Toni Morrison, Baton Rouge’s bench and ‘seeing myself’

Toni Morrison’s work impacted the lives of many people, including my own. As a Black student at predominately White university, it was hard for me to see myself on the required texts by Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. It wasn’t until I took a course called, “Toni Morrison and Others,” that I saw myself.

Hundreds honor slain civil rights icon, museum founder remembered for living a life of purpose

Hundreds of people including Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, other elected officials, community leaders, and even residents who barely knew Sadie Roberts-Joseph filled the pews at Living Faith Christian Center to say goodbye to a woman who was remembered for living a life of purpose. “What she has done … Continue reading

‘Not Charity, Lord, but a Chance’

The poem, “Not Charity, Lord, But a Chance,” is a petition for fair opportunities in America. Its message is timely and symbolic for this middle-schooler whose business has won two pitch competition within three months. “Blacks demanded a fair chance and were brilliant and excellent in what they did,” she said.

She begat this. Oh, really?

She begat this. Oh, really? For people outside of this entertainment, hip hop spectrum, the fact of Hill’s domination may be far-reaching until they read “She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” by Joan Morgan.

The Square Collection gets first public showing in West Baton Rouge

Graduates of Grambling State University, where they met, Lawrence and Gay Square started collecting art 40 years ago. Today, the couple’s private collection is on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum through March 24. The Square Collection features fine art from some of America’s most distinguished artists including 20 centerpieces which are figurative sculptures by the internationally … Continue reading

Women in state law enforcement leave indelible footprints

There are countless Louisianans who have contributed significantly to our state and nation’s history.  They are the trailblazers and pioneers who have left an indelible imprint that continues to inspire. Among the most well-trained law enforcement officers in the country, Black female Louisiana State Troopers are proudly and courageously paving the way for others to … Continue reading

First Black to walk in space visits Baton Rouge

On June 26, Dr. Bernard Harris, CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI), visited Baton Rouge to kick off NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Teacher training at Woodlawn High School.  With ongoing support from ExxonMobil, the popular training program was recently expanded to an additional 400 teachers across the state, doubling the number of … Continue reading

Dr. King, Alton Sterling, and the Difficult Days Ahead

This is America 50 years after King’s assassination.  The relative progress made in civil rights since April 4, 1968 is rife with tragic contradiction and complexity.  King likely did not dream that after climbing to the “mountaintop” our first words would not be “free at last” but rather “Black lives matter.” 

Baton Rouge gains its sixth community pharmacist

“My brother and I are here to build and strengthen our hometown community of Baton Rouge. We are here to provide HOPE to the community where we were born and raised,” said Orlando J. Palmer Jr., pharmacist.

Community support turns Facebook postings into published book

  When Baton Rouge writer and teacher Donney Rose set out to pay homage to the vastness of Black identities during Black History Month, he had no idea how much his community would support his month-long social media project. Each day in Feb. 2017, Rose dedicated a Facebook post to a prose-style “shout-out” in recognition of … Continue reading

Museum presents ‘The Thibodaux Massacre’ Book Tour, Feb. 18

For the first time ever, a limited number of people will experience live, the on-site telling of a key story hidden from people of Louisiana. Join us for this unique tour with the author who recently verified and chronicled the story in his book, The Thibodaux Massacre. The Feb. 18 tour will begin at 10 … Continue reading

The Genius of Ted Ellis 

There needs to be something shared worldwide about the works of Ted Ellis, New Orleans born visual artist

Fans stirred up for first undefeated match up of Jaguars, Tigers

“When you look at the history of the Bayou Classic itself, there have been scenarios where the game would decide who goes to the SWAC Championship game or, before the SWAC Championship game existed, there were situations where the Bayou Classic might have determined who wins the SWAC period; but never has there been a situation where both teams were undefeated with those stakes on the line,” said Christopher Jones, associate athletics director of media relations at Southern University.

