Announcing Community Activist Ndjabuka Francine Murhebwa as Afternon Keynote Speaker at The Alliance 6th Annual Refugee Mental Health & Wellness Conference
Ndjabuka Francine Murhebwa joins Anhlan Nguyen, DBA, as keynotes during this cross-cultural event
The Alliance, a non-profit organization serving Greater Houston, is pleased to share that Community Activist Ndjabuka Francine Murhebwa will be the afternoon keynote speaker during The Alliance 6th Annual Refugee Mental Health & Wellness Conference. The cross-cultural event is open to the public and scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at the United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, Texas.
Houston Teen Selected to Represent U.S. at Goalball Youth World Championships
Five teen athletes have been named to represent the United States at this summer’s 2023 IBSA Goalball Youth World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The competition, taking place July 15-19, is a significant tournament in the development of young goalball athletes, many of whom have gone on to represent Team USA and win medals at the Paralympic Games.
Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Will Join Art Community and Downtown Houston Officials in Unveiling Murals
New Murals Bring Total to More than 2 Dozen Pieces of Art on Downtown Buildings that are Part of Big Art. Bigger Change
Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Central Houston Inc., Houston Downtown Management District and Street Art for Mankind officials will unveil more murals added to Big Art. Bigger Change., the downtown outdoor art exhibition spanning more than a mile from the Hilton Americas Houston Hotel to the Historic District and another mile from the banks of Buffalo Bayou to south downtown.
Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee Statement on Volkswagen Settlement
Harris County has announced an $85 million settlement with Volkswagen over violations of environmental laws. The money will be divided between the State of Texas and other political subdivisions, all of whom sued Volkswagen under Texas’s Clean Air Act. A substantial share of the settlement money will be going to Harris County, who led the litigation and was the first to file suit.
BikeHouston Paves the Way for Bike Accessibility in Houston, Thanks to a $50,000 Grant From Green Mountain Energy Sun Club
BikeHouston to install 15 bike stations across Houston plus an electric cargo trike for vehicle transport.
BikeHouston is celebrating the funding of 15 new bike stations and an electric cargo trike, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. The new electric cargo trike will eliminate the need for gasoline-powered vehicle transport for BikeHouston, while strategically placed bike stations with racks and air pumps at local businesses and trail entry points will encourage more usage.
Original Screwed Up Click Member Lil KeKe Releases New Summer Anthem "25 Summers" Project!
As everyone prepares for cookouts leading into Memorial Day Weekend, Legendary Screwed Up Click Member, Lil Keke has a new project celebrating being in the industry for 25 Summers. The project was released at Midnight on May 25th and features artists such as DJ Chose, Big K.R.I.T, Jack Freeman, Slim Thug, Big Pokey, Al D, Trapboy Fredy, Big Jade, Paul Wall, 8 Ball & MJG, and more.
Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young and Texas Southern University Part Ways
13th President Announces Her Retirement From the University
During a special call meeting of the board of directors the retirement of Texas Southern University's 13th President, Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young was announced.
Artist Spotlight: Houston's Own R&B Songress XANDi Drops an Enticing Visual To Her Hit Single 'A.R.T.'
Dear Houston, we have an R&B princess on the rise. XANDi drops "A.R.T." right at the cusp of a busy holiday weekend.
METRO Program Continues to Bring Student Art to Local Communities
METRO's Bus Shelter Art Program continues to inspire by bringing student art to local neighborhoods. This week, METRO cut the ribbon on a new bus shelter near Kashmere High School and announced winning shelter designs from five Aldine Independent School District campuses. The collaborations are examples of how organizations and residents can work together to improve the community.
Rev. William “Bill” Lawson Grateful that Commissioner Ellis Names Park after Civil Rights Icon and his Wife
The audience fell emotionally silent when the Rev. William “Bill” Lawson fielded questions from his daughter, Channel 13 anchor Melanie Lawson, during a ceremony hosted by Commissioner Rodney Ellis to dedicate a park named after Rev. Lawson and his late wife, Audrey.
Former Miss District of Columbia and Navy Lieutenant earns doctorate
A U.S. Navy lieutenant, and former Miss District of Columbia, recently earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from George Washington University.
