Cecilia Smith



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JMBLYA Returns to Houston With a Bang

Three things are officially back in Texas: crawfish, patio weather, and of course, festival season – which unofficially kicked off with Austin’s annual SXSW showcases in March. Over the May 4th weekend the Lone Star State hosted yet another successful event, bringing three days of music to Austin, Dallas, and finally, Houston via the popular JMBLYA festival.

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Camp Kammok Elevates Camping With Annual Retreat

While some live for camping, it’s just not for everyone. From unpredictable weather conditions to various bugs and critters, some people simply prefer the comforts of home versus the great outdoors. Well, I love a good adventure, so I jumped at the chance to cover Camp Kammok, making the trek to Burnet, Texas in search of Reveille Peak Ranch.

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Behind the Scenes of Cirque du Soleil Corteo: High Stakes & Rewards With Jackson "Kaj" Kanukai

One of Cirque du Soleil’s most beloved productions, after wrapping up an exclusive six-performance run at Houston’s Toyota Center, many are wondering just how the masterful performers behind Corteo do it. Featuring 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from across the globe, the theatrical masterpiece has become a fan favorite.

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Fashion & Charity Come Alive At "INCEPTION at the Mansion"

Fashion is alive and well in Houston, bursting with emerging designers and models ready to make their imprint on the Bayou City. I was able to witness this for myself, as Houston native and rising designer Jamel Hawk revealed his 2018 Fall/Winter collection during “INCEPTION at the Mansion,” a charity fashion show created to benefit two worthy causes: Houston Children’s Charity and the No Excuses Foundation.

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Black Panther Pounces On The Screen With Style, Class & Wit

Let’s get straight to the point: when it comes to a Black Panther film, it’s about damn time. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 - just a few months before the Black Panther Party was founded - his story starts in Wakanda, a fictional African kingdom rich in technology and an almost indestructible material called vibranium, the same thing found in Captain America’s shield.

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Trae Tha Truth Rescues NBA Star, Others During Hurricane Harvey

Trae Tha Truth sprung into action after being rescued during Hurricane Harvey. The Houston legend managed to rescue more than a few dozen citizens during the week, including an emerging NBA star.

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Bryson Tiller To Set It Off In Houston

Fame rarely comes overnight - a reality most artists are forced to accept early on - but for Kentucky native Bryson Tiller, failure has never been an option. Since debuting his infectious T R A P S O U L album in 2015, he’s been a busy man, ruling the airwaves with hits like “Don’t” and “Exchange.”

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All Eyez On Me Shows Tupac’s Evolving Legacy

Biopics are notoriously hit or miss. For every Ray – there are a dozen others that never should have been made - a visual reminder that not every story can be accurately recreated on screen. When it comes to artists the bar is even higher, raised by the expectations of living family members and anxious fans. So when it comes to the memory of legends like Tupac Shakur, well, the stakes are even higher.

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Gentleman Jack Real to Reel Tour Giving African American Filmmakers The Platform They Deserve

While last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy helped launch a national discussion about Hollywood’s lack of diversity, others have taken the issue into their own hands, choosing to change the narrative by writing and telling their own stories.

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Houston Spotlight: The Al Rucker Foundation

Sometimes when the cards are stacked against you, you have to reshuffle the deck. For entrepreneur Al Rucker, shifting his cards has meant constantly evolving; becoming one of Houston’s most prominent entrepreneurs his chief goal.

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