By James McClendon At 11, Daniel Tapia starting selling drugs on the streets of New Orleans to help support him and his mother. At 13, he was convicted of his first distribution charge. At 14, he was listed as a career criminal. At 15, he went to juvenile detention for 3 years. And at 18,… Read More The Parolee and the Parole Officer
By Julia Hale What’s the first thing you think of when someone says Mardi Gras? There’s a good chance you picture the colorful plastic beads that have become a universal symbol of Carnival season in New Orleans. But do you know where they came from? Do you care? “It’s not that we don’t care – some… Read More The Dark Side of Mardi Gras
By Sasha Salk Tarriona “Tank” Ball described her life right now as “definitely changing.” Yours might too, if you listen to her band Tank and the Bangas. This New Orleans-based group creates a sound that breaks musical barriers. Soulful, yes. Funky, yes. Rocking, yes. But they are also animated, energetic, hip-hoppy, lyrically playful, rhythmic, and… Read More Tank to the Top
By Jake Coe New Orleans was a location to shoot at, not a studio town. Productions would only come if they had something specific to film in New Orleans, and would produce the rest of the film elsewhere. But that changed, in 2006 legislation was tweaked to make it more beneficial to film here due to… Read More Not So Easy to Film in the Big Easy
By Carleigh Ebbers New Orleans has always been known as a go-lucky, wild city that is unafraid of accepting things others would not. Like it or not, the city and its denizens have earned the laissez-faire attitude that the city is now known for. From the recklessness of Bourbon to the high-spiritedness of Mardi Gras, New… Read More Defying Gender in New Orleans: Drag
By Brianna Douglass The nooks and crannies of New Orleans are stuffed with culture, and the tourism industry uses this fact to make bank. But is New Orleans really the art mecca it’s ticketed as? Fine artists are conventionally thought to be “starving” and unable to support themselves on the money they make off their art… Read More Can Artists Really “Make It” in New Orleans?