Monthly Archives: February 2007

THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT BEEFING UP ITS RANKS!

WANNA BE A COP ON THE STREETS?

HPD is hoping to increase the number of officers on the streets. Here’s a press release from the department. Do you think you can protect the Bayou Ciy:

On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 the Houston Police Department and the City of
Houston will administer the 2007 Civil Service Examination for police
officer trainees at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida
de las Americas, Exhibit Hall A at 9 a.m. All applicants should arrive
at 8 a.m. for processing.

Applicants must first register to take the exam no later than Friday,
March 30, 2007 by 4:30 p.m. CST at the City of Houston Human Resources
Department, 611 Walker, ground level. Applicants can drop off their
completed forms Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Application forms can be downloaded from the City of Houston website at
www.houstontx.gov/police/careers.htm. Qualified applicants who live
outside Houston, Texas may visit www.houstonpolice.org (Careers) to
register online.

MY BROTHER PREMIERES IN THE BAYOU CITY!

A NATIVE HOUSTONIAN MAKES HIS FEATURE FILM DEBUT ON THE SILVER SCREEN!

My Brother, Houston Movie Premiere and VIP Red Carpet Reception, will be held on March 12, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale, Houston, Texas 77063 and opening to the public on Friday, March 16 at AMC theaters in 19 cities, including Houston�s Studio 30 and Gulf Pointe 30.

Native Houstonian Christopher Scott makes his feature film debut with Vanessa Williams (�Ugly Betty, �Soul Food�) in My Brother. Scott plays James, a developmentally disabled young man who shares an unbreakable bond with his brother Isaiah, played by Nashawn Kearse (Desperate Housewives).

Directed by Academy Award Nominee Anthony Lover and produced by award-winning producer Gregory Segal for Lover�s company, Liberty Artists, My Brother is the story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. Their mother, L’Tisha, played by Williams, finds herself dying of tuberculosis and tries desperately to get her two boys, eight and eleven at the time, adopted together.

More about the movie – http://imdb.com/title/tt0451135/

JENNIFER HOLLIDAY’S RELATIVES DEMANDING SHE GETS RESPECT ON HOUSTON TELEVISION!

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT MS. HOLLIDAY ON HOUSTON TELEVISION!


First, for all of you who didn’t know Jennifer Holliday, the original Effie in DreamGirls, is from Texas – specifically Riverside, Tx. Well anyway, a local news show was doing a segment on former Houston resident Lakisha Jones appearance on American Idol. They talked about how she performed the song “And I’m Telling You” as done by Jennifer Hudson. The interviewers failed to mention the original singer of the song Jennifer Holliday. So that station’s phone started ringing from relatives of Jennifer Holliday. They complained that Ms. Holliday wasn’t mention and she’s the one who made the song a hit. No word on how the station fixed the problem since the interview segment was already over. So be careful what you say about Jennifer Holliday in Houston because she has plenty of relatives out there listening!

CHRISTINA GARZA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!

GARZA GOES TO EUROPE!

It’s official – Christina Garza has left FOX 26 news. The longtime reporter and former Spanish language anchor is headed to Europe. Garza didn’t release many details but she’s going to reside in Paris, France where she is also going to go back to school. Wish you the best of luck Ms. Garza on your educational and spiritual journey!

FORMER FOXER RESHONDA TATE IS AS BUSY AS EVER DETHRONING T-D JAKES!

#1 SELLING AUTHOR, SPEAKER AND NEW BABY ON THE WAY!

The Insite had chance to speak with former FOX 26 reporter Reshonda Tate Sunday about her latest happenings. The best selling author says she’s just taken #1 position on Ebony Magazine for her book ‘Blessings in Disguise’. She bumped out Dallas based nationally renown preacher T-D Jakes for the #1 position. Tate is also #1 pick for women in the month of March. The author is also the spirit award winner for Texas African American Chamber of Commerce this year. And the news is not done quite yet – Tate is scheduled to be the Empowerment speaker at the Metamorphosis Conference. Finally, congratulations are in order – Reshonda is expecting a new baby boy in the month of May. It will be her first young boy in the family – she already has two little girls!

ANDY NEILL SAYS SUPPORT THE HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY!

IT’S TIME FOR THE FUN RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

The Insite received this letter from City Council candidate Andy Neill reminding Insite readers about a fun run:

Dear Insite Readers-

Please come support the Houston Humane Society on Sunday, March 18th at the 26th annual K-9 Fun Run. This is their largest fundraiser of the year, and it’s where they raise most of the money they use to rescue, heal and re-home over 50,000 pets each year. Last year they had almost 1,000 runners, and more than two thousand people attended to celebrate the day.