Fort Bend County Judge KP George to Host Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at Historic Courthouse
Fort Bend County Judge KP George will host a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Historic Fort Bend County Courthouse, 401 Jackson St., Richmond, TX 77469, on Monday, May 29, 2023. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Courthouse courtyard from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and aims to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces.
Houston Restaurant Stuff’d Wings Celebrates Special Collaboration With BBQ Staple Ray’s BBQ Shack Just In Time For Juneteenth Weekend!
In anticipation of the upcoming Juneteenth weekend, one of Houston’s favorite 3rd ward restaurants, Stuff’d Wings is excited to announce a collaboration with one of Houston’s BBQ staples, Rays BBQ Shack, which is also located in the 3rd ward area. The family owned and operated businesses will be joining forces to put together a full weekend of celebration for the city of Houston, including debuting their new limited time menu items and also a huge surprise unveiling at Rays BBQ Shack on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th at 11am, honoring Mr. Ray himself for 30 years of contributions and service to the community.
METRO Memorial Day Schedule
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, METRO will operate the following schedule on Monday, May 29, 2023:
Bullock Museum to offer a summer of new exhibits, live music, IMAX films and free fun
Experience a season of fun for Texans big and small
Texans of all ages can enjoy a season of exploration and discovery with the Bullock Museum. With a full slate of activities suitable for all ages, as well as the dynamic exhibitions on view, the Bullock Museum is a great place to escape the heat and celebrate Texas history and culture.
Bounce TV to honor Tina Turner this Saturday, May 27 at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT
Bounce TV, the popular broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, will pay tribute to music legend and American icon Tina Turner with a special presentation of the acclaimed 2021 documentary “Tina Turner: Simply the Best” Saturday, May 27 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Turner - the beloved singer and entertainer who became known as the “Queen of Rock & Roll” - passed away yesterday at the age of 83.
Barbie: Official Trailer Released
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.
Houston native serves with U.S. Navy in Japan
Seaman Imani Navebloodsaw, a native of Houston, Texas, serves the U.S. Navy in Japan.
Houston native serves with U.S. Navy in Japan
Seaman Juliana Castro, a native of Houston, Texas, serves the U.S. Navy in Japan.
Internal Job Candidates Have a Leg Up
Internal job candidates have an advantage over external candidates, because they tend to work harder shortly before a hiring decision, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. This is true even when an internal candidate’s skills are inferior.
New Harris County Initiative Aims to Assist Vulnerable Groups Through Integrated, “No-Wrong-Door” Service Care Approach
HCPH to Roll Out ACCESS Harris County to Help Groups with Multiple Needs Gain Self-sufficiency and Improve Their Well Being
Following more than a year of program building, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is launching a new initiative to improve the lives of individuals experiencing hardship by providing an integrated, “no-wrong- door” service care approach across different local agencies.
Permit Now Required For Houston Establishments Allowing BYOB After Midnight
The Houston City Council adopted an ordinance today that amends Chapter 28 of the City of Houston Code and regulates venues allowing for Bring-Your-Own-Bottle (BYOB) service after midnight.
New Study Reveals Excess Mortality and Years of Potential Life Lost Among the Black Population in the US from 1999-2020
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) said their results show that new ways of doing things are needed. JAMA looked at statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) said their results show that new ways of doing things are needed. JAMA looked at statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that when the coronavirus pandemic hit the world in 2020, the number of deaths and years of potential life lost went up.
Dr. Rudy Rasmus and Pastor Juanita Rasmus “Rewire” with Transition from St. John’s Downtown Church
Dr. Rudy Rasmus to join Bread of Life, Inc. . as Executive Director
After more than 30 years of service, Dr. Rudy Rasmus and Pastor Juanita Rasmus announced their transition from Senior Pastors of St. John’s Downtown Church. Dr. Rudy will join Bread of Life, Inc. as Executive Director.
Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee Statement on Texas Legislature’s Initial Approval of Voting Restrictions
The Texas House of Representatives is in the final stages of passing Senate Bill 1750, which would abolish the Elections Administrator office in only Harris County, and Senate Bill 1933, which would allow for Secretary of State oversight of elections in only Harris County. These bills – which have already been voted out of the Texas Senate – are expected to receive their final vote approval in the Texas House tomorrow.
