LOGO
  • ,

    And the 52 nominees are….

    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/

     

     

    Read more »
  • Pecue Lane/I-10 Interchange public meeting scheduled for Feb. 25

    East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works and the Green Light Plan Team will conduct a third Public Meeting for a proposed I-10 interchange at Pecue Lane on February 25.  All interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend.

    This project is currently in the planning stage.  Representatives of the Green Light Plan Team and the project team will be present to receive comments and answer questions related to the proposed project.  The team will ask for input on the specific proposed design alternatives. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend. The Public Meeting is scheduled for the time, date, and location below.

    4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    St. George Kleinpeter Activity Center
    7808 Saint George Drive
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809

    Members of the public may arrive at any time between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  The meeting will include a brief, continuously-running slide presentation.  Verbal comments can be recorded at the meeting.  Written statements can be submitted at the meeting, mailed to the address shown below, or submitted via email to ponder@csrsonline.com.  All comments received or postmarked within 10 days following the meeting will become part of the official meeting transcript.

    Should anyone require special assistance due to a disability to participate in this meeting, please contact the Green Light Plan Team at the address shown below, or by telephone at (225) 769-0546 (Ext. 276), at least five working days prior to the meeting.

    CSRS Program Management

    Attn: Brad Ponder, P.E.

    6767 Perkins Road, Suite 200

    Baton Rouge, LA 70808

    Read more »
  • ,,

    Community Meeting Snap Shots

    Share photos from your recent community meeting with The Drum readers. Email photos and cutlines to news@thedrumnewspaper.info 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 »
  • Events: Feb 3 – 15, 2015

    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

    Mrs-Rudolph-1963-todayThursday, 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.

    mardi gras tangi

    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
    Broadmoor Methodist
    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
    Goodwood Library
    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 info@urecbr.com 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.

    To be included in the EVENTS section,submit details to thedrumnewspaper @ gmail. com. Include full name and contact
    phone number. Or complete this form online

    Read more »
  • Sybrina Fulton to headline community gathering, Jan 30

    “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 »
  • Events: Jan 24-31, 2015

    Saturday, Jan. 24, 11am
    So you want to be an author?
    Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists Monthly Meeting
    On the Boarder Restaurant
    2552 Citiplace Blvd, Baton Rouge
    Local authors will discuss how to start book projects. Free for members and $5 for nonmembers. RSVP by email to brareaabj@gmail.com.

    Saturday, Jan. 24, 10am – 2pm
    Prayer Rally for the Soul of Louisiana
    Southern University Felton G. Clark Center
    The rally is focused on Louisiana’s mass incarceration rate, Medicaid expansion, and the state’s failing education system. Organizations involved: national and local Baptist conventions, Missionary Baptist groups, Full Gospel fellowships, the Louisiana State NAACP, and churches affiliated with AME and CME.

    Sunday, Jan. 25, noon – 4pm
    Cu-Mit To Be Fit With CuRobiks Inaugural Health Fair
    Dupuis Center/Brown Park, Lafayette
    Live fitness concert with Cupid, CuRobiks trainer certification classes, health and fitness vendors, run/walk, and health screenings for all ages. Contact: Lynettebaptist.curobiks@gmail.com

    Sunday, Jan. 25 – Feb. 8
    Ultimate Prom Giveaway
    Participating YMCA locations
    The Cinderella Project and No Glass Slippers are accepting donations of new or gently used prom appropriate dresses and
    shoes. Drop off items at the Americana YMCA, A.C. Lewis YMCA, Baranco Clark YMCA, C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA,Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA, Dow Westside YMCA, ExxonMobil YMCA, Paula G. Manship YMCA, or Southside YMCA

    Wednesday, Ja. 28, 12:30pm
    Beyond Bricks Listening Tour
    BREC Cadillac St. Park
    Speak Up! Be a part of a positive movement to recharge our public schools. Register at beyondbricksEBR.org for next week’s sessions: Wed., Jan. 28, 12:30pm at BREC Cadillac St. Park; Thurs., Jan. 29, 6pm at Scotlandville Magnet High; and Sat. Jan 31, 10am at Bluebonnett Library. More dates are posted at http://www.ebrschools.org/

    Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:30pm
    Information Session
    Online at www.louisianaconnectionsacademy.com
    Louisiana Connections Academy will host online information sessions for families and prospective families to learn more about the school’s K-12 curriculum and programs. Call the school at (225) 372-8389 or attend one of the following online sessions:
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:30pm
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:00am
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:30pm
    Register at www.louisianaconnectionsacademy.com

    Friday, Jan. 30
    BR Black Professionals 2015 Forty Under 40 Entrepreneur Awards Deadline
    To nominate, visit brblackpros4040.eventbrite.com. All nominations must be received by January 30, and winners will be announced during the award ceremony, Saturday, Feb. 28 at The Belle of Baton Rouge. All proceeds generated from nomination fees will benefi t the BR Black Professionals Middle School Laptop Give-Away. ONLINE:www.facebook.com/BRBlackPros.

    To be included in the EVENTS section,submit details to thedrumnewspaper@gmail.com. Iinclude full name and contact
    phone number. Or complete this form online

    Read more »
  • ,

    LSU to host MLK Commemorative Celebration Week

    Martin Luther King Jr. once said that life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing to help others?”

