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. LAMONT “U-GOD” HAWKINS – RAW: MY JOURNEY INTO THE WU-TANG
Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins. Brought up by the streets, and bonding over their love of hip-hop, they sought to pursue the impossible: music as their ticket out of the ghetto. Learn more HERE.

2. IMPACT HUB HOUSTON AND SKETCH CITY – OPEN PROJECT NIGHT (THIRD EDITION)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Connect and collaborate with real, passionate people doing the work and innovating around regional problems. At the last Open Project Night, there were 10+ projects presented with over 40 attendees. Come for drinks, light snacks, incredible people and innovative projects presented to improve Houston (in both small and big ways). Learn more HERE.

3. HAPPY HOUR FUNDRAISER FOR 8 MILLION STORIES YOUTH
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Young people belong in school, not prison. 8 Million Stories is one of four featured charities this month at the Okra Charity Saloon for the month of March! 8 Million Stories provides comprehensive support to previously incarcerated youth, helping them stay out of prison and on a path to success. For each food or drink purchased guests will receive one ticket to vote for 8MS! If 8MS receives the most votes, OKRA will donate all April proceeds to support 8MS youth! Learn more HERE.

4. SAINT ARNOLD SOUTHERN FRIED @ KITCHEN 713 BEER DINNER
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Renowned Houston restaurant, Kitchen 713 and chefs James Haywood and Ross Coleman, team up with Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year, Saint Arnold Brewing Company to bring you soulful, southern cuisine with a global flair. Dinner is served at two separate times, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., to allow for a more intimate setting. Learn more HERE.

5. READING: TAYARI JONES – AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. I’ve heard great things about this book! Learn more HERE.

6. LEADERSHIP ISD HARRIS COUNTY MARCH MIX AND MINGLE
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Prospective Fellows for the Leadership ISD Class of 2019 cohort are invited to mix and mingle with Class of 2018 Fellows, LISD staff and board to ask questions and learn more about the Fellowship experience. LISD is focused on informing and connecting leaders to shape policy, lead strategically and champion change. You don’t have to work in education to attend or to do the fellowship! Learn more HERE.

7. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Saturday, March 17, 2018
A Houston favorite returns! Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. Learn more HERE.

8. BLACK PANTHER THE ALBUM: NIGHT LIGHT VIBE
Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Vibe & Ride x Night Lights event is back with new routes and a new feature: Black Panther The Album. Take a musical trip to Wakanda as you listen to a masterpiece soundtrack from the film Black Panther. Experience a cruise around the city streets on the Dutch Bikes equipped with multi-color LED lights. Learn more HERE.

9. TRAP KARAOKE HOUSTON
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
What’s TRAP Karaoke? Like going to church, but instead of ‘Amazing Grace,’ you’re singing ‘Back That Azz Up.’ Advance tickets start at $20 for this event at Warehouse Live but make sure you sign up beforehand if you want to take the stage! Learn more HERE.

10. BAR CRAWL FOR THE CULTURE VOL. 3 | BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Black-owned venues Turkey Leg Hut, Front Deck, and Faces Ultra Lounge will all be featured. Tickets include three drinks, t-shirt, crawl for the culture swag gear, exclusive access to happy hour pricing all day long and a chance at free giveaways! 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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