Hundreds of people packed into Kim Son in downtown Houston for an annual event no one would ever miss. 

It’s the annual Christmas party put on by the Kubosh family. 

Brothers Paul and Michael Kubosh spare no expense each year to make sure all of their guests have the best time at the party. 

Those who attended partied late into the night while eating,  drinking,  and dancing. 

Even Mayor Sylvester Turner attended the party along with other elected officials and dignitaries. 

Here are some of the pictures I snapped so enjoy! 

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Urban Ballet, a full-length work inspired by the music of 2pac by Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Choreography Fellowship Grant recipient Sherese Campbell, Stephanie Sermas, emerging artist choreography grant winner Jaimee Vilela Navarrete and guest choreographer Chris Thomas of SonKisss’d. Performances: December 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2016.

Sherese Campbell’s Urban Ballet seeks to tell the story of black culture in America through jazz, hip-hop, modern, pointe and tap. Inspired by the music and message of 2pac, Campbell has created a narrative that portrays the different experiences in a “ghetto” neighborhood, using City Dance Company and, guest company, SonKiss’d to create a fusion of styles complex enough to portray the issues.

The dances depict the role of dance, music, sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, family, and personal struggle in the day-to-day life of these under-served, over-looked black neighborhoods across the country. In lieu of a recognizable cast of characters, the production focuses on the local culture, thrusting this abstract idea into the role of the main character. What the audience sees is the story of a neighborhood and its people – the social gatherings, the relationships, the commerce – that could be anywhere in the country.

Urban Ballet fights to show what occurs when an entire nation turns its back on a single race, attempting to strip them of their cultural roots by asking them to assimilate to the majority. This is the story of the aftermath of a justice system that incarcerates an unrealistically high percentage of black males, leaving children without fathers, wives without husbands, and families forced to hustle and steal, just to survive in a society that labels them as “less than.” Urban Ballet is an unapologetic display of what it is to be black in America.

Tickets are $25 for general admission/$20 for students with ID online; $30 at the door. They can be purchased in advance online at http://www.houstoncitydance.com/tickets/ or bought at the performance at City Dance Studio, 1307 West Clay, Houston, Texas 77019. For more information about the concert or the jazz, modern, ballet, and tap classes offered at City Dance, call 713-529-6100 or visit their website at www.houstoncitydance.com. City Dance is a non-profit dance studio and performing arts organization catering to dancers from ages 3 to 83.

Photo by Claudia Casbarian:


A Houston woman who says she was the target of harassment for supporting political candidates has asked for a criminal investigation.

It was this week when Han Mai Nguyen told FOX 26 she was the target of a smear campaign after she supported Republicans in local and state races in Houston’s Vietnamese community. 

Now, Nguyen has gone to the Houston Police Department in hopes of getting the person accused of sending what she called threatening messages online and using flyers.

As we first reported Nguyen has already sued two men who publicly accused of having sex with a Monk and other sexual and deviant allegations. 

Nguyen is being represented by Houston attorney Tammy Tran in her civil cases.  


Houston police commanders and other members of HPD will announce the kickoff of the police department’s 31st Annual Comida/Food Drive to feed those in need during the holiday season.

The news conference will be held at the Fiesta Mart at 800 South Wayside Drive.

The Houston Police Department, Houston Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association, Fiesta Mart and the Pepsi Bottling Group will once again join together to sponsor the annual “Comida” Drive.

The Comida/Food Drive began 31 years ago with an officer’s concern for the less fortunate citizens of Houston.  That began what is today one of the largest food drives in the city of Houston.  During the first year, approximately 600 families received a box of non-perishable food.  Each box fed a family of four during the holiday. 

The food drive now provides food for more than 4,000 families in the city of Houston and last year raised more than $64,000 in donations.  All cash donations are used to purchase basic food staples packaged for distribution to families.

The distribution of the food will be held at a later date to churches that pre-registered to participate in the program.  For more information, contact the HPD Public Affairs Office at 713-308-3200.

Fox 26 news has learned an assistant Harris County Attorney has received death threats and now there is a criminal investigation.
Those threats have been targeted at Assistant County Attorney Julie Countiss.  
This comes after Countiss has been very successful at putting a dent in sexually oriented business in the Houston / Harris County area.  
Using the nuisance law in civil court Countiss has held massage parlors and strip clubs accountable even causing some to shut down using legal action.  
Countiss says she could not talk about the case and said the Harris County District Attorney’s office is investigating.
The veteran attorney says the threats could result in criminal charges against the perpetrator or perpetrators.