Changing the Louisiana Judiciary Forever

SULC continues commemoration of 30th anniversary of Clark and Chisom cases Across Louisiana’s judicial system sit 82 elected Black judges—the highest number per capita for any state in the United States—thanks to a series of legal battles that opened the way for more diverse judges to be elected statewide. In 1986, plaintiffs Janice Clark and Ron … Continue reading

Things get uncomfortable’ when protesters Blackout BR, interrupt policing meeting

As officer-involved shootings cities around the country, frustrated citizens are continuing their fight for justice. With each shooting that has occurred, dash cam footage has been released, surveillance and other forms of film have been released to ensure complete disclosure. But, unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case with the deadly shooting of Alton Sterling. After … Continue reading

Monroe native rolls into world of ultra luxury

Hailed from Monroe, Louisiana, the world’s first Black American Rolls Royce car dealer got there through hard work and perseverance, but only after disappointing his family. Thomas Moorehead’s parents thought the key to respectability was a Ph.D. Both teachers, they lived by an old-school axiom that the one thing you never can take away from … Continue reading

Gauthier leaves McKinley to serve with Naval Beach Group TWO

NORFOLK–A 2014 McKinley Senior High School graduate and Baton Rouge native is serving in the U.S. Navy with Naval Beach Group TWO (NBG 2). Seaman Tyran’e Gauthier is working with the beach group operating out of Virginia Beach, Virginia. A Navy seaman is responsible for training other new personnel and handling check-in for incoming personnel. … Continue reading

Treasury Department commemorates 150th anniversary of Freedman’s Bank

Liberty Bank and Trust Company President Alden McDonald delivered keynote remarks at a U.S. Treasury Department ceremony commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (Freedman’s Bank). At the event, the U.S. Treasury dedicated the Treasury Annex Building as the “Freedman’s Bank Building”. The building stands on the site of the original … Continue reading

BR Bus Boycott commemorated by Toni Morrison Society’s Bench by the Road Project

The Toni Morrison Society has selected Baton Rouge as the next site for its Bench by the Road Project, which commemorates places significant in Blacks history. On Feb. 6, 2016, a bench will be unveiled in honor of Blacks involved in the historic 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott, which was the precursor to the Montgomery … Continue reading

Black Dollars, Black Power: Call to boycott Black Friday and Christmas shopping spreads nationwide

Nationwide protests in the defense of Black Lives have taken a precise turn into the world of economics by encouraging Blacks everywhere to only support Black-owned businesses throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday leading with the famed “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” and ending Jan 4, 2016. Activists are calling out the national Black community to invest … Continue reading

Former SU history professor Arthur Tolson passes away

Arthur L. Tolson, Ph.D, a longtime faculty member in the Southern University Baton Rouge Department of History, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015, in Baton Rouge. He was 91. SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton issues the following statement and condolences:  “The Southern University System is tremendously saddened by the passing of former history professor Dr. … Continue reading

Deltas purchase N.O church for community center

An act of sale of Epiphany Church was signed between the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Corpus Christi-Epiphany Church and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Foundation. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Foundation purchased the church buildings, located at 1949 Duels Street, to renovate into a community resource center serving the Seventh Ward area of District “D”. … Continue reading

General Honore’ says ‘Do a gut check’, Louisiana deserves better leaders

Throughout the 2015 legislative session you could find U.S Army Retired Lt. General Russel L. Honore in the political trenches explaining to legislators and citizens the results of environmental policies on the state. In his most aggressive stance, Honore started the GREENArmy, an alliance of citizend and groups focused on environmental policies. Today, (July 1) … Continue reading

Boris Kodjoe gets personal at historic La. NAACP banquet

Parish president names first Black police chief during event HOUMA—Actor Boris Kodjoe was the keynote speaker at the Terrebonne Parish NAACP’s 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on June 20, where he addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people about topics such as racism, success and life lessons.   Kodjoe opened his speech by touching … Continue reading

Jones, La., native named ADA president

Registered dietitian nutritionist Evelyn F. Crayton, professor emeritus at Auburn University, began her one-year term on June 1 as the president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Crayton, of Montgomery, Ala., and a native of Jones, La., is the 90th president of the Academy, which … Continue reading

