1. At some point during the two-hour layover at O’Hare International Airport on my trip from Pittsburgh to New Orleans last weekend, a supernatural force compelled me to glance up from my laptop and scan the gate around me. There was a shift in the space-time continuum that the universe was attempting to alert me to…
A trial date has finally been set for a 55-year-old white man who was charged with shooting at three black men in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
This weekend, two trailblazing black newspapers were honored in New Orleans’ French Quarter with a new bronze plaque that heralds their achievements and their contributions to America’s black press and, by extension, black life.
There are far too many to count, those who worship at the altar of Ms. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter.
Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known to most as Chance the Rapper or Lil Chano, gave a rousing commencement address to the graduates of Dillard University in New Orleans on Saturday, a not ahistorical speech, charging the graduates to strive to surpass those who came before them.
Janet Hubert is known as the “blacktress” in these internet streets, but she’s more widely known and adored as Aunt Viv from the classic ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In fact, according to the unwritten and unofficial black culture handbook, Hubert is the only Aunt Viv we recognize. Imma let you finish,…
We don’t like to think of social justice as a zero-sum game. But there are costs associated with bringing equity and fairness to victims of discrimination, especially for those incarcerated throughout this nation.
As if the police weren’t scary enough.
The ongoing national debate over race and Confederate monuments reared its ugly head during this year’s Mardi Gras. Some of the infamous beads thrown into the crowds reflected the image of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to protest the removal of his statue from New Orleans’ most prominent traffic circle, which has…
In the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, across the tracks from where Homer A. Plessy was removed from a train, sparking the infamous Supreme Court decision “separate but equal,” is visual artist Brandan “Bmike” Odums’ Studio Be.
New Orleans Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell didn’t set out to make history. But as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, she, too, will become part of its story as its first female mayor.
The answer to the question of whether or not a jury with only one black person on it would be able to mete out justice in the killing of former NFL running back Joe McKnight is “sorta.”
Secure your wigs and get your best shout-singing voice ready because the 2018 Essence Festival is coming with a star-riddled talent lineup.
“Professional Black Girl is, like, my favorite thing that I didn’t plan to do.”
When R&B songstress Anita Baker hit the scene in the mid-’80s, it was as if we didn’t know what we’d been missing. Her cool, low register gifted us hits like “Angel,” “Sweet Love” and “Rapture,” and with all our hearts we loved it, baby.
If you watch television, chances are you’ve watched CCH Pounder. Over the past 38 years, the Emmy-winning Guyanese actress—who celebrated her 65th birthday on Christmas Day—has accumulated well over 100 acting credits, including recurring roles in the Avatar franchise, ER, The Shield, Law and Order: SVU, Sons of…
The rich, iconic city of New Orleans has its first female mayor in its 300-year history: LaToya Cantrell was officially elected to the position Saturday night.
Tennis star Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are now married after a star-studded wedding in New Orleans on Thursday night.
Music, specifically rock ’n’ roll, has lost another great. The legendary Fats Domino of New Orleans passed away Tuesday at the age of 89, surrounded by friends and family.