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The African-American Community’s Relationship with Law-Enforcement: A Live Houston Matters Town Hall

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we devote our entire hour to exploring the relationship between Greater Houston police and Houston's black community with a number of guests in front of a live audience at Houston Public Media. Our guests include: Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden […]

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Houston Matters Live Town Hall On Race & Policing, Nov. 15 at Noon

Posted on · On Nov. 15, Houston Matters will host a live town hall conversation about relations between Houston’s African-American community and law enforcement. We see this town hall as an opportunity to bring our community together, to explore what may lead, at times, to disconnects, miscommunication or misunderstandings. We also want to highlight what good work is […]

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Why Are Black Mothers Less Likely to Breastfeed? Addressing the Racial Disparity

Posted on · Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth-annual Black Breastfeeding Week. The campaign was launched to raise awareness about racial disparities between white and black moms who breastfeed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black infants consistently had the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration from 2000 to 2008. […]

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Study Examines Higher Asthma Fatality Rates Among African Americans

Posted on · African Americans are nearly three times more likely to die from asthma-related causes than the white population, according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study being conducted in Houston aims to address some of the reasons why. Joining us to discuss the study — and to answer some […]

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Gentrification of Houston’s Third Ward: A Threat To Its African American Culture?

Posted on · There is an ongoing debate on the effects of gentrification in Houston's historically black Third Ward. While some see the benefits, others worry it will diminish the center of African-American culture in the region. News 88.7’s Florian Martin talked with some community members and business owners in the area to get their thoughts about their […]

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Texas Black Expo: Empowering African-American Businesses

Posted on · The annual Texas Black Expo, the state's largest African-American empowerment festival, runs Thursday through Sunday (June 11-14) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The four-day event features speakers from the business world, business advice for African-American entrepreneurs, a trade show, and a concert. Houston businessman Jerome Love founded the event in 2004 because, he […]

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African Americans of Houston – a Pictorial History

Posted on · In his new book, African Americans of Houston, author Ronald Goodwin explores Houston's black community, past and present. The book presents photographs and descriptions that offer examples of people and places within Houston that made significant contributions to African American culture here. We spoke with Goodwin about the challenges of encapsulating a community and a […]

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Houston Authors Bill White, Lacy Johnson, David Berg and More: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we speak with authors either traveling through or living in Greater Houston. Some write about historical events, others tell personal stories, still others pen books reflecting on our life and times. On this special edition of the program, we listen back to some of our favorite author interviews. […]

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Civil Rights in Houston, Then and Now: Houston Matters for Monday, January 20, 2014

Posted on · In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, Houston Matters will devote much of today’s program to civil rights. We’ll listen back to conversations from this past summer about the civil rights era in Houston. We’ll hear from Reverend William Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, and Dr. James Douglas, Executive Vice President and […]