Poet Laureate nominations sought

NEW ORLEANS –The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), authorized by the Governor and State of Louisiana, is seeking nominations for Louisiana’s next Poet Laureate. The LEH has appointed a selection committee, as required by […]

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Men to Watch: Chancelier ‘xero’ Skidmore, 43

Executive Director of Forward Arts in Baton Rouge Hometown: Plaquemine, LA Role Models: My mother, Patty Smith, Dr. Ray Sibley, Gerri Hobdy, Dr. Susan Weinstein, Anna West, Mary West, Gaylynne Mack, Renee Chatelain, Sam Singleton, Dr. Isaac Greggs, Thandor Miller, Paul Griffi n, Laura Mullen, […]

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Men to Watch: Donney Rose

Program Director/Teaching Artist Forward Arts, Inc. in Baton Rouge Moves made in 2014: Organization granted official 501(c)3 status, coached Baton Rouge National Poetry Slam, and was published and featured in Nicholls State universty’s literary journal, Gris Gris. What to expect […]

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Men to Watch: Bishop Samuel McGill, 42

Presiding Bishop All Nations Church International in Hammond, LA CEO of All Nations Radio, LLC. Moves made in 2014: Launched All Nations Radio which sky-rocketed to being the #1 Gospel Internet Radio Station and received 2015 Stellar Award Nomination […]

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Men to Watch: Lemar Marshall, 54

Hammond City Councilman-District 4 Practice Administrator at North Oaks Obstetrics & Gynecology, LLC  Location: Hammond, LA Moves made in 2014: Re-elected to the Hammond City Council; started the Hammond Youth Education Alliance; Became a White-Riley-Peterson Fellow studying after-school policy at the Riley Institute at […]

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Men To Watch: Nathan Haymer, 36

Southern University Director of Bands Location: Baton Rouge Moves made in 2014: Named director of one of the most famous marching bands in the nation. Assisted with The Southern University Marching Band’s Documentary, “The Band Plays On” produced by The Rouge […]

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Men to Watch 2015

          Louisiana is home for many talented, intellectual, cultured, and politically savvy people. THE DRUM staff and editors have identified the people to watch in 2015 from Ponchatoula and Hammond to Baton […]


Events: Jan 24-31, 2015

Saturday, Jan. 24, 11am So you want to be an author? Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists Monthly Meeting On the Boarder Restaurant 2552 Citiplace Blvd, Baton Rouge Local authors will discuss how to […]

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Let It Shine, a must for young readers

“Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women” is a wonderfully written, challenging collection of biographies masterfully illustrated for middle grade or advanced lower grade readers. Each story tells about a dynamic woman who was instrumental in […]

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$20k to be awarded in scholarship

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 14, 2015. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (also known as the Bill Gates Scholarship) awards scholarships each year to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific […]


Morrell to confront school reform

NEW ORLEANS – Senator JP Morrell announced today that he will be resigning his long standing position on the Louisiana State Senate’s Natural Resources Committee to fill the vacant seat on the Senate Education Committee. Morrell’s […]