This summer will mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But it also marks the start of an ambitious effort to break up New Orleans' long-beleaguered public school system and replace it with a market-based system in which charter schools compete for customers, in this case students and parents, and for top test scores.
While they may not necessarily have the most pleasant weather or the best food, they've got something else, a certain indefinable quality that makes them hard to forget.
The plot centers on a millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) who has been convicted of a crime and is being sent to prison. Scared to death, he looks for someone, his car detail guy Darnell (Kevin Hart), to show him the ropes.
I worked the phones madly, texting Arthur with the updates. I was doing it for both of us. On those crutches I negotiated a kitchen, met with vendors and began the process of curing the hams and bacon.
I don't think it is overt, but high achievers have a sixth sense of who is worthy of their most precious commodity, time, and who is looking for instant gratification.
Southern food is the country's comfort food.
Broadway veteran Joel Vig will play Truman Capote in his one-man show, Truman Talks Tennessee. Capote often said he was born at the Hotel Monteleone where the literary festival takes place, so there's your full circle.
Will Smith carries this film on shoulders. His cool demeanor and devil-may-care attitude are appealing. He has tremendous stage presence, and he knows how to work the camera.
In the lead-up to the season seven premiere of Rupaul's Drag Race, fans are already speculating about who the queen will be to snatch the crown. Before we all get wrapped up in a cast of new personalities, I thought it made sense to check in with the winner of season 6, the incomparable Bianca Del Rio.
Whether planting trees in New Orleans or picking up trash in Tehran, one of the most effective ways to heal disaster-struck and neglected places is through community led and driven action. The folks who take care of their local environments and communities are not famous. But we could all learn from their bold actions.
Since the film awards season is well under way, it's a great time to discover a little bit more about some of our favorite nominees. While meeting them in person seems pretty unlikely, you can still walk in their footsteps -- so to speak -- with a visit to the hometowns they hail from.
Made up of 26 atolls scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a beach destination that's totally set apart from other tropical getaways like the Caribbean and Mexico.
Everyone knows NOLA, the partying-est, craziest, drinking-est, convention-going, Mardi-Gras-Parading, jazz-music-playing, levy-bursting, Brad-Pitt-loving, most reputation-rebuilding city in the USA, especially right now.
Mardi Gras can seem like a tourist spectacle, but its pleasures are less about watching the action than being part of it. That's why New Orleanians throw so much effort into making costumes, riding in parades, and mingling with the crowds.
I rode on a float in a Mardi Gras parade last year. Lots of my firsts happened in New Orleans. I took a streetcar to school, met my lifelong best friend, joined the Marine Corps.
You've seen the French Quarter, you've eaten too many beignets. Think you've done New Orleans? Not until you stroll Magazine Street. Here are the best stops along the way.