VIPS is having a virtual Songs of Hope concert featuring songs requested by the public performed by phenomenal singer-songwriter, David Sylvester Jr. The song requests are songs that bring encouragement, joy, and hopefulness when needed. Tune into VIPS YouTube page to see him discuss his thoughts about the impact of music and his inspirations as a musician. The concert is Friday, June 5, 2020, at 6pmRead more »
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Community-La,In the Issue Zenobia Reed
Kejuane BATES, 36, a Vidalia police officer who died April 1 of coronavirus. He served as a DARE officer and school resources officer. Bates also pastored the Forest Aid Baptist Church on Lower Woodville Road in Natchez.
Cornell “Dickey” Charles, 51, Lusher Charter School sports coach passed away March 24 from complications due to the coronavirus. He served as the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Governor’s Krewe since 2004 and served illustrious Charge D’Affaire since 2005. He was born June 23, 1968, in New Orleans.
Willis Joseph Curley Sr , 76, a Dunson resident, he owned W.J.C.S General Contractors of the South, LLC. He was a dedicated Deacon at Gethsemane Church of God in Christ and volunteer at the Food Net. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Rita Mae Curley. He was born January 14, 1944.
Rev. Ronnie Hampton,64, pastor of New Vision Community Church in Shreveport. He was known for his “Takin’ it to the Streets” ministry and its service to the inner-city neighborhoods. He was born Dec. 23, 1955, and died March 25.
Robert Francis, 76, and Gwendolyn Francis, 74, of Bogalusa. They were married for more than 50 years and passed four days apart — Gwendolyn Francis on March 30, and Robert Francis on April 3 — as a result of coronavirus complications. A gardener who lived with lupus, Gwendolyn was a diabetic and was recovering from a stroke. Robert had no existing condition. Robert Francis was born on Nov. 13, 1943, in Bogalusa. Gwendolyn Francis was born on June 28, 1945, in Bogalusa.
CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS, 58, native of Ferriday, LA and a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away Tuesday, March 31. He was employed at Georgia Pacific. He was a member of the Greater New Galilee Baptist Church and married to Cary Lynn Clark Hollins.
LARRY AUTHUR HAMOND, 70, a retired postal worker and Air Force veteran who tutored, mentored and provided Christmas presents through Omega Psi Phi in New Orleans. He was Zulu Mardi Gras King in 2007. He died on March 31, leaving behind his wife, Lillian. At least eight of Zulu’s 800 members have died of COVID-19, according to board chairman, City Councilman Jay H. Banks.
ROBBIN EAMES HARDY, 56, vice president of Faith Hope & Love Worship Center, in Baton Rouge, passed April 6. September 15, 1963. She founded Young Women For Christ more than 30 years ago, which later evolved into Girls Enrichment Mentorship Services. She leaves her husband of 38 years, Ronald Hardy Sr., five children, and seven grandchildren to cherish her memory.
Andraia Sanders, 44, a resident of Webster parish who worked with homeless veterans at Volunteers of America North Louisiana. The mother of two passed Monday, Mar. 23 after traveling to New Orleans for a work conference.
Sgt. Gregory Warren, 53, a supervisor in East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, passed away April 5 from COVID-19 and pneumonia-related complications. He served more than 26 years with EBRSO. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol Warren, three childrenℜRead more »
Baton Rouge,Business,Drum Roll,In Business,Who to watch Zenobia Reed
LaDonte Lotts is widely known around Baton Rouge and Houston for his program JiggAerobics Fitness, and on May 1, he will present his business model to investors on Shark Tank.
JiggAerobics is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment, and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation. The workout program blends the hip hop dance “Jiggin” and plyometrics.
Lotts is a graduate of Southern University and played the trumpet with the Human Jukebox. While in the band, he began to jigg during the halftime show which is how many people began to notice him. He began JiggAerobics in 2015 and has been traveling with his program which is also available as a video series. His workouts have been described as “captivating” and “rejuvenating.” Lotts wears his signature cowboy hat during most of the workout sessions which adds to the fun and upbeat atmosphere.
Lotts and JiggAerobics has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Dance Network TV, and 225 Magazine. As a SharkTank contestant, Lottes gets an unprecedented chance to make JiggAerobics grow immediately.Read more »
Baton Rouge,Community-La,Education,Health,In the Issue Zenobia Reed
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System updated its grab-n-go meal operation Friday, April 2. The district has partnered with Ballard Hospitality of Covington to supply a mix of hot and cold meals and shelf-stable boxed meals to students through the duration of April. The shift is in part a response to concerns about the safety of school employees amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Here are the changes:
The week of April 6-9 - School system child nutrition workers will continue the standard meal distribution at Northeast Elementary, Progress Elementary, Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy, Wildwood Elementary, and Woodlawn Elementary. Ballard Hospitality will serve breakfast and hot lunch meals at Broadmoor Middle, Claiborne Elementary, Park Forest Middle, and Capitol Middle.
On weekdays from April 13 – April 17 (excluding April 10, Good Friday) – Ballard Hospitality will deliver and distribute shelf-stable meal boxes to 25 EBR schools on a rotating schedule. Five breakfast meals and five lunch meals will be included in one box. Each child in the family will receive a box, while supplies last. Kleinpeter Farms Dairy will issue a ½ gallon of milk with each box.
The week of April 20-24 - Ballard Hospitality will follow the same distribution schedule, but each box will contain 10 breakfast meals and 10 lunches to sustain students through April 30. Kleinpeter will issue a gallon of milk with each box.
The grab-n-go meals will still be distributed from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on weekdays, while supplies last. Families will be able to pick up the pre-packaged breakfast and lunches for children 18 years of age and younger, including overage students with disabilities through age 22. At least one child must be present in order to receive student meals.
ONLINE: full meal distribution schedule and additional resources https://ebrschools.org/coronavirus-covid-19/child-nutrition/.Read more »
Community-La,Health Zenobia Reed
You’d be shocked to see how many germs you leave behind. Here are great videos on handwashing for all ages.
- You missed a spot: black ink and gloves
- See how germs spread in a classroom: here
- Seriously, y’all need to wash your hands by Mindy Faciane, public information officer, Louisiana Department of Health: http://ladepthealth.blogspot.com/2020/03/seriously-yall-need-to-wash-your-hands.html
Drum Roll Zenobia Reed
Attorney Winston G. DeCuir Jr. has been named the LSU Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel. DeCuir formerly served as a partner in the law firm of DeCuir, Clark & Adams in Baton Rouge.
The vice president of legal affairs and general counsel is the chief legal adviser to the LSU president and Board of Supervisors. Duties include review of legal contracts and legal matters, and preparing reports and rendering advice and counsel on matters pending before the board, including changes in board by-laws, proposed projects at LSU campuses and pending or active litigation involving the university.
At DeCuir, Clark & Adams LLP, DeCuir’s practice was primarily advising public universities, charter schools and other agencies in labor and employment disputes, governance, public meetings and procurement. For the past 16 years, he has served as counsel to both the University of Louisiana System and the Southern University System. His litigation experience involves handling cases in the state and federal courts with an emphasis in defending employment litigation and federal civil rights violations.
DeCuir’s practice began in 1998 in the New Orleans office of Fisher & Phillip LLP, where he focused primarily on employment-based litigation and advising public agencies and private corporations regarding employment laws and regulations. Since then his practice in higher education has expanded to include advising clients on publicly financed construction, energy management contracts, and media licensing agreements.Read more »
Baton Rouge Zenobia Reed
New Venture Theatre presents Annie, one of America’s most beloved musicals, March 27 – 29, on the LSU Shaver Theatre Stage.
“Annie” is directed by New Venture’s artistic director Greg Williams Jr. and choreographed by Dwight Bell, with music direction by Marcus Haney. Showtimes and tickets for “Annie” are available.
A fixture on the theatre scene in Baton Rouge, Williams usually directs shows with a certain flair from the original. Williams is basing this production in Harlem, New York, during the launch of the Harlem Renaissance. To lead the cast in understanding the fashion and style of this era, R’Myni Watson, “Annie’s” assistant director, will offer historical workshops to the cast throughout rehearsals.
“I was inspired to do this show because one of my actors came up to me after a production last season and said, ‘I wish I could do Annie, but I can’t because I’m Black.’ This got the gears in my mind working, and I had to ask the question: why can’t Annie be any race possible?”
“One of my favorite movies is Disney’s Cinderella (1997), and I loved how they focused on telling a beautiful story that we can all relate to and connect with—not just one race! What a beautiful gift it would be to have a show featuring all different walks of life telling a universal story that celebrates uniting us and not dividing! At the end of the day, ‘Annie’ represents a much-needed reminder of perseverance, hope, faith, and joy! In spite of difficult times and the hardships Annie suffers, she remains resilient!” Williams said.
In order to set a similar context for the audience, Williams’ production will feature a scenic design that celebrates Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s.
“The goal of our cast is for audience members to be caught up in the colorful, vivid imagination of a child, Annie’s optimism, and know—as she does—that a new day will always dawn, bringing hope for the future,” Williams said.
