Houston City Council Member Boykins hosted a special press conference to announce two major allocations of funds for the reconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and the purchase of a Solid Waste heavy trash collection vehicle.

During the last City Council meeting, Council Member Boykins was able to lead our city in a victorious milestone in receiving the approval of our Mayor and his colleagues in funding over $21 million towards the reconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, appropriated through METRO Projects Construction DDSRF, Street & Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF-A, and Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Funds. His goal is to highlight the valuable contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his legacy, as the city moves forward with the reconstruction and beautification of this major thoroughfare. With Juneteenth only a few days away, this is a great way to pay homage not only to Dr. King but also to our ancestors for how far we’ve come.

This particular reconstruction project will transform 7,400 linear feet of concrete pavement roadway with relative storm sewers, sidewalks, street lighting, and necessary underground utilities. There will also be improvements to drainage and the storm sewer system within and around the vicinity of the project limits.

The truck, which will be purchased with District D Council District Service Dollars, will be utilized within District D for areas with high levels of heavy and illegally dumped trash and debris collection, much of which occurs along MLK Blvd.

Council Member Boykins recognizes that illegal dumping is a serious issue that continues to plague many communities within the district. Illegal dumping detracts from the overall character of our neighborhoods and greatly impacts the quality of life for residents. Earlier this spring, Council Member Boykins took time to ride along with Solid Waste workers through the streets of District D. He led by example and did his part in helping to clean up heavy trash on the streets.

Last year, Council Member Boykins worked directly with our state representative to enact a bill increasing the fines for those who are caught illegal dumping. Our office then allocated funds for special signs that have been manufactured and placed throughout the District, which warn would-be dumpers “DISTRICT D SAYS DON’T DUMP ON HOUSTON” and highlights the maximum penalties.

The purchase of the Rearsteer Solid Waste truck is a continuation of Council Member Boykins’ efforts to combat illegal dumping and keep our communities safe and clean.


Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Major Offender’s Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspects responsible for an Aggravated Robbery – Deadly Weapon.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, at approximately 12:50 a.m., three suspects attempted to rob two victims in the parking lot of a gas station located in the 3700 block of South Gessner Road in Houston, TX. During this incident, the victims were exiting a gas station and were approached by three Hispanic male suspects demanding money. The victims noticed one of the suspects wielding a pistol and quickly ran to their vehicle in an effort to get away. This suspect fired several shot striking both doors on the victim’s vehicle. Both complainants managed to safely escape their attackers without being harmed. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction of travel.


In commemoration of 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy, the Houston Public Library will feature international and national award-winning author Elizabeth Nunez for its Houston Public Library Quarterly Reading Series program happening on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM. Nunez will discuss her latest novel “Even in Paradise” at the University of Houston’s Wortham Theater, 3351 Cullen Blvd., 77024. She will also be signing her book after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.gov or call 832-393-1652.

About the Book
“Even in Paradise” is a retelling of Shakespeare’s timeless tragic novel “King Lear” but with a bit of a spin. The story takes place in a more contemporary era and in the beautiful Caribbean islands.

Peter Ducksworth, a Trinidadian widower of English ancestry, retires to Barbados, believing he will find an earthly paradise there. He decides to divide his land among his three daughters while he is alive, his intention not unlike that of King Lear, who hoped “That future strife/May be prevented now.” But Lear made the fatal mistake of confusing flattery with love, and so does Ducksworth. Feeling snubbed by his youngest daughter, Ducksworth decides that only after he dies will she receive her portion of the land. In the meantime, he gives his two older daughters their portions, ironically setting in motion the very strife he hoped to prevent.

Beautifully written in elegant prose, this is a novel about greed, resentment, jealousy, betrayal, and romantic love in the postcolonial world of the Caribbean, giving us a diverse cast of characters of African, Indian, Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese, and English ancestry.

About the Author
Elizabeth Nunez immigrated to the United States from Trinidad after completing high school. She is the author of eight novels. “Boundaries” (PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction); “Anna In-Between” (long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Award and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal ); “Prospero’s Daughter” (2010 Trinidad and Tobago One Book, One Community selection; New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, 2006 Florida Center for the Literary Arts One Book, One Community selection, and 2006 Novel of the Year for Black Issues Book Review); “Bruised Hibiscus’ (American Book Award); “Discretion” (short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award); “Grace; Beyond the Limbo Silence” (Independent Publishers Book Award); and “When Rocks Dance.” Most of Nunez’s novels have also been published as audio books, and two are in translation, in Spanish and German. Nunez has also written several monographs of literary criticism published in scholarly journals, and is co-editor of the anthology, “Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Woman Writers at Home and Abroad.”

