Baton Rouge native participates in world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise

A 2017 Scotlandville Magnet High School graduate and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Seaman Apprentice Crystal Paul is a culinary specialist aboard USS Dewey, currently operating out of San Diego, California. A Navy culinary specialist … Continue reading

Louisiana legislators look to expand ‘Payday’ lending, harming borrowers

Legislators are voting on a bill to expand predatory lending in Louisiana by allowing payday and car title lenders to issue “installment loans” with annual interest rates of up to 167 percent. Policy analysts with the Louisiana Budget Project said the bill will considerable harm vulnerable borrowers getting loans they can not afford. The bill is scheduled for final passage in the Senate on April, 16, 2018.

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.” 

Louisiana creatives flourish in light of Black Panther

As the sun rises on the blockbuster Black Panther movie, it illuminates the work of Louisiana Black creatives including an English professor who writes and lectures on Afrofuturism, a comic creator who uses historic air legends to pen a new future, and an artist who embraces the imagery and passion of Afrofantasy in developing the … Continue reading

Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law: an instrument of mass incarceration

There’s evidence that non-unanimous juries contribute to wrongful convictions, mass incarceration and the marginalization of women and minorities.The impact is tantamount..and it is our collective duty, “with a force that is irresistible,” to crumble into ruin this unjust system. writes Angela Allen-Bell, JD.

Baton Rouge sailor reflects on year of recruiting in America’s Navy

First Class Jalisa Green, a recruiter assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, shows that not shying away from hard work and responsibility does not go unnoticed. Green, a Louisiana native, longed to travel and see the world beyond her hometown of Baton Rouge.  She believed joining the Navy would give her that opportunity. After enlisting … Continue reading

Momma, he only wanted to ride his bike

He stood there asking if he could ride his bike to the middle school and back…Instead, I just looked in his eyes, willing myself to believe that this is not—–absolutely not–—the last time I will see him.

Baker native serves on Navy’s largest warship

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Louisiana native Timothy Walker and other Eisenhower sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

Losing healthcare access, Medicaid expansion too risky for Louisiana

Many of the gains that have been made over the last few years are on the verge of being lost. In order to ensure that our state continues to move forward in providing access to healthcare for all of its residents, we must take action now prior to the U.S. Senate vote.

‘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.

‘Can you be a little less aggressive?’ Louisiana councilwoman responds to #BlackWomenatWork

“It is time that every Black woman garner the respect and credibility that we’ve worked hard to achieve,” writes Erika L Green, Baton Rouge city council woman. “We’ve banned together with a measly hashtag and demanded everyone realize that #BlackWomenatWork WILL be respected and NOT intimidated.”

When pain, anger turn into action, a mother gives hope after son’s murder

When Delzorah Barnett first learned that her son had been shot and was in the hospital clinging to his life, she nearly had a panic attack. When she later learned that he was shot multiple times by officers with the Atlanta Police Department and that he more than likely wouldn’t make it, it took everything … Continue reading

Readers show solidarity with #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Louisiana readers proudly shared photos and names of South Louisiana doctors–Dr. Gia Tyson, Dr. Lydia Lewis, Dr. Malik Spady, Dr. Andriette Fitch, Dr. Tamika Detiege, and Dr. Kendra Selders–giving local awareness to the tag.

Many online resources available for Louisiana disaster survivors

Public and private entities have information online ready to help if you’re a survivor of Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods. Here is a listing of many online resources available to disaster survivors. Clothing, Food, Shelter, etc. 2-1-1 is a single access point for resources like food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and health resources. Visit www.louisiana211.org and follow … Continue reading

President Obama Signs Louisiana Disaster Declaration

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on August 11, 2016, and continuing The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the parishes of … Continue reading

Green takes national college media awards

Southern University Baton Rouge student Don Green, won the Photo Shoot-out competition in the Best of Show contest to earn a David L. Adams Apple Award at the national College Media Association’s (CMA) convention in New York City, March 12-15, 2016. For the second consecutive year, the SUBR Office of Student Media has earned the … 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

Race, Risks, and Revolutions

What happened in Missouri today cannot be overstated and should not be viewed as an isolated event: rather, it should be viewed as another chapter in the annals of American history on race. –Lori Martin Race, Risks, and Revolutions By Lori Latrice Martin Don’t get it twisted. Sports are not just about entertainment. Athletes–Black athletes … 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

Ernest Gaines wants you!

America’s biggest prize for Black fiction writers seeks entries Entries are being accepted through Aug. 15 for the ninth annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Information on criteria and entrance forms for the award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, is available at http://www.ernestjgainesaward.org .   Sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors, … Continue reading

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

FBI accepting applications for special agent candidates

The FBI will accept applications for Special Agent candidates through March 16. All interested candidates must apply via http://www.FBIJobs.gov by 11:59pm, March 16, according to the time zone of the applicant’s local field office. Specific skills and backgrounds being sought include: Cyber Security Intelligence Computer Engineering Computer Science Computer Forensics Network Administration Information Technology Laboratory Sciences … 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

Activists Present ‘Rules Of Engagement’ So Ferguson Police Won’t Incite Violence After Grand Jury Decision

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

UPDATED: Ferguson Grand Jury Won’t Reconvene Until Monday

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

AG tries to block Ebola waste disposal in La. Landfill

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is seeking a temporary restraining order to block the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim’s personal items and belongings at a Louisiana landfill.   It has been reported that six truckloads of potential Ebola contaminated material collected from the apartment where the Dallas Ebola victim became ill … Continue reading

Business of natural care brings cultural healing, challenges for Isis Brantley

Isis Brantley of Dallas, Texas is a style influencer and the recent recipient of the Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award for pioneering natural hair care; and being a trailblazer for more than 20 consecutive years in the natural hair care industry. She was recently awarded during the Nzuri Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Festival’s 100 … 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

Southern Justice Prevails — again

The rights of young Black men to walk the streets, to live in a safe environment and exercise the privileges of American citizenry has been repealed.