The 34-member cast will portray the memorable “Annie” characters, including the evil Miss Hannigan, who runs the orphanage; the orphan girls, who help Annie escape; orphans she meets in her search for family; Clayton Powell Jr. and members of his administration; Rooster and Lily (pretending to be her long-lost parents); and the billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, who brings Annie into his own family. Annie is a family-friendly musical suitable for the entire family, including children aged 5 and older. No one under the age of four will be allowed in the theatre and all children ages 4-13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Christine Jean-Batiste – Annie
T C Scott – Daddy Warbucks
Hope Landor – Grace
Erika Pattman – Ms. Hannigan
Candy – Sandy
Orphans: Laila Miles – Molly; Jermany Oliney – Kate; Addison Papillion – Tessie; and Zaria Brown – Pepper
Carlyle Rufalo – July, Usher 1
Alysse Davis – Duffy, Usher 2
Jarvis Stewart – Bundles McCloskey, Man 1, Bert Healy, Ickas, and Judge Brandeis
Brandon Ray – Couple 2, Man 2, Male servant 1, Navy sailor 1, Sound effect man, and Perkins
Justin Thompson – Dog Catcher, Drake, Man Carrying Gifts, Jimmy Johnson, and Hull
Dion Sideboard – Assistant Dog Catcher, 2nd Policeman, Male Servant 4, Thief, and Rooster
Tyelor Sykes – Policeman, Lt. Ward, Chauffer, Santa, Masked Announcer, and Morganthau
Anthony Joe – Man 3, Male servant 2, Navy sailor 2, Fred McCracken, and Marine guard
Henry Holmes – Paperboy 2
Braedon Mbala – Cop, Elf, Producer
Christian Jones – Clayton Powell Jr.
Kodie Brown – Hooverville Member #4, Servant #3, Navy sailor #3, and Howe (Louis)
Kennedi Davenport – Apple Seller, Mrs. Greer (Housekeeper), Star to Be, and Boyland Sister (Bonnie)
Mackenzie Thomas – Couple, Woman, Cecille the French Maid, and Showgirl 2
Nataklemia Green – Sophie (Soup Cook), Mrs. Pugh, and Shopper 1
Charde Nelson – Eddie, Annette (the French Maid), and Showgirl 1
Maniquwa Holmes – Woman 2, Shopper 2, and Lily
Kali Jones – Woman 3 and Showgirl 3
Kaylee Gomez – Woman 4, Shopper 3, and Boylan Sister (Ronnie)
Courtney Myer – Woman with a baby carriage, and Boylan Sister (Connie)
Braydon Smith – Paperboy 1
Friday, March 27, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.
Regular Admission | $30
Kids and Students With Valid ID | $25
Groups of 10 or More | $20 must purchase prior to performance day
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225-588-7576 or www.newventuretheatre.org
Call 225-588-7576 or visit www.newventuretheatre.org to purchase tickets or subscriptions.
Baton Rouge,Education,Submitted News Zenobia Reed
Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 Young Leaders’ Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc.
The Young Leaders’ Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc. (YLA), is a program of academic excellence, leadership skill development and personal development for African American children in Baton Rouge. To encourage positive relationships, the Academy requires family involvement in the members’ activities with the program and offers access and opportunities for success to our members and families.
YLA’s Saturday Academy runs concurrently with the academic year and is held twice (2X) per month from 8:00-11:30 a.m. at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) campus. Saturday Academy includes academic tutoring, field trips, educational games, STEM activities, computer lab access, conflict resolution, etiquette classes, nutrition, intramural sports, test-taking skills, financial literacy, gender-specific special workshops, and annual Summer Travel Experience. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from Academy programs.
- Each child must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in core curriculum subjects – Math, Language Arts, Science.
- Child must be a non-retained 3rd-7th grader residing in the Greater Baton Rouge area (including Baker, Zachary, Central, Ascension and WBR) to enroll.
- Parents and applicant must complete an Admissions Interview and sign Parental Engagement Contact.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 28, 2020!
To apply, please email email@example.com for a 1 page Admissions Application!
The Young Leaders’ Academy exists to nurture the development of leadership abilities of young African American males and females, empowering them to improve the quality of their lives and be an active force for POSITIVE change in their communities.
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Baton Rouge,Events,Health,Science Zenobia Reed
For a decade, the Southern University Ag Center’s Louisiana Small Farmers Conference has provided the state’s small agricultural producers with strategies and information on the latest educational tools and resources to help them stay in business.
This year, the Center brings, “Investing in Your Small Farm Business,” at the Southern University’s Felton G. Clark Activity Center, March 18-21. Conference activities include a grant writing panel, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall, and the Louisiana Living Legends Luncheon, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences. Two pre-conference sessions will be held Wednesday, March 18. Participants will have the option of attending either a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training or a Louisiana HEMP Summit.
The Louisiana Hemp Summit will include ask the lawyer, scientist, farmer, and entrepreneur sessions on state laws, regulations, USDA opportunities, and application processes.
On Friday, March 20, Natalie Baszile, author of the Louisiana based novel “Queen Sugar” will be the keynote speaker on Friday, March 20th. Baszile is an award-winning author best known for her book, Queen Sugar, about a Black woman who unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana and she is reminded by her grandmother and other family members that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. The book explores the complexities of contemporary southern life and farming. The book was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and has been adapted for television by Ava Duvernay and Oprah Winfrey.
Limited complimentary registration for small farmers is available until February 28, 2020. After this date, the registration fee for the conference will be $75 for small farmers. The fee for agricultural professionals is $100. All fees should be made payable to the Southern University Foundation – ANR Programs in the form of a check or money order. On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. daily during the conference. Agricultural exhibitors are welcome to participate.
To register online, visit http://www.suagcenter.com/form/smallfarms. Exhibitors can register at http://www.suagcenter.com/form/exhibitor-registration-for-the-10th-annual-louisiana-small-farmer-conference. For additional information contact Zanetta Augustine at 225.771.2591 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more »
Baton Rouge,Education,In the Issue Zenobia ReedKristen Downing is a self-taught visual artist from New Orleans. She began her career as a sought-after tattoo artist and developed a passion for painting. Her work is largely fueled by the social and political climate of America.Downing said it is the artist’s responsibility to speak to the times, and she has focused her latest work on the current realities people of color in America. Her collections have left an impression.
In 2018, Downing established KAWD Art Gallery in Baton Rouge with a mission to educate, inspire, and increase social consciousness. She actively exhibits and commissions her work in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Baton Rouge. Her work has been on display at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Aqua Art Miami and Spectrum Miami during Art Basel Miami, and Capital Park Museum – Baton Rouge. She earned first prize during the Louisiana Contemporary Exhibition in Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.“Her imagery captures the bold, brashness of our current reality in a political context that isn’t nice, sweet, or pleasant. It’s in your face, it’s bold, it’s brazen, and it’s reality. She uses her art in the way protesters use their voice, leaders use their influence, and nations use their power,” said Kimmy Ducasse, writer at The Urban Realist.Downing’s work will be exhibited February 20 through April 2 in the Frank Hayden Hall Art Gallery at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.The exhibition is curated by Randell Henry, associate professor of visual arts at Southern University.Read more »
Baton Rouge,Feature,Who to watch Zenobia Reed
Meet Myra Richardson, 21
- Louisiana Legislative aide
- Studies political science at Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge, LA
- Baton Rouge Magnet High School graduate
- At-large member, Democratic parish executive committee
- Daughter of Jasmine Richardson
- Currently reading “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson and other readings by bell hooks at Southern Cofe
Myra Richardson is an observant, potent, and impactful civil servant who as been honored nationally by civic groups including the NAACP, Alabama NAACP, Birmingham City Council, and the Greater Baton Rouge United Way.
She is a catalyst with a passion for representing and standing with marginalized voices. Her engagements have ranged from her leadership role as Louisiana’s Ambassador for the Women’s March on Washington to the creation of a local youth group–The Wave, and co-creation of Justice X. She has embodied progressivism by seeking to create a more equitable future for Louisiana.
“Everything I do is service-based because I truly believe, ‘service to others is the rent we pay to live here on Earth”,’ she said. Richardson said she believes investing in the next generation is the greatest investment one can make. “Service is my personal mantra,” she said. Richardson said she will be vocal about the upcoming Census, elections, and economic development events statewide. Follow her on Facebook @MyraRichardson or Instagram @MoveswithMyra,Read more »
Baton Rouge Zenobia ReedThe 13th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence ceremony will be presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Houston writer Bryan Washington will accept the honor for his debut novel, “Lot.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, although reservations are requested at email@example.com.
The annual Gaines Award is a nationally acclaimed $15,000 prize created by The Foundation’s donors to recognize outstanding work by rising African-American fiction writers. It also honors the extraordinary contribution to the literary world made by native Louisiana writer, Ernest J. Gaines, who died in November 2019.
Washington will read from his short story collection, which was selected by a national panel of literary judges. “Lot” is set in the East End of Houston and features a young man as narrator who keenly watches others as they desperately struggle or thrive.
Washington’s fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Boston Review, and other publications. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston and a master’s in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. He is a lecturer at Rice University.
