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Texas NAACP backs request for federal intervention over voter-suppression catastrophe

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“If the goal of Senate Bill 1 truly is to secure elections, then we can and should be able to work together to accomplish that without disenfranchising minority or other voters.”

The Texas NAACP has strongly supported the request of the National NAACP and African-American State Legislators for federal intervention in the matter of the courageous Texas legislators who are utilizing legitimate means to fight against efforts to further marginalize African-American and Latino Texans and diminish their influence in Texas politics. “We noted with disappointment that our Governor has stated the Legislators will be “cabined,” and now a right-wing group has added to that message, calling for a bounty to be placed on them. To our horror, it appears as though the Democratic Legislators are being treated as runaway slaves,” Texas NAACP noted in a release.

This ordeal, the group lamented,  is turning back the hands of time in Texas neccessitates federal intervention. “If the goal of Senate Bill 1 truly is to secure elections, then we can and should be able to work together to accomplish that without disenfranchising minority or other voters. We embrace the concerns expressed by our National NAACP Office that actions to arrest, imprison, or cabin Texas lawmakers for their political beliefs constitute violations of the First, Fourth and Thirteenth Amendment Rights of these Legislators and 18 United States Code Section 241. The adding of this bounty enhances our concern and further clarifies why federal intervention is needed.” the group noted.

The request to the U.S. Justice Department is attached to this email.

 

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Court fails to reach final verdict on Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA Association’s civil lawsuit

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Interlocutory judgement handed down by Judge Mike Engelhart of 151st Judicial District of Harris County last week leaves feuding parties in the “Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA Association Inc. versus Carol Agu et al” in a seemingly no-victor-no-vanquish positions for now pending a final ruling.

According to court documents retrieved from the office of the District Clerk of Harris County (CAUSE NO. 201951430), the Plaintiffs are incorporated as a nonprofit entity named Otu-Umuokpu Anambra, USA Association, Inc. whereas the defendants are listed as one Carol Agu, Ebele Onwugaje, Otu-Umuokpu Anambra USA, Association Sugarland Branch Texas, Otu Umuokpu Anambra Inc. International, Sugarland and other unnamed stakeholders who may be acting on their behalf or as associates.

Prior to the partial verdict, a non-jury trial had commenced on August 3, 2021 and concluded with a closing arguments on August 12, 2021 to iron out allegations of Breach of contract, fraud, Conversion, threat of imminent harm and continue use of plaintiff’s name and likeness made against the defendant.

“This is a partial judgment. The Court must still consider any additional trademark issues or Texas state law issues or law or fact within its jurisdiction as it indicated it would do prior to the commencement of the non-jury trial.”

Though the court favors the Defendants on all of Plaintiff’s affirmative claims, it emphatically noted, “This is a partial judgment. The Court must still consider any additional trademark issues or Texas state law issues or law or fact within its jurisdiction as it indicated it would do prior to the commencement of the non-jury trial.”

Interlocutory judgement is a non-final decision made by a court between the time of filing and before there is a final judgment made. Interlocutory decrees are not final judgments because they do not settle all of the issues presented in the case. Also, they are only challengeable on appeal once there is a final judgment in the case because only the final judgment in a lawsuit can be appealed.

For complete information about this case, please contact the Office of Harris County District Clerk – Marilyn Burgess (Ref: CAUSE NO. 201951430).

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Texas Gov. Abbott – who recently tested positive for COVID-19 – issues executive order blocking vaccine mandates

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  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued another executive order doubling down on his banning of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

  • The order blocks the “mandating of any COVID-19 vaccinations by any government entity.”

  • Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday doubled down his banning of coronavirus vaccine mandates by issuing another executive order “maintaining the current policy prohibiting the mandating of any COVID-19 vaccinations by any government entity” in the Lone Star State.

The new order blocks governments from mandating vaccinations, even if the COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, casting doubt on whether Abbott’s previous July executive order – which said businesses and government entities cannot mandate COVID-19 vaccines under “emergency use authorization” – would apply.

The Republican governor – who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but tested positive for the virus last week – also asked the state legislature’s special session agenda to discuss legislation around vaccine mandates and what exemptions should apply.

“Vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas,” Abbott said in a statement.

Abbott’s order comes as coronavirus cases, fueled by the highly tranmissible Delta variant, contine to surge across the country, especially in Texas.

The executive order states: “No governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.”

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Monsieur Walzer, International Celebrity-Makeup Artist Dies at 55

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Monsieur Walzer is the founder of The MW Face, an outfit that catered to the beauty needs of women of color

International celebrity-makeup artist and the MW Face Founder, Monsieur Walzer has died. Childhood friend Dwayne Raymond said, “He died peacefully surrounded by his village.” He was 55.

A native Houstonian with a global vision, Walzer founded The MW Face, in Southwest Houston. For over 30 years, he and his team catered to the beauty needs of women of color, specializing in make-up and hair.

His passion for bridal make-up artistry had positioned him as one of the most sought-after make-up artists for weddings in the United States.

An extensive background in the beauty industry, who stayed current on all the latest trends, Walzer’s mission was to help his clients achieve their beauty desires while delivering impeccable customer service.

“Monsieur was a consummate professional and his work was impeccable,” says Kristen Broussard, editor-in-chief of Bliss the Magazine, a bridal publication for women of color. “His unique style of make-up artistry gave the models in my magazine an air of sophistication, which matched the tone of the editorial exactly.”

For the past 15 years, Walzer was the official MUA for the Helpppp Agency Group (HAG) and RCM Media Productions during NBA All-Star Weekend at All-Star Gospel Celebration, Oscar week at Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards, and Grammy® week at theMic (music’s inspiration celebration).

“Oprah had Andre, and I had Monsieur,” exclaims Tomeka B. Holyfield, Founder of HAG and Executive Producer of RCM Media Productions.

He trained some of the best artists in the business and represented some of the most revered and respected companies in the cosmetics industry, including Estee Lauder, Fashion Fair, Iman, Flori Roberts, and Christian Dior.

Rhonda Lynn Jenkins, Founder of Sparkles of Life, Inc., where Walzer was the founding board member and advisor, said, “His attention to detail is unbelievable and the level of personal service is a gift.”

Some of the celebrities touched by Walzer’s talents include Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph; Tichina Arnold; Regina King; Gloria Reuben, and Kate Walsh; Tom Arnold; Entertainment Tonight’s, Kevin Frazier; Saturday Night Live’s, Molly Shannon; gospel trio Trin-i-tee 5:7, gospel soloist Kathy Taylor, award winning Gospel Saxophonist Angélla Christie; and Pastor Paula White.

Besides serving as a makeup artist, he was an account executive for L’Oreal USA in the Dermablend Division.

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