Monthly Archives: November 2016

My students write raps about the 2016 election (Vice. Nov 2016).

When I saw the election, I saw Drumpf winning / And after that my head got to spinning. Drumpf is bad / Drumpf is sad too Drumpf look like Hitler from World War Two. He won the election because he … Continue reading

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Interview with New Orleanians who have met or worked with Prince (OffBeat. June 2016).

Here in the world’s music capital, many of us, whether we knew it or not, lived just one or two degrees separated from The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. I myself have always made a point to shake any hand … Continue reading

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An oil lease sale in the Gulf, and a protest (Guardian UK. March 2016).

On 23 March, around 300 protesters in New Orleans aimed to shut down a reading of oil company bids for 44m acres (180,000 km², the size of the entire state of Missouri) in the Gulf of Mexico. At grassy Duncan … Continue reading

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A series on famous New Orleans DJs past and present (Louisiana Weekly. Summer 2016).

I was honored to be assigned this Louisiana Weekly series on famous New Orleans DJs past and present, but mostly past. I wish I could continue writing this series; there are SO many important DJs I’d love to include. This is … Continue reading

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Still Racist After All These Years: Why David Duke Won’t Go Away (Vice. October 2016).

“White people will be a minority in America soon. Every minority has a spokesgroup, except European Americans. We’re not allowed.” That’s Michael Lawrence’s pitch for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan big shot and perennial political candidate now running … Continue reading

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Cage-farmed oysters in Grande Isla, LA (Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Fall 2016).

As the first day of summer approaches, farmers arrive at Louisiana State University’s Sea Grant oyster farm in Grand Isle to pick up their seed. The farmers express gratitude that Dr. John Supan has, with the help of his team, … Continue reading

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Four different Cajun/Creole/Zydeco music profiles (Acadiana Profile. 2016)

Joe Hall and the Cane Cutters (band) http://www.myneworleans.com/Acadiana-Profile/December-January-2016/Joe-Hall-and-The-Cane-Cutters/ Zydeco Radio (band) http://www.myneworleans.com/Acadiana-Profile/February-March-2016/Meet-Zydeco-Radio/ The Jolly Inn (music venue) http://www.myneworleans.com/Acadiana-Profile/August-September-2016/Family-Band/ Blackpot Festival (fascinating!): http://www.myneworleans.com/Acadiana-Profile/October-November-2016/Musical-Gumbo/ Or watch this sweet lil vid of musicians jammin at Blackpot:

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The ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ That Terrifies the Gulf Coast (Vice. July 2016).

“When I shuffled into the water, I felt my foot go into something’s mouth,” recalls Kelly Blomberg of her last fishing trip to Grand Isle, Louisiana. “There was blood everywhere. LSU’s biology department determined it was a baby blacktip shark. … Continue reading

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Obit for NOLA musician Mike Joseph (OffBeat. July 2016).

New Orleans musician Michael James Joseph passed away Monday, July 11, at the age of 48. Joseph was known as the bass guitarist for legendary New Orleans rock ’n’ roll bands Black Problem, Lump and Norco Lapalco, and as a … Continue reading

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New Orleans’s Confederate Monument Controversy (Guardian UK. Jan 2016).

After David Mahler’s company won a New Orleans city contract to move four civil war monuments from their places of public honor, some of his clients reportedly threatened to discontinue business with him. Local groups filed a lawsuit to keep … Continue reading

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