Sierra Leone

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Texas Man Plays the Ebola Card to Dodge Jail (It Didn't Play Well)

    Nobody wants to go to jail, but some people are willing to go that extra mile to try and avoid being behind bars. And sometimes, every so often, there's an extra-special almost-brilliant type who comes up with a get-out-of-jail plan so brazen that all the rest of us can do is stand back in wonder. R ... More >>

  • Film

    September 12, 2013

    Isaiah Washington Is the Human Part of Blue Caprice

    Isaiah Washington had to hurt to play the D.C. sniper.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    When It Comes to Ending Hunger, All Eyes are Upon Houston

    Every other month, Moez El-Shohdi travels through the greater Middle East. Stretching from Morocco to Pakistan, El-Shohdi dots the landscape, visiting models he helped perfect through his work in Cairo. He examines the factory sprung in Riyadh. He tours the facilities in Damascus. He makes sure that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Hard Knock Life: Jay-Z Then and Now

    This week marks the beginning of a legacy. On October 17, 1998, Jay-Z's Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first of Jay-Z's many albums to do so and the start of a streak that continues today. Every Jay-Z album since has hit No. 1, making him the current record holde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Last Night: Kanye West, Jay-Z and the Watch the Throne Tour at Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​8:08: You know what's just never a slick move? Red wine in a plastic cup. Just an FYI, ladies. "Oh, you're drinking red wine? That's classy. Wait. Is that a plastic cup? Never mind. I forgot this was the Walmart break room." 8:58: Ooh, neat. There's a guy here wearing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest In Full Swing Leone's Janka Nabay plays Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest Monday night.​Not everyone has the capital to attend South by Southwest this year, but that doesn't mean that you won't have the opportunity to hear some of the greatest bands in the world in the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    SXSW 2011 Still Untainted By Houston Artists

    listenlisten: Not playing SXSW 2011... yet.​Rocks Off just got the latest list of names for next year's SXSW conference and festival in Austin, and just like the last time, the conference remains unsullied by any performers from Houston's filthy, rotten, disgusting, in-need-of-quarantine music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    World Cup: Today South Africa; Tomorrow Houston

    This ball is shaped funny​The world's biggest sporting event might be coming to a stadium near you, that is, if you want it here more than everyone else. A reception was held at City Hall Thursday to announce that Houston is holding the top spot in the bidding to host the FIFA World Cup in 2 ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 22, 2010

    The Meeting Place

    FotoFest sifts through thousands of images to find gold.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Aftermath: Jay-Z Goes Into Overtime At Toyota Center; Gyno-Mom Approves

    Photos by Marco Torres / Click here for a slideshow​7:22 p.m.: God Dammit. The show was advertised as starting at 7 p.m. on the Toyota Center site, which of course means it'll start exactly at 8 p.m., which of course means it'll really start AROUND 8:15 p.m., which is more like 8:30 p.m., bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    The Dynamo's Newest Import Adapts To A New League

    Photo courtesy​The Houston Dynamo are in the business of importing forwards these days. Currently, they employ forwards from the African nations of Ghana and Sierra Leone, and even their U.S. International hails from the far off island of Hawaii.The Dynamo's newest signee, forw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009


    OMG OMG OMG Salma Hayek breast fed a baby in Sierra Leone OMG OMG OMG! Seriously, what is this, the next Yalta Conference? You would think so, given the reaction of the popular and not-so-popular press. Google "Salma Hayek breastfeeding" and you'll get such lovely quotes and comments as "Lucky ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    The Whole Wide World: Chopteeth's Afro-Funk Big Band

    Chopteeth live at Washington D.C.'s Black Cat Photo by C.L. Kunst Chopteeth Afro-Funk Big Band (Grigri Discs) People deal with grief in various ways - some go out and get drunk,while others might take a trip in order to "clear the air" while attempting to deal with the pain. Quit ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    There Is But One Story with Many Tellings

    We were listening to Morning Edition on NPR (FM 88.7) this morning when we heard an interview with Aminatta Forna, author of Ancestor Stones, a fictional chronicle of the lives of five Sierra Leonean women. The author read a passage that detailed a hungry crowd’s reaction when a box of lipstick ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2007

    Paradise by the Dashboard Light/Houston Music

    Racket again ventures downtown in search of musical serendipity

  • Home Entertainment

    March 22, 2007


    Diamonds in the Rough

  • Film

    December 14, 2006

    Say It with Diamonds?

    Not exactly. Circling the diamond industry, Zwick flick tackles nada

  • Film

    December 7, 2006

    Say It With Diamonds?

    Not exactly. Circling the diamond industry, Zwick flick tackles nada

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The Plane Truth

    Houston minister Dr. K.A. Paul flies around the globe using Jesus to pull in worldwide donations -- unfortunately spending more money on jet fuel than orphans

  • Calendar

    May 11, 2006
  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    Reform School

    The College Dropout rethinks his stance on education in the year 2010

  • Music

    September 1, 2005


    Does Late Registration live up to the hype? Musically, yes. Lyrically, no.

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Who's Your Daddy?

    Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors

  • Culture

    March 31, 2005

    Africa, Via Switzerland

    Can 33 artists from one man's collection sum up a continent?

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2003

    Can I Get a Witnes?

    DJ Witnes hosts a new hip-hop show on KPFT

  • 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

  • Calendar

    May 13, 1999
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    May 23, 1996