The New Orleans Saints will be seeking their 5th consecutive victory Sunday afternoon, when they travel to the “Windy City” to face the Chicago Bears at the legendary Soldier Field. Kickoff is slated for 3:25 p.m. Central time and the game will be televised to a majority of the nation on CBS. Locally, you can watch […]
Rep. Steve Scalise Confronted by Jewish Activists over Antisemitism and White Nationalism in the GOPJenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 16, 2019
Two members of the Jewish activist group IfNotNow confronted Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise at a town hall on Monday, asking him to denounce antisemitism in the Republican party. In a video posted to Twitter, IfNotNow member Ezra Oliff-Lieberman pointed out connections between antisemitic and anti-immigrant rhetoric often espoused by the Republican party. In response, Rep. […]
Jim Francis - Guest Post October 16, 2019
I hope it was a wake-up call. Republicans now have super majorities, despite runoffs, in both the House and the Senate and they will use this to dictate what happens for the next four yearsincluding the intensely import 2020 census redistricting. Once again, Republicans are free to gerrymander us even further for the next decade. […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 15, 2019
A former Fort Worth police officer has been arrested and charged with the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Aaron Dean was booked into the Tarrant County Jail for murder and was originally held on a $200,000 bond, according to the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD). He has since bonded out. According to reports, Dean was one […]
Scott Ploof - Publisher October 14, 2019
On Election Day, John Bel Edwards attained nearly 47 percent of the vote, falling short of the 50 percent threshold he needed to win the election outright. The result wasn’t unexpected though. Pre-election polling showed Edwards with between 45-48 percent of the vote with Rispone and Abraham trailing. The actual election results showed Rispone with […]
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer October 14, 2019
A month ago if you would have told any football fan that the New Orleans Saints would win their next four straight games without their starting #1 and future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees, they would have laughed hysterically right in your face. But thanks mostly to the phenomenal effort by the team’s suddenly-surging defensive […]
Scott Ploof - Publisher October 13, 2019
The New Orleans Saints have progressed to a 5-1 record, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4) 13-6. The Saints defense came up big against a high-powered Jaguars offense that ranked 6th overall in total yards per game coming into today’s match, limiting the Jaguars to only 226 total yards. On offense, in the first half, the […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 12, 2019
On Saturday, the upper 6-10 floors of the Hard Rock Hotel, currently under construction at the intersection of S. Rampart and Canal Streets collapsed, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others. According to authorities, the 19 injured are all in stable condition, however, another three people are currently unaccounted for. Speaking at an […]
Scott Ploof - Publisher October 11, 2019
President Donald Trump is usually quick to campaign for Republicans who profess their support for him. He’s been vocal in many Congressional races where the outcome could swing either way. Considering his eagerness to campaign for loyal candidates, many found it a bit odd for the President to wait until the final weeks before Louisiana […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 11, 2019
Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! Take a look below for our picks on where to eat, community events, and fun things to do throughout the weekend. Friday, October 11 Where to Eat: Covey Rise CSA Box Signup – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Community Supported […]
Chris Jolly - Guest Contributor October 11, 2019
The Compassionate Planet Initiative is a community service event where we get volunteers together and bring care packs to the local New Orleans homeless community around tent city.
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 10, 2019
As a Louisiana farmer, Marguerite Green has a deep understanding of the challenges facing local farmers. She’s deeply passionate about farming and its role in helping the state achieve a better, more sustainable future – both economically and ecologically. I recently spoke with her about her campaign to become the next Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture […]
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer October 10, 2019
The New Orleans Saints will be seeking their 4th consecutive victory Sunday afternoon, when they travel to the North Coast of Florida to face the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m. Central and the game will be televised regionally on CBS. Locally, you can watch on WWL-TV New Orleans […]
Areyo Dadar - Guest Contributor October 9, 2019
Let’s talk more about what the higher CBD content in CBD flower can do that makes it more unique than any other CBD variety.
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 8, 2019
The New Orleans city planning commission will hold a public hearing on a plan to expand the city’s jail capacity on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The commission makes recommendations to the City Council on land-use proposals. The plan to expand the Orleans Justice Center was submitted by Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office in […]
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer October 7, 2019
Inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome yesterday afternoon, the name of the New Orleans Saints player being chanted over and over again by 70,00-plus screaming Who Dat fans during the team’s 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was unmistakable.
