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3 Presidents Who Shaped Our Food System and the Role of African Americans In It

Many of our past presidents were farmers or ranchers at some point in their lives, but a handful of them significantly changed how we grow our food and eat it. We can’t examine that history, however, without also acknowledging the legacy of slavery. This Presidents Day, let’s consider how three presidents shaped our food system—and how their interventions impacted African Americans:

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Governor Abbott Sets Date For HD-13 Special Election

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing May 5, 2018 as the special election date to fill the House District 13 seat recently vacated by Representative Leighton Schubert.

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Continuing the Work: Rep. Thierry Brings Maternal Mortality Film to Houston

On Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018, State Rep. Shawn Thierry will host and moderate a discussion on the documentary screening of “Death By Delivery”, in partnership with Legacy Community Health, and Texas Southern University to address the maternal mortality crisis in Texas and nationwide.

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Houston Black McDonald’s Give 200 Bikes to Local Children

Two hundred local children received new bicycles courtesy of the Black McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston (BMOA). The children and their families took pictures with Birdie, Hamburglar, and Grimace, and got an up-close look at the Ronald McDonald Shoe Car with the chance to pose in front of it for a photo.

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Houston Winery Creates Selena Inspired Wine Bottle

Need a refreshing idea for Valentine’s Day? Why not indulged in a bottle of wine with a label inspired by the late tejano singer Selena tribute artist, Amanda Solis.

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Dr. David Blackwell, UC Berkeley’s 1st Tenured Black Scholar, Has a Building Named in His Honor

The University of California Berkeley is naming its newest residence hall in honor of David Blackwell. Dr. Blackwell, an accomplished statistician, was the first African American to be grant tenured at the university. He joined the mathematics department at Berkeley in 1954 and stayed on the faculty there until retiring in 1988. Dr. Blackwell died in 2010.

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Senator Miles Hosts Town Hall on Fort Bend Oil Well Blowout

In December 2017, an oil well blew out in Fort Bend County and emitted a foul odor that permeated throughout local neighborhoods. Senator Miles is hosting a Town Hall to discuss the oil well blowout and has personally invited Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton and TCEQ staff to provide the community an update, explain the health impacts, the status of the clean-up and discuss how we move forward to reduce the chances of this event from ever occurring again.

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NABJ Remembers Journalist and Historian Lerone Bennett, Jr.

The National Association of Black Journalists recognizes the exceptional life of journalist and historian Lerone Bennett, Jr. who transitioned on Wednesday. Bennett was a former editor for Ebony and Jet magazines, and spent decades exemplifying excellence in journalism.

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AFT President Randi Weingarten on Senate Immigration Votes

Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Senate immigration votes:

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Mayor Announces New Grants for Artists Pushing the Boundaries at the Grassroots Level

Mayor Sylvester Turner announces the first grants by Let Creativity Happen!, which supports innovative ideas that redefine artistic boundaries and can provide new ways for Houstonians to experience art.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Condemns Senate Failure to Advance Legislation Resolving the Trump-Made Crisis That Now Threatens 800,000 Dreamers with Deportation

Jackson Lee: “It is unconscionable that the Senate today blocked adoption of two bipartisan proposals that would have provided relief to the 800,000 Dreamers who are desperately awaiting action before the March 5 deadline to end the crisis created by President’s unnecessary, irresponsible, and callous rescission of DACA.”

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Yara Shahidi on What It Means "To Be a Black Girl"

To be a black girl is to be one of the reasons the universe thrives. Our lineage has taught me that I am integral, that we are important, even when society dismisses us, hiding the wonder of our presence, a trail set for and before us by generations of powerful and empowered Black women.

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To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters: I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would run longer than the entire Harry Potter series!

