Tag: louisiana

After Defeating His Opponent and Trump, Louisiana Governor Charts His Own Path

BATON ROUGE, La. — The first time that John Bel Edwards was elected to lead Louisiana, his critics derided him as the “accidental governor.” In their view, he won in 2015 only because the Republican front-runner had been hobbled by a tsunami of scandal and political misfortune. As his re-election bid geared up, once again […]

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5-Year-Old Drumming Prodigy Receives Scholarship Offer From HBCU Alcorn State University: ‘It’s Mind-Blowing Every Day’

Musical prodigies showcase their otherworldly abilities at a young age, but Jeremiah Travis is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. And the historically black Alcorn State University apparently feels the same way, as it has offered the 5-year-old wunderkind a full band scholarship well over a decade before he even graduates high school. USA Today […]

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President Trump Bet Big This Election Year. Here’s Why He Lost.

WASHINGTON — When President Trump showed up in Louisiana for the third time in just over a month to try to help Republicans win the governor’s race, he veered off script and got to the heart of why he was staging such an unusual political intervention. His attempt to lift Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky […]

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In Louisiana, a Vote for Governor and a Test for Trump

BATON ROUGE, La. — From the outset, Republicans saw Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana as vulnerable in his bid for a second term. He is a conservative Democrat — but a Democrat nonetheless — in a state and region where his party is often a disqualifier in statewide races. And to topple him, Republicans […]

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Why the Louisiana Governor’s Race Is So Close

METAIRIE, La. — The crucial cultural dividing line in Louisiana has always been north-south. Those who live in north Louisiana are mostly Protestant, speak with a familiar Southern twang and, in the modern era, voted heavily Republican. But rural South Louisiana is more Catholic, the accent is like nothing else (as anyone knows listening to […]

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So, What Exactly Does One Wear to a Slave Rebellion Reenactment, Anyway?

Last weekend, realizing of the vision of artist Dread Scott, hundreds of volunteers—in costume as 19th-century enslaved people—marched 26 miles to New Orleans’s French Quarter in a reenactment of the Louisiana Slave Rebellion. The rebellion, which occurred on Jan. 8, 1811, and was suppressed by white militia two days later, was the largest slave uprising […]

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This Is How the Climate Crisis Wipes an American Community Off the Map

Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis. But in the mainstream green movement and in the media, they are often forgotten or excluded. This is Tipping Point, a new VICE series that covers environmental justice stories about and, where possible, written by people in the communities experiencing the […]

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How a Crusader Wins

The résumé that won John Koufos his job as national director of re-entry initiatives for Right on Crime, a project aimed at winning support from conservatives for criminal justice reforms, is one few would want. Before he landed on the radar of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the think tank behind the project, he was […]

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In Louisiana Governor’s Election, a True Test of Trump’s Sway

WEST MONROE, La. — Walking away from a T-shirt tent at a Republican rally this week, her arms full of pro-Trump swag, Resa Brady acknowledged she knew little about the state’s Republican candidate for governor. But Ms. Brady, 61, said she would probably be voting for the candidate, Eddie Rispone, regardless, as a demonstration of […]

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Black Women Claim They Were Racially Profiled While Watching ‘Harriet’

Cynthia Erivo‘s “Harriet” has grossed over $15 million at the box office and its only been in theaters a week. However, that didn’t stop a group of Black women reportedly being racially profiled at a New Orleans, Louisiana movie theater. SEE ALSO: Stop Shaming Black People For Wanting Some Damn Popeyes Sandwiches NOLA.com reports, a […]

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In Louisiana, Trump Attacks ‘Deranged’ Impeachment Inquiry and ‘Radical’ Governor

MONROE, La. — President Trump on Wednesday continued his attack on a C.I.A. whistle-blower whose complaint prompted the Democratic impeachment inquiry, accusing the official’s lawyer of plotting a coup attempt and denigrating the process as “deranged” and a hoax. Democrats, Mr. Trump said at a rally in northern Louisiana, are “trying to overthrow American democracy […]

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An Artist’s March to Freedom

Surfacing Dread Scott’s re-enactment of a slave rebellion in Louisiana will draw on hundreds of participants — and bold ideas of freedom. ImageSammi Ross, rehearsing in costume for the 1811 Slave Rebellion Re-enactment, a 26-mile march along former antebellum plantations in Louisiana. Her great-great-grandmother was part of the original slave rebellion. “My family has been […]

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Louisiana DA Tries to Remove Black Judge from Hundreds of Cases After She Spoke Out Against Racial Injustice

Some funny things happen when you try to tell the truth. In Louisiana, for instance, a white district attorney is actively undermining and delegitimizing a black judge for daring to say that the criminal justice system “disproportionately puts African Americans in more harm or risk than anyone else.” Advertisement As the Acadiana Advocate reports, Sixteenth […]

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Beer, Here: Merchandising of College Sports Leads to Team-Branded Ales

LAFAYETTE, La. — Matthew Tarver, then the trademark licensing manager at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was kicking around marketing possibilities with a colleague one day when a light bulb clicked on. One of them said: beer! The other replied: why not? Now, more than four years after stumbling on an idea that now […]

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Louisiana sheriff’s lieutenant, teacher accused of producing child porn

Cynthia Perkins and Dennis Perkins. (Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office) BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) – A Louisiana sheriff’s lieutenant and his wife have both been arrested and charged with creating child pornography, video voyeurism and first-degree rape. 44-year-old Dennis Perkins faces 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13, two counts […]

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‘Centrism Is Canceled’: High Schoolers Debate the Impeachment Inquiry

CHALMETTE, La. — It was impeachment day in Mr. Dier’s world history class at Chalmette High School. Andrew Johnson, the first impeached president, was on the lesson plan. So was Richard M. Nixon, who avoided facing such a fate by resigning. Bill Clinton, who also was impeached but never convicted, was also part of the […]

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Innocence Project New Orleans: A Man Wrongly Imprisoned for 42 Years Is Forced to Trade the Truth for His Freedom

A New Orleans man who’s long maintained he was wrongly convicted of murder experienced freedom for the first time in 42 years after a virtual deal with the devil won him his liberty, if not true justice. Elvis Brooks, now 62, walked out of Louisiana’s infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary, nicknamed Angola, on Wednesday after agreeing […]

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Gov. Edwards of Louisiana Forced Into Runoff With Republican

BATON ROUGE, La. — In a bid to recapture the governor’s mansion, Republicans in Louisiana mounted an aggressive challenge to Gov. John Bel Edwards, and on Saturday, the party succeeded in forcing the incumbent Democrat into a runoff election against a businessman who has never held political office. Mr. Edwards had hoped to emerge with […]

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