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What's happening on your watch.

The Pass Out Game

When most parents think about their children choking-they're usually concerned about their toddlers. And, justifiably so it's a serious concern-according to www.healthy.ny.gov choking is the 4th leading cause of unintentional death in children under five.  But, now there's a new concern many parents have never even heard of- it's called the PASS OUT GAME OR CHOKING GAME. It's not your toddlers you now have to be concerned about-teens are taking part of this game. They are intentionally involved in this game to get a quick high. They either choke themselves using a noose or belt or have their friends choke them. This deadly game was being done about ten years ago, but now it is resurfacing because of social media. The Centers for Disease and Prevention offers warning signs including marks on the neck.   www.cdc.gov

Hands up, Don't shoot!

Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McSpadden,  Kadiatou Diallo and Valerie Bell-their names may not be well known but the names of their children-their sons- are.  No, those sons are not professional athletes or movie stars or musicians. They are dead-black men -Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo, and Sean Bell--killed by police officers. In the most recent case- the shooting death of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, the media has given lots of attention  not only to the shooting death-but also the military-style response of police towards residents who took to the streets to protest the killing.  This latest case of a black teen killed by a white police officer re-opens the wound and pulls back the scab that covers race relations in the country. The question is do we have the courage to really discuss race-do we really want to discuss why some citizens think there are two Americas-the place of the halfs and the place of the have nots. While we ask whether police target black men and whether economics and fatherlessness play role in some of the anger some black men feel -who's asking this question. What must it be like to be the mother of a black son killed by police?   Behind the scenes are the moms-the mothers who grieve while standing in the national spotlight.  They are the moms who gave birth to these young men and when the protests die down and the grand jury convenes, and when the trial ends and the gruesome details of their sons final moments have been recorded by the court reporter-when it is all over-they will be moms living without their children. Surely any mom whose lost a child can sympathize.   Ever thought about this strange club that's being created. ---where can you go-who can you tell about this unimageable pain you are experiencing?  Some of the other moms in the club are already reaching out to comfort Lesley McSpaddon, the mother of unarmed shooting victim, Michael Brown.  www.Themothersofyoungmenwhodiedviolentlyatthehandsofpolice.com-

clearly that is a club no mom would willingly want to join. Read more about how blacks and whites see race in America by visiting my blog-  www.efriendssite.wordpress.com

Not enough money!

You know something is wrong when a child is wearing no socks during the dead of winter and eating milk and cookies like it's meatloaf and mashed potatoes. But that's the scene I repeatedly witnessed when I ran an afterschool reading program in Albany, NY...continue reading at www.efriendssite.wordpress.com

We can't forget the kidnapped GIRLS in Nigeria.

Bring Back Our Girls!

300 girls KIDNAPPED-It has been months since hundreds of girls were kidnapped by a militant group in Nigeria-and as other news takes center stage-its easy to forget them but let's not forget...continue reading at www.efriendssite.wordpress.com  


       They Speak to YOU

From fashion to food and dining to dating-our CONTRIBUTORS are in the know and tell it like they see it. Check them out on our Contributors page.

Hanging out with food contributor Hariett Webster at the HERLIFE Mag. party


Listening to women who stutter

They stutter-deal with it!
Pam Mertz and I after filming the documentary SHE'S BLOC...KING. She's one of 5 women profiled in the film.

Our NEWEST  Documentary on women who stutter is complete-check out a tease from the film BELOW under E-films.

They are a minority in a minority-women who stutter.   Check out the trailer for my latest docu-story- SHE'S BLOC...KING.

 "TOUCH A WOMAN-TOUCH A ROCK' a docu-story on the treatment of women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They are raped and enslaved by soldiers by the thousands. 50 women in a hospital in Congo sent me letters about what happened to them. Listen and then write the Secretary of State and urge him to put the pressure on world leaders to stop the war in Congo.


