Jan 292018

The NOLA Messenger team will be back on talk radio with Oliver “O.T.” Thomas for The Good Morning Show on WBOK 1230AM. Tune in tomorrow morning (Jan. 30) from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and hear us talk about recent stories of interest, including:

  • Special elections in March
  • New leadership in City Council
  • AirBnB issues & updates
  • School & school board news, and more

Joining O.T. this time will be Robert (Uptown), Claire (Mid-City), and Tyree (Gentilly).

Got questions for us?
Leave comments below or call us on air at (504) 260-9265

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Jan 262018

King Cake Ice Cream, King Cake Cocktails, King Cake Macarons, a King Cake Festival and… King Cake Burgers?

NOLA chefs and bartenders have jumped on the King Cake bandwagon, and nothing is sacred. Locals—who are game for most anything—are documenting the King Cake craze with enthusiasm.

If Instagram excels at anything, it’s the cataloging of what we eat. And New Orleanians love to eat. From Twelfth Night onwards, NOLA eats King Cake. A lot of King Cake. Masses of King Cake. Everywhere. Dirty Coast is even selling a King Cake Consumption poster and King Cake T-shirt.

Dirty Coast King Cake Consumption Print from

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Jan 262018

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This morning the staff at The Broad woke up to a startling discovery. The entire lineup of films currently playing at the theater can now be called Oscar nominated films. Over the past twelve months we have played seven of the nine films nominated for Best Picture with four of those being played at this very moment. We even ended up playing one of the animated shorts with our free screening of REVOLTING RHYMES late last year. Continue reading »

Jan 252018

On February 2, 2018, Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, will keynote the “Project Live & Achieve” Rally for Excellence, where 5,000 students from local schools across the New Orleans area will attend.

The rally, which is presented by InspireNOLA Charter Schools, The Alliance for Diversity & Excellence and Hyatt Regency New Orleans, will also feature Congressional Black Caucus Chairman and U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans), New Orleans Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell, and Angela Yee of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club,” as speakers who will offer words of hope and motivation to the students in attendance. Continue reading »

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Jan 192018

Mardi Gras and festival season are right around the corner, which means you need an outfit that makes a statement. Whether you’re walking down the parade routes on St. Charles Avenue or navigating the food stands at Jazz Fest, it’s always important to stand out from the crowd. 1 of 1 Blazers creates custom, hand-painted suits, ties, and blazers for all your party needs.

Wear Your Custom Suit Anywhere!
Some men’s suits have a subtle message, but not ours. We create the ultimate power suit by giving you the confidence to truly own the room. Here are a few places to wear your most outlandish outfits:

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Jan 182018

The Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans due to a further drop in water pressure Thursday morning, Jan. 18.

This is an expansion of the advisory issued Wednesday for areas east of the Industrial Canal, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou. Neither advisory applies to the West Bank.

Boil Water Advisory map (via S&WB)

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Jan 162018

Deborah Schumacher of Slim Goodies Diner

On the front cover of Slim Goodies’ menu it says, “We’re here to stay & stand by New Orleans, come hell or high water.” That attitude is a way of life at this Uptown diner. Owner Deborah Schumacher is dedicated to serving her guests and community great food and lots of love! We sat down with Deborah to learn more about the secret ingredient to her business’s success.

Name: Deborah Schumacher
Store: Slim Goodies Diner
Founded: 2002

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
My partner and dear friend Kathleen “Kappa” Horn and her brother, Raymond Horn, started the business in 2002. If fact, the pictures in the main dining rooming are her family photos. Kappa owned a retail shop in the French Quarter and decided to open Slim Goodies Diner to bring the American-Creole breakfast “Diner” concept to Uptown. Continue reading »

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Jan 122018

Saints Feasts, Playoffs, and homemade King Cake!

Gerald and Missy Young Duhon #saintscooking (via Missy Young Duhon’s Facebook Page)

Can we get a #WhoDat?
The Black and Gold are back in the playoffs, and locals are talking about more than just Kamara’s yardage. What’s cooking this Sunday is a hot topic as New Orleanians plan to watch the game from home. Viking’s fans can have their frozen chicken wings, brat dogs, and bagged chips, but the Ain’ts aren’t having it.

