10 Houston Events For Black Professionals This Week

There’s always something to do in The H! Check out my curated event list for Black Professionals in Houston this week.

1. 24TH ANNUAL MLK GRANDE PARADE-HOUSTON
Monday, January 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
During The 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade, 300,000 Spectators are expected and has a Viewing Audience of more than 4,000,000. Celebrating its 24th Anniversary, the MLK Grande Parade is the third largest in the U.S. behind The Rose Parade and The Macy’s Day Parade. Starting in midtown at San Jacinto and Elgin Street, 15 parade floats and 30 marching bands will be included. Learn more HERE.

2. “THE KEYS TO HOMEOWNERSHIP” PRESENTED BY QUEENLYFE INC. AND BBVA COMPASS
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Did you know the average net worth for a homeowner is in excess of $100,000, and the average net worth for a renter is $5,000? Keys to Homeownership will help to take the uncertainty out of the home buying process. There will be Visa gift card giveaways and food catered by Soul Food Vegan for this free event! Learn more HERE.

3. BROCKHAMPTON AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Texas alternative hip-hop group Brockhampton is fairly new but they’ve been gaining popularity since releasing their first mixtape in 2016. Because they came together through an online forum, they call themselves the internet’s first boy band with members from all over the country. They’re reminiscent of Odd Future with young bandmates, funky visuals, and a strong underground fanbase. Learn more HERE.

4. THE BACK OF THE BUS COMEDY MIC
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Free to get in, cheap drinks, great laughs, and a jolly ol’ time had by all! Open Mic Comedy at Houston’s newest comedy club The Secret Group located in Eado. The show will take place in the newly constructed Black Box Theatre, nicknamed by a few of the comedians around town as “The Secret Box.” Hosted by Seth Bullock and Josh Stokes. Learn more HERE.

5. HAABSE MIX + MINGLE NETWORKING EVENT
Friday, January 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join the Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators at whiskey bar Reserve 101 for a very informal networking event. This event is for members as well as those simply interested in learning more about the organization. Executive board members will be present to discuss the organization, upcoming events including the statewide conference, and membership. Learn more HERE.

6. PERIOD. NEW PARAGRAPH: A STORYTELLING PRACTICUM
Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join Project Row Houses Round 47 artists Brian Ellison, Marc Furi, Marlon Hall and Danielle Fanfair as they screen films featured in their installations. Start this year by learning new stories and embody a new story through inquiry and conversation. Each artist’s story will be explored as a metaphor, inviting participants into their own stories and ending with a cross-pollinating mixer. Learn more HERE.

7. CONCERT: RUTH B. AND HAILEY KNOX AT HOUSE OF BLUES
Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Young Canadian singer Ruth Berhe started off as a Vine artist but her song Lost Boy has racked up over 74 million views on YouTube. Singer Hailey Knox is opening this show in the smaller Bronze Peacock room at the House of Blues. Artists usually perform there before they blow up (Khalid was there in January 2017). Shows in this smaller space are much better and more intimate than the regular room and tickets are only $15. Learn more HERE.

8. UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join all members of the UH community in working to address social issues facing Houston in honor of Dr. King. Potential service projects include neighborhood community cleanups, gardening projects, preparing and packaging meals for the elderly, and other beautification projects. Transportation, lunch, a t-shirt, and all materials required for service projects will be provided for all volunteers. Shifts are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn more HERE.

9. ASIAN FOOD TOUR SERIES: TRADITIONAL PERSIAN FOOD
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Over the last few decades, a large Persian community has settled in Houston and brought with them their culture, language, and delightful cuisine. Traditional Persian cuisine combines vegetables, fresh green herbs, spices, and occasionally fruits and nuts to produce exotic culinary flavors. During this workshop for those with little to no experience, learn how to make dolmeh, grilled chicken, and dill rice. You can also win tickets to this event at jaisonoliver.com! Learn more HERE.

10. I CAN SHOW YOU BETTER THAN I CAN TELL YOU: BLACK VERNACULAR
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dark Imaginarence practitioner Nathaniel Donnett’s performance riffs on an African American proverb illustrating how words can’t always express meaning as fully as the actual experience. This performance is in conjunction with Donnett’s exhibition ‘In One Form or Another; Verse One’ currently on view at Art League Houston. It’ll be interesting and the exhibit is definitely worth a visit. Learn more HERE.

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Jaison is an I DON'T DO CLUBS Influencer of Houston. He is an alumnus of Yale University and an education technology entrepreneur. Jaison enjoys reading and running the Houston Afrofuturism Book Club, blogging about Houston music and culture, and developing new startups. Follow him on Twitter at @oJaison.

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