Jan 192015
 
David Augustine Jr., the artist known as Dee-1, gives the keynote address during Monday's Martin Luther King celebration at New Orleans City Hall. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

David Augustine Jr., the artist known as Dee-1, gives the keynote address during Monday’s Martin Luther King celebration at New Orleans City Hall. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Art that expresses the African-American experience — from spirituals more than a century old to a new graffiti exhibit that closes today — has a power across generations to both create change and inspire the young, artists and officials said Monday morning in New Orleans in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“We are the generation of messengers,” said rapper Dee-1, Ben Franklin High School graduate David Augustine Jr. “We all have a platform, we all have an audience, we all have a flock we’ve been entrusted with. We have to decide, what is our message?” Continue reading »

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Jan 192015
 

Owen Courreges

‘Twas a clash of titans. In this corner, Mayor Mitch “the glitch” Landrieu, the scion of a Louisiana political dynasty, who has disappointed many by presiding over a sudden spike of crime in the French Quarter and a corrupt, ineffectual NOPD.

And in the next corner, Sidney “the insufferable” Torres, part-time New Orleans resident and garbage robber baron, who is always kvetching nauseatingly about any real or perceived threat to his property values. Continue reading »

Jan 162015
 

A man in his late 60s was robbed at gunpoint of his money and medicine Thursday night on Laurel Street, shortly after a man tried to rob the Burger King on South Carrollton and two women were robbed during a home invasion on South Robertson Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 162015
 
King William Taylor III leads the Krewe of Carrollton is it rolls through Uptown Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

King William Taylor III leads the Krewe of Carrollton is it rolls through Uptown in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Krewe of Carrollton Carnival Club will host its Royal Walkabout this Saturday night, proceeding down Oak street with the Krewe of Carrollton’s King and Queen on a mini float led by a brass band. Continue reading »

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Jan 152015
 

Despite the Airbnb “horror stories” — 50 frat boys packing a tiny house for a weekend of debauchery — the real danger of short-term rentals, critics say, is the evisceration of neighborhoods, where greedy landlords displace long-time tenants for the quick buck of well-heeled weekenders. As New Orleans’ residents are replaced with tourists, the businesses that once served the neighborhood lose their customer base, and they too are replaced with overpriced establishments catering to the wealthy from elsewhere.

That view, supporters of the industry counter, gets the entire picture backwards. Airbnb actually allows residents to keep their homes amid rising prices by providing them with a small but significant supplementary source of income. Meanwhile, because the residents remain at the house, they have more money to spend at their favorite neighborhood establishments — and their guests often choose to spend money at the same places, strengthening the business community. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 
City Councilwoman Susan Guidry reiterates her promise to continue activist Jonah Bascle's fight to make the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line accessible to the disabled at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry reiterates her promise to continue activist Jonah Bascle’s fight to make the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line accessible to the disabled at the Jan. 8 City Council meeting. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

When City Councilwoman Susan Guidry visited comedian and activist Jonah Bascle in the hospital last month shortly before his death at age 28, she vowed to carry his fight forward to make public transportation in New Orleans accessible to the disabled — specifically, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

Last week, with Bascle’s friends and supporters gathered in the City Council chambers, Guidry reiterated that she intends to make good on that promise sooner rather than later. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 

Firelei Baez, one of the artists featured in the ongoing citywide Prospect.3 series of exhibits, will host a discussion of Junot Diaz’s novel “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” tonight at the Nix Library in Carrollton. Continue reading »

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Jan 152015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Poor Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Winner of two landslide elections, seemingly one of America’s most successful and articulate mayors, architect of a New Orleans post-Katrina renaissance, he has to be wondering what hit him. It seems like his plunge from the penthouse to the outhouse took place almost overnight.

The big punch, of course, began with a sudden surge in Vieux Carre crime that quickly got completely out of control. Gangs of thugs began roaming French Quarter streets, beating people up as well as robbing them. The Vieux Carre community responded with fury, holding rallies, complaining that they were living in Landrieuville where no one is safe for even a moment. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 

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Jan 142015
 
Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Protesters chant on the corner of Freret and Cadiz. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Robert Morris; photos by Zach Brien

A group of local environmental activists huddled against the cold wind Tuesday night to create an audiovisual protest against a proposed expansion of an oil pipeline from Canada visible to Freret Street drivers. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 
Police lead a suspect to a waiting patrol car following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday, Jan. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police lead a suspect to a waiting patrol car following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday, Jan. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Brandon Hartford (via opcso.org)

Brandon Hartford (via opcso.org)

Dominick Scott (via opcso.org)

Dominick Scott (via opcso.org)

The two men arrested following a police chase and manhunt late Monday night on Broadway Street near Fontainebleau have each been charged with possession of a gun by a felon, a charge that carries with it an automatic 10-year sentence upon conviction, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 
(photo courtesy of Noodle & Pie)

(photo courtesy of Noodle & Pie)

Noodle & Pie, the celebrated new restaurant at the corner of State and Magazine, received a favorable recommendation from city officials Tuesday for its request to start serving cocktails, despite the concerns of a few neighbors worried that the establishment may one day replaced by a nuisance bar. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 

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Jan 122015
 
Police take a suspect into custody following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police take a suspect into custody following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two people were arrested Monday night and two guns were found after a police chase and manhunt on Broadway Street near Fontainebleau, police and witnesses said. Continue reading »

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Jan 122015
 

The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is holding its monthly board meeting tonight (Monday, Jan. 12) at the school’s Patton Street campus.

See below for live coverage.

Live Blog LFNO Board of Directors

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Jan 122015
 

Owen Courreges

The NOPD is looking for a few good cops.  It just doesn’t care if they’re very smart.

In a December 29, 2014 letter to the Civil Service Commission, Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison advocated removing the requirement that police recruits obtain at least 60 higher education credits, with exceptions for those possessing prior military or law enforcement experience.

According to Harrison, all that fancy book learnin’ just ain’t necessary.  He’d prefer to emphasize “workforce training over formal classroom education.”  Furthermore, the 60-credit mandate damages “NOPD’s ability to recruit and hire qualified police officers by excluding . . . those who cannot afford a higher education.” Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Two people were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents early Sunday on Louisiana Avenue and early Monday on Arabella Street, and the Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne was also robbed on Sunday evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »