Monday, January 23, 2017

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Huge crowds attend New Orleans Women's March Jan. 21 (slideshow)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 11:29 PM

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By Kat Stromquist

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"This is what democracy looks like."

That old chant, part of a call-and-response familiar to generations of activists, took on new resonance Saturday as thousands of people took to the streets of the French Quarter and CBD in a protest that was part of worldwide demonstrations against freshly inaugurated President Donald Trump.

The march stretched for blocks, winding its way from its starting point at Washington Square up Decatur Street to Poydras Street to eventually rendezvous at Duncan Plaza across from City Hall. So many attended that people were still arriving at the plaza as long as an hour after the march's head had reached its destination. Organizers estimated the crowd at 10,000 people.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Hundreds march against Trump in New Orleans and "inaugurate the resistance"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Hundreds of protesters march on Canal Street Jan. 20.
  • Hundreds of protesters march on Canal Street Jan. 20.

A day of protest in New Orleans began with a mock funeral at the Mississippi River and ended with dozens of protesters linking arms at Duncan Plaza. On Jan. 20, as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President, hundreds of New Orleanians marched in the streets, offering satire in the morning and a massive call to organize against threats to marginalized communities in the afternoon. On Jan. 21, a Women's March in solidarity with similar events around the U.S. is expected to attract thousands more people,

"Staying at home and being a political armchair quarterback — that's not going to work," said Chuck Perkins, addressing a crowd after dark in Duncan Plaza. "We have to organize."

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Landrieu statement on Trump inauguration: "I am concerned he paints cities with too broad of a brush"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Soldiers and Airmen from the Florida National Guard look on as President Donald Trump takes the oath of office during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. - CHING OETTEL/U.S. NATIONAL GUARD
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  • Soldiers and Airmen from the Florida National Guard look on as President Donald Trump takes the oath of office during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

Tonight, Mayor MItch Landrieu responded to the inauguration of President Donald Trump with a statement that seemed to take issue with Trump's "America First" message during his inaugural speech.

"Like he did on the campaign trail, President Trump painted a picture of poverty and crime in our 'inner cities.' Unfortunately, I am concerned he paints cities with too broad of a brush. And it is not just his view of cities. America is not the dark and ominous place he describes," Landrieu wrote, adding, "And while America must always come first, we can never be about America only. Because as important as our pure self-interest is, our enlightened self-interest requires us to lift one another up."

Full statement under the jump.

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Purple, green and good for you: Keeping well during Mardi Gras

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 6:13 PM

INFOGRAPHIC COURTESY OF TOURO HOSPITAL
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Carnival is upon us — ready or not — as is the continuation of the holiday binge that began around Halloween. Everyone sees it coming: it began as an extra slice of pie (or three) while cooking the Thanksgiving turkey and morphed into a half-gallon of eggnog daiquiri right before Christmas, and will finally denigrate into a case of beer on the parade route Endymion Saturday, Bacchus Sunday and Orpheus Monday, and lead to profound Ash Wednesday guilt when looking back on the caloric choices made over the last four months.

Julie Fortenberry, a wellness dietitian at Touro Hospital, sees this gastronomic saga play out every year. At a time when the rest of the country has moved on to the contrition of New Year’s resolutions, New Orleans is just revving up for Mardi Gras season.

“The average six weeks of holidays (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s) becomes 12 weeks in New Orleans including Carnival season,” says Fortenberry. “That’s three months. If the average person gains 5 lbs. through the holidays, that’s 10 lbs. through Mardi Gras — that’s a lot.”

Fortenberry finds that her clients put off resolutions to eat right and lose weight until after the overindulgence of Carnival, but warns that this is not a healthy solution.

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Second line Sunday: Ladies of Unity parade featuring The Hot 8 Brass Band

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club
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  • Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club

LADIES OF UNITY 6TH ANNUAL PARADE

Noon-4 p.m. SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Special guests: Sophisticated Ladies Of Class

Featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band

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Review: 20th Century Women

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:43 PM

Annette Bening in 20th Century Women
  • Annette Bening in 20th Century Women

Past eras come into focus gradually with the passage of time. Long dismissed unfairly as the frivolous “Me Decade” by cultural observers of every stripe, the 1970s recently have been recognized as the inspiration — if not the source — for much of today’s popular culture, especially as regards film and music. It’s hard to find a young filmmaker today not inspired by “New Hollywood” directors of the 1970s such as Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman, and the punk rock of the late ’70s surely informs independent music of all types that thrives today.

But having enough perspective on the late ’70s to do it justice in a narrative film is not an easy task. That’s the mission of writer-director Mike Mills with 20th Century Women, a film loosely based on the 50-year-old Mills’ experiences as an early teen in the ’70s.

Unlike most semi-autobiographical films, 20th Century Women isn’t really about its creator. The story revolves around 14-year-old Jamie (Mills was 13 during the summer of 1979 depicted in the film). But Jamie’s true purpose is to inspire a trio of women — characters based on Mills’ mother and sister, along with a composite of older teen girls Mills knew at that time — to reveal themselves mostly through their evolving responses to Jamie, all set against the vivid backdrop of late-’70s cultural upheaval.

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Documentary Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America starts tonight at Zeitgeist Films

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:22 PM

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Director Matthew Ornstein's award-winning documentary Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America starts tonight, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Zeitgeist Films (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.), and screens nightly through Jan. 26. The film tells the story of an African American musician who collects robes from former KKK members he has befriended and inspired to leave the organization. More info here.

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At first Inauguration Day protest and 'jazz funeral' Jan. 20, festive atmosphere conceals worry (slideshow)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

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'Jazz funeral for Lady Liberty' anti-inauguration protest


By Kat Stromquist

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They came in orange greasepaint, or in a uterus costume made from a yoga mat and wire coat hangers, or in funereal garb with a parasol draped in mourning-black tulle.

On Friday morning, a small but determinedly cheerful group of citizens convened at Congo Square for the first of a weekend of Inauguration Day anti-Donald Trump protests in Louisiana. At this event, organized by activist group The Next Right Thing and led by a 'jazz funeral for Lady Liberty,' protesters wheeled a 9-foot effigy of the famous statue along the Canal Street route while the Mahogany Brass Band played upbeat standards.

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New singles from Dumpstaphunk and Naughty Professor in time for Inauguration Day

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Chali 2Na and Sex Gilmore joined Naughty Professor for "Darker Daze." - COURTESY NAUGHTY PROFESSOR
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  • Chali 2Na and Sex Gilmore joined Naughty Professor for "Darker Daze."

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews joined Dumpstaphunk for its latest single, "Justice," released Jan. 20 as Donald Trump took the oath of office. The video pulls from newsreel footage and opens with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" as newsreel footage spans presidential debates, the Ku Klux Klan, Black Lives Matter and beyond. "In light of certain messages and overall tones of acceptance, or lack thereof, being voiced by many over recent months," Ian Neville told Billboard, "inauguration day seemed to be an appropriate time to voice the need for equal say and opportunity for all people."

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