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. OBSIDIAN THEATER – FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE
Monday, January 29, 2018 – Saturday, February 17, 2018
This groundbreaking “choreopoem” is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls… offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music, and poetry. Learn more HERE.

2. MOVIE NIGHT AT AXELRAD: COMING TO AMERICA
Monday, January 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Watch the 1988 classic comedy and quote along with your friends outside at Axelrad Beer Garden. Don’t worry, they have a full bar and food trucks if you haven’t yet enjoyed their hammocks. The movie starts at sundown and children are welcome so feel free to be *that parent* who brings their kids to the bar on a Monday. Learn more HERE.

3. DR. BETTINA LOVE, UHD SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE EVENTS
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Thursday, February 1, 2018
The College of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown is bringing noted scholar Bettina Love for a series of events on hip-hop civics education, hip-hop social justice, and minority-serving institutions such as HBCUs. Most events will be held during the day but the culminating lecture will be on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Love is an award-winning author and professor at the University of Georgia. Learn more HERE.

4. CONCERT: MAJID JORDAN – THE SPACE BETWEEN TOUR
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
This Canadian R&B duo is signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label. You’ve probably heard their catchy song “One I Want” with PARTYNEXTDOOR. They’re joined by French producer STWO who is signed to the same label as Kaytranada. There’s a meet & greet option after the show but general admission tickets start at $30. Learn more HERE.

5. HMNS CATALYSTS EVENT: CULLEN HALL OF GEMS AND MINERALS
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Featuring a huge blue topaz crystal weighing more than 2,000 carats, the spectacular specimens on display are true masterpieces, the Rembrandts and Picassos of the natural world. Discover more than 450 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world’s most rare and beautiful examples. Drinks and food are both complimentary and delicious and the Houston Museum of Natural Science events are always really fun. Tickets are $25 unless you join their young professional group like me. Membership also gets you free entry to Mixers & Elixirs on Friday night. Learn more HERE.

6. BLACK HISTORY MONTH MIXER WITH ACT ONE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
You are invited to join Act One Young Professionals for their Black History Month Mixer and viewing of The Ensemble Theatre’s production “Fetch Clay, Make Man,” a story about the unlikely friendship between boxing champ Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement. The mixer begins at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Learn more HERE.

7. OVER THERE SOME PLACE: RECEPTION
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Houston Museum of African American Culture is pleased to present to you Over There Some Place, an exhibition composed of works by emerging artists in Houston, Texas curated by Dominic R. Clay. The work on view will discuss the idea of deference within the African Diaspora from a southern perspective. Each artist will provide contextual ideas of identity through their own practicing mediums. I highly recommend going to the nearby Station Museum afterward! Learn more HERE.

8. 5TH ANNUAL HAULYP OPULENCE CASINO NIGHT
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Participants will have access to great casino games, entertainment, food, and networking. Wear your best cocktail attire to this open bar affair! The event will bring together the City of Houston to raise funds in support of the Houston Area Urban League which supports programs including youth enrichment, education, small business development, first time home buyers, and health awareness. Learn more HERE.

9. SUPER SOULFUL SUNDAYS: RELIGION & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Head to St. John’s Downtown church for a discussion on allies versus friends in the struggle for racial justice. There’s an all-star list of participants including organizers and activists with Black Lives Matter HTX. St. John’s Downtown and Immerse: Urban Studies Project are partnering with Project Curate to begin a provocative series of conversations on religion, faith and contemporary life. Learn more HERE.

10. THE SUNDAY SUPER PARTY
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
The Sunday Super Party will be showing the Super Bowl in high definition on 2 wall-sized projector screens. $26 tickets include all-you-can-eat catered football foods and all-you-can-drink mixed drinks so hopefully you see this before it sells out. Video DJ Sly Foxx selects great music so don’t be surprised when someone suddenly acts out Teyana Taylor in the “Fade” video. 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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