Quanell X

The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate

Among his many recent activities, Quanell has organized summits on the HIV epidemic in the black community and on banning the N word in music. He's counseled troubled kids one-on-one, helped rid Wal-Mart of a racially charged comic book and spearheaded a manhunt for a suspected serial rapist in southwest Houston.

Quanell is still out in front of controversial headline events involving race, calling for Joe Horn, who was white, to be indicted for murder when he shot and killed two suspected burglars who were black, and advocating for civil rights as in the case of Marvin Driver, father of Green Bay Packer star Donald Driver, who claims police beat him unjustly. Shortly after New Year's, Quanell staged a rally at the Bellaire Police Department raging against racial profiling after a white officer shot unarmed 23-year-old Robbie Tolan, an African-American minor-league baseball prospect, in Tolan's driveway. Police say the officer mistakenly believed Tolan was driving a stolen car.

Then of course there's the litany of suspected criminals Quanell has delivered to the police, such as Randy Sylvester, who allegedly confessed to Quanell his role in the deaths of his two daughters, and Timothy Shepherd, who allegedly told Quanell that he killed his girlfriend and incinerated her body on a pair of barbecue grills.

Seldom without a crowd, Quanell X keeps his bodyguards close while praying at the Islamic Da'wah Center.
Daniel Kramer
Seldom without a crowd, Quanell X keeps his bodyguards close while praying at the Islamic Da'wah Center.
Revolutionary Muslim and teacher Khalid Abdul Muhammad of the Nation of Islam trained an impressionable Quanell X how to stir a crowd with hateful statements.
Revolutionary Muslim and teacher Khalid Abdul Muhammad of the Nation of Islam trained an impressionable Quanell X how to stir a crowd with hateful statements.

"There was a time when I hated a lot about the white community," says Quanell, "but I've grown tremendously. And I will say this publicly before the whole world: The biggest problem of black people in America is not white people. The biggest problem for black people is the lack of love for self and kind among our own people. The biggest problem among black people today is self-hatred and envy that is pervasive among black leadership. The drug problem in the black community. The white community has played a role, but the role of cleaning it up is not the responsibility of white people. It's our responsibility. The problem of black-on-black crime, you can't blame white people for that. That's us doing it.

"White people didn't get Timothy Shepherd to cut up a brilliant young Texas A&M student and put her down a damn garbage disposal and put her on a barbecue pit. We produce that kind of madness and demons among our community. White people didn't get Randy Sylvester to take his kids and murder them. White people are not responsible for black men home-invading other black homes and killing innocent people. We can't blame white folks for that. This is a problem that we must fix. And that's where I am today."

Over the last ten years, Quanell says he's brought nearly 30 suspected murderers to the police. Once he was even arrested for fleeing a police officer while doing so, but later beat the misdemeanor charge. Many times, he says, the suspects just turned themselves over to him.

Says Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon, "Anyone who can help us identify and get a perpetrator into custody, that is of assistance to us."

The primary reason, however, that Quanell believes he's so effective is that he's able to do what other leaders will not — go into the most dangerous situations and confront the drug dealers and violent criminals face-to-face.

Quanell's own attorney, Stanley Schnei­der, says part of the reason Quanell can do this is that he's a former street thug. "People are afraid of him," Schneider says.

It doesn't hurt that Quanell is constantly flanked by a mean-looking security team.

Quanell's unknown number of enforcers are not paid employees, he says, and undergo background checks before being allowed onto the team. One is a former Navy SEAL, another an ex-Green Beret; two of them are concealed-firearms instructors and almost all of them have licenses to carry concealed guns, says Quanell.

"I have to admit it," says Quanell, "those who follow me, these are not choir boys. These brothers will kill concrete and drown a drop of water for what they believe."

Another reason for his goon squad, says Quanell, is protection. He routinely gets death threats, everywhere from the gym to sitting in restaurants with his two children, ages 16 and ten.

"Night and day my life is under constant threat," he says. "I don't talk about my children at all, but they have really suffered because of their father. One time at a pro wrestling match, a white guy yelled out, 'There goes Quanell X, I've got a gun, let's shoot him.' It frightened the hell out of my sons."

As for how Quanell makes a living, that remains a mystery. Questions about it elicit a wide smile and a laugh.

