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Black, White, Male, Female, Gay, Straight — How Do Labels Define You?

Posted on · Identity and labels have been at the heart of a lot of our political and social discourse in recent years. From identity politics to racial strife to equal rights and religious liberty, there are any number of major issues and ideas affecting Greater Houston that tend to begin with labels about race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality– […]

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With a Little Help From Our Friends: Finding Community in the Golden Years

Posted on · In 2006 the U.S Census Bureau estimated that about 13 percent of Houston’s population of 2 million were over 60 years old. Those are the Baby Boomers, a generation of folks born between 1946 and 1964. Where will all those people go as they age — nursing homes, family, or join a growing trend of folks aging in […]

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Dengue Fever Brings Cambodian Rock to the World & Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty poses with Chhom Nimol, lead singer of the band Dengue Fever, and Paul Smith, the band’s drummer.) When the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever got together, the group set out to resurrect an obscure, often forgotten form of Cambodian rock – and to do it in the US. Needless […]

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Dream of MLK Statue in Houston Close to Becoming Reality After Three Decades

Posted on · More than 30 years ago, Houston’s Black Heritage Society, after being approached by Martin Luther King, Sr., wanted to find a way to memorialize Martin Luther King, Jr. in the city. While they wanted a statue, they ended up settling for a live oak tree on MLK Boulevard. That set in motion a series of […]

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Wearable Art: Exhibit Chronicles Years of Intricate Junior Forum Skirts

Posted on · If you’ve ever Googled the phrase “volunteering in Houston,” you’ll find hundreds of organizations that you can connect with. One of the oldest though — and a solely female volunteer group — is the Houston Junior Forum. It’s been around for 67 years with a focus on helping kids and senior Houstonians — all while […]