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Walton and Johnson perform blackface on the radio. (Feb. 2019. Vice)

On the drive out to my young daughter’s Montessori school in the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette each morning, she became fixated on some funny voices emanating from my radio. I’d randomly tuned into the Walton and Johnson show, a … Continue reading

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Jan Ramsey keeps music journalism alive in New Orleans (Columbia Journalism Review. Jan. 2018).

FROM HER OFFICE OVERLOOKING FRENCHMEN, New Orleans’s most musical street, Jan Ramsey commands OffBeat magazine, which has reported on the city’s music scene in painstaking detail for three decades, promoting musicians who might otherwise never receive a lick of press. Ramsey, who … Continue reading

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Fishing For Answers: How LA’s new Master Plan would effect fishermen. (64 Parishes. November 2018).

All photos by Rick Olivier Recreational charter-fishing captains don’t elicit the same sympathies given to, say, fleets of weather-beaten men eking out a living harvesting oysters from the punishing seas. Over the last several decades, many have abandoned commercial fishing … Continue reading

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Why We Shouldn’t Nominate New Orleans’s Mayor Mitch Landrieu for President (Vice. April 2018).

Until last year’s removal of New Orleans’s Confederate statues made national news, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was largely unknown outside of his city. Today, he’s the latest Democratic flavor of the month. Landrieu followed up the release of his new book, Standing in the … Continue reading

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The Gangster Whisperer (Medium. Jan. 2018).

View at Medium.com New Orleans-born Matthew Randazzo has thrice served as a personal ghostwriter to criminal gangsters. Call him the gangster whisperer. Or, these days, call him an environmental lobbyist — the occupation he fell into after the third gangster in his book … Continue reading

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How DJ Rusty Lazer Helped Break Bounce (Music Box Remix feat. Big Freedia and Nicky da B)(Medium. Jan. 2018).

Jay Pennington sits, today, more than alive, children running around him with drumsticks, pounding on every part of the wondrous Music Box art installation that he helped conjure. Slabs of metal and glass bang and tinkle, and a low-end sawtooth … Continue reading

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What Happens to Prison Inmates During Hurricanes? (Vice. Sept. 2017).

As strained local governments struggle to care for their citizens during disasters and evacuations, prisoners are often low on the list of priorities. That means it’s likely that any big hurricane that hits the Gulf Coast will result in a … Continue reading

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