"People would be blown away if they knew who finances and supports Quanell X," says Quanell. "Blown away. It's people in entertainment, people in politics, Muslims. If they knew some of the entertainers, they'd be blown away."

He says Beyoncé Knowles's father has been a "good friend." He mentions that he helped famed poet Maya Angelou out of a sticky situation when someone in Houston was suing her and she later thanked Quanell by giving him "a precious gift," whose nature he won't disclose. Quanell also seemingly alludes to Oprah Winfrey, saying that a good friend of Angelou's, "who some would say is the most powerful black woman in the country," called him personally to say thanks.

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jaseo45
jaseo45

This person seems to have refined and upgraded his "hustle" from crack dealing to hate mongering to the more streamlined and modernized "reformed and now better informed" platform. Public apologies do not negate past actions and comments. Saying sorry does not fix the prior idiotic statements made by him earlier in his career and like all people above elementary school age, we are wholly responsible for our own actions and statements. The fact that he would engage the media and project himself as a public figure while still being ignorant of something as fundamental as the holocaust is almost unbelievable. I would never want a leader, let alone a pseudo-street politician (regardless of how he and his handlers like to think of him) to represent me knowing that his current convictions could be born out of ignorance that he may renege on later, once it is professionally beneficial. It must be difficult to maintain anti-Semitic sentiment when your attorney who has saved your ass literally dozens of times is a Jew. I dont know why but i figured the leader of the new black panther party might be able to find a competent black attorney to keep on retainer as well, but of all the ex green beret mercenaries he has on his security detail, that jew lawyer is the most fearsome of his entire cadre. The Information Age has changed a lot about the world we live I'm today, including some of the worlds oldest scams, qx being the most modern rendition of the traveling snake oil salesman. He will sell you what you want to hear and when your tastes change, so does his approach, slightly. He's a muslim awaiting the return of christ? very wishy washy language that smacks of the same watered down politics he claims kept him away from politics. The vanity and narcissism of this man is disgusting, and the fact that he wraps it all up in a sleek suit and bodyguards does little to help his self serving image. I took particular exception to the end of the article stating that from his own admission, 40-45% of all claims are not racially based but rather constituents attempts to use qx's bullying force for their own agenda. Perfect representation of what he is really all about. A bully with a bull horn who has been slow to educate himself and grow as a man. I am not a fan of Michael berry in the slightest, but this article makes him out to be the more intelligent and more reasonable of the two polarizing houston figures. And that last thought leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, kind of like holding a press conference touting racist practices for a supposed rape victim when it turns out she was lying about it all and only using you for her own gain, sound familiar? Keep on your hustle qx, only time will tell how you are remembered, if at all.

Freedom
Freedom

It's really pathetic, this poser is always squaking about equal rights, and at the same time talks about how typical thieves ought not be gunned down. IF a white man broke into a black mans house and got shot it would be fine... it would be justice... but put the roles opposite and it's a crime. ONE SIDED OPINION!! Only one sided. Typical racist black man. His "people" are the only ones being treated different? His "people" are the only ones being discriminated against? Bullshit. His opinion is the only one that matters? Bullshit! WAKE UP!! Your not the next "black leader". Your a pathetic, racist, liberal democratic whore who tricks for the publicity and news feeds. A one sided argument who has run it's course, A parrot who's agenda has been heard a thousand times. Here's an idea, GET YOUR OWN IDEAS and be original. Not a copy of another worthless idea. Grow up and actually be a MAN, not a boy chasing some talking points fed to him.

Tx_momof4
Tx_momof4

I bet you would not come to the aid of a white, Asian, etc. Seen your videos, and YOU are just full of hate...MLK would be embarrassed of your actions and your beliefs. I liked MLK and what he believed in, and you sir, are no better than the, kkk and the if you stand for justice do you call rioting justice? You are NOTHING compared MLK or even the earlier generation of the black panthers, because from what I read and videos I have seen, you worship violence, and that is not what MLK believed in and worked hard to bring people together, not divide races, and condone stupid, childish behavior. Your a grown man, and a human, start behaving like one. You are a discace to even blacks, you make the ones that actually believe America is for all human race no matter what color feel shame. You must really hate whites, etc... It also seems you do not care about these people you are helping, you just care about getting famous...well famous do not mean anything in hell, so get over yourself and stand for something even your "GOD" would be proud of.

