When All Hope was Seemingly Lost...Gloria Sanderson of Pioneer Bank Showed Up for Arthur J. Smith Sr. and His Family with a $15,000.00 dollar Check

Arthur Smith Sr., his wife Darlene Koffey Smith, son Arthur Smith III, also known as “Yung Giant”, Gloria Sanderson, SVP, CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Pioneer Bank are the featured individuals on the cover of “VERSION 1” of Houston Business Connections Magazine’s “2017 Year-End Review” edition. Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt is also featured on the cover of this version. Inside this edition, J.J. Watt shares how he plans to distribute the millions of dollars the J.J. Watt Foundation received in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé, Mattress Mack, Jim Crane, State Senator Borris L. Miles, State Rep. Shawn Thierry, Dr. Letitia Plummer, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge Christine Riddle Butts, Judge John Schmude, Judge Renee Magee, Attorney Sandra Peake, and Attorney Melanie Wilcox Flowers are just a few of the other distinguished individuals featured inside this edition. Houston Business Connections Magazine© is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. All Rights Reserved. Cover photo by: Kennedy Hall, Phillis Wheatley High School Journalism Department/Photographer

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 19TH, 2018


Gladys Knight is coming to Houston on Friday, January 19, 2018, for the Diamond Dreams Gala at Minute Maid Park

Held on the field at Minute Maid Park, the Diamond Dreams Gala features seven-time Grammy winner, Ms. Gladys Knight -The Empress of Soul, as well as Astros players and legends. The event benefits the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization combatting homelessness by providing housing and support services for those in need. In case you don’t know, The Astros Foundation supports local 501(c)3 nonprofits and their causes through fundraising events. They support organizations whose efforts benefit Youth Baseball/Softball, Education/Literacy, Childhood Cancer, Military and Quality of Life.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mixed Messages is a Commentary Written by Carroll G Robinson and Published inside Houston Business Connections Magazine©


Carroll G. Robinson, ESQ. is running for Chairman of Texas Coalition of Black Democrats. Please feel free to contact Carroll G. Robinson, ESQ. at (832)863-8092 or by email at Robinsoncarroll97@gmail.com to discuss this article. He’s pictured on the cover of this edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine© with distinguished leaders from Harris County, Texas. This magazine is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Please call (832)212-8735 for more information. Or you may call (281)788-3033 to speak directly to the publisher.


I am really worried and frustrated about this idea that for some reason in 2018 & 2020 some Democrats believe that the Party needs a different message for white working class voters than the message they have for Black Democrats and other people of color because of a difference in values. I find that idea somewhat insulting.

I can't speak for all Black people or other people of color, nor would I try to, but I know I want to be treated fairly by the police and government and I believe everyone in America wants and expects to be treated fairly as well.

I want to live a long and healthy life, with access to quality, affordable healthcare and good food and fresh fruits and vegetables (at an affordable price) in my neighborhood. Again, I believe other people, regardless of color, want the same things too.

I am willing to work hard and want equal access to good paying jobs and contracting opportunities as an entrepreneur to build a better life; turn income into wealth and ensure an opportunity to do better for my son and hopefully, my future grandchildren.

I believe all Americans want an opportunity to do better for themselves and their family.
Which Americans don't want such an opportunity? Which Americans want their children to be less successful than they are?

I am an educator, an immigrant, a naturalized citizen, and I know the value of a quality education, from both professional experience and a personal perspective. Which Americans don't want quality public schools in their neighborhoods? (Yes, some Black, Hispanic, Asian and white parents send their children to private and Charter Schools, but they still pay taxes that help fund and support public schools.)

Regardless of where our children go to school, parents (and grandparents) want them to be safe, healthy, get an education, be prepared for college and also be workforce ready. Taxpayers are willing to invest more in education, especially if it is to modernize our system to reflect the reality of a changing economy and the new workplace requirements for success in the emerging "gig" economy.

Which Americans want to miss out on the jobs and wealth opportunities of this new economic transformation? We don't need to leave anyone behind.

In the years ahead, retirement security will be a bigger issue than simply saving Social Security.  Democrats need to lead the way now in preparing for the impact of the elimination of private sector Define Benefit (DB) pension plans, the on-going assault on public sector DB pension plans and the reality that most people have little, if any, personal savings for retirement.

Which Americans want our children or senior citizens living in poverty or being homeless on our streets?

Finally, protecting the environment-environmental justice-and eliminating the negative health effects of pollution on children, senior citizens, families, and neighborhoods, are important, I believe, to all Americans. I could be wrong, but I hope no one wants to get sick or die early because of pollution that could be prevented.

Democrats don't need multiple messages, the party needs to focus on a core set of values then offer policy solutions to achieve those values. The policy ideas may vary from district to district or by region but they will grow out of one core set of values. The needs of black Americans are the needs of all Americans.


Please feel free to contact Carroll G. Robinson, ESQ. at (832)863-8092 or by email at Robinsoncarroll97@gmail.com to discuss this article.