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


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, March 11, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: The 13th Annual MLK Battle of The Bands Competition Houston will Take Place On Sat., January 18, 2014

The 13Th Annual MLK Battle of The Bands Competition -Houston Will Be Held on Sat., Jan. 18, 2014 at Houston's Joe Kelly Butler Stadium Located at 13755 Main Street

Visit: http://www.mlkgrandeparade.org for more information. The MLK Battle Of The Bands Competition-Houston Is One Of The Largest High School Show Band Competitions In The U.S. That Features Sixteen (16) Nationally Acclaimed And Award Winning Marching Bands From Across The Nation. The 2014 Event Will Be Held On Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ Houston's Joe Kelly Butler Stadium And Will Begin @ 4:00 PM. This Is A Must See Family Event That You Don't Want To Miss. To learn more about the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration  call: 713-953-1633 today!

Special "Thank You" from U.S. Congressman Al Green
“I am proud that we Houstonians have once again shown our admiration for the many accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King as well as our dedication to celebrating his legacy. Thank you for your commitment to making the 2013 MLK Grande Parade such a success. I trust that we will continue using this holiday as an opportunity for us to reflect on the story and the numerous contributions of Dr. King. Let us also continue to remember the many other unsung heroes and heroines who sacrificed while seeking positive societal change. ‘Keep the Dream Alive.’” 

Special "Thank You" from Constable May Walker
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the thousands of participants and partners that made the 19th Annual MLK Grande Parade the best it can be. Houstonians have once again, demonstrated the importance of reflecting on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a legacy that has impacted the whole of humanity. His efforts and sacrifices has touched lives across all ethnic, cultural, and spiritual beliefs; and indeed His dream has become a reality.”

8th Annual MLK Youth Parade

Date: January 18, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Check-In Time: 10:00 AM
Check-In Point: Near Houston Community College Central Campus
Parade Route: Originate In Mid-Town @ San Jacinto St. & Elgin N/B On San Jacinto St To Webster St
Length Of Parade Route: 0.7 Mi
Duration Of Parade: 1.5 Hrs

Register Now!

13th Annual Battle of the Bands Competition

Date: January 18, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Joe Kelly Butler Stadium
Location: 13755 South Main Street-Houston, Texas-77035
Check-In Time: 2:00 PM
Check-Point: Butler Stadium(Visitors Parking Lot On The Eastside Of Stadium)
Lunch Time: 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
March Into Stadium: 3:45 PM

Register Now!

20th Annual MLK Grande Parade & PreEvent Activities

Date: January 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Check-In Time: 8:00 AM
Check-In Point: Near Houston Community College Central Campus
Parade Route: Originate In Mid-Town @ San Jacinto St & Elgin Street N/B On San Jacinto To Webster St
Length of Parade Route: 1.0 Mi
Duration of Parade: 2.0 Hrs

Register Now!


44 Thoughts To Ponder For This Month

Here is the list of the (44) forty-four individuals included in this "Special Issue" of Your Thought Matters Newspaper. If you feel a calling to reach our world with your words of encouragement or reporting of positive information I'd like to discuss your inclusion in our next issue. Your Thought Matters Newspaper is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communication. For more information call 832.212.8735 today!

1.) Mayor Allen Owen
2.) Pastor Mia Wright
3.) Gallery Furniture
4.) Stephanie Boutte-Phillips
5.) Ashley Washington
6.) Joyce Meyer Ministries
7.) Georgia D. Provost
8.) Yolanda Denise Fontenot
9.) Pastor Paula White
10.) Donald Williams
11.) Roslyn Bazzelle
12.) Apostle Valencia Mashiach Williams
13.) Matchmaker Amber Neal
14.) Les Brown
15.) Pastor Jamal Bryant
16.) Bishop James Dixon, II
17.) State Rep. Ron Reynolds
18.) Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell
19.) John Cage
20.) Dr. D Ivan Young
21.) Creflo A. Dollar
22.) Evang Cassandra Taylor
23.) Elizabeth DeLeon Howard
24.) Rudy & Juanita Rasmus, and Tina Knowles
25.) Bishop James Dixon, II
26.) Jennifer Galaway
27.) Anella Spiller Coleman
28.) Carlondria Dixon
29.) Leslie TopRealtor Hall
30.) Tammi Matthews-Durden
31.) Lisa “Ladyle” Ricardo
32.) Rhonda Williams Thornton
33.) Michael Bunch
34.) Michaeline Yanascavage
35.) Yuri Solomon
36.) Cheron K. Griffin
37.) Diedre Colson
38.) Yogi Matthews
39.) Vannessa Wade
40.) Joel Osteen Ministries
41.) T.D. Jakes Ministries
42.) Constable May Walker
43.) Congressman Al Green
44.) Bishop K J Brown Ministries