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Christina Edwards Wells Advances on AGT

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Houston’s hometown hero, Christina Edwards Wells, has advanced to the live shows at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on America’s Got Talent

(HOUSTON) – She’s been keeping the secret for weeks — even when we interviewed her about it for our About Magazine Pride Edition — but now the rest of the world finally knows. Christina Edwards Wells, the 2016 Pride Houston Pride SuperStar and Montrose favorite, is progressing onto the live shows on NBC’s America’s Got Talent for season 13. Tonight’s episode, like her initial audition, was previously taped earlier this year. This is Wells’ second go at the program. She previously auditioned but did not progress. Christina is a well-known member and performer in Houston’s LGBTQ community.

Wells’ performance started off as a nail-biter, with judges noted that she was a bit off-key at the beginning of her song. Although she sounded fine to all of us, and apparently found her vocal footing within a few short bars. The judges commended Wells, who is a full-time registered nurse in Houston. Guest judge, comedian, and actor, Ken Jeong, telling Christina, “[…] my wife told me, ‘You’re no longer a doctor. You’re a comedian.’ You’re no longer a nurse, you’re a singer […] an artist.”

Just before the judges made their decision, Christina weepily told the camera that she never thought she would make it this far, and that she did not want it to end. Luckily, when the time came, Simon Cowell told Christina, “Today, I’m going to be honest with you […] this wasn’t better from the first audition. We had to make decisions based on who do we think could really do well in the live show.” After a brief and histrionic pause, Cowell continued, “And that’s why, Christina, we have decided to put you through to the live shows.” Christina immediately erupted in tears before saying, “I thought you were going to tell me no!” Mel B. jumped to her feet and rushed on stage to hug Wells.

At Least 8 Confirmed Dead in Santa Fe School Shooting

An active shooter opened fire at Santa Fe High School this morning. At least 8 and as many as 10 are reported dead.

UPDATED 11:52 AM: (SANTA FE, TX) – As of now, between eight and ten have been lost at Santa Fe High School according to law enforcement officials. According to CNN, an armed person entered an art class Friday morning opening fire.

The shooter (a student) has been apprehended by police and gunshot victims are being taken to a nearbynearby Galveston hospital. Another person has been detained by officials.

News reports from ABC 13 are reporting that police officials say a home approximately four miles (in the Alvin area) from the high school may be housing explosives. As of 10:23 Friday morning, police rushed news crews to move away from the home. There is no report as to whether or not these potential explosives are related to the school shootings.

Raul Reyes, a spokesman from the University of Texas Medical Branch confirmed to ABC13 that three patients, including a male in the operating room in critical condition, are being cared for. Reyes states that they are prepared for more arrivals from Santa Fe High School, but they have not received updates that any more are on their way. The other two patients, a male and a female, are doing well.

A report from FOX26 reports that Aldine ISD has received gun violence threats in the short time since the Santa Fe High School shootings. More news will be made available as it comes to About Magazine.

According to CNN, officials have stated that explosives have been found both on and off campus from Santa Fe High School. Police Chief Jeff Powell released a statement saying people in the surrounding areas should be watchful and cautious of suspicious items and that they should immediately be reported to 911. 

ihis is a developing story.

Texas EquuSearch Leads Search For River Oaks Teen Missing

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HOUSTON — Efforts are underway in Houston to find 17-year-old Wilson Stratton. The River Oaks teen has been missing for 10 days. Texas EquuSearch has joined the search.

Officials described Wilson as young, healthy and social; but his father says there are several things that worry him. These include having no digital footprint of Wilson and his struggle with a recent death in his family.

Wilson was last seen January 19 at around 10:30 p.m. on surveillance video at a gas station on San Felipe and Willowick, just blocks from his home.

Wilson didn’t have a cell phone and has made no credit card transactions.

“It’s not a good sign. We’ve been involved in 1,700 plus cases. And I don’t like where we are right now with no sightings, no calls, no communication,” said Tim Miller with Texas EquuSearch.

Wilson’s father says his son was struggling emotionally with his mother’s death. The teenager was seeing a therapist and was on medication.

If anyone has any information regarding the disappearance of Wilson Stratton, please contact the Houston Police Department at 832-394-1840 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.

Pride Houston Announces New President

The organization announced Lo Roberts as president and CEO after legal battle with former president, Frankie Quijano

Houston, TX —  Pride Houston proudly announced Lorin “Lo” Roberts has accepted the position of president and CEO on October 1 after receiving a unanimous vote by Pride Houston’s Board of Directors in late September 2017. While the transition was not without some bumps, Pride Houston is happy to announce the appointment and looks forward to a bright future for the organization.

Lo considers herself a proud Houstonian and was honored to accept the role of Pride Houston president, as well as all of the responsibility it entails. She began volunteering with Pride eight years ago and has served on different production committees and in various leadership positions including Parade Committee co-chair, Volunteer Committee chair, and member-at-large on the Board of Directors.

Lorin-Roberts-pride-houston-about-magazine-2018-copy-718x1024 Pride Houston Announces New President“Lo was, in essence, our vice president last year,Dan Cato, board observer and marketing director said. “She took on entirely new levels of responsibility with professionalism and grit, even dropping everything to organize a major event in less than 24 hours.”

Lo sees Houston’s diversity and its unique blend of cultures as an incredible resource and advantage and would like to see that diversity emphasized in Pride and the LGBTQIA community.

“The rights of everyone under the LGBTQIA umbrella are extremely important. But there needs to be a larger emphasis on supporting the visibility of people of color in this community. Especially the rights and lives of black trans people, who find themselves disproportionately affected by violence, homelessness, and a lack of social services.”

Lo has charged the organization by developing short- and long-term goals to convert this emphasis into action and to reinvigorate Pride’s advocacy spirit.

“The fight for equal rights in our community is just as important now as it ever has ever been, especially given the political climate in Washington D.C. It’s important to stay active in our advocacy and remember that there are many people in the world that don’t want LGBTQIA people to have their freedoms. And in a city like Houston, a city of over 2.3 million people, an organization like Pride needs to exist to serve as a mouthpiece for our people and to provide them with what they need to live happy, healthy, secure lives. But the first step to getting to that place is to create a more inclusive environment in our organization and make sure that all people within the community—black, white, Hispanic, Asian, bisexual, intersexual, trans, etc.feel represented by Pride Houston.”

Other major objectives for the organization in the coming year include re-establishing relationships with other LGBTQIA non-profits, outreach to primary and secondary institutions of learning, relaunching scholarship programs, and devoting new resources to the health and wellness needs of the the different LGBTQIA populations that call Houston home.

About Pride Houston:

For 40 years, Pride Houston has been a central part of the local LGBTQIA community in Houston. The 2018 Houston LGBT Pride Celebration®, the fourth largest in the nation, will again be held in Downtown Houston continuing the legacy that began on the steps of City Hall in 1977 with the protest against Anita Bryant which is widely considered Houston’s “Stonewall Movement”.

For more information on the 2018 Celebration go to www.pridehouston.org

Pride Houston, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization out of Houston, Texas.