Clearing Up What Happened At Roosevelt Lounge

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It's been reported that last weekend, a group of people was turned away from Washington Avenue's Roosevelt Lounge for, according to the aggrieved, having "too many black people." Reports of exactly what happened have been conflicting.

Wednesday, the Houston Press spoke to two eyewitnesses close to the situation to get a proper account of what occurred that night. They told us that thus far, four things have been reported inaccurately:

1. Members of the rap group Drank were told they weren't allowed into the club early in the evening because of their group's racial makeup, followed by a similar incident involving members of the Houston Dynamo taking place later in the evening.

While the part about the group being denied entry because of race is true, according to witnesses that asked their names be withheld, Drank and the Dynamo players were moving as one party. The Dynamo's Tyler Deric, who would eventually be tasered, allegedly hit with a police baton by police officers and arrested, had secured V.I.P. reservations for the evening. They were all together. Deric is reportedly friends with members of Drank.


2. The Dynamo players were at the club at 4 a.m., two hours after the Roosevelt's reported business hours.

According to the witnesses, the entire ruckus lasted from approximately 11 p.m. to 11:40 p.m.


3. Deric, who was later charged with assaulting a public servant (punching a police officer), was being combative towards HPD officers, which resulted in his subsequent tasering and arrest.

According to witnesses, Deric "was off the property. The police came sprinting over like, 'Oh, this is our last chance to get him.' He had his hands up in a submissive manner. He was just standing there. They're trying to make it seem like he's this bad guy. He's not. He's a stand-up guy. In fact, that night he was the victim."


4. Dynamo draft pick Warren Creavalle, who was charged with interfering with an officer, was interfering with an officer.

According to witnesses, Creavalle did nothing more than stand among the crowd and record what was happening. "He was doing the same thing all of us were doing [recording with a cell phone]. He wasn't doing anything," one witness said. "One of the officers looked up at him recording and said, 'Get that black kid!' They didn't single anybody else out. We were standing there in shock."


Drank is not pursuing any legal action. They are, however, planning a "Fuck Racism" concert for this weekend on Washington. Event details will be posted here as they are made available.



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boogieman
boogieman

Roosevelt still around, damn outlasted every other club, NOX, Eight, REIGN, MANOR.  Maybe they are on to something???

El Machete
El Machete

I guess I couldn't go there and expect to see Otis Day and the Nights performing there, huh?  "You mind if we dance wit yo dates?"

Erin
Erin

By 2000, roughly one in 10 black men will be in prison - a statistic with major social implications because prisoners don't have jobs, pay taxes or care for their children at home. And because many states bar felons from voting, at least one in seven black men will have lost the right to vote.

Amandoh
Amandoh

Beastie Boys wanna be's.

Craigley
Craigley

These kids should call themselves "The Yeastie Boys"!

Chris
Chris

What are "rappers" doing on Washington anyways..

Soulknow
Soulknow

Roosevelt has turned me away three times for the crime of being Black. If Houston was a different place, they would have shut that place down a long time ago for discrimination. But it's Houston so wishful thinking.

Msimpson
Msimpson

So the band does not look black.  And Tyler Deric is not black.  So what is missing from this story according to witnesses that asked their names be withheld?   And when exactly did Tyler Deric punch the cop?  

Shelby Hohl
Shelby Hohl

The irony is that Washington Ave. is built on top of the graves of deceased slaves.

Wrath of Khan
Wrath of Khan

if I had a club, I'd have a "no wiggers' policy as well

vernon2011
vernon2011

Its terrible to use racism to promote your upcoming album. 

Ronnie
Ronnie

washington douches....   serves them right

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

if drank is the 3 dorks pictured, they should have been turned away on general principle...

Anon
Anon

I can guarantee the concert will be shut down almost immediately as a Noise Ordinance violation.

vernon2011
vernon2011

Maybe felons shouldnt be allowed in to the bar either, solves everyones problem lol

Kheri
Kheri

What is your point? Please explain. I do not want to assume.

Khericarter
Khericarter

Because it is a public street, anyone can be there. That is the point sweetie.

Texmex01
Texmex01

Soul, you're a dumbass for going back after the first time, let alone 2 more times.....

Dr. Who
Dr. Who

These were not the only members of the party. Two of the other Dynamo part of the party were black, and Warren Creavalle got arrested for interfering with an officer for reportedly videotaping the whole thing. Something smells fishy here. Hopefully justice prevails.

Searching for Truth
Searching for Truth

Do you even know what you are  talking about? Washington Ave stretches a little over 4 miles from Downtown till it cross I 10 by Memorial Park. So what you are saying is that this whole area used to be a graveyard? or did you just mean the few blocks by the Glenwood and Washington Cemeteries, which by the way are not even close to the Roosevelt Lounge.

Josh46893
Josh46893

Using racism to promote their upcoming album? No they just simply exposed what's been going on at Roosevelt for quite some time now. There's multiple witnesses who know what happened and there's multiple witnesses who have confirmed this has happened on many other occasions. But I understand you have to cover yourself especially when you work there.

peoplethesedays
peoplethesedays

are you serious? These kids are doing a great deed. Give them a little publicity, fine with me if they are not only promoting human equality but standing up and fighting for it

MLK jr.
MLK jr.

its terrible to use racism to keep people out your club.

Brandon1256
Brandon1256

You definitely know what your talking about, being a prominent media company and what not.

peoplethesedays
peoplethesedays

The concert will most likely be in another club. What did you think? They were gonna perform in the middle of the street? lol

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Jasminesmith198714

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Corey
Corey

 Who cares....

tyrone
tyrone

true Dumb ass for going back, go spend your money elsewhere,  you think the people there care, obviously they dont want/need your money

Kheri
Kheri

Well you go back, because you hope that people are not this ignorant and maybe it was just in your  head, so you go back to give them a chance to make it right. When it happens again that is when you take a stand and realize " hold on, they are discriminating, this is wrong"

Anon
Anon

The ordinance applies to music venues as well. You don't have to be performing in the street to be shut down... geez

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