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Ask  Yolanda Adams what she loves about her music and ministry.  The answer is as warm, embracing, and reflective as her songs.  “The music brings joy.  I truly believe that my songs bring the answers and the solutions, as opposed to just talking about the problems.  My music at its core is joyful.”


Joyful, uplifting, inspiring, affirmative, exuberant, playful, and universal in its appeal and intention – that is the music of Yolanda Adams.  The message and ministry of this Grammy-winning Gospel/Adult Contemporary superstar is abundant with love, faith, rhythm, and wisdom.  It is delivered by one of the most persuasive and popular voices in contemporary Gospel.  Working with some of the biggest names in pop, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel, Yolanda Adams’ career has been marked by a string of hugely successful albums, sold-out tours, standout TV appearances, and a desire to incorporate into her music a multitude of genres and influences.

“It’s vitally important to keep growing now that people know me and my music,” she says.  “We’ve been blessed enough to impact so many lives, both in and out of the typical gospel market, so on each album it’s important to keep reaching outward so that even more people can get inspiration from what we do.  Luckily, I don’t have to be anybody but Yolanda, because people don’t expect me to be anything other than who I am.  For an artist, it’s a great place to be.”


A lifelong resident of Houston, Texas, Yolanda grew up in a household filled with spirit, soul, and songs.  Her mother studied music, and Yolanda and her five younger siblings heard everything from jazz to classical to rhythm and blues.  She soaked up the sounds of gospel legends James Cleveland and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, jazz icon Nancy Wilson, and pop/R&B great Stevie Wonder.  That wide swath of sonic textures, combined with years in the church choir, would guide Yolanda – both as a performer and a person.

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In order to provide some clarity on the facts surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, here are some of the facts:

  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35% of those who signed up are under 35 years old and 28% are between 18 and 34 years old.
  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by being able to stay on their parents plan.
  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.
  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside of the Marketplace, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate.
  • Health care costs are growing at the slowest level on record: Since the law passed, real per capita health care spending is estimated to have grown at the lowest rate on record for any 3-year period and less than 1/3 the long-term historical average stretching back to 1960. This slower growth in spending is reflected in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.
  • CBO projects the national deficit will shrink more and premiums will be lower than expected: CBO previously estimated that the ACA will reduce the deficit by $1.7 Trillion over two decades, and recently, the CBO concluded that lower-than-expected Marketplace premiums and other recent developments will cut $104 Billion from our deficit over the next 10 years. The CBO report also projects that lower-than-expected premiums will help to save $5 Billion this year, and that lower premiums will persist in the years ahead, remaining 15% below projections by 2016 (the only year in which the CBO provides a precise estimate).
  • Medicare spending growth is down: Medicare per capita spending is growing at historically low rates. This week, for the 5th straight year, the CBO reduced its projections for Medicare spending over the next 10 years –  this time by $106 Billion. CBO projects that Medicare and Medicaid costs in 2020 will be $180 Billion below its 2010 estimates. Recent economic research suggests that the ACA’s reforms to Medicare may have “spillover effects” that reduce costs and improve quality across the health care system, not just in Medicare.
  • Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions- including up to 17 million children- no longer have to worry about being denied health coverage or charged higher premiums because of their health status.
  • 71 million Americans with private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as mammograms, birth control or immunizations in 2011 and 2012.
  • In 2013, 37 million people with Medicare received at least one preventive service at no out of pocket cost.
  • Approximately 60 million Americans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections.
  • Since the health care law was enacted, almost 8 million seniors have saved nearly $10 Billion on prescription drugs as the health care law closes Medicare’s”donut hole.”
  • 105 million Americans will no longer have to be concerned about having their health benefits cut off after they reach a lifetime limit.


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It is with a heavy heart that the Texas Legislative Black Caucus mourns the passing of one of the most iconic and transformative civil rights activists the world has ever seen, former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95.


Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, fought tirelessly to ensure that we as a human race, both aspired to and brought about the reality of equality, in his native of South Africa and on a much larger scale, the world at large. As a man willing to sacrifice for his convictions; his humility, grace, steeled determination and vision never wavered, even as he endured more than 27 years of imprisonment solely for his ideals to make South Africa a truly free and open society for all.


His contributions so vast and comprehensive that they include the peaceful transition from an Apartheid South African government into a functioning, inclusive democratic government, which is the true hallmark of his genius.


