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    Still Holdin' SLAB: Cars, Music, and Community in Houston, Texas

    Presented by and Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) at Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC)

    August 8, 2012

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    Still Holdin' SLAB: Cars, Music, and Community in Houston, Texas

    Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) present Still Holdin' SLAB: Cars, Music, and Community in Houston, Texas, Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30pm. Featured speaker: Langston Collins Wilkins, PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology & Folklore at Indiana University.

    “SLAB”culture is a special car-centered tradition that emerged from certain...

    Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) present Still Holdin' SLAB: Cars, Music, and Community in Houston, Texas, Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30pm. Featured speaker: Langston Collins Wilkins, PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology & Folklore at Indiana University.

    “SLAB”culture is a special car-centered tradition that emerged from certain sectors of Houston’s African American community, associated with the city’s hip-hop scene and other art forms related to the musical genre. In particular, SLABs are restored and/or customized full-size (mostly GM) vehicles such as Cadillac Fleetwoods, Eldorados, Buicks, Oldsmobile Cutlasses and/or Delta 88s.

    Wilkins will give an overview of the tradition in his lecture and discuss its relationship to the development of hip hop in Houston.

    SLABs are particularly popular in Houston's historically Black neighborhoods, including former Houston-area suburban communities, e.g. South Park, Sunnyside, Acres Homes, and enclaves located in Missouri City. It almost goes without saying that automobiles of all kinds have had enormous influence on Houston culture, largely a result of the city’s urban sprawl and comparatively spare public transportation system.

    Car culture is often celebrated by city’s residents, most notably during the annual Art Car Parade where hundreds of uniquely modified cars are paraded through the Houston’s downtown.

    SLAB culture participates in this citywide romance with the car, but is distinguished by its unique style and sensibility.


    Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC)

    4807 Caroline
    Houston, TX 77004

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    Phone: 713-581-6123


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