Chicago Police Department slow to make reform progress since the shooting of Laquan McDonald and still in need of a cultural change, experts say
The shooting of Laquan McDonald triggered a momentous police reform effort in Chicago , but the hoped-for results have been slow in coming.chicagotribune.com
A ballot initiative on reforming the police after George Floyd’s death is tearing Minneapolis apart
“Nobody disagrees that the culture of policing and policing in and of itself needs to be transformed,” Herron said. “And yet with the violence in our community, it is unconscionable right now to talk about abolishing the police without a concrete plan of public safety.” Members of his congregation complain of police mistreatment, he said, but also acknowledge they need to be able to call police when crime strikes, as it has with disturbing frequency in the months since Floyd’s death.washingtonpost.com
Chicago cop files suit saying he faced retaliation after blowing whistle on superior who allegedly directed resources to his street during 2020 unrest
Marc Vanek, a Chicago Police Department sergeant, has filed a lawsuit alleging retaliation for reporting on then-acting Cmdr. Jason Brown.chicagotribune.com
New welcome center in First Ward gives nod to Houston’s local art scene
HOUSTON – Houston’s art scene is about to get bigger this year. Arts District Houston in Winter Street Studios will open their welcome center this Saturday at 1 p.m., bringing large-scale public art inside and out as a way to support local artists impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, a news release said. The new welcome center is roughly 230 square feet and will feature artwork from a local artist every month, and the grand opening will coincide with Sawyer Yards’ Second Saturday event, where visitors have the chance to meet hundreds of local artists during open studio hours, socially-distanced. Arts District Houston will also serve as a directory for visitors with suggestions of places to do in the area, the release said. Business hours are from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Full Menu: Houston’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants – Houston Public Media
Houston's much-touted diversity is reflected in the arts, culture, its businesses — and definitely in its food. For Black History Month, the Houston Matters group of foodies celebrates that diversity by highlighting their favorite Black-owned restaurants in this month's installment of The Full Menu. In the audio above, we hear from Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder. Restaurants Mentioned In This Edition :The Breakfast KlubLucille'sIndigoBurns Original BBQRay's BBQ ShackGatlin's BBQFainmous BBQReggae HutEaDeaux's Cajun CocinaCool Runnings Jamaican GrillEsther's Cajun Café & SoulfoodTurkey Leg HutSunshine'sgreen seed veganLucy Ethiopian Restaurant & LoungeCraft BurgerAria Suya KitchenFinger LickingTwisted Grilled CheeseThe Greasy SpoonSubscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom. Email* First Name Last Name * requiredhoustonpublicmedia.org
Houston awards $5 million to the creative community
HOUSTON – Houston is providing $5 million to artists, cultural organizations, music venues and musicians for COVID-19 relief. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and the Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA), distributed federal CARES funds to 691 recipients. The total includes 226 artists, 308 musicians, 36 music venues and 121 arts and cultural organizations. “We want to thank musicians and artists for their role in the community as we, as a city, work together during this global pandemic,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. The City’s commitment to music venues, musicians, cultural institutions and artists is a part of a variety of supports like broadband access, rental assistance, and small business relief.”There were a total of 1,736 applicants reporting losses of $165.6 million.
City of Houston launches virtual Native American museum
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the celebratory launch of Houston’s first virtual Native American Indian Museum and Cultural Center. ”Earlier this year, City Council voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” Turner said in a written statement. “Houstonians can now celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning about indigenous histories through the Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center. Visitors can learn about indigenous nations through renderings of art, artifacts and videos of public ceremonies as they traverse the virtual space. To access the virtual cultural center, click here.
New Houston Botanic Garden is 132-acres of plants, hiking trails, water features and more
New Houston Botanic Garden is 132-acres of plants, hiking trails, water features and morePublished: September 15, 2020, 4:58 pmHouston Botanic Garden is a 132-acre plant museum with hiking trails, water features, and a family discovery center, and opens to the public this Friday. It’s located at the site of the old Glennbrook Golf Course, right across I-45 from Hobby Airport. Lauren Kelly got a sneak peek from President and General Counsel, Claudia Gee Vassar.
Houston’s Third and Fifth wards designated as cultural districts
HOUSTON – The Third and Fifth wards of Houston have been designated cultural districts by the state. “I am so excited to see the State recognize the Fifth Ward community for its rich history and heritage while also acknowledging its continued commitment to arts and culture,” Harrison Guy, Director of Arts & Culture at the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, said in a written statement. “These neighborhoods have created, nurtured and celebrated arts and culture over generations,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a written statement. The other five are the Arts District Houston, the East End Cultural District, the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District, the Museum District and the Theater District. For more information about Houston’s cultural program, go to houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs.
About 100 years later, Harlem Renaissance impact still being celebrated
That might sound contradictory and impossible by math standards, but that partly explains the greatness of the Harlem Renaissance. The result was the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural, artistic, social and intellectual explosion that spanned the entire Roaring ’20s. One of his most recognized works was a poem called “Madam and the Minister,” which spoke of the mood toward religion in the Harlem Renaissance. One of the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston was a key contributor to a magazine called “Fire! There no doubt will be good celebrations in 2020, but, given the Harlem Renaissance was more than just a one-year movement, the tributes will be lasting for years to come.
Mother withdraws Barbers Hill student sent to in-school suspension for refusing to cut his dreadlocks
MONT BELVIEU – Updated: Deandre Arnold’s mother Sandy Arnold confirmed Friday that she has withdrawn her son from Barbers Hill High School. Original story: Barbers Hill High School student Deandre Arnold has always been a good student. “The dress code is off the shoulders above the earlobes and out of the eyes,” she said. But after Christmas break and three months before graduation, his mother said the district changed the dress code policy. The Barbers Hill School District released a written statement:We do have a community supported hair length policy & have had for decades.