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.

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

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

From flooded homes, President Obama tells America to ‘stay focused on this’

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, President Barack Obama toured neighborhoods in Zachary, LA., that were severely damaged by flooding, then made the following remarks:       Well, to begin with, I just want to say thank you to the outstanding officials behind me who have been on the ground, working 24/7 since this flood happened.  … Continue reading

Share your Louisiana Great Flood rescue, survival story

Local newspapers seek community stories on the rescue and survival experiences of South Louisiana residents during throughout this historic flooding. Tell us… Who was your rescue hero? Did you find support and help in an unpredictable way or from an unusual person? Did a calvary of neighbors save you by boat? Were you the family … 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

City left with growing embers of grief

Violent death became real — even surreal — in that moment. Like it did when Alton Sterling’s 15-year-old son, Cameron, wailed on television, begging for his father. This is post-friendly Baton Rouge… Things will change because they died–because all of them died.

City bears embers of mourning, grief

iolent death became real — even surreal — in that moment. Like it did when Alton Sterling’s 15-year-old son, Cameron, wailed on television, begging for his father. This is post-friendly Baton Rouge. Things will change because they died–because all of them died.

Americans for Blane Salamoni Facebook page surfaces

​In the wake of the funerals for the three slain police officers in Baton Rouge, LA, a disturbing Facebook page has been exposed. The page, Americans For Blane Salamoni, has enraged a number of social media users as it promotes a rhetoric of hate along with racist propaganda in an effort to justify the controversial … Continue reading

How to talk with children about tragedy

Today’s tragic event in Baton Rouge has left us all with many questions. But for parents, it can open up a new conversation with children who may have trouble understanding exactly what’s going on. Dr. Shaun Kimberly and Sharon Wesberry of Our Lady of The Lake Children’s Hospital have pulled together a few tips from OLOL … Continue reading

I fit the prototype: large and Black. Am I Next?

With the home front being a national headline, three Baton Rouge men tell their stories of what it is to be the prototype victim for police brutality. As they leave their homes everyday with the notion that they could be “next” just because they are large, Black men. 

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.

Domond leaves Grambling for Rutgers University

Grambling State University women’s basketball coach Nadine Domond has resigned from her position after two years to join the staff at Rutgers. Earlier today, June 24, she penned this open letter and posted it on her social media pages: Dear Grambling, Louisiana is a special place to me.  It marks a place of beginnings.  I … Continue reading

Orchestra festival reaffirms talents of young musicians

“I’m not usually at a loss for words, but this orchestra festival was a healing and reaffirming moment for all of us,” Frances Spencer said.

Community to celebrate Amite valedictorian denied walk

Almost three weeks after the valedictorian of Amite High School was denied his walk across the stage because of his facial hair, a state leader is giving him his own graduation. The celebration for Andrew Jones will be held June 17 at the African-American Heritage Museum, 1600 Phoenix Square in Hammond at 7 p.m.

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

University leader calls high school decision to keep athlete, ban valedictorian ‘height of hypocrisy’

The following is a copy of Dillard University president Walter Kimbrough’s letter to Tangipahoa School Superintendent Mark Kolwe in regards to the national embarrassment: Last night, I watched “The Nightly Show” with Larry Wilmore. In the first segment, he discussed the case of Andrew Jones at Amite High School. Living in New Orleans, I was already … Continue reading

Time to get SMART about diabetes

Diabetes takes a disproportional interest in the minority community and one Baton Rouge area mental health professional thinks it’s time for the community to return that interest with deliberate game plans aimed at limiting the devastation caused by this chronic-disease killer. Charles Martin, Capital City Health Center director of behavior health, has both professional and … Continue reading

Southern opens 2016 football season at ULM

Southern University football will open the first two weeks of the 2016 schedule on the road against in-state opponents ULM and Tulane before beginning the final year of the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s nine-game mandate on Sept. 17. The Jaguars travel to Monroe to face ULM on Sept. 3 in the first-ever meeting between the two … Continue reading

State tax changes take effect Friday, April 1

Numerous changes to Louisiana’s tax laws, passed this year during a special session of the Louisiana Legislature, take effect on Friday, April 1. Taxes affected by the changes include the state sales tax. Acts 25 and 26 of the 2016 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature remove or restrict certain exemptions from the 4 … Continue reading

