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Mayor Sylvester Turner Addresses COVID-19 Response and Resiliency in 2020 State of the City

Mayor Sylvester Turner Addresses COVID-19 Response and Resiliency in 2020 State of the City

Mayor Sylvester Turner delivered his fifth State of the City address, his first on virtual platform, on Oct. 22, hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership.

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MJ FOR TEXAS: Releases New Radio AD Featuring Former President Barack Obama

MJ Hegar, decorated combat veteran and working mom running for U.S. Senate, is out with a new radio ad featuring former President Barack Obama sharing what is at stake in this election and encouraging Texans to support MJ.

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Cadence Bank Contributes to the Houston Area Urban League to Help Start the Center for Social Justice and Education

Cadence Bank, a subsidiary of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE), has made a significant contribution to the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) to help fund the development of its Center for Social Justice and Education.

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OPINION: Don’t Leave Hispanic Businesses Out Of COVID-19 Recovery, For Houston’s Sake

“Hispanics Represent More Than $53 billion In Annual Spending Power, Which Is Just Short Of A Quarter Of Total Consumer Spending In The Region.” – Dr. Laura G. Murillo

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has created an economic challenge unlike any other in our lifetime.

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Joe Biden's Last Newsletter - Written Monday, October 19, 2020

Democratic Presidential Candidate - Joe Biden Says Thank You!

It feels surreal to write, but this is the final newsletter I’ll send you during this campaign.

GOP Begins to Fall in Line for Quick Confirmation Vote on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving closer to locking down enough support to pave the way for confirmation of a new Supreme Court nominee in the midst of a hugely consequential election year,ratcheting up calls for a quick vote that could fundamentally alter the court in a sharply more conservative direction for decades to come.

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The City of Houston Announces Recommendations for Reopening Sanctuaries and Faith-Based Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Mayor's Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force announced guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as sanctuaries and faith-based organizations reopen their doors for religious services.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces New Initiative To Combat Crime

Overall, Violent Crime Is Up 11% In Houston, Texas

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a COVID-19 Related Crime Reduction Program to increase overtime for the Houston Police Department through the end of December 2020. The City will use $4.1 millions of CARES Act funding for the overtime program.

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New On Netflix

We still get to enjoy the stellar work of the late actor Chadwick Boseman who tragically died this year after a fight with colon cancer. In his final role he stars with Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The film directed by directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson is based on the play by August Wilson from 1982. Denzel Washington, p.g.a, Todd Black, p.g.a, and Danny Wolf produced the play set in Chicago.

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Houston Health Department Encourages Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Gatherings During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Houston Health Department encourages people to forgo traditional trick-or-treating and Halloween gatherings this year in favor of safer alternatives. Going door-to-door and attending traditional Halloween events are high-risk activities for spreading COVID-19 during the pandemic.

Pandemic hasn't broken the employer health insurance system

Over 55 million Americans have filed for unemployment since COVID-19 struck. But for the most part, they haven't lost their health insurance. An astounding 98 percent of workers who had employer-sponsored health benefits before the pandemic are still enrolled in workplace plans, according to a July report.

Texas African American Leaders Endorse Democratic Judicial Candidates

Justice is On the Ballot as African American Democrats Call for Fair Courts

Prominent African American leaders from Texas' two largest counties today announce their endorsement of Democrats running for statewide courts, and also emphasize the need to vote down ballot in regional and local court races. Democrats have fielded a full slate of statewide judicial candidates for the first time in more than a decade.

Global rapper Pitbull to headline inaugural youth leaders YOUNGA 2020 Forum in celebration of UN's 75th anniversary - 24 Oct

Grammy award-winning rapper, songwriter, and record producer, Pitbull will headline the first-of-its-kind virtual reality performance at the inaugural 2020 YOUNGA Forum, an initiative launched by BridgingtheGap Ventures in line with the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations.

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Halloween Recipe: Meringue Ghosts - A Frightfully Cute Halloween Treat

When you want to scare up a clever treat for Halloween, my Meringue Ghosts are just the trick! These little guys were a recipe in my first cookbook The Family Table, and they’ve been making an appearance almost every Halloween since. Few can resist their cute faces and sweet flavor, especially when they’re peeking from the top of individual treat bags.

