On a riverbank in Texas, a master of disguise waited patiently with his accomplice, hoping that his target, an infamous horse thief, would show himself on the trail. After four days, the hunch paid off, when the bandit unwittingly walked towards the man who haunted the outlaws of the Old West. Springing from the bushes, the cowboy confronted his frightened mark with a warrant. As the desperado reached for his weapon as a last ditch effort, the lawman shot him down before his gun could leave his side.

Though the quick-draw tale may sound like an adventure of the Lone Ranger, this was no fictional event. In fact, it was one of many feats of Bass Reeves, a legendary lawman of the Wild West—a man whose true adventures rivaled those of the outlaw-wrangling masked character. Reeves was a real-life African-American cowboy who one historian has proposed may have inspired the Lone Ranger.

In 1838—nearly a century before the Lone Ranger was introduced to the public—Bass Reeves was born a slave in the Arkansas household of William S. Reeves, who relocated to Paris, Texas, in 1846. It was in Texas, during the Civil War, that William made Bass accompany his son, George Reeves, to fight for the Confederacy.

While serving George, Bass escaped to Indian Territory under the cover of the night. The Indian Territory, known today as Oklahoma, was a region ruled by five Native American tribes—Cherokee, Seminole, Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw—who were forced from their homelands due to the Indian Removal Act of 1830. While the community was governed through a system of tribal courts, the courts’ jurisdiction only extended to members of the five major tribes. That meant anyone who wasn’t part of those tribes—from escaped slaves to petty criminals—could only be pursued on a federal level within its boundaries. It was against the backdrop of the lawless Old West that Bass would earn his formidable reputation.

Upon arriving in the Indian Territory, Bass learned the landscape and the customs of the Seminole and Creek tribes, even learning to speak their languages. After the 13th Amendment was passed in 1865, abolishing slavery, Bass, now formally a free man, returned to Arkansas, where he married and went on to have 11 children.

After a decade of freedom, Bass returned to the Indian Territory when U.S. Marshal James Fagan recruited him to help rein in the criminals that plagued the land. Fagan, under the direction of federal judge Isaac C. Parker, brought in 200 deputy marshals to calm the growing chaos throughout the West. The deputy marshals were tasked with bringing in the countless thieves, murderers and fugitives who had overrun the expansive 75,000-square-mile territory. Able local shooters and trackers were sought out for the position, and Bass was one of the few African-Americans recruited.

Standing at 6 feet 2 inches, with proficient shooting skills from his time in the Civil War and his knowledge of the terrain and language, Bass was the perfect man for the challenge. Upon taking the job, he became the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi.

As deputy marshal, Bass is said to have arrested more than 3,000 people and killed 14 outlaws, all without sustaining a single gun wound, writes biographer Art T. Burton, who first asserted the theory that Bass had inspired the Lone Ranger in his 2006 book, Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves.

At the heart of Burton’s argument is that fact that over 32 years as a deputy marshal, Bass found himself in numerous stranger-than-fiction encounters. Also, many of the fugitives Bass arrested were sent to the Detroit House of Corrections, in the same city where the Lone Ranger would be introduced to the world on the radio station WXYZ on January 30, 1933.

A Popeyes worker recorded throwing a woman onto the pavement outside a restaurant in Tennessee has been charged with felony aggravated assault. 29-year-old Deriance Ra’Shaiel Hughes was arrested Friday.

The victim’s attorney, Rocky McElhaney, says the 55-year-old woman remains hospitalized with a shattered elbow, six broken ribs and a broken leg. He declined to publicly identify her until authorities do so.

More to the story:

A white woman was body slammed in a Popeyes parking lot after she allegedly threw a racial epithet at employees.

The incident took place at a Popeyes restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee. According to witnesses, the woman was attempting to dispute a charge on her bill, leading to a heated argument. Several workers asked her to leave the establishment, but before she left, the woman reportedly called the employees “n****rs.” She was then followed to the parking lot by several employees, including a man who picked her up and threw her down on the pavement.

The exchange and the altercation was caught on video. In the footage, a man off-camera can be heard saying, “You in the wrong place saying the n-word.”


Travis Scott has just revealed the full lineup of music performances confirmed for tomorrow’s second annual ASTROWORLD Festival in Houston, Texas.

