Noose Left Outside Houston Singer's Home

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Photos courtesy of Erica Nichole
Artists are used to criticism, but nothing could have prepared Houston pop-jazz artist Erica Nichole for waking up to find a noose had been hung out side her home at South Rice and Chimney Rock over the weekend.

"I noticed it after I came home from my gig Friday night," says Nichole via email. "Basically, it wasn't there after my friend and I came into my apartment, and then an hour or so later, it was there. I have NO idea who would/could have done this. I have lived here 13 years, and NEVER had an incident like it."

The Houston Police Department responded to Nichole's call and helpfully took the noose down; Nichole says the officers were extremely polite and comforting. Still, they admitted there wasn't much they could do about the incident beyond suggesting Nichole contact her apartment complex's management to see if something could be done to prevent further incidents.

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The noose has a long history of being used to intimidate and frighten blacks and other minorities. Before the Civil Rights movement, many found themselves the targets of lynch mobs dispensing vigilante justice. Even into the 21st century, there are ample examples of the knotted rope being used to express hateful racial sentiments. Just months ago another black Houstonian, Jeremee Molo, was the subject of repeated threats via noose at his workplace.

Nichole is shocked, but says she has no plans to leave her home. She's experienced very little racism in her life aside from an elderly woman in the '90s calling her the n-word.

"I'm angry, but I'm NOT going to move," says Nichole. "I want to ask WHY? Why would you be so immature? Why would you do something so immature and stupid? This individual must be a kid, I mean, what grown-up would do something like this?"

Nichole got started in music when she was in high school. Though she'd sang all her life, no one ever thought to try and cultivate her abilities until she was found banging out some surprisingly good beats on a friend's drum set. It was enough to get her up in front of people at church, and in 2008 she and her twin brother started up the E.Nicole Band.

Look for them to be back in the studio this August with New Orleans' Stephen Richard on saxophone.


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18 comments
Benjamin George Ward
Benjamin George Ward

Its at an apartment complex how do they know it was aimed toward her specifically?

edward.reyna
edward.reyna

Aren't S. Rice and Chimney Rock parallel?

Ian T. Komouss
Ian T. Komouss

Tell us again about how awesome Houston is, Houston Press.

Jo Evins
Jo Evins

Or else stunt to bring up race baiting and attention

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Republican does not equal racism. What an ignorant statement.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Why does this have the tag "Only in Houston?"

Mathew Burnstein
Mathew Burnstein

How do you get a Republican to hang himself (figuratively speaking), give him some rope.

Nina Afrique
Nina Afrique

The lowlives of this city need a oneway ticket to Mars. How disgusting.

Aldo Aceves
Aldo Aceves

It's sad to hear this is still happening in our day and age but it's specially unfortunate it had to happen to such an incredible person and talented human being.

eudemonist
eudemonist

South Rice and Chimney Rock, eh? 

Jorge A. Garza
Jorge A. Garza

But why give these lost ones the satisfaction of media exposure . . leave it be to the authorities

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

I agree with her, must be kids. Kids are fucking stupid.

rat618
rat618

Why do you assume kids? There are plenty of Faux News viewers with the same attitude...like the two Florida cops that were KKK members.

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