native american voters could help swing the 2020 presidential election

Native American issues are in sharper focus in the 2020 presidential election cycle, particularly as Democratic contenders put more emphasis on policy proposals.

The Native American electorate could end up being pivotal in seven major swing states: Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado and Wisconsin, according to data from Four Directions.


kimchi stew, spam and rice: Netflix film ‘always be my maybe’ celebrates asian cuisine in american life

Loosely inspired by the classic “When Harry Met Sally,” food plays a central role in the film, but it trades in pastrami sandwiches at Katz’s Deli for shumai, chicken feet, Spam and rice, and kimchi jjigae.

The film is fictional, but Americans growing taste for Asian cuisine is not. From 2004-2018, sales for limited-service restaurants specializing in Asian-Pacific cuisine grew 114% in the U.S., according to Euromonitor International.


democrats increase attacks on trump in second round of debates

Democratic candidates attacked President Donald Trump at a much more aggressive rate in the second 2020 primary debates than they did in June.

The candidates mentioned the president 171 times during the debates Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit. By comparison, during the Miami debates, the Democratic presidential hopefuls mentioned him 68 times.

The Houston Chronicle

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Houston takes aim at illegal dumping with cameras, drones

Randy Scales perches on the edge of his chair, eyes squinting as he watches footage of a young man in a red-and-black work uniform hopping out of a cargo truck carrying a mountain of trash.

This is Scales’ morning routine: Get to work and fire up last night’s surveillance tapes, beginning a new chapter of the never-ending investigation into illegal dumping in Houston. Today, his subject is a perpetrator who pays two strangers a few bucks to help him unload a pile of oil drums, tires and more than a dozen wooden pallets into a ditch on the otherwise deserted road…


Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs

With the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki less than two weeks away, tensions between the U.S. and Russia have only escalated with disputes about the economy, free speech, election collusion and international coalitions. Many are concerned that miscommunication between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump may stymy diplomatic talks.

The nesting dolls reflect the incredibly complex, multilayered and fragile relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Even the harmless memento reveals a misunderstanding in America about Russia and its culture. Many Americans might view the Russian-speaking population as a monolithic group, but they do not share the same opinions on what is happening on the international stage. Take for example the Russian interference into the 2016 elections.

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a sense of urgency draws immigrants to Houston citizenship day

Raquel Sanchez, 46, had considered applying for citizenship for a long time, but she was finally pushed to action by the Trump administration’s recent enforcement of a “zero tolerance” policy that has led to the separation of immigrant parents and their children who crossed the border illegally.

She doesn’t want to be forced back to Mexico, a country she considers extremely dangerous. She immigrated to the United States at age 11 and now has children and grandchildren, from whom she couldn’t imagine being separated.


new Houston rapid recovery center touted as answer in opioid epidemic

Pablo began experimenting with marijuana when he was 11. By 15, he was smoking crack and shooting up heroin. At 18, he went to prison for drug possession. At 25, he returned to prison for crack cocaine. At 27, he was taking more than 55 pain pills a day.

But at age 31, Pablo said he is done with drugs after being treated at the new Texas Rapid Detox Center at United Memorial Medical Center on Tidwell Road in Acres Homes, the first center of its controversial type in Harris County.


for Houston bike safety laws, education trumps enforcement

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Thursday urged motorists to observe - or exceed - the city’s Safe Passing Ordinance requiring drivers to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing them on the road.

“I tell folks life is about common sense and good judgment,” Acevedo said. “If you can safely give yourself some space as a driver when you see someone riding a bicycle on the side of traffic and you can safely go into the left lane, do that. There’s nothing wrong with exceeding the requirements of the law.”


‘Die-in’ outside cruz’s office recognizes 2nd anniversary of pulse massacre

The Houston branch of an organization seeking tighter gun control marked the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre on Tuesday by protesting outside of Sen. Ted Cruz's office downtown.