    Every year, the LSU community comes together to answer that question with LSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week, where the highlights and memorialization of the work, accomplishments and legacy of one of the greatest Civil Rights and African American leaders in modern history are honored.

    The Commemorative Celebration kicks off at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, where LSU and Baton Rouge community members come together for “MLK Day of Service.” Approximately 200 registered volunteers from LSU’s students, faculty, staff and administrators, as well as other community partners will participate in revitalizing multiple Baton Rouge programs and their facilities to better the community. Students, faculty, staff and community members participating in events can share their #MLK week experiences with LSU on Twitter @LSU or Instagram @snapLSU.

    Following the Day of Service, a candlelight vigil and march sponsored by National Pan-Hellenic Council will be held to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The vigil will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a short program beginning at the Memorial Tower in honor and remembrance of King’s work.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the Student Union Theater will host the MLK Performing Arts Night, where people can celebrate the life and legacy of King through the arts, poetry, dance and musical expression. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    The signature program is the MLK & Black History Month Commemorative Celebration, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Student Union Theater. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Committees will host journalist, scholar, author and activist Marc Lamont Hill as the keynote speaker for the celebration.

    Marc Lamont Hill

    Marc Lamont Hill

    Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country and is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News; commentator on Our World with Black Enterprise; and political contributor to CNN and Fox News. A distinguished professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College, Hill is also an award-winning journalist, receiving several prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalist, GLAAD and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

    Throughout the month of January, the MLK Committee will host a food drive to aid in LSU’s Food Pantry. Drop-off locations include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, located in room 335 of the Student Union, and the African American Cultural Center, located behind the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 3 Union Square.

    The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration is coordinated by the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee and the Black History Month Committee.

    Read more »
  • West Baton Rouge Museum open for King holiday

    On Monday, January 19, a day when many institutions will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr holiday, the West Baton Rouge Museum will be open with free admission, 10am – 4:30pm, to commemorate the life’s work of King.

    There will be a moderated film discussion at noon presented by Aaron Sheehan-Dean, LSU History Department’s Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies. The film discussion will focus on the 19th century abolitionist struggle that has been noted as America’s first Civil Rights struggle. As part of his presentation, Sheehan-Dean will share clips from the documentary film, The Abolitionists featuring brave men and women who risked their lives to end slavery.“Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” series, a Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Throughout the day, the public is invited to walk through Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard. This exhibit, curated by West Baton Rouge Museum’s Angelique Bergeron and guest curator, Emmitt Glynn, illustrates the history of the Louisiana Native Guard, the first Black troops to be mustered into the Union Army during the American Civil War and the brave first steps toward life out of slavery and working toward equality.

    West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call 225-336-2422 Ext. 15.

    Read more »
  • ,

    South Baton Rouge Wall of Fame opens to tours, Feb. 2

    In observance of Black History Month, the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington Street, is inviting local churches, youth groups and schools in the South Baton Rouge Community to tour the center’s “Wall of Fame”.

    Housed in the center, the South Baton Rouge “Wall of Fame” displays pictures of African Americans from the South Baton Rouge area who made profound and significant contributions to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the nation, as educators, politicians, entertainers, medical professionals, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, athletes, law enforcement officers, and community activists.

    Organizers said this is truly an educational opportunity for our children/youth and Baton Rouge residents/others to visit the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center.  Overall, the project was a fifteen month planning/research endeavor culminating with a community unveiling on Sun., May 18, 2014, at the community center.

    The SBR Wall of Fame is a learning experience. It highlights the individuals in the SBR community whose success reflects the arts and culture of South Baton Rouge and the State of Louisiana. This is a historical landmark, said members of the planning committee.

    Guided tours will begin on Monday, February, 2, through Friday, February 27. To schedule tours, call (225) 389-4860. Hours at the community center are 8am – 3pm, Monday – Thursday, and 8am – 2 pm on Friday.

    By Mada McDonald
    The Drum Community Reporter

    Read more »
  • ,

    Jewel J. Newman Center hosts benefit ball, Jan 17

    SCOTLANDVILLE–The Jewel J. Newman Community Center has partnered with the Culinary Arts Department of Career Academy to cater the center’s first Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction! This semi-formal/formal event will be held Saturday, January 17, in the recreation center with a Silent Auction beginning at 7:30pm. Musical Entertainment will be provided by One More Time “OMT” band.

    The proceeds of this event will benefit the Jewel J. Newman Community Center Playground Capital Campaign. Tickets are $50 for individuals, $80 for couples, and $350 for tables of 10.
    Call, (225) 775-3938 or email at jjncc@brgov.com.

    Read more »
  • Biblical Institute offers certification Jan. 5

    The 2015 spring classes for the first term at Southeast Regional Biblical Institute will begin on January 5, 2015.  This certificate program is through Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.  This certificate program of biblical and theological education is being offered to ministers and laypersons.  According to organizers, this Extension Institute has been designed for persons who want to improve their biblical and theological knowledge.  This Institute will further prepare men and women for ministry.  ALL interested persons, with or without college degrees are invited to participate.  The courses will be taught by seminary trained instructors and experienced pastors. Registration required by January 5, 2015
    at www.samford.edu/continued-learning/ministry-training-institute/

    On-site Registration is scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015
    at 5pm.
    Baton Rouge Community College
    Small Business Training Center
    350 N. Donmoor
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806

    Classes will begin on Monday, January 5, 2015, 6pm.

