Read My Lips: No "New Slaves" For Houston

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Photos by Marco Torres
A Houston Police Department squad car outside the Rothko Chapel Friday night
For the past couple of weeks, the suddenly punk Kanye West has been promoting his forthcoming album "Yeezus" by projecting the video for the single "New Slaves" on 66 buildings across the globe, from Chicago to Berlin. On Friday, the word came down that Houston was next on the list: "New Slaves" would be projected on to the sides of three buildings inside the Loop, including a delicious locale for the final screening of the night: the George Bush monument on Buffalo Bayou.

A Kanye takeover of our civic tribute to 41, the Presidential papa of the guy Yeezy so famously asserted did not care about black people? Come on. Who could miss that?

Well... everybody, as it turned out. The promotors behind West's planned projections in H-Town finished Friday oh-for-three on the screenings, thanks to an impressive shutout from HPD.

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Local R&B singer Love Dominique was one of Kanye's many disappointed Houston fans Friday night.
The most spectacular flameout occurred at the Rothko Chapel in Montrose, where "New Slaves" was scheduled to be shown at 9:45 p.m. A crowd gathered to witness the spectacle, only to be tossed by the fuzz, who pulled their squad cars right on to the grass and ordered people to disperse or be charged with trespassing. Despite the presence of flashing lights and a multitude of electronic bloops and bleeps, performance art this was not.

At 11 p.m., I headed over to the Bush monument, where a small group of people gathered near the statue of James A. Baker. There was no evidence of any projector, promoter or punk-rap prophet anywhere in the vicinity. Damn. Strike two.

Finally, a ray of hope: Press photographer Marco Torres called me up and told me that a projector was present and accounted for at the Central Library on McKinney, along with a P.A. and promotional staff. Game on.

After hustling a few blocks over to the library, I discovered that the first screening of the night had been delayed by technical difficulties since 9 p.m. Rumor had it among the gathering of 50 people or so that a cable was missing, or maybe defective. Or maybe just cursed. We were all assured that new equipment was en route, and that we should just stay put.

Hey, why not? How long does it take to fix a cable? Well, it takes a really long-ass time, as it turned out. The crowd swelled as we waited -- word had evidently gotten out that if you wanted to check out "New Slaves," the library was the place to do it.


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Rothko Chapel

1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX

Category: General

Houston Public Library - Central Library

500 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: General

Sesquicentennial Park

400 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: General


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27 comments
WomanBearPig
WomanBearPig

Poor Kanye. Life's tough when your girlfriend is blacker, has more street cred, and stronger than you...

dinahhmite
dinahhmite

OMG! I CANNOT think of a place LESS suited for this trash than Rothko Chapel.... Who's idea was THAT???? some 'Genius" no doubt... Rothko Chapel is a place of peace and higher vibrations.... That would be such an INSULT.

So happy it got shut down. Not in that sacred place- NO WAY! 

dave_bayouphoto
dave_bayouphoto

West's purpose with most of these screenings is to insult Texas and Texans, he seems to think we're universally white rednecks.

He's scheduled to try it again tonight at The Alamo, and he will be met by a lot of Texans who will not allow our national shrine to be defiled with his hatred and filth.

H_e_x
H_e_x

What a way to spend a Friday night, waiting to watch a music video that they had already seen before.

theadamkomar
theadamkomar

All the cool people were at Comicpalooza.

mariogarcia361
mariogarcia361

HOUSTON K8ILLER COPS......HISTORY WILL ALWAYS REPETE IT'S SELF.....

Veronica Solomon
Veronica Solomon

What is he so mad about?! Kanye, get over yourself. Lame!!!!

brisktea
brisktea

knee-grow bye.  i can't with kanye and his ego anymore, it's just too much. it's so embarrassing to watch, i feel as though he's a modern day Mr. Bojangles or something.  

bjcaldwell2
bjcaldwell2

What a fun (and bizarre) Friday night, where the main entertainment was a possibly homeless guy in a green hoodie. At least the pizza we got from Franks was neat. 

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

That song starts off as a somewhat interesting protest song about society's ills, but it ends up like that Seinfeld episode where the guy insults Costanza and he retorts, "Yeah... Well, I had sex with your wife!"

Johnny Ledesma
Johnny Ledesma

He sucks ass anyways...lets not give in to his tantrums and send his arrogant ass back inside Kim K's womb.

Candy Rodriguez
Candy Rodriguez

Check it out, Spanish Mike! People couldn't see it here in Houston. Glad we caught it in NYC!

Luis Amora
Luis Amora

Love him or hate him hes an exciting artist and has everybody talking abput him.. Yeezus!

Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany Johnson

Kanye is ridiculous and this is just another example.

Dana Nutt
Dana Nutt

Kanye is a worthless talentless piece of s$%t. The fact that anyone willingly went to this is a sign that the youth of America has no taste.

Optimo Ram
Optimo Ram

payin the bills aint easy jack!! you da man Marco!!

dustin.kalman
dustin.kalman

Sounds to me like poor planning and execution by the promoter. I wonder if they had similar problems elsewhere or just with the crew in Houston.

Marco Torres
Marco Torres

:-( I was there for journalism purposes only

Optimo Ram
Optimo Ram

i think those fans are called New Slaves

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