Elaine's              NEW                           BOOK

NBC anchor, ELAINE HOUSTON at a book signing for her first book, THE FRIENDSHIPS BETWEEN WOMEN

Her 'first' book is in its second printing. It's the best selling inspirational read THE FRIENDSHIPS BETWEEN WOMEN.    Stories of women who've struggled with challenges ranging from breast cancer, to being locked up in prison. They made it over to the other side thanks to the help of a girlfriend!  But, now Elaine is working on her 2nd book, name dropping, jaw dropping, fun filled romance.  It's coming out in MARCH 2015.  To order the book, just go to My Products to view all my available items.

Elaine has turned her poignant book of letters, The Friendships Between Women into a Elaine's CD “book on tape.”

Hear the voices of the women, who have shared their poignant stories on the value of friendship, in their own words. Listen to the story of a woman, whose friend helped her find a new life in the U.S. after she survived the war in Rwanda.



Elaine Houston/Anchor Reporter WNYT-Albany

Elaine is an award winning anchor at the NBC affiliate in Albany, NY.   She is the 5:30 anchor on WNYT-TV and covers stories on women with her weekly series "TODAY'S WOMEN. She has received honors from Jerry Jennings, the former mayor of Albany and community service awards from New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo and former governor, George Pataki. The College of St. Rose bestowed its highest honor on Elaine, an honorary Doctor's degree for her committment to the community.  However Elaine's passion is celebrating the accomplishments of other women, raising awareness on issues impacting women and creating positive narratives about women and girls.  CHECK OUT some of those stories on www.wnyt.com with Elaine's TODAY's WOMEN REPORT.  





Women are changing the world. We are activists, scientists, teachers and preachers. We are changing our communities, the status quo and the old way of doing things. We're not a part of the club or the clicke, We are here to blow people's minds. 

OPINIONS-everybody has one-check out mine @ www.efriendssite.wordpress.com or just click on my blog on the homepage.


Our Hair Stylist Contributor Kerry-Ann Wilson Ashley

Hair stylist-Kerry-Ann shows us how it's done!   Check out more-go to The Contributors page! 

We are women...

We are building schools and saving the environment. We are ilustrators, filmakers, and bold new fashion designers. We are BROADWAY  bound.


We are change agents and peacemakers. We birth a nation, We are collaborators, and stakeholders in the BIG picture. We are not average-We are women and We have a story to tell. Check out their stories on the SHEspeaks2me page!

We aren't average!

Food Contributor Harriet Webster (left)

Harriet serves up food for the soul-check out her creations-and recipes yum yum!  Go to The CONTRIBUTORS page!

Elaine's next move!  Check out what she's doing. click on ABOUT ELAINE!

Who's the COVERGIRL?



Wow, is that me!  That was my first reaction to seeing myself on the cover of HerLife magazine. I love what Angela Beddoe of HERLIFE MAG. and her Glam Squad do for women. Just proves there are so many women doing great things out there that there is a need for a magazine like her's or a website and films like the ones I produce.  Also Check out my story on her on my Today's Women series on television on Albany's NBC affiliate WNYT-TV. www.wnyt.com  Contact me at ehouston@wnyt.com


Who's on the BIG screen!!!!!



I had mixed feelings seeing myself up close on the BIG screen in the movie ''PLACE BEYOND THE PINES" in 2013. It was great and sort of frightening at the same time.  Sorry ladies I did not get to meet Bradley Cooper-my part was shot right in the television studio. Still-it was a delightful first time experience!

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 Elaine's "first" chopper ride!

I really had to fight my fears for this ride. All the way to this television shoot I was telling myself there is no way that I am getting in a helicopter! Everything I ever heard about them is that they were dangerous-but my photographer wasn't the least bit afraid and so I couldn't stay on the ground. Heather-the nerves of steel pilot also helped. So I did it! Check out Heather's story on television in my series on women, "TODAY'S WOMEN" www.wnyt.com

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