    Class Offering :
    Basic Level- How to Think Theologically 
    Advanced Level – The Study of the Book of Ephesians

    The required textbooks are:
    The Study of the Book of Ephesians- The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to Ephesians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) by F. F. Bruce and How to Think Theologically by Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke.

    For additional information log on SRBI’s website-www.srbi-br.org

    Contact Mary W. Moss, Director of The Southeast Regional Institute at  (225) 772-0307 or   email-pastormoss@att.net.

    Read more »
  • COMMUNITY EVENT: HIV Health Day Dec. 6

    HAART, Volunteers of America, the Black Treatment Advocates Network and Walgreens invite the Baton Rouge community to join them for a family friendly event on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10am. at the Walgreens located at 5955 Airline Highway. This community event will promote an overall healthy lifestyle by providing free HIV testing, health screenings and employment assistance. The event will also feature games, space walks, raffles, door prizes and food.

    Read more »
  • ,

    SU hosts fall concert Nov. 18

    The Southern University Concert Choir, under the direction of professor Charles Lloyd Jr., will present its Annual Fall Concert.  Guest performers will be Jacqueline Paige-Green, soprano and Richard Hobson, baritone. Students Briannica Thompson, Derelyn Williams, Nicolas Lockett, Ryan Alexander and Arthur Gremillion will be featured soloists.

    The Nov. 18 ” We’ll walk in the light” concert will begin at 3pm in the Stewart Hall Auditorium.  The program will feature Christmas selections, choral anthems, and Spirituals.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

    Read more »
  • 1984 World’s Fair 30th Anniversary Celebration scheduled Nov 7

    NEW ORLEANS - Mark your calendars for November 7, 2014 and head to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World’s Fair. At 5:00 p.m., a large bronze plaque celebrating the Exposition will be unveiled at the corner of Julia Street and Convention Center Boulevard, the heart of the fair site.

    Thirty years ago today, the Louisiana World Exposition was wrapping up with just days to go before closing. Fondly known as the 1984 World’s Fair, it occurred from May 12 through November 11, 1984 and was the catalyst for revitalizing 82 acres of the warehouse district and opening up the Mississippi River to the public.

    Before it became the official New Orleans Morial Convention Center, the building was first used as the Great Hall of the World’s Fair. Those who gather will be reliving memories that include the Wonderwall, the gondola, the space shuttle Enterprise exhibit, the riverfront amphitheater, the synchronized swimmers at the Aquacade, the Vatican exhibit, the Italian Village, the Kid Wash, partying on Fulton Street, and visiting the many pavilions from around the world.

    Three decades later, the Fair’s long-term residual benefits are evident in the vibrant warehouse district and CBD, the blossoming of residential development, an expanded convention center, and public access to the riverfront and visitor amenities. New Orleans citizens still fondly remember the fair, and elements of it can be seen throughout the city in yards, photos, and as décor on public buildings.

    The nostalgic crowd will gather Friday, November 7 at 5 p.m. at the Plaza at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the beautiful commemorative plaque will be unveiled. (Corner of Julia and Convention Center Boulevard)

    Following the dedication, a second line will proceed to the food court at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk for a 30th reunion of former employees, contractors, exhibitors, concessionaires, performers, and lovers of the 1984 World’s Fair.

    Parking is discounted to $5 in the Hilton surface lot with voucher provided at event.

    Read more »
  • ,,

    Forum to detail voter suppression in Louisiana

    Louisiana Progress will present a public forum, “Jim Crow Tactics: Voting and Not Voting in Louisiana,” moderated by Jim Engster, 7pm,  Thursday, October 23, at the LSU African American Cultural Center.

    This forum on voter suppression in Louisiana will feature panelists Chris Tyson, associate professor of law at LSU Law Center;  Roland Mitchell, associate professor of higher education at LSU; Alfreda Tillman Bester, General Counsel for NAACP Louisiana; and State Representative Patricia Haynes Smith.

    The panelists will discuss their expert opinions regarding the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder, gerrymandering in Louisiana, and how the legacies of race discrimination in voting continue to have consequences for Louisiana today.

    RSVP Online: https://m.facebook.com/messages/read/?tid=mid.1413898987749%3A5f7b0a61b56eb3bb49&soft=notifications

    Read more »
  • ,

    Summit on the Plight of the African American Male starts Oct. 17

    NEW ORLEANS - While Post-Katrina New Orleans has experienced tremendous progress and some quality of life improvements, Pastor Tom Watson, organizer of the 20th Annual Citywide Summit on the African American Male, argues “that there still exists the ‘tale of two cities’ when juxtaposed with the harsh realities of African American males living in New Orleans.”  Fifty-two percent of New Orleans African American men are unemployed; disproportionate numbers of Black men and boys are still being incarcerated in mass numbers; NOPD continues overuse of serious force or racial profiling (noted in the Consent Decree) and, nationally, a recurring trend of unarmed Black men being murdered by police could make New Orleans ripe to become the next Ferguson, Missouri.
         
