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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rising Tide 9 set for Sept. 13 at Xavier University

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Dr. Andre Perry will be the keynote speaker at Rising Tide 9 on Sept. 13 at Xavier University.
  • Dr. Andre Perry will be the keynote speaker at Rising Tide 9 on Sept. 13 at Xavier University.


Rising Tide
, the bloggers' conference that began in summer 2006 one year after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, will hold its 9th edition Sept. 13 at Xavier University.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Andre Perry, founding dean of the College of Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and former associate director of the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education at Loyola University. Among this year's panels: Using Mobile Devices to Uncover Seemingly Lost Historical Memory of the Confederacy, Leprosy, and White Supremacy in New Orleans; Building Capacity in Marginalized Communities; Saga at Treme: The Story of How A Quest for Personal Resilience Exposed Incompetence and Waste in Government; and Religion in Post-Katrina New Orleans.

Tickets for the all-day event are $10 (available here). An additional (optional) $10 fee buys catered lunch from Lucky Rooster.

Previous editions of Rising Tide have included keynote speakers David Simon (former journalist and creator of the television programs The Wire and Treme), Richard Campanella (author of Bourbon StreetGeographies of New Orleans and Bienville's Dilemma) and writer/actor/part-time New Orleans resident Harry Shearer.

For more information on the conference, visit Rising Tide's schedule page.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Forbes: New Orleans Saints fans 3rd best in the NFL

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

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According to an article on the Forbes magazine website, the New Orleans Saints' fans are the third best fans in the NFL.

Forbes' ranking was based on five categories:

1) hometown crowd reach (defined by Nielsen Scarborough as a percentage of the metropolitan area population that watched, attended, and/or listened to a game in the last year)

2) three years worth of television ratings (per Nielsen)

3) three years of stadium attendance based on capacity reached

4) three years worth of merchandise sales (per NFLShop.com)

5) social media reach (a combination of Facebook likes and Twitter TWTR -0.18% followers based on the team’s metro area population). On that, Forbes notes:

Six other teams among the list of the best fans also demonstrated their fans reach beyond their hometown crowd – the Dallas Cowboys (tied No. 7), Denver Broncos (ranked No. 2), Indianapolis Colts (No. 6), New England Patriots (No. 4), New Orleans Saints (No. 3), and Pittsburgh Steelers (tied at No. 7). All have social media followings that exceed their possible local fan base populations.

Overall in the survey, the Saints have the:

• 2nd best hometown rank
• No. 1 TV audience & stadium attendance
• 2nd social media rank
• 10th overall merchandise rank

So it appears the Saints are third because Saints fans don't buy enough jerseys.

Under the jump: Forbes' complete Top 10 fans list and a link to the rest.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Y@ Speak: You're so New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

But are you really? Did you buy a Groupon for bottle service? How "excited" are you about Phil Anselmo? And what did you tell the car boot company you wanted on your pizza? All that and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Y@ Speak: @BeingYONCE

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM


Before Beyonce and Jay-Z unhinged their jaws and ate the City of New Orleans, we got maybe a little too drunk, bought a llama, ordered Uber ice cream, and went to Shamrock, and somebody (cough Wendell Pierce cough) passed out at our house. Also, Rob Ryan ate three airport pizzas, and Scott Walker mesmerized audiences by... cleaning his closet.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Y@ Speak: "targeted, smeared, tarnished"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM


Or smothered, covered, chunked, diced, peppered and capped. Your Waffle House hashbrown preparation is not far off from how you would describe how you've been treated by the public. This week's Y@ Speak looks at Ray Nagin's sentencing, as well as the return of Sidney Torres, Disney-fication, and the annual Running of the Bulls.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Y@Speak instant reaction: Twitter on Ray Nagin's sentencing

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

While legal analysts and talking heads were weighing in on U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan's sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin, Twitter was weighing in as well. A sampling of the 140-character reaction:



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Monday, July 7, 2014

Y@ Speak: #EssenceFest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM


It purple rained all over the place, from fireworks to Prince to... nope, just those things. This week's Y@ Speak looks at some 2014 Essence Fest highlights to local pols reacting to Hobby Lobby and if New Orleans was built for bumper cars.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Y@ Speak: the heat is on

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM


It's summertime in New Orleans. It's hot and violent and due for a vacation from both of those things. A week after New Orleans officials celebrated its award of "most liveable city," a group of people were shot on Bourbon Street. Here's a look back at a taste of swampy weather, shootings and Keanu Reeves oberving a Jefferson Parish murder trial.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

This little girl from Louisiana is the latest Vine sensation

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Move over Terrio and make way for Cece, a little girl from Louisiana who is the latest Vine sensation. In four days, she's amassed over 50 thousand followers and it's easy to see why. Above is her most popular video, where she makes a pretty solid argument against cleaning her room ("Maybe I like dirt!"). Cece is my hero.

Cece's sass isn't just limited to rock-solid arguments against household chores, she's also a keen observer of the human condition.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Y@ Speak: chicken boxing or boxed chicken

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM


Which do you prefer? Mild or spicy? Boxed or boxing? This week New Orleans asks the tough questions: Common Core or not? Where do all the vape stores come from? Would you like a weed lollipop? What is soccer?

Your questions answered, kind of, in this week's Y@ Speak.

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