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The 2022 Midterm Elections – African American News and Issues

The 2022 midterm elections have been the election that many have waited for. A lot was at stake and if the election results showed anything for Texas, is that Texas is far from turning blue.

One of the biggest races for Texas was the race for Governor between Greg Abott and Beto O’Rourke. Texas decided that it wants to keep the conservative views of Abott. Even with the events surrounding Uvalde, where 19 students and two teachers died at Robb Elementary School, and the abortion laws that recently passed, this still wasn’t enough to keep Abbott out of office.  Abott said, “We started this campaign in South Texas, we celebrated my primary victory in South Texas and tonight we return to South Texas to celebrate my being your governor for four more years.” Who knows what these next four years will hold.

One of the results many are waiting on is who will control the Senate? The republicans control the house, but results are still pending for if Democrats or Republicans will take the majority. Georgia is a key state that will be a major factor as the senate race is headed for a runoff in December between Senator Raphael Warnock (DEM) and Herschel Walker (REP), the former NFL player who has been in recent controversy regarding the two abortions he paid for, false claims about his business and education, and domestic violence allegations.

Trump has been a major supporter of Walker and has been very active in helping those like Walker campaign. Trump, who has yet to officially announce his run for the presidential bid in 2024 is strategizing for his “comeback.” A major win for democrats is John Fetterman (DEM), who flipped the seat when he defeated Dr. Memet Oz, who was “Trumps chosen candidate.” This was a great win for democrats as everyone is waiting on the results of Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia. Depending on who will take majority, this could impact President Biden’s plans for the rest of his presidency.

When it comes to Harris County, there were a lot of democrats who won their seats. According to Harris Votes, there were 2,575, 270 registered voters as of October 27, 2022. How many of you registered voters actually went to vote? One of the major races for Harris County was Harris County judge. Lina Hidalgo won after a close race with Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer, who had a lot of major supporters like Mattress Mack who poured a lot of money into her campaign. The Democratics in Harris County did well this election winning key seats, and it has been said that Beto O’Rourke “won the county by more than nine percentage points over Governor Greg Abott.”

Regardless of the outcomes from this election, there are still many issues that this country still must resolve. For one, we are still a nation that is more divided than ever. We are a state that is divided more than ever. There are still many issues surrounding racism, women’s rights, inflation, gun control and so much more.

 

Texas-State Major Races

 

Harris County Major Races

 

Tarrant County Major Races

 

Bexar County Major Races

 

Greg Abbott (REP)-Governor

Dan Patrick (REP)-Lieutenant Governor

Ken Paxton-Texas Attorney General (REP)

Glen Hegar (REP)-TX Comptroller

Dawn Buckingham (REP)-TX Land Commissioner

Sid Miller (REP)- TX Agriculture Commissioner

Wayne Christian (REP)-TX Railroad Commissioner

Lina Hidalgo (DEM)-Harris County Judge

Marilyn Burgess (DEM)-Harris County District Clerk

Teneshia Hudspeth (DEM)-Harris County Clerk

Carla L. Wyatt (DEM)-Harris County Treasurer

 

Tim O’Hare (REP)-Tarrant County Judge

Phil Sorrells (REP)-District Attorney

Alisa Simmons (DEM)-Commissioner Precinct 2

Manny Ramirez (REP)-Commissioner Precinct 4

 

Peter Sakai (DEM)-Bexar County Judge

Joe Gonzales (DEM)-Bexar County District Attorney

Luke Warford (DEM)-Railroad Commissioner

Mary Lou Alvarez (DEM/Inc.)-Texas 45rth District Court Judge Bexar County

Michael Mery (DEM/Inc.)-Texas 144th District Court Judge Bexar County

 

 

 

 

 


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“The Sound Of Music” Tickets For KL Shows Now On Sale!

Musicals are one of the best stress relievers on earth. It features singing, dancing and a whole lot of entertainment. Did you know that watching a live performance can have the same impact on your heart as almost half an hour of cardio exercise?

Good news for you, because for the first time ever, the world’s most beloved musical – “The Sound Of Music” – is finally coming to Malaysia. With a stunning cast, this musical would definitely be “Something Good”! 

The unique part of this musical is that it will be performed by extraordinary Broadway cast members – Jill Christine Wiley as Maria, Trevor Martin as Captain Von Trapp, and Lauren Kidwell as Mother Abbess – alongside 17 talented Malaysian child actors!

Viewers can expect a great show with these three as the main cast. Because collectively, they have years of experience and have done numerous shows like “Sweeney Todd”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “White Christmas” and the list goes on. The talented children are also something you should definitely look forward to!

If you don’t already know, “The Sound Of Music” is an uplifting true story based on the 1949 memoir of Maria Von Trapp – The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. This production tells the story of a governess who changed the lives of widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music during the outbreak of World War II.

