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FACE AWARDS ANNOUNCES RWB VODKA, L’AUBERGE CASINO RESORT AS TITLE SPONSORS FOR 2015 AWARD SHOW

(HOUSTON, TX) —The F.A.C.E. Awards (First Achievers in Community Excellence) announced today that Houston based RWB Vodka, and L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles will sponsors the 2015 award show to be held in Montrose on Monday, December 7, 2015 at South Beach the nightclub.

The 2015 F.A.C.E. Awards will be hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM.

New to the award show this year is the “RWB Pre Award Show | L’Auberge Casino Red Carpet Arrival Ceremony” hosted by Chad Pitt of MIX 96.5FM and Wendy Taylor of American Idol.

 “Each year our presenters grow and this year is no exception” the shows director Lance Wilcox says. “We will announce our presenters and entertainers in early November before the nominees are announced.” Wilcox explainded.

“RWB Vodka is delighted to take part in the 2015 F.A.C.E. Awards,” said Aristocrat Group Corp. CEO Robert Federowicz. “This is a prestigious and worthy event that honors significant achievement. We support such excellence and want to thank and recognize the many volunteers, activists, business leaders and everyone else who have come together to advance the community and make this a true success.”

The award show this year takes a new turn in its four-year history. The venue is much larger. The red carpet show is new. Two jumbo screens will allow for video, the lighting and the sound will provide for more energy.

The F.A.C.E. Awards nominees will be announced on November 5, 2015 and the community will start voting the following day. The winners of those awards will not be announced until the live ceremony.

FBI Encourages LGBTQ Students To Apply To Be Interns

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The Nations Top Law Enforcement Agency Opens Its Doors For Student Interns That Are Interested In Law Enforcement Careers. Among The Many Challenges Of Being An FBI Agent, Being LGBTQ+ Will Not Be One Of Them!

The Federal Bureau of Investigations wants you to help serve and protect our great country. Starting August 26, 2016 the Honors Internship Program will begin the process of accepting applications. Applications will be accepted until October 14, 2016.

The FBI’s Honors Internship Program is seeking innovative, diverse, motivated, and talented college students. If you think this could be your calling, you are invited to join the ranks of thousands of outstanding students who since 1985 have participated in the paid internship with the world’s premier law enforcement and intelligence agency.

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“It’s important to note that “diversity” is one of the FBI’s core values,” explains Christina Garza, Public Affairs and Community Outreach Coordinator for the
FBI Houston Field Office. “It was added by Director James B. Comey who is a big advocate of diversifying the bureau, in all aspects.”

The LGBT Program launched under the direction of Comey, was established to address employee diversity issues or concerns relating to sexual orientation at the FBI. Among one of the programs goals is to enhance career development opportunities for LGBTQ+ employees of the FBI, while being able to better educate all employees on sexual orientation issues as well as other diversity matters.

The Honors Internship Program is one of the most competitive internship programs in the nation. An FBI Internship opportunity offers undergraduate and graduate school students throughout the United States an exciting insider’s view of FBI operations, and provides an opportunity to explore the many career opportunities within the FBI.

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FBI Interns spend 10 weeks in the summer, from June to August, working side-by-side with FBI employees on a variety of organizational matters that showcase the student’s skills and potential.

Follow this link to the FBI website for more information.

Houston Man Killed By Drunk Driver As Boyfriend Watched Helplessly

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Houston Man Killed By Drunk Driver As Boyfriend Watched Helplessly

Another tragedy on the Houston roadways in the early morning hours have lead to the death of a 43-year-old man, that was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver, according to police.

Troy Lamar “MacDaddy” McNeil’s life was cut short over the past weekend, when an alleged drunk driver hit him. It was in the early morning hours of Sunday, McNeil, his long time boyfriend, two others were driving southbound on the Gulf Freeway in a Dodge Durango, heading home to Dickinson, Texas.

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Troy McNeil (right) pictured with boyfriend JR Guarjardo

Nearing Bay Area Boulevard, the Durango was sideswiped by another car, causing the Durango to turn sideways in the road, and resulting in another car hitting the Durango.

When McNeil got out of the car he was struck by a silver Toyota Camry driven by Anthony Saul Arrendondo, also traveling southbound on the Gulf Freeway.   Arrendondo, 36, is charged with driving while intoxicated and further charges are pending.

McNeil’s long-time partner was in the car and saw when his boyfriend was hit. ” I love him. I love him. He didn’t do anything bad,” said JR Guarjardo.

McNeil graduated from Russell High School in East Point, Georgia and was currently employed by Green River Associates. Left to cherish his wonderful memories are his parents; Mark and Vickie Berry of Dallas, Texas, a sister; Sharon Chapman of Forest City, Arkansas and his partner J.R. Guajardo of Dickinson, Texas.
Memorial service to be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Brookside Funeral Home.

 

Christina Wells Takes the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Live Show

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Hometown LGBTQ favorite and 2017 Pride SuperStar, Christina Edwards Wells, will take the stage at the America’s Got Talent Live Show tonight — here’s how you can help her progress to the semifinals.