During the Jan. 30 event, winners of the elementary, middle and high school writers’ competition will also be recognized. Winners include the following students:
1st – Samara Bryant – Buchanan Elementary – 5th Grade
2nd – Kirstyn Offord – Park Forest Elementary School – 5th Grade
3rd – Aditya Sekharan – Highland Elementary – 4th Grade
1st – Fuller Stevens – Sherwood Middle – 8th Grade
2nd – Car’Liyah Carr – Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy – 8th Grade
3rd - Z’yona Owens – Glen Oaks Middle – 8th Grade
1st – Charlie Roth – Episcopal High School – 11th Grade
2nd – Faith Wood – St. Joseph’s Academy – 12th Grade
3rd – Madison Roy – St. Joseph’s Academy – 12th Grade
Baton Rouge,Entertainment,In the Issue Zenobia Reed
Excitement is building in North Baton Rouge as the area’s first Mardi Gras parade and festival approaches. On Saturday, Feb. 8, at noon, the Inaugural Krewe of Oshun Parade and Festival will roll in historic Scotlandville, championing the culture and heritage of North Baton Rouge. “It brings back the idea of African-American parades in the Capital City as it once was in 1947,” organizers said. All businesses are welcome to participate and can register until Friday, Jan. 24.
The parade will showcase the world-renowned Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band, five high school bands, and the Mardi Gras Indians. The historic Black cowboys of Baton Rouge will parade on their horses for the first time publicly. The families of historian Sadie Roberts-Joseph and attorney Jonnie Jones will be honored.
According to historical records, Oshun is the benevolent and venerated Yoruba goddess. She is Mother of the African sweet or fresh waters and love. With an inaugural theme “Wakanda Now: Celebration, Prosperity, and Expansion,” the Krewe of Oshun parade ends with the start of the festival at the Champion Medical Building on Howell Place. Participants can expect games, food, contests, live performances, and a battle of the bands between local high schools. The festival will end at 6pm.
The Mayor’s Office, Baton Rouge Airport, Visit Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Library, LAMAR, COX, BR Proud, BR Weekly Press, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, BREC, and The Printing Source are sponsors.
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Drum Roll,Education Zenobia Reed
East Baton Rouge Parish principal Catasha Edwards has been name a semifinalist in the Louisiana Department of Education’s 2020 Teacher and Principal of the Year.
Edwards, who is principal at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, is one of 14 semi-finalists statewide and the only one from East Baton Rouge. She was also an assistant principal at Audubon Elementary.
These educators are making exceptional gains with students, pushing them to achieve at the highest levels in the state.
All Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists and semi-finalists will be honored at the 13th Annual Cecil. J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration on Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
ONLINE: Louisiana BelievesRead more »
Baton Rouge,Education,In the Issue,News Zenobia Reed
In recognition of his contributions to the growth of education in Nigeria and other African countries, Southern University professor Victor Marika was recently honored by the Anglican Communion, Church of Nigeria, Nsukka Diocese, in Enugu State, for his work in information and communication technology.
Mbarika is an endowed professor of information and communication technology at Southern University and A&M College. He also directs the International Centre for IT Research and Development at Southern which focuses on advancing IT research and training worldwide with emphasis on developing nations.
During the 25th anniversary of the church, the Anglican Bishop of Nsukka Rt. Revd. Aloysius Eze Agbo said Mbarika–who is Cameroonian–has “distinguished himself in the promotion of education system in the country, through empowering the youth in the area of ICT. He said such services to the country deserve commendation and reward.”
“This is the third lifetime achievement to Prof. Victor Mbarika, in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial achievement, which has created job opportunities to numerous people in our society,” Agbo said. He previously received a lifetime achievement award from the African Society for Information and Communication Technology for his “contribution to ICT research and education” and another from the Cameroon Association of Engineers and Computer Scientists for “outstanding contribution to computer science and telecommunications”.
Mbarika is also the founder and president, Board of Trustees of the Information and Communication Technology University, that trained more than 20,000 students across the globe. He said he is delighted in the honor and promises to continue to assist Nigerians and others in the acquisition of quality education. “I am delighted in the honor given to me and promised to continue to assist Africans and others in the acquisition of quality education, adding that in due course, i would establish ICT university in Nigeria, as obtained in Cameroon, Uganda and other African countries,” said Mbarika.
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Baton Rouge,Events Zenobia Reed
Organizers of the One Blood Revival coming to Baton Rouge’s Memorial Stadium April 12-13 is asking the public to imagine a community where 92% of the population is born-again. From its website, they challenge residents to “picture city jails that have been closed for lack of crime. Envision an economy where agricultural productivity has reached Biblical proportions. Imagine a city where thousands of Christians gather together for all-night prayer vigils that spark a movement; bringing a multi-billion dollar drug cartel to its knees.”
The goal is for the city and surrounding areas to experience revival through unity in accordance with Act 2:1 which states, “…And they were all in ONE accord in ONE place.”
“If we come together, I believe we can see the city change,” said Pastor Devin O’Neal, of Voices of Mercy Outreach Ministries, who is organizing the faith-based initiative. He said, “The church is the only one that has the power to even have a moral effect” on the city’s disturbing number of shootings and killings, extreme poverty, historic flooding, racial divide, and the high rates of incarceration, illiteracy, cancer, and HIV.
For Pastor Wuan Miller, “The One Blood Revival is a call to the church at large to put down racial barriers and come together to worship the Lord as one UNIFIED body of Christ, both young and old.”
Miller is youth pastor at Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge and one of 33 speakers planned for the two-day event. “The One Blood Revival is also a call to the church to pray for the healing of our land as one UNIFIED body of believers… It’s a call to step out of the church walls into the center of the community together and seek God and proclaim His name out in the open air for all the world to hear,” Miller wrote on Facebook.
The public is invited to register at www.OneBloodBR.com
“We’re looking for all churches to be a part of this,” O’Neal said. “It’s going to encompass every tribe, every nation, every domination under the banner of Jesus Christ for the healing of the city and our nation.”
For more information, call O’Neal at (225) 937-1234.
Baton Rouge,Business,In the Issue Zenobia Reed
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and its commission chairman Cleve Dunn Jr. are facing two national nominations for being catalysts for diversity inclusion. This first-time praise comes from the Airport Minority Advisory Council, the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the inclusion of minorities and women in contracting opportunities within aviation and aerospace industries. Dunn has been nominated for the AMAC Advocate of the Year Award and the AMAC Inclusive Leader Award. As a result, the airport earned the nominations as well. The advocate award recognizes an outstanding spokesperson, educator, innovator, advocate, and strategic partner with AMAC for diversity inclusion. The leadership award honors an organization for demonstrating diversity inclusion within its corporate structure of procurement and employment.
Earlier this week, Dunn discussed the nominations and the airport’s work with minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
THE DRUM: Since this is the first time you and the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport have been nominated, what does this nomination say for the BR Airport?
DUNN: It simply says that the leadership has changed and the culture at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport is changing and becoming more inclusive.
THE DRUM: What were the specific actions/programs you initiated or completed that encourages minority opportunities at the Baton Rouge airport?
DUNN: During my time on the Baton Rouge Metro Airport board of commissioners there has been no new program rollout to encourage minority opportunities. What I chose to do as a commissioner for the past 5 years and now the chairman of the board is to aggressively advocate for inclusion and diversity in every thing that we do at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR). That includes assuring that minorities receive jobs and career advancement opportunities at the airport, making sure minority owned and disadvantaged businesses are in our pipeline for contracting opportunities, and making sure that we are exposing children from our community to the aviation industry. As a result, our administration is more culturally diverse than it was five years ago, BTR is much more visible in the community and BTR is supporting more North Baton Rouge businesses, organizations and non profits than ever before.
Sean Joffrion, director of fine arts at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, said, “Because of Mr. Dunn’s passion for showcasing Baton Rouge and what it has to offer, he advocated for one of Baton Rouge’s premier schools, McKinley Middle Magnet, to have a wall space in Baton Rouge Metro Airport. This space allowed our diverse multi cultural population the opportunity to showcase art work which depicted the students interpretation of Louisiana and its culture. It also gave travelers the opportunity to get a first hand look of what our school and school district could offer to prospective students/parents. This amazing partnership between the school, district, and airport allowed McKinley the opportunity to recruit students to our program. Cleve is an amazing guy who knows the importance of having relationships between our community and business.”
THE DRUM: What had been barriers for diversity inclusion at the airport when you arrived as a commissioner? How are you leading or assisting the commission and the airport leadership in removing those barriers?
DUNN: In my opinion leadership sets the tone and creates the culture for any business or organization. The leadership team has to be passionate about an issue or project and get buy in from the rest of the staff and/or team members in order for that initiative to be implemented successfully. Our barrier at BTR was that our leadership was not passionate enough about inclusion and diversity as we needed to be to bring about a culture of inclusion at BTR. That is why I lead the charge in advocating for a national search for us a new aviation director. I felt it was very important for us to evaluate the best and brightest aviation professionals around the country; who could develop the land surrounding the airport, grow our air service by adding airlines and destinations and work with our board of commissioners to create a culture of inclusion at the airport. The airport’s aviation director search committee, made up of three metro council members and myself as one of four airport board commissioners concluded our work on July 9. After vetting the group of 39 candidates, conducting video interviews, reviewing their resumes and several in person interviews; we narrowed the group down to three candidates that the committee chose to recommend to the metro council. The metro council is scheduled to choose a director from the group of three finalists in the weeks to come.
