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Houston Based Rapper Z-Ro Asks Law Enforcement and the African-American Community to Be Accountable

Posted on · After the shootings of law enforcement officers in Dallas last July (July 7, 2016), Houston-based rapper Joseph Wayne McVey — better known by his stage name Z-Ro — was inspired to write a song called No Justice No Peace. Despite what it might sound like, the rapper calls not only for more police accountability, but also […]

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Election Wrap, Jon Meacham, and Z-Ro: Wednesday’s Show (November 9, 2016)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, host Craig Cohen and University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus discuss the results of Tuesday’s election, both nationally and locally. Among the topics discussed: the Presidential race, Congress, voter turnout, voter ID, Harris County Sheriff and District Attorney election results, HISD’s Proposition 1 (recapture), a few compelling state […]

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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 being […]

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What Role Does the NAACP Play in Today’s Conversations About Race?

Posted on · Since January of 2015, Dr. James Douglas has served as president of the Houston chapter of the NAACP. The Interim Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University leads the famed civil rights organization here in Houston at a time when a new generation of civil rights leaders and organizers are […]

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LGBT Friendliness, James Douglas, and The Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (November 2, 2016)

Posted on · The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year. On […]

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Preserving Communities of Color in Greater Houston

Posted on · In a couple of weeks, Houston will host a workshop called Preserving Communities of Color. The discussions will focus on case studies and available resources to preserve places that embody the African-American experience in America. The event comes a little over a month since the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture […]

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African-American Culture, Gardening, and Faust: Tuesday’s Show (November 1, 2016)

Posted on · In a couple of weeks, Houston will host a workshop called Preserving Communities of Color. The discussions will focus on case studies and available resources to preserve places that embody the African-American experience in America. The event comes a little over a month since the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture […]

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HBCUs, Environmental Justice, and Future Humans: Thursday’s Show (October 27, 2016)

Posted on · Historically black colleges and universities – or HBCUs – have fallen on some hard times lately: financial problems, low graduation rates — some have been denied accreditation. These and other challenges recently led Dr. John Rudley, the former president of Texas Southern University, to call being an HBCU President “one of the most stressful jobs in America.” […]

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Perspectives on Race & Law Enforcement from a Man Who Has Lived on Both Sides of the Law

Posted on · Over the next year, Houston Public Media is engaged in an initiative we’re calling Diverse City. We will examine a wide range of challenges and opportunities facing Greater Houston, a region which often celebrates its place as the most diverse city in America, but still faces many of the challenges we find nationwide in bringing […]

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MBK Task Force, Oil Prices and Bilingual Education: Tuesday’s Show (October 18, 2016)

Posted on · Over the next year, Houston Public Media is engaged in an initiative we’re calling Diverse City. We will examine a wide range of challenges and opportunities facing Greater Houston, a region which often celebrates its place as the most diverse city in America, but still faces many of the challenges we find nationwide in bringing […]