Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
photo by Matt Cornelius

Good Evening TXK

Imagine my harrowing dismay when I reluctantly attended my church’s Super Bowl party in 2012 only to find out that during Madonna’s halftime show (the only reason I would even attend a Super Bowl party to begin with), they were going to be cutting the projector screen off and giving us a mini-sermon instead. Shock. Disappointment. Anger… many emotions were rising within me.

No one may have understood the POWER that Madonna bringing a then fresh faced Nicki Minaj on stage with her would’ve had at the time, but I, at a ripe 14 years of age, KNEW! I knew, and I wanted to see it all go down. LIVE! Madonna?… Eh. Nicki Minaj?… I had been begging my mom for months, by that point, to go to one of her concerts. Instead of being able to see my queen LIVE at the Super Bowl, I had to watch the replay on YouTube later! Boooooooooo!

I get it. It’s church, and a raunchy Super Bowl performance on display for kids of all ages would have been inappropriate. I can be logical sometimes, too. However, who even watches the Super Bowl for the football? People do that? On what planet?

Growing up in a family absolutely obsessed with sports and being invited to Super Bowl parties every year, I cannot sit back and pretend that the Super Bowl didn’t shape some small part of my life. It comes around again and again every single year after all, so it is in some ways a part of all of our lives.

I respect everyone’s love and appreciation for different things. It’s what makes us human. We are all different. You can find me at a Super Bowl party rocking my Justin Bieber t-shirt, signaling to everyone that I would much rather be at a JB concert than this Super Bowl party. Regardless, I still show up, don’t I? That should be more than enough.

In some ways, every time the Super Bowl rolls back around, I am reminded of why I love my brothers, who scream so loudly and obnoxiously at the TV. They are as passionate about things I find zero joy in as I am passionate about things they find zero joy in. It’s beautiful, really. We can see things completely differently, but still love each other regardless of those differences. When my brothers, Parker and John David, watch football, they see every play, every strategic move and every ounce of heart these guys bring to the football field. When I watch football, I see guys running around in different directions for no reason.

I don’t understand football. It’s not for me. But I understand my friends and family, and I understand what they love. This is their favorite time of the year. So, while I’ll stick to my commitment to the halftime performances, and I’ll still probably be leaving the room after that’s over, I’ll willingly respect and gladly listen to them scream and shout at people who cannot hear them.


I wish Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were my parents.


Entire month of February

TASD Artists Exhibit
ArtSpark in Downtown Texarkana

February 5

TAAC (TRAHC African American Committee) Annual Art Exhibit
TRAHC Galleries

Texarkana Animal League Adoption Event
Adoption Center, 5820 Richmond Road
10:30 AM-2:30 PM

Peak Fighting PF 17
Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center
5:25 PM

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra Exotic Inspirations with jazz guitarist, Ted Ludwig
Perot Theatre
7:30 PM-9:30 PM

February 11-13

TexRep presents The Lifespan of a Fact
Stillwell Theatre Texarkana College Campus for showtimes

February 12

4 States Ultimate Challenge Bull Riding Shoot Out
Four States Fair Entertainment Center
7:00 PM

Atlanta Education Foundation Blue Jeans and Blings
Crossties, 6:00 PM
February 17

TRAHC Third Thursday Speaker Series with Darlene Taylor
Cabe Hall, 6:30 PM

February 18

Texarkana Area Veterans Council 22nd Annual Veteran’s Chili Cook-Off
Truman Arnold Center
Texarkana College Campus
11 AM-1:00 PM

February 18-19

Ark-La-Tex Regenerative Agriculture Conference
Texarkana Texas Convention Center
8:30 AM

February 19

Kids Run the Line Too
Christus Imaging Center
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Masquerade Ball Fundraiser for Breast Cancer and Childhood Cancer
8:00 PM-12:00 AM

February 20

Run the Line Half Marathon
Start at The Silvermoon on Broad
7:30 AM

February 26

Cirque Zuma Zuma
Perot Theatre

Moto Xtreme Circus No Limits Texarkana
Four States Fair Entertainment Center
7:00 PM


February 5

Trophy Husband
67 Landing, 7:30 PM

February 11

T-Town 5
67 Landing, 7:30 PM

February 12

Marty Stuart
Music City Texas Theater, 7:00 PM

February 12

Tailgate Poets
67 Landing, 7:30 PM

February 12

DJ Chum Chum
The Hideout, 9:00 PM

February 17

Adam Crabb,
The Gaither Vocal Band
Trinity Baptist Church, 7:00 PM

February 18

Lorrie Morgan
Crossties, 7:00 PM

February 19

T-Town 5
RedBone Magic Brewery, 7:00 PM

February 19

Charlotte’s Web Band
Fat Jack’s, 9:00 PM

February 25

Ace The Gambler & the Flying Squirrel
Twisted Fork, 7 PM

February 26

Stone Blue
The Hideout, 9:00 PM

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