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Dozens of people showed up for the big anniversary of The Life Center in Houston.

They’re celebrating 27 years.

The organization headed by Pastor Winston James has played a vital role in transitioning thousands of homeless men and women in Houston.

The Life Center also is celebrating the opening of Heaven’s Kitchen as a new facility at their Yale Street location. 

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Dozens of people came out for an exclusive screening of Willie D’s new video to the song Coon.

The legendary member of the Geto Boys invited only close friends and family to the screening held in Houston’s Recording Studio in Katy Thursday night.

The video is the follow up to the controversial song that calls out so called coons in the African American community.

Willie D describes a coon as someone who publicly belittles their own race in order to be accepted by another.

The celebrities targeted in the song are Stacey Dash, Charles Barkley, Don Lemon, and many more.

After the screening of the video the unapologetic rapper held a question and answer session.

It revealed Willie D will release more coon related songs calling out even more individuals he says have betrayed their own people to get ahead.

If you’re interested in purchasing Coon click this link: Buy the song Coon by Willie D!

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KTSU’s line-up, beginning at left, includes: Kim Burrell, Zoe Bonet, Noel Velasquez Val Wilson, Mike Caviel, and Sheldon T. Nunn

Texas Southern University Vice President for University Advancement Eva K. Pickens and KTSU Radio 90.9 FM General Manager Ernest Walker are announcing a new schedule line up, new shows and hosts at the university’s radio station.  TSU students will have significant roles as hosts and interns at several levels at the campus radio station. The enhanced schedule and programming will begin on Monday, May 2.

KTSU 90.9 FM will remain Houston’s station for Jazz and continue to feature R&B Oldies, Blues, Gospel, Zydeco, Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop as well as a source for balanced coverage of current news, features and events.

TSU students Kris Walker, with his show After Hours Praise Party (Monday’s, 2AM – 5AM); and Noel Velasquez, with his show Fiesta Nights (Thursday’s 6PM – 10PM) will lead the student involvement as hosts of their own show. Numerous other students will be involved in the research and production of various news and music segments as well as community outreach.

Also added to the line-up are names most listeners are familiar with, including

multiple Grammy award nominee and Dove & Stellar award winner Kim Burrell, who will host her own show Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell on Sunday’s from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting Sunday, June 5.

New shows added to the Monday through Thursday line-up are: Mornings with Mike and Val, Jazz by Design and Jazz Gems.

Mike Caviel and TSU communications professor Val Wilson, radio veterans, will host Mornings with Mike and Val Show from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The show will feature contemporary, smooth and fusion jazz along with R&B music as well as Caviel and Wilson’s candid delivery of the morning’s local news, features and information.

Donna Franklin will follow with, Jazz by Design from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. that will offer listeners smooth and contemporary jazz and featured “CD” debuts.

Zoe Bonet, formerly of Sunny 99.1, will make her debut at KTSU with Jazz Gems from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Listeners will enjoy a blend of smooth and contemporary jazz.

Other new shows include: The Blend – Monday’s, 10PM -2AM with Freddie Brown featuring a mixture of Jazz and Blues; The Blend – Tuesday’s, 10PM – 2AM with Deon Haywood featuring a mix of Jazz and R&B; The Blend – Wednesday’s, 10PM – 2PM with Ms. Melodic (Melanie Murphy) featuring a mixture of Jazz and Neo Soul; Throwback Jams –  Friday’s, 10PM – 2AM with Maxie T (Maxie Tarver) and Chop Star Jimmy (Jimmy Jones) featuring Classic Hip Hop from the 70’s-90’s; and Classic R&B Countdown – Saturday’s, 9AM – 10AM with Tyrone Dubose featuring a syndicated show highlighting R&B Oldies. 

To diversify its sound, KTSU 90.9 has added a Latin and Caribbean flair to its lineup.  Thursday night shows will now include Fiesta Nights with host Noel Velasquez from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., followed by Caribbean Vibes with hosts DJ’s Supa Neil (Everad Gill) and Uncle L (Leigh Johnson) from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Fiesta Nights will feature a mixture of Latin Jazz and other Latin sounds while Caribbean Vibes will offer listeners Caribbean music as well as news and information from the Caribbean world.

Friday’s popular Blues programming will get a boost with the addition of DJ Chilly Bill Smith (Bill Smith) as the former Radio One DJ will join KTSU to host the 5 O’ Clock Blues Revue from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sheldon T. Nunn, KTSU’s veteran Jazz aficionado, gets a promotion as Music Director/Director of Community Engagement. Additional changes Walker has made since taking over as General Manger March 22, include radio personality Donna Franklin as Program Director.

The Gentle Giant (James Eaglin) host of the popular Golden Oldies; and ChattaBox (Lary Hale) of Classic Café will remain on Fridays at their regular time slots, 6AM – 10AM and 10AM – 2PM, respectively.

