What is New Orleans, to a native New Orleanian?

Katrina changed everything for New Orleans and us natives. I am the remaining native in my immediate family. I have a sister who lives in Gretna. I told my husband that I will never sell my home and leave New Orleans. I am generational.

All Saints Day: A New Orleans Experience

Typically, you fill find true-blue, New Orleanians celebrating the tradition of All Saints Day by going to the graves of the family members. At those graves, all of the old flowers would be removed. Some families clean the grave headstones, and other graves will receive a fresh coat of paint. In New Orleans Creole families,…

And the Grammy nominations are???????

Since the beginning of the Grammy Awards, African American musicians have had to claw their way into sustainable recognition. There is an old saying we were taught and Olivia Pope hears it from her father on Scandal all of the time, “We have to be ten times better, ten times faster, to get ahead.” Unfortunately,…

Frederick Douglass, Yale University, Summer 2017.

As an educator (ELA, History), it was profound and enlightening to know I was selected to attend Yale University this summer to explore the Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass. I have spent a week on campus, exploring, learning and living through the mood, feelings and thoughts of Mr. Douglass. This is a running blog…

Technology issues, Yale Summer 2017, and change.

I am proud to say the school year is finally over. I have been taking a break. Posting more on my Instagram and twitter than here. I was having difficulties with the app. Or, the app was having difficulties and I could not post from it. I love the idea of being more mobile and…

Birth of A Nation

A must see film! Is there controversy? Yes! However, you must leave it all at the front door of the movie house and go watch the film. The Original Birth of a Nation was a milky propaganda version of this film. There is no comparison, between these two films. They are polar opposites. Believe Me!!!!!…

A fashionable Hero Movie Review: Free State of Jones

Tonight I went to see a movie I was keenly interested in due to my family heritage of growing up in a creole family and learning about our heritage. In New Orleans, you know that if you live in a certain neighborhood you are creole. The 7th ward is that neighborhood. My mothers side of…