The New Orleans Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee today presented its plans to a City Council committee for revamping the New Orleans Recreation Department. The panel suggested a number of changes to improve NORD, including how the department is organized and doubling its funding. Both of these two proposals would require amending the citys charter through a public vote.
Council members greeted the report with enthusiasm, and Councilmember At-Large Arnie Fielkow said hed like to see action on the proposal in the near future.
My hope is that this Council will have the courage to put this issue up during this council term, Fielkow said. If not by the fall, then at least early next year.
YES!! Its finally here! Dun dun dun dun!
After a three month hiatus (two and a half actually but it felt like five - you do the math), second line season is upon us. Excitement! All that dancing, singing, laughing, sweating, eating, drinking, gossiping, swearing, flirting CANNOTWAIT!
The video above is to get you hyped. Below is a list of this weekends second lines and a brass band blowout lagniappe:
Americans love plenty of Japanese imports, from cars and TVs to sushi and karaoke. Many are also fascinated by some of the oddities, including sumo wrestling, Japanese animation and manga comics, Hello Kitty, Godzilla movies (and Japanglish). Some of the everyday Japanese things we probably won't be enjoying anytime soon include public beer vending machines, hostess bars and shrunk wrapped squid jerky.
Tonight beginning at 6 p.m., the Valley of the Silent Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club will lead SilenceIsViolence and the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force in a Walk for Peace through the Central City neighborhood.
The walk will begin and end at 2220 Jackson Avenue, close to Van McMurray Park, which is where 2-year-old JaShawn Powell was killed in January. Powells father, Danny Platt, later confessed to murdering his son because of a dispute Platt was having with Powells mother over child support payments.
Earlier this year while I was researching the story, Thou Shalt Not Kill, which profiled Reverend John Raphael and his organization, Yes We Care http://yeswecareno.com/, a group concerned with curbing violent crime in the city, I met Tameyka Powell, JaShawn Powells aunt. Tameyka Powell is a 26-year-old mother of five, who explained to me the burden of JaShawns murder on her family. Daniella Powell, JaShawns mother, had been in and out of the hospital, attempted suicide several times, and, eventually, left New Orleans to get a fresh start, relocating to Arlington, Texas. Tameyka said her 4-year-old son, who had been JaShawns best friend and cousin, continued to have behavioral problems at school.
Tameyka admitted she too had tried suicide, despondent over her nephews death and the circumstances surrounding it, but was now starting to recover because of her relationship with Reverend Raphael. She said Raphael, who had not previously known the Powells, contacted and counseled her family following the murder when they had no one else to turn to.
Aint no minister, no preacher that since this tragedy happened, that came into our lives, but Reverend Raphael, Tameyka told me.
After Raphael began working with the Powells, Tameyka joined his church, and Raphael says she has been continuously bringing in new members. I spoke to Raphael today and he said he would be attending tonights walk. Im sure at some point, he will stop and offer up a prayer for JaShawn Powell and his family.
The Columbia Journalism Review has the backstory:
When New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati, in the course of pondering the future of long-form journalism in a Q&A with readers, mentioned this week that the magazine was about to publish a 13,000-word story that cost an estimated $400,000 to produce, it was impossible not to wonder what the article would be about.
Readers more attuned to the calendar probably could have guessed: on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the piece, written by Sheri Fink and co-published by ProPublica, explores the deadly choices made in the storms wake at New Orleanss Memorial Medical Center.
You can read it here. I've only flipped through the story, but it's obvious you've got to be feeling strong to get through it.
Rather than let Sunny follow natures course, Abby Cadabby, Sesame Streets fairy-in-training, casts a spell to make Sunny grow. The spell does just the opposite and, instead of growing, Elmo and all of his friends shrink! While Abby searches for just the right words to reverse the spell, Elmo, Zoe, Telly and friends explore Big Birds garden from a smaller perspective and learn some big lessons about patience, overcoming their fears and appreciating the role that each creature plays in our ecosystem.
MEET THE CANDIDATE
With a profile thats been more private than public lately, Congressman Charlie Melancon is campaigning to be your next U.S. senator
By JEREMY ALFORD
Charlie Melancon may be the first major political candidate from Louisiana to announce a bid for office from his own dining room table. That all of his supporters, the states media and other political onlookers were able to fit into his charming Napoleonville home was even more remarkable. But that, as they say, is the magic of the Internet.
Last week, Melancon told the world he would challenge U.S. Sen. David Vitter by email. The message, though, also provided a link to a YouTube video posted on his campaigns site.
Click. (Cue piano) Hello. My name is Charlie Melancon. I'm a businessman, who's been an ambassador for our state's sugar industry and I've owned and run several successful businesses. I'm a proud family man, the father of two great children, and Peachy and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary just last week.
Peachy didnt enter the frame with a tray of fried catfish or Natchitoches meat pies, but it would have been a nice touch. The video, however, does play into the image of detached U.S. congressman whos ducking town hall meetings, a portrayal thats been floated by Melancons conservative opposition and anyone else generally paying attention.
In comparison, Sen. David Vitter, the Republican from Metairie that Melancon will face on the fall 2010 ballot, is in the trenches and holding town hall meetings and, more importantly, answering, although most times indirectly, questions about his connection to a Beltway-based prostitution ring that was run by a madam who killed herself last year....
Rep. Charlie Melancon announces his challenge to Sen. David Vitter in the 2010 election.
Expect to hear the "proud family man" meme repeated a lot over the next year.
Sequined glove, high-water slacks, and penny loafers, oh my! In the 1980s, Michael Jackson crafted his signature look. Throughout his career, the King of Pop has donned many character looks from a zombie to a gangster to an ancient Egyptian magi but theres one character that not all fans may remember: the friendly, loveable scarecrow without a brain.
The list is a goofy, mainstream pop- and hip-hop- friendly mess, but it's not a horrible assessment. It left quite a few scratching their heads (LCD Soundsystem in the top 20 twice? Kelly Clarkson breaching the top 25?), but New Orleans talent appears on the list at least five times with one certain frog-like hip-hop prince in the top 100. Lil Wayne's "A Milli" took the No. 80 spot, which, according to P-Fork, "sounds like a random four-minute excerpt from a freestyle that could've gone for hours, Wayne chasing tangents until they become catchphrases. What's a goon to a goblin? Nobody even knows what that means..." Exactly.
Wayne also appears in the 344 spot with "Hustler Musik," and at 433 with DJ Khaled, T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Fat Joe and Wayne's sort of other half, Birdman, for the track "We Takin' Over."
Mystikal, the 12th Ward rapper who plead guilty to sexual battery and extortion in 2003, makes an appearance at 303 with "Shake Ya Ass" more popularly known at high school dances and basketball games as "Shake It Fast." Baby, aka Birdman, also appears on the list, clocking in at 264 for "What Happened to That Boy?"
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