THE DRUM: You are now in your second term on the commission and first term as chair, how do you plan to continue building business capacity for the airport? Plans for supplier diversity?
DUNN: Supplier diversity has been and will continue to be a top priority for me. One of the first things I proposed as chairman is a board retreat where the commission and the staff could meet and develop the annual mission and goals for the airport. During my previous five years on the commission we had not been given the opportunity to have this level of input prior to budget review. Our first retreat will happen in the next 30 days or so; it is during this retreat where we will create and assign action items to board members and staff that will help us to build business capacity and increase our supplier diversity numbers.
THE DRUM: Do you or other commissioners help develop aviation or aerospace career interests among local students? K-12, technical school, or college students? If not are there plans to do so?
DUNN: Yes, I do help to develop aviation career interests among local students. I often times bring young people to the airport, give them a tour of the airport and let them sit in on our commission meetings. I also work with Big Buddy and local colleges to give students internships at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.
The program operations director for Big Buddy’s LevelUp program, Lauren Smith Marrioneaux said, “After finding out that Cleve served on the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Board, I contacted him about the airport becoming a host site for the Big Buddy Level UP! Summer Internship Program. He committed to making it happen and he did just that! He made it happen and helped increase the employability of the youth in our program. Because of Cleve’s help and support the Level UP! Summer Internship Program and the Baton Rouge Metro Airport has exposed several teenagers in the Baton Rouge area to the aviation industry. After this experience some of our students later gained employment in the aviation industry.”
THE DRUM: What is the status of the airport as a growth opportunity for businesses and North Baton Rouge?
DUNN: I’m a native of North Baton Rouge, and I’m very passionate about the areas growth and development, as well as the people of North Baton Rouge being benefactors of that growth and development by improving their quality of life through jobs and contracting opportunities. We have some 4,000 jobs at the airport and hundreds of contracting opportunities there as well. I will make sure that people living in and around North Baton Rouge are aware of the job and income opportunities and do what we can to help them get those opportunities.
As director of programs and events for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber, Troy R. Lee, said, “it was imperative that I secured sponsorship for our Inaugural Minority Business Conference and Expo. I called Mr. Dunn and explained the need to have a successful expo and without hesitation he made sure we had sponsorship from the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Without his timely assistance our expo would not have been the success that it was. BR Metro Black Chamber members and myself are eternally grateful for Mr. Dunn’s kindness and belief in the fact that it does take a village to make things happen especially in underserved communities.”
THE DRUM: Who are you acknowledging as you receive this nomination?
DUNN: I am honored to receive the Catalyst award nomination from such a prestigious organization like AMAC. I want to thank the AMAC Catalyst award nominating committee for valuing and recognizing the work that many of us do around the country to promote minority-owned businesses, increase contracting opportunities and professional advancement for minorities in the aviation industry. I do not accept this award nomination alone. I also accept it on the behalf of all the current and former Baton Rouge Metro Airport board of commissioners who have advocated for minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses while serving on our commission. Finally, I’d like to thank the Baton Rouge Metro Airport administration and numerous staff members who have been committed to inclusion and increasing the participation of minority owned and disadvantaged business enterprises.
Winners of the AMAC awards will be announced during the 34th Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference in Seattle, Washington, Aug 21-25.
By Zenobia Reed
The Drum contributing writer
Baton Rouge,Health,Submitted News Zenobia Reed
The Wall of Fame Committee, Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Susan G. Komen® Baton Rouge, State Rep. Patricia Smith, Sen. Yvonne Colomb, and other community groups and civic-minded individuals are hosting a community-wide breast cancer walk and health fair on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7am—1pm at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington Street.
Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will have mobile units on site for health screenings; and other valuable information and services will be available, as well as free t-shirts, conference bags and other exciting giveaways. Please help us to encourage strong participation in this important community event!Read more »
Politics,Who to watch Zenobia Reed
Every year, The Drum presents individuals who our readers need to watch and take note of. For 2017, we begin with youth to watch. Because of their leadership skills, gifts, talents, and personality, twelve Louisiana youth have been selected as Youth to Watch in 2017. “These youth show exceptional character and work ethics. They have vision and ability to be successful with excellence.” Meet Frederick Bell Jr., 19
School: Louisiana State University
Parents: Freda Mason and the late Frederick D. Bell Sr.
Career choice: Law, politics and government
Biggest accomplishments: Being elected the youngest Louisiana Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention; being elected the state-wide president of the Louisiana Senior Beta Club; and founding the Louisiana High School Democrats.
Why was this “big” for you? These three accomplishments were “big” to me because of their unlikely nature. For the 2016 DNC, I was only 18 years old, and I was a part of the delegation that featured Governor John Bel Edwards, Congressman Cedric Richmond, Sen. Mary Landrieu and many other prominent political figures from our state.
For the Beta Club, it was a huge undertaking for everyone involved at my school at the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy – East. It took me learning how to mobilize a team around an unlikely campaign. And being the chief executive of a state-wide student organization, caused much media attention that I wasn’t used to. This also presented me what a unique opportunity to serve like I had never before.
And for the Louisiana High School Democrats, I was happy to found this state-wide organization that got hundreds of young people engaged in the political process. This organization is still operational today and is continuing the work of advancing democratic principles and moving America forward.
Life aspirations: I am currently majoring in mass communication with a concentration in political communication and minoring in international studies. Upon graduation from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in public policy. Communities are the bedrock of this country, and they often rise or fall together. My goal is to help uplift communities that need it the most, because I believe the quest to perfect our union does not end just because our personal lives and communities are doing well. We are all in this together.
After completing a master’s program, I hope to earn a law degree to better prepare myself to be an agent of change. In an ever-changing world where globalization is constantly changing the landscape of our daily lives, it will be crucial to have the wherewithal to be able to navigate through new issues as they arise.
With a master’s degree in public policy, I will be able develop and construct policy decisions that aims to better the lives of others. With a law degree, I will be able to understand and interpret the law in a way that will make me an effective advocate for important issues. And with a mass communication degree, I will be able to communicate in a way that policy analyst will understand as well as the single mother who has little time to pour through tedious policy papers.
Furthermore, I am a lover of all things Louisiana and believe our state has its challenges, but potential. It will take a new generation of leadership to lead Louisiana in a new direction. I hope to play a part in this work.
What is your motto, core belief, or favorite quote? Motto: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
Core belief: “Do the most good.”
Favorite quote: “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.” –Barack Obama
Who are you mentors?: Frederick D. Bell Sr. – Although my father passed away three years ago, when he was with us he instilled in me the will and drive to be as ambitious and determined as I could be. This is part of what drives me to set high goals, and accomplish them. Christopher J. Tyson has been my mentor for the past year and I asked him to do so because he is on a path similar to one I plan to take. He has gotten a master degree regarding public policy and a law degree from the Georgetown Law Center. He is a law professor at LSU Law Center and ran for Louisiana Secretary of State in 2015. He is a family man with a bright political future. In addition to these activities, he also leads a very active and positive role in his community. He and his work deserve admiration.
Goals for 2017: Finish my second semester at LSU and become a summer congressional aide for Congressman Cedric Richmond.
What are you reading? “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The New York Times, The Advocate, and the New Orleans Times Picayune.
What music are you listening to? The Weeknd and R&B.
Hobbies: What do you do for fun? I like to write, spend time with family and friends, and be a total political nerd.Read more »
Education,Finance Zenobia Reed
Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year, as all of their schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.com.
With just one or two clicks, parents can find all of their 2016 lists and get a head start on this annual back-to-school chore. Parents can print their lists or – for the first time – look up their lists right on their smart phones in store aisles. They can even shop easily online as TeacherLists automatically shares the lists with national retailers.
The site already includes lists for:
- D. C. Reeves Elementary, Ponchatoula
- Hammond Westside Montessori School, Hammond
- Perrin Early Learning Center, Ponchatoula
- Ponchatoula Junior High School, Ponchatoula
- St Joseph School, Ponchatoula
- Tucker Memorial Elementary, Ponchatoula
- Vinyard, Martha, Elementary Sc, Ponchatoula
- Woodland Park Early Learning, Hammond
“For decades, the supply list process has been a frustration for parents,” points out TeacherLists President, John Driscoll. “Where to find the lists? When are they available? Forgetting the list on the counter at home? All of those issues are solved with TeacherLists”
More than 50,000 schools now have lists posted on TeacherLists. Lists for more than 1 million classrooms are live on the site and include required and requested items as well as specific notes and clarifications from teachers and school staff. Parents can even print coupons for back-to-school savings from popular back-to-school brands.
Complete details and all the lists are available at www.teacherlists.com <http://www.teacherlists.com/>Read more »
Baton Rouge,Buy the Book Zenobia Reed
Baton Rouge bookstore owner Kim Knight said Between the Lines bookstore is the headquarters for book and literary lovers. Located at 4242 Government Street, the store provides connections between authors, readers, book clubs, the community and the world through its online presence.
