Feb 272018

Étouffée, Gumbo, and Red Beans and Rice with Chops created by Eat NOLA Noir chefs (photo credit Erica M. Durousseau, co-founder of Eat NOLA Noir)

As Black History Month comes to a close and the concurrent, much-needed addition of a “Black Restaurant Week” winds down, I have pondered the lack of celebrated minority chefs in our little hamlet of Uptown New Orleans.

The discouraging results after searching memory, calling fellow habitual diners, and ultimately an internet hunt, is that in a city whose famed culinary prowess is shaped by its black cultural contributions, we don’t have nearly enough celebrated, household name, black chefs or black-owned restaurants, past or present.

Other than iconic Tremé Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase fame, what other black chef pops into the New Orleanians’ dining-centric mind? Continue reading »

Feb 082018

The Project Live & Achieve Rally for Excellence was held on February 2, 2018, and brought together over 5,000 students and community members from across New Orleans. (via Inspire NOLA Charter Schools)

The Project Live & Achieve Rally for Excellence was held at Xavier University on February 2, 2018, and over 5,000 students and community members from across the New Orleans area attended. The audience was inspired by speakers including Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center and daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Feb 062018

A New Orleans Police truck filled with donated food travels the parade routes before and after parades so officers can grab something to eat during their long shifts. The truck was set up by the New Orleans Polie and Justice Foundation. You can donate on their website or at their headquarters. (Photo by Sofia Samayoa)

By Sofia Samayoa
Loyola Student News Service

While keeping people safe and keeping the parades in line, many New Orleans police officers patrolling during Carnival have no time to eat during their 8- to 12-hour shifts.

To provide some relief, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation created “Adopt-A-Cop,” so people can donate food or money to help feed the officers while they patrol the parade routes. Continue reading »

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Feb 062018

Eat NOLA Noir shows off merchandise at their pop-up event at Backatown Coffee Parlour (Kerri Ebanks)

Story by Kerri Ebanks
Special to NOLA Messenger

Walking into Backatown Coffee Parlour while DJ Chinua is spinning Caribbean Funk vibes could make you feel a little guilty because you’re out on a weeknight, but when it’s carnival season, the word “guilt” is never mentioned. There’s more of a crowd than there would be on a typical weekday, and that’s all due to a pop-up event hosted by Eat NOLA Noir.

(l-r) Zella Palmer and Erica Durousseau, founders of Eat NOLA Noir (Kerri Ebanks)

Just in time for Black History Month, Eat NOLA Noir previewed New Orleans Black Dining Week last Wednesday (Jan. 31) at Backatown. The semi-annual event will begin Feb. 12 and last until Feb. 24. The organizers previewed what’s to come for the themed cuisine week, set to bring more exposure to Black-owned eateries in New Orleans through social exchange. Continue reading »

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Nov 102017

The New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are hosting a free legal fair on Saturday, November 11. The fair will include the FBA’s Wills for Veterans National Outreach Program that chapters across the country will participate in as a way to honor Veterans Day.

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Sep 292017

Local artist Bryan Brown, member of Axiom Artist Collective, poses with his original art piece created for the official Tremé Fall Fest poster (via Spears Group)

New Orleans artist Bryan Brown—of Axiom Art Gallery on Freret Street—was selected as the creator this year’s official Tremé Fall Fest poster. The final design was unveiled on Wednesday, September 27, as part of the kickoff for the third annual festival happening this weekend.

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Sep 202017

The Inspire to Empower Gala promises to be an incredible and inspiring evening for all who attend! Guests will enjoy an array of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and libations in the gorgeous Alice M. Harte courtyard and atrium while listening to live entertainment and bidding in a silent auction.

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Jul 212017

Members of Poke Loa accept their award for Best Millennial Restaurant.The 2017 Millennial Awards “honors dynamic young professionals” in various categories, including digital media, real estate, tourism and healthcare. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, July 15, guests gathered in the Civic Theater for the 2017 Millennial Awards. The event, presented  by The Spears Group and Greater New Orleans, Inc., highlighted the success of millennials in the New Orleans area in 18 different categories including digital media, economic development, education, fashion, film, business, and more. Continue reading »

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Apr 212017

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Holocaust survivor Martin Weiss will share his story at the Yom HaShoah community-wide Holocaust Memorial Program on Sunday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue. The annual memorial program remembers and honors local survivors while educating the public about the horrors of the Nazi regime and teaching the importance of tolerance. Continue reading »

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Mar 272017

Propeller has selected the 16 businesses who will participate in its Growth Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to help them maximize their financial sustainability and increase their capacity to tackle city-wide disparities in food, water, health, and education.

The class of entrepreneurs includes familiar names like Circle Food Store, New Orleans’ first African-American owned full service grocery store and local sustainability leader LifeCity, along with emerging businesses like Bluefin Data, a data company pioneering a tool to simplify data reporting between the seafood industry and the government. Continue reading »

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Mar 102017

YA Author Angie Thomas, and her Bestseller, “The Hate U Give” (via Academy of the Sacred Heart)

Young Adult Author Angie Thomas will discuss her debut novel The Hate U Give in a Q&A open format during the SCBWI JambaLAya KidLit Conference at the Academy of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 11. The Hate U Give was #1 seller on Amazon prior to its February 28 release, and has become #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list among Young Adult Hardcover titles. Continue reading »

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Jan 062017

Rachael Levine, a senior at Lusher Charter High School, has been selected to play in the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall for the second year in a row. Rachel will be performing on cello with the Strings Orchestra at the famous concert venue on February 5 this year. Continue reading »

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Dec 092016

Housed in a home-like setting, Mathilde Hall provides a visually rich and stimulating environment for one, two and three year olds in McGehee School’s early childhood program, Little Gate. Designed to inspire learning and spark the imaginations of both students and faculty, Mathilde Hall opened its doors in August in the architecturally rich setting of this historic St. Charles Avenue home. Mathilde Hall is at the heart of Little Gate, a local leader in early childhood education.

L to R: McGehee Headmistress Eileen Powers, Richard Currence, George Young, Mathilde Villere Currence

L to R: McGehee Headmistress Eileen Powers, Richard Currence, George Young, Mathilde Villere Currence

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Dec 072016

Senior centers across Orleans Parish have contributed to The Older Adults Cookbook Project celebration entitled “A Lifetime of Delicious Memories”. The celebration will be held on Friday, December 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center, located at 3300 Hamilton Street. The event will feature an opening welcome, “Tales from the Dish”, in which seniors recount their favorite recipes and fond memories of cooking, and special gratitude to the Edgar Jr. & Leah Chase Family Foundation for grant support of this project. Continue reading »

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Dec 012016

The Rescue Class of 2016…What a Year!

We had a goal of 400 companion animals that would find their forever homes in 2016. We were well on our way to reaching the goal until that number was shattered after the disastrous flooding in our region in August. Our rescue brought in an additional 250+ animals that were in desperate need of care. We anticipate the final number for 2016 to be 500 saved and adopted lives!

Your compassion and generosity saved so many of these lives! Without you, we could not fulfill the mission of eradicating pet homelessness and euthanasia in the New Orleans area via our all-volunteer efforts. Continue reading »

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