Jul 122014
 
J'Monque'D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday's block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

J’Monque’D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday’s block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 25th Annual Feast of St. Henry block party and mass took place at St. Henry’s Catholic church Uptown on Saturday afternoon.

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 082014
 
Participants in this weekend's Maafa ceremony sing Yoruba hymns. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

Participants in this weekend’s Maafa ceremony sing Yoruba hymns. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

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The day after millions of folks celebrated the independence of the United States of America, I joined a sea of folks dressed in all white, the color associated with the deepest mourning, to recognize one of the most tragic parts of American history.

In its 14th year, the Maafa commemoration is an ancestral ceremony put on by the Ashe Cultural Center to honor those who were subjected to the unfathomable atrocities of enslavement and the plight of the generations who emerged from this despair, those who were anything but free when America claimed its freedom from the British crown back in 1776. Continue reading »

Jul 012014
 
Derrick "Doc" Simmons,  from the Original C.T.C. Steppers Social and Pleasure Club,  dances on top of a Carrollton Avenue bus shelter during the Original Pigeon Town Steppers second line in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Derrick “Doc” Simmons, from the Original C.T.C. Steppers Social and Pleasure Club, dances on top of a Carrollton Avenue bus shelter during the Original Pigeon Town Steppers second line in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will discuss increasing service on bus routes throughout the city, including restoring route 90 in Carrollton, at a series of community open houses in Broadmoor and Carrollton starting next week. Continue reading »

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Jun 162014
 
Banner outside of the king's house. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A banner promoting this year’s Uptown Swingers parade hangs outside of King Kevin Scott’s house on Jena Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Erone Hymel emerges from his mother's house on Loyola Avenue at the beginning of the Uptown Swingers second line on June 24, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Erone Hymel emerges from his mother’s house on Loyola Avenue at the beginning of the Uptown Swingers second line on June 24, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

To celebrate their 10th anniversary second-line, the Uptown Swingers will parade this Sunday where they all originally started: on Freret Street.

“Some people said we couldn’t last 10 years, so we’ve got to show them,” said Uptown Swingers president Ezell Hines. “Showing is seeing and seeing is believing.” Continue reading »

Jun 142014
 

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Southern Rep’s annual “Work Hard Play Hard” fundraiser at Il Posto on Dryades Street will feature live music, an all-you-can-eat buffet, an open bar, and a silent auction/raffle of donated items and services from local artists and businesses, all to benefit the 6×6 and 3×3 programs that support the development of new plays. Continue reading »

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Jun 102014
 
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children's Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children’s Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library are holding a major yard sale this weekend at the Latter branch library to clear out their entire inventory of surplus donated books, organizers said. Continue reading »

Jun 062014
 
610 Stompers compete in a game of tug-of-war at ROMP! 2013 (via habitat-nola.org)

610 Stompers compete in a game of tug-of-war at ROMP! 2013 (via habitat-nola.org)

After being rained out last month, the 610 Stompers and the Hot 8 Brass Band will return to Palmer Park on Sunday afternoon to lead adult teams in a games-oriented “Romp” fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, organizers said. Continue reading »

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