Knight released a short list of the best six books of 2015.
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and illustrator Bryan Collier. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by author-illustrator Don Tate. In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time away from his master though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse.
Young Adult Fiction
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia. Bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it’s like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens—one Black, one White—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith. A young Black attorney, Martin Grey, confronts issues of race and power as he uncovers a shocking conspiracy. He finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery—but this time around, the Black men are called “Master.” A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.
The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby. It’s been four years since 28-year old Alicia Black, daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, divorced her second husband, the most womanizing and corrupt man she has ever known. Since then, Alicia has been dating her first husband, Phillip Sullivan, a wonderfully kind and true man of God whom she’d hurt terribly by cheating on him. Alicia has worked hard to prove herself worthy of his trust once more, and when he asks her to marry him again, she couldn’t be happier. But Levi Cunningham, the drug dealer Alicia had an extramarital affair with, has just been released from prison, and he has completely turned his life around for the better. Still head-over-heels in love with Alicia, he will do whatever is necessary to win her back. Remarrying Phillip is the one thing Alicia has wanted for years, but she can’t get Levi out of her mind.Read more »
Buy the Book,Events Zenobia Reed
The Hammond Library,314 East Thomas St., will host a book signing and discussion Tuesday, Dec. 29., with Kwame Alexander, award-winning author of Crossover and He Said, She Said.Read more »
He is author of 21 books who recently won the 2015 John Newberry Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children.
Alexander is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3,000 student authors in 75 schools; and LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature.
Education,Health,In the Issue Zenobia Reed
KENTWOOD—French poet Victor Hugo said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.” On Dec. 1, this statement was backed by three lyricist at Kentwood High Magnet School as they battle rapped during the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s, “Dream Big! End It” World Aids Day event.
Contestants were challenged to develop an artistic piece for their peers that would bring awareness about ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
More than 200 students filled the Kentwood High School gym anxiously waiting to cheer on their favorite contestant. AIDS Healthcare Foundation Regional Coordinator Sashika Baunchand told students about the startling statistics on HIV/AIDS cases that were just released this month.
For example, the Baton Rouge metro area ranks second among major United States metro areas for new HIV infection diagnoses, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
Comedian Tony King told the youth that these statistics were not being “shared to scare them, but to help them make sound decisions when it comes to things that can ultimately affect their future.”
“Ending the AIDS epidemic is possible, but only by educating our youth and connecting them with people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services,” said Baunchand.
The World AIDS Day activities began at the St. Helena College and Career Academy, as gifted and talented art students Shy’Janae Hookfin and Javier Smith unveiled the “Dream Big! End It” social change mural.
Students at Kentwood High Magnet School gathered during their lunch shift for a Poetry Slam, using word play to encourage their peers to dream big and end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Organizers said “Dream Big! End It” means empowering youth in Louisiana, to take a stand for people who may not necessarily be able to stand for themselves.
“It encourages the students to be a voice of reason when their peers are being pressured into compromising situations. It also opens the door for dialogue with key decision makers in congress when youth dream big to end this crippling epidemic,” said Nicolette Gordon, assistant area youth agent at the SU Ag Center.Read more »
Baton Rouge,Business,Drum Roll,Education,In the Issue Zenobia Reed
Quinton Jason was first drawn to the instant gratification of coding in a high school computer literacy class. What started as an interest grew to a passion, which eventually led him to graduate with a computer science degree. However, in the years that followed, Quinton drifted away from the industry. Instead, he dabbled in retail work, the food industry, and telemarketing, but continually found himself uninspired and unfulfilled.
When a position as a customer support technician led Quinton back to the keyboard, he made the decision to return to his original career path and chose the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Treehouse to help him accomplish that. Before long, Quinton had gained a solid foundation of skills and was ready to embark on a career in the web industry.
Today, Quinton is the interactive director at Xdesign in Baton Rouge. He has also taken his love for the web one step further by speaking at tech conferences, including Future Insights Live 2015. Quinton is proud of his new career path and is embracing the opportunity to share his knowledge and passion for the industry he’d always dreamed of being a part of.Read more »
In the Issue,News Zenobia Reed
Groups of community activists from Baton Rouge, New Iberia, and Lafayette gathered at the Unitiarian Church Oct 13 to discuss for a two-day teach-in workshop on police brutality and the Victor White III case. The Justice for Victor White Committee worked directly with the family of Victor White III for a National Week of Action, […]Read more »
Baton Rouge,Business,In Business,Politics Zenobia Reed
North Baton Rouge elected officials other community leaders and more than 100 stakeholders gathered at the S. E. Mackey Center to discuss their ideas and preferences of the former Earl K. Long Medical Center site at 5825 Airline Highway.Read more »
The public input received during the March meeting served as a critical first step in understanding the community’s vision. Landscape architect Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., of DesignJones, LLC , presented two LSU student designs completed over the summer which included the ideas and wishes expressed during the fi rst public meeting.
These drawings and images will generate additional ideas and discussion of alternatives for the project site. Now, the volunteer committee is asking the community to complete an online survey to determine specific ways to use the vacant property. The survey is available at www.5825Airline.com, and all residents are asked to provide input.
Feature,In the Issue,Who to watch Zenobia Reed
Erika Green prides herself on hanging her shingle out fairly quickly as a lawyer, community activist, and juvenile justice advocate, but she still faces the daunting challenge of balancing a burning desire for community and the demands of private practice.
“I intentionally try to provide as many resources, programs, and events to my community (in) the north Baton Rouge area,” she said. In fact, Green has led thousands of participants for the MLK Day of Service, BREC’s Black History Program, and political forums. “I use each organization I am in to promote inclusion and encourage youth. I think that’s the hard part of my life—juggling speaking engagements, community organizing and full time business.”
After sitting under great mentors and working in two law offices while she was a student at Belaire High school and Southern University Law Center, Green credits her abilities as a successful lawyer and organizer to the consistent training she received throughout her time at Southern.
She has volunteered in private law firms, the East Baton Rouge Public Defenders Office and gained a strong connection with Juvenile Court. She is a board member of Gloryland Educational Resource Center, The Butterfly Society, LLC. (A domestic violence nonprofit), and JK Haynes Charter Schools.
She can be seen actively advocating for justice and equality of services for residents. “I love the city and that’s why I do what I do,” Green said.
The Baton Rouge native is a family lawyer who doesn’t back down from high-profile criminal juvenile cases or hot-button issues. For that, she is a Woman to Watch.
Meet Erika Green, 30:
Juvenile Criminal Conflict Attorney for the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court, family law attorney at the Office of Erika Green, LLC, and Child in Need of Care Attorney with Southeast Legal Services.
Moves made: Recipient of the Daniel Ellis Byrd Community Service Award by the Louisiana State NAACP Conference; chaired the 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service with more than 1,500 volunteers in the Scotlandville area; organized a high school lecture series on racial profiling, voting, conflict resolution, and the juvenile justice system along with the NAACP Baton Rouge Branch
What to expect in 2015: Continuing to be an advocate for children in the juvenile system; connecting the North Baton Rouge Community with more programs and services; and co-chairing a city-wide Black Lives Matter Summit Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on August 22.
Personal resolution: To use my position—whether it is as an officer in an organization, committee member, or board member—to help produce tangible results and programming that will ultimately effectuate change in this city.
Life/business motto: “Passion Drives Greatness”
Business resolution: I desire to grow the consulting portion of my business for nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and do more speaking engagements especially to young people.
Role Models: Stephanie Brown James. She is young, tapped into community needs and issues, and committed to empowering young women.
What are you dancing to? Mali Music “Yahweh”; and India Arie “Just Do You”
What are you reading? “Hard Choices” by Hillary Clinton and “Black Robes, White Justice” by Bruce Wright
Health,In the Issue,Politics,Who to watch Zenobia Reed
With the Louisiana Legislative session in active mode, this health care advocate is busy mobilizing Louisiana citizens and elected officials around all health equity issues from funding the Affordable Health Care Act, expanding Medicaid, and improving citizen’s access to health services.
When Louisiana legislators in both the House and Senate Health and Wellness committees voted against two bills that would expand Louisiana’s Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance, Alma C. Stewart was there along with several hundred other advocates.
In fact, if there is a conversation on state or national health care policies, Alma Stewart, is in the room or leading the discussion. For that, she is a Woman to Watch.
Meet Alma C. Stewart
Age: A Baby Boomer.
Professional title: President and Founder of Louisiana Center for Health Equity and talk show host of “Today’s Health Topics” (which airs on WTQT 106.1FM every Monday at 7pm). I am also the CEO and owner of A. Charles Stewart Consultants.
Organization: Louisiana Center for Health Equity
The Louisiana Center for Health Equity works to address the increasing disparities in health and health care across Louisiana. A statewide nonpartisan, nonprofit IRS 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, organization established in January 2010, LCHE is the only statewide non-profit organization in Louisiana with a mission solely of addressing disparities.
Hometown: Natchitoches, LA, the “City of Lights,” and reared in Germany during the sixties.
