Rodney King

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    '90s Music Trends That Should Stay Dead

    By Angelica Leicht and Selena Dieringer It turns out some musical trends that emerged in the '90s are not quite the fine wine you remember them to be. While that post-grunge or SoCal pop music a la Sugar Ray may have once seemed palatable, but you were young and your taste was, well, terrible. But ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    May 9, 2014

    Steve Olson Has Come a Long Way From Appearing In Devo Videos

    To be sure, Steve Olson is the modern equivalent of a renaissance man with a street edge: he is a man of action, not bulky proclamations, weak dribbling philosophy or crimped visions. He steadfastly helped revolutionize skateboarding in the late 1970s, brainstormed the clothing line SOS, was cast in ... More >>

  • Film

    January 16, 2014

    Ride Along Is Just Another Cop Comedy, But the Joke Is on the Audience

    Ice cube plays a nobly abusive police officer — for laughs.

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    July 10, 2012

    Five Ways the Cell Phone Camera Has Changed the Way We Live

    When I was a kid, I used to follow my dad around with a Kodak Instamatic he got me from a drugstore. He was the pro in the family, shooting photos for magazines and for himself. Like most shutterbugs, he had an ample collection of lenses and camera bodies. When I turned 12, he bought me my first rea ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Readers Poll: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Vs. "Welcome To The Jungle"

    Sometimes the hardest questions to ask are also the most fun, at least when it comes to pop music, because you end up managing to illicit the most angry and passionate responses. Which is exactly what happened when we pit two bands and their most damaged fist-pumping anthems against one another. N ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    5 Songs For International Day Against Police Brutality

    Police brutality is definitely a real thing. Cases range from synchronized actions by oppressive regimes to curtail the populace to isolated incidents of extremely poor decisions making by rage-based authorities. Distinguishing between and guarding against police brutality is as difficult as it is ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011

    Hands-On Experience

    Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    UGK's Top 10 Most Insightful Songs, Part 1​There's a big difference between being a fanatic and fan of someone's music. We all know this, but let's spell it out for the slow kids in class. For instance, Rocks Off is a fanatic of Death Cab for Cutie. We love their deep cuts as much as the widely known "Soul Meets Body." We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    April 29, 1992: Ten Songs About The L.A Riots

    ​It was 19 years ago today that the Los Angeles riots began after four white police officers, caught on videotape beating the African-American Rodney King after a drug-fueled high-speed chase, were acquitted by a Simi Valley, Calif. jury. The rest of the world watched in shock and sadness as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Notes from an Obscure Car Chase

    Tased and confused on West 11th.​So last night I am cycling home, listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast about the Red Army's sacking of Berlin. As I pedal up North Shepherd near the 11th Street Kroger, Carlin regaling me with tale after tale of unspeakable Red Army atrocities, a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The Odd Afterlife Of House Of Pain's "Jump Around"

    A couple of weeks ago, Rocks Off told our younger brother, eight years our junior, that we were interviewing legendary '90s hip-hop group House of Pain. He gave us a confused look. So we started singing: "Jump around. Jump around. Jump up and up and get down." "Oh yeah, the song from Mrs. Doub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The Odd Afterlife Of House Of Pain's "Jump Around"

    ​A couple of weeks ago, Rocks Off told our younger brother, eight years our junior, that we were interviewing legendary '90s hip-hop group House of Pain. He gave us a confused look. So we started singing: "Jump around. Jump around. Jump up and up and get down." "Oh yeah, the song from Mrs. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    That Long-Awaited HPD Beating Video Is Out

    The video is out​KTRK has managed to get its hands on the long-awaited security footage that shows Houston police officers hitting and kicking a teenaged burglary suspect as he's in custody. From the initial reports by people who'd seen it when the incident happened last year, you might have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Cop-Beating Video Will Stay Under Seal: Judge Agrees It's Gonna Go Viral Big-Time

