COMMENTARY: Teachers have Been Armed!

A couple of days ago, I read a blog post from a sister who works within the public fool system. She stated emphatically that if white teachers were to be armed, she would immediately remove […]

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ANALYSIS: La’s non-unanimous jury law: an instrument of legal, political, social oppression

There’s evidence that non-unanimous juries contribute to wrongful convictions, mass incarceration, and the marginalization of women and minorities. The impact is tantamount to a form of gerrymandering in that it dilutes a voting block within the jury. The Sixth Amendment assures an impartial jury and the Framers envisioned that to be a unanimous vote of twelve. It is our collective duty, “with a force that is irresistible, to crumble into ruin this unjust system.” Booker T. Washington did what he could. Will you? […]


Protect and Serve Louisiana First

First Black State Trooper reflects on dealing with racism  On August 10, 1967, A.Z. Young, president of the Bogalusa Voters and Civic League (BVCL) began a 105-mile march from Bogalusa, Louisiana to Baton Rouge. The […]

Baton Rouge

City sees community pharmacies expand

Following the closure of Community Pharmacy 1 Baton Rouge’s first Black-owned closed-door pharmacy, the city began to see an increase of pharmacies opening around the city and particularly in North Baton Rouge. Community Pharmacy focused […]

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Faking normal over 50

Today’s life expectancy rate for United States citizens stands at 76.5 and 81.2 years for men and women, respectively, according to recent data provided by the world’s leader of medical research, Imperial College London. But […]

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Recommended books for young readers

Here’s a short list of recommended books for young readers to middle grade readers, selected by The Drum staff. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster The Great One […]


COMMENTARY: We owe our children the best education possible

Although there are numerous causes for this phenomenon, the fact remains that, ill-prepared teachers undermine student achievement…The cuts in the federal education budget have targeted teacher training and professional development. We owe our children the best education possible. […]

Baton Rouge

Broome provides status report on BRAVE grant

As promised last week, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome provided a status report on the BRAVE grant and recent contracts issued. She said: The report released today by my office details developments pertaining to the BRAVE […]

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Summer reading program kicks off in Tangipahoa

Tangi Library will kick-off its summer reading program following the theme of building and construction using the slogan, “Build a Better World.” Through the program, the library aims to combat summer learning loss by offering […]

Baton Rouge

‘I am that next legacy’

When Cameron Sterling speaks, the nation watches. In July of 2016, he grabbed the attention of protestors, political leaders, television programs, and the President of the United States with his determined words of peace and […]

Baton Rouge

Farm to Work program enrollment extended

Farm to Work program participants receive fresh, locally grown and seasonal produce delivered directly to the work site during the 10-week spring/summer and fall/winter growing seasons. In addition to the produce, participants receive reminder emails, […]

Baton Rouge

‘Bloodline’ earns Kenny Neal Grammy nomination

Louisiana’s swamp blues master and multi-instrumentalist Kenny Neal’s latest album “Bloodline” has clinched a 2017 Grammy nomination for best contemporary blues album. Born in 1957 in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Neal began […]


Elementary schools, Kids Orchestra create harmony

Baton Rouge’s Kids Orchestra is the largest elementary-age after school music program in the country. Last month, elementary students from Brownfields Magnet, Ryan Elementary, and J.K. Haynes Charter ensembles of wind and percussion instruments during their combined Neighborhood Concert. Now in its […]

Baton Rouge

Broome announces transition committees, community input teams

Mayor-President Elect Sharon Weston Broome and her transition co-chairs, Christopher Tyson and Donna Fraiche, announced that the transition will occur under operational review committees and community input transition teams. The operational review committees will evaluate and report […]


The Genius of Ted Ellis

New Orleans native deserves exhibit in national museum There needs to be something shared worldwide about the works of Ted Ellis, New Orleans-born visual artist. He uses the stroke of his brush on canvas to […]


Youth to Watch in 2017

Every year, The Drum presents individuals who our readers need to watch and take note of. For 2017, we begin with youth to watch. Because of their leadership skills, gifts, talents, and personality, twelve Louisiana youth […]


New Venture to present ‘Black Nativity’

For more than five decades, “Black Nativity” performances have swept International theaters. The play is a is a powerful retelling of the Nativity story from a Black perspective. In Baton Rouge, the New Venture Theatre […]

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Caught You on the Pacific Ocean

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Airman Willie Ward, from Baton Rouge, loosens bolts on a re-reeving machine to prepare for landing cable replacement on USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) flight deck. John C. Stennis is underway […]


Real Fathers. Real Support

Advantage Charter Academy officials shared breakfast with students and their fathers and father figures. The Baker LA charter school enrolls students in grades kindergarten through seventh grade.