Moves made in 2014/Accomplishments: I lead two phenomenal collaborative initiatives. Over the past two years, I have organized the Campaign for Healthcare for Everyone – Louisiana, a broad diverse group of organizations and individuals fighting for expanded access to healthcare for ALL Louisianans. The Campaign is leading policy advocacy and grassroots efforts to close the coverage gap by allowing low income, mostly working, adults to obtain healthcare insurance through federal Medicaid funds as authorized by the Affordable Care Act. I also convened the Together We Are More Adolescent Health Collaborative, a community effort that implemented the inaugural Youth Peace Olympics to promote healthy living and help curb youth violence in Baton Rouge.
What to expect from you in 2015? I am very pleased that the Louisiana Center for Health Equity will be celebrating our fifth anniversary. This is a monumental milestone for an organization that is making an impact throughout the state of Louisiana. Our Anniversary Celebration will highlight LCHE’s accomplishments. We will continue building momentum for better access to healthcare and closing the coverage gap, and addressing inequalities that affect individuals and families in Louisiana.
Personal Resolution: To live a lifestyle that praises Jesus Christ and to enjoy His blessings, especially my family and friends.
Company Resolution: To work to improve healthcare and health outcomes in Louisiana with a focus on inequalities through collaboration, community engagement, education and advocacy.
Life motto: To joyfully and diligently be of service as a resourceful resilient advocate for health equity in Louisiana.
What music are you dancing to? Variety
What are you reading? Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513 – 2008 by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This book intrigued me because it is such a thorough historical collection. Initially, I was especially interested in learning more about what I missed as a child during the sixties when my family and I lived overseas because it was during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. I believe understanding history is important, especially for our youth.
Mentors or Role Models: I have been fortunate to have people throughout my life that encouraged and coached me in different areas that were and still are enormously helpful. There are several people whose advice I value and seek for various purposes. Those who probably have the most influence are those who share spiritual wisdom and guidance as I strive to be Christ led.
Watch her online at www.lahealthequity.org and or on facebook as alma.stewart.39Read more »
Events,Health,In the Issue Zenobia Reed
Everyone with Diabetes Counts program is partnering with Jewel J. Newman Community Center to provide free diabetes education in North Baton Rouge and surrounding areas Mondays, April 13 – May 18, 10:30am in the Recreation Center of the Jewel J. Newman Community Center, located at 2013 Central Road.
The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It is administered by Quality Insights in Louisiana as well as Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The program offers free classes that are open to people with diabetes, their family members and caregivers. Individuals with pre-diabetes can also benefit from these classes. The classes are designed to empower each participant with the knowledge to effectively manage diabetes, meet glucose targets, and prevent or manage complications from the disease. Participants will learn about diabetes risks, nutrition, weight management, stress control, how to properly manage medications and much more. Past participants have reported weight loss, improvement of lab results and a decrease in medications.
“We are very excited to partner with the EDC program,” Carla Powell, Manager at the Community Center, said. “The need for diabetes education is so great in our area and we feel the community will greatly benefit from the classes. We hope our community members will also consider registering.”
The classes will be by the Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network. For more information or to register for the upcoming class, email email@example.com.Read more »
Entertainment Zenobia Reed
The Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia has announced the selection of three finalists for the position of President of the University–including Southern University System President Ronald Mason.
Each of these candidates will visit the campus and participate in two open forums that will provide University stakeholders the opportunity to meet the finalists, ask questions and provide written feedback to the Board of Trustees.
Open forums for Mason will be Friday, April 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the Community College, 801 North Capitol Street; and Friday, April 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 44, Room A03 on the Van Ness Campus. http://www.udc.edu/Read more »
Drum Roll Zenobia Reed
James L. Llorens has been confirmed by the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Baton Rouge to serve as founding president. The board held its launch meeting March 3, 2015, and is currently completing its feasibility study. Although no facility has been located for the Catholic, college prep school, it is scheduled to open in Fall 2016. The high school will be private but only enroll low-income students. Llorens formerly served as chancellor of Southern University and A&M College and a former aide to East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden. In the Cristo Rey model, students participate in a corporate work-study program. Local businesses sponsor a full time job that is shared by a team of four students who each work one full day per week at the business. The job salary is paid to the school to offset tuition costs for students. The jobs provide students with hands on experience to prepare them for future careers. The Cristo Rey network is made up of 28 schools serving 9,000 students in 26 cities. The network has a 96% graduation rate, a 100% college acceptance rate, and a 90% college enrollment rate.Read more »
Business,Entertainment Zenobia Reed
OAK BROOK, Ill.–McDonald’s USA and the American Black Film Festival are joining forces to launch the McDonald’s Lovin’ Video Competition. To complement the new “Lovin” campaign, up-and-coming filmmakers are challenged to create one 90-second film that brings to life McDonald’s philosophy that, “A little more lovin’ can change a lot.”
Aspiring filmmakers nationwide are encouraged to enter their best, original submissions by 11:59 p.m. Eastern March 24, 2015, for their chance to win the grand prize and earn accolades from film industry leaders. Three finalists will be selected to attend the 19th annual American Black Film Festival in New York City, June 11 -14 and have an exclusive opportunity to be mentored by critically-acclaimed film director Malcolm D. Lee (Best Man; Best Man Holiday), who will provide the finalists with invaluable film industry tips and advice.
The top three short films will premiere at the highly-anticipated festival and will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Each submission will be critiqued on creativity, implementation of concept and quality. In the end, only one finalist will take home the grand prize — a film equipment package valued at $2,500 and an opportunity to have their film featured on prominent websites, including McDonald’s 365Black.com and other media entities. More information about the competition can be found at www.abff.com.
“We are excited to partner with McDonald’s USA on this most unique digital video contest,” said Jeff Friday, American Black Film Festival founder and chief executive officer. “The ABFF is committed to supporting emerging artists and providing trailblazing opportunities for them to gain exposure and visibility in the film and television industry.”
“I’m honored to mentor our next generation of aspiring filmmakers through ‘Lovin’ Video Competition’,” said Malcolm D. Lee. “Many have mentored and guided me along my journey to make an impact in film, and it’s important for all of us to do our part to bring the next generation up.”
McDonald’s newest campaign reignites the spirit of “i’m lovin’ it” and will inspire everything the brand does moving forward. By focusing on the lovin’ people show each other every day, the campaign provides an opportunity to celebrate and bring more lovin’ to customers.
“McDonald’s is excited to embark on this initiative with ABFF and the filmmakers of the future from the communities we serve,” said Kristen Wells, External Communications Manager, McDonald’s USA. “We hope that the idea of sharing love throughout our communities will motivate and inspire the filmmakers as they work tirelessly to make their dreams a reality.”
The Lovin’ Video Competition and ABFF’s vision to promote diversity in the film and television industry align with McDonald’s 365Black platform — an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.
To learn more about the American Black Film Festival and the Lovin’ Video Competition, visit www.abff.com. Follow @ABFF on Twitter and @AmericanBlackFilmFestival on Instagram.Read more »
News Zenobia Reed
Although no sites have been identified, NSBR officials said HOPE is preparing to launch its first school as early as Fall 2016.HOPE plans to open a total of four schools, serving 1,000 students in grades K-12 by 2022.
NSBR’s board voted to make the investment after reviewing HOPE’s leadership, transformational school model, growth plan, and plans to engage the local community. HOPE is the first nonpublic school to receive an investment from NSBR’s Excellence Fund.
“We are excited to welcome HOPE Christian Schools to Baton Rouge and provide the families of North Baton Rouge with another excellent school choice,” said Chris Meyer, CEO of NSBR. “HOPE schools have a track record of success. For the past three years, 100% of HOPE’s seniors were accepted into college. They are a great addition to our network of excellent schools as we work to ultimately deliver great schools, both public and nonpublic, to 12,000 students in underperforming schools in North Baton Rouge by 2017.”
“HOPE is pleased to partner with NSBR to bring the students of North Baton Rouge our school model, which focuses on character and academic performance,” said Andrew Neumann, Ph.D., president and CEO of Educational Enterprises and HOPE Christian Schools, Inc. “Our schools are designed to put students on the path to college from day one through our model which integrates a focus on academic excellence, character development and faith formation. We do this through providing strong leadership and passionate teachers, creating a positive and nurturing culture for learning, and using data to drive purposeful instruction.”
HOPE Christian Schools is a network of five Christian, college-preparatory schools in Milwaukee’s central city that opened in 2002 with one school and nearly 50 students. Today, HOPE serves nearly 1,600 students in kindergarten (K4 and K5) through 12th grade with the 3 C’s - Christ. College. Character® HOPE aims to launch in areas of unmet educational needs with high at-risk populations. In their current network, 90% – 100% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Across their three K-8 schools last year, HOPE averaged over 1.5 years growth on the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress assessment and their high school students outperformed the city, state and national ACT average for African-American students.
NSBR’s Excellence Fund is a collection of local and national resources to catalyze the transformation of schools in what NSBR calls the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone.. NSBR’s top priority is to support the expansion of proven, high-performing schools by investing exclusively in organizations that have track records of success, a transformational school model, and a commitment to the Baton Rouge community.