Saints fans have oiled the jambalaya pots, chilled the Abita, and connected the gas-line to the burner. Epiphany’s passing the week before the playoffs guarantees King Cakes are ordered—or better yet, about to be baked. Yes, it’s crawfish and King Cake season in NOLA. Continue reading »

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Jan 112018

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The Hollywood Foreign Press has spoken: The Broad Theater shows the best films. Four of our pictures have 9 awards between them. THE POST opens this week, and while it was shut out at the Globes for its 6 nominations, any film combining the talent of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep is worth the price of admission. This is the true story of The Washington Post newspaper’s struggle to publish the Pentagon Papers, which ultimately blew the lid off the government’s deception surrounding the Vietnam War.

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Jan 092018

Beginning this month, Carrollton Boosters will start their Spring Soccer program. This is a recreational, intramural program for boys and girls who were aged 3-16 as of December 31, 2017.

The program consists of the following leagues: U-4 Co-Ed, U-6 Co-ed, U-8 Boys, U-8 Girls, U-10 Boys, U-10 Girls, U-13 Boys, U-13 Girls, and U-17 Co-ed.

All U-6, U-8, U-10, and U-13 players are drafted onto teams which play a schedule of games from mid-January through early to mid-April. All games will once again be at the Carrollton fields on the Audubon Riverview (the “Fly”). Games will be on Saturdays at varying times, plus some leagues will have games on Friday nights. Coaches will schedule practices after the teams are drafted. Continue reading »

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Jan 042018

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We feel it, too. It’s COLD outside. The new year has brought in some frigid air, so we’ve turned on the heater to bring you the warm fuzzies while you enjoy our lineup this week. Coincidentally enough, this week’s new release takes place in the frigid world of figure skating, so lace up your skates and let’s dig into the newsletter.

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Jan 022018

Baakir Tyehimba and family, Black Star Books and Caffe

What Black Star Books and Caffe offers doesn’t fit on a menu. Sure, there’s coffee and food, but you’ll also find art, music, books, life lessons, and even a business incubator. Owner Baakir Tyehimba created this space for people to enrich their lives through education, entrepreneurship, and community. We sat down with him to find out why he infused his coffee shop with so much culture.

Name: Baakir Tyehimba
Store: Black Star Books and Caffe
Since: Founded in 2010

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
My wife and I started an African-centered homeschool to offer a quality education to students without burdening parents with tuition costs. To sustain ourselves while we did this, we decided to open up a business. We chose a coffee shop because it’s the type of space that brings communities together and creates an atmosphere where good thought and conversation flow. Continue reading »

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Dec 292017

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First things first, if you got a Broad Theater gift card in your stocking this week then congrats on being given the gift of cinema! Your new card never expires and can be used for anything at the theater from tickets to cocktails to some of our awesome new food items available every weekend.

As we look back on this past year, we’d like to focus on the things that made us happy. Nothing of course makes us happy more than good movies and we think we ended up showing a healthy number of them. From A QUIET PASSION to WONDER WOMAN, we stuck to our guns in giving you a eclectic mix of movies in all shapes, sizes, and budgets.

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Dec 212017

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It’s the newsletter before Christmas and all through The Broad, new features are screening, with a couple quite odd. Our hot-pink tree is covered with light, and no matter what, this week will delight. We’ve got indie pleasures from across the globe, and a visual feast from a filmmaker in vogue. The rest of this newsletter will not be in rhyme, but continue reading and you’re sure to have a good time.

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Dec 182017

Harte Teacher wins “Oscar of Teaching”, Edna Karr makes football history

Two of InspireNOLA’s foundation schools accomplished major achievements this past week. Alice Harte Charter School’s Master Teacher, Theresa Cross, received the national 2017 Milken Educator Award, and Edna Karr High School made history by winning back-to-back State Football Championships.

“We are extremely proud of the commitment and achievements from Ms. Cross, Coach Brown and the Karr football team. While different, these victories are important for changing New Orleans by showing students what can be achieved,” said InspireNOLA CEO Jamar McKneely.

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