I’ve had a very busy weekend and didn’t get around to submitting my IDDC blog post but there are several events this week that I’m actually excited about. Did you know that early voting is happening right now? See my post on early voting tips here.
Did you see my latest post on creative date ideas? How about the one on upcoming concerts for the rest of the year? Get your tickets now before they sell out! As always, see local events and more at MerlexPicks.com and subscribe to my newsletter!
A CANDID CONVERSATION ABOUT THE LGBTQ EXPERIENCE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY FEATURING DARNELL MOORE
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The goal of this event is to create a space for a community-wide conversation about homophobia and transphobia in the Black community that is led by Black LGBTQ people. The event will feature a screening of “c r e a t i n g s p a c e” by the htx people project, followed by a conversation with Darnell Moore and panelists from the film. Learn more HERE.
J.I.D + EARTHGANG WITH CHAZ FRENCH AND LUTE – NEVER HAD SH!T TOUR
Monday, February 26, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Signed to the Dreamville label, J.I.D. and EarthGang were just in Houston opening for J. Cole. The lineup is robust for the show taking place at Warehouse Live. This rap concert should be a great way to start your week if you don’t mind staying up a little late and tickets are only $15. Learn more HERE.
Houston + Feminism Wiki Edit-a-thon
February 28, 2018
This is the second year for the event at the University of Houston, which focuses on creating and improving Wikipedia pages related to gender, women, and feminism. Attendees will receive practical instruction on wiki writing, and learn about the importance of diversifying the historic record being created on Wikipedia. A limited number of laptops will be available; attendees are highly encouraged to bring their own.
FUN (F***Up Nights) Houston – Ladies Edition
February 28, 2018
FuckUp Nights is a global movement spreading rapidly from Mexico. For more info visit: fuckupnights.com. 3 speakers will candidly talk about their biggest professional failure. And this time, we have all women speakers to share their stories!
The Historical Significance of Black Migration, the Search for Work, and the Impact of Corporate Governance
February 28, 2018
The UH Law Center will host a lecture and lunch reception featuring Cheryl Wade, Dean Harold F. McNiece Professor of Law at St. Johns University. A public Lecture will be held in the evening with Asst. Professor of Law James Nelson and A.A. White Professor of Law Ronald Turner as featured commentators. RSVP required.
Houston 2036: Connecting Communities for Critical Conversations
February 28, 2018
Where Do We Go From Here? Looking toward Houston’s 2036 bicentennial in 2018 through a three-part series on equality, equity, and ethics. Hear from a diverse panel of guest speakers and community members followed by audience Q & A that addresses unanswered calls for social, economic, and civic advancement.
HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY TOWN TALK: THE BLACK PERSPECTIVE
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
HCDP has partnered with Houston Rising to gather a panel of black publicly elected officials and community leaders to discuss a variety of issues. The panel discussion is centered around the importance of Black History and Civil Rights. The aim is to civically engage young African Americans, address how black people have consistently been the base of the Democratic Party and most consistent voting block and how important it is to Get Out the Vote to preserve important values. Learn more HERE.
Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series: Kellie Jones, Columbia University
March 1, 2018
South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. Kellie Jones is Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory.
Bayou City Music Series: Bun B at Discovery Green
March 1, 2018
Acclaimed Houston rapper Bun B headlines the series kickoff at Discovery Green on Thursday, March 1, with opening performances by the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) Jazz Ensemble; Milton Hopkins, B.B. King’s bandleader; and Jewel Brown, former vocalist for Louis Armstrong’s Orchestra.
Failure to Con/Form: Story Circle ~ Círculo de historias
March 1, 2018
Trans, nonbinary, intersex &/or gender-non-conforming? Please join Failure to Con/Form for their kickoff story circle! FTC is an ad-hoc group of trans, genderqueer & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists sponsoring a rotating flash-mob reading/performance series in local sites of restriction & healing/safety.
BLACK PANTHER “WINE DOWN” & ATLANTA SEASON 2 PREMIERE WATCH PARTY
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
This event will begin as an open mic conversation session of topics inspired by the movie Black Panther. After the Wine Down conversation session, you will be viewing Donald Glover’s award-winning and witty show “Atlanta”, as the first episode of season two premieres. Pre/Post show vibes will be curated by video DJ Sly Foxx spinning all of the best underground hip-hop/neo-soul & trap music while you enjoy free mixed drinks. Learn more HERE.
WALTER MOSLEY READING AND SIGNING
Friday, March 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Crime fiction author Walter Mosley reads from and signs his new novel, “Down the River Unto the Sea,” just released on February 20. You may recognize him as the bestselling author of “Devil in a Blue Dress” which became a film starring Denzel Washington. Murder by the Book is one of the nation’s oldest mystery specialty bookstores. Learn more HERE.
UR TALKS: RELATIONSHIPS & SPIRITUALITY
Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Join Upper Room for a night of light bites, entertainment, social interaction, and dialogue as they explore with authors and culture critics “The New Relationship Culture.” The tagline is uncommon conversations in unexpected spaces and the panel is curated by psychologist Dr. Lawanda Hill so it’s sure to be a great discussion! Learn more HERE.
HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO: BLACK HERITAGE DAY
Friday, March, 2, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
RODEOHOUSTON is the world’s largest livestock show and most innovative rodeo. A ticket to the Rodeo also grants entrance to the Show grounds, where the largest Western shopping mall is open for business in NRG Center. Fort Worth, Texas, native and soul singer Leon Bridges is headlining on Black Heritage Day. Learn more HERE.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
March 2, 2018
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
MARCH FOR BLACK WOMEN HOU
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This event is Black woman-centered. All allies in support of black women are welcome.The event will celebrate the African Diaspora of womanhood in all the ways it exist. Experience the music and poetry of sisters from dynamic perspectives. Engage in the advancement of Black Lives. Connect. Learn more HERE.
4 THE PEOPLE III
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
4 The People can be described as a space of freedom through entertainment and music. Infusing the intimacy and nostalgic feel of a house party among friends with a music festival vibe of some of the top musical acts all in one. This time around they’re transforming the Blue Orange Art Gallery into a diverse setting featuring live performances by featured artists and, in the back room, an all dj set. Learn more HERE.
SUPER SOULFUL SUNDAYS: EDUCATION & THE BLACK COMMUNITY
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
St. John’s Downtown and Immerse: Urban Studies Project is partnering with ImagiNoir Collective to continue a provocative series of conversations on religion, faith, and contemporary life, as it relates to education in the black community. Spread the word and join in to discuss “Negotiating Race and Inequity in Our Schools!” The panel will include educators, organizers, and leaders in the Houston community including me! Learn more HERE.