Belton to lead Southern University System

“We are pleased with the outcome of the search for the SU System president/chancellor. The search committee’s work was expedient and exemplary. We welcome Dr. Ray Belton whose tenure will signal the beginning of the next era for the only HBCU system in America.” – Leon Tarver, PhD  Getting to know Ray Belton, PhD Compiled … Continue reading

Called to fight, serve, and minister

When the issues of the Black community arise, so do the clergy.  Whether they don the title of pastor, reverend, bishop, apostle, prophet or evangelist, they all play a significant role in the culture of Black leadership.  The most recognized in Louisiana are the Rev. Ted Jameson, Rev. CS Gordon, Rev. Joe Green, and more … Continue reading

Southern University System names three finalists

The Southern University System Board of Supervisors’ President/Chancellor Search Committee today announced three finalists for the position of president/chancellor. After interviewing six applicants during its final meeting today at the Hilton Garden Inn in Baton Rouge, the 15-member search team narrowed the list for the next SU System leader to the following three candidates who … Continue reading

Dancing for her life: Roxi Victorian’s D.C. flair hits Baton Rouge stage

In the world of dance, style, form, and delivery are as multifaceted and unique as the individual performers.  From salsa to waltz, jazz to classical ballet, and tribal dance to Hip Hop, the art of dance reflects the vibrant culture in which people can express themselves. Standing at a sultry five-foot-seven, with glowing brown skin, … Continue reading

New Orleans says ‘good bye’ to trumpeter Travis Hill, 28

Fellow musicians and New Orleans music lovers celebrated the life of trumpeter Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill through extended memorial celebrations including a mini-fest,  several impromptu musical memorial, and a jazz funeral. According to the Louisiana Weekly, Hill was a genuine rising star in his hometown of New Orleans and was quickly gaining world-wide attention. The … Continue reading

Verret to follow Francis as Xavier University president

The Board of Trustees of Xavier University of Louisiana has unanimously elected C. Reynold Verret, Ph.D as the university’s next president. “I would like to congratulate and welcome Dr. Verret to the Xavier family,” said Michael Rue, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “While there were a number of highly-qualified candidates, Dr. Verret stood out … Continue reading

Tierra Smith named national student journalist of the year

“We couldn’t be more proud of Tierra. She is clearly off to a great start, and we wait with anticipation to see what will be next as she begins her journalism career,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Tierra is an aggressive and passionate journalist which will serve her well as she continues to pursue her passion.”

Stewart, other pioneers to be recognized by area journalist

During the BRAABJ luncheon, Genevieve Stewart will be honored along with fellow pioneers: John Williams, the first Black photographer at The Advocate (posthumously); Jean West, former WAFB Channel 9 anchor and the first Black anchor in Baton Rouge; and the Rev. Ivory Payne, publisher of The Baton Rouge Weekly Press newspaper

Complete Speech: Obama remembers 50th Anniversary Selma march

SELMA, AL–President Barack Obama stood before a crowd of thousands gathered in Selma on Saturday, March 7, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Buses traveled from across the nation including several groups from Louisiana to remember the famous march for justice and voting rights. Here is President Obama’s speech in its entirety:  It … Continue reading

Alexandria author’s fast-paced novella brings Louisiana adventure, culture

The colored hobo and Junior Rabbit had told us, “Be ready to compete but be ready to fight too or you may not get a chance to compete.” Befitting young adult readers and even teens, “Sonia Life” by Clarence Hunter (Abbott Press. 2014) is told in the distinctly familiar voice of 14-year-old Curly who reflects … Continue reading

Children’s book ‘Bonyo Bonyo’ expands mission

Bonyo Bonyo is such a brave and loving story that transcends cultures. When the death of a young sister sparks the desire in her older brother to become a doctor because of the lack of health care in the country, a Kenyan family unknowingly becomes bonded to society and the readers are taken on the … Continue reading

Stephanie Jordan Big Band to pay tribute to Lena Horne 

New Orleans jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan will perform a tribute concert in honor of the legendary Lena Horne at the Baton Rouge Community College  Magnolia Performing Arts Theater, 201 Community College Drive, Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6pm.   “It is fitting that we honor Ms. Horne during Black History Month, in addition to being a … Continue reading

