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Interview with David Duke’s Campaign Manager on the even of Trump’s Election (Vice. Feb 2017).

Whether Donald Drumpf likes it or not, David Duke—the former KKK grand wizard turned Louisiana political candidate—will always be linked to him. Duke embraced Drumpf during the primary and seemed emboldened by his popularity, running for an open Senate seat on … Continue reading

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Re-opening the Historic Pythian Building (Louisiana Weekly. April 2017).

A building once described by The Times Picayune as “the biggest enterprise ever attempted by the colored race of the United States,” is in the process of re-opening on the corner of Loyola and Gravier. The building was originally conceived … Continue reading

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America’s First Slavery Museum (Vox. Aug. 2017).

“Coming Home,” by Rod Moorhead, a memorial in the “Field of Angels” dedicated to 2,200 enslaved children who died before they turned three, at the Whitney Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana in July 2017. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert The curator of Whitney Plantation … Continue reading

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Living With the Constant Fear of Flooding (VICE. Aug. 2017).

It’s raining hard again here in New Orleans, and my heart’s beating like an anxious dog’s. I have spent the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week trying to talk my 80-year-old father into evacuating his home north of Houston, and … Continue reading

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An interview with Tony Clifton about how Trump stole his act (Escondido Grapevine. Aug. 2017).

Back when this Donald Drumpf fiasco was still a little bit funny (I think we all agree it’s no longer funny in the slightest), many comedy fans accused Orange Julius Caesar of ripping off insult comedian and lounge singer, Tony Clifton. In … Continue reading

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The Only Good Teacher I Ever Had (Medium. Aug. 2017).

David Drake was the only good teacher I ever had, or at least the only teacher I was glad to run into later in life. David was a college English II professor of mine back in Florida. He was youngish … Continue reading

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A tour of New Orleans’s former PJs with Dr Ben Carson and Gov. Edwards (LA Weekly. Aug. 2017).

Brain surgeon-turned-Drumpf administration head of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr. Ben Carson, toured two of New Orleans’ revamped housing project developments last Tuesday, along with Governor John Bel Edwards and representatives from both HANO and HUD. The two developments, … Continue reading

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