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Why Prodigy's Passing Should Make You Aware, But Not Afraid

What a sobering experience it is to have someone pass away from an illness from which you, a close friend, or a family member suffer! Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, one-half of legendary hip hop group Mobb Deep, reportedly passed away from complications of sickle cell Tuesday. I admittedly am not a huge Mobb Deep fan. The only thing I knew about it was one of the members, Prodigy, suffered from sickle cell anemia...
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Houston Artists Inspiring Houston Art: Donkee Boy and Chingo Bling

Houston art is not synonymous with graffiti. However, people often equate the two simply because of the ubiquity of quality graffiti in Houston. Donkee Boy breaks that mold by using more traditional paint, painting styles, and screenprinting. Donkee Boy’s latest contribution to the city’s landscape is a mural of Houston rapper Chingo Bling on the side of Raven Tower. The artist debuted the mural for Madness on Main, and I got to ask him a few questions about this piece, his other pieces, and how he contributes to Houston popular culture.
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Welcome to Lee-Lonn’s Room [REVIEW]

It goes without saying that Lee-Lonn can sang – yes, with an “a” – but many of us were not aware that in his room every day, he’s creating the magic that is his music. A listen to Lee-Lonn’s SoundCloud or a visit to a show in which he’s performing will let you hear how talented he is when it comes to songwriting, producing, and singing – but it’s not until you hear it LIVE for a WHOLE show that you even begin to glimpse the magnitude of his greatness.
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We Celebrate – June 27 – A Houston Holiday

The South has a very distinct flavor, a style all its own. Our food, our mannerisms, “Southern Hospitality,” and notably, our music are all things you won’t be able to find in other regions of the country. Each state is different, and it’s easy to tell after just a couple moments talking to someone exactly where in the state he or she is from – especially if you’re from a state as big as Texas. It’s no surprise then, that Houston, the biggest city in Texas, has a culture so significant that it
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My Burlap Bag Addresses the Problem with Menstrual Periods [PHILANTHROPY]

I’ll be the first to tell you that being a woman is definitely not always easy. We have a lot going on physically, emotionally, and mentally, and I, personally, start feeling especially pitiful when my…ahem…“monthly visitor” comes to town. As miserable as I feel, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be in a position where not only do I not have my heating pad and chocolate, I don’t even have the basic hygienic needs required to cleanse myself or protect my clothing. While dealing with
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Lemonade and Literature: Unpacking the Story of the Black Woman

April 23, 2016 was the “shot heard ‘round the world” for cheaters and sidepieces alike. Beyoncé aired her creative masterpiece, Lemonade, on HBO, and a whole barrage of leftover emotion after she surprised us with “Formation” exploded on social media, in hair salons, and around water coolers at work in the coming days. Among the shock that Jay Z cheated, the confusion over whether it was Rachel Ray or Rachel Roy, and the sheer mind-blowing-ness that the “hot sauce” in her bag was actually the na
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Slow, Quick, Quick, Slow, Quick, Quick: Cholly Atkins’ Motown Moves [BLACK HISTORY MONTH]

It’s kind of a rite of passage for little kids of every ethnicity and race who were exposed to Motown music to pretend to do each act’s trademark moves. The “classic” Motown era of the 1960s and 1970s is remembered for its singing groups with the elaborate costumes, love ballads, political statements, and music that makes you want to dance (shout, and, yes, shake your body down to the ground). Musical acts like The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, and The O’Jays are e
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Adultlessons: The World’s First Dance Mixtape [PERFORMANCE]

If you’ve never seen or heard of Ian Eastwood, you’ve clearly been living under a rock. Not only have his choreography videos permeated YouTube since he was a child, he’s most recently featured in Justin Bieber’s dance video for “No Pressure” alongside Big Sean. As a dancer, it’s a big deal when I see dance – street dance, especially – being recognized as a legitimate art form. The 22-year-old has done an incomprehensible job of making people give street dancers the credit they deserve for thei
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Bodies Are Not Commodities: January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month [PHILANTHROPY]

Houston is great for so many reasons. We’re a very diverse city in terms of demographics, culture, events, and topography. As far as business is concerned, Houston is a great place to live if you’re in the oil and gas business, and its proximity to ports and the U.S. border make it a wonderful place to live if you’re in any business that involves shipping. But with great power comes great responsibility. What makes Houston great has also made it a hub for illegal activities – most notably, human
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