About 15 people from March for our Lives participated in a 12-minute "die-in" on the sidewalk outside of the lawmaker's office at 808 Travis, honoring the 49 people who were killed June 12, 2016, at a gay nightclub in Orlando.


contestants shine at Chinatown Houston pageant

Laughter is not usually what a pageant contestant wants to hear from the audience, but it is exactly what Eleanor Yu McReynolds was hoping for on stage Saturday night.

The 18-year-old contestant in the Miss Chinatown Houston Pageant took an unconventional approach by doing a stand-up comedy as her talent, using wit and humor to confront stereotypes…

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‘Favorite’ live oak tree at menil cut down, dismaying admirers

In a sunlit patch of grass near the Menil Collection all that remained Monday of a beloved oak tree were misshapen brown stumps. The intersection of Mulberry and Branard saw plenty of passers-by pausing to mourn the loss of their “favorite tree” in the city.

The once-sprawling live oak tree was a spot for friends, families and couples to hang out. The tentacle-like branches dipped down to the ground like a hand from Mother Nature, inviting visitors to sit in its cozy grooves. For many, the tree held a special place in their lives, a unique location where some of their most intimate memories took place…


poetry on the rise at slams, in the classroom, on the street

“Bring ’em up! Bring ’em up! Bring ’em up!” shouts the crowd at the AvantGarden in Montrose.

Although it may seem like a loud rap or hip-hop concert, under the back patio’s twinkle of firelights and paper lanterns, the crowd is chanting for the next poet to come up on stage.

Houstonia Magazine


Who Was Salvador Dalí?

Stepping into Off The Wall Gallery, I was thrust into the world of all things Salvador Dalí—a destination between imagination and reality.

The exhibition included an astounding breadth of work: etchings, ceramic plates, sculptures, and handwoven tapestries organized according to the works and movements that inspired Dalí, including Faust, Mao Zedong poems, Hippies, and Greek Mythology, to name a few. The atmosphere was filled with the kind of energy and excitement one would expect Dali’s works to inspire, and the crowd just as eclectic as Dalí might hope for: A fur-laden mother strolled along with her son, a pair of friends donned costumes complete with top hats and mesh tights, and a man proudly wore his Astros jersey.


to understand telepathic improvisation, you must use your brain

Contemporary Art Museum Houston’s newest exhibit Telepathic Improvisation, by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, is an unconventional experience combining moving image and sculpture to interpret the Pauline Oliveros musical score of the same name. In many ways, it is a social commentary about recent violence and uses lights, movement, sound, and spoken word to present leftist frustration, the queer experience, and the relationship between humans and the inanimate objects in their environment. While the exhibit is incredibly conceptual and abstract, the audience is asked to engage in the discourse telepathically. In less magical terms, you’re supposed to use your brain.

Repeater Makes an Instagrammable Arrival at the Moody. But Why is it Here?

As my eyes scan the vibrant colors and geometric shapes that splash up the walls at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts, my shoe catches the edge of a tile. The stumble interrupts my train of thought as I’m rudely reminded that the sculpture and wooden floorboards of the Moody are separate.

Hundreds of brightly colored tiles comprise Repeater, a life-size puzzle that scales 24 feet up the walls, creating a technicolor blanket that brightens the minimalist wooden floors and white walls. Vibrant green, pinks, blues, yellows, and black pack a visual punch. But don’t be mistaken by the magnificence of the exhibit: It’s made out of hundreds of tiles that you can find at any hardware store.

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Ruth Pastine’s Mirroring Offers a Kaleidoscopic, Enveloping Experience with Color

The Idle chit-chat of other visitors greets me at the front door of Gallery Sonja Roesch, however the uncluttered main floor quickly invites me to a private experience with Ruth Pastine’s bold, new exhibition, “Mirroring.” Down the steps, my eyes are drawn to Matter of Light 3-S4848 on my left—gradations of blue and pink that fade in and out—which reminds me of the vibrantly colored, woven Mexican quilts popular throughout Texas. The color combination is striking and clearly in contrast to the next piece full of darker, muted tones.