32 year old Milton Cole is heading to prison for five years.

Cole was a special education teacher at Harmony Schools on Kirby before he was arrested for sexually assaulting a child off campus back in February.  

The sex assault is not related to the school. 

Cole was sentenced in the case this week and the victim’s family says they wanted him to get more time behind bars.


Lone Star College-North Harris partners with Communities In Schools of Houston and Houston Food Bank for Food Fair Nov. 22

Who:   Lone Star College-North Harris is partnering with Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) and the Houston Food Bank to host the Third Annual Fall Harvest Food Fair.

What:   The Fall Harvest Food Fair is a free event that will take place before the Thanksgiving Holiday break in order to provide additional food items to LSC-North Harris students, employees and their families. With the support of LSC-North Harris, an 18-wheeler containing 10,000 lbs. of food, including fresh produce will be delivered to attendees. Each family will receive a package of food weighing up to 40 pounds.

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until all of the food has been distributed).

 

Where: Lone Star College-North Harris Student Service Building Parking Lot K, located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073.

 

Why:     When students are out of school for the holidays, many will not have the opportunity to have access to the food that they normally would rely on. Filling the gap during this time is crucial to helping these families stay healthy.


The man once known as the Finnisher could walk away from a laundry list of criminal charges in Harris County. 

Riku Melartin,  the owner of a Crosby car dealership, was accused of sexual assault of a child involving two different victims according to his attorney Kent Schaffer. 

Earlier this year Melartin was sentenced to 11 years in prison for a bribery case in Galveston. 

Attorney Kent Schaffer

Schaffer says when his client was sentenced in that case the jury in Galveston took into consideration his alleged crimes in Houston and increased his sentence. 

Schaffer says that is considered double jeopardy and Judge Maria Jackson agreed saying she would dismiss the first three cases of sexual assault Melartin was scheduled to go on trial for last week.  


What will happen the night of November 17th?  We’re inviting everyone to join us at 7PM for the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil & Rally for Homeless Youth as Covenant House youths share their stories of courage, award winning musician, Wayne Watson performs and, Carol Vance, former District Attorney of Harris County, honorary chair for the Sleep Out, will be speaking.  After the program there will be a reception with light refreshments and our guests will have a chance to talk with our young people. 

 

Our Sleepers will participate in the Vigil program.  After the Vigil & Rally they will have quality time with the kids and take a van ride to areas where homeless kids hang out. Then…they will grab their cardboard box and sleep outside on the cold hard ground on the campus of CHT! 

Nationwide, on the night of November 17, 2015, over 750 leaders in business, government, media and sports will sleep out on the streets of 16 cities in North America in solidarity with homeless kids.  Hundreds of young people in Houston/Harris County are homeless, while there are 2 million homeless kids in the US each year. This nationwide Sleep Out will raise awareness for the plight of kids on the street and raise money to support homeless and runaway youth.  For more info about the nationwide Sleep Out go to: www.thesleepout.org.  More info about Covenant House Texas. www.covenanthousetx.org

CHT will be accepting donations of new or slightly used winter coats, for toddlers, teenagers and young adults during the event.

The activities will be held on the campus at Covenant House Texas, located at 1111 Lovett Blvd. 77006. Near the corner of Westheimer & Montrose.


​Tuesday. Night Sean “Diddy” Combs joined DeLeón Tequila to celebrate the DeLeón 100 program in the second city- Houston at Clé Nightclub!  Along with Combs, DeLeón Tequila is identifying and recognizing 100 influencers nationwide who are taking their craft to #TheNextLevel.  The private event was the second stop on a multi-city tour to support DeLeón 100. This week, Combs will head Washington D.C., Chicago and end in New York on Friday.  Tour started in Los Angeles on Monday.

Photo Credit: Jaren Collins/ JCi Creatives

Ashton P. Woods
Houston activist Ashton P.  Woods took a trip to Austin to deliver a message: Don’t turn our school agaed children into sheep. 

That message is being delivered to a Texas senate committee considering a bill by State Senator John Whitmire of Houston. 

The legislation would require schools in Texas to teach students how to properly interact with law enforcement officers if they’re stopped for a traffic violation or other reason. 

Senator Whitmire

Senator Whitmire says the bill was designed to keep young people alive in a time when we’ve seen some deadly encounters around the country. 

Woods says young people should question authority when it’s needed.  

If the bill gets out of committee it will go before the entire legislature next year for possible passage.