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. COUNTERCURRENT18
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Sunday, April 15, 2018
A free festival of performance, installation, and ideas. Presented by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installations, live performances, talks, and participatory events by artists from around the world. Learn more HERE.

2. HOUSTON PRESS: MENU OF MENUS
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
One of Houston’s largest food & wine events featuring over 40 area restaurants alongside wine, beer and spirit sampling. Don’t miss out on unlimited bites from Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar, Bar Boheme, Frenchy’s, Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, Italianos, Koala Kolache, Mama Fu’s Asian House, Russo’s Pizza and many more to be announced! Learn more HERE.

3. COFFEE & CONVERSATION PRESENTED BY BLACK GIRLS WHO COLLABORATE
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
An interactive panel where you discuss the successes in the trials and adversities millennials in business collectively experience. They are attempting to change the narrative of collaboration, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, and network of course! Enjoy complimentary donuts, macarons, spiked coffee and lattes (spiked optional) and other delicious treats. As always, bring business cards. Learn more HERE.

4. 31ST ANNUAL HOUSTON ART CAR PARADE
Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Art Car Parade is the highlight of a three-day celebration of the drive to create: Art Car Weekend. But it all began with a donated 1967 Ford station wagon and $800 worth of paint and plastic fruit. And now, 26 years later, it attracts 250+ vehicles (and other entries) from 23 states, Canada, and Mexico. Highlights include the Legendary Art Car Ball on Friday and the parade on Saturday. Learn more HERE.

5. THE BLOCKCHAIN EFFECT
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
By the end of 2018, the Blockchain industry will be worth more than $1 trillion. To ensure the African American community is prepared to capitalize on this new emerging market, the co-founder of the SMAART Incubator, Mr. Khufere Qhamata, will share his insights on Blockchain technology with the membership of the National Black MBA Association on April 12th, 2018. Learn more HERE.

6. THE BLACK CHAMBER
Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A collaborative installation of new drawings, paintings, artist-made publications, and video works by Houston-based artists, Phillip Pyle II, Stephen Wilson, and Gregory Michael Carter. The exhibition asks the questions, “how does society understand Black and how is it quantified, measured and valued? Where is Black produced and what are the limitations of Black; when is it too Black, can Black not be colored? How can we redefine Black?” Learn more HERE.

7. MAMA: WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This show, curated by local artist and professor Rabéa Ballin, runs April 13 – May 13 at The Union, 2315 Union, featuring six extremely talented women in the arts. Black Buddha Agency is excited to present this thoughtfully curated selection of mediums and artists’ approach. Join them on Friday, April 13 for the opening reception to this very special event at one of my favorite brand new art spaces in the city! Learn more HERE.

8. JAPAN FESTIVAL HOUSTON
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Sunday, April 15, 2018
Japan Festival Houston celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan with traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese music, dance and martial arts, Japanese/Japanese-inspired food, as well as demonstrations and displays of Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremony, origami, bonsai and more. The event is free and open to the public! Learn more HERE.

9. CEREAL BAR HOUSTON POP-UP SHOP
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wait….what exactly is a cereal bar? A cereal bar is a place where you can eat, create and mix some of your ALL-TIME favorite cereal into one bowl while playing an old-school game of Nintendo, listening to the hottest music, or laughing with friends about your cereal creation. We know you have the desire to mix Coco Puffs with Fruit Loops, well this is your chance! Learn more HERE.

10. WOMEN LOVE BRUNCH AND HIP HOP
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This brunch hits the spot for anyone who has a thirst for great food, classic R&B, and Hip-Hop anthems while taking part in the ultimate brunch karaoke. Expect large numbers of women of all races, genders, sexual orientations with a noticeable presence of queer women of color. Basically, anyone who enjoys brunch and Hip-Hop! 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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