Fighting for the Future: A look inside the new city budget

Many of the initiatives and the focus of funding seem to be on New Orleans’ future: our children. Mayor Cantrell and the City Council are proud to include funds for Early Childhood Education and STEM programs.


Community Spotlight: More Fun Comics, Talking Shop With DC

I sit down to get to know more about DC, this local fixture and go to guy for anything and everything comic and graphic novel related, including honest feedback regarding recently released film adaptations of these beloved publications.


New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers (MNF): 5 Bold Predictions

The (11-2) New Orleans Saints will have an opportunity to clinch a Bye Week and home-field advantage for their opening game of next month’s 2018 NFL playoffs when they travel to Charlotte, North Carolina this upcoming Monday night to face their divisional rivals, the (6-7) Carolina Panthers. Kickoff is at 7:20 P.M. central time and will […]


Kotex Tampons Recalled After Reports of Unravelling

The company states that tampons have been reported to be unraveling when people remove them, potentially leaving material inside the body.


Louisiana’s Food Banks Running Low

Without some help, the holiday season may be extra hard for the state’s less fortunate families.


A New Year, A New Verdict: Implications of Unanimous Juries (YES on 2)

Will Snowden, director of the New Orleans office for Vera Institute of Justice and former New Orleans public defender speaks on the historic passing of Amendment #2 and also addresses implications of its practice moving forward.


Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison. In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations related to payments that he orchestrated or made himself to women in exchange for their silence regarding alleged sexual affairs with Trump. He also pleaded guilty to a single count of making false statements to a […]


Headrest

A decade elapsed A decade and then some Time and miles transpired A spectrum nudged Between abscessed tires Surges of slithering rubber Mechanics in tow Harnessed by empty miles The residence of sacred memories Before they dissolved, seeped And danced through The ceramic cracks of my skull My heart swells of ephemeral love Plainsight of […]


Grabes’ Greenhouse – Pt. 3

Sally Winthrop (real name Jessa Bridges) was a modern artist from England. Her interactive set pieces were usually some combination of re-purposed technology and lots of meaningless wires. She specialized in visual installations that The Times once called, “a technological intersection between the absurd, the mundane and the disturbing.”


Trump Administration Hands a Big Christmas Gift to Polluters

According to President Trump, federal water protections are among the “worst” of regulations. For businesses like oil companies and plants, these rules outline a way of doing operations that have been seen as a headache by number crunchers, but as necessary by environmentalists and those who care about accountability.


Neaux Reel Idea: The Favourite Review

If there is one thing made clear in the latest film from Yorgos Lanthimos, the delectable period piece known as The Favourite, it’s that President Trump is, most certainly, a Queen Anne. The movie covers the end of an early 1700’s conflict between England and France, focused on the court of the Queen, where power […]


Big Easy Magazine’s NFL Power Rankings Through Week #14

This morning we’ve taken the liberty to list them all, from 1 to 32, along with a few thoughts on each one; as all of the League’s teams have now played 13 of their previously-scheduled 16 regular season games.


Facebook Collected Phone Records and Texts from Android Users

Last week, the U.K. parliamentary committee released internal Facebook documents that showed the popular social media platform used the massive amount of user data it collected as a weapon against competitors – while intentionally keeping its users in the dark.


SCOTUS Won’t Hear Planned Parenthood Medicaid Case

The Supreme Court has rebuffed efforts by Louisiana and several other states to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.


Climate Change is Here: A Close Look at the 4th National Climate Assessment

It’s been only a week or so since President Trump denounced his administration’s own Climate Change report, with an aggressively dismissive shrug. WhenThe Fourth National Climate Assessment came out, it caused quite the stir, with data to concern even the most stringent deniers.


Wake-Up Call: Big Play on Special Teams Sparks Saints to Comeback Win and 2nd Straight Division Title

After going over an entire game and a half’s worth of action without looking anything like the offense that led the team to 10 consecutive victories, the New Orleans Saints were in desperate need of some type of spark in their game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday.