This year’s lineup, which Scott curated himself, showcases his diverse tastes and admiration for artists of all genres, as well as special relationships formed through musical collaborations.

The lineup includes a headlining performance from the festival’s own founder Travis Scott with several special guests, in addition to Rosalía, Migos, Marilyn Manson, Pharrell Williams, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, Gucci Mane, and DaBaby, as well as Houston’s own Megan Thee Stallion and Houston All Stars. Other notable artists include a special joint performance from Young Dolph and Key Glock, plus Pop Smoke and Tay Keith, as well as Sheck Wes and Don Toliver from Scott’s Cactus Jack record label.

Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas

From US Justice Department:

HOUSTON – A Harris County judge has been indicted on allegations of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI – Houston Division.

Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas, 44, of Houston, is currently the presiding judge for the 164th District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas civil cases located within Harris County.

A federal grand jury returned the seven-count indictment Oct. 24, which was unsealed today as she surrendered to federal authorities. She is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray today, as early as 10:00 a.m.

“The defendant in this case is a judge, whose responsibilities are to make sure the law is followed and carried out,” Turner. “She was entrusted to serve the citizens of Harris County with duty and honor. However, the allegations contained in today’s indictment show that the judge put personal enrichment over this duty and honor.”

Smoots-Thomas allegedly embezzled campaign contributions individuals and political action committees had made to her re-election campaigns. The indictment alleges Smoots-Thomas repeatedly solicited campaign contributions on the premise the money would be used to help facilitate her re-election campaigns in both 2012 and 2016. She allegedly used campaign funds for non-campaign expenses to include monthly home mortgage payments, private school tuition payments, personal travel expenses, personal luxury items and cash withdrawals. Smoots-Thomas concealed this spending from both her campaign treasurer and the Texas Ethics Commission by filing false campaign finance reports, according to the charges.

Each count of wire fraud carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison as well as a maximum $250,000 fine.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ralph Imperato and John Pearson are handling the matter.

Isiah Carey, Willie D, Coco Dominguez, and Jatin Patel

Fans, family members, and friends came together in Houston to celebrate a hip hop / rap icon in the entertainment industry Thursday night.

That person is the man himself Willie D of the legendary Geto Boys. His big celebration began Wednesday night with a celebrity roast and continued through Thursday night.

Those who took part in the celebrity roast event were D.L. Hughley, Mike Epps, Terry Grossman, Kid from Kid and Play, and many more.

The audience was also packed with Houston based celebrities including Bun B, Lil Troy, Slim Thug and many others.

Congratulations Willie D for a full and successful career that continues to thrive!

This has been making the rounds all day on social media. It is apparently Mom who goes to school after her son has been giving a teacher problems. That unidentified Mother is seen pulling the child out of the cafeteria and then all hell breaks loose. What do you think? Did this Mom go too far with her attempt to make her child behave in class?

Way to go Joe Young @mightyjoyoung3!

November 5, 2019: The Turkey Leg Hut (TLH) is teaming up with local basketball free agent Joe Young this Thanksgiving to give away 3,000 Turkey Legs on Monday, November 25, 2019!

Turkey Leg Hut staff will be handing out the FREE turkey legs on behalf of Young, who is currently playing basketball overseas in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

The giveaway will start at noon on November 25, at the TLH Express food truck parked in the lot next to the restaurant at 4830 Almeda Road in Houston.

The turkey legs will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, offering one free turkey leg per person, until all 3,000 are gone!

Young, a Houston native, partnered with the Turkey Leg Hut and purchased 3,000 of TLH’s famous over-sized turkey legs to give back to the people and businesses in his hometown in a fun and heartfelt way this Thanksgiving!

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Joe on this amazing giveaway,” said Nakia Price, Co-Founder of the Turkey Leg Hut. “It’s a great way to express our gratitude for people like Joe and the Houston community, and a fun way to share our blessings with so many this Thanksgiving!”

They meet again in December for a second run at the polls!

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is heading to a runoff against high-profile attorney Tony Buzbee in his rowdy re-election race.

With all but a few vote centers reporting Wednesday morning, Turner had 47% of the vote in unofficial returns to 28% for Buzbee.

Turner was around 7,700 votes short of winning enough of the vote — over 50% — to avert an overtime round.
The runoff is set for Dec. 14.