Seating Black judges: Supreme Court finds intentional discrimination in Terrebonne parish

Plaintiffs filed the lawsuit to force the creation of a majority-Black single-member district that will provide them and other Black voters in Terrebonne with a chance to have a say-so as to who serves them on the 32nd JDC.

‘I am that next legacy,’ says Alton Sterling’s oldest son

“I am that next legacy. I am here after my dad,” said Cameron Sterling, 16-year-old son of Alton Sterling who was killed by Baton Rouge police, July 5, 2016.

‘Fat N—-r’; 500 people petition to disbar chief criminal judge for racial slur

NAACP, Southern Law Center speak out A petition to disbar and unseat Louisiana Judge Michael Ervin has garnered more than 500 signatures in less than 12 hours. Created Wednesday, Feb. 7 on, the petition is addressed to the Louisiana Bar Association and recounts an argument between Erwin and Kaneitra Johnson as reported by Thelisia S. … Continue reading

You’ve told Alton Sterling’s past records. Now stop ignoring the officers’ disturbing use of force, deep family ties

Salamoni’s complaint history and deep-rooted connection to the police department should seem quite alarming to anyone hoping for a fair case.

Pro Bono legal support established for Louisiana protesters

In wake of death of Alton Sterling, civil rights organizations launch Pro Bono Legal Support Program to defend rights of protesters in Louisiana. Demonstrators are encouraged to contact 866-459-1220 for assistance if subject to or faced with risk of arrest while protesting or demonstrating.

Rise of human trafficking in Louisiana to be addressed at symposium, March 27

“The New Face of Slavery: Human Trafficking in Louisiana,” is the topic for the Sixth Annual Symposium of the Journal of Race, Gender, and Poverty set for Friday, March 27, at 9am in 129-130 A. A. Lenoir Hall of the Southern University Law Center. U. S. Attorney J. Walter Green for the Middle District of … Continue reading

Florida Judge Removed From Bench For Selling Religious Books From Her Office

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

Vivid, griping scenes of police chases, prison rapes pull readers into ‘With Edwards’

ALEXANDRIA–When Forest Hammond Martin walked onto the campus of Angola prison instead of a college campus, the Baton Rouge Capitol High School athlete had no idea how violent, seditious, and tortuous the next seven years of his life would be. He was 17 years old and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of … Continue reading

Between Barack and Trayvon

 It seems so long ago now.  I remember the tears I shed as I witnessed something I never thought that I would live to see – the election of the first black president of the United States. Among all of the hoopla and emotion that those historic events generated, I thought about my two youngest … Continue reading

Black Catholic Ministers say use weapon of prayer to handle Trayvon Martin trial

Office of Black Catholic Ministries Archdiocese of New Orleans release statement on the Trayvon Martin trial NEW ORLEANS – This is a trying moment for our nation and our community. Many of us have strong emotions regarding the recent verdict in the Trayvon Martin trial. We can merely look to our news or social media … Continue reading

ExxonMobil is scrutinized in Baton Rouge after past leaks

State and federal agencies and neighbors are keeping an eye on Baton Rouge’s ExxonMobil complex, located next to the Mississippi River on Scenic Highway just north of the Governor’s Mansion. Some neighbors want the authorities and the plant to do more to reduce emissions and also to alert them about hazardous discharges. The Louisiana Dept. … Continue reading

Do voting rights ‘perpetuate racial entitlement’; Justice said yes

Open Letter from the NAACP I’m trying to keep my cool here. It no longer surprises me when extremist state legislators try to restrict our voting rights. I don’t like it and we fight against it, but I’m no longer surprised by it. What surprises and outrages me is that yesterday a Supreme Court Justice … Continue reading

Johnson prevails to become first black chief justice

Amid push back by Gov. Jindal, other justices, court rules NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court resolved a racially-tinged power struggle inside its own ranks, ruling today that Bernette Johnson should be the state’s first Black chief justice. The court said its ruling was based strictly on the law. “Although commentators have loudly … Continue reading

Guidry to run for Louisiana Supreme Court District 5

Appellate Court Judge John Michael Guidry has announced his candidacy for District 5 Seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court, which is being vacated due to the impending retirement of Chief Justice Kitty Kimball. District 5 includes five parishes: East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, Ascension, and Livingston. For 15 … Continue reading

Johnson is rightful chief justice of La. Supreme Court, Urban League says

By The New Orleans Tribune NEW YORK—–National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today said that the seniority of Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Bernette Johnson is clear, and any effort to deny her the position of Chief justice would violate a federal consent decree, the Voting Rights Act and the civil rights … Continue reading

White announces run for First Circuit Court of Appeal

Baton Rouge District Court Judge Trudy M. White recently announced she will run for judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeal, 2nd District. The First Circuit is comprised of 12 judges and has jurisdiction over 16 parishes. Of the 12 judges, three are female and one is Black. “I am running to help reflect … Continue reading

Theories on motive, lyrics surround ‘Lil Boosie’ murder trial

BATON ROUGE–Prosecutors said that a principal witness, a letter, rap lyrics and matching tattoos will prove their case against nationally acclaimed rapper Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch, whose trial for first-degree murder began last week in Baton Rouge. Lead prosecutor assistant district attorney Dana Cummings, told jurors that Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding was “the key” to … Continue reading


May 11, 2012 is the Final Day for Black Farmers to  File their Claims in the Lawsuit Against the USDA  ATLANTA–The time is fast approaching for the end of the claims process in the Black Farmer Lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (also known as Pigford 2). May 11, 2012 is the final day … Continue reading

Federation to host workshop on Black Farmer Class Action Lawsuit, March 17

Federation to host workshop on Black Farmer Class Action Lawsuit, March 17 By Rachel Smith Jozef Syndicate reporter Representatives from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives are inviting Louisiana farmers to an informational workshop on working with the United States Department of Agriculture, heir rights, taxes, and the Pigford 2 class action lawsuit at Southern University, … 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

Candidates to answer panelists during Oct. 18th Issues Forum with The League, Martinet Society

The Louis A Martinet Society, League of WoMen Voters of Baton Rouge, and The Drum Newspaper will co-sponsor an Issues Forum for candidates in the BESE District 8, House District 61 & 67, and Senate District 14 in the Baton Rouge Community College Theatre on October 18, 2011 at 6:30pm. The public is invited and … 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

Layers of injustice exposed; Scott Sisters freed

 > By J. Kojo Livingston Early Friday morning, January 7,  the 17- year nightmare ended for Jamie and Gladys Scott of Scott County, Mississippi. They are now in Florida living with their mother Evelyn Rasco. After much local, national and international attention Governor Haley Barbour suspended the double-life sentence that each sister was serving for allegedly … Continue reading Are you Troy, too?

For me, signing the petition is not a Troy-Davis-is-innocent-gesture, it is a please-execute-the-right-murderer plea. Officer MacPhail and his family deserve that much justice.