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The original 1959 Broadway production of “The Sound Of Music” won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a Grammy Award for Best Show Album, and was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s biggest success. The 1965 movie, starring Julie Andrews, won five Oscars including Best Picture and remains one of the most popular movies of all time.

Ticket pricing starts from RM320 for the Category D seats, while the highest is RM630 for the Premium seats. Prices also vary depending on the day. Additionally, do bear in mind that these prices don’t include the processing fee of 6%.

The musical, with its amazing family-centric story, will premiere in Istana Budaya this 27th December and will run until 15th January 2023. Head on to the link right here to secure your tickets.

Puteri Teja contributed to this article.

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2 people shot near barbershop in Hackensack, New Jersey

HACKENSACK, New Jersey (WABC) — Police are investigating after two people were shot near a barbershop in New Jersey.

The shooting happened Saturday around 5 p.m. at Essex Street and Lehigh Street in Hackensack, according to police.

When officers arrived at the scene they found two men who had been shot.

It is unclear who the shooter or the intended target was, but officers quickly closed off the street and began searching for evidence on the sidewalk.

A restaurant owner just a few doors down did not want to be identified but told Eyewitness News she heard gunshots and there was concern, but thankfully no one else was hurt.

The condition of the gunshot victims is currently unknown.

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Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams: Live Stream, Score Updates and How to Watch NFL | 11/12/2022

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How do the Los Angeles Rams get there?

The Los Angeles Rams are coming off two straight losses and have won only one of their last five games. In their last game they were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-13. They are currently at the top of the National Conference standings with three wins and five losses and third in the NFC West, ahead of their next rival, Arizona;

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How are the Arizona Cardinals doing?

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off two consecutive losses and have lost four of their last five games. In their last game they lost at home against the Seattle Seahawks. Right now in the National Conference standings they are with three wins and six losses in the 14th position and are in the last position of the NFC West, although with the same wins as the Los Angeles Rams, who have one more game;

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Background

A total of 45 times the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams have faced each other, with a favorable balance for the Los Angeles Rams who have won 25 times, while the Arizona Cardinals have won 20 times. The last time they met was on September 25 when the Los Angeles Rams won 12-20, and they have also won the last three games and 11 of the last 12 meetings;

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Venue: The match will be played at Sofi Stadium, located in Los Angeles, which was inaugurated in 2020 and has a capacity for 70,000 spectators.

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Preview of the match

The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams will face off in the NFL’s Round 10 matchup;
 

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Senators beat Flyers in Giroux’s return to halt skid but lose Chabot

It wasn’t all good news for Ottawa, as defenceman Chabot exited the game after a hard hit from behind by Travis Konecny.

For 14 seasons, Philadelphia Flyers fans were used to seeing Claude Giroux set up a pair of goals and helping his team win a game.

On Saturday, Nov. 12 they saw it again, but for the first time it didn’t help the Flyers. Giroux had two assists in his return to Philadelphia, Alex DeBrincat scored a pair of power-play goals and the Ottawa Senators snapped a seven-game winless streak by beating the Flyers 4-1.

Giroux was greeted with a standing ovation that extended for several minutes, which Giroux admitted was a bit uncomfortable.

“I get very awkward with standing ovations like that,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do.”

As appreciative as he was, once the puck dropped, it was clear he was with a new team and helped set up Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot for a goal.

In the third period, Giroux, while quarterbacking the power play, made a pass off the end boards to DeBrincat on the far side of the net, who jammed it in for his second goal of the game and fourth of the season.

While many in attendance had seen that pass hundreds of times, Giroux admitted that, in this case, it wasn’t his intention.

“I’d like to say yes, it was, but that pass was intended for (Derrick Brassard) and missed. So, I can’t take the credit for it,” Giroux said.

Giroux has 14 points in 14 games with the Senators after signing with them in the offseason.

It wasn’t all good news for Ottawa, as defenceman Chabot exited the game after a hard hit from behind by Travis Konecny. The hit occurred early in the third period. Chabot did not return and there was no immediate word of his status after the game.

DeBrincat netted his first goal also on a power play. Tim Stutzle and Brady Tkachuk set him up with a well-executed tic-tac-toe pass that found DeBrincat alone at the side of the net for an easy tap-in tally.

The Flyers took three consecutive penalties — the first two late in the second period and then another early in the third period — leading to two Ottawa goals.

“They called three penalties on them and none on us,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “At the end of the night, they’re going to even out. Those are needless penalties. We had the puck on all three of them. That changes the whole complexion of the game.”

Stutzle added an empty-net goal and Cam Talbot made 37 saves for the Senators, who won for the first time in nearly three weeks.