Nunez was co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, which she directed for eighteen years with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Reed Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She was executive producer for the 2004 Emmy nominated CUNY TV series, Black Writers in America. Her awards include 2013 National Council for Research on Women Outstanding Trailblazer Award; 2013 Caribbean American Distinguished Writer Award; 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Lifetime Literary Award; 2011 Barnes and Noble Poets and Writers, Writers for Writers Award. Nunez is a member of several boards, including the Center for Fiction, and CUNY TV. She is a judge for several national and international literary awards, including the Dublin IMPAC International Literary Award, and gives readings of her work across the country and abroad. Nunez received her PhD in English from New York University. She is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, the City University of New York, where she teaches creative writing, fiction.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org on Twitter @houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.

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Two people have been transported to the hospital after being hit at a Metro bus stop.

The two victims were waiting for a bus on St. Joseph Parkway and Travis when a car jumped the nearby parking lot curb hitting them.

Paramedics were called to the scene to get the bus riders medical treatment.

Metro released this statement to the Factor:

A privately owned vehicle jumped the curb at St Joseph Parkway and Travis striking two persons who were at the bus stop at that same location.   Both are being transported to St. Joseph Hospital via HFD with non-life threatening injuries. 


Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a series of sexual assaults dating from 2014.

The suspect, Marquis V. Tate (b/m, 33), is charged with eight counts of aggravated sexual assault in the 338th State District Court.  A photo of Tate is attached to this news release.

HPD Special Victims Division Sergeant W. Madden and Officer M. Fortson reported:

Officers investigating a possible serial rapist in the 5th Ward area identified 13 sexual assault cases with similar suspect and vehicle description and/or area of assault.  In five of those cases, DNA matches were determined, however, no known suspect was in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.  The case was further complicated by several victims either not wanting to pursue the case or being difficult to locate, with some having moved away from Houston or even out of Texas.  However, several possible suspects were identified and investigated.  One lead took officers to the Fort Worth area where a registered sex offender advised he had sold a vehicle described in multiple reports.

The former vehicle owner was able to provide officers with the new owner’s name and contact information, leading to the identification of Tate as a suspect in this case.  He has subsequently been linked either through DNA analysis or photo identification to seven cases.  He has been charged in those cases and, on June 1, he was arrested by HPD officers without incident at 1919 Runnels. 

It is believed he began targeting women in 2012, however from 2013-2014 there were no reported sex assaults matching his description.  Further investigation determined he was living out of state at that time.

It is also possible there may be additional victims.  HPD is asking anyone who believes she may have been sexually assaulted by Tate to contact the HPD Special Victims Division- Adult Sex Crimes Unit at 713-308-1180.












From steak and eggs to sea bass…Dolce Ultra Lounge and Bistro had it all in Cypress, TX Saturday evening.

The eatery and nightclub held a special event for members of the media to sample and review the new menu at the business.

Dolce owner Al Rucker recently hired acclaimed Chef Javani King to take over the kitchen.

King’s goal is to guide the restaurant to the next level when it comes to those who dine there.

The chef’s goal was definitely achieved with the great food.

Participants in the event dined on various food samples for at least three hours.

Here are just some of the attendees:

Jonathan Martin, JJ on the Mic, KG, Nakia Cooper, Sherry Williams, Rube Williams, Crystal Solomon, and Al Rucker just to name a few.

More about Dolce Ultra Lounge and Bistro:

18039 FM 529 Houston, Texas
Contact no: 832-427-1526





Jalelah Ahmed, Jalelah’s Mom, and Jonathan Martin

Rita Garcia


It was all about your favorite type of wine in the Woodlands Saturday night.

HEB sponsored a major wine tasting event with dozens of exhibitors who shared their favorite beverage with thousands of people who flowed into the Marriott.

But wine wasn’t the only thing on the menu.

There were also food samples passed out to participants at the affair.

Here are some of the people I captured on camera while making my rounds at the event.



Press Release: Fox26 recently reported that a criminal investigation is underway at a Rent-A-Center store in Houston’s Third Ward. This comes after store employees were caught dumping bed bug infested mattresses on the side of the road within the community. I am demanding accountability for the store manager’s behavior for allowing such actions to take place.


Last year, I collaborated with two of our State Representatives to pass House Bill 273, which increases the minimum number of days an individual will spend in confinement for an offense of illegal dumping. For the most serious offenses, this bill proposes that an individual spends a minimum of 12 days in jail & face up to $4,000 in fines. With this accomplished, I worked with the Public Works Department to create and place “No Illegal Dumping” signs, with the penalties identified, in key locations throughout District D.

I recognize that illegal dumping is a serious issue that continues to plague many communities because it detracts from the overall character of our neighborhoods & greatly impacts the quality of life for residents. I am committed to stopping illegal dumping at all costs.

Dwight Boykins

Avila, Jose

On Monday, November 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm, Jose Avila’s body was discovered under a bridge in the 5100 block of Ferris drive. Students walking through a grassy easement spotted his body. The location borders both Bellaire and Houston and is just one block from Bellaire High School. Avila’s whereabouts and activities just prior to his death are unknown at this time.






The murder is unsolved and police have no suspects at this time.

Jose Avila’s family and investigators are seeking the public’s help in solving this case.

If you have any information about this crime, or any other felony crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).