Legalization or Decriminalization: Pros and Cons of Marijuana Policy Proposals in Louisiana

The Louisiana legislature continues to move forward in a truncated session due to COVID-19 with just a few cannabis bills on the agenda. Hopefully there will be a special session to deal with the bills that could not be heard in this abbreviated session. Meanwhile, many are wondering why bills that could help create jobs, […]

What You Need to Know About Social Security During the Coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus has caused tremendous anxiety and scare among U.S. citizens. The uncertainty it brings does no good in alleviating the fears that lurk in the mind of many individuals, mainly since health is the top issue. Many are wondering what will happen to their social security disability checks now that the disease […]

Joe Biden and Black folks: An aside in three parts

Part one: Let’s get this out of the way Donald Trump must go. His administration has proven to be destructive and divisive. He has courted white supremacists and Wall Street and bedded them together in a ménage à trois of greed, guns, and pu**y grabbing. He has made incompetence look like a skilled artform. He […]

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: Kamara’s Health and Durability Key to Saints Success

Once upon a time and many years ago, the running back position was viewed as the most famous and glamorous position that a Pro Football player could ever play; and the names of some of the NFL’s all-time greatest legends such as Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders, are a testament to that fact. […]

As Still Perkin’ Enters Second Week of Strikes, NOLA Labor Issues Gain National Spotlight

Baristas and staff at Still Perkin’ have entered their second week of strikes as local labor efforts continue to build momentum and garner national attention.  According to a press release by the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance, on May 13, five employees presented the conditions upon which they would agree to return to work. The […]

The Helis Foundation Partners with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to Contribute to Emergency Relief Grants Program

The Helis Foundation Partners with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to Contribute to Emergency Relief Grants Program Major gift allows LEH to support more cultural organizations in the New Orleans area during critical time of need May 21, 2020 / New Orleans, Louisiana — The Helis Foundation has joined forces with the Louisiana Endowment for […]

New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders Joins SAGE’s National Affiliate Network as SAGE New Orleans

New Orleans Organization Joins SAGE Local Organization Serving LGBT Older People Joins National Network of Affiliates [New Orleans, LA] Beginning this month, New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) joins SAGE’s national affiliate network as SAGE New Orleans. SAGE is the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, with […]

Artistic Greats Of NOLA, Locked Down And Unstoppable!

It is safe to assume that the lock down/stay at home order due to the C19 virus is a drag for all of us. Sometimes it seems as if these unfortunate circumstances are all many have on the brain. Fear not; our devoted local musicians and all artists are going strong, sharing their videos and […]

Saints WR Michael Thomas’ Burning Desire for Greatness is What Makes Him #1

There’s sort of a running and underlying joke among NFL fans on the social media website Twitter, that if you really want to provoke or get a response out of soon-to-be 5th year veteran New Orleans Saints All-Pro WR Michael Thomas, the only thing that you need to do is to tell him that he […]

5 proven-tips to have a good night’s rest amid COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic has spread across more than 180 countries with more than 4 million infected and 250,000 casualties. Covid-19 has created havoc on the national health system of all the affected countries and the economy has come almost to a standstill. People have been forced to stay in lockdowns across most of the affected nations. […]

No Saints Fans, Brady Actually DIDN’T Disrespect Brees — But What If He Had?

One of the unfortunate consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic / health crisis is that sport fans (and NFL fans in particular) have began finding different ways to entertain themselves; mostly out of sheer boredom until the players can finally return to action and games can be played once again. With a lack of recent […]

Ways to Save Money on Commuting

Commuting is a necessary part of life for most people in New Orleans, as it is in most of the country. Still, driving to and from your workplace nearly every day of the week can be financially draining. Gas, insurance, and vehicle maintenance quickly add up in your monthly expenses, and if your car is […]

“Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Stephan Lewandowsky studies the way people think, and in particular, why they engage in conspiracy theories. So when the cognitive scientist from England’s University of Bristol observes wild speculation related to the […]

