Baton Rouge Councilman’s use of slur is an attempt to intimidate, bully

” ‘Gang-bangers’ and the more common ‘thug’ are racist pejoratives for Black men, part of an attempt to deem them unworthy of Constitutional protections, human decency, or justice,”  writes Christopher Tyson, LSU law professor, “As a spokesperson for the Union of Police, (Metro Councilman John Delgado’s) actions carry the imprimatur of law enforcement.  Therefore they can only be read as a cheap attempt to intimidate and bully.” 

Movin’ on Up in Louisiana–or Not

Economic mobility is the ability for someone to go from low or no income to middle income in one lifetime, or for the next generation to earn money at a higher tax bracket. This is the essence of the American Dream. However, today it is more difficult for young adults to surpass their parent’s socioeconomic … Continue reading

Dialogue on race necessary to move Louisiana beyond fear

The reactions to the Department of Justice’s decision to not charge police in the shooting death of Alton Sterling have divided largely along racial lines. Baton Rouge like many cities was racially segregated at its founding.Although the city has undergone “desegregation,” in the last several decades clear racial divisions exist most vividly with Florida Blvd … Continue reading

300 Black women sought for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome research

LSU’S Pennington Biomedical Launches New Study Aimed at Understanding Genes Involved in Common Hormonal Disorder Affecting Women A new study at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking to identify genes that increase the likelihood of a woman developing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal disorder which prevents many women from getting pregnant. … Continue reading

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.

Community support turns Facebook postings into published book

  When Baton Rouge writer and teacher Donney Rose set out to pay homage to the vastness of Black identities during Black History Month, he had no idea how much his community would support his month-long social media project. Each day in Feb. 2017, Rose dedicated a Facebook post to a prose-style “shout-out” in recognition of … Continue reading

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.

Teens deliver resilient poetry following a season of tragedy

“Here Still” was the mantra of this year’s ALL CITY Teen Poetry Slam Festival, a theme imagined from a season of tragedy that both publicly and personally affected festival participants. Held over two weekends in April throughout downtown Baton Rouge, the festival’s culminating event on April 8, punctuated the youths’ tribute to the resilience of the … Continue reading

‘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.”

Dear Governor Edwards, TOPS has become an entitlement for rich Louisianans

“Dear Governor, Doling out tax dollars to students who can’t demonstrate a financial need isn’t responsible. It amounts to a tax break for upper-income parents.” writes Andre Perry, PhD.

Ponchatoula native brings ‘Something Miraculous’ to Baton Rouge stage, March 26

It was a matter of fate that Lady Toussaint Duchess ended up bringing her highly-anticipated stage play to Baton Rouge. She had recently returned to visit her family after an extended stay in Africa for seven months and was watching the news the night Baton Rouge elected its first black female mayor, Sharon Weston Broome. … Continue reading

Madam Mayor: Meet the Black female mayors of Louisiana

“This class of Black women mayors represents the single largest group to serve the state simultaneously,” said Vernon “Step” Martin, president of the Louisiana Municipal Black Caucus Association.

‘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 change.org, 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

Museum presents ‘The Thibodaux Massacre’ Book Tour, Feb. 18

For the first time ever, a limited number of people will experience live, the on-site telling of a key story hidden from people of Louisiana. Join us for this unique tour with the author who recently verified and chronicled the story in his book, The Thibodaux Massacre. The Feb. 18 tour will begin at 10 … 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

Baton Rouge charter pushes to keep 600 students, remain open

When Jonathan Hage traveled to Baton Rouge following the August flood, the Charter School USA director’s first concerns were his teachers’ and students’ well-being. Along with his wife and other executives, Hage brought hope and money—each teacher received $500. “It’s not money. It’s love,” Sherry Hage told the teachers. “We want you to know that … Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Has the Electoral College outlived its usefulness?

Has the Electoral College outlived its usefulness? “No!”  The Electoral College was one of many foresighted policies that the Founding Fathers established though the U.S. Constitution..  How to choose a president through a delicate balance of the individual states and the federal government and between the Executive and Legislative branches of government was the challenge.  … Continue reading

Children’s book brings Bayou Classic tradition into every home

  ‘Twas the Night Before Bayou Classic is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that will resonate with Bayou Classic revelers will be released for limited distribution just in time for this year’s game.   Lafayette author, educator, and school librarian, Andrea A. Brew is a second generation graduate of Southern  University, where her parents met. Inspired … 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.

Summers to lead SLU student affairs

Eric J. Summers, EdD, of Hammond has been named the vice president for student affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University. Summers has served as assistant to the vice president for student affairs since 2011, where he filled the roles of diversity educator, chief conduct officer, and principal administrative officer.  His appointment follows a nationwide search and is … 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.

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