NAACP Condemns Misrepresentation by Amy Coney Barrett on Racial Justice Ruling, Calls for Judiciary Committee to Pursue

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, issued the following statement today on the misleading testimony of Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her nomination to the Supreme Court:

Houston Health Department Encourages Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Gatherings During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Houston Health Department encourages people to forgo traditional trick-or-treating and Halloween gatherings this year in favor of safer alternatives. Going door-to-door and attending traditional Halloween events are high-risk activities for spreading COVID-19 during the pandemic.

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Houston Furniture Bank to Celebrate Inauguration of New 43,000-Square-Foot North Houston Location in the Woodlands

On Friday, October 16, 2020, the Houston Furniture Bank will celebrate the inauguration of its new 43,000-square-foot Houston Furniture Bank North location in the Woodlands, Texas. This new facility in Montgomery County is the second building operated by Houston Furniture Bank in the Greater Houston region and is located at 295 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands, Texas 77380.

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Enjoy a Picnic in the Park with The Health Museum

Are you looking for a great way to spend the day? The Health Museum has you covered!

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Comcast Offers Thousands Of Grants, Equipment, Marketing And Tech Resources To Small Businesses Hardest Hit By COVID

lack-Owned Small Businesses, Those Impacted Most by the Pandemic, are the First Eligible Applicants for Comcast RISE Resources and Grants Up To $10,000

Comcast Corporation today launched Comcast RISE, an initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses hard hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years. The multi-faceted program offers grants, mar- keting and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants.

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Angela Rye To Host New Video Series: THE MAIN THING, Exclusively On Tidal

This week, Angela Rye is partnering with TIDAL for an exclusive new series, “The Main Thing,” where the multi-hyphenate attorney, political commentator and activist will sit down with guests for intimate and honest conversations. The first episode fea- tures Snoop Dogg, who will become a first-time voter.

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Mayor Turner Kicks Off the First Day of Early Voting with the Mayor's Early Vote College Challenge and Releases Public Service Announcement Encouraging all Houstonians to Vote

Mayor Turner kicked off the first day of early voting with students from the University of Houston (UH) and Texas Southern University (TSU).

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Collaborative for Children No Show Luncheon Raises Nearly $200,000

Funds support early learning resources for Houston’s most vulnerable young children

Collaborative for Children raised nearly $200,000 with its virtual No Show Luncheon hosted October 14. Collaborative for Children CEO Dr. Melanie Johnson was joined by the event’s presenting sponsor Steve Kean, of The Kean Family Foundation, sharing the agency’s strategic vision for the future.

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Toosii Talks Tim McGraw & Kanye West New Campaign Video "The Mix" Clips

Viewers that tuned in last night for the brand new episode of the live millennial/Gen Z, mixed gender talk show, THE MIX, where no topic was off limits, saw a ton of action from the hosts, and special guest Toosii, Capitol Records newest big act with over 250 million streams in 2020 alone and landing #1 on Billboards Heatseekers Albums Chart. The below clips can be embedded/re-posted with the included descriptions.

In Texas, 188 Hours of Work Are Needed to Afford a Rental Agreement

The COVID-19 outbreak is poised to cause major migration shifts across the U.S. According to a recent report by Pew Research Center, 22% of U.S. adults changed their residence or knew someone who did because of the pandemic. This represents a stark reversal from the longstanding trend of Americans staying put and could have far-reaching effects on local populations and economies.

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Find the Career that Fits Perfectly: The Tools are at Your Fingertips

Why do so many people stay in unrewarding careers? Fear of change? Lack of updated skills? Whatever the case, staying in an unfulfilling job prevents you from doing what you really want to do. The pandemic taught us that we can pivot and innovate faster than we ever thought possible, so why not restart your career with a renewed vision and a clearer path forward?

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MJ for Texas Campaign Launches Aggressive Seven-Figure Statewide Outreach Effort to Mobilize Black Voters

Kicks off with a new radio ad, “Important”

Today, the MJ For Texas campaign is launching an aggressive seven-figure statewide outreach effort to mobilize Black voters across Texas. The effort will utilize Black radio, Black newspapers, mail, and digital to reach Black voters across the state and encourage them to vote for MJ Hegar on November 3rd.