Ddbrokerssw
Ddbrokerssw

Its really ashame you feel like the BLACK folks are not fairly treated! ! You should feel very lucky you lve HERE in amerian you could be living in the jungle !! What do think about a Black police officer kicking a white guy who is a theif resisting arest! Isa that a black thing?? You sir are a disgrace to your race! ! Nothing would please me more than to visit you face to face ~of no kkk no Blk panterners! You &I me head up

Wanderer
Wanderer

Not sure why he gets so much air time. It seems he is "changing his ways" to get more of his voice heard or to stay popular, sounds like a politician to me. The problem is you can't ignore a mole on your face and hope it goes away. You have to remove it. Mr. Evans please remove yourself!

Ronnie
Ronnie

Great article! I don't necessarily agree with some things Quanell has said in the past, but we all have made ignorant comments as youth- the older we get the wiser we become- blacks and whites have suffered for us (black folk) to have equal rights- with that being said- many of us have lost our voice and our pride!

Thetrugabby05
Thetrugabby05

Quanell I need ur help plz call me at 832 .416.4072 or 832 893.4938 ask for gabby number plz my brother Nicholas was shot down by a police son n there is no court or trial d se shooting plz help leave ur mess number n name

Kathy29
Kathy29

My name is kathy locks and I been trying to contact you because my brother needs your help. A prison called beto 1unit thats were he is and they treating him bad he want live long in that prison please help us my number is 409_597_1047 thanks.

Mike
Mike

Praying to a none resisting God!!!!!

Mezeus
Mezeus

I never realized this 'nut' was a Muslim. But isn't violence and hate the way of many people involved in that religion? There will never be total harmony between black and white people as long as someone like this idiot is allowed to exist.If your a thief, drug dealer, murderer, or rapist and you are black he will defend you.

Kbosw42009
Kbosw42009

I don't believe a word of his "supposed" evolution into the the "new and improved" Quanell. He's a moron and will always do whatever it takes to get his 15 minutes of fame. He's nothing more than a publicity whore!

Marty
Marty

Q-X is the worst of the worst he does not see any color but black and black is not always beautiful and he is a loser he helps killers and criminals get away with the crimes they commithe should be locked up with every person he has helped HE WILL GET HIS DAY OF JUDGEMENT AND GOD WILL NOT LET HIM WIN!!!!!!!!!!

iebeth
iebeth

The people who follow this moron, are even more ignorant than he is... If he wants to eliminate hate and injustice, he should start with himself. Hes definitely baiting it more than he is helping to stop it....

rhonda robinson
rhonda robinson

my name is rhonda robinson today me and my 9year old daughter went to popeyes on bissonett she ordered a chicken sandwich combo when we got home which is only about 3minutes away she opened her sandwich and said who ate half of it we looked at the sandwich and it was half eaten i took it back to them right away and all i was told was that they was going to look into it. i think this should be reported because this could have been a health issue for her, had she bitten off the sandwich she could have had to go through all kinds of test and i dont think that woukd have been fair to her due to them selling her this sandwich, this really upsets me i just keeping thinking about what if this had been a younger child that wouldnt have known to let their parents know that the sandwich had been ate off already that child could have been at risk or suffered from some kind of health problems.i think that this popeyes is putting the public at risk. and the public should be mande aware of it thank you r robinson

patricia
patricia

I need your help please call me at 281753-7381 or 281-877-9180 my brother is in trouble the fbi is looking him he knows it he on the run.he will not turn his self in.

sanaidap
sanaidap

I have an issue with my son. He's 22 years old he's interracial african-american and mexican. I've had trouble with boys in the city. On Oct. 31, 2008 my son was assaulted by 4 young men and left my son for dead. He's now disabled from the traumatic brain injury to the head, he's partial blind from the left eye and his left side weak. The guys from the city continue to give him a hard time whenever he's in public guys surround and want to beat on him. I need help. I have yet to hear from the police department or the DA's office about the case. TO know if justice has prevailed on my sons behalf. People who know who did this tell him shut the ?? up before I get my nephew to kick you ass again. Of course I don't question anyone about the situation. but like I mentioned I need help. sincerly, mom needs peace

Randall Patterson
Randall Patterson

I wrote a story myself about Quanell X years ago for this newspaper. I regret that the story is still in circulation, for if I had it to do again, I would show how very necessary Quanell X is, regardless of his motives and mistakes, in a city that is naturally as racist as it is diverse. Flawed as he is, Quanell is a critical part of the ecosystem here.