Developers sought to reinvent Entergy site, acres in Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority is seeking developers to reinvent the former Entergy buildings and surrounding six acres at 1509 Government Street.   The RDA issued a Request for Expressions of Interest asking developers to offer innovative ideas for returning the buildings to commerce. The RFEI asks developers, business owners and others for conceptual plans. … Continue reading

Statewide summit set to improve health policy in Louisiana on March 29

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with several other elected officials, policymakers, and national and state healthcare leaders, are set to convene at the 2016 Health Summit: Creating an Agenda for a Healthy Louisiana.  The first-ever statewide summit, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building Conference Center in Baton … 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

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

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

Monte Farms of Winnfield breeds success

Winnfield, Louisiana isn’t the biggest or most well known city in the state, but that doesn’t mean it can’t produce greatness. In 2014, Winnfield native Le’Montio Hobdy opened Monte Farms, a heritage breed, pasture-raised pork and pastured poultry farm. After consulting with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana–Monroe, Hobdy found … 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

Webb, Knight lay out ‘Must Reads’

Guiding book lovers through a plethora of new releases, debuts, and blitz is a favorite task of many book store managers and bloggers, especially at the start of a new year. Mississippi radio host and avid book reviewer Cyrus Webb of Conversations Live! released 10 Books You Need to Read in 2016 and included seasoned … Continue reading

N.O. native T. Geronimo Johnson wins Ernest Gaines Award

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson has been selected as winner of the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Now in its ninth year, the Gaines Award is a nationally acclaimed $10,000 prize created by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding work from rising Black fiction writers … Continue reading

Tracking wonderful memories for years to come

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is the first of the year; the time we give ourselves the opportunity to look to NEW BEGINNINGS! That’s right! It’s “starting over” time! And to signify the start up for 2016, here is an amazing project for you and your household—or even you and your coworkers or church family. Yes, … Continue reading

Giving, celebrating humanity in the name of Christ

By barbara w. green Merry CHRISTmas! Traditionally, for many of us this is the time that we celebrate the beginnings of the extensive life’s journey of the most important man in the earth’s history: the MASS of the CHRIST Jesus’ birth. Imagine. More than 2,015 years after His birth, death, and resurrection, millions of us … 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

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

Baton Rouge community learns ‘quick’ CPR

Studies have shown the Hands-Only CPR method is equally as effective as conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR, and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it.

Port Allen native releases lighthearted book about Jesus

One thing 29-year-old Keion Jackson is pretty sure of is that God has a sense of humor. His newly-released book “Because Jesus” was written to show just that. “Often when faith is discussed, we forget that joy is a part of God’s personality.  Laughter is one of the greatest gifts he’s given us,” Jackson said. … 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

‘Change Me Prayers’ uncomplicated, gentle

Tosha Silver’s “Change Me Prayers” offers a great collection of uncomplicated prayers and short reflections on them at work in Silver’s life. The prayers aid readers in jump starting or rekindling a spiritual, divine connection through surrender and a genuine desire to be changed. Silver gives a gentle nudge in the voice of a friend … Continue reading

Don’t call her a hero or a champion

Call Colette Greggs a hero or a champion and she would snap back “no I’m not!” She also doesn’t want to be called a healer, a life giver, or a living donor. But the truth is Colette Greggs is all of that. The moment she entered Oschner’s Medical Center after having donated her kidney to … Continue reading

Center gives male students new life

Three years ago when 18-year-old McDonogh #35 senior Louis Blackmon considered his prospects after graduation, they were slim due to his ACT scores. His score fell just below Louisiana’s dictated minimum required scores for enrollment at a four-year state college. The former football team co-captain said he always knew he wanted a four-year college degree … 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

Ursula White’s quest to understand women’s fat

Local researcher looks for answers about body shape and health Long before Monroe native Ursula White earned a PhD and years before a distinguished career as a scientist was even a fleeting thought, she was a self-described curious child. “I always wondered about the world around me and why it worked the way it did,” … 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

New admission standards may boost SU, Grambling

Grambling State University and colleges in the Southern University System may receive a much-needed boost in enrollment this fall, thanks to changes in the Louisiana Board of Regents’ admission standards for public institutions. The change will allow students who require remedial or developmental courses to enroll at the state’s public historically Black colleges and universities. … 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

Toldson sets ‘Strategic Vision’ for Southern University

Weeks ahead of the June 30 deadline to select the next president of the Southern University System, the three finalists have been invited to the Baton Rouge campus on Thursday, June 11, for interviews with faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders. But one candidate–Ivory Toldson, Ph.D–has already reached out to the Jaguar Nation via social … Continue reading