When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people in New Orleans have been left behind again.
Voodoo, bayous, and lost souls haunt The Witch of Bourbon Street, the latest novel by Suzanne Palmieri. This, her third novel, follows the Sorrow family as they reconcile their losses and gains at summer solstice with a storm coming in.
It is said that Detroit reinvents itself every 100 years. But as Detroit leaders develop a robust innovation ecosystem that can foster entrepreneurial growth, how can it also nurture a diverse array of entrepreneurs and create opportunities for inclusive innovation?
We felt it only fair to share the four booze-friendly places where you can not only drink, but drink outside. Because when the sun is shining, no one wants to imbibe in a dimly lit bar.
The lights dimmed. The crowd settled. The room fell silent with anticipation. It may have been day one of ESSENCE Festival, but this audience of young men and women were not here for Usher or Kendrick or Mary.
Today marks a milestone in the fight for common sense immigration reform in the United States. A federal court in New Orleans will hear arguments in the case challenging President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
The idea of human consciousness going mobile is an intriguing one: What if you could actually trade minds with another person? That's the premise of Self/less, a disappointing mind-transfer tale notable for its performances if not its dramaturgy.
My dad grew up as a middle class Irish Italian kid with the quintessentially Irish name "Stephen Michael Maloney." Only that wasn't the original surname on my father's birth certificate. He was born "Stephen Michael Menéndez." That's a hell of a heritage swing.
This past weekend, "The Big Easy" was star-studded at the 2015 ESSENCE Music Festival. Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Neo-Soul, and Gospel's finest all performed at New Orlean's Mercedes-Benz Superdome starting on Thursday, July 2 and ending on Sunday, July 5.
So much pain triggered by a subject that, for others, would be a hot topic for chit-chat. Such dramatic history - and the players of the 'drama' don't get to enjoy the entertaining part - they end up having their heart split in two, because they can't speak their language, just like everybody else.
Don't get me wrong. I love Jamaican reggae music. Ditto for its two predecessors, rocksteady and ska, and before that mento and old-time calypso. But down in the Caribbean you'll hear all kinds of other booty-shaking rhythms.
Louisiana, the last state to issue a same-sex marriage license, was off to a romantic start this afternoon. The first license was issued to a couple who work for the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court and have been watching for the state to comply with the Supreme Court's Marriage Equality ruling.
To me, New Orleans has always been a town that lived outside of the laws of regular society, and I believe New Orleans has always been that way. It doesn't really participate in America. It has its own rules, its own cultures, its own conditions, and it really doesn't care what you think.
The goal of education reform is to empower locals to lead, says Andre Perry. And the massive reform effort in New Orleans has failed that test.
Just in time for BBQ season, New Orleans food writer Colleen Rush and beloved Chicago pit master Gary Viviott have come out with the book Low & Slow 2: The Art of Barbecue, Smoke-Roastings and Basic Curing. Clearly people are looking to get meat smart.
The sights, the sounds and most notably, the food, all reflect and encapsulate the city's multicultural influences, including Cajun and Creole, as well as it's singular history. But with more than nine million visitors a year, New Orleans has swelled with tourist traps designed to trick you out of a truly authentic experience.