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At the time of this writing, our GoFundMe campaign is at just over $500, meaning we’re a long way to the $10K goal. A long way, that is, unless we can keep the heat up!

And in New Orleans, we know all about living and thriving with heat.

Roughly one year and some change ago, I was writing from blog to blog, doing freelance writing wherever I could. Unfortunately, the available NOLA outlets back then were either already fully staffed or not interested in promoting local moviegoing culture and film criticism. The dream wasn’t dying, but it had become hard to maintain.


Then, a Facebook friend of a friend, Scott Ploof, announced the beginning of a new progressive media operation for the city. After many coffee meetings, phone calls, emails upon emails, I became not just the main film writer but a key early member, helping to build things from the ground up. It’s been quite the fulfilling journey, having learned plenty from others and just from being on the job.

Every day was an adventure and still is, quite frankly. We’ve been doing the best work of our writing and journalistic careers here, advancing the conversation of New Orleans and exploring the philosophy of progressivism, one article at a time.

Just about a year in, and we’ve grown and accomplished so much. Without our readers, our neighbors, our family, our friends, and our city, we’d be nowhere. But together, Big Easy Magazine has become more than a domain name; we’re a beating and bleeding heart for a New Orleans that demands to stay up to date on what’s happening, why, and to what effect. A New Orleans whose culture of art, food, and music remains not just defining above all else, but inspiring. A New Orleans undergoing change, and in need of knowing and understanding the pains and problems with that.

With our readers, our neighbors, our family, our friends, and our city, we can keep at our coverage and expand to other areas. Video? Podcasting? Larger staff? We push forward into our second year, looking towards blue skies while keeping our feet well-planted. Forward into an election year that’ll determine our path as a country. Forward into the lion’s den of local politics and the people and issues that alter our lives for better and worse. Forward into a future most uncertain but one we’re most enthusiastic about reporting on.

We’re Big Easy Magazine, and we’re here to serve the New Orleans area with progressive heads, hands, and hearts.

Join us.

Bill Arceneaux, Independent Film Critic & Contributing Writer

Help Keep Big Easy Magazine Alive

Hey guys!

We’re so grateful to our friends, our families, our neighbors, and especially our readers for chipping in, sharing, and donating to the cause of local progressive media. Your support has lifted us up so much and will most assuredly not be lost or forgotten.

If you care about local independent progressive media in an era where multi-millionaires such as John Georges are monopolizing our local press, then please donate any amount you can to make our operation a success. We can do this! Do not give up.

What else can you do if you’ve already donated and can’t donate anymore? Share our content on Facebook and tell people about our fundraising operation. Call and email others who may be able to give. We believe in you because you believe in us and together we can ensure Big Easy Magazine becomes a progressive icon for New Orleans and an inspiration for the expansion of progressive media around the world.

Thank you,
Scott Ploof
Big Easy Magazine

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