Longtime UHD Professor of Art Floyd Newsum Receives First Major Retrospective at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Co-Curated by The Huntington’s Lauren Cross and UHD’s Mark Cervenka
Professor of Art at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) for 47 years and Project Row Houses Co-Founder Floyd Newsum is presenting his first large-scale retrospective, Evolution of Sight, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin, from May 20 through October 8, 2023. The exhibition is organized by guest curators Dr. Lauren Cross, Gail-Oxford Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Huntington in San Marino, California, and Mark Cervenka, UHD Professor of Art and O’Kane Gallery Director.
Community Artists’ Collective and Community Music Center of Houston Celebrates Black Music Month with their 7th Annual Legacy Project
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 4:00- 6:00 P.M. at Community Artists’ Collective, 4101 San Jacinto St. Suite 116, Houston, TX 77004. The musical tribute will be held on Sunday, June 4th from 4:00- 6:00 P.M. at Pilgrim Congregational United Church, 3115 Blodgett St, Houston, TX 77004 from 4:00-6:00 P.M.
Houston Ballet Announce “Divergence” and “Swan Lake”
Houston Ballet closes out the 2022-2023 season with two final blockbuster productions: Divergence, May 25 – June 4, and Swan Lake, June 8 – 18. Divergence features three ballets from world renowned choreographers, Aszure Barton, Stanton Welch AM and Justin Peck, each with their own distinct style. Then the Company will finish the season with one of ballet’s most iconic works, Swan Lake. In Stanton Welch’s opulent production, the main characters are imbued with greater psychological complexity, giving the work a twenty-first-century pace.
Houston to host Real Madrid vs. Manchester United in 2023 Soccer Champions Tour at NRG Stadium
Match on July 26 part of Copa de Lone Star Series
Soccer Champions Tour announced the launch and schedule for a new series of games featuring six of the world’s most iconic soccer clubs to be played this summer in major markets across the United States. As part of this series, organizers announced today that La Liga powerhouse and reigning UEFA Champions League Champions Real Madrid CF will face off against English Premier League titans Manchester United on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at NRG Stadium.
Alex Murdaugh indicted on 22 federal counts for alleged financial schemes
A federal grand jury has indicted disbarred South Carolina attorney and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh on 22 charges in connection with schemes aimed at stealing money from his clients, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina.
Promote Mental Health Awareness Month This May
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when we come together to bring attention to emotional wellness and the importance of seeking support when we need it.
Onyx Collective’s "Searching For Soul Food"
Searching For Soul Food” follows rock star celebrity chef, Alisa Reynolds, as she discovers what soul food looks like around the world.
Black Restaurant Week Relaunches 'More Than Just a Week' 2023 Campaign to Restimulate Black-Owned Businesses with Equitable Events in Key Markets
Black Restaurant Week LLC celebrates the flavors of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine with a series of regional cultural events and aims to support Black-owned culinary businesses with substantial programming outside of their 10 or 14-day, multi-city tour across the United States.
Texas Southern University and Truist Announce Partnership and Gift
Texas Southern University and Truist announced the beginning of a new partnership during a signing ceremony and check presentation. The Truist Charitable Fund approved a gift of $750,000 for the Future Bankers Leadership Program (FBLP).
Cheers to New Summer Socials at CityCentre
Happy Hour Fun Launching Thursday, June 1, 2023
CITYCENTRE is getting ready to have memorable evenings all season with the launch of Summer Socials, a series of lively happy hour events in the plaza catered to young professionals. Starting on Thursday, June 1, 2023, visitors will enjoy cold beverages, music, giveaways, and mingling al-fresco every other Thursday night.
Future Bankers at TSU Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Industry Exam for Third Consecutive Semester
Students in Texas Southern University’s Future Bankers Leadership Program (FBLP) achieved an impressive 100 percent pass rate for a key professional certification exam – giving them a distinct advantage as they pursue careers in the finance and banking industry. This marks the third consecutive semester the entire FBLP cohort has passed the exam.
METRO Unveils Newest Designs in School Bus Shelter Program
On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, METRO will unveil a new bus shelter at Kashmere High School and reveal several new designs for bus shelters near schools within Aldine ISD.