Few others in history have ever made the impact on the world that he has. Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Mandela all shared the mantle of true statesman & humanitarians in the pantheon of great leaders.


Fortunately enough, members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus were able to visit South Africa recently to see up close, how Mandela has helped make the country a “Rainbow Nation”.


While we will cherish the memory and legacy that Mandela has left, let us never forget what Mandela taught us, which is that we can never rectify the injustices in our society without great sacrifice, persistence, and a tireless dedication to what is right & just.


The Texas Legislative Black Caucus truly appreciates all of the great people in attendance at the 2013 African American Legislative Summit. As native Texans and new friends from South Africa gathered for an amazing time, over 3,000 attendees were present during the 2013 African American Legislative Summit. From highly acclaimed international guests, rising young leaders from across the United States, and world-class comedians and performers; the Summit was a sight no one wanted to miss! Most importantly, none of this was possible without all of the wonderful people in attendance and for that the Texas Legislative Black Caucus thanks you dearly! Thanks again for all your kind support and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2015!!

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Join Us at Nelson Mandela International Day on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 4p to 6p in the State Fair Hall of State located at 3939 Grand Avenue in Fair Park, Dallas TX. FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

On July 18th, North Texans will join the world to salute one of history’s most revered human rights activists, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for his efforts to end South African apartheid. Prisoner 46664 (Nelson Mandela) spent much of that time in the Robben Island facility. Following his release, in South Africa’s first free election, he was voted President of the new democratic country.

In 2009, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 18th as Nelson Mandela International Day.

State Representative Helen Giddings is proudly leading the effort in Texas this year. Helen is the Honorary Consul from South Africa to Texas. South African Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Ebrahim Rasool, has appointed Ms. Giddings to head up the celebration. The day is called, “It’s In Your Hands” and will encourage a call to service for all Texans. Everyone is asked to volunteer 67 minutes of their day, on July 18th, to volunteer to help others. An ambitious goal of 1 million volunteer minutes has been established for North Texas. For 67 years, Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Peace prize winner, devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

Here in North Texas, the day will be filled with public service followed by a rousing celebration and salute to organizations and volunteers at the State Fair Hall of State in Dallas. The celebration is designed to inspire all people to embrace the values shared by Nelson Mandela.

Come out and join us, as we celebrate the legacy of a true living legend.

The event, which is free to the public, will be on Thursday, July 18th from 4p to 6p in the State Fair Hall of State, located at 3939 Grand Avenue in Fair Park, Dallas TX.

For more information, please contact: Rochelle Brown, 214.476.3579 or Brandalyn Rodgers, 972.224.6795.


Dear Friends:

The 2013 African American Legislative Summit hosted by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus is almost here! Register here for free before it is too late! Check Out the 2013 Summit Agenda Here!


Make sure that you come and join us in Austin, Texas on February 25th & 26th for an forgettable Summit. With a wide range of riveting panel topics that touch on every facet of the African American community including public education, business and wealth development, criminal justice, mental illness, and the Affordable Care Act; this year’s Summit will provide a host of food for thought to all those in attendance. Also make sure to join us for a free luncheon on the Capitol Grounds.

In addition, the Summit will feature stellar list of international guests and notable figures including South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Rev. Al Sharpton, award-winning comedian J. Anthony Brown and award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams.

For the complete list of activities and the agenda for the Summit, please click here:

2013 African American Legislative Summit presented by the TLBC- Event Agenda



With activities at the State Capitol & the Hilton Hotel Downtown, our host site, you surely won’t want to miss this event!

From starting out on Monday morning at the Capitol, to enjoying a relaxing lunch on the Capitol grounds, to advocating while the Texas Legislature is in Session, to more panel discussions at the Capitol that afternoon, to a free comedy show at the Hilton Hotel, and a chance to be stimulated by Rev. Al Sharpton- there are abundant opportunities to fill the interests of all in attendance. And all you have to do to enjoy it is to register.

Looking for a place to stay for the Summit? Check out these options for a great deal.

Hilton Hotel Downtown– Host Site

Marriott Courtyard Downtown– $179/night (special rate at a savings of $130 a night, but only good through Friday, Feb. 15th)


Additional Fantastic Events During the African American Legislative Summit:

Saturday, Feb. 23rd from 1p to 5pAfrican American Community Heritage Festival

A Free Family-oriented Fun Time! Featuring a performance by none other than Dwele! Come check it out!