Dr. Chris Ulassi, chair, TSU Radio, Television and Film department in the School of Communication, will work in concert with KTSU to assist with student involvement in all aspects of radio, including teaching/learning and community interest. He loves the idea of a program that is a combination of music and current events.

“I feel that such a program will be of interest to a large audience because many people are not given the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to them,” Ulassi says.

Dr. Ulassi invited the students and KTSU to have a huge presence at this year’s Houston Igbo Festival, slated for July.

For more information on KTSU 90.9 visit http://ktsu.info/

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PRESS RELEASE: In a move to strengthen service, the METRO Board unanimously approved issuing body cameras to METRO police (MPD) officers as part of their regular uniforms.

“Our officers are excited about this. We see this as an enhancement not only for our officers but for our employees and patrons,” said MPD Chief Vera Bumpers.

The $184,125.00 contract with Watch Guard covering the purchase and implementation of the 195 cameras, will provide new surveillance capability for security purposes. Each camera costs $699.00, and all officers as well as sergeants will all wear the units.

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“We are pleased to take this step. We expect this program to enhance our police department from a investigative and training perspective as well as strengthen community trust in law enforcement with increased transparency and accountability,” said Board Chair Carrin Patman.

Anticipated delivery and roll-out of the new security program is projected to take six months.

Camera data is planned for storage on MPD’s video management system for 90 days unless it is classified as evidence. Storage of the video data will require the purchase of additional hardware with an estimated cost of $253,015. The METRO Board has not yet approved that expenditure.

METRO Police Dept. Statistics

191 Officers

1,285 Square mile service area

4,500 Incidents handled monthly (on average)

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Texas Southern University mourns the loss of a sports legend. Winston Hill, a Super Bowl Champion, an NFL super star and a TSU Tiger has passed.  He passed in Denver at the age of 74.

The Joaquin, Texas native was a standout tackle for TSU in the early 1960’s.  Hill was drafted in 1963 by the Baltimore Colts in the 11th round but played 14 of his 15 year career as an offensive tackle with the New York Jets, finishing in 1977 with the Los Angeles Rams.

Hill made a name for himself by protecting the blindside for Joe Namath. Hill played for the Jets in the 1968 Super Bowl II upset victory over the Colts, and he was a four-time AFL All-Start and four time Pro-Bowl selection. He was also inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor in 2010.

Texas Southern University had an opportunity to honor Hill and 29 other former TSU football players during a homecoming celebration titled “Tigers in the NFL, A First and Goal Celebration in 2015.

Hill had this to say about being recognized by his alma mater; 

“When I was a boy, and would get a deep cut or gash on my leg or arm or something, my mom would always refer to it as a grave injury.  I was a little boy maybe 5 or 6 and she was talking about a grave injury; I thought I was going to go to the grave.  But what she was saying is that this scar would stay with you until you die. It was major. So the honor that we will receive at Texas Southern is one of those grave honors. It’s an honor that I will take with me to the grave. And it will always be looked upon as very, very special.”

Hill and the other former TSU football players were presented with a Maroon jacket and medallion during the dinner.  They were also served as grand marshals in the TSU homecoming parade and were honored during the homecoming football game.

Winston Hill was one of TSU’s proud sons and he will be dearly missed.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               
March 26, 2016                                                                                                                                                      

MPAC will present its’ Fifth Annual Comedy Workshop, “Funny Business” featuring Comedic Actor /Writer Faizon Love.  This workshop will feature a candid discussion and educational session on the fundamentals and business of the world of comedy.

The Workshop
MPAC’s Comedy Workshop, “Funny Business” will take place in Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 12PM-4PM, in the O’Quinn Great Hall at the University of Houston Alumni Center, on the main campus of the University of Houston.  This workshop is not just for comics.  It covers the fundamentals of writing and performing comedy for television, film and live shows.  It also covers developing, producing, promoting, marketing and branding shows and business as a comedian, actor, writer, TV/Film producer, and any other interests in the world of comedy.  This one-of-a-kind dynamic approach continues to position this workshop amongst the cream of the crop, by connecting industry professionals with aspiring industry professionals for an informative, yet interesting day.

This workshop is designed to help artists “make their break” by learning the business of comedy from top insiders.  It will be action-packed and educational, but most importantly, it will be FUNNY BUSINESS!  The workshop is also free for high school students; see www.mpac-arts.org for more information.

“I am always overjoyed about this workshop because it has always been and will be my goal for MPAC to make an impact on the entertainment industry. We do just that when we connect entertainment industry resources to those that do not have access otherwise, which creates opportunities to be successful in this business”– Attorney Jalene Mack, MPAC’s Founder/Executive Director/Artistic Director

Faizon Love

Faizon Love is an actor and writer, known for Couples Retreat (2009), Elf (2003) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). Faizon will provide a highly informative and hilarious discussion on “How to Work on Stage, in Front the Camera, and Behind the Scenes”.