    Former Mayor Marc Morial is the summit’s speaker. The summit is free and open to the public, as it is intended to elevate a participatory solution-based dialogue addressing these issues with community residents and a distinguished panel of local experts/stakeholders including: Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University; Dr. Patrice Sams-Abiodun,executive director of the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University and co-author of Recognizing the Underutilized Economic Potential of Black Men in New Orleans; Jason Williams, New Orleans Councilman At-Large; and Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney will weigh-in on the state of Black men and boys in this city. The summit is free and open to the public.  WWL-TV Anchor Sally Ann Roberts will moderate.

    2014 Conference Events-Sponsored by Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries & The Family Center of Hope

    Stopping Murders-Rap Sessions & Workshops for 300 school-age males
                    Friday, 9:00 a.m.- Noon
                                            
    Restoring Men-20th Annual Summit– National Urban League’s Marc Morial
        Friday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


    Healing Mothers–Helping Mothers Heal Conference
                     Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 pm


    Helping Mothers Heal-From Interruption to Intervention


    As an outgrowth of the 2012 Conference on The African American Male, Helping Mother’s Heal was born as an intervention to aid mothers and families victimized by the murder of their sons. Due to the overwhelming outcry for help, this year’s conference will feature a new convening for victim’s mothers and their families. Mothers will address law enforcement and justice system officials and share with them their grief from these egregious crimes and a persistent, lingering source of their pain, the fact that their loved ones murders remain unsolved. District Attorney Leon Cannizaro, Crimestoppers Darlene Costanza, Juvenile Judge Ernestine Gray and Police Chief Michael Harrison have agreed to take part in the conference. Rev. Patricia Watson, founder, states “our purpose is to turn these mothers’ pain into purpose.” Registration for the conference is $35. To register, call 504.891.3264 or visit www.fchnola.com.

    “These two very important convenings are about bringing community residents together to have a voice,” said  Pastor Tom Watson.  “We cannot wait for top-down government solutions to the issues related to violence that affect us-hence, the conference attempts to explore and influence better outcomes and greater accountability for prevention and intervention.”
     

    Read more »
  • ,

    New Venture Theatre presents CHOIR BOY

    New Venture Theatre continues its 2014 season with Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, Choir Boy. This play is directed by Clarence Crockett and will be performed at the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre located inside the Manship Theatre.

    The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical Black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Choir Boy is a gripping new play with music that examines, race, sexuality, faith, bullying, education and strained family relationships.

    The cast are: Christian Jones as Pharus, David Sylvester as Bobby, Toi Bonnet as Junior, Greg Williams Jr. as David, Marcus Anderson as AJ, Brandon Lewis as Headmaster, and Roger Ferrier as as Mr. Pendleton. The crew members are: director Clarence Crockett, set designer Kelly Latchie,  costumer Angela Perry, musical director LaNea Wilkinson, and assistant director Nikki Nadkarni.

    This is an adult-rated show for mature audiences only. No one under the age of 12 will be allowed in the theatre. Performances are at the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre located inside the Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm, Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm, Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, October 26 at 3:00pm. New Venture Theatre is the resident theatre for Manship Theatre.

    ONLINE: newventuretheatre.org

    Read more »
  • ,,

    Women`s Help Center celebrates 20 years

    For the past 20 years the Women’s Help Center has been dedicated to upholding family values through offering women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy life-affirming support and compassionate care. The Women’s Help Center, located at 7515 Scenic Hwy in Scotlandville, provides free services to women and their families including: pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, HIV testing, prenatal and parenting classes, abstinence support, and compassionate counseling.

    In support of its mission, the Women’s Help Center held its 16th Annual Leaving a Legacy of Life Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction on Friday, August 15, 2014.  Featured speaker Dr. John R. Diggs Jr, a board-certified Internist, who has put his medical training and 15-plus years of clinical experience to work in developing a series of messages advocating the sanctity of human life and the proven benefits of sexual restraint, captivated the audience with his dynamic presentation.  Featured musical guest, Anita Jarrell-Robertson, melted the hearts of the crowd with her captivating voice and shared testimony of her life-changing experience. All proceeds from this event will be used to help The Women’s Help Center continue to serve families in need.

    Community news submitted by Natalie Thomas
    Photography by James Walker

    image

    Charles “Trey” Thomas III, Rev. Gene Mills, Senator Sharon W. Broome, Barbara Thomas, Dr. John Diggs, Charles Thomas II.

    Read more »
  • ,

    Housing listening tour comes to Baton Rouge

    Louisiana Housing Alliance (LHA) will host the Annual Listening Tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 29, 2014. The Listening Tour is a week-long road trip during which LHA visits each of Louisiana’s 9 regions to listen to the concerns and successes of housing providers, advocates, working, families, local officials and policy makers.

    The information obtained enables LHA to set its legislative and advocacy agenda for the following year, and work collectively with local regions to promote housing opportunity and strong communities for all. LHA also uses these conversations to learn about technical assistance and capacity-building needs of housing providers and advocates, so that it can design a series of workshops programs to address the needs identified.

    The Baton Rouge Listening Tour meeting will be held at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, 402 N. Fourth Street, 9:30am–11:30am. To register, visit www.lahousingalliance.org or call 225-381-0041.

    Read more »
  • ‘Booking It With Baby’ tour returns to Baton Rouge

    The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System’s fourth annual “Booking it With Baby” literacy tour will begin Wednesday, July 9.

    “Over the past four years, my foundation has accomplished more than I ever imagined through our literacy initiative. I am so humbled by the kids’ response and I can’t wait to meet and interact with them this year.”  Davis said

    Los Angeles Clipper and Baton Rouge native will be traveling through his hometown via the library’s mobile unit to bring books and promote literacy to children in the community.