Taking place at Huston-Tillotson University, 901 Chicon Street, Austin TX

Sunday, Feb. 24th from 9:00p until ???– KEY PAC- Summit Reception

Come mix and mingle with Texas’ Finest African Americans in Politics & Business

Taking place at the W Austin at 200 Lavaca Street, Austin TX

Tuesday, Feb. 26th from 1:30p to 8pTexas Assoc of African American Chambers of Commerce & U.S. Black Chamber – Solution Series

Check out this informative and helpful “Solution Series” presented by the Texas Assoc of African American Chambers of Commerce & U.S. Black Chamber at the Hilton Hotel. Presenters include Black Enterprise magazine, Wells Fargo, Pfizer and others.

Texas Assoc of African American Chambers of Commerce- Feb. 26th activities during Summit.


Dear Friends:

Make sure to register now, so that you can join us for the Comedy Showcase hosted by J. Anthony Brown and the cast of four talented comedians on Monday, February 25th from 8:30p to 10:30p during the 2013 African American Legislative Summit.

J. Anthony Brown, famous for his trademark catchphrase “Watch Out Deh Now” hoas been honing comedic craft for over 40 years now. A winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award, J. Anthony Brown has been a writer for the Arsenio Hall Show, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Me & the Boys, and the Parent ‘Hood, among others. In addition to the awards and TV writing credits you may have seen him as host during two seasons of BET’s Comic View, as well as performing on Def Comedy Jam, It’s Showtime at the Apollo, Evening at the Improv, Martin, Moesha, Livin’ Single, and even Oprah. On the big screen, his movie credits include XXX-State of the Union, Mr. 3000, Drumline & How to Be a Player.

Over the airwaves, you can catch J. Anthony Brown on the Tom Joyner Morning Show as he helps wake up millions of radio listeners in over 195 markets. In addition, you can catch him on the new hit TV One sitcom, “The Rickey Smiley Show”.

While his media pursuits place him second to none, J. Anthony Brown is also an innovative business man. From his own clothing line, “The J Anthony Brown Collection” to his comedy spot, “The J. Anthony Brown Comedy Store ” in Los Angeles; he is truly a man whose talent knows no bounds.

Last but not least, J. Anthony Brown is a man who gives back to the community. After losing both parents to complications from diabetes and then being diagnosed with the condition as well, he made it his crusade to help combat this widespread affliction in the African American community. With the founding of the J. Anthony Brown Foundation, he is doing his part to help educate and assist children aged 6 through 17 who are diagnosed with diabetes in his native South Carolina. Not only this, J. Anthony is keenly aware of when the community at large is in need of help. Following the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, he responded to the crisis by helping to rebuild the community. As recognition for his tireless efforts, he was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award in addition to a NAACP Image Award.

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Dear Friends:

The 2013 African American Legislative Summit is almost here! You won’t want to miss next year’s event. The African American Legislative Summit, which is sponsored by HEB, will take place from Sunday evening, Feb. 24th through Tuesday afternoon, February 26th. The theme of the upcoming Conference is “the building of our Community starts with me”. With an expected 4,000 attendees, the 2013 Summit is slated to be better than ever.

Check Out the 2013 Summit Agenda Here!

We are proud to announce that the keynote speaker at the Scholarship Awards Banquet on Monday, February 25th will be none other than the young, bright, innovative and accomplished Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed.

2013 African American Legislative Summit Details

The Conference will kick off on Sunday evening, February 24th with the Black-tie invitation only, Chairman’s Dinner at the Hilton Hotel Downtown in Austin. On Monday morning, the Conference will begin in earnest in the House Chamber at the State Capitol. Following the opening plenary session, we will have a series of riveting panel discussions in the Capitol, then a luncheon on the Capitol Grounds. After the lunch, the Conference will shift to our host site, the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Downtown Austin where we will have dignitaries and noted celebrities to bring you even more stimulating panels and discussions. Later that evening, the TLBC Scholarship Awards Banquet will commence in the Hilton Hotel Ballroom, where we will honor the 2013 TLBC Scholarship Recipients. On Tuesday morning, the well-received Community Awards Banquet takes place at the Hilton Hotel and then the Conference wraps up with our final series of panels at the Hotel. With the roster of noted personalities and events planned, this Summit will be one to remember!

