New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival returns to the city

By Endya Gillard The Annual New Orleans Jazz Fest is back. New Orleans residents are excited to have festivalseason back, but most importantly, Jazz Fest. The event kicks off on April 29 and ends on May 8.The event headlines major artists such as Luke Combs, Erykah Badu, Big Freedia, and more. “Jazz Fest is so original, and jazz just makes the city come together,” said New Orleansnative Erica Woodridge. The city of New Orleans centers around Jazz, and the city took a huge hit during Covid whenthe festival was inactive.…

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Nyx Parade embroiled in racial controversy 

By Briana Griffith This year, the Nyx parade has the smallest number of members due to the controversy in 2020 with the founder Julie Lea, who posted “All Lives Matter” onto her Facebook page after George Floyd’s death.  Many members of the racially diverse all-female krewes were outraged and blasted Lea for being insensitive. Lea tried to apologize but still refused to embrace the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” This caused the once largest parade with the largest group of members to quickly become the smallest with only an astounding two…

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Academic Scholarships Available for Louisiana LGBTQ+ Students

New Orleans, Louisiana–The New Orleans Chapter of PFLAG is accepting applications for scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year. The scholarships recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and non-binary students and encourage their continuing education while helping these students foster a positive image of LGBTQ+  people in society. Most of the scholarships are $1,000, but some are for more.  The New Orleans Chapter has awarded approximately $800,000 to 500 students since 1989.      To be eligible, the applicant must: a) )  self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer…or…

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The Legacies of American Slavery and Food: A Conversation with Dr. Jessica B. Harris

By Jerin Minor On November 3, 2021, Dillard University of Louisiana hosted ‘The Legacies of American Slavery and Food’; a conversation with Dr. Jesscia B. Harris, author, and Zella Palmer, director of the Dillard University’s Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture. The two who discussed Harris’s published writings including her famous book, “High on the Hog.” “She writes about African American food traditions in a way that contextualizes our struggles, and restores our ingenuity and creativity,” Palmer said.  Harris is a culinary historian, author of twelve books, and…

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Candidates make final primary election push as early voting period opens

by Tamir Wright | Staff Writer Election season in New Orleans is in full swing one week out from the start of early voting, as dozens of candidates vying for positions in local, municipal, and statewide races. Among the many candidates across the ballots, voters will be electing the candidates for the office of mayor, city council, state representative, and sheriff. The upcoming mayoral race will have incumbent Mayor Latoya Cantrell seek to become the first woman to be re-elected to this position in the city’s history. Cantrell is running…

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Residents Still Struggle to Recover Weeks After Hurricane Ida

by Tyana Jackson | Staff Writer Almost a month after Hurricane Ida, one of the largest tropical cyclone storms to make landfall in Louisiana, residents are still struggling to return to normal. Several issues have frustrated post-storm recovery ranging from delayed trash disposal to lost wages, and damage to homes and businesses, due to the devasting effects of the storm across many parishes in Southeast Louisiana. New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell said on Sept. 23 that post-storm clean-up and recovery remain a primary focus for her office.  “To date ‘Operation…

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Baseball Returns To Xavier

Xavier baseball’s Coach Holloway, left-handed pitcher and outfielder Blair Frederick, and center fielder Coco Simoneaux stand in the Annex Center before practice. Many higher education institutions initially put a hold on athletic programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Xavier has done the complete opposite by reinstating the men’s baseball program after 61 years. In September 2019, Xavier announced the return of the athletic program for the 2020-2021 academic year. This brought nothing but excitement to prospective college students who wanted to pursue college athletics at a historically Black university.  Among them…

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