    This year’s tour will include a special stop on July 10 at The Eden Park Library where   the first ever “Big Baby & Hollingsworth Reading Center” will be revealed.

    The tour will end on Saturday, July 12, with the second annual “Big Baby’s Family & Friends Day” at Star Hill Church. Open to the public, this event will provide a more relaxed setting during which guests can interact with Davis and other community leaders.

    For a full schedule of this years stops click here

    Read more »
  • Medical Training College to host Open House

    Attendees will learn about programs offered by the Medical Training College on June 21 a 1p.m. Tours of the campus will be given and staff will be available to answer any questions. Free. Online: www.mtcbr.com. MTC is located at 10525 Plaza Americana Dr.

    Read more »
  • Mason sets open door meetings May, June

    The entire Southern University System including alumni are invited to one-on-one conversations with SU System President Ronald Mason Jr. He has reserved May 22 and June 26, 9am -noon, for individual meetings as part of his “President’s Open Door Day.” The meetings are by appointment only, on a first-come, first- served basis in the President’s Office, 4th Floor, J.S. Clark Administration Building. Sign up at the Office of the President or call 225.771.4680

    Read more »
  • Mobile Pantry to make stop in Scotlandville

    Together Baton Rouge and the Greater Baton Rouge Food bank will host  the Scotlandville Mobile Pantry Saturday, April 26 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. The pantry will provide free produce to Scotlandville citizens starting at 9 a.m. until the produce runs out.  St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is located at 1620 77th Avenue. Patrons are asked to bring a chair and food carrier.

    Read more »
  • ,

    Hill to host community meeting on House Bill 1177

    Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) District 8 Rep. Carolyn Hill will host a community meeting 6pm, Tues., April 22, at Capitol Middle School, 5100 Greenwell Springs Road, to discuss the impact of House Bill 1177, which would restructure the administration of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.East Baton Rouge School System Supt. Bernard Taylor, Attorney Domoine Rutledge as well as State Representatives Pat Smith and Alfred Williams will speak. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

    Read more »
  • New main library at Goodwood to be dedicated Saturday

    The  East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library at Goodwood will host its formal opening and dedication on Saturday, April 12 .

    The celebration begins at 1 p.m.  with a ribbon cutting by city-parish Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton

    The flagship of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, the new Main Library at Goodwood enjoyed a soft opening in January.  The 126,000-square-foot library, which will be completed fully this summer, more than doubles the space offered patrons at the former site at Goodwood Boulevard (65,000 square feet).  The new location houses more than 500,000 items, ranging from books and movies to circulating artwork and electronic resources.

    The  new Main Library at Goodwood enjoyed a soft opening in January.  The 126,000-square-foot library,  will be completed fully this summer and more than doubles the space offered patrons at the former site at Goodwood Boulevard .  The new location houses more than 500,000 items, ranging from books and movies to circulating artwork, electronic resources.

    The new site is home to 140 personal computers, meeting room with a 300-person capacity , quiet reading room, rooms for meetings and Storytime, study rooms, free WiFi throughout the building, many electronic plug-ins and power outlets throughout the site, a Technology Lab, a Teen Room, and  a Children’s Room.

    When construction is complete it will also have a la Career Center, Baton Rouge Room/Archives and Genealogy Collection.

    The Main Library is open seven days a week (except for holidays) – 2-10 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The East Baton Rouge Parish Library celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  It includes 13 branches, two Bookmobiles, more than 1.9 million items in the Library System’s Collection and more than 325,000 cardholders.  In 2013, there were 2.2 million visits to the library ,more than 2.4 million items checked out  and 1.85 million website hits.

    Following the ribbon cutting a variety of grand-opening events will take place throughout the day:

    10:30 a.m. — Mary Jo Kelly, the Book Doctor, who is a storyteller
    Noon – Silly Nilly the Clown, who makes fun with twisted balloons
    1 p.m. – Dedication and ribbon cutting, followed by tours and a reception
    1:30  p.m. – Daniel Collins, a Ton musician who uses bowls to make melodies
    2:30 p.m. — Harvey Rabbit & Friends
    2:30 p.m. – Minecraft Game Club for teens
    All Day – 3D Printer demonstrations, tours and a reception

    Read more »
  • NAP to host neighborhood art project

    The LSU Museum of Art takes the Neighborhood Arts Project out to a new community in Gardere, a new proposed site for summer 2014′s NAP.  Until then the NAP will host free art making classes for all ages. Learn more about NAP, the Red Stick Farmers Market, the ICARE organization. The event will be on Saturday, April 12 and starts at 1 p.m. at the Gardere Initiative located at 8435 Ned Ave, Apt A. Free food will provided for the youth from the Sheriff’s Burbank Substation.

    Read more »
  • Louisiana Jumpstart and EBRPS to host “Financial Smarts”

    Financial $marts for High School Students & Families event is free and open to all high school students and their families on Saturday, March 22.

    Louisiana Jump Start Coalition and EBR School System have partnered to bring pertinent financial information to families with high school students, regardless of their school affiliation or parish of residence.

    “We are trying to start a productive dialogue between parents and their high school students about what to expect during the transition families face when their youth start their journey to financial independence and the challenges of life after high school,” says Jump Start COO, Debbie Lapeyrouse.

