Oprah Winfrey

  • Film

    August 15, 2013

    The Butler Is So Old-School It Feels Modern

    The Butler finds urgency in the conventional.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Oven Broken? Try the Dishwasher

    I hadn't regularly been watching Worst Cooks in America for fear I might see too much of myself in some of the contestants. When I did happen to catch one episode, I actually encountered a cooking technique that even I, in all my lazy unprofessionalism creative glory, had never heard of let alone a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Ellen Schwartz, Culinary Instructor & Private Chef

    Who she is: Ellen Schwartz, better known as Chef Ellen, has been in the kitchen for as long as she can remember. A native Houstonian, she and her family have a long history in the food industry. Her father and grandfather -- a butcher -- owned the Riverside Market grocery stores since the 40's. She ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
  • Culture

    April 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Don't Eat That: A List of Foods to Avoid

    This is my close friend Jamie from Hackney, East London, and he will eat anything you put in front of him. Whole, raw jalapenos and Thai chiles, dubious Asian convenience store sandwiches at 3 am -- whatever it is, it doesn't bother him. He once showed me a video from Thailand of him eating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Top 10 Films to Celebrate Black History Month

    In 1926 historian Carter G. Wilson began what was known as Negro History Week in an effort to make the African American story more prevalent in our culture's consciousnesses. The week evolved into an entire month-long celebration and promotion of African American history, which we recognize this mon ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    The Toxic Avenger: Pure Entertainment

    The setup: Based on Lloyd Kaufman's 1984 cult-movie classic, the musical version of Toxic Avenger arrives at the Alley, revamped after a long Off-B'way run, and brings broad humor, compelling music and top-drawer acting with it. The execution: The story line in the musical follows the movie pret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Thanksgiving Television Episodes That Didn't Knock Us Out From Tryptophan

    We can't lie and say that Thanksgiving television specials give us that same warm and fuzzy feeling as their Yuletide counterparts. For starters, there are very few of them and it is difficult to find them anywhere besides the Hallmark Channel. Lucky enough, regularly scheduled television uses the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Domenica Catelli of Catelli's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenDomenica Catelli, outside her family restaurant in Geyserville, CA.​Yesterday on part one of our chat with Domenica Catelli, we discussed how she left Houston to reopen her family restaurant in Geyserville, California. Today, we discuss her work as a Food Network person ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    The Oprah Finale: Five Ways To Improve It

    That's quite the treasury​Believe us when we tell you we are not Guy Who Never Watches TV. But somehow we've never seen an Oprah show. Of course, we've seen YouTube clips of Tom Cruise jumping up and down, and we're sure we saw snatches here and there in a waiting room or something. But that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Oprah Vs. Bob Dylan: A Side-By-Side Showdown

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​In case you've been under a complete self-imposed total media blackout - how do those work, by the way? - you no doubt know this week is a pretty important milestone in the lives of two of America's most important cultural figureheads. Maybe the two most ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Five Oprah Secrets That Would Have Been More Interesting

    ​Last week we started hearing rumors of a bombshell revelation coming on Monday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, a discovery Winfrey made late last year which she described as a "miracle" that she said "shook me to my core." Speculation ran rampant, from the predictable "lesbian relationsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Five Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!​Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Oprah Gives $1 million To Houston's YES Charter School

    Oprah shows some Houston love​That Oprah, she just can't stop with the giving.Today, in connection with a show on public education and the documentary Waiting for Superman, she announced a $1 million gift to the YES Preparatory charter schools here in Houston."We had no clue," Yes Prep CEO Chris B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Pop Rocks: A World Without Oprah

    So long, suckers.​The 25th and final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show kicked off yesterday with a John Travolta dance number, an appearance by Paul Simon (of "and Garfunkel" fame, not the deceased U.S. Senator), and an announcement that Oprah would take the 300 studio audience members in atten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Battle Celebrity Chef: Cat Cora v. Rachael Ray

    ​One is a bona fide chef, while the other is a self-described cook. One has made headlines because of her unique method of getting pregnant; the other appears on the pages of the supermarket rags because she is apparently about to get a divorce once a week. One is friends with that creepy "cha ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 8, 2010

    Soweto Gospel Choir

    Let the spirit move you

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Teen Iron Chef: The Secret Ingredient Is Shrimp

    ​The Teen Iron Chef Competition came to Houston this week at Sharpstown High School. Enterprising adolescents who had been training for seven weeks had their final showdown on Wednesday to see which team had made the most advancement in the kitchen. With Chef Monica Pope of T'afia serving as g ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    David Wroblewski

    From Oprah to Inprint

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    This Week In TV: Oprah to Resign in 2011, World to End Shortly Thereafter

    Tom Cruise is not taking the news well...​The sun's back out, I'm ready for turkey, and I can't believe I sold my DeLorean to Mr. T. This was the week in TV Land: • So, Oprah resigned, but not really, or something. Just to make sure we all have time to prepare our families for the ritualist ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 29, 2009