Tammie
Tammie

Thank god for you QuannellX you are like us we are fighters.When are the white police dragged my son who was 17 years old from the Jefferson county jail in to a hospital and strapped him to a table trying to get a bullett.I no what rights mean to you.Stay in the news me and my daughters did.All this time joshua isent doing there time he is doing his time at home with his family.I feel sorry for Sandra laday but she better get ready like I did file a lawsuite hire some attorney out of state the county will take up for there own I am catching hell with my lawsuite but need be it will go to the justice department there has been crooket things going on in jefferson.I new once Kevin Laday body went there it was over.

gehrig
gehrig

Quanell X is an embarrassment to the black race. If the news media would stop giving him face time, he would dissappear like a bad rash would if you stopped scratching it. What a joke, black smoke.

Mike C.
Mike C.

Quanell hopeully has grown and matured . But I can understand because of his upbringing why he has taken action that he has taken.

Quanell, don't just work for the black community, but work for the community as a whole to bring understanding between all the races...

American
American

As I read the article, it becamse apparent to me that I may not be as well educated as the writer. The article says that Mr. X does not speak along the same racial lines that he typically does. Hopefully some of you smart folk can help me. When I hear the term "American", I can't seem to derive anything that seperates the citizens of America by race or ehnic background in the word. When someone adds "African" and "Hispanic" in front of American, it tends to change the meaning of the word, or at least seperate groups of people as different under the banner of the term "American". Common social understanding of these terms usually identifies people as a certain "RACE" or "ETHNICISITY", when these terms are added. So when Mr X uses these terms, and doesn't include all possible races and ethnic backgrounds, I get confused. Does that particular drink not have the same negative effect on the youth of any other race or ethnic group than the ones he seems to single out? If using those terms doesn't create a seperation of countrymen based on race or ethnicisity as opposed to just using the tem "AMERICANS", then please have Mr X or the writer of the article help further my education by explaining.

kjones
kjones

Get a real job, Quanell. You're a publicity grubbing wannabe.

Coleman
Coleman

The reason why Quanell has better luck at getting black fugitives behind bars, is that he insures the accused of being handled with kid gloves. If the truth be known, Quanell wouldn't bother trying to reel this criminals in unless of course there was crime stopper money involved. You see Quanell will only push the issue of getting a brother to surrender if he knew there was money, reward money involved. If there was an empyty purse, I would tell you that Quanell wouldn't be found anywhere within 50 miles of the story.

shawn
shawn

Lots of ego BS. The man makes his money by finding things in the news that upset the black community and then he gets on the news to say what he is going to do about it and who he is out to get. Then he invites people to join him at his meeting place for the march, or to get together at the mosque where he takes donations in cash in the same way that followers of religions give cash to their church every week. He then does not report the cash or use it for the black community but makes his BMW payment and pays his armed friends to make a showing. It is all a dog and pony show.

The network he has includes writers and news reporters that are Muslim (friends of friends) to get the press to cover him and not the other side of the conversation. Do not believe the articles that state how the black community feels this way or that way in Houston when Quannel talks because it is only his opinions that are stated. Do a survey of blacks and you will discover he will mostly be wrong about what we think. For one... our youths are not stupid and ignorant as he stated in the beginning...they bought some soda in a store... wow. Probably on their way to school and not to sell crack like he did at their age.

He preaches the seperation of races in the black community and hides the fact that he is married to an Asian lady who pretends to be his secretary at the Black Panther cause.

Can you say Fraud and Con Man?

Alex
Alex

Randy Sylvester was not accused of killing his "2 daughters", it was a daughter and a son. How can I believe that the rest of this article is accurate?