    LELA is offering a $500 scholarship drawing for a graduating senior and the workshop is a series of fun, interactive and informative sessions designed to address concerns of students and families.  Topics include “Getting Real About Money: Making Ends Meet’, “The Inside Story On Financial Aid” and “Financial Face-Off: Meeting In The Middle”.

    Financial $marts for High School Students & Families from 9:30AM to 12:00 at the EBR Parish School Board’s Instructional Resource Center (IRC) located at 1022 S. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

    To learn more and to register for this free event, visit LAJumpstart.org or call 225-931-6296.

     

     

    Read more »
  • Southeast Community Health Systems to host “Big Baby Shower” health fair

    Southeast Community Health Systems will host “The Big Baby Shower” on Saturday, March 28 from 1p.m.-4p.m.

    The event is free and open to the public.  Attendees  can take advantage of a  variety of activities aimed at preparing them for parenthood  ranging from car seat safety classes to free blood pressure screenings.

    Expecting parents will also have the opportunity to win baby beds, strollers, car seats, play pens and many other giveaways.

    Southeast Community Health Systems is located at 6351 Main Street, Zachary LA 70791.

    Read more »
  • State Rep. Edward “Ted” James to host town hall

    As Louisiana’s 2014 Legislative Session begins State Rep. Edward “Ted” James , District 101 will host events to keep the community informed.

    Rep. James will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 13th at the Green Well Springs Library from 6p.m. to 8p.m.

    He plans to use the town hall as a platform to inform the community  on issues being discussed during the 2014 session ranging from the Recovery School District to the effects of legalizing medical marijuana.

    Rep. James will also host “District 101″ day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 25th.

    The Greenwell Springs Library is located at 11300 Springs Road.

    Read more »
  • Virtual charter school begins recruiting for 2014-2015 school year

     Louisiana Connections Academy will host free parent information sessions to answer parent and student requests for information about their virtual school program at the beginning of March.

    Wednesday, March 5 at Forest Community Park an Enrollment Kick-off Party will serve as the first information session in Baton Rouge.

    LACA staff will be on hand to answer questions and get parents started in the enrollment process.

    The information sessions will review the school’s curriculum, programs and provide opportunities to ask questions of teachers and currently enrolled families.

    Another meeting for interested parents has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 6:30pm at the Best Western Richmond Suites Hotel-Baton Rouge 5668 Hilton Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

    Louisiana Connections Academy is an online charter school; providing high-quality, free public virtual charter schooling for grades K through 12. Louisiana Connections Academy offers personalized education for students, offered by Louisiana certified teachers, with the freedom and flexibility of an online education that meets the state’s standards.

    The school is headquartered in Baton Rouge at 8281 Goodwood Blvd., Ste J, (225) 372-8389.

    Student field trips, graduation ceremonies, parent-to-parent events and school information sessions are regularly scheduled and promoted at the school website.

    The charter school is authorized by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to accept students from any parish in the state.

    Read more »
  • Al Sharpton to speak on HIV in Baton Rouge

    The AIDS Healthcare Foundation will kick off its  “AIDS is a Civil Rights issue” tour, headlined by Al Sharpton, on Friday, February 28th at Greater King David Baptist Church. Al Sharpton believes AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue because historically the south did not have equal access to resources such as healthcare. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the highest concentration of new HIV/AIDS cases are found in the south among the black population and the disease’s progression, in Baton Rouge, is the highest in the region. Sharpton and the group want to raise awareness about the epidemic’s effect on the Black population. The tour’s goal is to encourage organizations and community leaders to take action in preventing new cases of STD’s and HIV infection. The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6pm and Greater King David Baptist Church is located at 222 Blount Avenue.

    Read more »
  • Students want to teach community “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes”

    This is not a play. This is not a lecture. This is not an interactive workshop, a theatre piece or a public conversation. Sojourn Theatre’s “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes” is all of these things. The performances will take place at the HopKins Black Box, 137 Coates Hall at LSU. Performances are Friday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

    Bryan McCann, assistant professor of communication studies at LSU, explained, “The performance will bring activists, experts and other members of the Baton Rouge and LSU communities together to discuss strategies to combat poverty in our community.” 

    “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes” is a performance project co-produced with LSU students and faculty from the Department of Communication Studies. It challenges audiences with the question: how do you attack the problem of poverty in America? Audiences will listen, explore, and choose how to spend money generated from the performance’s box office donations. The performance is an experiment in dialogue, collective decision-making, and the potential for art to make the world a better place.

    A number of local organizations will play an active role during the performance. Organizations like the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, or BRYC, and Louisiana State Youth Opportunities Unlimited, or LSYOU, will work with performers and audience members to grapple with issues that the Baton Rouge community is currently facing.

    Suzan Gaston, director of LSYOU, an organization that provides the tools and support for at-risk high school students to succeed, said that creating a forum space will benefit the organizations involved, as well as the greater Baton Rouge community. 

    For more information or to reserve a spot, contact LSU’s Department of Communication Studies at 225-578-4172.

    Read more »
  • LSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21

     The signature program for LSU’s MLK Celebration is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Commemorative Celebration, which has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, in the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom. The MLK and BHM Commemorative Celebration is free and open to the public.