Microcuentos Tell Big Stories at Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center’s newest exhibition, “Between Love and Madness,” celebrates the microcuentos or “mini-tales” popularized in Mexico during the 1960s and ’70s. These 3-by-4.5 inch comics were intentionally small so they could be carried in the back pocket of a worker’s pants or tucked into a student’s backpack. Coupled with prices sometimes as low as a single peso, these handheld comics became wildly popular; publishers unloaded 55 million microcuentos per month at the height of their popularity.


Unsatisfied with Old Scientific Answers, Kevin Jones Asks New Questions

Kevin Jones wants you to question science with his latest exhibit, The New Pollution, at Montrose’s Rudolph Blume ArtScan Gallery. Science is largely viewed as fact, the ultimate authority, but Jones questions blind acceptance of conclusions and hypotheses that fail to explain the biggest mysteries of our natural world. He quotes Richard Feynman, one of the theoretical physicists who developed the atomic bomb: “If you thought that science was certain—well, that is just an error on your part.”

Opinion Editorials

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Sandra Oh: Finally, a leading actress who just happens to be Asian

When I heard that Sandra Oh was the first Asian actress nominated for an Emmy for a leading role in a drama series, I wanted to jump out of my chair and celebrate.

But my excitement was quickly overshadowed by hesitation.

The nomination for her role as the title character in "Killing Eve" is deserved, but it's also a drop in the bucket when you consider the lack of diversity in American film and television. According to a study by the University of Southern California, from 2007 to 2016 only 5.1 percent of characters on film were Asian.


Where do Rice students cry? Facebook.

Every Rice University student knows that moment freshman year when school becomes very, very real. For me, it was when I got my first essay back from a well-known English professor.

I was used to being praised for my writing. But I received my paper back with so many notes penciled in that I could not even see the words I had typed. I stuffed the paper into my backpack before anyone could see, walked back to my dorm room in the Hanszen New Section tower and sat rereading it for hours before crying on the phone to my sister.


What did I see when I went to Israel? Hope.

As our bus drives along the border of the Gaza Strip, I see blackened fields of crops. The color gives them a foreboding look that suggests they are in state of decay, withering under the relentless heat of the sun that seems to scorch everything and everyone it comes into contact with.

But then our tour guide informs us that the black is actually ash – a consequence of the incendiary devices Palestinians had attached to kites and sent over from the Gaza Strip. Protesting the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, they burned these fields before Israeli farmers were able to harvest their crops.

Feature Articles


Two making a difference

When she walked out of prison, Kathryn Griffin-Griñán only had a dirty wife-beater shirt, duct-taped high heels, half a dollar bill, a penny and a nickel to her name.

But from these few possessions, she managed to build a new life, transforming from prostitute to victims' advocate. Today, she stands at a podium wearing a sharp gold and ivory dress as she prepares to speak to influential community leaders such as U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

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Rice professor explores how people of faith interact with science

There were many stories that inspired Elaine Howard Ecklund, a professor of sociology at Rice University, to write her book "Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think." However, she writes about one in particular that became a catalyst for her work.

Ecklund recalls meeting a mother who was concerned about sending her children to Cornell University because she was afraid that interacting with scientists would cause them to lose their faith. This encounter made Ecklund wonder: "Are all scientists really all out to eat young Christian children for lunch? What's really going on here?"


Memorial Assistance Ministries gets people back on their feet by treating them with respect

After Hurricane Harvey, 41-year-old Salvador Carrillo found himself unemployed and struggling to make rent on his apartment - the $25 in his pocket was just enough money for the single father to feed his son. Soon the electricity was cut off, leaving Carrillo and his 10-year-old son to cry in the darkness. The two were then locked out of the apartment and out of options.