Ferguson deserves YOUR book

‎The Ferguson Public Library is collecting books to distribute to families while schools are closed as a result of the continuous protests stemming from Michael Brown’s murder.‎ We join the library and encourage you to send books featuring diverse characters and authors. ‎ Remember, Black residents make up 67% of Ferguson. So, to us at … Continue reading

The Current State of HBCUs: It’s a Mixed Bag, but Many Remain Hopeful

Vanita Gupta to lead civil rights at US Dept. of Justice

WASHINGTON DC–U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed Vanita Gupta Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Justice Department.  Gupta began her legal career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), after graduating from New York University Law School and Yale University. LDF is … Continue reading

Harold Hambrick Jr., co-founder of River Road African American Museum, passes at 71

DONALDSONVILLE–On the evening of Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Harold Hambrick Jr., co-founder of the River Road African American Museum, after 71 years of “traversing the hills and valleys of life.” Hambrick was born on Wednesday, February 17, 1943, in New Orleans. In the Akan culture of West Africa, it is said, “Wednesday’s child is fully … Continue reading

Moral Mondays, One Voice, Dream Defenders to speak Sept 24 in New Orleans

Conference brings together grassroots leaders to discuss innovative solutions for wealth gap NEW ORLEANS–“‘We’ is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary. The issue is not what we can’t do, but what we can do when we stand together,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. Barber, who started the national Moral … Continue reading

How Did Victor White III Die? Autopsy Results Contradict Cops Account

An autopsy for Victor White III, 22, the Louisiana man who police said shot and killed himself in March while handcuffed in the backseat of a sheriff’s car, was really shot in the chest, according to the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office. Carol Powell-Lexing, attorney for the family of Victor White and Louisiana activist, Arthur Reed, spoke to Roland Martin Monday on “NewsOne Now” … Continue reading

Castille named SUAF president

The Southern University Alumni Federation (SUAF) elected Opelousas native Preston J. Castille Jr. national president, and six new officers, at its national conference in Houston, Texas, July 11, 2014.

Famed trumpeter dies at 103

Lionel Ferbos, a trumpeter and icon of New Orleans’ traditional jazz scene hailed as the city’s oldest musician who gained international attention for performing well past the century mark, died Today (July 19th), just two days after turning 103.

State auditor finds OFI fails to oversee Louisiana payday loan companies

The state auditor said OFI did not impose any penalties on payday lenders for violating state law between Jan. 1 2010 and June 30, 2013, despite citing 8,315 violations, including almost 8,100 for major violations.

Louisiana NAACP sends call to action: ‘Baton Rouge, Show up Thursday, July 17’

While the Baton Rouge parent group One Community One School District is encouraging residents to attend a discussion on the harmful effects of School Board Redistricting at 6:30 tonight in the Goodwood Library’s large conference room, the state’s NAACP has a CALL TO ACTION for the community to show up tomorrow at 4:15pm at the school board … Continue reading

Baton Rouge mother speaks up to #BringBackOurGirls

Bring back our girls. Bring back daughters. Bring back what was stolen and taken to be used unapologetically in a way that no girl or woman should ever have to experience. How do you go on living your day-to-day lives knowing the hard truth about our daughters, nieces, granddaughters, and cousins? Our girls have been … Continue reading

HERITAGE presents festival of Negro spirituals

Group to perform at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Feb. 1  “HERITAGE has been sharing its love of the Negro spiritual with the world for more than three decades. We always look forward to the festival and sharing our love of the spiritual with all the great choirs that participate. The Negro Spiritual has a rich … Continue reading

The Relentless Pursuit of ‘Equal’: Integrating LSU exhibit opens Jan. 21

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “The Relentless Pursuit of ‘Equal’: Integrating LSU,” an exhibition tracing the evolution of LSU from an institution embracing an official policy of racial segregation, to one actively promoting the concept that “cultural inclusion at … Continue reading