By Matt McKinney The United States of America is home to less than five percent of the world’s total population but almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Leading the charge is the state of Louisiana, which up until recently, imprisoned more people than any other state in the country, and New Orleans, its… Read More Defending the Accused in the Incarceration Nation
By Jenna Lorin It’s Friday night at One Eyed Jack’s and the bar is radiating with funk music and good vibrations. All eyes are on Melissa Weber, better known by her stage name, DJ Soul Sister, as she mixes vinyl records with a variety of tempos to create the quintessential dance environment. DJ Soul… Read More Hey Soul Sister
By Caroline Hymes When it comes to tricky political situations, Governor John Bel Edwards is an expert. As the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, he navigates a landscape in which a legislature full of opposition spends every day trying to thwart his agenda. Some have called him an oddity, an anomaly, or… Read More Can Lightning Strike Twice? Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ Improbable Rise to Power and His Fight to Stay There.
By Geoff Goldfeder On Baronne Street, only a few blocks away from the French Quarter, lies a purple and green building with hardly any windows. In a neighborhood filled with gray bricks and Creole architecture, an eccentric-looking building like this one is sure to stand out, as it very well should. After all, the… Read More Humanity in an Inhumane System
By Grace Dubay At his low point, John Randall* hid in a bathroom stall at Ochsner Medical Center to shoot up. He swiped discarded morphine and clean needles from locked storage closets, flashing his nurse identification card to bypass security. His job was physically demanding. From lifting patients out of wheelchairs to pushing heavy… Read More Addiction and Affliction: The Opioid Crisis Takes Hold in New Orleans
By Kayla Cutno “What’s the name of your school?!” a popular line in Dj Jubilee’s song “Get it Ready,” a New Orleans anthem played at almost every event hosted by an African American. Where you attend high school can determine how well you make it in New Orleans as well as in the world.… Read More What’s the Name of Your School?!
By Cameron Jay Crain “That’s all Folks,” read the t-shirt worn by Anthony Davis on the final day of the 2019 NBA regular season, likely the last day that he will be a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. The t-shirt capped off a season long embarrassment that tarnished the reputation of who many… Read More 1 A.D. Dawn or Twilight of New Orleans Basketball