The Progressive Gamer: Abzû Review

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy a good AAA title as much as the next gamer. I’ve spent more than my fair share playing games like Assassin’s Creed, Fallout, Halo, Call of Duty, and Overwatch. But lately, I’ve been turning to indie games more and more. Step away from the huge studios and million-dollar […]


Louisiana Court Rules ETP Can Build on Land without Owners’ Consent

On Thursday, December 6th,  Louisiana Judge Keith Comeaux of the 16th judicial district court ruled that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP, also known as Energy Transfer Equity,)  had the right to seize privately held-land in order to continue construction of the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline through the Atchafalaya Basin. The lawsuit was brought to court after […]


Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly leaving

President Trump announced that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of 2018. 


Deep Thoughts With Drew Brees

If you watch football with care, you understand that a game can change dramatically with an abstract play.


A Progressive Selection of Holiday Gifts: 2018

We here at Big Easy Magazine pride ourselves not just on our commitment to local progressivism when it comes to news, but also when it comes to shopping for ours and yours, especially and specifically during the holidays.


17 priests credibly accused of abuse have ties to New Orleans

The Jesuits’ U.S. Central and Southern Province released a list of 42 members and priests credibly accused of abuse on Friday. Seventeen of the individuals named have ties to New Orleans. According to The Advocate, the individuals have ties to area institutions like Loyola University, Jesuit High School, and Immaculate Conception Church. At least eleven […]


Trump Nominates William Barr as Attorney General

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that William Barr will the next permanent head of the Justice Department. Barr was the attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, and will replace acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker. Whitaker took over the post when Jeff Sessions was fired from the post last month. President Trump also announced […]


Rain, Rain Go Away: Saints RBs Could Be Difference on Wet Field vs. Tampa Bay

You don’t have to be a weatherman at a local TV station or a passenger on Noah’s ark to know that it’s going to be raining in Tampa Bay.


Dance for Unity at Afrobeat Meets Bollywood

If you’re looking for something new, different, and definitely progressive to do tonight, you might way to consider the Afrobeat meets Bollywood event happening at Cafe Istanbul. The event is hosted by Dance United, a group that brings various music styles, DJs, and people together to celebrate unity in diversity.


The Progressive’s Weekend: 12/7 – 12/9

Past policies, beyond bickering and right at the doorstep of our inner child, this is The Progressive’s Weekend!


Trump’s Strange Behavior Carries Over to Bush Funeral

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton (a Southern Baptist), and Barack Obama (a practicing Christian) all recited the Creed (which was printed on the funeral programs) when the time came. President Trump was notable in his silence. 


Cantrell calls hospitality group tax proposal a ‘first step,’ but inadequate

Leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry proposed a new tax on hotel rooms in New Orleans to help improve infrastructure in the city. However, while Mayor Cantrell said the proposed 0.55 percent tax on hotel rooms is, “a good first step,” she also acknowledged that it is inadequate to the city’s needs. “I’m happy […]


Gohmert Rebuked by Fox for Spreading Anti-Semitic Soros Conspiracy

Fox Business has apologized for comments made by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) that turned a discussion about China and Google into an anti-Semitic attack on billionaire Jewish philanthropist George Soros.


The mouth-watering Warbucks opens on Magazine Street

Warbucks’ food and aesthetic bring a breath of fresh air to the Garden District strip of Magazine Street, specifically in the large space at 3218 Magazine Street that once housed Amici and Byblos.


Art Fundraiser for Reproductive Justice

While art, booze, music and neon lights were a part of the event, the main focus for me was the New Orleans Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Socialist Feminist Caucus’s Fundraiser for Reproductive Justice.


Saints’ Likely Path in 2018 NFL Playoffs Taking Shape

With only four games remaining on their 2018 NFL regular season schedule, the New Orleans Saints are poised to make a second straight trip to the NFL playoffs, and it appears likely they will do so as the champions of the NFC South Division for a 2nd consecutive year. But even with one-quarter of the […]


Our Endorsement of Gwen Collins-Greenup

Don’t prepare to spend your weekend JUST binge-watching shows and finalizing Christmas lists, because the runoff election for Louisiana Secretary of State happens this Saturday. After contending in a filled upfield of candidates across the local spectrum, there are now two who officially challenge for the position left open by the resignation of Tom Schedler: […]


Luna Fete NOLA 2018 Kicks Off

Sound Collage’s celebration of Light and Magic is free and open to the public from tonight until this Friday, from 6 – 9 PM each evening.