    The Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and the Black History Month Committee will host professor, author, Civil and Women’s Rights activist, and social commentator Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw as the keynote speaker for the celebration. Crenshaw is executive director of the African American Policy Forum and professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. 

    Crenshaw has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters and on “intersectionality,” a concept she coined to capture the multidimensional dynamics of discrimination. Her work was cited in the drafting of the South African Constitution. Crenshaw has lectured throughout the world, addressing audiences in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. 

    Read more »
  • ,

    Public to gather against St. George incorporation, Feb. 4

    image

    Several hundred people are expected to attend the first public assembly of the Better Together Campaign, a citizen-led movement to oppose the St. George incorporation.

    The assembly will take place Feb. 4, 6:30pm, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 12424 Brogdon Lane.

    The event will include the debut of a new public information presentation about the effects the St. George incorporation would have on our economy, taxes, public services and our schools.

    The event will launch a grassroots strategy of action to oppose the breakaway effort.

    “The silent majority on this issue has been silent for too long,” said Kathleen Randall, a resident of the proposed breakaway area and a leader in the effort. “It is time for us do the work we need to do to hold this city-parish together.”

    The Better Together campaign started organizing just a few weeks ago, under the leadership of Residents Against the Breakaway, a newly incorporated non-profit organization.

    Already, the campaign has a Facebook page with 3,000 followers, a website with information about the effects of the breakaway and hundreds of  grassroots leaders who are dedicated to holding our city-parish together. 

    ONLINE: www.bettertogetherbr.org.

    Read more »
  • Affordable Healthcare Act classes offered

     SEVEN EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS ABOUT the Affordable Care Act at East Baton Rouge Parish libraries

    through March.

    The Affordable Care Act 101 program will offer one-on-one assistance from  specially trained federal navigators and certified application counselors who will help  local  residents  evaluate  the  available  health  insurance  coverage  that  is  available through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

    The federally funded navigators and certified  application counselors  are trained to provide  unbiased  information  in a  culturally  competent  manner about  health  insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

    There will be an educational video and a presentation on the Affordable Care Act, followed by a question-and-answer session.

    The  ACA navigators and certified application counselors will provide  private assistance  to individuals  to  help  them  understand  the  health  insurance options and to determine the plan.

    February classes are Thursday, Feb. 13, 6, at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church street; Thursday, Feb. 27, 6pmat

    the Delmont Gardens Branch Library, 3351 Lorraine Street.

    Read more »
  • ,

    State library celebrates Black history with Kim Marie Vaz

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting author Kim Marie Vaz for a discussion of The ‘Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. The presentation will take place at noon on Feb. 6 at the State Library Seminar Center.

    Vaz’s book is a history of the Million Dollar Baby Dolls, one of the first women’s organizations to participate in Mardi Gras, and its post-Hurricane Katrina comeback. The ‘Baby Dolls’ traces the tradition as it spread to different New Orleans neighborhoods and empowered women.

    The book uncovers the fascinating history of the women who wore baby doll costumes—short satin dresses, bonnets and stockings with garters—and their bold behavior during their journeys into the predominantly male Mardi Gras celebration.

    Vaz will share photographs from different time periods to highlight how the practice changed over time. The photos, along with short video clips, bring to life the spirit of fun and play that constitute the practice of masking.

    The ‘Baby Dolls’ served as the basis for a major installation on the Baby Doll tradition at The Presbytere as part of the permanent Carnival exhibit.

    Vaz is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and education professor at Xavier University. Her research focuses on art as a response to social trauma.

    Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches.

     

    Read more »
  • Civil Rights attorney to speak at LSU, Star Hill

    Civil Rights Attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey will speak at LSU on Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. in the African American Culture Center Multipurpose Room.

    Slaughter-Harvey will speak on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at Star Hill. Star Hill is located at 1400 North Foster Drive, Baton Rouge. Her appearance is part of the church’s Black History Month celebration.

    Slaughter-Harvey is the first Black female to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi. She was the first Black female to serve as student government president at Tougaloo College (1967); to be appointed to serve as judge in Mississippi (1976); to be the president (first female) of the National Association of State Elections Directors (1991); executive director of the Governor’s Office of Human Development (1980-1984); and to serve as assistant secretary of state for elections, public lands and general Counsel for the State of Mississippi (1984-1995). Slaughter-Harvey’s commitment to social justice spans many decades and continues today.
     

    Read more »
  • BRPD offers women’s self defense classes

    The Baton Rouge Police Department is offering an Equalizer Women’s Self-Defense class. The class will be held at the Baton Rouge Police Department Training Academy, located at 9050 Airline Hwy (in the building behind the parking garage). The class times are from 6:00pm until 10:00pm for each session.

    The course covers: facts about violence against women, reducing the risk of becoming a victim, defensive striking, common grab defenses, head-lock defenses, bear hug defenses, striking and knife defense and group escapes.

    There is no charge to attend the class which is open to women over the age of 13. Participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity.

    Session 1

    Monday, February 17th or Tuesday, February 18th

    Session 2

    Wednesday, February 19th

    Session 3

    Monday, February 24th

    Session 4

    Wednesday, February 26th

    Participants must attend all four sessions to be certified.

    Class size is limited so participants should register early by calling the Baton Rouge Police Department Training Academy at 225-389-3886.

