‘A Lucky Man’ wins Ernest Gaines Award for Literacy Excellence

Jamel Brinkley’s  collection of nine short stories has won the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Set in Brooklyn and the South Bronx where the writer spent his youth before graduating from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the stories in A Lucky Man explore the charged, complex ties between boys and … Continue reading

Keith Sweat, SWV, K-CI & JoJo, Guy, Doug E Fresh headline Fresh Music Festival, May 25

LAFAYETTE–Whether you were rocking Cross Colors, looking to Spike Lee as you tried to Do The Right Thing or tuning into “In Living Color” for the latest moves, you were always eager to find that thing that kept you on the cutting edge of what was hot and new and now back then. But, it … Continue reading

INVENTUREWORKS issues casting call for inventors, investors

LAFAYETTE–“The Vault…Get In. Get Rich!” is a rapid-fire idea pitch event designed to reward big ideas with a shot at the big time: an opportunity for funding and the expertise to bring them to market. “The Vault is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for inventors to connect with investment capital and fuel the next stage of idea … Continue reading

Louisiana Community leaders urge Express Scripts to reach agreement with Walgreens

By TJS Staff Louisiana community leaders, health care professionals, and people of faith from urban neighborhoods and inner-cities in Louisiana joined others from across the country today, urging Express Scripts to get back to the negotiating table with Walgreens and allow the nation’s largest pharmacy chain to return to its’ network. As of January 1, … Continue reading

Private school voucher program: hope or all hype?

By Kameko Thomas With Congress recently reinstating Washington DC’s school voucher program, the issue of providing state-funded private school vouchers for public, low-income, and mostly Black students in low-performing schools is once again on the national radar. The renewed interest has found its way back into the Louisiana State Capitol, where advocacy groups including the … Continue reading

Redistricting public forums begin this week

The Louisiana Legislature is hosting these public meetings are to receive public comment concerning the “census populations, the deviations of existing districts from an ideal population, and solutions for district line drawing for the legislature, Congress, the Public Service Commission, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Supreme Court and other courts.” For more … Continue reading

Debut novel delivers twists, struggles Louisiana style

Patterson, La., native Andrea Wren’s debut novel centers around 15-year-old Isabella, who knows her life will change when she leaves the comfort of her French Caribbean island home for Louisiana. But an unexpected turn of events lands her in the heart of the Deep South during the slavery era.  Isabella: The Belle of Ironwood takes … Continue reading