CNN Personalities In Houston to Premiere New Show
October 13, 2010

Is debt really a bigger problem than racism in America?

That’s just one of the more provocative questions examined in CNN’s newest Black in America special, “Almighty Debt.”

CNN selected Houston as one of the cities to premiere the documentary, which examines how families and churches are grappling with the impact of unemployment, foreclosures and debt on the African-American community.

Last night, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN analyst (and Houston native) Roland Martin, along with CNN business correspondent Stephanie Elam were in Houston to promote the show and examine possible solutions. Pastor DeForest Soaries, who makes the inflammatory statement about racism and debt in the show, was also here.


By the way, O’Brien was hobbling around on crutches. She told me she hurt her knee after falling off her horse. Ouch. Nevertheless, she was in great spirits and friendly to everyone who wanted to shake her hand or snap a photo.

The  Houston Museum of  Natural Science IMAX theater was packed with people who wanted to get a sneak peek at the show and participate in a discussion after the viewing.

Some of those attending included, host Francis Page of  Style Magazine, Goodwille Pierre and city of Houston controller Ronald Green, who also participated in a panel discussion after the crowd watched excerpts from the show.

Almighty Debt – A black in America Special debuts Thursday, October 21 on CNN.

Finally, a special shout-out to students of  HISD’s Jack Yates High School Journalism program. 

Roland Martin is a graduate of the program and many of the students attended the event to interview people and put together stories like real working journalists.

2010 Census Expo honors Jack Yates High School National Championship Basketball Team
April 6, 2010

Pictured are: Ronald Mumphrey, Councilmember Wanda Adams, Judson Robinson, CNN Analyst Roland Martin, Reginald Martin, Carl Davis and HISD Trustee Paula Harris 
The Mayor’s 2010 Census Houston Counts Committee along with the National Leadership Conference on Civil Rights hosted a 2010 Census Expo at the HEB-Scott St location to provide assistance to anyone in completing the census forms. Honoring the Jack Yates High School Championship Basketball Team along with CNN Analyst Roland Martin it was the place to be. As the number one team in the nation autographed census posters the community waited hours to get and autograph and get census assistance.  Joining the team as they were honored was Houston’s Count Representative and Gospel Music Advocate Carl Davis, Councilmember Wanda Adams, HISD Trustee Paula Harris, Judson Robinson III and Yates Principal Ronald Mumphrey and Coach Greg Wise.