The race is just one measly mile long, so anyone can do it. You can enter in either the competitive run category, the jog category, or the walk category. The three races happen at different times, so no one has to worry about getting run over. The event this year is at the Sam Houston Park on the edge of downtown, and races kick off at noon (though the free food starts long before that).

There will be music, Frisbee dog demonstrations, and again free food (including Kolaches, Starbucks, Canyon Cafe, Coldstone Creamery, etc.). After the race there is a parade of “graduates” from the HHS who’ve been living in their loving homes for years now, and a doggie costume contest with celebrity judges (might Isiah be one of them ??). You can register online at http://www.houstonhumane.org/events.aspx. They’d love your support, and I hope to see you out there on race day!

For more information contact: Courtney Clark; Public Relations Director, Houston Humane Society; pr@houstonhumane.org

OPRAH AND BERNIE MAC’S FAVORITE ARTIST DROPS BY THE INSITE!


KEVIN A. WILLIAMS: THE #1 SELLING URBAN ARTIST IN THE COUNTRY!



The Insite had a chance to meet nationally renown artist Kevin A. Williams last week. He is an artist whose work has been featured on television, magazines and in other mediums. Williams, who made a brief visit to Houston from Atlanta, is also known as talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s favorite artist. His work sits in her home and Harpo Studios. Williams is also a favorite of FOX tv star Bernie Mac. The two even have an art collection together. Kevin is a very humble person. If you meet him he will never tell you about his greatness in the art world. After being forced by a friend he got on the internet and started showing his collection to an attendant group. Hey Kevin – thanks for dropping by The Insite!

BIO:

Kevin A. Williams is an artist on a mission, but his is no solo trip: He wants to take you on the journey, too. His destination is a place where more African-Americans will appreciate, own and even create fine art that honors their rich heritage and hope filled destiny. So far, tens of thousands of people have willingly followed Williams to that vista – including talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, and actor comedian Bernie Mac. From celebrity homes to small businesses, corporate offices and women’s spas, Williams’ original and lithograph artwork hangs from coast to coast.

In fact, his collection of 50 lithograph prints – created under the “WAK Artistry” signature – is the most widely circulated urban fine arts series in the nation. His art has been featured on television’s “Law & Order” (NBC) and “Soul Food” (Showtime).

Link- http://www.wak-art.com/newrelease.htm

GORDON HAS THE KEY TO GETTING IN SHAPE!

ARE YOU READY TO EXERCISE AND GET IN SHAPE!

If you’re looking for a personal trainer in the loop or near the River Oaks area Gordon Rentzsch says he has the key to your success. Gordon is now offering personal fitness sessions for those who are hoping to get in tip top condition. Rentzsch can cater a plan that fits the goal you want to reach. He will also work around your schedule. So if you’re too busy to get into shape Gordon says he’s who you’re looking for because he will help you find the time to become the image of fitness. For more information contact Gordon through his email listed below!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HANG OUT WITH GOSPEL SINGER VICKIE WINANS?

AN EVENING TO REMEMBER!
The Texas Conference Lay Organization of the AME Church will host a Christian Night ” An Evening Of Elegance” Featuring Vickie Winans on March 3, 2007 at 7:00 PM at The Power Center 12401 South Post Oak Rd Houston, Texas 77045. Dinner will be served. Come out and have Dinner with Vickie. The cost of a ticket is $50. Click on the flyer for more contact information!

THE ROCKETS SUITE OWNERS APPRECIATION DAY!

Several Rockets suite owners were treated to a party by the team recently. The players essentially had a meet and greet. The Insite has an inside look with this picture of suite owner Ray Mackey of Enologies and Rockets star player Shane Battier. Both are happy to drop by The Insite!

LIL WAYNE BRINGS REALITY TO HOUSTON NEXT MONTH!

ON HIS WAY TO THE BAYOU CITY FOR NEW TV SHOW!

Lil Wayne, president of Cash Money Records is bringing his brand new, internet reality show talent search to Houston, Texas on Sat., Mar. 3, 2007 at the Marriott N @ Greenspoint, 255 Sam Houston Pkwy E Houston, TX 77060 beginning at 9AM. The show is called MAKING THE NEXT HIT and the search is for the next musical/entertainment superstar. Rappers, Singers, Models, Producers, Comedians, DJ’s, and Promoters; men and women of all ages, are all welcome
to audition this Sunday free of charge. Final winners will receive $5000 cash, a spot on the new reality show series, a music video, and a chance to perform at Miami Beach, FL during Labor Day at the “20 Year Celebrity Anniversary” The show is being hosted by the Chief Rocker Busy Bee, pioneer of hip-hop, which will be aired on www.thenext.tv.