Monthly Archives: July 2014

The End of The Lens’ important Charter School Reporting Corps (Columbia Journalism Review. June 2014.)

Before hurricane Katrina, New Orleans education reporters covered one big, famously dysfunctional public school board. As the city now becomes the first in the country to shift from a public school system to a mostly charter—albeit public charter—school system, local … Continue reading

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Prince Fans Wild With Excitement Over His Return To Essence Fest (Radio piece for WWNO/NPR. June 2014)

Dearly beloved, we will gather at Essence Music Festival on July 4th to get down with this man named Prince. Electric word “Prince” — it means “genius” and that’s a mighty big title, but I’m here to tell you: nothing … Continue reading

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New Cajun & Zydeco Sounds (Acadiana Living/MyNewOrleans.com. June 2014)

Today’s young Cajun and zydeco musicians face a choice: adhere strictly to the traditions and represent the cultures, or expand upon Acadiana music and hope listeners embrace it instead of being offended. The website of the otherwise provincial Cajun band … Continue reading

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Neighborhood bar believes ‘gentrification’ is trying to shut it down (Louisiana Weekly. June 2014).

The Holy Cross neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward has in the last several years become coveted high-ground real estate. As a result, the traditionally Black area has drawn a diverse array of new neighbors. And with such diversity comes … Continue reading

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