Irene Vázquez

Irene Vázquez is the digital intern at the Texas Observer.

“Wings of Ebony” Brings Black Girl Magic to Life

Houstonian J. Elle’s young adult novel lets Black girls soar through worlds both fantastical and familiar.

When I Get Home, Houston-born Solange’s 2019 album, is an ode to “a kind of Houston of the mind”—grounded yet ephemeral, breezy yet intentional, capacious and Black-owned. “I saw things I imagined,” she sings. For Solange, as it is for … Read More

Community members speak at a coalition meeting in January 2020.
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In Houston’s Third Ward, Community Groups are Fighting for Equitable Development

The Third Ward has a long history of displacement. Community members want a seat at the table.

At churches across Houston’s Third Ward, Vacation Bible School is a ritual of summer. Between lessons, music often peals out of the windows as children gather for games and food. The adults who supervise them laugh and gossip. For Dolores … Read More