Jul 112014
 

J'Monque'D Blues Band performs at the 2011 St. Henry's Reunion. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

J. Monque’D Blues Band performs at the 2011 St. Henry’s Reunion. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Friends of St. Henry is inviting the public to help celebrate the 25th annual Feast of St. Henry reunion with food, drinks, snow-balls and live music Saturday afternoon following Mass at the church. Continue reading »

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Jul 102014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Interest by a French-immersion charter school in buying the long-vacant Priestley school site in west-Carrollton has galvanized a group called the “P-Town Project” into seeking a Healing Center-style home for fresh food and social services there instead. Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 
Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Jonterry Bernard (via opcso.org)

Jonterry Bernard (via opcso.org)

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on attempted-murder charges in connection with a shooting Tuesday afternoon that wounded two men on the basketball court at A.L. Davis Park in Central City, but investigators are still seeking the public’s help finding a second man believed to be involved, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 102014
 
Raymond Twickler Jr. holds an order pad in his metal shop on Cadiz Street.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raymond Twickler Jr. holds an order pad in his metal shop on Cadiz Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two buildings burned early Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Cadiz. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two buildings burned early Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Cadiz. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raymond Twickler Jr. traces his family’s metalworking business in New Orleans back more than a century, but the prospect of rebuilding his Cadiz Street shop after Wednesday morning’s fire next door has the 72-year-old wondering whether he should go on.

“At my age, I have my thoughts. That has to be taken into consideration,” Twickler said. “This is my first day back, and I’m assessing the damage.” Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It won’t be long before Mayor Landrieu will begin telling us why we need to approve one or more of his tax proposals in the fall elections. Before you get out your checkbook, we have a few ideas that will create new jobs and generate additional taxes — if the Mayor and the City Council can be a little more flexible on zoning. Continue reading »

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
 

Printable flyer

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 »