• Calendar

    August 28, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    HPD Shares Tale of Scams and Wal-Mart Debit Cards

    If you ever needed another reason to hate Wal-Mart, Alice Lee's got one for you. She was almost a victim Tuesday night of the Green Dot Moneypack scam. But we'll get to that in a minute. Lee was a special guest during the Houston Police Department's news conference today on scams targeting the As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY"

    Who? Anthony Obi, aka Fat Tony, is a Nigerian-American rap musician from the great Third Ward, Houston, Texas. His his music is smart, fun and (according to Tony) "very enjoyable in Whataburger drive-thrus!" Home Base: "I like to keep it moving," Tony says. "I made my last two albums in Los Angele ... More >>

  • Film

    March 6, 2014

    Squeezing the Globe

    Big Men reveals how the world of oil actually turns.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    10 Hot Houston Rap Tapes For 2014

    In a fun way, Houston's rap class has jumped into hyperdrive in terms of creating memorable content and records. At times it could be categorized in any of the following aspects: personable, eccentric, braggadocious, stoic. No Houston rap release in 2013 felt like an artist was mired in the same sor ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2013

    Desperate Act

    >Man douses self with liquid from a gas can in front of Exxon building.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Robert Plant, MDC, Change In the Game, etc.,

    Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters Bayou Music Center, June 21 Robert Plant's new project is already on the short list of most awkwardly named bands to visit Houston this year. (Does it have to be "Robert Plant Presents"?) Still, the recent Austin transplant gets a pass because, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Fat Tony Remains Houston's Smart Ass Black Boy On New Album

    On Monday, Houston's affable, not-really-overweight rap superfriend Fat Tony gave his Smart Ass Black Boy album (out next Tuesday, June 11) to National Public Radio and thus the rest of the world's open consumption and pre-purchase perusal. (Stream it here.) The last part of that statement is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Nerds Herd: Five Things You Should Be Glad Geeks Handle for You

    Tech junkies can be really annoying. They are often condescending, consistently frustrated and they sometimes even smell a little funky. I certainly don't condone condescension and admittedly stinky people are no fun, but there are plenty of times geeks have every right to be frustrated with you. Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    MKT Bar: Tale of an Unexpected Hotspot, Act 5 (Finale)

    CHARACTERS The Manichean; apparently intoxicated gentleman; our narrator; assorted children up past their bedtime SCENE 1 A breezy Saturday. 8:55 p.m. Tonight, we're told, is MKT's "Vinyl Night," sponsored by Heights Vinyl. This week's vinyl group is Justice Tirapelli-Jamail and Cory Sinclair of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Move Over, Jeff Bagwell! Brian Cushing's House Is For Sale, Too!

    Maybe after the tidal wave of a sports week that we all enjoyed/endured last week, we needed a bit of a breather. After Manti Te'o's phony baloney girlfriend, Lance Armstong's phony baloney apologies, the Patriots' and Falcons' phony baloney Super Bowl aspirations, a slow sports week leading up to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Manti Te'o Fake Girlfriend Saga: How Fake Twitter Accounts and Digital Trickery Fooled America

    Lots of people have been fooled online. Some have had entire relationships with people only to find out they weren't the person they thought they were...some not even the right gender. It is as disturbing as it is frustrating to imagine that anyone you speak with on the Internet might not be who the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Lucy: Making Ethiopian Food Look Good

    One of the complaints I've always heard leveled against Ethiopian food is that it isn't "pretty," or that it doesn't photograph well. The latter may often be true, because the texture and consistency of many Ethiopian dishes has a tendency to get lost in translation when photographed. A lovely, well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Is One Halfway Decent Thanksgiving Pop Song Too Much to Ask For?

    Not so long ago, Rocks Off was wondering why there has never been a decent pop song about Thanksgiving. Not despairing, just wondering. Apart from all the complete shite, you could fill an entire wing of your iTunes library with quality tunes about Thankgiving's yuletide neighbor, but Turkey Day its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Some Real World Techie Advice for Petraeus, His Wife, His Mistress and Cheaters in General

    I'm no Dear Abby (she's shorter than me), but reading the sordid details of the David Petraeus affair and how the whole thing blew up in his face causing him to resign from the CIA helped to confirm the fact that way too many people do not understand technology and need some help. Oh, sure, my first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Dogs Seized From Spindletop Need a Loving Home, So What's Your Deal?

    A dozen dogs seized from the Spindletop Dog Refuge last month are still at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and in need of forever homes. So what the heck are you waiting for? They all vary in breed, age, and temperament, but they're all the same in one crucial way: they've all languished in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Texas AG: Don't Fall For the Utility Payment Scam

    The Texas Attorney General's Office is warning folks about yet another identity theft wave that's been separating people from their money: the so-called utility bill payment scam. The AG's Office writes that "using in-person solicitations, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages, scamme ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Music

    April 26, 2012
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    February 8, 2012

    We Heart Houston -- and All of Its Food, Too

    What's not to eat in Houston? That's the question we pose in this week's cover story, "We Love Food." The answer -- in case you hadn't already guessed -- is very little. There is virtually no cuisine you can't find in Houston, and most of what you find is very good. With 8,000 restaurants and count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    5 Surprisingly Sexy Dinners for Valentine's Day

    So you've decided to buck the traditions this year and take your sweetheart somewhere for dinner that won't be an overpriced, overcrowded mess of boring pasta dishes and flourless chocolate cakes. Good on you! Valentine's Day -- or any good date night -- can be much more romantic when you mix it up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Nigerian Child Witch Hunter Visiting Houston for "Marathon Deliverance"...and Folks Are Pissed

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2011
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    August 8, 2011

    Friday Night: Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Devin & Friends At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marco TorresMouths of the South (L-R): Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude​Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Devin the Dude, Afroman, Fat Tony, Killa Kyleon, Jack Freeman, UZOY, Mezou Warehouse Live August 5, 2011 9:08 p.m.: Oh my. So, the show tonight - Slim, Ro, Devin, Afroman and openers - is mostly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    The Brisket House rules their brisket with an actual iron fist.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we kind of want our old pizza delivery job back just so we can hang out in the walk-in freezer. Yes, it's hot as balls here in Houston, and that's why we started t ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 21, 2011

    Why Do Mexican Farmworkers Take a Shit in the Fields?