    Hal Niedzviecki

    See and be seen tonight with the writer of The Peep Diaries

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Guilty Pleas From The Sisters Who Dared To Defraud FEMA And Oprah

    This summer we told you about two locals who had not only been accused of defrauding the federal government, but something far, far more powerful: Oprah Winfrey.​Sisters Darlene McGruder Poole and Lashone McGruder Victor were charged in August with filing false information to FEMA in order to get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Houstonians Helping AIDS Victims In Big Media Push That Will Include Oprah

    ​What do Oprah, the TV show 20/20, Houston crime victim advocate Andy Kahan and Houston lawyer Kim Ogg have in common? They're all involved in the sordid tale of Philippe Padieu, a Dallas-area man who is in prison for knowingly having unprotected sex with dozens of women without telling them he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Houston Leads The Nation In Young-Teen Moms: A Good Thing?

    ​People are up in arms (Are people ever "down on arms"?) about a new report that shows Houston leads the nation in teen births, at least among women aged 15 or less.Abstinence-only ain't working, we need more abstinence-only, yadda yadda yadda.Sure, having a baby when you're 15 isn't the best choi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Ripping Off FEMA And Oprah: Not A Good Idea

    ​It's one thing to defraud FEMA in the wake of a hurricane. It's another to mess with Oprah.That's the sad, heavy lesson learned by four people named in indictments unsealed this morning by the U.S. Attorney's office. They're charged with, as the feds put it, "wrongfully obtaining rental assistanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    We Lost 500 Cows During Hurricane Rita!! Just Don't Look Too Closely

    ​Earlier today we had hurricane victims ripping off the feds and the sacred cow of Oprah Winfrey; now we have hurricane victims allegedly ripping off the feds with virtual cows.Six people were indicted today on charges that they told the federal government they had more than 500 cows that were swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    The Color Purple Comes Back To Finish Its Ike-Shortened Run

    Photo by Paul KolnikHSPVA's Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, on the far left with the white neckerchief. Last year, one of the casualties of Hurricane Ike was The Color Purple's national-tour stopover in Houston. It was supposed to be here for a two-week run, but that was halved thanks to the post-s ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Miss Pop Rocks' Worst Life Series

    So I've totally gotten sucked into the new Oprah and her Best Life series which aired last week and is all about, well, living your best life as Oprah thinks you should. Every day last week she focused on a different issue: money, body, sex, etc. with the goal being to help her viewers reach the ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Oprah, Shut Up

    Oh, did you hear? Oprah's 200 pounds again. So fucking what? Here is a woman who is easily one of the most powerful people on Earth, and all we (and she) have been talking about for the last week is the fact that she's reached 200 pounds again. I repeat: So fucking what? Sorry for all the swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Book Review: Smart Cookies' Investment Guide

    On the one hand, the timing couldn’t be better for The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough: How Five Young Women Got Smart, Formed a Money Group, and Took Control of Their Finances, which came out this week. Don’t we all want to be smart about money, now more than ever? On the other han ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2008

    The Color Purple

    Thank You, Oprah!

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    Banned Books in the Texas Prison System

    This week’s Hair Balls column takes a look at the wacky world of book-banning in the Texas prison system. It’s a world where accounts of caning women or dripping wax on them do not count as S&M, where former Senator Bob Dole is a child pornographer and “Letters to Penthouse” can be fine unle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    Resolutions of the Rich and Famous

    While the rest of us are trying to drop ten pounds, stop living at Target, and cut back to just drinking in the evening (or maybe that’s just yours truly), it seems to me that a certain number of celebrities out there need to make some resolutions as well. So here are my suggestions for the ric ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Alan Haynes

    Even in Austin, this blues guitarist stands out

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Lucy Noland…meow

    Keeping viewers abreast... The other day I was slumped on the couch watching the tail end of Oprah claiming her truth or whatever the hell it is she does on that show, when during a commercial break, I almost fell off the couch. I reached for the phone to call my friend Tamarie. As if I was chan ... More >>

  • Music

    July 13, 2006


    Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

  • Home Entertainment

    November 17, 2005
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    September 22, 2005
  • Calendar

    January 27, 2005
  • Film

    December 12, 2002

    Beat It

    Only band fans need stand in the Drumline

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    Heir Time

    Debra Duncan pays her dues, hits her cues and hopes to be the next Oprah

  • Culture

    July 27, 2000

    The American Scream

    A hysterical Tamarie Cooper rescues herself from suburbia in the free-association comedy Tamalalia 2000

  • News

    April 6, 2000
  • Film

    October 15, 1998

    Moved by the Spirit

    Post-slavery Beloved unleashes emotions

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Oprah Does Amarillo

    It's the Queen of Talk versus the Meat Men, and outside the courtroom, master media manipulator Winfrey is already the clear winner.

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