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The Defender: Whitney Mercilus on Football & Philanthropy

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The Houston Texans’ powerhouse, Whitney Mercilus, packs as much heart into the Houston philanthropic scene as he does into every game he plays in the National Football League (NFL). A balanced blend of determination, spirit and benevolence, Whitney embodies the hardworking, Houston hustle that makes this city thrive. Combining his deeplyengrained family rootshis faith and his Haitian heritage, Whitney’s tenacity and selfless service come alive in his everyday words and actions.  Keep Reading

Bringing Houston Roots to the Silver Screen

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From starring in her own television show to jetting back-and-forth for onscreen roles in major cities, Houston-native actress Leven Rambin has worked hard to build her career in show business from the ground up, all while maintaining the down-to-earth values on which she was raised. The 29-year-old hometown hero exemplifies what it means to hustle for what you want. Leven’s vivacious nature and eagerness to grow and push boundaries are characteristics that have stuck with her from an early age. Keep Reading

Russell Gordy: The Humble Philanthropist, Business & Family Man

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Russell Gordy’s resume is quintessentially Texan. Oil and gas. Wheeling and dealing in Houston’s happening real estate scene. An avid outdoorsman with a spread of ranches encompassing more than 150,000 acres across several states.   Keep Reading

Culture & Color: Tradition Meets Modern at J.Landa

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The Houston-native jewelry shop, J.Landa, features eclectic, curated pieces from all over the world, along with hand-crafted pieces by the shop’s owner, Jay Landa; an artistic guru whose innate inclination to create and discover destined his brand to boom.  Keep Reading

Keepin’ It [Real] Country: Is Cody Johnson the New Garth Brooks?

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Cody Johnson’s fans know a good thing when they hear it. And what’s coming from the hard working, bull rider-turned-country-musician is catapulting his career, and may actually help other Texas Country artists turn a serious musical corner.  Keep Reading

Backstage Pass: An Inside Look of Backstage at Rodeo Houston

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We got an exclusive sneak peek with designer, Torie Halbert of To the T. Interiors, of the incredible backstage set up created for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each year.  Torie, who has been a Rodeo committee member for 12 years, has been designing backstage for the show for 7 years now and she just keeps outdoing herself!  Bringing elements of Houston into each of the 6 rooms backstage, she’s showcasing just how great the city is and leaving a lasting impression on the biggest music artists in the country, just before and after they hit the stage.  These rooms are available to the performers to get ready before the show, unwind afterward, and receive their commemorative belt buckles, the Rodeo’s version of a trophy for playing the big stage. Keep Reading

Farewell, 41: A Tribute to President George H.W. Bush

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There’s a saying we have in Texas: “American by birth, Texan by the Grace of God”. This holds true for our late President. George H.W. Bush moved to Houston in 1958 while working in oil and gas and fell in love with the city. He’s said to have credited Houston for his political success, the city that embraced him as their own and allowed him to flourish. Keep Reading

Soccer Star, Kealia Ohai is Changing the Game

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Who you are isn’t based off what people think of you, but what you think of yourself just ask Kealia Ohai. From falling in love with soccer as a child to professionally playing the sport as captain for Houston Dash, she’s no stranger to pursuing her passion and overcoming her obstacles. Instead, she thrives off it. Although it might be difficult to imagine running into a stadium with fans cheering your name, this scenario is already a reality for Kealia. With a smile on her face and the #7 on her jersey, she’s on the field doing what she does best: scoring goals and setting records.  Keep Reading

Leon Bridges, Texas Retro Soul Revue

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Think of him purely as a throwback and you’ll miss the brilliance inherent in his eclectic performances. Leon Bridges is paving his own way up the charts with a nod to the past and a healthy dose of originality. Keep Reading

Fashion Forward: Meet Local Designers Behind their Labels

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Houstonians have always had impeccable style, and designers are beginning to take notice. We chatted with three of our favorite local designers about their story, collections and why they love Houston. Keep Reading

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