Chairman’s Award Dinner honoring Milton Carroll

The Chairman’s Award Dinner honoring Milton Carroll, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield & CenterPoint Energy, will take place at 7p on Sunday, February 24th at the picturesque Bob Bullock State History Museum a mere 3 blocks away from the State Capitol. This invitation-only black-tie affair, will honor the multitude of achievements of Mr. Milton Carroll. An innovator in the Oil & Gas industry, Mr. Carroll also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at CenterPoint Energy, Inc. & Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. A native Texan, the accomplishments of Mr. Carroll’s stellar business career are second to none. He is well deserving of this token of appreciation by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for his inspirational achievements as an African American business man, who has excelled in a variety of endeavors in the business world. The Texas Legislative Black Caucus proudly salutes a fellow trailblazer at the inaugural Chairman’s Award Dinner.

Host Site- Hilton Hotel Info & Reservations

For your convenience, a very special room rate of $199/night is available for Sunday, February 24th and Monday, February 25th for a limited time only at the Hilton Hotel (a savings of $130), so please take advantage now. Room reservations at the Hilton Hotel Downtown for Sunday, February 24th and/or Monday, Feb. 25th are available now online at: If you are interested in a multi-night stay at the Hilton Hotel, please call 800.445.8667 (make sure to mention Group Code: TLB) and they can handle your reservation.


Stay tuned for more updates and we look forward to seeing you there!

For questions, please email:


Dear Friends:

With a new year quickly approaching, the 83rd Texas Legislative Session is almost here. And that means the 2013 African American Legislative Summit will be here shortly as well.

So please join us at the 2013 African American Legislative Summit from Feb. 24th through Feb. 26th, at the State Capitol and our host site, the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Austin.

Next year’s Conference will be better than ever, as we have assembled an array of talented, accomplished and notable personalities that will be in attendance.

Please click here for free registration to attend the 2013 African American Legislative Summit.

2013 African American Legislative Summit Details

The 2013 Conference, sponsored by HEB, will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 24th with the invitation-only, Black-tie, Chairman’s Award Dinner honoring Mr. Milton Carroll. The Chairman’s Award Dinner, which is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas & Centerpoint, Inc. will take place at the Hilton Hotel Downtown on Sunday evening, Feb. 24th. We are pleased to announce that in addition to honoring Milton Carroll and his notable business achievements, we will also have a special performance by noted Gospel artist and native Texan, Yolanda Adams.












On Monday morning, Feb. 25th the Conference will begin in earnest at the State Capitol as we will begin with an opening plenary session in the House Chamber, then continue with panel discussions at the Capitol that morning. Following the first set of riveting panel discussions, we will have a luncheon on the Capitol Grounds hosted by Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.


After lunch, the action shifts to our host site, the Hilton Hotel Downtown for more riveting and stimulating panels that will be sure to invigorate the interests of all those in attendance.

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The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is pleased to thank all those in attendance at the recently held African American Legislative Summit, helping the event to become a wonderful success. This year’s Summit held in Austin from Feb. 27th through March 1st, under the direction of Chairman Sylvester Turner had a record 3,000 plus attendees from all over Texas. A great time was had by all in attendance as numerous elected officials, scores of grassroots activists, business professionals, college students, reknowned academics and citizens alike came together for an eventful time of collaboration, networking and an opportunity to exchange ideas. The Summit was highlighted by Ms. Debra Lee, CEO of B.E.T. as the keynote speaker at the Scholarship Banquet where over $120,000 in scholarships were awarded.  An overwhelming attendance of successful recipients, all of whom were high school seniors, made the night a special occasion as Debra Lee punctuated the night with her remarks which thrilled all those in attendance.

Those who arrived early on Sunday evening were treated to a musical performance by none other than DJ Biz Markie. The Summit started in earnest early Monday morning at 9am in the House Chamber, as the Summit provided a unique opportunity for attendees to sit at House members desks and hear from TLBC members.  Following the opening session, a series of riveting panel discussions in the Capitol on Monday morning rounded out the early morning events. Those there for the panels were treated to a packed house as people listened with picqued interest as a host of topics were covered. Next we followed with a barbeque luncheon on the Capitol Grounds as all those in attendance were treated to a great meal under tents as they all enjoyed the beautiful weather. As the afternoon began, the Summit shifted to the host site, the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol as we enjoyed more powerful panel discussions. As evening fell, people excitedly awaited the Scholarship Banquet as many gathered for a cocktail reception before the formal events ensued.