Kevin Hayes broke the ice with his third goal of the season in the first period, banging home the rebound of a Travis Konecny shot to give the Flyers an early lead. But Talbot was stout the rest of the way, besting Flyers’ goalie Carter Hart. Hart had 23 saves and has allowed six goals in his last two starts after yielding just 16 in his first seven appearances.

 




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Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has unleashed the worst of human nature

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By MARC H. MORIAL

National Urban League

 

“It is possible that users assumed that language use that could potentially cause a ban or suspension on the platform in the past was no longer a concern. Additionally, anticipation of an unmoderated platform was potentially a source of excitement for certain Twitter users. By sharing epithets, it suggests that certain users were celebrating a reduction in perceived speech constraints on the platform. Regardless, the data conclusively shows that there is correlation between Musk’s arrival and a broader perceived acceptability to posted hostile content on Twitter.”

 

– Montclair State University Center for Strategic Communication study, From the Tweets to Hate Speech: Increases in Twitter Racist Content After Elon Musk’s Acquisition

 

In the 12 hours after Elon Musk purchased Twitter, the use of the n-word spiked by 500%.

ADL’s Center on Extremism identified a coordinated campaign to spread antisemetic content, launched by users of the largely unmoderated 4chan message board, that resulted in more than 1,200 antisemetic tweets and retweets in the 24 hours after Musk’s takeover.

Musk himself posted a conspiracy theory about the attempted murder of Paul Pelosi; the tweet was shared and liked tens of thousands of times before he deleted it.

This painful and shocking increase in hate prompted me, along with NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, and National Action Network President and Founder Rev. Al Sharpton, to request a meeting with Musk to address our concerns and to understand his plan to protect our communities from abuse by those who seek not simply to express controversial views, but to harm us and undermine democracy.

In our letter to Musk, we wrote, “In flippantly declaring that, ‘the bird is freed,’ you might have unwittingly freed people to unleash the worst of human nature with communities of color and religious minorities bearing the greatest burden.”

We share Musk’s professed belief in the importance of free speech, but the fact remains that online hate speech, misinformation, and disinformation, posted by users intent on sowing social and political chaos, have grave consequences for democracy, civil rights and public safety.

The white supremacist who murdered 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket in May was inspired by conspiracy theories posted on 4chan. Content on white supremacist websites fueled the massacre of nine Black worshippers at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church in 2015. The accused attacker of Paul Pelosi, the subject of Musk’s own false tweet, had posted “a mix of bloody images and hateful screeds aimed at a variety of targeted groups including Jewish, Black and trans people, as well as Democrats,” according to The Washington Post.

“Whether you realize it or not, as the new leader of Twitter, you have new responsibilities, and one of those responsibilities is to ensure your platform is not used to harm people and the nation as a whole,” we wrote to Musk. “Another responsibility is to ensure your own words and behavior do not cause harm, especially to the communities of color and other underserved communities who have been long time users and who have made the company what it is today. You have not shown a willingness to meet these responsibilities thus far, but we have hope and are willing to work with you do so in the future.”

Twitter needs strong content moderation standards to foster a safe and healthy online environment. Yet Musk plans to fire fully half of the platform’s workforce, according to Bloomberg.

“We strongly urge you to maintain content moderation teams that are tasked with creating and implementing policies that provide a baseline for prohibiting content designed to threaten and harass people of color and religious minorities and suppress votes,” we wrote. “Indeed, we encourage you to strengthen these policies as there has been a rise in dangerous rhetoric and violent acts that threaten our communities’ ability to vote and otherwise fully participate in our society without fear for our safety.”

Lapses in content moderation are especially concerning with the midterm elections just days away. National security officials fear misinformation campaigns could ignite violence at the polls on Election Day. Disinformation campaigns waged on Twitter and Facebook in 2016 and 2020 sought to depress Black voter turnout and sow social and political discord.

We wrote, “We implore you to show immediate leadership by directly addressing the spike in hate speech that occurred over the weekend and to discourage vigorously and clearly those who would be influenced by your voice from using such speech in the future and from engaging in violence against anyone.”

 

Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League. He can be reached through https://nul.org.


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Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez defeats Trump ally Joe Kent in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District

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Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez, who owns an autoshop, has won a seat previously held by a Republican. Photo courtesy of the Gluesenkamp Pérez campaign

Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez has defeated Joe Kent, a far-right Republican endorsed by former President Trump, delivering a major upset in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, the Associated Press reported Saturday night.

Why it matters: Gluesenkamp Pérez’s win will turn the district in southwest Washington blue for the first time in 12 years, giving Democrats an important pickup as they fight to limit GOP gains in Congress.

  • It also comes as another blow to Trump, whose handpicked candidates have lost or struggled in many races nationwide.