How Assignment Help is Beneficial for Students

Online assignment help service is indeed the best and certainly the most useful tool for students who are always burdened with homework and assignments. Almost every day and every week, the student gets new assignments and homework. Sometimes the load is so high that it almost gets impossible for them to complete the tasks in […]

White Supremacists Post with Impunity; Opponents Punished by Facebook

I’ve come to the conclusion that Facebook has become a safe haven for hate speech rather than a safe space for minorities and disenfranchised groups. According to Facebook’s community standards, hate speech is defined as “direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, […]

Get Help From College Paper Writing Service For Your Essay Paper

Do you often feel torn between preparing for exams, writing an essay paper on a short deadline every now and then, participating in extracurricular activities and trying to make the most out of the best years of your life? Do you feel tired and overwhelmed trying to make it all work? Yes, the life of […]

Many New Orleans Restaurants Aren’t Rushing to Reopen Dining Rooms

Many restaurants across the city have announced that they’re choosing not to reopen their dining rooms.

Saints Biggest Challenge in 2020: Dealing With the “Political Football” of Coronavirus

Democrat vs. Republican. Liberal vs. Conservative. Blue State vs. Red State. Wearing a protective face-mask out in public for safety concerns vs. choosing not to wear one at all. In favor of going back to work and re-opening the nation’s economy vs. staying “locked down” inside of our homes until a vaccine or a cure […]

As Businesses Open, Labor Strikes Gain Ground in New Orleans

Despite the City of New Orleans entering “Phase One” of its reopening, some workers are fighting their unsafe working conditions – and their causes are gaining traction.  While Garden District coffee shop Still Perkin’ was set to open on May 16, barista and café workers went on strike. According to a flyer posted by the […]

Puccino’s Sends Out Racist Email, Claims “We Were Hacked”

On Friday, Metairie-based Puccino’s Coffee sent out a mass email filled with both COVID-19 related conspiracy theories and racist language.

Basic Cooking Skills Everyone Should Know

While takeout and restaurants have convenience on their side, learning to prepare your own food can be healthier, more cost-effective, and even fun. When you are first teaching yourself to make meals, a good place to start is to learn fundamentals that will apply to a wide array of recipes and situations. Check out these […]

Colin Lake presents video for ‘Extraordinary Times,’ Featuring Friends, Fans and Families for Pure Positivity

  Local beloved musician, Colin Lake, has started work on his third album, “Forces of Nature.” Like his previous two albums, Lake takes inspiration from his life to compose soulful tracks that many fans will certainly find comfort in during these times. Lake just released the music video for his brand new single, “Extraordinary Times,” […]

Rock and Rouge Women’s Music and Food Festival is Cancelled for 2020

The Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival & Beyond New Orleans, Louisiana, May 13, 2020 – Unfortunately, we must announce that The Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival & beyond 2020 has been cancelled. At first, we had hoped to postpone the festival to September 2020 in response to the outbreak […]

6 Ways to Finance your Food Business Along with Their Pros and Cons

  If you are looking for a good business, it is best to venture into food. People eat three or more times a day and choosing food as your product will guarantee you a market. But what if you have limited funds to open up a business? Venturing into any business will cost you a […]

Auto Insurance Should be Allowed to Discriminate Against Women, Widows, Insurance Commissioner Says

On May 12, 2020, at the Louisiana State Legislature, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon boldly stated that automobile insurance companies should be able to charge women higher rates. “Racial discrimination is unfair discrimination,” he said, “gender discrimination is fair discrimination.” For all those who asked yesterday, here’s the video of Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon saying […]

Pollsters and Polling: Still Standing

When Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, pollsters were chastised for “getting it wrong.” The national polls had Clinton slightly ahead of Trump, but the Republican nominee ended up winning the election and becoming president. If people were skeptical and questioned the accuracy of polling before the election, they became downright suspicious […]

Metro Disposal Fires Sanitation Workers, Uses Prison Labor, as the City is Silent