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NFL Announced as Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 HBCU Battle of the Brains™ "hackathon"

The National Football League Sponsorship Supports Judging, $50,000+ in College Scholarships

The HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC in partnership with the National Black MBA Association – Austin Chapter is pleased to announce the National Football League (NFL) as its presenting sponsor for the 2nd Annual HBCU Battle of the Brains (HBCUBOTBrains) competition to be held Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018.

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New Statistics Released on Youth Suicide

In January 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new statistics for the 2016 year. For the State of Texas, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24.

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Flood Risk Reduction Grant Programs

Federal grants can be used to fund the buyout, elevation or reconstruction of eligible residential properties. The City applies directly to the State for funding on the community's behalf. There are different flood risk reduction grants depending on:

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Governor Abbott Extends Disaster Declaration For Texas Counties Impacted By Hurricane Harvey

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation extending the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. This proclamation will ensure that all Texas counties declared disaster areas will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. There are currently 60 counties included in the state disaster declaration.

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Houston NAACP Celebrates Its 100th Year by Giving “100 Homes for Christmas”

The Houston chapter of the NAACP turns 100 this year. As part of the celebration, the chapter is launching a program with the goal of providing 100 African-American families their own piece of the American dream: home ownership.

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Travis Scott Receives the Key to His Hometown, Missouri City, Texas

Travis Scott is having a wonderful month. On February 1, his daughter Stormi with Kylie Jenner was born. Just a few weeks later he received the key to his hometown. The mayor of Missouri City, Texas, Allen Owen presented the Elkins High School graduate with the key to the city at Missouri City’s annual Black History Month Celebration of Culture and Music.

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First Black Woman to Owned a Billion-Dollar Company

Janet Bryant Howroyd is a 65-year-old entrepreneur, businesswoman, author, and educator. Howroyd is also the founder and CEO of Act 1 Group.

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Macy's Pop-Up Move Is Pivotal -- Potentially

Macy’s has launched a new pop-up concept that gives brands and other companies a venue to sell their products and services on the ground floor of the retailer’s stores.

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Efforts Post Harvey Exceed $12 Billion But Black Businesses Still Rebounding

It has been six months since Hurricane Harvey hit and devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of Houston-area residents. But new information shows that survivors—including African American families—have received more than $12 billion to help them recover from the catastrophic storm in August.

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Comcast May Make Another Bid for 21st Century Fox (Report)

Comcast is considering pursuing 21st Century Fox yet again, according to a report published Sunday night by the Wall Street Journal. Comcast’s initial bid was rejected by Fox, which instead struck a deal with Disney in December — a $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox movie and TV studio, international pay TV properties, and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire.

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Bud Light Heads "Brewed Deep in the Heart" to Celebrate Texan Roots in New Regional Campaign

Texas' Favorite Light Lager Partners with Josh Abbott Band and Siggno to Honor 30 Plus Years of Brewing in the Lonestar State

Today, Bud Light announced a new campaign aimed at going big in Texas in 2018 with multi-faceted programming across the Lonestar state. After launching a successful regional program in 2017, the brand will take its "Brewed Deep in the Heart" campaign to the next level with an ongoing music partnership with Texas-native musicians Siggno and Josh Abbott Band.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Launches Service Projects As It Prepares for Biennial Conference in Houston, July 6-12, 2018

As part of its international program theme, “Launching New Dimensions of Service,” Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® will sponsor “29 Moments of Service” worldwide, ahead of its biennial conference in Houston where more than 25,000 members are expected to converge this summer.

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Grief and Anger as Florida Prepares to Bury Victims of School Massacre

As families prepared on Friday to bury victims of another U.S. mass shooting, grief mixed with anger amid signs of possible lapses in school security and indications that law enforcement may have missed clues about the suspected gunman’s plans.

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Target Adds Melissa Butler’s Black-owned and Vegan Beauty Brand, The Lip Bar, to its Shelves

According to Allure, Target has partnered with the Black-owned beauty brand, The Lip Bar, and will launch their line of vegan and cruelty-free products this spring. Melissa Butler, a former Wall Street financial analyst, is the founder of the brand after spending years frustrated and dissatisfied with the lack of representation for black women in the beauty industry.

