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Houston Events

Have fun this weekend! Also I have a couple events coming up next week, namely the Noname's Book Club meetup and the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Also early voting is happening now and you can vote anywhere in Harris County!

For Black History Month I'm recommending 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 MerlexPicks.com and subscribe to my newsletter!

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Concerts, Speakers, and Events likely to sell out!
  1. Tarell Alvin McRaney (Moonlight, David Makes Man) on February 15
  2. The Color Purple at HSPVA in February 2020
  3. Houston Rodeo tickets (Chance the Rapper and Lizzo) on sale February 7
  4. Kaytranada on May 15
  5. Hyukoh on May 30

This Week's Featured Events!

"Pass Over,' written by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Mekeva McNeil until until Feb 29

Antoinette Nwandu fuses poetry, humor and humanity in a rare and politically charged new play which exposes the experiences of young men in a world that refuses to see them.
Author Event: Candacy Taylor - Overground Railroad on Thursday
Centering Black (Im)migrant Communities in Immigrant Justice on Thursday
Arte Público Press Authors Reading: Zepeda and Méndez on Thursday
Agent of Change with Dr. Cynthia Orozco on Thursday
Black Girl Church - Film Screening and Panel on Friday
Lowkey on Friday
Midnight Madness: Howl's Moving Castle (Subtitled) on Friday and Saturday
Rally and March for Black Woman 2020 on Saturday
Black Speculative Art Movement Houston Conference 2020: Perfect Vision on Saturday
Civic Engagement and Black Houston with Shekira C. Dennis on Saturday
Artist Talk: Paul Mpagi Sepuya on Saturday
Chicana Movidas: Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era on Saturday
Migos x Mimosas XVIII on Sunday
Motown on Mondays
Dr. Subini Annamma:DisCrit Disrupting the School to Prison Nexus on Tuesday
HSPVA's The Color Purple on Feb 26 - Mar 1
Noname's Book Club on Thursday
Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday

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

Graduate Colloquium Public Lecture: Bianca Williams
Thursday, February 20
events.rice.edu/#!view/event/event_id/57601

RaMell Ross, Filmmaker, Photographer and Writer
Thursday, February 20
uh.edu/calendar/?view=e&id=21100#event

Centering Black (Im)migrant Communities in Immigrant Justice
Thursday, February 20
For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/centering-black-immigrant-communities-in-immigrant-justice-tickets-92215572259

Artist Talk: Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Friday, February 21
uh.edu/calendar/?view=e&id=21038#event

HARI KONDABOLU (Comedy Central, Letterman, Conan, HBO, BBC) – EARLY SHOW
Friday, February 21
eventbrite.com/e/hari-kondabolu-comedy-central-letterman-conan-hbo-bbc-early-show-tickets-90067425093?aff=eand

Black Girl Church – Film Screening and Panel
Friday, February 21
eventbrite.com/e/black-girl-church-film-screening-and-panel-tickets-90540644505

Mind Shrine Tour Kickoff w/ Mantra Love, Total Care, Flavor Hour
Friday, February 21
eventbrite.com/e/mind-shrine-tour-kickoff-w-mantra-love-total-care-flavor-hour-tickets-92764040743?aff=eand

HARI KONDABOLU (Comedy Central, Letterman, Conan, HBO, BBC) – LATE SHOW
Friday, February 21
eventbrite.com/e/hari-kondabolu-comedy-central-letterman-conan-hbo-bbc-late-show-tickets-90069926575?aff=eand

MUSIC: DJ E $
Friday, February 21

Lowkey HTX at Grand Prize
Friday, February 21
eventbrite.com/e/lowkey-htx-at-grand-prize-tickets-88899098597?aff=eand

Midnight Madness: Howl’s Moving Castle (Subtitled)
Friday, February 21 – February 22
landmarktheatres.com/houston/river-oaks-theatre/film-info/howls-moving-castle

Rally and March for Black Women 2020
Saturday, February 22
eventbrite.com/e/rally-and-march-for-black-women-2020-registration-91104119875?aff=eand

Black Speculative Art Movement Houston Conference 2020: Perfect Vision
Saturday, February 22
eventbrite.com/e/black-speculative-art-movement-houston-conference-2020-perfect-vision-tickets-62330633603

Black Texas Pop Up Market
Saturday, February 22
eventbrite.com/e/black-texas-pop-up-market-tickets-90700149589?aff=eand

West African Film Festival
Monday, February 24 – March 1
eventbrite.com/o/imanuel-way-16629755092

The Ensemble Theater presents I, Barbara Jordan
Monday, February 24
eventbrite.com/e/the-ensemble-theater-presents-i-barbara-jordan-tickets-92387821461?aff=eand

The Legacy Lives On Film Screening & Women of Color Entrepreneur Panel
Tuesday, February 25
eventbrite.com/e/the-legacy-lives-on-film-screening-women-of-color-entrepreneur-panel-tickets-89524543319?aff=eand

HSPVA: The Color Purple Opens
Wednesday, February 26
hspvafriends.org/boxoffice/

T3CH “Grow With Google” Workshop: Reach Customers Online with Search + Ads
Thursday, February 27
techtoolstips-feb2020.eventbrite.com

See this post (updated) on my website

Upcoming Concerts

YBN Cordae (rapper) at Warehouse Live (Studio) on February 27; $20

Required Reading

date ideas

Houston Date Ideas

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

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