Last week, Big Easy Magazine reported on the sanitation truck workers on strike in Gentilly, protesting their abysmal pay and safety conditions.  Four days ago, WWLTV reported that all of the striking workers were fired.  Now, according to Payday Report, a Chattanooga-based cooperative, the workers were replaced by “transitional labor” – namely, incarcerated workers who […]

No, Rep. Horton, the Stay-at-Home Order is not Like “Nazi Germany”

It was a contentious debate in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday, May 6. Legislators were arguing House Concurrent Resolution 58. Under the resolution, written by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath), Governor Edwards would no longer be able to declare a public health emergency, at a time of clear emergency. Despite the inflamed opinions […]

Big Easy is Hosting a Bayou (House) Boogaloo Photo Contest

The 15th annual The Bayou Boogaloo festival was supposed to set up shop along Bayou St. John this weekend, but of course, it too will have to wait to have its proper celebration until next year. The timely celebration usually draws thousands of people along the historic bayou in MidCity with its array of local […]

Are Boarded-Up Businesses Mold Hazards?

Are unoccupied buildings ticking time bombs? One local mold inspector says the ramifications of the coronavirus shutdown could create dangerous conditions that aren’t discovered until after the lockdown ends. Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, says problems build up when buildings are not occupied. “Building maintenance doesn’t end […]

BREAKING: Gov. Edwards Announces Phase One of Reopening State for May 16

Echoing Mayor Cantrell’s announcement that Phase One of reopening the City of New Orleans would begin May 16, Governor Edwards in his 2:30 press conference today announced steps toward reopening the state at large.  “After discussing the data with public health experts … we will be moving to Phase One on May 15 – that […]

New Orleans Moves Towards Phase One Reopening

On May 11, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced that according to the data, New Orleans is ready to move to a Phase One reopening on May 16.

U.S. DOJ Investigation of Ahmaud Arbery’s Case May not Yield Justice

Just days after a video surfaced of what Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called a “lynching of an African American man,” the criminal case against suspected killers Gregory and Travis McMichael may be turned over to the United States Department of Justice.  On May 10, at 8:30 Eastern Standard Time, CNN reported that the Georgia […]

Facebook group in support of Ahmaud’s murderers run by racists, trolls…or both?

On Thursday, May 7, two men, Gregory and Travis Micmichael, were charged in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Gregory was the father and Travis was the son. Ahmaud was a 25 year old black man who was jogging when Gregory and Travis Micmichael hunted him down in a pickup truck. Arbery runs around the truck […]

City Council Unanimously Urges Eviction Courts to Stay Closed Through August 24

Yesterday, on May 7, the New Orleans City Council secured a major victory for tenants’ rights and housing justice during the coronavirus pandemic.  While the resolution carries no actual authority, it was groundbreaking in its own right. The resolution officially urges the City Courts of New Orleans to suspend all residential evictions through August 24, […]

Best Jobs to Consider During COVID-19

The societal effects of COVID-19 caught everyone by surprise, from the President of the United States to the everyday working person. While countries around the world continue to cope with the virus’s severity and work towards a vaccine, millions of people lost their jobs. The U.S. hasn’t seen this level of unemployment since the Great […]

Can You Easily Get Your Medical Marijuana in New York?

Every state in the USA has specific medical marijuana laws governing the sale and consumption of this compound. In New York, medical marijuana was legalized through an assembly bill in 2014. However, finding medical cannabis and buying it from a licensed dispensary was a challenging process for the patients. Since 2017, things have become more […]

City Council Approves Resolution Supporting Medicare for All

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the New Orleans City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the federal Medicare for All Act of 2019.

Saints Schedule Prediction: Could Late-Season Stretch Kill Their Super Bowl Dreams?