Shane Miller - Guest Contributor October 5, 2019
Gentrification, a term now long associated with the displacement of the poor in an area through various means and methods with the idea of raising property values, decreasing crime, and generally making the area more attractive to wealthier potential residents or investors. The idea has been around for a long time, in one form or […]
Jamal Taylor - Guest Post October 4, 2019
In Louisiana, we have created a “charter-school system” with broad latitude, with the permission of BESE, to be unaccountable to our families, our tax-payers, and our local school districts. The losers in this unaccountable system are our students. There is a caste system that exists where children of color, and their families, are forced through […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 3, 2019
Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! Take a look below for our picks on where to eat, community events, and fun things to do throughout the weekend. Friday, October 4 Where to Eat: First Friday Fish Fry at the First 72+ – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grab […]
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer October 3, 2019
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding this Sunday’s contest, the Bucs shouldn’t be taken lightly; NFC South divisional games are ALWAYS hard-fought, and this game will be no exception.
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor October 1, 2019
As the impeachment proceedings against him continue to move forward, President Donald Trump announced tonight that he believes what is happening is actually an attempted coup of the United States government. “As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it […]
Margaret Marley Armstrong - Contributing Writer October 1, 2019
For almost a century, Phillips Bar has been nestled on the corner of Maple Street and Cherokee; a charming and sophisticated spot that stands apart from others nearby.
Michael David Raso - Contributing Writer October 1, 2019
Nymphomania is by no means as sexy as porn magazines would have you believe.
Sarah Isabelle Prevot - Contributing Writer October 1, 2019
City Girl’s Jungle: a column dedicated to circumnavigating the jungle that is our own thoughts and notions.
Bill Arceneaux - Independent Film Critic October 1, 2019
Still, something about a haunted house battle between a kid armed with flashlights and a being of darkness is appealing.
Bill Arceneaux - Contributing Writer October 1, 2019
Can one be progressive and transgressive? Are these lyrics a joke or a stream of unfiltered consciousness meant to be taken on a deeper level?
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 30, 2019
On October 18, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Louisiana Chapter is hosting its fourth annual FORWARD Symposium on Sustainability. This event will bring together environmentalists, architects, educators, business leaders, and students from across the state and the country to discuss sustainability innovations, climate change, social action, and education. The theme of this year’s event […]
Kea Sherman - Guest Contributor September 30, 2019
As a candidate for the Louisiana House of Representatives, I am focused on those issues that directly affect the residents of District 98. Like you, countless issues of national importance keep me awake at night. I am, however, careful not to mislead anyone about my reach as a state representative. Certain issues, such as immigration, […]
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer September 30, 2019
It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. When the New Orleans Saints lost their starting quarterback Drew Brees to a torn thumb ligament two weeks ago, the prognosis for the remaining 2019 NFL regular season schedule was one of “doom and gloom.” However, someone forgot to tell that to the Saints themselves. Now after two […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 29, 2019
On Sunday, September 29, University of New Orleans (UNO) President Dr. John Nicklow issued an official notice to students speaking out against what he called “hateful, offensive” posts that had been made on the UNO Social App. “I recently learned about some hateful, offensive posts on the UNO Social App. These posts dehumanized others, specifically […]
Scott Ploof - Publisher September 29, 2019
Over the course of our history, as our brains have increased in size, we have become more complex beings, enabling us to harness the power to process complex information. Yet it is the precise patterns of information processing that engender human consciousness. If our collective consciousness is constantly evolving, how can we channel this phenomenon […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 27, 2019
Jacques-Imo Café was fined $55,288 in penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found they had violated multiple child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Labor, Investigators from the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor found that the restaurant […]
Scott Ploof - Publisher September 26, 2019
According to a report from Nola.com, Carmouche & Marcello, a Baton Rouge-based law firm representing Louisiana’s coastal parishes, reached a landmark settlement with the oil and gas firm Freeport McMoRan that is aimed at restoring damage to Louisiana’s coast. The mining giant agreed to pay a total of $100 million dollars in cash and environmental […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 26, 2019
In a statement, Seth Dunlap attorney Megan Keifer labels WWL Radio claims that Dunlap sent a homophobic tweet are “false, defamatory, and self-serving.”
