COVID-19 Education: How are Louisiana’s K-12 educators?

COVID Education crisis has been discussed worldwide, this three-part series presents the stories of Louisiana Black educators’ experiences during six waves of COVID in three years.

Educators quickly responded to COVID-19 but how has it impacted them?

Black K-12 educators said they would dress as if they were going to work, disconnect from COVID reports which fed their fears, and stay focused on their children to keep their spirits up during the three-year pandemic. “For me, prayer was my saving grace,” said Zanetta Trahan, a high school teacher in Baton Rouge.

10 women encourage ‘Katrina Babies’ and the 121 infants of August 29, 2005

Filmmaker Edward Buckles, Jr expose some of the hurricane’s harsh and immeasurable impact on children in his latest film “Katrina Babies”. Until now, their stories were unknown and these stories are in contrast to the stories of the 49 children born in Baton Rouge’s Women’s Hospital on that day. Their birth story is forever narrated by Hurricane Katrina. Ten Baton Rouge women encourage a Katrina-born child who’s now 17.

‘I hated, hated science’ until STEM NOLA

“My parents are happy for me and proud of me. They see that I have a passion for what I want to do.  This really feels like the way that I can help change the world,” said 17-year-old Jaelyn Carr

Larry Irvin is shaping the future, making teaching cool again

Brothers Empowered to Teach CEO Larry Irvin Jr. selected as a TED2021 Fellow

Kristen Downing’s art — fueled by social, political climate — will exhibit at SU

Kristen Downing uses her art in the way protesters use their voice, leaders use their influence, and nations use their power.

Minister addresses controversy around latest R&B release ‘Emoji’

We really have to unlearn what we have been trained to believe is Ministry. We’ve been taught that ministry is Worship music only…. My God is not in a box and if God is really going to reach this generation then Chance the Rapper is just as important as Tye Tribbett. Kanye West is just as anointed as Kirk Franklin. 

‘It made me feel like a failure that I could not protect her’

According to the national Human Trafficking Hotline, 71 cases of human trafficking have been reported in Louisiana since January. One mother of a 13-year-old victim said, “There is a trending behavior of people–especially kids–looking for a certain type of love to fit in that they are being so easily manipulated.

Baton Rouge’s Chenese Lewis ‘honored’ to host famed international beauty show

Show makes its Louisiana debut, March 30-April 1 Positive-body image advocate Chenese Lewis will be the mistress of ceremonies on the main stage of the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show in New Orleans. Lewis, a Baton Rouge native and resident, is a veteran hostess and MC whose career spans more than a decade nationally. She was … Continue reading

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

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.

SUNO chancellor announces resignation

Southern University New Orleans Chancellor Victor Ukpolo, Ph.D, has announced his resignation effective June 30, 2016, after serving 10 years in the position. “I am truly grateful to America, the Southern University System and SUNO for giving me an opportunity to lead this University for the past 10 years,” Ukpolo said. “I came to America … 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

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

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

Bishop wins House Appropriations seat

State Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) has won election to the House Appropriations Committee to represent the 2nd Congressional District.   Bishop, who serves as First Vice Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus,  takes the seat vacated by former Rep. Jared Brossett (D-New Orleans), who resigned his seat in the House following his election … Continue reading

Three poets to represent Louisiana at World Poetry Slam

It’s the only time and place where 72 women champions meet, and compete face-to-face. While it sounds like a season of E! Network’s, “Total Divas,” the fists on this stage are metaphorical—it’s the Women of the World Poetry Slam. This year’s competition is in Austin, Texas, beginning March 19. Each slam venue is allowed to send … Continue reading

Kirk Franklin to lecture at Dillard

Grammy award-wining gospel singer, motivator, and best-selling author, Kirk Franklin will deliver the Brain Food Lecture in Lawless Chapel on Dillard’s campus. The Feb. 6 lecture starts at 7pm and open freely to the public. Franklin’s combination of styles such as Hip Hop, Rhythm and blues, pop and gospel has put him at the top … Continue reading

Celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson brings academy to N.O., Nov.3

NEW ORLEANS– AJ Crimson is the go-to guy for all things makeup. Makeup artist to the stars, Crimson has built a solid reputation for creating flawless, picture ready looks. It’s no secret why celebrities such as R&B singer and former Destiny’s Child member Letoya Luckett, Adreinne Balion, and BET’s The Game star Lauren London call … Continue reading

Lower 9th Ward NENA invites public to discuss barriers to wealth, assets

NEW ORLEANS–The Louisiana Building Economic Security Together coalition joins the Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association this weekend for a citywide listening session discussing barriers citizens face when establishing personal wealth. New Orleans residents are invited to speak up and be heard on Saturday, October 12,10am, at the All Souls Episcopal Church, 5500 St. … Continue reading

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina didn’t come easy in new novel by Lenard Tillery

Baton Rouge author and minister Lenard Tillery’s dynamic, fast paced novel Not Too Easy (ISBN 978-0988900-8-37. April 2013) takes readers into the psyche of Marcus McMain, a young man struggling in the projects of New Orleans at the dawn of Hurricane Katrina. “The true inspiration came from a desire to help young Black males overcome … Continue reading

August 29th – Double Anniversary for Devastating Storms in Louisiana

Eight years after Katrina, the lower 9th ward remains scarred. One year after Isaac, most of Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish resembles a ghost town. Blogger Julie Dermansky shares photos on this, the anniversaries of hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Read: August 29th – Double Anniversary for Devastating Storms in Louisiana.