Houston Furniture Bank to Celebrate Inauguration of New 43,000-Square-Foot North Houston Location in the Woodlands

This Friday, October 16, 2020, Houston Furniture Bank will celebrate the inauguration of its new 43,000-square-foot Houston Furniture Bank North location in the Woodlands, Texas.

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Lift Every Voice: The Biden Plan for Black America

Joe Biden knows that African Americans can never have a fair shot at the American Dream so long as entrenched disparities are allowed to quietly chip away at opportunity. He is running for President to rebuild our economy in a way that finally brings everyone along—and that starts by rooting out systemic racism from our laws, our policies, our institutions, and our hearts.

FBI: Marijuana Arrests Decline Year-Over-Year, But Still Outpace Arrest For ALL Violent Crimes

The total number of persons arrested in the United States for violating marijuana laws declined for the first time in four years, but still outpaces arrests for all violent crimes, according to data released today by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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#BlackSkinDeep New Podcast Reveals A Black-Owned Brand’s Journey In Mass Retail

Dr. Milton D. Moore, a leading dermatologist and founder & CEO of Moore Unique Skin Care, has launched Black Skin Deep, the deep- ly personal podcast highlighting his insights, perspectives, and reflections on decades of experience as a Black pharmacist, physician, and entrepreneur.

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Harmony Public Schools Awarded $27.8 Million U.S. DOE Grant For Campus Leadership Program

“Great teachers deserve to be treated as the professionals they are and to be compensated accord- ingly,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, September 1. “All too often, though, they lack access to relevant pro- to rethink all of that, and they have risen to the chal- lenge.” The new funding brings the total amount awarded to Harmony by the Department of Education within the past few years to $92.5 million. • In 2012, the DOE awarded Harmony a $30 million Race to the Top grant to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and edu- cator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers. • In 2016, the DOE awarded Harmony a $26.7 mil- lion Teacher Incentive Fund grant to develop a merit-based system for rewarding its highest-per- forming teachers. (The system, known as H-STEP, was foundational in Harmony being named to the Texas Education Agency’s inaugural class of Teacher Incentive Allotment districts in Fall 2020.) • In 2018, the DOE awarded Harmony an $8 million Education Innovation Research grant to build upon Harmony’s project-based learning STEM model for Grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in Grade K-5, and by creating a system of support and professional development for elementary school teachers. Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with cam- puses serving PreK-Grade 12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Fatih Ay – CEO/Superintendent, Harmony Schools Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Har- mony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. In 2020, all 23 Harmony high school campuses were named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News and World Report, 13 named to the Best STEM High Schools in America by Newsweek, and earned two National School of Character recognitions from Harmony Public Schools is currently accept- ing applications for the 2020-2021 school year for both students and team members. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit:, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: fessional devel- and are com- step-scale ladder like cogs in a ma- of as individu- talents and inter- challenged to- opment courses pensated on a that treats them chine instead als with unique ests. We’ve

Mayor Turner's Statement on HUD's Decision

The following is Mayor Sylvester Turner's statement on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's decision to grant control of the City's Harvey housing recovery funds to the Texas General Land Office.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner Named As Board Of Directors Chair Of Resilient Cities Network

The Network Focuses Its City-Led Entity On Strengthening Cities Capacity To Recover From COVID-19

Mayor Sylvester Turner has been tapped as chair of the board of directors for the Resilient Cities Network.

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As Coronavirus Continues to Rage in Texas, Republicans Are Still in Court to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Texas Now Has Second Most Amount of Coronavirus Deaths, More Cases Than New York, and The Most Amount of Cases the Past 72 Hours

Coronavirus is still raging on in Texas.

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Republican Connected Tech Firm Targeted Black Voters on Facebook for “Deterrence”

The digital arm of Trump’s 2016 digital team, called ‘Project Alamo’ included a team from the now defunct British company Cambridge Analytica. Two senior directors of the former Cambridge Analytica team are now working on the Trump 2020 campaign for The White House.

