• Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Ledisi Comes Home: A Time for Omawale

    Note: this article was written by Houston-based writer Son-Christopher. This Friday Houston welcomes home Ledisi, a dynamic singer and daughter of the bayou area. But can you ever really go home again? A famous text says, "They asked us to sing songs, but how can we sing songs of Zion in a strange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Recipe: Nigerian Chapman Cocktail

    Now that the temperatures are finally creeping up, I'm getting more in the mood for chilled beverages. While perusing recipes for Thai iced tea I ran across a blog post that mentioned the Nigerian Chapman cocktail. Its name immediately suggested to me some intriguing imperial concoction, so I did so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Scam Warning: Beware of Officers Collecting Debt Via Phone and E-Mail

    On the rare occasion my spam filter allows an e-mail through from a Nigerian prince who wants to send me $1 million, I chuckle for a moment. Then, I realize the reason these ridiculous e-mails are still in circulation isn't because they are funny, but because some poor suckers out there still fall f ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Man Dies on Flight to Houston from Nigeria

    On Tuesday, a man identified as Benedict Sylvester Igwedike, 67, of Lagos, Nigeria was found dead on a United Airlines flight from his home town. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy on the man, who apparently died relatively early in the flight. Back in January, a woman died on a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Top 5 Goat Dishes To Try in Houston

    Many, many years ago, when I was an adventurous young thang, I worked one summer in Rajgarh, a small town in the Indian Himalayas. I spent a lot of time helping a social services organization conduct field research in woman's health practices. I also ate a lot of goat. In the absence of beef, pork, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Chicharito Impresses [Again] at Reliant: 5 Things We Learned from Friday's Friendly

    International soccer was back in the Bayou City this past Friday night. The Mexican National Team made its annual visit to Reliant Stadium, taking on an unfamiliar foe in Nigeria. Although neither side walked off the pitch with a victory to celebrate, there was plenty to draw from their 2-2 score ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Top Four Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Mom, I'm Bored Edition

    It's here again, that time of year when the kids are let out of school and immediately begin whining that there's nothing to do. Oh, sure, you try and try to make them happy. You can invent a brand-new game with balls and paper sacks and even clean up the damn mess they make when they nearly kill th ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Nigerian cuisine.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine

    Tackling Nigerian cuisine so early in the Here, Eat This series? Why not? Nigerian food is some of the most accessible "ethnic" food out there -- or at least, it will be for anyone who grew up eating Cajun, Southern or soul food. I'm looking at you, Houston. See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Gatlin's BBQ, Eatsie Boys, Latin Bites and More Restaurants on Board for 2013 Menu of Menus

    More of your favorite Houston restaurants are coming on board for Menu of Menus every day -- and maybe even some that will be your new favorites after you sample their grub at our grand tasting event on Tuesday, April 9. Since we're carefully curating the selection of restaurants this year, I'm ple ... More >>

  • Film

    January 17, 2013

    Park City's Breakouts

    The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Louis Vuitton Obsession: Domain Seizure Reminds Us of Five Things You Shouldn't Buy Online from Random Websites

    As part of the continued crackdown on counterfeit merchandise websites, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announced in a release that it seized 89 Internet domain names last week. Of those 89, a whopping 78 were related to Louis Vuitton, the high-end handbag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Top 14 Words Used By Cybercriminals

    We here at Hair Balls have gotten pretty good at recognizing e-mail scams when we see 'em. For example, we don't give our checking account info to just any Olatunde, Abimbola, or Harry who says he's a Nigerian prince -- we make sure they prove it to us by getting their phone number first. But othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 28, Egusi at Finger Licking Bukateria

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Happy Meal: Sunday Ogbonu's Stomachful Of Heroin Weighs In At Two Pounds, Three Ounces

    Ah, the glamorous life of a Customs and Border Protection agent: waiting around for someone to crap out the kilogram of heroin they've ingested in order to get the junk into the U.S. Most recently on the bowl was Nigerian citizen Sunday Okechukwu Ogbonu, 47, who arrived at Bush Intercontinental Air ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Free Radicals: "If There's No Money Involved, That's Fine"

    Free Radicals have won an amazing nine Houston Press Music Awards for Best Jazz, but jazz really doesn't even begin to cover the 16-year-old Houston group's sound. It's so all over the place that the only category that really fits is the oft-misunderstood "world music," especially on the Radicals' n ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend -- In Houston, Not At SXSW

    T-Bone Walker heir Don Kesee, one of the area's Houston's most underheralded bluesmen - which unfortunately is saying something, but watch a little bit of the above clip at Navasota's Blues Alley festival - comes into the city for a gig at the Shakespeare Pub. Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Dining

    December 22, 2011

    Finger Licking Good

    If you like Cajun and Southern food, try this West African restaurant.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Of Fufu and Roux: A Nigerian-American Love Story

    Photo by Troy FieldsA plate of doughy fufu and thick egusi soup at Finger Licking Bukateria.​Last Friday morning, I was rushing around my nine-by-six kitchen and tearing out the contents of the cupboards like a poltergeist. I was running late for our holiday luncheon at work and still needed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    The 10 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Business Names in Houston