JesseAlred
JesseAlred

I sort of don't see the purpose of this article. So Quannel X thinks it is more pofitable now to tone down his previous egregious racism. In a way, he is no different, no better or worse, than any self-interested man-on-th-make, and that's probably what connects him with Michael Berry and the Baker and Botts lawyer, who had positive things to say about him. None of the three are workers or (real) small business people. He is the mirror image of any corporate CEO who would sell just about anything for maximum profit--and that is what connects his past to his present. All these type of people are symptoms of a society that does not reward people who really work very well. He does some good, like CEO's who gives donations to charity, but these types are consistently good citizens.

David Beebe
David Beebe

I have to admit that over the years I have regarded Quanell X as strictly a publicity seeking opportunist. There is still an aspect of his lifestyle and presentation of same that reeks of grandstanding. I must admit, however, that his presence alone can draw more attention to controversial cases than might have occurred naturally. One can say, without much argument, that his presence polarizes in many instances, but I see a benefit in having him represent, whether accurately or merely in spirit, a community that has been historically disenfranchised and is still looking for results-oriented local leadership. All that being said, it would be preferable for someone with his leadership ability and audience to set an example of relative financial transparency instead of gangster-like "bling" and secrecy. If not for his own credibility then for the young folks who may be looking to affect the greater good of Houston and beyond and are looking to him for an example. - David Beebe

Brent
Brent

Who are the idiots behind him supposed to be? They look stupid, not scary. As for Ralph Evans, he looks like he's begging his ghetto minions for more money rather than praying.

Tom Becker
Tom Becker

Personally, I have no use for the man. He has convicted thugs running to him instead of turning themselves in. He still spews hate speech on a regular basis. He still gets too much attention and air-time than he even deserves.

He is not the news. He does not represent the black community as I see it. I have friends that are black and they do not act or talk like this man.

One, a very religious fellow, is the best of what I would consider a human being to be. He doesn't clammer for the spotlight. He does his duty everyday and knows he will be rewarded for his beliefs.

I don't think Houston needs him or people like him. I think people like him demean society and detract from the greater good.

brian
brian

Does anyone else find it ironic that somehow, in a time where public remarks of racism are condemned and the speakers of those words are shunned, Quanell X can say that "white people are on the back-burner" and that somehow makes everything he has said in the past OK? It's not like he said he was wrong about what he said in the past, or that ALL racism is equally unacceptable, he simply implied that hating white people is not his focus right now. WOW...way to give this guy relevance and meaning by giving him press. The media is to blame for the negative impact he has on the world, but MOST of all the black community.

Nate
Nate

Pretty good story about an interesting local figure. I enjoyed reading it.

Crowley
Crowley

The article says "Phillips 66 gas station on the corner of Cullen and Bellfort in Houston's predominantly �African-American Third Ward."

Erm, that's the Sunnyside area - Cullen and Bellfort is Sunnyside

zeydapitchford
zeydapitchford

You are no better. Lucky to be here! If you are not american indian the you should feel lucky as well. Assuming you are of european culture. European American

Kellie
Kellie

This isn't Quanell X's personal contact page. This is a news site.

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JFL_SR
JFL_SR

Your comments only indicate that you are a moron. Whether you believe that his change is sincere are not is one thing, but to label the man as a moron is ridiculous! That is probably not even in his vocabulary!

Johnlittleberry
Johnlittleberry

What is wrong with anyone looking out for their own kind. When caucasians (no one is white) discriminate as they often do, you don't complain that all caucasians see is white and all white is not SNOW white. Or for that matter any other race of people. As for the other BS, you really should do your home work before you pass judgement and speak about it. Do you know God personally and has he stated that to you personally. Tell you what have God tell you that again and record it for us so you can prove it!!!

Guest
Guest

why are you feeding your nine-year-old daughter garbage? Ever hear of nutritiion?

Kbosw42009
Kbosw42009

call Quanell, this is surely a racial issue, lol

jaseo45
jaseo45

Grammar, spelling, syntax. Educate yourself.

Guest
Guest

If the word "moron" is not in his vocabulary, then he obviously is a moron. I do know one "word" that is in his vocabulary, though: "testocular." As in, "...do you have the 'testocular' fortitude to report that?" The "that" he was referring to was the blatant lie that, at the counter-demonstration at Joe Horn's neighborhood, racist slurs, threats, and confederate flags were all present. None were, and everybody there could see and hear as much with their own senses, but this race-baiting, illiterate, criminal thug MORON demanded they report otherwise.

 
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