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No Genre, No Peers: Egg Yolk Jubilee Celebrates 20 Years

For 20 years now, the members of Egg Yolk Jubilee have practiced in the “Jefferson Orleans North” ballroom in Metairie, performing their songs for what looks like an empty senior prom. The seven current band members set up their gear … Continue reading

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A Rare Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle tag-team set in New Orleans (Paste Magazine. March 2017).

I grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida, a retirement town at that time, though the gorgeous beaches and bountiful fishing there might’ve tricked you into thinking Florida was America’s greatest state. The area was also bountiful with professional wrestling, which … Continue reading

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Protests escalate over Louisiana pipeline by company behind Dakota Access (The Guardian UK. Jan. 2017).

Scott Eustis did not stop smiling for hours. The coastal wetland specialist with the Gulf Restoration Network was attending a public hearing in Baton Rouge. Its subject was a pipeline extension that would run directly through the Atchafalaya Basin, the world’s largest … Continue reading

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Sex Workers Expect to Struggle After the Backpage Crackdown (VICE. Jan. 2017)

Sex workers across America were left scrambling on Monday after Backpage.com, an online advertising clearinghouse, closed its controversial “adult” section following years of intense US government and law enforcement pressure. In my city of New Orleans, professional dominatrix and masseuse Mistress Genevieve needed a ride to an emergency meeting of local sex workers spooked about … Continue reading

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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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