he drifted in and out of his life when he was growing up; however, his mother was a teacher and he says, "she’s the godlike person in his life." I think it’s a safe bet to say that Drake appreciates Houston!