Who to watch

Meet Angela Allen-Bell, legal activist-scholar

Angela Allen-Bell is a respected local, national and international legal scholar and expert on civil and human rights, social and restorative justice and the interplay between race and justice. It was her research that catapulted the recent movement that, in November 2018, successfully ended the use of non-unanimous juries in Louisiana. And she is one of the founding members of the advocacy […]

Baton Rouge

Meet Kayla Perkins beyond the stacks

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 […]


Meet Bianca Plant eating God’s way

While hosting monthly televised nutrition segments, dietician Bianca Plant, MPA, RD, LDN presents nutritious recipes and healthy lifestyle strategies shared in her first cookbook, Eating to Live–Eating God’s Way. During a time where many people are looking to nutrition to prevent or heal from […]

Baton Rouge

Meet Brandon ‘Chef B’ Williams, cooking up excellence

Brandon “Chef B” Williams is community minded. The culinary teacher and local celebrity chef said he strives to provide the best Cajun-Creole products and chef services to local and international customers. After recently appearing on the Food Network, The Drum asked Williams about 2020 and his focus for 2021. […]

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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 […]

Drum Roll

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

Who to Watch: Barbara W. Green

Baton Rouge counselor Barbara Green said she discusses everything with Seniors, parents, and social workers. At 71, Green manages a full time practice, host trainings and seminars, teaches in ministry, and publishes children’s books along […]

Baton Rouge

Who to Watch: Dawn C. Collins

Dawn C. Collins is an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member and community advocate. The Lee High School graduate and Baton Rouge native, is a governor’s appointee to the East Baton Rouge Parish Board […]

Baton Rouge

Who to Watch 2018: McClanahan, Banks, Emery, Gilmore, and Harris in Baton Rouge

  Twelve Louisiana residents have been selected by The Drum’s publisher and staff as people to watch in 2018. In this issue, we introduce five: NAACP State President Michael McClanahan, councilwoman Chauna Banks, novelist Lynn Emery, anti-domestic violence activist Twahna […]

Baton Rouge

Who to Watch: Lynn Emery

Author Lynn Emery’s romantic suspense novels and mystery fiction have won and been nominated for several literary awards, including Best Mul- ticultural Mainstream Novel by Romantic Times Magazine. Set in the swamps and bayou, Emery’s […]

Who to watch

Who to Watch: Twahna Harris

“Whatever you’re passionate about will write the legacy you leave to the world,” said Twahna P. Harris, whose passion in advocacy is writing an enduring legacy against domestic violence. Recognized statewide for the work she does […]


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 […]


Woman to Watch: Angela Myles

On any given day, conversations with Greensburg , La. native Angela Myles can veer from excitement about the young 4-H club members she mentors to worry about the unkept community garden tucked away at St. […]

In the Issue

Woman to Watch: Lue Russell

Lue Russell, Th.D., is a passionate lionhearted woman. As chapter chairwoman of the National Congress of Black Women and state organizer with the PICO National Network, Russell fights for equality, justice, and change within the […]


Woman to Watch: Sevetri M. Wilson

Throughout Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Sevetri Wilson is quickly becoming the business leader who needs no introduction. Not because of the uniqueness of her name–which means “of royalty”–but because of the aggressive growth of […]

alma stewart

Woman to Watch: Alma C. Stewart

With the Louisiana Legislative session in active mode, this health care advocate is busy mobilizing Louisiana citizens and elected officials around all health equity issues from funding the Affordable Health Care Act, expanding Medicaid, and […]

Who to watch

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 […]

Who to watch

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 […]

Who to watch

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 […]

Who to watch

WHO TO WATCH: Myeshia Carter

MYESHIA CARTER IS A 22-YEAR-old native of Baton Rouge. She grew up in a single parent home with seven siblings, where she was number six of her mother’s eight children. Growing up, Carter’s family was not always financially stable as they had to live […]