#Fifth Ward

These Houston neighborhoods are changing through gentrification. Here's a look at their past and present.

People of color led Houston’s growth over the last 10 years, but that trend wasn’t reflected across all the city’s historic Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Recent Census data released earlier this month reveals how drastically the demographics of some of these neighborhoods have changed between 2010 and 2020. Here's a look at the communities that have seen the most change, according to the Census.
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Art for the People: Celebrating 50 Years of the DeLuxe Show

In honor of the 50th anniversary of “The DeLuxe Show,” credited as the first racially integrated art show of Black and white artists in the US, the Fifth Ward theater hosts this exhibition that pays homage while serving as a critique of the original vision by better incorporating the voices and artists of Fifth Ward.
Texas Monthly

One of the Country’s First Racially Integrated Fine Art Shows Gets an Overdue Update

In late summer 1971, one of the most significant art events in U.S. history took place inside a beloved but defunct movie theater in the heart of Fifth Ward, a historically Black Houston neighborhood. “The De Luxe Show,” which took its name from the iconic DeLuxe Theater that still stands today, is credited as one of the first racially integrated art shows in the country. It brought together works from leading abstract artists such as Sam Gilliam and Ed Clark and prompted a renovation of the theater, creating a gallery space that would live on as the Black Arts Gallery for a few years before it sat vacant for decades.
Texas Monthly

Houston’s Legendary SugarHill Recording Studios Turns Eighty

In 1998, SugarHill Recording Studios sound engineer Dan Workman received a call from a man named Mathew Knowles asking to book studio time for a group called Destiny’s Child. “I didn’t know who they were,” Workman admitted. “They just had one album out. They had one song that was on the radio [“No, No, No”], but not any of the stations I was listening to. So I wasn’t starstruck at all.”
Houston Chronicle

Houston’s landmark DeLuxe Theater to be celebrated with two free events

Since its grand re-opening in 2015, the DeLuxe Theater in Fifth Ward has been there as a venue for many local organizations. This week, one such organization is giving back by paying tribute to the venue with a two-night event. The Houston Cinema Arts Society, in partnership with the theater...

Viper hits sour note with Thomas Street residents

An officer of the Rome Chapter NAACP reported at a Common Council meeting Wednesday that the Rome Police Viper armored surveillance vehicle hit a sour note with Thomas Street residents and resources were unavailable at the Justice Building to file a complaint. Felicia James-Williams, 1st vice-president of the NAACP, stated...
Weirton Daily Times

Area communities remember Sept. 11

WELLSBURG — Many attending the Brooke County Fair Saturday took time out from its food, fun and games to remember the loss of many, the bravery of many first responders and others and the patriotic unity spurred by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Since 2003, the fair has...

Morgantown burglary reports fall off after arrest

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Police in Morgantown made an arrest that stopped a rash of Fifth Ward burglaries during August. Deputy Mayor Danielle Trumble first noted the issue during a council meeting by putting the public on notice. ” I have been fielding text messages, emails and phone calls daily about...

Area communities remember 9/11 attacks

STEUBENVILLE — First responders and city leaders also gathered Saturday for a brief ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Steubenville Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi told the group assembled in front of the Pleasant Heights fire station it’s important to take time to remember “all who gave their lives that day trying to help people and also to remember all the citizens who (lost) their lives that day,” reminding those who were in attendance of the timeline from the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center until the World Trade Center towers collapsed. He recalled walking into the station 20 years ago, “just as the second plane was hitting the building.”
Bradford Era

Emma Bovaird, dynamo in social work, an extraordinary woman

Every now and then, a woman comes along whose life is a testament to service and outstanding civic achievements undertaken for the improvement of the city. The Bradford Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Bradford Landmark Society are honored to present a truly extraordinary woman, Emma Bovaird. It was said “she arose each morning to a new, fresh world, filled with a multitude of interesting things…and made every day a full one.”

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Here’s How Houston is Honoring the DeLuxe Art Show

Mounted in 1971 during a period of intense protest and social change, the DeLuxe Art Show was one of the first racially integrated exhibitions in American history. The long-standing project was curated by New York-based abstract painter Peter Bradley and funded by Dominique and John de Menil in an effort to bring fine art to the underserved, predominately Black community in Houston’s Fifth Ward. The revolutionary exhibition featured works by 19 artists including modernist painters Ed Clark, William T. Williams and Virginia Jaramillo. The initiative has had a long-lasting impact on breaking racial barriers for artists of color.

Leslie Bordelon, 46, of Fifth Ward

A Mass of Christian Burial for Leslie Marie Johnson Bordelon will be held at 3:30PM on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at St. Martin of Tours Church with Rev. Kurian Zachariah officiating. Interment will follow in St. Martin of Tours Cemetery under the direction of Kramer of Fifth Ward. Visitation will...