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As the Feb. 20 Review for FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program Approaches, Efforts Continue to Help Remaining Survivors Move to Permanent Housing

With tens of thousands of households already transitioned out of FEMA’s temporary hotel sheltering program, recovery officials are working to assist those still remaining as they move toward more permanent housing before the program eventually ends.

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“Black Panther” Stars and Creators Reflect On Its Arrival

Fans, who bought a record-setting number of advance tickets, weren’t the only ones anticipating the Feb. 16 opening of “Black Panther,” Marvel’s historic first black superhero film.

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Texas Southern University Breaks Ground On a New Library Learning Center

Texas Southern University officials commemorated construction of its new Library Learning Center today in a special groundbreaking ceremony. The library will be located adjacent to the Barbara Jordan–Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The state-of-the-art facility is slated to open in Fall 2019.

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H-E-B and Favor Delivery to Join Forces

Combination will provide Texans with an innovative, convenient and world-class home delivery experience

H-E-B, one of the nation’s leading independent food retailers and the largest private employer in Texas, today announced that Favor Delivery, the innovative on-demand delivery service headquartered in Austin, will become a wholly owned subsidiary. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Offers Condolences and Prayers to Victims of Mass Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “The horrific shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida sickens and saddens me as it adds to the long list of school children scarred by the scourge of gun violence. To the many victims and their families, I offer my deepest prayers and condolences.”

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Chef Babette Davis: Making 67 Look Simply Delicious!

One look at Chef Babette Davis and you would think she is young, energetic and full of life–oh and one who has a great body too. Well, at least that’s what I thought when I looked at her. But when I saw her recipes and read up on her, I realized just how amazing this woman is. She is a world-class chef, fitness expert and motivational speaker who runs the successful Inglewood, California restaurant, Stuff I Eat, and produces online cooking classes while participating in health summit and speaking engagements all around the country. And she does all of this while looking half her age.

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Keshia Knight Pulliam Dishes On Trump-Cosby Debate with Omarosa

Keisha Knight Pulliam is officially out of the Celebrity Big Brother house, and now she’s dishing on her rather awkward discussion with Omarosa Manigault.

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The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I've also seen long-term impacts in which students begin to view themselves as bad, aggressive and hopeless.

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The Tea®, A New Online Book Club Show Features Oprah’s First Book Club Pick of 2018, “An American Marriage” by Tayari

In selecting An American Marriage, Oprah said: “It’s the perfect book to read along with a friend or a family member… you’ll want to talk about it with somebody. It’s one of those books I could not put down!”

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Sadly, Too Many Black Mothers Can Relate to the Lyrics of This Song

New R&B/Pop song “Baby Brother” by Allen Watty tells a sad, often untold story about parents dealing with their children in prison

Indie artist Allen Watty has released a music video on YouTube for his hit song, “Baby Brother,” which tells a compelling story that unfortunately many mothers can relate to. It’s the story of a man who has committed a crime, is serving in prison, and decides to writes a letter of apology to his mom.

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20-Year Old Black Mom Brutally Attacked and Arrested by Undercover Police Officer Right In Front of Her Toddler Children

Diamond Rust, a 20-year-old woman from Southeast Washington, DC, was slammed on the ground and brutally arrested by a Metro transit police for not paying to get on a bus. All that happened right in front of her two children.

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Texas Craft Breweries Take Alcohol Distribution Law to State Supreme Court

Petition Asks Court if Texas Constitution Protects Economic Liberty of All Texans or Just a Few

Does the Texas Constitution protect the right of all Texans to earn an honest living free from unreasonable government interference or just some? That is the subject of a Texas Supreme Court petition filed late yesterday by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of three Texas craft breweries. The breweries and IJ first teamed up in 2014 to challenge a law that makes it illegal for craft breweries to sell distribution rights to distributors.