    Gained in translation​Legend has it that back in that glorious half-season when Randy Johnson was mowing 'em down for the red-hot Astros, Drayton McLane thought up what he believed was a brilliant way to part Astros fans from still more money had one of his famous food-service brainstorms. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Houston Rapper Aims To Win Nigerian Contest

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducinglisto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Crawfish Across the World

    Ground crawfish powder, one of the "mother" spices in Nigerian cooking.​Louisianans like to think they've got the world on a string when it comes to crawfish, with small towns like Breaux Bridge laying claim to titles such as "Crawfish Capital of the World." But there are a few people in Niger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Christina Clardy: West U Doctor, Two Others Convicted in $30 Million Medicaid Fraud

    Christina Clardy among those convicted.​Christina Clardy, a 61-year-old West U doctor, was convicted with two other people of running a massive Medicaid-and-money-laundering scam that somehow involved Nigerian tankers, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Kenneth Anokam, 56, and Niger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Little India: The Reflection of a Small but Vibrant Community

    ​I was discussing Nigerian restaurants with a friend last night over dinner. "Are there any?" she asked. "In Houston?" I replied. "Of course! Why?" It was a rhetorical question; I knew the answer. Despite making up nearly 2 percent of our city's population, Nigerians in Houston -- and their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Nigerian Brunch at Peppersoup Cafe

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPlantains and scrambled eggs, with plenty of tomatoes.​Michelle Ukegbu isn't messing around when it comes to the food at her one-month-old restaurant, Peppersoup Cafe. Her mother opened Houston's first African restaurant, Safari Restaurant, literally right around th ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 14, 2011

    It Takes Tuwo

    Suya Hut serves a slice — er, ball — of West Africa in Houston.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Tuwo and Suya and Egusi, Oh My!

    Photos by Troy FieldsThink of tuwo like a giant, jolly ball of dumplings.​Despite Houston's wealth of ethnic food -- and even its wealth of African food -- eating Nigerian cuisine can be intimidating. Unfamiliar words, unfamiliar ingredients and unfamiliar foodstuffs all combine to make for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Suggestive Restaurants to Get You in the Mood This Valentine's Day

    The big red cock itself.​On the way to Jimmy Changa's a few weeks ago, my dining companion and I passed a country-cute little restaurant in Deer Park called Jug and Muffin. Aside from reminding me that I still want to open a pub some day called The Honk and Jiggle, we couldn't stop giggling to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    New Tracks From Roosh Williams, Jack Freeman, Roderickvonn, Etc.

    ​Five Spot receives a fair amount of email each day. It's not a gross amount or obscene amount, just a fair amount. And scattered in between offers from Nigerian princes and penis-enhancement companies are links, MP3s and heads-ups from and/or about Houston rappers/musicians. Now, were this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    WHAT?!? Companies Pay BRIBES To Do Business In Russia And Angola?

    Shocking, we know​Be prepared to lose all faith in -- well, if not humanity, per se, at least capitalism and government officials in Nigeria.It appears -- are you sitting down? -- that bribery is sometimes used when American companies try to do business in Russia, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. Y ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston

    The world's great cuisines converge here.

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Fake Nigerians Scamming Hispanics In Texas City

    Photos courtesy GCSODaniel Johnson, not a Nigerian with cash-flow problems​Almost exactly five years ago, we were minding our own business at the Downtown Transit Center light rail stop one evening. A suave and well-dressed middle-aged black man came up to us and introduced himself and spun an out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Going Overboard at Truluck's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttFresh crab claws and oysters: a triumphant start to any meal.​The last time I ate at Truluck's (5350 Westheimer), the restaurant was still located in the charming silver diner car -- still abandoned, by the way -- up the road from its current location on Westheimer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Ask A Rapper: Uzoy On Some Absolutely Awful Rapper Names

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009

    The Okra Principle

    Love is a conflict we all share

  • Music

    April 16, 2009

    iFest: This Is Our Party

    Better music than ACL and fewer hippies

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2008

    Impulse Artist Series: In Their Own Element

    Four of today’s rising star pianists perform as a collective and then in solo concerts

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Variations on "Hotel California"

    Yes, it's probably one of the most overplayed songs in both the Arrow's and K-Hits' libraries, but the Eagles' "Hotel California" deserves to be. Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder (who was fired from the Eagles in 2001), the title song to the band's 1976 album captures the creeping dr ... More >>

  • Music

    June 5, 2008
  • Dining

    May 22, 2008
  • Calendar

    February 14, 2008
  • News

    September 21, 2006

    The Cost of Doing Business

    An oil-field services employee from Texas is shot down on the streets of Nigeria, martyr to someone's cause

  • Calendar

    May 4, 2006
  • News

    November 10, 2005

    From Houston with Love

    The city sends a special something to Africa

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Out of Africa

    In a small office off the Southwest Freeway, an editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries

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