The New Orleans Saints have come so agonizingly close to reaching the Super Bowl in their last 3 consecutive Playoff appearances before getting beat in heart-breaking fashion each time, that most NFL fans from other cities have now began referring to them as a “cursed” team. Whether or not the Black and Gold is actually […]

The Risk of Re-opening Too Quickly

I keep up on world news and have been following COVID-19 since the early days in China. As this virus has spread across the globe, the one thing that has appeared to slow the contagion from spreading like wildfire is “lockdowns.” China had a very strict lockdown in Wuhan for four months- nothing like the […]

Five Alternative Ways to Get Rid of Anxiety

Severe anxiety can be crippling. It renders you unable to live your day-to-day life. A lot of people feel embarrassed by their anxiety, preferring instead to keep it hidden. This is unwise since the body suffers the consequences of prolonged anxiety. Anxiety is not about the brain alone. When the body detects fear, it starts […]

Forced to “Wrap Themselves in Blankets to Stay Warm” After Landlord Cuts off Family’s Power, Water

Author’s Note: This piece is the third in a series called “Slumlord City: How New Orleans Rentals are Failing Working Families.”  This story is about a landlord who decided to take an eviction into her own hands. Harassing tenants to force them to vacate the premises is illegal, but this practice is all too common […]

Poll: Vast Majority Support Stay-at-Home Order in Louisiana, Despite Economy

According to an LSU Manship School Survey of Public Relations, the “re-open” protests on television might be overblown. In fact, Louisiana residents actually poll like the rest of the country, largely opposing premature efforts to re-open businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.  Louisiana residents have expressed broad bipartisan support for measures slowing the spread of coronavirus. […]

Big Horse Races To Saddle Up Later This Year

  Horse racing events this year will find its way settling to new dates to get away from the COVID-19 halt. Earlier this year, a lot of significant sporting events got suspended until next year, disappointing many fans and bettors. However, notable horse racing shows are still happening but are moved to a later date […]

“Trucks don’t roll. We are not moving.” Gentilly Sanitation Workers Announce Strike

“Trucks don’t roll. We are not moving,” Gregory Woods, a sanitation worker, told WDSU today, as local sanitation workers announced a strike.  In the early morning of May 5, these sanitation workers, known as “hoppers,” lined up in front of the Metro Service Group (“Metro Disposal”) disposal facility on Old Gentilly Road, picketing their workplace.  […]

“The people of Louisiana are responding”- Gov. John Bel Edwards

Today Governor John Bel Edwards updated the state about the progress being made in its COVID-19 response. The state is currently reporting 333 new cases of a virus in Louisiana for a total of 29,673 since the onset of the pandemic. In addition, Governor Edwards stated “sadly today we’re reporting new deaths —22 of them—for […]

The Advantage is Not Fair: Elite Campaigns in the Era of Social Distancing

“Campaigns using cutting edge technology are leaving their luddite competitors in the dust.” Dr. Tony Licciardi University of New Orleans Political Scientist NEW ORLEANS, LA – May 3, 2020 Many Louisiana campaigns are at a complete standstill in the COVID19 era of social distancing. There are no festivals or events to attend for candidates and […]

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: Which QB Do Saints Fans Want to Start After Brees?

When the New Orleans Saints finally report to Training Camp during the last weekend of July in a couple of months from now, one of the most interesting aspects of their return to action will be determining which one of their veteran players behind starter (and future NFL Hall of Famer) Drew Brees, will become […]

Long Lines as Georgia and Nike Seem Unconcerned about Covid-19

How concerned are Georgians about the Coronavirus? Based on one mall in Atlanta, the answer would appear to be not at all. Outside a Jimmy Jazz shoe store at Greenbriar Mall stood a large gathering of people. While mostly wearing masks, they seemed to have no interest in any form of social distancing. After all, the […]

Far Right Former Senator Faces Criticism Again, Calling on COVID Positive Rep. James to Resign

Even in retirement, former State Senator Conrad Appel continues to find ways to put his foot in his mouth.  Senator Appel (R-Metairie) made headlines last year for suggesting that African Americans’ “blind support” of the Democratic Party goes against their interests. According to the former Metairie Senator, voting for Democrats would ensure that “other non-white […]

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