Business,Events Zenobia Reed
More than 50 professionals from across the Greater Baton Rouge area have been nominated for the first class of the Baton Rouge Black Professionals Forty Under 40 Entrepreneur Award. The inaugural class will be honored at a noon ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Belle of Baton Rouge.The winners will be announced by emcee Tiffany “Mic Chick” Dickerson. Miss Black Teen Louisiana USAM 2015, Cathy McLeod will present the awards on behalf of the organization.Organizers said the nominees exemplifiy an entrepreneurial spirit and have company statistics to support their claim.
The nominees are:
- Jaubert G. Ambeau IV of Total Body Anatomy
- Angel Askew-Murchison of Mommie’s Minis Cupcakes
- Tonia Askins of Tonia Askins International, LLC
- Wilson Battley III of Battley Home Inspection Services and VIP Daiquiri
- James Benton III of The Law Office of James Benton III, LLC
- Oonarissa Bernard of Over and Beyond Apparel – Manufacturing/Make Me Over Artistry
- Robert Broussard Jr of Greater Louisiana Insurance Group
- Gabrielle Briley-Johnson of Aspire Consulting Solutions, LLC
- Kimberlee Collins of Assurance Tax & Accounting Group
- Tanesha Craig of XtremeLife Fitness
- Maryam Diaab of OpenBarre Fitness Studio
- Michael R. Dunbar of Amazin Advertizin’
- Jackie Edwards of Happy Hair
- Erika Elzy of Until Then, LLC and Erika Press
- Karah Martin Fields Affordable Health Solutions LLC and Accurate Records LLC
- Jamar Franklin of Franklin Enterprises of LA
- Hilda Trenise Gautier of BayouHarpiste
- John Gray of Continuum Music
- Letrece Griffin of Power Move Management, LLC
- Keshia Hardnett of JTK Prints
- Lucianna Harris of Luciana Massage & Spa Therapies, LLC
- Cosha Hayes of Bran Nue Productions, LLC
- Jessica Haynes of Make-Up by Jess
- Josh Howard of 2 Broke Guys
- DJ Hunter of Prince Photography
- Jeremy Jackson of State Farm
- Natasha James of Pinkolicious Birthday Party Spa and Allstar Community Care Counseling Agency
- Ted James of James Law Office, LLC
- Brianne Joseph of Sly Fox Investigations
- Shawn Lagarde of Baton Rouge Cheer Stars
- Terrica Matthews-Mitchell of Premier Planning and Consulting Group, LLC
- Yalandra McClain of DYPA Foundation
- LaTonya McMillian of Happy Hair
- Vincent Perry of Perry Productions
- Malonna Peters of Mosiac Solutions, Inc.
- Trina Pullum of PullCorp Media and Business Consulting Group
- Latrina Raddler of Oasis Behavioral Health
- Victoria A. Roberts of VAR Events
- Terrell Robertson of DIG Deep Fitness, LLC
- Joy Russell of S Corp
- Brandon Simmons of Mr. Carter’s Exclusive Grooming Lounge & Spa
- Katrina “Moe” Smith of KAS Productions
- Danielle Tennent Stanton of National Star Pageants
- Ariel Steib of Beyond Flawless
- Ursula Stewart of Ursula’s Boutique
- Britney Monet Temple of Fit Lab Fitness
- Torrence Thomas of The Thomas Brothers Group, LLC
- Thurman Thomas, III of The Thomas Brothers Group, LLC
- Christopher Turner of Art By Christopher Turner, LLC
- Don Williams, ESQ of Don Williams Law Firm
- Sevetri Wilson of Solid Ground Innovations
The Baton Rouge Black Professionals mission is to cultivate, empower, and sustain the African-American professional community through business and social networking activities within the Baton Rouge region. Tickets can be purchased at https://brblackpros4040.eventbrite.com/
Events,In the Issue,Submitted News Zenobia Reed
Share photos from your recent community meeting with The Drum readers. Email photos and cutlines to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your photos online. The Southern University Ag Center recently held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sustainable Ag Urban Demonstration Farm located on the Baton Rouge campus, March 19. Two local schools attended along with […]Read more »
Commentary,Drum Roll,Entertainment Zenobia Reed
An interview with gospel artist Anita Jarrell-Robertson
About 17 years ago, music executive Vivian Scott Chew told me in a telephone interview to be on the lookout for a gifted singer who very few people had heard of but one who was about to take the world by storm with her music. The songstress Chew was referring to was R&B sensation and acclaimed actress Jill Scott.
It was around 1998 when Chew predicted how big Scott would get. And in 2000, Scott’s debut album — Who is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1 — was released. That album made it to the Top 20 of the Billboard albums chart. Scott, also a songwriter, had earned three Grammy nominations for the project, which included the hit “Gettin’ in the Way.”
Now, nearly 20 years after Chew — who has long provided direction and musical support for new and emerging artists — spoke of Scott’s imminent rise from obscurity to stardom, there is another gifted singer who is on the verge of an accomplishment that’s reminiscent of Scott’s dynamic ascension to prominence in the entertainment industry.
Her name? Anita Jarrell-Robertson. And she has a voice and a stage presence that command attention. Jarrell-Robertson in July of 2014 released her contemporary gospel album “God is There,” a CD filled with tracks that minister to the core of people’s hearts. The title track — “God is There” — speaks directly to the listener whose life has been thrown into a tailspin by one personal calamity after another.
On that track, Jarrell-Robertson shares that the Lord is always present, especially in times when He seems most distant.
“The song, ‘God is There,’ was written during a very tumultuous time in our lives (my husband and my children). At that time we were fighting cancer with my daughter, Jessica. She was only about a year old and she had relapsed with leukemia for the second time, and her doctor had informed us that she probably would not make it,” Jarrell-Robertson said.
“So, we were facing a lot, we were facing her (conceivably) passing. She was our first child, we already had a second child with a third one on the way. And we were going through tough times in our marriage because of all the stress,” Jarrell-Robertson said. “We had issues with outside family members and friends with their opinions and their judgments, and we just felt alone.
“We actually had a pastor at that time to tell us that our daughter was going to die, and that we needed to let her go because she was going to die and that’s what (he said) God had told him,” recalls Jarrell-Robertson, whose family moved to Carrollton, Texas, from Baton Rouge, La. “We were told a lot of things during that season but when all that stuff was happening, it was like we were in a whirlwind and I was like, ‘Where are You? What’s going on?’ I remember being in the hospital room by myself one day with my daughter, and I looked around and I looked up and asked, ‘Where are You?’ And He answered me and He said, ‘I am there.’ ”
God’s response, Jarrell-Robertson admits, didn’t exactly soothe the pain she was feeling as her child faced such a life-threatening disease.
Jarrell-Robertson couldn’t understand how she could be serving God as passionately as she was at that time and, yet, sill be faced with such a harsh reality.
“I just didn’t understand,” states Jarrell-Robertson, who said her experience caused her to feel somewhat like Job, whose family was hit with disaster that claimed the lives of his 10 children. “And so the song actually came about because God gave me the song. The whole song was written like a conversation.”
From her dialogue with the Lord, Jarrell-Robertson said she learned that trusting God and walking by faith don’t come without trials from time to time. She learned that sometimes people go through difficult times as preparation for the places God is sending them in some cases and so that they could have testimonies to help edify other people in other cases. Jarrell-Robertson and her husband, Jesse, now share the profound testimony of their daughter being cancer-free.
The 12-track album has so many songs on it that are more than capable of capturing and suspending the attention of listeners. One such track is “Even Me,” which is perhaps Jarrell-Robertson’s most widely recognized song.
“Even Me” sends the message that regardless of how unworthy of God’s grace and mercy a person may feel he is, the Lord’s love is strong enough to cover him.
“I came to this realization that I can come to the cross even with this, in whatever mess that I’m in, I can still come to the cross with it,” said Jarrell-Robertson, who, with her husband, started Harvest Music, a record label for independent Gospel artists. “Basically, God was not surprised about the condition of my heart. I was, but He wasn’t. His blood was powerful enough to save and deliver ‘even me.’ ”
The song “God is There” earned Jarrell-Robertson the top 2014 Chosen Voice Awards honor for “Best Contemporary Song.”
Jarrell-Robertson’s music, which has crossover appeal, can be purchased on her official website, http://www.anitaworships.com. Other places it can be found include: Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.
By Donald Lee
Donald Lee is founder-pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center of Dallas. E-mail him at email@example.com.Read more »
News Zenobia Reed
LSU University College’s Summer Scholars program is currently accepting applications for its Class of 2015. Su>mmer Scholars is an eight-week summer program that prepares high-achieving, under-represented minority students to make a successful transition from high school to college. The program is only open to 2015 high school graduates who have applied and are eligible for enrollment at LSU. This summer experience offers students the opportunity to become adjusted to the academic, personal, and social challenges they may encounter as new freshmen at LSU.
LSU Summer Scholars awards scholarships covering tuition, housing, meal plan and cultural and enrichment activities. The deadline to apply for Summer Scholars is March 20.For more information or to apply for LSU Summer Scholars Class of 2015, visit www.lsu.edu/ssp <http://www.lsu.edu/ssp> .