Meet the Philadelphia native heading to Harvard on a full scholarship
If you're on TikTok, chances are you've seen lots of graduation videos lately.
Texas sends ban on gender-affirming care for minors to governor’s desk
The Texas legislature Wednesday night voted to ban gender-affirming care for most minors, sending a bill to the governor’s desk that, if enacted, would put critical health care out of reach for transgender youth in America’s second-most-populous state.
U.S. Representative Cori Bush Introduces New Bill to Congress Calling for Reparations for Black Americans
According to npr.org, U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D, Missouri) has introduced new legislation calling for $14 trillion in reparations for Black Americans, in an effort to see the federal government atone and attempt to compensate for the practice of chattel slavery for over 250 years and the generations of racist policies that have followed.
11-Year-Old Black Girl With IQ Higher Than Einstein is Earning Masters Degree
Adhara Pérez Sánchez, a 12-year-old brown skin girl from Mexico City, is making headlines for her exceptional intelligence, with an IQ score higher than that of Albert Einstein. Adhara, who is of Afro-Mexican descent, has an IQ of 162 and has already received a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from CNCI University and is currently studying a master’s program in Mathematics at the Technological University of Mexico. Her dream is to be an astronaut for NASA.
Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Babyface to Headline 2023 Cincinnati Music Festival
Berrywise Enterprise, a Black-owned premier ticket and hotel reseller, is providing ticket and hotel packages for this year’s 2023 Cincinnati Music Festival. The iconic event will happen Thursday, July 20th through Saturday, July 22nd at the Paycor Stadium (formally Paul Brown Stadium), on the Cincinnati riverfront. Attendees will have a memorable experience with prime seating and accommodations.
Lupita Nyong’o addresses speculation she dated Janelle Monáe
Lupita Nyong’o understands why people may believe she and Janelle Monáe had a romantic relationship.
First Colony Branch Library Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Open House
In celebration of the 30TH anniversary of the First Colony Branch Library, Fort Bend County Libraries invites the public to an Open House on Saturday, June 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.
IRS Free Tax Filing Service Could Further Harm Black, Low-Income Taxpayers
The IRS is exploring a direct e-file system for tax returns. However, some believe the system would bring undue harm to historically marginalized communities – including Black and low-income taxpayers - based on recent reports concerning IRS enforcement actions.
Hampton to host inspiring Black history, cultural events this summer
Explore legacy and culture this spring and summer in Hampton, Virginia with events and tours that commemorate and celebrate Black history and culture. Hampton’s more than 400-year African American history tells a powerful story of perseverance, heritage and pride.
Agenda Houston CEO Ken Haggerty to Host FREE Monthly Entrepreneur Series "What's Your Agenda?"
Agenda Houston, the city's premiere destination for collectable sneakers and designer streetwear, is excited to announce a groundbreaking initiative by its CEO, Ken Haggerty. Starting on June 6, 2023, Haggerty will be hosting a free monthly entrepreneur workshop called "What's Your Agenda?" at the Agenda Houston flagship store located at 3300 Kirby Drive in Houston, Texas!
The Highlands Community Donates $10,000 to Local Charities Following Home Tour
Montgomery County Food Bank and Sleep in Heavenly Peace Receive Charitable Contributions
In April, The Highlands by Caldwell Communities hosted the “All Trails Lead Home” tour to showcase the community’s abundant amenities and home design offerings. In addition to seventeen model homes, the tour highlighted the unique national park ambiance, miles of trails, Highland Pines Golf Course, recreational lakes and dozens of additional offerings for residents to enjoy.
The 2023 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival Hit High Notes
Saint Lucia welcomed back the renowned Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival and hit many high notes. This highly anticipated event took place from May 5 - 14, 2023, after a three-year hiatus and captivated global audiences. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Pigeon Island national park, the festival showcased a diverse programme featuring world-renowned musicians, artists, and performers. From Grammy winners to rising stars, the stages came alive with an eclectic mix of genres.
Katy native serves aboard forward-deployed Navy warship in Japan
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Scott, a native of Katy, Texas, serves in Japan aboard a forward-deployed U.S. Navy warship.