Houston Events

Lots of music this week. Since you (better) have Monday off, I recommend checking out The Gumbo Jam on Sunday night. The music is great and the gumbo is delicious! Enjoy the weekend!

Also, Giving Tuesday has passed but I still recommend HYPE Freedom Schools as an org to support because they've got a 20 year track record of great work. More below or click here to donate

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Giving Spotlight:
HYPE Freedom Schools

HYPE works with churches and schools to implement the Freedom Schools curriculum developed by the Children’s Defense Fund. They provide summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Donate today!
I'm donating to HYPE because the mornings I spent reading, singing, and chatting with these young people were the highlights of my summer. I'm putting my money toward continuing the Freedom Schools legacy of youth development in Houston. Let me know if you're able to support or have questions!
Did you see my latest post on creative date ideas? How about the one on upcoming concerts for the quarter? Get your tickets now before they sell out! As always, see local events and more at and subscribe to my newsletter!


Concerts, Speakers, and Events likely to sell out!
  1. Big Freedia and The Suffers on January 17
  2. EarthGang on January 28
  3. The Color Purple at HSPVA in February 2020
  4. Hyukoh on May 30

This Week's Featured Events!

Opening Reception: Radical Revisionists on Friday
Bounce and Turn at Axelrad on Friday
Night Ride Exp ft. Soul Control on Friday
Melanin Yoga Project Yoga Expo 2020 on Saturday
2020 Houston Womens March on Saturday
Authentic Conversations: A Night Of Story Telling with African LGBTQ. on Saturday
Jadefly & The Pollinators Live Show on Saturday
Yoga and Brunch at Finn Hall on Sunday
Houston Afrofuturism Book Club - Sunday, January 26
Movie and I45 Panel Discussion with Council Member Plummer on Monday
Inprint Carolyn Forché & Carmen Maria Machado Reading on Monday

Click the event titles to add to your calendar! (Also, if this doesn't actually work let me know)


The Green Book opens at The Ensemble Theatre
Thursday, January 23

Visiting Artist Hannah Black
Friday, January 24!view/event/event_id/70810

Winter Exhibitions Reception
Friday, January 24

Opening Reception: Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present
Friday, January 24!view/event/event_id/69734

Jai Bhim Comrade
Friday, January 24!view/event/event_id/72656

Bounce and Turn at Axelrad
Friday, January 24

2020 Houston Womens March
Saturday, January 25

Melanin Yoga Project Yoga Expo 2020
Saturday, January 25

Run to Lead: Houston
Saturday, January 25

Screening – Father, Son, and Holy War
Saturday, January 25!view/event/event_id/72658

Houston Afrofuturism Book Club – Sunday, January 26
Sunday, January 26

Movie Night: Cool Runnings
Monday, January 27

Inprint Carolyn Forché & Carmen Maria Machado Reading
Monday, January 27

E-Commerce Meetup & Panel Discussion | Kim Roxie
Tuesday, January 28

Tuesday, January 28

See this post (updated) on my website

Upcoming Concerts

Branford Marsalis Quartet (jazz) at Cullen Performance Hall on January 25; $43
EarthGang (Atlanta hip hop duo) and Mick Jenkins (Chicago rapper) at Warehouse Live (Studio) on January 28; $23
The Joe Kay Experience at White Oak Music Hall on January 30; $25

Required Reading

date ideas

Houston Date Ideas

Our next "read" for the Houston Afrofuturism Book Club. Details here!

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