Breaking News: Person of Interest Identified in Young Greatness Murder

The New Orleans Police Department has identified a person of interest in the fatal shooting of New Orleans rapper Young Greatness.


New Orleans Deputy Shot in Attempted Carjacking

A sergeant with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office was shot late Tuesday during what appeared to be a carjacking attempt. 


Real Time Crime Center Expansion – “We have only scratched the surface”

Currently, the RTCC has a staff of 18 people and streams footage from 340 city-owned cameras. Now the city hopes to expand the capabilities of the crime center even further, by introducing their SafeCam Platinum program.


Mademoiselle de la Forêt

She exuded class, with talent and care, Despite all hard times that had come before.   Treating all those around her with kindness, Helping her friends overcome their despair, All by being herself, never spineless.   In adoration of her strength, I stay, Grateful to be close to this warrior;     A warrior of light […]


Grabes’ Greenhouse – Pt. 2

Our office space in Bushwick was still half-vacant. We only had a handful of writers that needed to come in to work every day, our other team would report to Terrence and I remotely. The rows of monitor stations only took up a quarter of the overall space. The monitors faced a large window that […]


New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week #14 Rematch): 5 Bold Predictions

The (10-2) New Orleans Saints can clinch their 2nd consecutive NFC South Division Championship this Sunday afternoon.


Breaking News: Mueller requests no prison time for Flynn

According to a report on CNN, special counsel Robert Muller has said Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, should get no jail time after pleading guilty of lying to federal investigators last year due to Flynn’s “substantial assistance” to the special counsel’s investigation.


Breaking News: Roger Stone Pleads the Fifth

Just one day after President Donald Trump sent out a tweet praising Roger Stone for his “guts,” Roger Stone has pleaded the 5th, refusing to release documents or testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I will never testify against Trump.” This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will […]


S&WB Employees Missing in Action During Pump Issue

Two upper-level employees of the Sewerage and Water Board were apparently missing during an outage at the Carrolton Plant last month.


The Progressive Policies of George H. W. Bush

Thinking back on Bush Sr.’s political career, it’s easy to get lost in what many progressives consider to be mistakes and even outright malevolence. However, while we at Big Easy Magazine have no wish to excuse these actions, we also don’t want to ignore the progressive policies that he championed. It is with that in mind, that today, as he is laid to rest, we present, the progressive policies of George H. W. Bush.


Art in New Orleans takes a new form…treasure hunting!

Artists are hiding their miniature art around New Orleans and post hints online for Instagram users to find. Treasure hunting is born.


Neaux Reel Idea: The Great Buster Review

Old Hollywood Gatekeeper via New Hollywood Stardom Peter Bogdanovich – filmmaker, historian, Orson Welles confidant, etc – makes the most of an exceptional 2018 (which saw the completion and release of The Other Side of the Wind by Netflix) with his film essay ode to silent movie clown and cinema master-worker Buster Keaton, in The […]


New Orleans Inmate Dead – Investigation Under Way

According to a report by WWL Radio, a 28-year-old prison inmate died this morning. On Saturday, the unidentified male inmate had suffered a medical issue in his cell and was found unresponsive just after lunch on Saturday. Prison security and medical staff immediately initiated lifesaving treatment and continued until EMS arrived. The inmate was taken to […]


Sen. Kennedy Will Not Run for Governor

Eddie Rispone, the businessman from Baton Rouge remains the sole Republican challenger to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the 2019 Governor’s race. Louisiana Senator John Neely Kennedy has announced that he will not be running, choosing to remain to serve the rest of his term in the Senate. The announcement ends months of speculation […]


The Sewerage and Water Board May Be A-Changin’

Last week, the Sewerage and Water Board Task Force held community meetings in Mid-City and Central City to discuss the future structure of the Sewerage and water Board (SWB).


Big Easy Magazine’s NFL Power Rankings Through Week #13

We’ve decided to release our very own version of “Power Rankings” here at Big Easy Magazine.