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Big stars honored at University of Houston alumni gala, but Shasta steals the show

By Shelby Hodge

If it weren't for the high-level group of honorees recognized at the University of Houston Alumni Association awards gala, it would have been university mascot Shasta that stole the show. That ...


Stylish Soiree

Lavish saris dazzle at record-breaking gala featuring Miss America and UH president, raising more than $2 million

By Ruchi Mukherjee

Lavish embroidered saris were en vogue at the Hilton Americas-Houston as more than 800 people from a cross-section of the city's diverse communities gathered to support the Annual Pra ...


Celebrity Speaker Secrets

Celebrity speaker secrets: Matthew McConaughey's big money fee from UH isn't shocking — it's standard

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Back in January, the University of Houston announced that actor Matthew McConaughey would address graduating students at the school's spring commencement ceremonies in May to great fanfare ...


McConaughey Headed To UH

Surprise! Matthew McConaughey headed to University of Houston to wow students, UT ties no matter

By Clifford Pugh

"Alright, alright, alright!" The University of Houston has announced a commencement speaker who is sure to draw a lot of attention. Texas native and Academy Award winning actor Matthe ...


Party watch

A Houston college celebrates a milestone anniversary: The university where hard-fought dreams come true?

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of Houston Downtown 40th anniversary gala. Where: The Picasso Room at the J W Marriott Houston Downtown. The 411: UHD graduates Maria Chavez-Berry and Carlon Johnson, b ...


Sheer genius

Certified Houston genius celebrated by the city's most elite movers and shakers

By Shelby Hodge

Yes, the story is true. Houston artist and social innovator Rick Lowe didn't initially answer the phone call that would change his life. Not until the persistence of the caller on the other end ...


The Fight For Civil Rights

Houstonians come together for Concert Against Hate and raise close to $900,000

By Shelby Hodge

Emmy- and Oscar-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. wowed the gathering of more than 2,000 as he narrated "Concert Against Hate," the Anti-Defamation League's evening of theatrical and ...


The CultureMap Interview

Leading the good fight: Oscar winner explains how America can get rid of racism — once and for all

By Joel Luks

At 78 years old, Louis Gossett Jr. says he feels better than ever — both physically and spiritually. The actor and founder of The Eracism Foundation, best known for his roles as Emil ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's special India connection draws praise from a powerful senator at heavy-hitter gala

By Shelby Hodge

Fifteen years of building relationships between Houston's business community and India were celebrated in high style at the Hilton Americas-Houston during the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce ...


UH Stadium Suites

Power players celebrate the suite life amid plush surroundings at new University of Houston stadium

By Shelby Hodge

Even before kickoff for Saturday night's University of Houston football victory, a select group of Cougar fans were celebrating — suite owners and their guests. With the paint barely dry ...


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