“LSU Summer Scholars is an opportunity for incoming minority students to arrive on campus for a summer experience that not only involves enrollment in freshman level classes, but also the opportunity to integrate themselves to the campus community and build a network of fellow students who support each other and grow together in a close bond that lasts beyond their freshman year,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College.
Summer Scholars are provided with a structured environment conducive to building the fundamental skills necessary to enhance the likelihood of successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. The program includes enrollment in six credit hours of coursework; study/discussion groups with supplemental instructors and tutors; social and cultural enrichment activities; residence in on-campus housing for the entire summer term; academic, self-improvement, and leadership seminars; and academic advising, course scheduling, and career goal development.
“Summer Scholars helps students pursue their dream of coming to LSU,” said Riad Elhhanoufi, president of Summer Scholars Class of 2014 and LSU chemical engineering major. “The program has Tiger Exploration talks where various speakers share with us specifics of their industry and resources to help us in our lives at the university. Summer Scholars provides me the opportunity to get one step ahead of the game.”
Ivey said that former participants in the Summer Scholars Program live by the motto, “Once a Scholar, Always a Scholar,” so the networking opportunities extend far beyond the boundaries of campus.
“Scholars receive an experience that helps prepare them for their upcoming college careers,” said Natalie Derouen, a 2009 Summer Scholar participant and LSU biology major. “They build friendships that will last a lifetime, and they become part of a family that has been established for more than 20 excellent years.”
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. In addition, a variety of retention-specific programs, targeting particular student populations, play a significant role in accomplishing our mission. These programs include Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. For more information on LSU University College or Summer Scholars, visit www.uc.lsu.edu <http://www.uc.lsu.edu> or follow the conversation at www.facebook.com/LSU.UniversityCollege <http://www.facebook.com/LSU.UniversityCollege>Read more »
Events Zenobia Reed
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6pm
Baton Rouge Youth Coming Together: Citywide Youth Strategy Prayer Meeting
Antioch Full Gospel Ministry
6538 Mickens Road, Baton Rouge
Advocates against crime, entrepreneurs, concerned citizens, and prayer intercessors will join youth leaders and parents for this united prayer movement. Contact: Minister Patricia Gail, facilitator, (225) 247-3534. Event repeats Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6pm. Free.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6pm
Beyond Bricks EBR: A Community Driven Discussion
Mckinley Middle School
1550 Eddie Robinson Dr. Baton Rouge
Speak up and be a part of a positive movement to recharge our public schools. Online: beyondbricksebr.org. Free.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7pm
Mister and Miss Imani Pageant: “A Night in Harlem”
LSU Union Theater, Baton Rouge
LSU celebrates Black History Month every February, recognizing the struggles, strides and accomplishments of African Americans. This year’s theme is “The Dawn of a New Renaissance: Celebrating a Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” Free.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, noon
Blacks in Academia Lecture Series
Eugene Kennedy: “Increasing the Success of K12 African American Students in Science and Math: Ways for College Students to Get Involved”
LSU African American Cultural Center, Baton Rouge. Free
Thursday, Feb.5, 6pm
The Fifth Little Girl of the 16th St. Baptist Church Bombing
BREC Independence Park Theatre
7800 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge
BREC presents this citywide Black History Month Celebration of monologues, dining, dancing, and a discussion with Sarah Collins Rudolph. Open to all ages. Free.
Thursday, Feb. 5, 6pm
Beyond Bricks EBR: A Community Driven Discussion
Baton Rouge Magnet High School
2825 Government Street
Speak up and be a part of a positive movement to recharge our public schools. Online: beyondbricksebr.org. Free.
Friday, Feb. 6, 4pm – 6pm
“Say it Loud: What’s Black & Proud?”
LSU African American Cultural Center
Co-sponsored with the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative and LSU Career Services, Baton Rouge. Free.
Friday, Feb. 6, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Tangipahoa Parish’s 2015 Mardi Gras in the Zone
North General Pershing Street in the Pennington Center Parking Lot, Hammond, LA
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the TRACC Coalition and PEEPS. Games and activities for kids. Bring lawn chairs. All children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Free.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2pm
Beyond Bricks EBR: A Community Driven Discussion
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge
Speak up and be a part of a positive movement to recharge our public schools. Online: beyondbricksebr.org. Free.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2pm
Beyond Bricks EBR: A Community Driven Discussion
University Baptist Church
5775 Highland Road
Speak up and be a part of a positive movement to recharge our public schools. Online: beyondbricksebr.org. Free.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6pm
Beyond Bricks EBR: A Community Driven Discussion
Capital Middle School
5100 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge
Speak up and be a part of a positive movement to recharge our public schools. Online: beyondbricksebr.org. Free.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, noon
Blacks in Academia Lecture Series
“Journey to the Graduate Degree: A Panel Discussion”
LSU African American Cultural Center. Free.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 5:30pm-7pm
Credit Counseling Seminar
7711 Goodwood Blv. Baton Rouge
Learn cost effective tools to build or repair credit, connect with credible lenders, meet realtors, learn about homes available for purchase. Hosted by Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation and CapitalOne Bank.Fee: $25 for registration and credit processing. This is the first of a six-month series on credit counseling seminars. The seminars will take place each month in partnership with various Baton Rouge financial institutions and real estate professionals. Attendees will learn the tools necessary to improve their credit and to prepare for homeownership. A nominal fee of $25 for registration & credit will be assessed during registration. Advanced registration is required. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (225) 356-8871. Register online at www.urecbr.com.
Thursday, Feb. 12, 6pm
Sankofa Poetry & Open Mic Night
“Masterpieces of Black Eloquence”
LSU African American Cultural Center. Free.
Friday, Feb. 13, 8pm
Mardi Gras Ball
Southern University Royal Cotillion Ballroom
500 Jesse N Stone Ave, Baton Rouge
Formal ball of the NAACP Baton Rouge Chapter. Tickets: $50. Online:naacpmardigrasball.eventbrite.com. Contact: (225) 287-4673
Saturday, Feb. 14, 9am – 10:30am
Fueled to Geaux Free Breakfast for Kids
Dr. Leo S. Butler Center
Thomas Delpit Drive
Sponsored by Geaux Learn Educational Solutions. Free.
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Baton Rouge,Finance Zenobia Reed
Applications to be accepted starting Monday, Feb. 2
East Baton Rouge’s Office of Social Services has funds available to assist qualifying low-income households with their energy bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
To qualify for assistance through the program, a household’s total monthly income cannot exceed the limits in the table below. Qualifying households cannot have received a previous benefit within the past six months.
Household Size Maximum Income
Per household per month
All applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis according to the program’s waiting list. To get on the waiting list, please call the nearest Office of Social Services location (see table of zip codes below) on Fridays, 8am – noon. Applications will then be taken by appointment only, beginning Monday, Feb. 2nd.
Applicants must provide, at a minimum, the following documentation at the time the application is taken:
(1) Copies of each household member’s social security card
(2) Proof of income of all household members age 18 or older
(3) A copy of an energy bill (must be within the last 6 months)
(4) A photo I.D. of the applicant
(5) At least one other document that was mailed to the applicant at the service address indicated on the energy bill.
If additional documentation is required, the applicant will be notified at the time of application. Households reporting zero income will also be required to provide additional documentation. All information provided with the application will be subject to verification. Intentional misrepresentation of information may result in criminal prosecution of the applicant and anyone assisting in the misrepresentation.
Income eligible applicants who have received a Disconnect Notice and who have not received assistance for a Disconnect Notice in the prior 12 months may also apply.
LIHEAP Application Sites
- Central Office, 4523 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805 358-4561 70805
- Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road, Zachary, LA 70791 658-9790
- Charles R. Kelly Community Center (Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70805 357-5013
- Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 389-4814
- Dr. Martin L. King Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 389-7679
- Jewel J. Newman Community Center (North Baton Rouge Community Center), 2013 Central Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807 778-1007
- Rural Program, 5736 Rollins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70791 658-7494 70791
Events Zenobia Reed
“A MOTHER’S CRY” EXAMINES IMPACT OF KILLING OF CHILDREN ON FAMILIES
On Friday, Jan. 30, at 7pm, citizens from the Baton Rouge area will gather at the BREC Independence Park Theatre to discuss what can be done to prevent the rise of what organizers call “senseless killing in our community”. This event, “A Mother’s Cry – The Community Gathering of The Voices,” focuses on helping mothers who are healing after the violent deaths of their children.
“By sharing their stories with the larger community, everyone can become more aware of how we can all work together to keep our youth from becoming participants and/or victims of street crime,” said organizers with Stop the Killing Inc.
They will hear from Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was murdered in 2013 by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Other presenters include RCA artist and Hip-Hop reformer Dee 1, Houston community activist Deric Muhammad, Louisiana radio journalist Tony Brown, Stop the Killing organizer Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed, and West Baton Rouge assistant district attorney Tony Clayton.
BREC’s Independence Park Theatre is located at 7800 Independence Boulevard. The event is free of charge to the public.
Stop the Killing Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization established in 2003 to work toward eliminating the violence and senseless killings that disrupt the social fabric in our communities. The organization’s goal is to create stronger and safer living environments by teaching youth to value life, get an education, and make positive choices.Read more »