A coalition of grass-roots community groups has included the Houston Independent School District in its report this month about school closings that disproportionately affect communities of color. While Houston among the cities with triple digit closings like Detroit, New York and Chicago, it did m ... More >>
Do you remember how things got really ugly at an HISD meeting in March? Well the Houston branch of the NAACP is taking up the fight started at that meeting, after it was announced that Jones High School was being turned into a vocational academy. According to KTRK, James Douglas, a lawyer and vice ... More >>
When last we saw Bun B, the Buddha of Gulf Coast rap also dubbed "Houston's unofficial mayor" - by us, yes, but it fits, don't it? - was all smiles as usual. Saturday afternoon the ever-trill UGK rapper's countenance beamed as he shook hands, posed for pictures, and signed autographs at Cactus Music ... More >>
As Sterling High School’s year comes to an end, merger talk has the community upset, critics say they can’t trust HISD, and its latest principal is pulling out all the stops to try to get kids to graduation.
We were surprised to hear Thursday that the Four Seasons Houston has sued the NAACP for allegedly stiffing the hotel out of nearly $100,000 its members racked up for a banquet last July (including interest). In support of its claim, the hotel provided a printout of an e-mail exchange between the pa ... More >>
The Texas Supreme Court building is the largest Confederate memorial in the world. Kirk Lyons, a lawyer with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, wants me to know this. He says it, repeats it. At the beginning of the conversation. In the middle. At the end, twice. "That building is still the largest C ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry took time out of his busy schedule of telling the federal government to kiss his ass and whopping up on socialists to demand an apology from the President for remarks made by the U.S. Attorney General at the NAACP convention held in Houston last week. Apparently, Perry thought Ho ... More >>
What did Vice President Joe Biden prove to the delegates of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? That he's not as white as super whitey-white GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney who, on Wednesday, jabbed attendees (on purpose, even?) of the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention wit ... More >>
It was a pretty safe bet that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would face what Rodney Dangerfield called a "tough crowd" at the NAACP annual convention being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center this week. Romney's platform of repealing Obamacare and tax cuts for the "job creators" ar ... More >>
Mitt Romney, the whitest Republican presidential nominee since every single Republican presidential nominee before him, informed an auditorium of black people at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conference in Houston today that he, stilted awkward whiteness aside, knows ... More >>
It was on and then off. When it was back on, it was on. Kind of. Mid-morning Tuesday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who had canceled his Monday appearance on account of an airplane delay, addressed the delegates of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People meeting ... More >>
"We are wading through the greatest wave of legislative assault on the right to vote in more than a century," shouted National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous into a microphone at an over-air-conditioned exhibit hall at the George R. Brown Co ... More >>
We were kind of amazed to read that the NAACP's Dallas chapter wants to shut down the Texas lottery, mostly because we didn't realize all the other racial injustices on the To Do list had already been checked off. "People oftentimes make decisions not in their best interests," Chapter President Ju ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
The most surprising thing, and maybe the most amazing, about the 2012 edition of the Future Music Summit didn't take place during a presentation or during the concert. It took place during the afterparty at Herzstein Plaza just a little before midnight. During the day, during presentations and meal ... More >>
How do students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah celebrate Black History Month? Well, mostly they don't. Obviously. There are roughly 176 African-American students out of the 30,000 kids at Mitt Romney's alma mater. (Surprisingly, one of those black students actually made it into the video ... More >>
Richard Murray talks of the GOP, blacks and the Tea Party.Republicans found "very, very clever ways" to minimize minority voting opportunities in new Congressional and House maps passing in June, University of Houston professor Richard Murray told a three-judge panel during the redistricting ... More >>
Ex-employee makes allegations.A former attorney with the Houston branch of the NAACP has accused the branch's executive director of mishandling funds and altering financial statements in a federal civil suit. Filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the suit ... More >>
The sweet smell of secessionIn five years, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the bloodiest war in U.S. history, and yet a stupefying number of people still don't comprehend how flying a flag associated with treason and -- more to the point -- racism might not be the best idea: ... More >>
Jolanda Jones says never talk to HPD
Mayor, police grilled on HPD beating.
Mandy OaklanderAnnise Parker spoke at an NAACP town hall meeting last night.Last night around 7 p.m., the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church was packed tighter than a month's worth of Sunday mornings. Hundreds swarmed to attend the standing-room-only NAACP town hall meeting about the recent ... More >>
KTRH's vox populi: Out on the edgeOne of the fee remaining joys of listening in the morning to KTRH, once the city's proudest newsradio station, is not weather or traffic.Sure, those are about the last reliable things the station broadcasts, but that doesn't mean there's no other entertainment va ... More >>
Galveston County Daily News: Someone said we were racistThe Galveston County Daily News had a story this morning somewhat innocuously headlined "NAACP leader: 'I did not make that comment'."It got more interesting when you read what the comment in question was, and when you know that Dolph Tillot ... More >>
One of Houston's own presents a story of the triumph of love
The beleaguered Houston Fire Department got some support today from a vice-president of the local chapter of the NAACP, who said in a press conference that he accepted that a noose-like rope found in a station locker was not intended to be a racial symbol.Reverend D.Z. Cofield said he had conduct ... More >>
Isiah Carey's Insite reports the Robbie Tolan/Bellaire police shooting story is going national.Bryant Gumbel of HBO's Real Sports was in town to interview Tolan, who was shot in his driveway by Bellaire cops. Tolan's father is former major leaguer Robert Tolan.Carey says Gumbel interviewed the entir ... More >>
Still on death row, though
In a ruling Friday that flew under the radar until today, US District Judge Vanessa Gilmore overturned the capital-murder conviction of Mariano Rosales, because Harris County prosecutors had improperly rejected minorities from the jury pool.The technical term for the tossing-minority-jurors claim is ... More >>
The Houston Press's backpage.com classifieds section sometimes gets some odd submissions, and we were recently alerted to one. Sent by an anonymous source using the addy firstname.lastname@example.org, the post offered "thousands of part-time and full-time openings" for a vague company called "Sa ... More >>
Eight months after its "burial," the American language's most dangerous epithet is more popular than ever in hip-hop
Why do Mexicans put their surnames in the back windows of their cars?
Fisticuffs? Let's hope they turn around and make up. First Press prom king Ray Hafner spotted it on KPRC. Then it started buzzing around the blogosphere: President Bush slapped Al Green. Whoa — could Dubya have decked the Reverend during a soulful rendition of "Let's Stay Together," perh ... More >>
A fiery poet shares her Home Grown flow
Houston's NAACP faces a protest of its own when it takes sides in a divorce case
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The NAACP rattles sabers in the arena vendor disputes
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Things get ugly as longtime Fox reporter Lloyd Gite leaves
The establishment's attack dog is muzzled, so far
As HIV spreads among blacks and Hispanics, agencies that serve those communities say they're being shortchanged
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