Rocks Off has just learned that Houston Press Music Hall of Famer Joe Sample is scheduled for surgery this afternoon. According to Dr. Horace Alexander Young of the Texas Southern University Jazz Studies Program, where Sample is artist in residence, Sample has been diagnosed with pneumonia. A consu ... More >>
Toward the end of her 2011 Race and Crime course in Texas Southern University's Administration of Justice Ph.D. program, Natalie Hinshaw raised her hand. She, and the rest of her classmates, had not yet received her mid-term paper back. The course's final project was coming up, and Hinshaw wanted to ... More >>
TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.
Teaching jazz at Texas Southern University was probably the last thing on the mind of Joe Sample when the Phillis Wheatley High School graduate returned to his native Houston after tearing it up in Los Angeles for 40 years. But Sample, who left TSU in 1958 with members of the Jazz Crusaders -- whi ... More >>
MLB Urban Invitational Battle of the Bands Minute Maid Park February 18, 2012 When I read the words "Battle of the Bands," I am immediately transported to the summer of 1997, when I trained to become a drum major at Texas Southern University. My band director at Jesse Jones Senior High, Mr. Ronald ... More >>
Shot and left for deadA man was found dead on the street near Texas Southern University Sunday night, and police have no idea why he was shot. The body of Silas Albert, 22, was found in the 5000 block of Ennis about 11 p.m. Sunday by a TSU police officer driving home after work, HPD says. A ... More >>
A tape sparks arrests.Fox 26 is reporting that three men have been arrested in connection with a sex tape believed to have been made in one of Texas Southern University's student apartment complexes. They've got a copy of the tape, rumors of which first began to surface in Twitter yesterday. ... More >>
Yesterday, the Rap Round Table at our sister blog Rocks Off pondered the interesting question "Which Houston rapper would make the best mayor?" You can go there for the discussion. Here, we will ponder which Houston mayor would make the best rapper. We have five nominees. 5. Diamond Jim McConn Smo ... More >>
Federal defendents in Houston are learning to expect the worst. The federal Pretrial Services Agency in Houston has launched a new program that basically counsels felony defendants who are out on bond and awaiting a federal trial. But in the program's early stages, things haven't gone exactly as ... More >>
Photo courtesy DeLuxe TheaterThe DeLuxe, back in the dayCity Council on Wednesday approved a contract with Smith & Company Architects for the renovation of the Fifth Ward's historic DeLuxe Theater. No opening date has been announced for the 59-year old building, which has sat dormant for over ... More >>
Police are scrambling to find out who fired the shots that killed a Texas Southern University student at a party over the weekend.Joshua McMackle, an 18-year-old freshman, was gunned down early Saturday morning at a large street party held along the 3700 block of Wheeler, one block west of the Un ... More >>
The University of Houston and Texas Southern University are near-neighbors across Scott Street, but that hasn't always made them the best of friends. UH has had a (under-the-table, to be sure) tendency to look down on the chronically troubled, historically black school.But these days, it's gettin ... More >>
Texas Southern University, for years the never-ending fount of Bad News, rightly trumpeted word this summer when they were taken off probation by the agency that accredits them. (All right, you insist on the name of that group? The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accredita ... More >>
On May 17, 1967 racial tension and misinformation led to a riot on the Texas Southern University campus.At the time, Houston, like the rest of the country, was struggling with race relations. Herman Short was chief of police under Mayor Louie Welch; Short was especially disliked by Houston's b ... More >>
In August, thousands of residents at Meyerland's Nob Hill apartments went from living in a quiet complex to being part of a swinging college housing facility, complete with shirtlessness and extreme sports -- and for some reason, the transition was less than smooth. The experiment ends next week, wh ... More >>
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This exhibit explores the horrors of slave life on the plantation
The University Museum at Texas Southern University gives hip-hop its props
Spurred on by a fellow student's death, Oliver Brown, William Hudson and Justin Jordan ran a gauntlet on their way to bring down a president
Priscilla Slade is the biggest gobbler of them all
T.S.U. vs. Prairie View, in a fight to the death (almost)
TSU and Prairie View A&M claw it out at the Labor Day Classic
Catch the million-dollar babies at the TSU Relays
TSU was failing in campus safety long before Ashley Sloan was gunned down
Have a hell of a time at Club Envy's Halloween Ball
Houston actually pulls off one crazy week
Saturday, October 18
After a half-century of effort, local African-American artists are emerging to the forefront of the arts, both in Houston and nationally
John Tucker's Old School Celebrity Weekend
The inaugural exhibit at TSU's University Museum is a testament to the power of one
James Douglas has a plan to return TSU to itsformer glory. But first, he's got to keep the school out of bankruptcy and conservatorship.
One of Houston's most venerable communities is set for redevelopment. Before that happens, though, perhaps one question needs to be answered: Whose community?
Last year, Joann Horton was hired to head Texas Southern University. Now the question is: will she save it, or destroy it?