(HOLLYWOOD) – After an agonizing near-two months of waiting to hear her sing again and a couple of breathtaking performances from Houston’s very own Christina Edwards Wells, the 43-year-old LGBTQ singer will take the stage during the live shows of the quarterfinals on NBC’s America’s Got Talent tonight at 7 PM central. Wells, who has worked as a nurse in Houston for nearly fifteen years, was last seen in a prerecorded episode that aired on July 17th. At that performance, Wells received acclaim from the judges, including Simon Cowell who noted, We had to make decisions based on who do we think could really do well in the live show.” After a drama-filled pause, Cowell continued, “And that’s why, Christina, we have decided to put you through to the live shows.” Guest judge Ken Jeong (of Dr. Ken and The Hangover fame) shared with Christina that when he decided to stop practicing medicine to become a comedian — the actor-comedian once played a fictional version of his medical self in the short-lived, aforementioned ABC sitom — that his wife told him, “You’re no longer a doctor. You’re a comedian.” Jeong went on to tell Wells, “You’re no longer a nurse, you’re a singer […] an artist.”

Wells is nothing short of a celebrity here in Houston. In our recent Pride Edition interview, Wells told About that even her nursing career was filled with her beautiful singing voice. During Hurricane Harvey, the singer was so overwhelmed by the tragedy and so inspired by her city of Houston heroes, she wrote a song entitled “Come Hell or High Water” as a tribute to those who fought, lost their lives, and survived. Wells won Pride Houston’s Pride SuperStar competition in 2017 and has been an active supporter of the LGBTQ community in Houston, of which she is a part.

With Wells advancing performing tonight, audiences will have the chance to vote to keep her progressing on to the semifinals, which will begin airing performances on September 4th. Audiences may start voting tonight following Wells’ performance and can vote until 7 AM central time on August 29th — and each person can vote up to 10 times from the same phone number or email address any of the various ways. A friend of About Magazine, Christina Edwards Wells herself reached out and shared with us how audiences can cast their votes after her performance tonight.

“Okay, you guys, there are four ways to vote,” Wells said before listing off the four ways to vote — as the rising star has been sharing in cute videos and posts shared to her social media pages in recent days (see below with her equally talented bandmate, Alli Villines and her ukulele Hildegard). Here are the four ways you, her fans and loved onescan make sure that Christina stays on the show after tonight:

1. Call the 1-866-XXX-XXXX number … and make sure to do it 10 times to get 10 votes in. No. Seriously. Call 10 times. And make all your friends vote ten times, too.

This is the most basic and old school way to vote for Christina. The number to call will be available on the television screen immediately after Christina’s performance and updated here on the About Magazine website. We’ll also be updating all our social media accounts with this number. Don’t eff this up, guys. It’s literally the easiest way to vote.

2. Download the America’s Got Talent app! You can vote 10 for each email address you log in with!!

And … c’mon, guys. Let’s be real. You know that you have like 60 email addresses. I have one for this magazine, one personal one, I still think I have one for my old job that works, and I have one for my secret double life I lead on the internet as an Amish dominatrix. I bet Christina would use all of her emails to make accounts to vote for you, so you should probably do the same fo her. Plus, she’d probably sing you some inspiring song after and to build you up like she did with … I don’t know … all the patients she was stuck in the hospital caring for and the other medical staff during Hurricane Harvey. Yeah. That’s right. She isn’t just a badass person; she’s a great human being. So go vote for her.  Capisce?

You can download the app on iTunes by clicking here.

3. Go to NBC website and you can vote 10 times for each email address you have!!!

Don’t act like you don’t have a work email, too. Okay? Because you bet your ass that I will personally call Susan from HR and ask her how many of those ‘per my last email’ replies she’s had to send you over the last month. Susan is sick of you heating up fish in the break room microwave and doesn’t really like you. But do you know who does like and who might let you use her microwave to reheat fish? Christina Edwards Wells. So go vote for her.

Here’s the link.

4. If you are an XFinity customer with the XFinity X1 remote control, then you can speak into it and say, “Vote AGT!”

This isn’t gonna be one of those things where dumb Siri or dumb Alexa doesn’t understand what it is you’re saying. The XFinity remote wants Christina to move on, too. But because the XFinity remote isn’t a human, she can’t vote for Christina, just like she wasn’t able to vote for Hillary in 2016. She’s remorseful about the latter, but is trying to make it up to us by helping Christina win America’s Got Talent. So, do this. It’s easy. And if you’re not an XFinity customer, you call whatever crap cable provider you have, cancel your service, and sign up for XFinity before 7 AM tomorrow.

Houston is full of immense talent in music, on the stage, on the screen, on the field, in literature (*cough* preorder my new book *cough*) and behind the scenes of so many different professions. But how often do we get to see someone that we all know and love take the stage on national TV to get their long-overdue shot at stardom? And how often is that person an LGBTQ person of color who saves lives for a living and is genuinely one of the most kind hearted people in the world?

Not that often.

About Magazine wants to help Christina succeed and we want to make sure that our loyal followers help her, too. So please take the time to watch her perform tonight — you can even head down to the very delicious Spanky’s Pizza in Pasadena to watch the show live — and make sure you vote. If you haven’t voted at least 30 times (40 for XFinity customers) you’re trash. Sorry about it, but it’s true.

Everyone at About is sending you our love and support, Christina! Break a leg. And readers, if you don’t vote for Christina, we may have to break some legs ourselves.

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