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Trae Tha Truth Rescues NBA Star, Others During Hurricane Harvey

“The Black Aquaman.” It’s what I’d dubbed Trae Tha Truth after watching footage of him rescuing evacuees from the vicious flooding of Hurricane Harvey. A comparison he laughed off by admitting he’s not the greatest swimmer. Yet there he was. No he’s not a superhero, but for years he’s played one of sorts, creating a number of charity initiatives and earning a key to the city in the process. During a recent interview with FOX 26, he explained how his own rescue had prompted him to return the favor to…

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The Making of Opulence Houston

Opulence Houston returns for an even more lavish third year this December. In a city that boasts an event nearly every night of the week, the bar is high for those looking to create their own lane, yet that’s exactly what Brittney Mitchell did. Inspired by New Orleans’ long-running Zulu Ball, the Third Ward native has crafted a unique experience called “Opulence.” Set to return December 9 at Houston’s Ensemble Theater, Opulence has transformed from an intimate event to a highly anticipated black-tie affair, thanks in part to a vibe…

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Gentleman Jack Real to Reel Tour Giving African American Filmmakers The Platform They Deserve

While last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy helped launch a national discussion about Hollywood’s lack of diversity, others have taken the issue into their own hands, choosing to change the narrative by writing and telling their own stories. Now black filmmakers are taking the issues into their own hands, thanks in part to initiatives like Jack Daniel’s innovative “Real to Reel” series, a nationwide competition created to highlight rising African-American directors. Led by Power star Omari Hardwick, Jack Daniel’s Gentleman competition is quickly turning into a platform for emerging filmmakers. “I am…

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Houston Spotlight: The Al Rucker Foundation

Sometimes when the cards are stacked against you, you have to reshuffle the deck. For entrepreneur Al Rucker, shifting his cards has meant constantly evolving; becoming one of Houston’s most prominent entrepreneurs his chief goal. The ride hasn’t always been smooth: a childhood that included time in foster care and fending for oneself when he chose a way out. It’s a journey that Rucker recounts as if it occurred yesterday. “Growing up in a single parent home, I watched my mother try to take care of six kids and I…

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Kiana Dancie Talks Comedy, Life And Her New Book

In a few hours Kiana Dancie will return to the stage, bringing the laughs to Houston’s popular Dolce Ultra Lounge. The comedian has been on a roll, fresh off a tour in Chicago with veteran Paul Mooney and enjoying a regular residence as the house emcee at the Atlanta Comedy Theater. The Ohio native has become a regular on the comedy circuit, building an impressive list of projects alongside Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood, Rodney Perry, Katt Williams, Academy Award winner Monique and more. Now she’s poised to to enter the big…

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Aubry Lane Hangbags Fuse Fashion With Technology

Pepper spray, a taser or even a concealed handgun; when it comes to self-defense there are plenty of options, but what happens if you’re armed with nothing more than a cell phone? During an emergency, would you have enough time to reach your phone and dial for help? If you’re like me- meaning you can’t keep a cell charged – wearable protection might be a viable option. As the industry expands wearable tech companies are growing as well, with some finding creative ways to blend fashion and self-defense. Enter Aubry…

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Jordin Sparks Pumps It Up At the NFL Experience: Play 360 Kids Day

Before the Patriots completed the biggest upset in NFL history, it was the kids turn to take the field; as over 1,000 Houston area kids flooded into the George R. Brown Convention Center for “NFL Experience: Play 360 Kids Day.” Held during this year’s “NFL Experience Driven by Genesis” festivities, students were given the opportunity to spend time with some of their favorite NFL players as they took part in quarterback challenge games, mobility drills and more. Thanks to a long time partnership with the American Heart Association, the event…

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SuperBOLD Luncheon Celebrates & Embraces Women BOSSES

All it takes is an idea, and the tenacity to see it through. When I spoke with Nicole Coleman a few weeks ago she was busy preparing for SuperBOLD; an empowerment brunch that she hoped would bring like-minded women together. It was an idea that sprang from an unlikely source, coming to her as she lay recovering in a Houston hospital from an unexpected illness. Personable and energetic, during our first chat the mother and entrepreneur revealed she had come up with the idea while in the ER as she…

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Why Nicole A. Coleman Is Living SuperBOLD

Whether juggling the demands of a career, a growing family or even both, it’s nearly impossible to find a healthy balance between work and home but us women are resilient and we seem to be able to accomplish the task with stride. We take risks each and every day; risks to create and build the life we want to lead. Venturing out into entrepreneurship is a difficult decision, requiring tenacity as well as the ability to accept that failure is, at times, inevitable. However, when our dreams come to fruition…

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Event Recap: 2016 World AIDS Day Luncheon

For years, AIDS Foundation Houston has been a dedicated ally in the fight to eradicate the HIV/AIDs virus, providing invaluable services and support for those in the Houston area. On December 5th, the organization continued their push for awareness, bringing the city together for its annual “World AIDS Day Luncheon” with a crowd that included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, former Mayor Annise Parker and more. Following a champagne reception the sold-out crowd moved into the ballroom of the Hilton Post Oak as co-chairs Bill Baldwin and Ernie Manouse kept the…

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