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Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Evans And Patton To Texas Council On Alzheimer's Disease And Related Disorders

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Joe Evans and Eddie Patton, M.D. to the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders for terms set to expire on August 31, 2021. Additionally, the Governor named Rita Hortenstine chairman of the council. The council facilitates the coordination of state services for victims of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

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Historic Portrait Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony to Be Held for Judges of 246th District Court

Judge John W. Peavy, Jr.’s Judge Peavy is not a stranger to making history and is a man of many “firsts”. Upon his appointment by Governor Dolph Briscoe in 1977, he became the first African American to serve as the first Family Law Judge in the state of Texas for the 246th District Court of Texas (1977-1994).

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TSU Partners with Entertainment Expert to Create New Entrepreneurial Institute

The Office of Continuing Education (OCE) has partnered with music and business leader Mathew Knowles to create the Mathew Knowles Institute (MKI). The Institute’s entrepreneurial, entertainment and music business courses are designed to teach students a range of practical skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace.

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How to Find a Good Trusts and Estates Lawyer

If you've never been arrested, fired, gone bankrupt, or gotten divorced, you may never have met a lawyer—let alone hired one. But if you want to create an estate plan for your family (and don't want t

Creating an estate plan is something most people know they should do for themselves and their families, but getting around to actually doing it is another story! That's no big surprise, says attorney Liza Hanks. Sometimes it takes a person years to get motivated to start planning. And once they finally begin, they often get stuck, because they don't know how to find a good lawyer to help them.

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Walmart Giving Tickets to Screening of Black Panther

Employees at the Walmart located at 5405 South Rice Ave. near Westpark will give out the movie tickets near signage advertising Black Panther that opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, Feb. 16

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A New Exhibition at TSU’s University Museum Celebrates the Spirit of Nature and Human Experience

Rites of Passage: An Ode to Humanity & Culture is the newest exhibition featured in the Texas Southern University - University Museum. A fusion of vintage African art and vibrant contemporary works, this exhibition weaves the paradigms of history into present day sentiment, paying homage to the archetypes of family and society.

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Premiere Film Release of “Chop Shop: A Community & Law Enforcement Conversation”

A Coalition of San Francisco Organizations, City Agencies, Community Partners and Residents Create a Film Documentary to Foster Dialogue Between Community and Law Enforcement

A coalition of community-based organizations, enterprises, city agencies, and community partners have joined together to create and release, “Chop Shop: A Community & Law Enforcement Conversation”, a film documentary which facilitates and captures constructive dialogue between San Francisco residents of color and law enforcement agencies. The first airing of “Chop Shop” will take place February 16th, at 6:00 PM at the Brava for Women in Arts theatre in the Mission District section of San Francisco.

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Graphene On Toast, Anyone?

Rice University scientists create patterned graphene onto food, paper, cloth, cardboard

Rice University scientists who introduced laser-induced graphene (LIG) have enhanced their technique to produce what may become a new class of edible electronics.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Statement On Enacting Flood Ordinances As Soon As Possible

“I hope all Houstonians will express the will of the people on the need for the City to move ahead swiftly on the flood ordinance changes I have proposed. When adopted by City Council, the revised ordinances will make sure that new dwellings are built high enough to protect lives and property in the 'post-Harvey era' where the next epic rainfall may be right around the corner.

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Southern Black Law Makers Approve Jim Crow Segregation

Across the Southern states in the deep South, black law makers moved with haste to pass Jim Crow legislation to insure legal and enforceable separation of the races. Motivated by personal biases and political ambition, it is expected that Jim Crow segregation to remain in full force for years to come.

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Mother Whose Daughter Was Poisoned From the Lead in Their Apartment Wins $57 Million Verdict

The New York City Housing Authority has been ordered to pay a mother $57 million after the jury found that NYCHA is the one responsible for her daughter’s alarmingly dangerous lead levels.

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