    Rodney King might be wondering if Houston can get along​A federal judge has ruled that the video of Houston cops beating a 16-year-old handcuffed suspect will be kept under wraps until trial, and his reasoning gives even more credence to the theory that when it finally comes out, it's going to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    The 5 Scariest Things About Denny's

    boost ventilatorBasically an entire goddamn Grand Slam Breakfast between two slices of bread.​In the recent kerfluffle regarding Denny's new sandwich, the Fried Cheese Melt, we seem to have forgotten that it's far from the only reason to be afraid of the 24-hour restaurant chain. Allow us to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    HPD Chief McClelland Understands "Frustration" Over Misdemeanor Beating Charges

    Photo by groovehousePull over when you see the red lights, people​At a news briefing earlier today, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland appeared sympathetic to those in the community who are upset that the officers involved in the alleged beating of a handcuffed teenaged burglary suspect, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    HPD Beating Video: Just Waiting To Bust Viral On The Net

    The Rodney King video -- about to get a reprise in Houston?​Reports are everywhere about eight Houston police officers allegedly caught on tape beating a suspect. But the worst is no doubt yet to come, when the video eventually gets released.Mayor Annise Parker tried to describe what's seen on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Pop Rocks: God Bless You, Kiefer Sutherland

    ​Like it or not, this is the Celebrity Gossip Era, and unless our journalistic tastes swing away from meagerly credentialed blowhards opining about pop culture in favor of scholarly treatises about global trade policy, this state of affairs isn't going to change anytime soon. But if you ask m ... More >>

  • News

    October 22, 2009

    Houston's Choice for Mayor

    Black Guy, Rich White Guy, Lesbian or Hispanic Republican

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    June 25, 2009

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: The Garden

    South Central’s largest community garden grows vegetables — and controversies

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Sober House: Vegas Odds

    Okay, so I don't actually understand betting odds. (Like, if it's five to one are those bad odds or good odds? Or what?) Regardless, I can tell you I've been making my own little guesstimates on who is going to survive VH1's "Sober House" (which is the more measured, more intimate "Celebrity Reha ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    November 6, 2008
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    October 30, 2008
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    October 23, 2008
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    October 16, 2008

    ...and L.A. Is Burning

    Revisit the L.A. riots in a brand-new comedy (yes, a comedy) in Y. York's ...and L.A. Is Burning at Main Street Theater

  • Film

    September 18, 2008

    Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace

    Racial tension, above and below the surface

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    The Roots Will Not Apologize

    ?uestlove and company: Those who don't like our angriest album can step right off

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    March 2, 2006
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    February 16, 2006
  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Toll-Free Hassle

    When good EZ TAGs go bad

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long

    Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Strings Attached

    Will Linden move on to become a music mecca or fall beneath the weight of a racist past?

  • Culture

    June 6, 2002

    Animal Magnetism

    Lawndale fashions an exhibition of work by artists about their pets

  • Culture

    March 28, 2002

    The Pitch

    In 1988, Ron Shelton made Bull Durham. In 2002, it couldn't be done.

  • Film

    November 22, 2001

    Knight Falls

    Everything old is mold again when a brotha from another hood lands in medieval times

  • Film

    March 23, 2000

    Prepare for Landing

    The appropriately named Jet Li may prove Americans are finally primed for Far East mayhem

  • Calendar

    June 11, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 11 - 17, 1998

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    March 26, 1998

    Situational Ethics

    As Jew Don Boney has moved upward in public life, have his values changed to meet his needs rather than those of his constituents?

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    July 17, 1997
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    January 16, 1997
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    December 28, 1995
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    April 20, 1995

    Have Your Money Ready

    It costs to get in the International Festival, but the smokes are free

  • Film

    January 12, 1995

    B.S. 101

    John Singleton's Higher Learning fails to make the grade

  • Film

    April 28, 1994

    Crazy Child

    Martin Lawrence has a mean mouth, but a mild mind