The U.S. plays its first game of the 2014 World Cup today against Ghana. Of course, Houston is in the good old US of A, and the Americans will have Houstonians rooting for them. But this is one of the most diverse cities in the country (maybe even the world). With that in mind, we decided to look ... More >>
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Perhaps no band in the real world has had quite as much of an impact on the world of Doctor Who as the Beatles did. Both were of course fantastic products of England in the '60s, but some of the connections go far deeper than a contemporary complementary pop-culture acknowledgment. Almost every si ... More >>
Former steamrolling NFL running back Christian Okoye isn't The Nigerian Nightmare, according to folks like Deana Holmes. Self-proclaimed witch hunter Helen Ukpabio is. "Not sure that we need to have this crap where little kids are accused of being witches that need to be prayed over and exorcised," ... More >>
If you like Cajun and Southern food, try this West African restaurant.
Suya Hut serves a slice er, ball of West Africa in Houston.
This is NOT the dawning of the age of Capricorn, dammitToday is the first big change under the new astrology rules, or whatever they are that's riling up zodiac types. January 20 is now the beginning of Capricorn, whereas it used to be the home of Aquarius. We're sure we're messing up the t ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
Before departing for L.A., Karina Nistal releases her long-awaited second album.
An around-the-world guide to the foods of Planet Houston
All Euro all the timeOne team has been laying beat downs.The other team, well, hasn't.That pretty much sums up the difference between Germany and Spain heading into their semifinal date later this afternoon - evening in Durban, South Africa.In a rematch of the 2008 European finals, the Germ ... More >>
What? No "Heil Shitler" headline?With the U.S. soccer team defeat to Ghana on Saturday, I thought I would note some things I noted from the World Cup this year.1. From my readings on the internet and twitter, it appeared that the U.S. soccer team was coached by Gary Kubiak. The team had bad fi ... More >>
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a summer of transcredible exploits. This was the week in TV Land: • Last week I asked what you watch during the summer, and the responses covered the bases for summer shows: Burn Notice, Leverage (really?), The Closer (really?!), sporting events, ... More >>
Is Coach Bob Bradley staying?Now that the US has been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it's time to play a little Monday quarterback, futbol style.Even though the US won its group for the first time in this millennium, and even though they made it past the first round (this was the team's ... More >>
"Luke!! I am your bad-luck charm!!"If ever there were a sporting event that was tailor-made for watching in a sports bar with a room full of diehard fans, it's World Cup soccer.It's the one sporting event that takes a pretty easily graspable concept for the casual fan (put ball in goal -- and in ... More >>
Yeah, and WE wanted YOU to stop giving up early goalsThey did it once, they did it twice, even three times for awhile, but the US National Team failed to come from behind as they fell to Ghana 2-1 in overtime Saturday.For the third time in this tournament, the US fell behind from an early goal, h ... More >>
A moment he'll never forgetThe images of Wednesday morning are still fresh on many people's minds. The image of Landon Donovan putting the US ahead in the 91st minute against Algeria, putting the Americans back in the round of 16 for the first time since 2002.Their opponent on Saturday is Ghana, ... More >>
The Obama administration brings first-ever winning a groupGod damn, that was a great game.Nerve-wrecking, but a hell of a game.With just a couple of minutes left in stoppage time before the final whistle was blown, American goalkeeper Tim Howard started a counterattack by throwing a Brett Favre-l ... More >>
This ball is shaped funnyThe world's biggest sporting event might be coming to a stadium near you, that is, if you want it here more than everyone else. A reception was held at City Hall Thursday to announce that Houston is holding the top spot in the bidding to host the FIFA World Cup in 2 ... More >>
Now THAT was a USA World Cup squadThe 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>
Gilberto Gil trims down his sound for an all-acoustic show.
The African artist puts a spin on kente cloth
Photo courtesy houstondynamo.comThe Houston Dynamo are in the business of importing forwards these days. Currently, they employ forwards from the African nations of Ghana and Sierra Leone, and even their U.S. International hails from the far off island of Hawaii.The Dynamo's newest signee, forw ... More >>
Motherland music hit a fever pitch with U.S. bands this year
This trio of percussionists performs an unusual lunchtime concert
Cell phone photos from around the world
From Warhol prints to African artifacts, the de Menils stocked museums around the globe
Racket again ventures downtown in search of musical serendipity
The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter
Contemporary Africa -- with a theme
The highs and lows of a World Cup day and a gay pride evening
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Go to Accra, Ghana, and find gated communities modeled on our own hometown
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