Feb 112019

Cafe Reconcile is open for lunch M-F from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Café Reconcile is recruiting new students for its 2019 classes. While Café Reconcile’s Class 1 is already underway, applications to participate in future classes, including Class 2 which begins March 18, are currently being accepted both online and in person. Young adults ages 16-24 years old can apply.

Café Reconcile is an eight-week hospitality training and job placement program that provides paid stipends, life skills classes, visits to industry partners, interview training and more. Continue reading »

Jan 292019

Project NOLA Director Bryan Lagarde with Big Freedia, who paid for the city’s first gunshot detection crime camera in honor of her brother, who was shot to death in Central City. (courtesy of Project NOLA)

The city’s first gunshot-detection crime camera was installed last week on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Project NOLA reported. Sponsored by bounce music star Big Freedia, it was installed one year after Freedia’s younger brother Adam Ross was killed in a Central City shooting.

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Nov 062018

The NOPD is trying to identify the occupants of the pictured vehicle, who are wanted in connection with an auto burglary on Louisiana in Broadmoor. (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance in locating and identifying subjects linked to separate vehicle burglary incidents in Uptown locations. The first incident took place in Broadmoor on Oct. 31. On Nov. 1, multiple car burglaries were reported in the Sixth and Second districts.

In the Oct. 31 incident, officers are seeking assistance from the public in identifying the occupants of the pictured vehicle, who are wanted in connection with an auto burglary that occurred in the 3800 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway.

The victim told police that on Oct. 31, around 7:30 a.m., he entered his vehicle and discovered several electronics had been stolen from inside the vehicle.

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Nov 052018

Kerry McMillian, 37, has been identified as the suspect in a Central City home burglary. (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a suspect in a simple burglary incident that occurred in the 2100 block of Thalia Street, near Saratoga Street.

The victim told police that he left his residence unlocked and unattended around 9 a.m. on Oct. 20. Upon returning to the location at approximately 11 a.m., the victim discovered that his wallet and cellphone were missing.

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Nov 022018

Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com

The New Orleans Police Department has arrested the driver believed to be responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred Oct. 18 in the 2300 block of South Claiborne Avenue, near Philip Street.

Howard McDowell, 23, of Marrero was arrested Oct. 31 and charged with manslaughter in connection with fatal accident. The victim was a pedestrian.

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Oct 222018

The A.L. Davis Park Panthers, its players, and their mental health are the points of focus for the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) selection, The Children of Central City.

The 18-minute documentary—shot and directed by Emma Scott, based on the reporting of Jonathan Bullington and Richard A. Webster—shows the impact of the youth football program based in Central City New Orleans, and the violent environment its children must go through.

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Aug 312018

Part of a promotional flier for the fundraiser for the park. (via Felicity Redevelopment)

By Nicholas Riemann
Special to Uptown Messenger

On Feb. 14, 1957, a crucial moment of American history was made in Central City, when Martin Luther King Jr. came to the New Zion Baptist Church on Third Street to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, what would become one of the country’s foremost African-American civil-rights organizations.

The only marker commending the group’s founding, though? A plaque on the edge of the church’s property. But there’s a dream to change that — one that’s now starting to become a reality. Continue reading »

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Sep 222012

The Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association will hold its 128th annual second line Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. at the club’s hall on South Liberty and looping around Louisiana Avenue, South Claiborne and Martin Luther King Boulevard, touted by Gambit’s Big Red Cotton as “the biggest, most exciting second line of the season.” See her post at Gambit for turn-by-turn details.

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Sep 212012

Prep-school students, business people, “uptowner” types, fitness instructors and female motorcyclists dressed in the styles of the early 1990s are among the parts needed for a new Spike Lee joint that will have a casting call from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday afternoon at Ashe Cultural Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., according to a post at the NOLA Black Professionals blog.

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Sep 062012

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two new restaurants planned for opposite ends of Uptown — the Mellow Mushroom pizzeria on Oak Street, and Mais Arepas Colombian diner on Carondelet in Central City — both passed the City Council with flying colors Thursday morning, as council members lined up to express their enthusiasm for both projects. Continue reading »