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April Is Minority Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that Hispanic men and women have lower survival rates than whites for most cancers? Did you know that African Americans have the highest death and shortest survival rates of any racial of ethnic group for most cancers?

Survival disparity is attributed to late diagnosis, inadequate health care and cultural differences in seeking medical care. Aggressive breast tumors are more common in African American women compared to white women. Inadequate monitoring during a “watchful waiting” period is common to older Hispanic cancer patients.

The fact remains that minorities are less likely to receive cancer screenings, more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage, and have lower survival rates.


  1. Don’t Wait
  2. Know The Scientifically Proven Prevention Methods
  3. Get Screened
  4. Seek Appropriate Treatment

April is Minority Cancer Awareness Month

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The Texas Legislative Black Caucus celebrated an extremely successful 2011 Golf Classic on Monday, November 7th at the Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin, Texas.

The Golf Classic got underway with over 130 golfers representing generous donors and elected officials from a wide spectrum who gave up their valuable time and donations for a worthy cause. Proceeds from the TLBC Golf Classic will support TLBC scholarships, the bi-annual African American Legislative Summit, and many other charitable causes. This year’s TLBC Golf Classic raised over $300,000 which will be put to good use by the Caucus. The Monday morning tournament followed a Sunday evening “Chairman’s Dinner” for some of our cherished donors.

“I truly appreciate the outpouring of generosity and support at the 2011 TLBC Golf Classic. Without the help of our large contingent of supporters, we can’t continue to do the multitude of good deeds across the State of Texas,” said Chairman Turner.

“No good deed goes unnoticed, so I want to provide a special thank you to all of our donors for making this possible.”

In addition to countless representatives of donors at the tournament, the TLBC was also joined by special guest, Roland Martin, the noted TV One Commentator and CNN contributor.

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As the current 82nd Session begins to heat up in earnest, Texas Legislative Black Caucus members hold key committee assignments with the ability to influence key decisions on legislative matters.

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Time for the kickoff of the 2011 African American Legislative Summit hosted by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. The kickoff event featuring the one and only, the legendary Biz Markie on the turntables will start on Sunday evening, Feb. 27th at the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol in Austin. After the Sunday night performance make sure to enjoy the rest of the African American Legislative Summit which will take place at the State Capitol and our host site, The Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol. Admission is guaranteed only with free online registration at:  
Only Registered Summit Attendees will be allowed to enjoy this free event!

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The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is pleased to announce a special guest for the African American Legislative Summit, acclaimed and reknowned actress Loretta Devine. Ms. Devine, a Houston-native, has appeared in over 93 films and television shows in a superb career that has spanned almost 30 years. She currently appears in the hit-TV show, Grey’s Anatomy and the all-time favorite Waiting to Exhale. Her roles have touched the lives of many and inspired countless others to pursue a craft that through her hard work she has made look very easy. At the Summit, the TLBC will name a scholarship in her honor to a worthy high school student who will attend college in the fall.


The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is pleased to announce that Debra Lee, the CEO and Chairman of Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T.) is the keynote speaker for the TLBC Scholarship Banquet on February 28, 2011 at the 2011 African American Legislative Summit at the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.

At the TLBC Scholarship Banquet, there will be more than 50 scholarships awarded with maximum awards up to $4,000, for deserving graduating high school seniors. More information will be provided soon.

To register or for more information, please visit:  Click here now to register! You don’t want to miss this event!/

Please find below a brief biography about our distinguished keynote speaker, Debra Lee:

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The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is pleased to announce that Roland Martin, the acclaimed TV One Commentator & CNN analyst and native Texan, will be the guest speaker on Tuesday morning, March 1st, 2011 during the African American Summit at the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. The African American Summit, on February 28th & March 1st 2011, will feature an array of thought provoking panels, discussions and a scholarship banquet. The Summit is the marquee event presented by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus during the biennial legislative sessions.

Our theme for the 2011 African American Legislative Summit is “African Americans Staying Relevant in the Midst of Changing Demographics,” and if any African American knows something about this topic then it is Roland Martin. You don’t want to miss this event.

You must register in order to participate in this wonderful event! Click here to register for the 2011 African American Legislative Summit presented by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.


Click here to Reserve your Room at the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol for the Summit. Be at the Heart of the Action! Rates are $159/night if reserved by February 7, 2011

For more information on Roland Martin, please check out his biography below:

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