Queen of Creole Cuisine to celebrate 90th birthday, family foundation

Leah Chase’s family inaugurates foundation in her honor, plans gala weekend NEW ORLEANS — The biggest party of the new year may not be on New Year’s Eve, but on January 4 and 5. In true New Orleans fashion, the Family of Edgar “Dooky” Jr. and Leah Chase have invited the public to take part in … Continue reading

N.O. homeless asked to evacuate Expressway; Mission responds

This morning, at 9 am, the City of New Orleans requested all homeless men and women remove themselves and all of their belongings from under and around the Pontchartrain Expressway. The effort has caused a mass migration of homeless individuals that will leave the capacity of the New Orleans Mission, along with many other public … Continue reading

Singer: ‘God took broken pieces to create Collage 3’

Edward J. West Sr., Larry Jones Jr., and Dominic Davis are the voices behind New Orleans-based Gospel trio Collage 3. They have been together for 12 years but recently traveled to Baton Rouge promoting their new single “Better Man” and upcoming album “Under Construction.” Larry, 38, a full-time minister of music, Dominic, 26, a praise … Continue reading

New Orleanian named ‘Ice Cold Leader’

Tommie Vassel (far right) accepts the 2012 Coors Light Ice Cold Leader Award during a reception held in his honor, Friday, March 30. Vassel, a long-standing community leader in New Orleans, formerly served as President Pro Tem of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Vassel led the … Continue reading

B.R. artist to paint courtside at Final Four Friday

As the NCAA Final Four teams practice on Friday one final time before the big games on Saturday, Baton Rouge artist Christopher Turner will be courtside, capturing the excitement in a live painting. Turner’s appearance is part of the NCAA’s Final Four Friday, which features a host of free events—including free parking—at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome … 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

Excluding NAACP from MLK is a bad look, Mr. Mayor.

No NAACP at official MLK Day observance is not a good look for New Orleans> By Anitra Brown New Orleans Tribune The exclusion of the local New Orleans chapter of the NAACP from the city’s official Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Not a good look. The unwillingness or inability of another respected civil rights … Continue reading

N.O businesses invited to apply for Goldman Sachs program

Interested small business owners must apply by January 23, 2012 NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced that the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is currently accepting applications from the Greater New Orleans area to enroll in the program’s third class. Applications from small business owners … Continue reading

Official schedule of events released for Bayou Classic

State Farm Bayou Classic® XXXVIII has released the following schedule of events for the weekend of November 24 – 27, 2011.   My Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade, Featuring Southern and Grambling marching bands, Parade route: Superdome to French Market, Thursday, Nov. 24 | 4:00pm-6:00pm KaBOOM! Playground Build, Friday, Nov. 25 My Bayou Classic Golf Tournament, Joe Bartholomew Golf … Continue reading

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits New Orleans Daycare

After a quick visit to New Orleans’ Royal Castle Child Development Center earlier today, parents found the First Lady “warm,” “loving,” and an “encouragement” to cook healthy meals and exercise with young children. (See photos)    

The Tribune Sounds Off: BESE members’ only allegiance is to public school students

In a recent commentary, The New Orleans Tribune wrote: “Here at The Tribune, we vehemently urge voters to elect someone to BESE who is “with” what is best for all of the children of New Orleans.” Tribune writer Anitra Brown continues: “It is unnerving to hear it suggested that a candidate for BESE isn’t right … Continue reading

N.O.’s Opera Creole to perform at Southern

Southern University’s Department of Music will present the New Orleans vocal group Opera Creole at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 23 in the Recital Hall of the DeBose Music Building. The event is part of the University’s year-long celebration of the Black composer and the concert series, “The Black Composer Speaks: The African American Classical Music Tradition.” … Continue reading

Regional Black Chamber Office established in N.O.

New Orleans is now home to the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s first regional office thanks to the NBCC team and chairman Arnold Baker. The new office, located at 929 Julia Street, will serve businesses in the Southeastern Region. The Chamber provides education and advocay on public policy issues such as Title VI of the … 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

Pastorek resignation offers the chance to get it right

> Commentary by The New Orleans Tribune Before coming to New Orleans to lead the Recovery School District, John White was the deputy chancellor of talent, labor and innovation for the NYC school system. We’re still not sure what a deputy chancellor of talent, labor and innovation does. In fact, the title seems a bit … Continue reading

Cheekie’ author launches essay contest honoring brother

CLARENCE NERO, AUTHOR OF Cheekie and former LSU Professor of English, recently buried his third brother, Sean Simmons, 27, in his hometown of New Orleans. Simmons was gun down in the driveway of his apartment complex on Sunday, February 20, in a violent massacre that swept the city with six murders on that day. Nero, … Continue reading

Southern campaign garners national support

MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND SOUTHERN University supporters including students, faculty, community, and business and religious leaders convened at Living Faith Cathedral on Winbourne Avenue in Baton Rouge, March 13, to hear the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr speak about condition of “the New South.” He spoke on how conditions in education and economics are being contrived. … 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

Liberty Bank lends $20 million hand to Gentilly homeowners

NEW ORLEANS–Liberty Bank and Trust Co. launched a $20 million Gentilly Homeowners Initiative this morning. The program will provide financing to existing and potential homeowners for the rehabilitation and purchase of homes. It will also assist homeowners in estimating the costs of completing their homes, identifying contractors and determining financing options. The initiative was created … Continue reading