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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Deviant," Southern Mississippi Juggalo rappers in love, bring killer clown music to New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
  • Ratchet (standing) and Sukkew (crouched), the members of Deviant
Are you living your dreams? Ratchet and Sukkew are living theirs. Together they're Deviant, a married Juggalo rap duo from a small town in Southern Mississippi. On Wed., Oct. 12 at Southport Hall, they're opening for horrorcore rap legends Twiztid, a huge opportunity for a couple who only this year made the jump from fans to musicians.

After stumbling on Deviant's first music video, Lurkin', I tracked the power couple down for a conversation about their upcoming show, police harassment of Juggalos and how wedded bliss mixes creatively with their lyrical themes of dismemberment, maiming, and torture — the gruesome tropes comprising the rap subgenre known as horrorcore.


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Big Freedia gets three years probation for housing voucher case

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 5:15 PM

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New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia got closure in a months-long housing voucher case in which the performer admitted using nearly $35,000 in Section 8 funds. Freedia avoided jail time but must serve three years on probation — including submitting to regular drug testing and performing 100 hours of community service — and to pay full restitution.

"I apologize to my New Orleans community," Freedia said Aug. 25 in U.S. District Court. "I'm embarrassed of my conduct."

Reading a letter to the court, Freedia — in a shimmering black blazer and long blonde hair — thanked probation officers for guiding her through substance abuse treatment, which she was ordered to receive (along with a stay in a halfway house) after failing a drug test earlier this year. "It was an awesome course," Freedia said. "The people were amazing."

"I'm planning to do a lot for New Orleans," Freedia said, "to keep putting it on the map."

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper sentenced to 18 years in prison on drug charges

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper. - CREATIVE COMMONS/TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER
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  • Former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper.

Darren Sharper, the former NFL safety who played with the New Orleans Saints in 2009 and 2010, was sentenced to 18 years and four months in federal prison this morning. He previously had pleaded guilty of conspiracy to distribute drugs with the intent to commit rape in four jurisdictions, including New Orleans.

Sharper earlier had negotiated a plea deal that would have netted him nine years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected the deal, saying his crimes were too serious.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Brown needs to go

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

A mugshot of state Sen. Troy Brown.
  • A mugshot of state Sen. Troy Brown.
As a lawyer and a citizen, I firmly believe in the notion that someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. That’s one of the foundation stones of the rule of law.

There’s another rule, however, when it comes to the court of public opinion: Those who make our laws are held to higher standards of conduct than those they govern.

Which brings us to state Sen. Troy Brown, a Democrat from (cough, cough) Napoleonville. At least, that’s Brown’s official story. In truth, Brown does not reside in the Senate district he represents. He instead lives with his wife in a posh home at 36518 S. Francine Circle, in Geismar, outside his district.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Breed Brass Band has all instruments stolen while on tour

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 2:25 PM

New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist. - NEW BREED BRASS BAND FACEBOOK
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  • New Breed Brass Band performing on WGNO's News With a Twist.
Members of the New Breed Brass Band had their instruments and clothing stolen yesterday in Oregon at the beginning of a monthlong tour of the United States, according to a post on the group's Facebook page:
This morning, July 22nd, while on tour in Albany, OR, our vehicle was broken into in the parking lot of our hotel.
Our possessions were stolen, including our instruments and clothes.
We are currently in La Pine, OR seeking out any help we can get to be able to continue our 30 day tour, of which we have only completed 3 days.
If anyone has any information about the missing instruments please message the New Breed Brass Band or call the Albany Oregon Police Department on 541-917-7680.

Below the cut: The list of stolen instruments, and how you can help these great, hardworking guys. 

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Noodle & Pie robbed at gunpoint Thursday night

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Employees at Uptown restaurant Noodle & Pie were robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening, according to New Orleans Police. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Employees at Uptown restaurant Noodle & Pie were robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening, according to New Orleans Police.

For the second time this week, a New Orleans restaurant has been held up at gunpoint.

Police said an armed duo robbed Noodle & Pie (714 State St., 504-252-9431) Thursday, July 14, roughly 48 hours after two gunmen ambushed a group of diners at a Lakeview restaurant.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lakeview Harbor diners held up at gunpoint

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Two armed gunmen held up 20 diners at Lakeview Harbor restaurant Tuesday evening (July 12), New Orleans Police said. - COURTESY LAKEVIEW HARBOR/FACEBOOK
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  • Two armed gunmen held up 20 diners at Lakeview Harbor restaurant Tuesday evening (July 12), New Orleans Police said.

Armed gunmen held up a group of diners at a Lakeview restaurant Tuesday, July 12.

According to a preliminary report from New Orleans police, the ambush took place shortly before 11 p.m. when two men clad all in black wearing ski masks barged into Lakeview Harbor (911 Harrison Ave., 504-486-4887) at the end of dinner service.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

"This is what democracy looks like": New Orleans rallies for justice, Black Lives Matter

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 11:20 PM

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Thousands of people surrounded Lee Circle as the sun set on New Orleans July 9, nearing the end of a tragic week in the U.S. — the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police, the killing of Philando Castile by Minnesota police during a traffic stop, and a violent night in Dallas ending in the deaths of five officers during a rally calling for an end to police violence in the wake of the two men's deaths. Spanning the base of the Robert E. Lee monument, a banner read "Black Lives Matter."

The message was spread on posters, placards and T-shirts and in call-and-response, fist-in-the-air chants among a peaceful, emotional crowd holding hands, hugging and wiping tears from friends' faces. As the crowd circled the monument, Angela Kinlaw, addressing the crowd with a megaphone, said, "This is what democracy looks like."

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rally, protest planned in New Orleans following police shootings

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Flyer for a rally at Lee Circle July 8.
  • Flyer for a rally at Lee Circle July 8.
Following the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers, protests and vigils at the convenience store where he died, and the killing of Philando Castile, shot by police in Minnesota during a traffic stop, plans for protests and vigils are underway in New Orleans.

Event organizers for The 505 — a group named after Sterling as the 505th victim of a police shooting in 2016 — plan a "peaceful performative protest" outside New Orleans Police Department headquarters at 715 S. Broad St. Friday, July 8. It begins at 4 p.m. with a potluck followed by the sound of a gunshot at 5 p.m. to signal participants to lie on the ground until 6 p.m.:
"What police are doing in America today is unacceptable. The aim of this performance is to show our local police force how many people have died this year alone in the hands of their greater organization. We hope that they will see us on the ground as they head home to their families, and see us in their minds the next time they reach for their guns."
There also is a rally at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8 at Lee Circle.

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Big Freedia ordered to halfway house after failing drug test

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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A federal judge has ordered New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia to stay at a  halfway house and to suspend all upcoming shows and tours unless approved by the court.  Freedia — who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in March to using Section 8 housing vouchers despite earning an income that disqualified the artist from receiving them — was ordered by the court to "immediately" submit to substance abuse testing in April. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Freedia tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. Freedia also will "undergo further substance abuse evaluation" while staying at a Volunteers of America halfway house.

Last month, according to court records, Freedia requested to pay restitution to the court treasury, in advance of Freedia's sentencing in August. The June 9 order reads, "The Court has not yet imposed an order of restitution or made any findings regarding any restitution that may be owed. Accordingly, the Court makes no finding that any amount deposited into the treasury of the Court will satisfy any potential order of restitution." Freedia's sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 11, when Freedia faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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