In the Issue

Meet Louisianans for the community, for justice, for health, for education, for culture. Meet the People for 2021

Internationally, 2020 was a year of medical, social, political, racial, and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 7,000 Louisianans died while 173,000 were unemployed and all 710,000 K-12 students and teachers were […]

Baton Rouge

Southern creates official varsity esports team, Christopher Turner named head coach

The University becomes the first higher learning institution with an esports pipeline servicing K-12 through graduate school students. Southern University and A&M College is creating an official varsity esports team, joining more than 300 colleges and universities […]

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Bar association honors Angela White-Bazile with a Hidden Figures Award

Angela White-Bazile received the Hidden Figure Award from the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division. She is executive counsel for Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. The award recognizes a woman lawyer who’s made significant contributions to the legal […]

Baton Rouge

‘We must do better protecting our Black Women’ says LSU organization following Kinnedy Smith’s murder

Baton Rouge Police arrested the man accused of fatally stabbing Kinnedy Smith, a 21-year-old Shreveport native over the weekend. According to police, 27-year-old Connor Regan, stabbed Smith to death during a domestic dispute and has been charged […]

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Nominate your Essential Dad

Dads are essential! Nominate a dad who has been working throughout the COVID-19 crisis for him to be a part of our ESSENTIAL DADS feature. Share his name and email, then he will receive an […]

Baton Rouge

Grads: ‘Stay resilient, pursue every ambition, have courage, set the world on a different path’

In speech after speech, 2020 graduates are being encouraged and celebrated in unprecedented fashion from outdoor celebrations like the one hosted at the Louisiana Leadership Institute to virtual commencement speeches by national leaders and celebrities […]

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Louisiana to provide EBT cards to feed students whose schools closed due to COVID; Applications taken through June 7

Families of children who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may apply starting Monday, May 18 through June 7. Once the child’s information is verified, DCFS will mail a P-EBT debit card loaded with $285 per child, and instructions for using the card. The cards may be used at any store that accepts SNAP to buy SNAP-eligible food items. […]

BLACK LOUISIANANS COVID DEATHS THE DRUM
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Farewell: Louisiana COVID deaths

Kejuane BATES, 36, a Vidalia police officer who died April 1 of coronavirus. He served as a DARE officer and school resources officer. Bates also pastored the Forest Aid Baptist Church on Lower Woodville Road in […]

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Congressional Black Caucus, civil rights organizations challenge CDC to provide reports on rate of infections

We are the number one target for this disease. We have pre-existing conditions, and yet we’re told to go home when we visit the emergency room. We know that there must be some form of regulation in place for testing and getting testing sites and equipment into the community,” said Rep. Brenda Lawrence
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In the Issue

A Louisiana girl with California wines

Dawna Jones, Ph.D., remembers having an amazing childhood in Opelousas with her parents, Randolph and Priscilla Darjean, and three siblings. But one distinct memory may have unintentionally guided the 43-year-old plant pathologist into the winemaking […]

Baton Rouge

‘THE AMERICAN AUDIT’ exposes America as a 400-year old business and its toll on Black humanity

Exploring the nation as a business, Donney Rose brings a riveting spoken word project that chronicles the toll of the Black Experience from 1919 to today. The Baton Rouge performance of ‘The American Audit’ will be Feb. 28 at the Manship Theatre. […]

Education

Tangipahoa Parish Schools continue to seek unitary status despite continued segregation

HAMMOND—When Tangipahoa Parish School Board released a statement on September 26, 2019, it sent shock waves throughout the African-American community. The board released the following statement: “On Thursday afternoon, September 26, 2019, the Tangipahoa Parish […]

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In This Issue

Cover story: Picture of Health Exhibit of people living with Invisible Illness Features: 3rd generation farming, Emoji R&B single, 5-year old twins host superhero party, ​Understanding Black suicide Ads: John bel Edwards, Tim Temple, Preston […]