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer September 26, 2019
The New Orleans Saints return home to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this weekend. There they will host the visiting and undefeated Dallas Cowboys in a nationally-televised contest on NBC Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is at 7:20 P.M. Central time and will be broadcast nationally by NBC, and will be broadcast locally on WDSU-TV Channel 6. The […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 25, 2019
It has been 15 days of silence since WWL Radio tweeted from their official Twitter account calling radio host Seth Dunlap a “fag.” In that time, neither Entercom or WWL Radio has provided any evidence to the public or to Dunlap regarding their supposed “ongoing investigation” into the incident. Speculation has been rampant on social […]
Community Organizers & Policymakers Call for Dismissal of Warrants, Fines, & Fees for Traffic OffensesJenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 25, 2019
Just two days after a Washington Post report showing that New Orleans’ Municipal Court has more than 56,000 outstanding warrants (equivalent to 1 in 7 New Orleans adults having a warrant out for their arrest), community organizers, Orleans Parish public defenders, and local elected officials are joining together to call for the dismissal of all […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 24, 2019
According to a recent report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), U.S. white supremacists are now exporting and activities overseas.
Bill Arceneaux - Contributing Writer September 24, 2019
Big Easy Magazine interviewed David Baldwin about his case which helped set precedent, Baldwin v. Dept. of Transportation.
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer September 23, 2019
Playing in their first game without starting QB Drew Brees the Saints overcame adversity and beat the heavily-favored NFC rival Seahawks 33-27.
Colt Suspends AR-15 Production; Remains Tone Deaf Citing Excess Manufacturing Supply, Crowded CompetitionScott Ploof - Publisher September 22, 2019
After several years of mass murders soaring in the United States, on Thursday, gun manufacturer Colt announced the suspension of AR-15s for civilian use. However, the company’s CEO denied this action has to do with increased violence carried out by these weapons, but instead cited excess manufacturing capacity and crowded competition as the reason for […]
Big Easy Magazine Editorial Board September 21, 2019
In such a deeply divisive partisan political era, Governor John Bel Edwards deserves a lot of credit for working across the aisle to achieve considerable progress over the last four years. While we understand the concerns from progressives about some troublesome bills signed into law, we also believe that it’s important to not allow a […]
Michael David Raso - Contributing Writer September 21, 2019
In strange news today, Joseph Biden was arrested outside Area 51 wearing a Naruto Ninja Headband, and a T-shirt that read “Clap Alien Cheeks” with a picture of a black-eyed, green-skinned alien. Asked why he was there, Biden explained that, “The best way to get out the youth vote is to go where the youth are, […]
Jim Francis - Guest Contributor September 20, 2019
In last night’s gubernatorial debate we witnessed an articulate and fact-based Governor with a solid record. Also on stage were two Sisyphus’s struggling to push their boulders of Republican rhetoric up John Bel Edwards hill only to see their attempts fail and have to start all over again. There was a clear choice last night […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 20, 2019
This October, people across Louisiana will have the power to help ease the affordable housing crisis in New Orleans. The Louisiana New Orleans Affordable Housing Property Tax Exemption Amendment on the ballot would allow the City of New Orleans to (a) exempt a portion of a property’s assessed value, (b) exempt the full assessed value […]
Jenn Bentley - Contributing Writer and Editor September 19, 2019
Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! Take a look below for our picks on where to eat, community events, and fun things to do throughout the weekend. Friday, September 20 Where to Eat: Pizza Delicious’ Grab a Slice Defend Immigrant’s Rights Event – 11 a.m. to 11 […]
Barry Hirstius - Contributing Writer September 19, 2019
When the New Orleans Saints announced that they had re-signed Sean Payton to a five year contract extension last Sunday, they did so mainly because the 55-year old is not only just the all-time winningest head coach in team history, but he is also regarded as one of the League’s very best head coaches, period. […]
Shane Miller - Guest Post September 18, 2019
The New Orleans Saints fan base are some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the world, and remained that way through seemingly endless disappointments and letdowns. We could barely win a game, much less have a winning season. It wasn’t until Katrina almost destroyed the city that the Who Dat Nation was treated […]
Mark Barnes - Contributing Writer September 18, 2019
As many fans have come to believe, Drew Brees’ recent injury was caused by the distraction that is Big Easy Magazine.
Antoine Pierce - Democratic Senate Candidate September 17, 2019
When I first set out to make a difference by changing the social, political, and economic condition of my community, I never imagined that I’d experience the most negativity, barriers, and ridicule from people who are supposed to be fighting for the same causes. I could not fathom that my greatest opposition would come from […]