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Comerica Bank: Raising Expectations in the Community

Comerica Bank And The Comerica Foundation Have Invested $8 million In COVID-19 Relief Efforts To Support Strategic Underserved Programs

As a relationship bank, helping our customers and the community navigate through difficult times is why Comerica Bank is here. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be extraordinary and far-reaching.

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City of Houston And Resilient Houston Recognized With Top Awards For Planning and Resillience

City of Houston's Planning and Development Department and the Mayor's Office of Resilience brought home top awards for planning projects in Texas.

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Kroger Here to Support Communities Through Hurricane Delta

Kroger is ready to serve Gulf Coast during preparations and in aftermath of the storm.

As Hurricane Delta makes its way towards the Gulf Coast, Kroger is deploying resources to ensure families across Louisiana can stock up on much needed supplies ahead of the storm’s impact. Several trailers of water have been delivered and shelves have been stocked with emergency supplies at the Lake Charles and Sulphur area stores in anticipation of landfall.

Houston Health Department, Greater Houston Restaurant Association launch food service training to help protect restaurant-goers during pandemic

The Houston Health Department and Greater Houston Restaurant Association are collaborating to protect the health and safety of restaurant-goers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the health department’s Better. Together. campaign, the agencies are launching a training program to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission among staff and customers.

F2F Music Foundation forms partnership with Gilbreath Communications to promote opportunities to aspiring young musicians

Can improvisation be taught? According to F2F Music Foundation, the answer is a definite yes. F2F Music Foundation, a Houston area-based non-profit performing arts organization, is teaming up with Gilbreath Communications, Inc., to encourage young people to pursue their full potential musically and academically.

Rescheduled 47th Annual Bayou Classic to be played in Shreveport in April

Bayou Classic to be temporarily moved to Shreveport for rescheduled 2020 matchup

The decision of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors to postpone fall sports contests also postponed the 47th Annual Bayou Classic until Spring and not as it is annually played in New Orleans each November.

Houston Health Department, partners announce free COVID-19 testing schedule for week of October 5

The Houston Health Department and its agency partners are announcing the schedule for sites ( offering free COVID-19 tests the week of October 5, 2020. The week will offer more than a dozen free testing sites across Houston, including four mega sites.

Pool Reporter John McClain Interview with NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron, Sunday, October 4, 2020

Question: Can you provide an explanation for why Minnesota safety Harrison Smith was ejected from the game?

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Houston Ballet Expands On Its 2020 Plans For Digital Programming and Launches New Digital Program This Week

A Look at the Rest of 2020 for Houston Ballet and the Premiere of its First 2020-2021 Repertoire

Houston Ballet prepares to present the rest of its programming in 2020 digitally, beginning first with A Night at Jacob’s Pillow on October 9. While the organization fulfilled subscribers’ benefits with previously recorded digital programming in the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, its opening repertoire of the 2020-2021 season will be the first on-demand program available to single ticket buyers as well.

2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market Early Bird Day Access Passes On Sale Starting Today, Monday, October 5 through November 6

Wells Fargo Early Bird Day Access Passes are now available for Wednesday, November 11, opening day of the 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market. Early Bird access is $30 and gives shoppers first dibs on all the incredible merchandise, plus exclusive Early Bird Day-only offerings, including discounts, promotions, giveaways and more. Early Bird shoppers will receive continued access into the Virtual Market every day through December 11.

The KIPP Texas- Houston is encouraging families to get out and vote with voter registration drive during meal distribution today, October 5

In an effort to engage our students, staff and parents in neighborhoods where our schools are located, the KIPP Texas-Houston Advocacy team is hosting voter registration application “stations” at our meal distribution sites today, October 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

City of Houston and Resilient Houston Recognized with Top Awards for Planning and Resilience

City of Houston's Planning and Development Department and the Mayor's Office of Resilience brought home top awards for planning projects in Texas.

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Judge Rules That Census Must Not be Rushed; Victory for Civil Rights Groups, Civic Organizations, and Local Governments

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered the Trump administration to halt its rush to end the 2020 Census, extending deadline for counting to October 31.

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Fighting For The Breast Cancer Care You Need During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a new challenge for those battling breast cancer today. This hydra-headed challenge manifests across issues relating to equity, advocacy, and access to care for cancer patients as the pandemic rages.