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Caribbean

When I went to San Miguel Arena on Friday, July 5th I knew nothing about J’Ouvert or the Caribbean community in Houston. Once I arrived, I saw swarms of black people pouring into the streets from every direction, with cars parked on the sidewalks, in grassy fields, the driveways of surrounding homes and businesses, or anywhere a car could fit without the guarantee of being towed before sunrise. Thousands of men, women, boys and girls anxiously shuffled towards the single arena entrance, the majority of them dressed as if they were headed to the beach, with tank tops, flip-fops and swimsuits. But there were no lakes or oceans nearby, only the sea of black bodies flooding in and around the stadium walls. I’ve been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras and I’ve been in Brazil post-Carnival, but I had never seen such an enthusiastic turnout of the black community for a single festival. Inside I was immediately greeted by the bouncing rhythm or reggae music blasting from a truck piled 20 feet high with speakers, and around it people were grooving, some of them rolling on the ground carelessly and others dancing in groups with their faces speckled with different colors of paint and their hair white from sprinkles of baby powder. 

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RickPerry

Governor Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas and former presidential candidate, has announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2014, bringing an end to his record-setting tenure as the chief executive of the Lone Star state.

The 63-year-old Perry is considered to be one of the most powerful Texas governors to have ever held the office, serving nearly 13 years as governor and having never lost an election during his 27-year political career. Perry has been governor since December 2000 when George W. Bush left to become the nation’s 43rd president.

Perry’s announcement comes nearly 18 months after dropping out and ending his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, due to committing many high-profiled political gaffes. He’s best known for saying “Oops” during a live televised Republican debate where he forgot the third of three federal agencies he said he wanted to eliminate if elected.

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Murder

History was made in Texas on Wednesday, June 26, when 52-year old Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy became the 500th person executed in the state of Texas since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.

MURDER CONVICTION

McCarthy, who was originally sentenced in December 1998, was 36 years of age when she was found to have murdered her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, in Lancaster, Texas, on July 7, 1997.  

McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who had become addicted to crack-cocaine, was found to have severely beaten Booth, a retired psychology professor, with a candlestick and fatally stabbing her with a butcher’s knife within Booth’s South Dallas home after she agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar.

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This past Thursday evening, during the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Convention, the Houston Forward Times was honored at the NNPA's Annual Merit Awards ceremony held in Nashville, TN. 

Out of the more than 200 NNPA member newspapers, the Houston Forward Times was honored in 3 out of the 14 possible award categories it qualified for; those awards were for Best Feature Story, Best Youth Writer and Best Lifestyle Section. 

Congratulations to Houston Forward Times Associate Editor Jeffrey L. Boney, who received an award for Best Feature Story, out of many national publication entries that were submitted. 

His article, "Ungrateful Negroes?," chronicles the history of African-Americans in this country and their ability to vote, while challenging modern day African-Americans to learn their history surrounding voting. The article also puts a detailed spotlight on the sacrifices many African-Americans made to obtain the right to vote, along with the comparison of modern day African-Americans who may take that right for granted today.

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Action

Many observers have been on pins and needles, wondering what ruling the United States Supreme Court would make concerning the issue of affirmative action here in the United States.

 On Monday, everyone got their wish, and an answer; sort of. Sidestepping any major ruling on the hot button issue of affirmative action, and deciding whether or not a University of Texas admissions plan that allows the limited consideration of race is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court voted to send the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, for further review.

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AA

Whenever states have eliminated affirmative action in the past, a decline in Black college enrollment has followed that decision, a study by The Civil Rights Project at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) shows.

Rather than make a definitive ruling on a case involving the University of Texas, on Monday the United States Supreme Court sent the case back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals with instructions for the judges to determine whether the university met the strict scrutiny standard mandated by previous Supreme Court ruling involving the University of California-Davis Medical School (Bakke) and the University of Michigan Law School (Grutter).

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SWAC

SWAC Football and Basketball Championships Get a Warm Houston Welcome at the Texas Black Expo by the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy Street Team

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is returning to its original roots in Houston and members of the Texas Business Alliance Youth Entrepreneurship Academy (YEA) are assisting in promoting the league’s presence. The YEA Street Team supervised the SWAC booth at the Texas Black Expo held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, June 22-23, 2013.

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HungerWhile the term “food insecurity” has become the new buzz word and politically correct name for hunger, the issue of hunger continues to remain the same.

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Michael_J_SorrellPaul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell Inspires Others To Embrace History At Juneteenth Celebration.

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Jasmine_Denise_VaughnMs. Jasmine Denise Vaughn, out of 5000 candidates, was selected as the July 2013 Billboard Bride for the Houston Bridal Extravaganza. It’s the largest in the country being held at the George R. Brown on July 20-21, 2013.

FALLBROOK CHURCH - CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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