National

Louisiana to reinstate SCLC charter

Charles Steele Jr., president of the National Southern Christian Leadership Conference, announced the official return of the historic civil rights organization to Louisiana. Under the leadership of the Reverend Reginald Pitcher, Louisiana has met all of the […]

News

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards selects diverse team

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards announced several key cabinet and committee appointments for his administration.  He announced that current Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne will serve as Commissioner of Administration and Kimberly Robinson will serve as Secretary […]

Entertainment

Lionsgate apologizes for all-white cast

Australian director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate have apologized for whitewashing African history in the upcoming film “Gods of Egypt.” The studio ignited controversy last month when it released character posters and a first-look trailer for […]

Baton Rouge

We are looking for Babies

The deadline to have your 2015 baby featured in the January 2916 issue of The Drum is December 15. Submit this form on the submit news page and upload your photo or email Zenobia Reed […]

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Saul takes top engineering prize

Industrial engineering senior Briana Saul recently received first place at the LSU Undergraduate Research Conference for Engineering Level 2 Researchers. “The first year I presented, as a Level 1 researcher, I didn’t win anything,” Saul […]

Caught You

Journalists meet with NYT editor

The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalist president Michelle McCalope, vice president Gerron Jordan, secretary Gheni Platenburg, secretary, and treasurer Kelli Palmer, along with a dozen members and LSU faculty met with New York […]

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Events

What’s in Your Attic?

Time for the Annual East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Attic Treasures Event, Nov. 21 Bring your collectibles, antiques and other treasures for expert review at the 15th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event at the […]

News

Funeral services scheduled for Dr. Robert Anderson

CDr. Anderson graduated from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 1980 following in his father’s footsteps, Civil Rights Leader the late Dr. Dupuy H. Anderson, Sr.  They collectively gave over 70 years of Dental and Civic services to the Eden Park Community.  Robert continued his father’s legacy of service to the underprivileged and the mission to spread the word of God..  Robert began a beautification project that spread for blocks surrounding the office at 3615 North Street well before the downtown development district was even an idea. […]

Buy the Book

N.O. native T. Geronimo Johnson wins Ernest Gaines Award

According to NPR, T. Geronimo Johnson’s “Welcome the Braggsville” follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It’s an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America. Johnson is the 2015 winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. […]

Business

Black designer lights up General Motors

If you’re driving down a highway, street or tunnel anywhere in North America and you see the shimmering new headlights on the latest Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Buick approaching you, there’s a good chance you’re seeing the work of Martin Davis […]

Education

19 farmers graduate from SU ag institute

Nineteen small farmers from LOUIsiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia,Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas were honored during a graduation ceremony on Friday, Sept. 18 for completing their two-year course of study in the Southern University Ag Center’s Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute. […]

Education

Southeastern University names homecoming court

Fourteen Southeastern Louisiana University students have been chosen as members of the 2015 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 12- 17. Chosen as members […]

Sports

Gales undergoes successful surgery

Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales underwent a successful spinal surgery Sunday afternoon. Gales suffered several fractures in his neck that were stabilized. He continues to have movement in his upper body and remains in […]

Drum Roll

Brown named SU Executive VP, provost

The Southern University System has selected M. Christopher Brown II as the new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. Brown has more than 10 years of experience in higher education administration including serving […]

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Politics

FuturePAC endorses La Legislature, BESE candidates

FuturePAC announced its endorsement of candidates for the upcoming Louisiana Legislature and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) elections.  The primary election will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015.   “The priorities of […]

News

Democrats announce candidate endorsements

The East Baton Rouge Democratic Parish Executive Committee (EBR DPEC) finalized its endorsements of local and statewide candidates following the Candidate Endorsement Social, last week, where members and the  public heard presentations from each of […]

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Events

Baker candidate forum scheduled for Oct. 13

Main Street Pilot International will host a Baker Candidate Forum, Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m., Baker Municipal Center, 3325 Groom Road, Baker, Louisiana.  The non-profit, headquartered in Baker, mission is to transform communities by […]

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Henry added to hall of fame

Southern University’s acclaimed art professor, Randell Henry, has been inducted into the Scotlandville High School Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame. A mid-term January 1976 Scotlandville grad, Henry is among the first 12 persons selected by […]

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Education

NBR Initiative to host Aug. 27 discussion with Superintendent Drake

Members  of  the  community‐led initiative  Our  Schools…Our  Excellence  (OSOE)  are  hosting an  open  forum  with  East  Baton  Rouge  Parish  School  System  Superintendent  Warren Drake, Thursday,  August  27, 6pm, at Star  Hill  Church, 1400 N. Foster Dr.   […]

News

DrumBeats

Brief news from across Tangipahoa to East Baton Rouge parishes. HOUMA A Louisiana school board member refuses to resign after she said that streets named after Martin Luther King are racist since the Confederate flag […]

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Wheeler leaves for Kentucky State University

Erin Wheeler, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant vice president for academic support services at Kentucky State University. She was a biology instructor at Southern University and A&M College, an adjunct biology instructor at American InterContinental […]

Health

Don’t call her a champion!

Call Colette Greggs a hero or a champion and she would snap back “no I’m not!” She also doesn’t want to be called a healer, a life giver, or a living donor. But the truth […]

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Events

Kiwanis to bowl for kids, Aug.22

The Kiwanis Club of South Baton Rouge and several regional Kiwanis Clubs are coming together for the 2nd annual “Bowling for Babies” bowl-a-thon, Sat., August 22, 2pm, at Circle Bowl, 8878 Florida Blvd.  The bowl-a-thon […]

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Education

Meet the Team Celebration

The Hammond High Magnet School Touchdown Club cordially invites students, parents, and fans to the annual “Meet the Team Celebration,” Sat., August 15,  10am – noon at the HHMS football field. The celebration is open […]

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Baton Rouge

Barrow announces candidacy for Senate seat

After serving the constituents of House District 29 for three consecutive terms, State Representative Regina Ashford Barrow will officially announce her intention to run for the Louisiana Senate District 15 seat on tomorrow, Tuesday, August […]

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Education

School starts this week!

The first day of school for public school students in East Baton Rouge Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, East Feliciana Parish, St. Mary Parish and Point Coupee Parish is Thursday, August 6, and teachers and parents are […]