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Power Partying

Back in action: Power partying, political appointments, wedding bells & stylish kilts

By Shelby Hodge

Even while the holiday celebrations were running in high gear, there was plenty happening in H-Town in recent weeks, some of it newsworthy and some of it sheer merriment. Herewith, we catch up with ...


Feed the Hungry

Mayor Parker celebrates low-key inauguration with reception at Houston Food Bank

By Clifford Pugh

Eshewing a glamorous party to celebrate her inauguration, Mayor Annise Parker and her inaugural committee hosted a low-key reception at the Houston Food Bank Thursday night to highlight the pl ...


Shelby's Social Dairy

Movie stars hit River Oaks for a premiere — and swank partying

By Shelby Hodge

UPDATE: Joanne King Herring is not working with Charlie Gilmore or Sam Cable on any projects and particularly not a television series as it was erroneously reported earlier to CultureMap and then p ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Business culture: Indo-American power players draw a sold-out crowd in Houston

By Shelby Hodge

The accomplishments of members of the Indo-American community were celebrated in style at the Hilton Americas-Houston where four individuals were honored for their various business successes. T ...


Beauty Scene

Sheila Jackson Lee goes natural with new hairstyle

By Desiree Alvarez

Feisty U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has traded in her braided helmet hairstyle for a natural look. CultureMap first noticed her new 'do earlier this week, where she met with U.S Secretary ...


The Countdown Begins

U.S. Health Secretary touts benefits of Affordable Care Act; urges Millennials to get health insurance

By Tyler Rudick

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care exchange program set to launch Oct. 1, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stopped in Houston on Monday to discuss how ...


Sheila Jackson Lee Shocker

Sheila Jackson Lee to head Homeland Security? Controversial Rep touted as "voice of reason"

By Tyler Rudick

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee got a major boost from the Congressional Black Caucus with an official endorsement to fill Janet Napolitano's seat as Secretary of the Department of ...


Watch It For Yourself

Sheila Jackson Lee goes viral, driving Fox News and conservative bloggers insane

By Whitney Radley

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee — who seems to commit a shameless snafu every other time she steps in front of a crowd or a camera — is no stranger to controversy.  In a recent ad ...


Shelby About Town

Sheila Jackson Lee's daughter weds, Clarence Thomas revisits Tony's and a cookbook success

By Shelby Hodge

The scene was beyond special at Haven when Austin Hanson and his mother, Belinda Hillhouse, presented a check for $150,000 to the Arc of Greater Houston, proceeds earned from sale of their cookbook ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Hispanic Heritage Awards highlights H-Town's thriving and growing Latino leadership

By Shelby Hodge

The Downtown Aquarium was packed to the rafters for the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards evening that included not only a fab buffet feast and the sounds of Mango Punch but also the opportunity ...


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