The latest: Gluesenkamp Pérez, who lives in rural Skamania County and owns an auto shop in Portland, was leading Kent by a narrow margin on Saturday afternoon, according to the Washington secretary of state’s office.

  • The AP called the race on the fifth day of vote counting in the all-mail election.

The big picture: Glusenkamp Pérez will succeed U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who lost her primary earlier this year. Herrera Beutler was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Catch up quick: On the campaign trail, Gluesenkamp Pérez, an auto repair shop owner, repeatedly argued that Kent held extreme views that would make it difficult for him to accomplish much in Congress.

Abortion was another flashpoint in the race, with Gluesenkamp Pérez arguing that Kent’s anti-abortion stance would endanger women.

  • The candidates also clashed over immigration, with Kent wanting to end the issuance of work visas to immigrants and Gluesenkamp Pérez calling the idea “economic sabotage.”

Flashback: After the 2020 election, Kent was a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the results in Washington state, alleging without evidence that votes were flipped, removed or added. A federal judge dismissed that claim last year.

What they’re saying: In a statement Saturday, Gluesenkamp Pérez said that “Joe Kent’s candidacy gave voice to some of the darkest impulses in our politics,” including “xenophobia and authoritarianism.”

  • “Southwest Washington looked them straight in the eye and said no — not here, not now, not ever,” she said.
  • Kent, meanwhile, proclaimed on Twitter that “this is not over.” He said his team is continuing to work to “cure” ballots that were rejected because of a signature mismatch or other issue.
  • “What the media says is irrelevant … The fight goes on while the talking heads talk,” he tweeted.
  • Kent has previously said he will accept the results of the Nov. 8 election.




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Dusk Music Festival kicks off this weekend

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Music rips through the heart of downtown Tucson as the annual Dusk Music Festival begins this weekend. Hundreds of people, bands and businesses pack into the area near Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

“It’s such a release,” Aaron Lindsey, one of the festival goers, said. “It’s not every day that you get to stand in front of a stage with like minded people who like the same music.”

If there’s a music festival somewhere, Lindsey said he’s there. He said he’s looking forward to Dusk and all the different bands that are performing there.

“This is more of a mixed vibe, you get music from all different genres,” he said.

For Aaron Hise and his son Aaden, they were invited by a friend to film a live art exhibit and they had a chance to walk around the festival, a perfect way to celebrate Aaden’s birthday.

“People told me a lot of this lights up so it’s really cool,” Hise said. “He gets the awesome distinguishment of being a vip at an awesome show.”

But it doesn’t just impact people’s ears. Local business owners like the Kenneth Foy, the chef at Daunte’s Fire, said it’s a great way to grow their restaurant and connect with the community.

“Last year we made 10 thousand dollars in two days so it’s impactful,” he said. “We have tons of comfort food that’s perfect for this time of year.”

Dusk will continue through Saturday, November 12th at 11pm.

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New Jersey’s Favorite Self-Care Activity May Shock You

We’re all so used to being on the go nonstop that we forget to find time for ourselves throughout the day. I know this all too well and honestly, I want to consciously make an effort to implement more self-care tactics into my routine.

The gurus on Instagram make it look so easy when you’re scrolling and come across those “day in my life” posts where they claim they wake up at 6 am, workout, do an hour of yoga, 45 minutes of meditation, journal, and go to therapy all while eating healthy in one day.

To me, having a schedule like this isn’t doable and I’m not even a parent or homeowner yet. Once you pass that threshold where you have to care for a house and/or children, most of your self-care tactics go right out of the window. On top of all of the normal stresses of everyday life, we’re in a tough spot with the holidays coming up.

I say this all the time, the holiday season is THE most stressful time of year and it’s so easy to not make time for yourself, but we’re all going to come together and change that, NJ! If you aren’t doing any sort of self-care during your week, you should try to take New Jersey’s Most Popular Self-Care activity and implement it into your daily routine.

Trust me, it isn’t anything super fancy or anything and is extremely doable. If you want to get into the most popular self-care routine in our state, all you have to do is journal.

Journaling is such a good way to decompress after a stressful day and apparently, so many New Jersey residents agree! I thought this was so funny because New Jersey is known for being loud and expressing their opinions and journaling requires you to keep your thoughts private.

It’s not only in New Jersey, journaling is apparently one of the most favored self-care tactics in the entire country. 34 other states agree! The more you know.

NJ Restaurants Featured on The Food Network That Are Now CLOSED

I did a little research and found out that these once “seen on tv” restaurants aren’t open anymore.

Best Noodle Shops In Mercer County, NJ

There are plenty of restaurants right in our area that have killer ramen, pho, lo mein, etc. These are just a few of the best!




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