A plus-sized actor of Afro-Cuban descent whose killer smile and infectious laugh can liven up any comedy, Faizon Love got his start in such well-received African-American comedies as Fear of a Black Hat and Friday before getting wide recognition in such high-profile comedies as Money Talks, The Replacements, and Elf. It was during high school in New Jersey that the aspiring comic first became interested in performing for a crowd; his English teacher recognized Love’s skill for comedy and allowing the student to perform for his classmates on days when lessons went especially well. Following graduation, Love moved to New York and made a bid for the big time in the East Coast entertainment capitol. It didn’t take long for the performer to land an off-Broadway role in the Harlem National Black Theater production of Bitter Heart Midtown (a modernized retelling of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations). The subsequent death of beloved comic Robin Harris during the production of the animated comedy BeBe’s Kids provided the emerging performer with his first big break in film, and though it was strictly a vocal affair, Love performed admirably under pressure. He could next be seen alongside Robert Townsend, Rusty Cundieff, Ice Cube, and Shawn Wayans in a series of low-budget but well-received comedy features.

Love later parlayed his connection with Townsend into an extended television role on the small-screen sitcom The Parent ‘Hood, and he continued to climb the credits until his role as a gridiron giant in The Replacements punted him into the mainstream. It was following his appearance in the Keanu Reeves sports comedy that Love’s career truly took off, with a 2001 performance opposite Sean “Puffy” Combs in Jon Favreau’s Made marking the beginning of a working relationship between the director and the actor that would continue when Love appeared opposite Will Ferrell in Elf (2003). Love’s role as a surfing football player in Blue Crush in 2002 allowed the actor to overcome his duel fears of sharks and water to brave the waves. And after attempting to remain in control of a prison as the warden in The Fighting Temptations, it was time to hit the road in Torque, a two-wheeled thrill ride starring Love’s former Friday co-star Ice Cube. Video-game players with an ear for detail would recognize Love’s substantial role in the hit 2004 release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with additional roles opposite Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck and in the long-awaited OutKast musical Idlewild effectively serving to mark the arrival of a comedic actor whose versatility continued to impress. ~

Workshop Learning Exercise
For benefit of the entire audience, Faizon Love will act as a judge (think Last Comic Standing), and select attendees will do a three (3) minute comedy bit (or comedic monologue).  At the end of each participant’s time, Love will give constructive feedback.

Faizon will complete exercises with as many attendees as possible in the allotted time.  The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session.

For tickets and more information visit www.mpac-arts.org or https://mpacfunnybiz2016.eventbrite.com

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It’s time for another Friday Night and the Isiah Factor Uncensored Live where we will say anything while bringing you the best topics and guests. Scheduled to appear this Friday: Musical group After 7, Houston celebrity couple Devi Dev from 93.7 The Beat and her husband Duane Brown from the Houston Texans…Plus all of the reguslar cast of characters on the Isiah Factor Uncensored Friday night at 9pm on Fox 26!

Note: If you’re coming with a large group make sure you make reservations by calling the Union Kitchen at 713.661-0025

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MURDERVICTIM
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at approximately 11:08 p.m., Mr. Henry Kiherile was shot and killed during a robbery, in the 1200 block of Bigelow Street in Houston, TX. Investigators believe Mr. Kiherile picked up an individual in his vehicle and took them to the location where he was later discovered. Mr. Kiherile was then shot multiple times by an unknown suspect and robbed of his vehicle, laptop and iphone. Mr. Kiherile’s vehicle was recovered a week later at an apartment complex located in the 9600 block of Homestead.
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The family of Henry Kiherile is requesting the help of the community in finding the individual(s) responsible for this murder.

This case is still open pending new leads. See photo below of Mr. Kiherile.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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4/13/16 just after midnight, Pct. 4 deputies received a tip that a wanted felon (Charles Brown Jr.) was at an
address in the 18000 block of Lilac in New Caney. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Joanna White,
2/3/81 from Biboll, TX who advised the wanted felon was not there. After deputies warned her it was a felony
to hide the whereabouts of a wanted felon, she still advised she had no idea where the wanted felon was.
Deputies then looked behind a recliner in the same room and located the wanted subject. Joanna was taken
into custody for the alleged Hindering the Apprehension of a Wanted Felon, a third degree felony.

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4/13/16 just after midnight, Pct. 4 deputies received a tip that a wanted felon was at an address in the 18000
block of Lilac in New Caney. After having to arrest Joanna White for Hindering the Apprehension of the
Wanted Felon… Charles Brown Jr. 10/18/70, from New Caney, TX was arrested for an outstanding felony
warrant.