    Read more »
  • ,

    Leaders to be Honored with Martin Luther King jr. Leadership Award

    Nine community leaders will be recognized at The Baton Rouge MLK Leadership Awards, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Baton Rouge Marriott, at 7pm. These community leaders mirror the image, character, life, and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2014 award recipients are: JOHN G. DANIEL, executive director, Girls Hope and Boys Hope; GREG WILLIAMS JR., founding artistic director, New Venture Theatre; WENDELL JAMES, HIV/AIDS counselor,  Bernard Taylor Jr., East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Superintendent; JASON GARDNER, owner, Vivid Images Graphics and Printing; MICHAEL W. MCCLANAHAN, NAACP President; KEITH RICHARD,pastor,  Elevate Church; JARVIS BROWN, CEO Executive; TONYA G. ROBERTSON, executive director,The Young Leaders Academy.

     

     

    Read more »
  • ,

    Globetrotter says ‘expect magic’ in Baton Rouge, Jan. 18

    image

    Red, white, and blue basketballs spinning behind backs, between legs, and bouncing off the opposing players’ backs.

    Players showing off high-flying dunk shots.

    The world’s fastest dribbler trying to break another record.

    Ballers chasing each other with water bottles, taunting referees, and pulling down the opposition’s shorts.

    Even, players dancing on the rim of the goal.

    Take these tricks in any combination and Baton Rouge is in for basketball wizardry, Saturday, January 18, when the Harlem Globetrotters  bring “magic” to the court, said the team’s 12th female baller, Joyce “Sweet J” Ekworomadu, 27. She shares the female star title with fellow Globetrotters TNT Maddox and T-Time Brawner.

    The world renown Globetrotters are known for their combination of basketball skills, tricks, dancing—and a lot of personality. “You can’t miss out on this,” she said. “We are wizards of basketball.”

    But don’t get lost in the entertainment of it all. Basketball is serious business for these players who were All-Stars college standouts. 

    Sweet J, who is currently a rookie, hailed from Texas State University of San Marcus as the Southland Conference Player of the Year and third place winner of the 2008 College 3-Point Championship. She now plays professionally for the Globetrotters and the Nigerian National Team. She was given the name Sweet J by the Globetrotters because of her sweet jump shot—and her first name is Joyce.

    She said the Globetrotters plan to bring their best, high energy, thrilling game with a message of empowerment for Baton Rouge families.  “They will be inspired and feel nothing but positive energy,” she said. “They will take home a lifetime of memories.”

    The Globetrotters have played for more than 88 years around the world. This year, in the United States alone, the players will compete in as many as 300 games in 250 cities during the 4-month Fans Rule Tour. Then, they will take the game around the world to places like Germany, the United Kingdom, and France for the remaining of the year.

    At 2pm and 7pm, the Globetrotters will face off against Select at the Baton Rouge River Center.

    “There really is no off season. We play 12 months and do a lot of community outreach,” said Sweet J. But that type of commitment isn’t hard for 5’10” point guard. She has played basketball daily since age 10 and has a passion and “calling to be around kids through the (basketball) court.”

    “Every time I did something different, God brought me right back to the court,” she said. “Now, I’m impacting children on a bigger scale,” she said.

    “This is the dream job. I get to play ball, display my personality, and work with children, all together in one package.”

    After graduating with a marketing degree, Sweet J taught at Granbury High School briefly. She also played basketball overseas professionally before trying out for the Globetrotters last year. (She was encouraged to do so by current teammate Freddie Bush.)

    “I am privileged to be in position to inspire others. The Harlem Globetrotters is such a positive brand,” said Sweet J. “You have to be energetic to play and have personality, and keep a positive image.”

    Sweet J frequently plays for Nigeria’s basketball team when schedule permits.  Although she’s a Dallas, Tx, native, she qualifies to play in her parents’ native country. This gives her the opportunity to see family and parts of the country she said she would not have seen otherwise.

    “From a young age, I’ve always wanted to have a prolonged basketball career,” she said. Now 27 years old, Sweet J said, “My court time will be until I can’t walk.”

    The Globetrotters have a 2pm game Sunday (Jan. 19) in the Lafayette Cajun Dome.

    ONLINE: www.harlemglobetrotters.com

    By Candace J. Semien
    Jozef Syndicate reporter
    @jozefsyndicate

    Read more »
  • Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools to Host Workshop

    From January 16-18, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) will host “Apply Yourself! Boot Camp” for educators, advocates and community members interested in opening a charter school at the Louisiana Resource Center for Education, 5550 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

    The two-and-a-half day program brings in national and local experts to present on a variety of important topics to help participants navigate the charter application process, including providing a broad overview of the application process and timelines, how to build a charter board, how to choose the right leader for your school, and creating a sustainable budget that will keep your school viable.

    The fee to participate is included in the cost of becoming an LAPCS School Developer Member. For additional information, including membership fees, contact Simone Green at sgreen@lacharterschools.org or at (504) 274-3627. Each member can bring and additional two people to participate.

    Read more »
  • Kings Children to Host HIV/AIDS Forum, Dec. 13

    Community partners and Kings Children Full Gospel Church will host a HIV Community Forum, Friday, December 13, 7pm at the church located at 3024 Amarillo St, in Baton Rouge. The public is invited to attend. Contact: Eugene.Collins@LA.GOV

    Read more »
Back to Top
Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com