TIME TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED A HELPING HAND!
At a news conference at 10 a.m. TOMORROW (Monday, Dec. 1), Houston Police Chief Harold L. Hurtt and other members of the Houston Police Department will announce the kickoff of HPD’s 23rd Annual “Comida” Food Drive to feed those in need during the holiday season. The news conference will be held at the Fiesta Mart at 4711 Airline Drive. The Houston Police Department, Houston Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association, Fiesta Mart, and the Pepsi Bottling Group will once again join together to sponsor the annual “Comida” Food Drive. The “Comida” Food Drive began in December 1985 with Officer Joe Dominguez’s concern for the less fortunate Hispanic citizens of Houston. Dominguez put together what is today one of the largest food drives in the city of Houston. During the first year, approximately 600 families received a box of non-perishable food. Each box donated fed a family of four during the Christmas holidays. The food drive now provides food for more than 3500 families in the city of Houston. The distribution of the food will be held at a later date to churches that pre-registered to participate in the program. For more information, contact HPD Officer Alvin Steelman, Public Affairs Division, at 713-308-3200.
WHAT: Kickoff of HPD’s 22nd Annual “Comida” Food Drive
WHEN: TOMORROW (Monday, December 1)
WHERE: Fiesta Mart, 4711 Airline Drive
TIME: 10 a.m.
JUST A NIGHT IN THE BIG EASY!
Imagine it…walking down a seemingly quiet street during a heavy down pour in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was about 8pm when I made it to some cover in front of a closed store on Rue Iberville street. Also standing under the awning was a group of White people. Two guys and two girls who appear to be in the early to mid 30’s. I couldn’t tell if they were tourist or locals. But they didn’t have that thick New Orleans accent you can find on the natives. Anyway, they were heavily involved in their conversation and didn’t notice as I approached. Just as I came within two or three feet of them under their shelter from the rain one of the guys let it roll straight from his tongue. He said, “that stupid motherfucking nigger.” Just as he said it he say my Black face. It was as if he had seen a ghost. Before I could even blink my eye the group of whites looked at me and then each other and the guy said in a nervous voice, “let’s get out of here.” They almost broke their necks trying to escape from the racist and embarrassing moment. It’s just one of those things so many Whites deny doing. Some say they would never use the n-word for any reason even in privacy. I’m sure these folk have told the same tale but when they thought they were alone the gloves came off. I just thought it was a very interesting encounter the Insite wanted to share from the Crescent City!
TONY CLAYTON VOTED IN AS THE MAN!
Congratulations are in order for Insite good friend attorney Tony Clayton. On Friday he was elected as the Chairman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. Clayton who ran unsuccessfully last year said he campaigned until 3 in the morning to ensure he had enough votes to claim the position. Clayton says in 2007 he thought he had enough votes to win when he realized overnight some of his supporters had switched allegiances. Clayton replaces Alexandria City Councilman Myron Lawson as head of the board. Clayton says his first order of business will be to meet with state lawmakers to ensure Southern gets more funding at the flagship university to the Black community of Louisiana. The Port Allen based attorney also said he will focus on out of state fee waivers. Clayton said the historically Black college is loosing lots of potential students as a result of the out of state fees. Clayton thanked his wife Paula and several board members like Rev. Jesse Billberry for being a role model for him on the goeverning body!
WHAT DID YOU DO ON THE FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING?
After completing a Wake Up Money segment on the Fox 26 Morning Show at 5:45am this morning, the Accountant to the Stars, Bob Martin, figured that burning some of those extra holiday calories was more important than doing some Black Friday shopping or going back to bed. So Bob, his wife and some friends went on a 30 mile, inside the 610 Loop, bike ride with former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels. Pictured [L to R] Judge Eckels, Ed Reece, Hanes Hoffer, Carol Martin and Bob Martin.
AND DON’T SEND A TEXT, PICK UP ON THE PHONE AND CALL!
The Insite would like to wish each and everyone of you out there a happy Thanksgiving. I’m sure we all have something to be thankful for. If you haven’t figured out exactly what that is then just search your soul a little bit longer. And remember don’t send the Insite or your family and friends those dumb text messages this year. Pick up the phone and call. Those text messages are for teenagers who can’t or don’t want to talk to someone in person. Most of you on here are adults so do adult things by reaching out in person or by phone. That’s the Insite tip of the day!
MUNGO: I’M JUST TOO BUSY TO TAKE A BREAK WITH YOU PATTIE!
It was a surprise the busy newsroom manager just didn’t expect. Carolyn Mungo was too wrapped up in the newsroom coordinating a Barack Obama press conference on Tuesday morning to notice all of her reporters and producers were disappearing around her. Then she was approached by Pattie Shieh to take a quick break in the FOX 26 atrium. Mungo said she was simply too busy. But after some heavy persuasion she was convinced to go outside. When Carolyn stepped out of the door into the cool crisp temperatures there was a thunderous roar. It was her co-workers yelling surprise. It was her birthday. The effort was spearheaded by FOX 26’s Vice president of news, Kathy Williams. Mungo was very suprised and relished in her practical but in some cases joke gifts. Happy birthday Carolyn!
INSITE: I AIN’T SCARED OF DAVE WARD!
I was emailed an interesting thread from a friend they found on another website. Apparently, someone is wondering who would win a street fight between the Insite and Dave Ward. While Dave is a nice guy and all, I think I can take him. But that’s just me. Who do you think would win a street fight between Dave and myself? The Insite would like to hear your opinion. And why would someone want to put us in a ring anyway. That’s just mean or is it?
Here’s the question from the other website: who would win in a street fight..Dave Ward or Isaiah Carey??
LIL BOOSIE HANDS OUT THE BIRDS IN THE INSITE’S HOMETOWN!
He says it’s his way of giving back to the community. Tuesday rapper Lil Boosie hosted a “Thanksgiving giveaway”. A thousand turkeys were handed out at the Mckinley Alumni Center to needy families in our area. Lil Boosie, who’s real name is Torrence Hatch, stopped by during Easter and did something similar. He gave away a thousand bicycles, board games and school uniforms. Lil Boosie showed up Tuesday right after our cameras left. Organizers say he stayed and helped hand out the turkeys and talk to the people in line. They did give away all 1000 turkeys Tuesday.