Southern 7 remembered through art

On March 28 1960, seven Southern University students entered the S. E. Kress Building in Downtown Baton Rouge and sat down at the “whites only” lunch counter. After refusing to move to “colored” section, police were called and arrived with the press. The seven students were placed under arrest for disturbing the peace. After spending … Continue reading

FEMA SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR YOUTH PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL

ATLANTA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 interested in strengthen the nation’s resiliency against … 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

Melissa Harris-Perry to Bobby Jindal: ‘You Don’t Seem To Give A Damn’

Tulane Professor and Weekend Host Melissa Harris Perry Calls Out Jindal in MSNBC ‘Letter’ (Melissa Harris-Perry is host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry.” The show airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 11 AM Central Time. Harris-Perry is also professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna … Continue reading

Black leadership lost in minimal work; we need more

It’s election season again and it’s our duty as American citizens to choose our leaders wisely; therefore, we must all ask ourselves “what makes a true leader?” Defining a leader is a difficult task nowadays. From my personal observation, it seems our current leaders are only celebrities that attend or organize community service events. What … Continue reading

President Obama’s Remarks to the 2012 Democratic National Convention

The choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America. 

President signs executive order to improve educational outcomes for African Americans

Less than 24 hours after he announced it at the National Urban League conference in New Orleans, President Obama has signed an Executive Order today aimed at improving outcomes and advance educational opportunities for African Americans. The President has made providing a complete and competitive education for all Americans – from cradle to career – … Continue reading

‘Readers Digest’ offers writing opportunity, deadline May 31

Reader’s Digest wants to know what makes your community the most interesting town in America. Locals are invited to log on to http://www.readersdigest.com/america to share personal stories and photos that illustrate what makes their town special until May 31.  The author of the winning story will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and their town … Continue reading

Miss Black Louisiana asks ‘can you rock my crown’

As the world has shown us, the true foundation of a woman’s worth is achieved through education and higher learning. They are also expected to be poised, know their etiquette, and be the face of growth. This is where the Miss Black Louisiana USA organization is of a great benefit to the state of Louisiana … Continue reading

Grambling grad to lead Central State university

Central State University has chosen Cynthia Jackson Hammond as its next president. She is the first female president in its 125-year history. She holds a doctorate of education from Grambling State University, a master’s of education from University of Louisiana- Monroe, an education specialist degree from University of Louisiana in Monroe, and a bachelor of science also … Continue reading

Mystical, Juvenile take over The Varsity, May 12

Affiliate Nation, the company that has brought artist like Drake and Trey Songs to Baton Rouge, will do it again when Mystical and Juvenile take over The Varsity Theatre at 7pm, Saturday, May 12. “Mystical and Juvenile are two legends in the industry who each have enough hits to put on two great shows in … Continue reading

La Democratic Party announces 40 of 42 DNC Delegate Winners

7th District Tie Forces May 19 Run-off Vote       The Louisiana Democratic Party announced 40 of the 42 winners in the Democratic National Convention Congressional District delegate elections that were held across the state on Saturday, May 5. A three-way tie for two seats in the 7th Congressional District will force a run-off.     Louisiana Democratic … Continue reading

Urban League releases ‘State of Black America 2012’

More than the economy, more than jobs, more than an excellent education for all children, the single issue that arguably stands to have the greatest impact on the future of Black America in 2012 is the vote. The 36th edition of The State of Black America examines how increased civic engagement by people of color … Continue reading

URGENT MESSAGE TO BLACK FARMERS

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

Brown named BR’s ‘Ice Cold Leader’

In spite of the warm weather in Baton Rouge, MillerCoors was still able to find an Ice Cold Leader in Adell Brown, vice chancellor of research for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Brown’s efforts to better the lives of youth in the city were honored through the MillerCoors’ Ice Cold Leader program. … Continue reading

La Delegate Qualifying for Democratic National Convention Remains Open thru April 12

The Louisiana Democratic Party issued a reminder today that qualifying to become a delegate for President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina remains open through 5pm, April 12. The delegate selection process is open to all Democrats registered in the State of Louisiana and all registered Louisiana Democrats may cast a … 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

Grammy Awards changes impact R&B, rap but not radio time

By Cameron James Jozef Syndicate Reporter National recording artists and  activities are protesting the recent decision by the Recording Academy to reduce the number categories for this weekend’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards from the 109 it had last year to 78 for this year’s awards. The show, which airs  Sunday February 12that 7p.m. on CBS, … Continue reading