    And why aren't more Mexis part of the middle class?

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    For some reason, this picture of the wine festival at Brenner's makes us very excited about the commencement of filming on The Hobbit.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our constant tinkering in God's domain is about to pay off with the imminent discovery of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: "Bissonnet is one of our great food streets with a ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Food Fight: Spicy Peanuts

    ​The peanut occupies a strange and remarkable place in our national consciousness. It's not a true nut (it's a legume, like lentils and peas), but might as well be for purposes of food allergies and supermarket inventory. It's not American, but might as well be for purposes of popular culture, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Feeling the Hate on Facebook

    Jessica Tata is not loved on Facebook​No local Houston figure in recent memory has become so hated so quickly as Jessica Tata, the fugitive owner of the day care where four children died in a fire last week. Believed to be in Nigeria, Tata, who lied about her juvenile record on her regist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Jessica Tata, Owner of Daycare Where Four Kids Died, Escapes to Nigeria

    ​The Houston Fire Department says the owner of the daycare where last week's heartbreaking fire killed four kids has escaped the country. Jessica Tata, 22, is in Nigeria, HFD tells the Houston Chronicle. Tata has been charged with reckless injury to a child involving serious bodily injury, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Sweet Potatoes Versus Yams: The Real Story

    Now that's a yam. ​Sweet potato season is upon us. And though most Southerners, such as ourselves, correctly refer to the orange root vegetable by its rightful name "sweet potato," some people (i.e. Yankees) insist on calling them yams. Intrigued by the various appellations, I set out to dis ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 21, 2010

    Faces of Ife

    "Dynasty and Divinity" gives us the art of ancient Nigeria.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by Robb WalshOyster season is permanently over for Shuck Daddy's.​Lasting only a little over a year, the not-quite-Hooters seafood spot Shuck Daddy's (1511 Shepherd) has shucked its last oyster. With Mak Chin suffering a similar fate in the same location in 2009, could it be that Houston ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Black Crowes Pull the Plug

    Band celebrates album's 20th anniversary by going on hiatus.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Remember Nosaprise's Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email Nosaprise Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades (self-released, 2010) ​For a while, it appeared that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Primordial Gumbo at Finger Licking Bukateria

    It only looks like the underside of a giant scarab beetle; it's just the midsection of a catfish.​If you try to order primordial gumbo at Finger Licking Bukateria (9817 Bissonnet), they obviously won't know what you're asking for. Our waiter on Saturday night was completely befuddled when I tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    New-School Pirates Are No Longer After Your Buried Treasure

    We miss the old-school pirates​Being a pirate on the high seas isn't what it used to be. The rum-swigging, foul-mouthed, unkempt groups in search of buried treasure have evolved in the 21st century. Their new concern: Fueltrax systems. How's Disney supposed to make a movie around that plot line? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    World Cup 2010: These Teams Will Make It Out Of The Group Stage. Guaranteed

    Now THAT was a USA World Cup squad​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Chevron Protests Result In Arrests Downtown

    Photo by Liana Lopez Carted away in comfort​ At least four protesters were arrested this morning at a demonstration outside a Chevron shareholders' meeting downtown. The protesters moved past temporary police barricades and sat on the ground after they were refused entrance into the buildin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    George Clinton To Play Extended iFest Set For King Sunny Ade

    ​The Houston International Festival has adjusted its schedule to accommodate the cancellation of Nigeria's King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, who scratched their tour after talking drummer Gabriel Ayanniyi and percussionist Omo Olope were killed in a car accident on their way to a video shoot ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2010

    "Perspectives 169: Odili Donald Odita"

    This artist creates one-of-a-kind colors for his dynamic work

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    July 9, 2009


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    July 8, 2009

    Violence And Kidnapping In Nigeria Makes Its Way To Houston Courtrooms

    photo courtesy of beckstir01 Kidnappings, pipeline bombings and vigilantism has become a way of life for both offshore oil workers stationed along the coast of Nigeria as well as the oppressed native insurgency groups who carry out the violence. (Check out this week's feature about one Texan's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Aftermath: Impulse Artist Series at Wade Wilson Art

    Classical music would have no problem attracting crowds if Impulse Artist Series founder Jade Simmons was in charge. During Monday night's kick-off of the week-long piano concert series, "In Their Own Element," Simmons introduced brilliant performances by Nigerian Sodi Braide, Brazilian Vanessa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2008

    The Center Cannot Hold

    All Africa Theater Productions presents an adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s classic novel Things Fall Apart

  • Music

    March 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    Now That's Some Gonzo Journalism

    The HST music quote is now the equivalent of that e-mail from Nigeria that you're about to get. Three or four years ago, whenever some Internet message board conversation about some nefarious music business deed would get particularly hot, some wise soul would step back and unfurl what Hunter S. ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 10, 2005

    Preserving Hair-itage

    A photographer documents traditional Nigerian hairstyles

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2003

    We're Gonna Get You, Soccer!

    If they want a team, Houstonians have got to represent

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