Joe Sample is on a mission. While the illustrious keyboard genius behind the Crusaders continues to expand his career and is as in-demand at 75 as at any point in his life, these days he balances his commercial career with good works. Inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame's inaugural class a ... More >>
What a badass. As chronicled in this week's cover story, there's a reason why Joe Sample is Texas Southern University's artist-in-residence at the school's jazz studies program -- and why he may be able to reinvent TSU's disgraced reputation. Cover Story: The New Crusaders Joe Sample Attempts to ... More >>
All of Houston's original six wards are rich with history, but none captivate me quite as much as the Third Ward. Once home to the city's wealthiest residents, the area just southeast of downtown has gone through a tremendous amount of change since it was first established in 1836. The Third Ward h ... More >>
On Friday, Baylor regents gave a thumbs-up to the construction of a new $250-million stadium that will post up on the Waco campus and alongside the Brazos River. If Waco City Council green lights the $35 million tax increment financing zone funds that would be needed, then the 45,000-seat venue coul ... More >>
A lot of fans rejoiced when the city eased off on anti-tailgating restrictions that would have barred the practice at the Dynamo's new downtown BBVA Compass Stadium. After opening the season with four straight road games, the Dynamo will finally open up their new park May 12, and they have announce ... More >>
Critics say KTSU has lost its listeners, not to mention its soul, by ditching its cutting-edge music and many of its veteran DJs.
Take Ova Crew on FacebookThe Take Ova Crew welcomes Houston's own Devin the Dude.In 1972, the FCC approved a license for Texas Southern University's FM radio station, 90.9 KTSU ("The Choice"). The station was originally intended to give students in the communications department an opportunity ... More >>
Houston gets its first co-op — decades after other cities took the plunge.
Shot near TSUAn alleged drive-by shooting near the Texas Southern University campus early Sunday morning left one person dead. Rashad Minix, 20, was killed in the incident in the 3400 block of Rosedale about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Houston police say. Another man injured in the shooting was expect ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Starting tomorrow, Texas Southern University will begin a year-long celebration of what would be the 75th birthday of alumna Barbara Jordan. Jordan was steeped in Houston, a Wheatley High grad who represented the Fifth Ward in Congress throughout the '70s. Here are five video clips of her career: ... More >>
Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Tchernavia Sessum, a 26-year-old Clark Atlanta University grad, who struggled for several years in the job market before finding a job that put her schooling to use. Everybody in my family either went to Texas Southern [University] or Prairi ... More >>
Saturday is the last day to see "Pieced Together, All Texas Graffiti Show" over at Aerosol Warfare Gallery & Boutique. The first traveling graffiti art exhibit to make its way around the state, "Pieced Together" features works by Austin's Sloke (who curated), San Antonio's Enks, and Houston's ... More >>
Photo courtesy Houston SymphonyFrom time to time, Hair Balls talks to celebrities (real celebrities, not the "I invented a purple potato" type of pseudo-celebrities). And from time to time, those celebrities can be, oh, shall we say, unconventional. (Larry Harlow once slammed us for not being ... More >>
More than 40 works from 30 of TSUs top students
Young Palestinian refugees make moves for peace
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A Pearland guy causes a Beltway firestorm
No one will be ready for your jelly when style diva Jenyne Raines is done with you
A basketball icon brings classics of African-American art to TSU
A husband-and-wife team sparks controversy
Want to ride the Rockets' revenues? Good Luckett!
A recycled city official comes home to roost
Rod Paige U.S. Secretary of Education
The brass ring fell in Kirk Whalum's lap. He's kept it in his pocket ever since.
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In the early 1960s, Eldrewey Stearns was a powerful force for integration in a segregated society. Then he forgot his way, and history forgot him. Until, that is, he met writer Thomas R. Cole.
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