Jul 092014
 

Unidentified person of interest (via NOPD)

Unidentified person of interest (via NOPD)

Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

The two men injured Tuesday afternoon in a shooting at a Central City basketball court and a 3-year-old girl shot later that night on South Salcedo Street have all improved to stable, New Orleans police said, as detectives seek the public’s help in bringing both investigations to a swift resolution. Continue reading »

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Jul 092014
 

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NOLA CURVES is New Orleans’ first full-figured fashion show, exclusively featuring Southern women, sizes 12 and above. These belles will be modeling clothing and accessories from local designers including: Full Blossom Chic Boutique, Miss Behavin Boutique, Dama Talya, M.V.C. by Misty Chanel, and Plush Boutique. Continue reading »

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Jul 082014
 
The building housing the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building housing the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University is slated to be replaced with a new building, but its demolition will require City Council approval. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane University has withdrawn its request to tear down a 100-year-old home used for offices of the Newcomb College Institute, city officials confirmed Tuesday, amid a growing protest from Newcomb alumnae and others. Continue reading »

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 082014
 
A rendering of the Oak Lofts complex included in the demolition application. (via nola.gov)

A rendering of the Oak Lofts complex included in the demolition application. (via nola.gov)

The request to tear down a building to make way for the new Oak Lofts condo and gym complex and demolition requests in nearly every other corner of Uptown New Orleans were delayed by two weeks, after the city panel failed to gather enough members to hold a meeting legally on Monday — in part because five of its 13 seats are vacant, officials said. Continue reading »

Jul 072014
 

Owen Courreges

This time of year, when the mercury starts erupting comically out of the top of every thermometer, every New Orleanians eyes turn worriedly to their electricity bill. This is because whenever temperatures spike, so does the monthly amount we owe Entergy New Orleans, our much-maligned local electric utility.

Many people have long believed that Entergy is gouging them.  This is to be expected when bills skyrocket and people begin seeking out scapegoats. Continue reading »

Jul 032014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

New Orleans Police have released surveillance photos and composite sketches of people believed to be involved in a number of recent robberies around the Uptown area — including a robbery at gunpoint Wednesday night in the Lower Garden District, a robbery at knifepoint Sunday evening the Irish Channel and an unarmed robbery last week at the edge of the Garden District. Continue reading »

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Jul 032014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Everyone we know is talking about our off-the-charts crime problem.  While Bourbon Street could arguably be the most famous street in the world and crimes there like last Saturday’s shootings are truly shots heard ’round the world,  the depth of our crime problem is really in our neighborhoods.

What we need are out-of-the-box crime solutions. Continue reading »

Jul 032014
 

pretzel_croissantsPretzel croissants, Chilton County Peach Danishes, Pearl Sugar Brioche – these are just a few of the baked goods that will draw you into Gracious Bakery + Café this weekend. But once you are there, chances are you will stick around for sandwiches like their Smoked Ham on Baguette with pecan and cheddar spread and homemade pepper jelly. Now open on Sundays until noon, this family-friendly artisan bake shop is helmed by Sucré alumna Megan Forman and has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Best Bakeries.”

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