In his commentary tonight on WWL-TV, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos discussed the New Orleans Mother's Day shootings and Thursday night's benefit for "The 19 Fund," which will benefit the victims. Donald Harrison, Jr. and The Congo Square Nation, Hot 8 Brass Band, Bonerama, Stooges Brass Band and others will perform.
Gambit’s Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, Tipitina’s Foundation, United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Silence Is Violence have joined forces to host a special benefit concert for the 19 victims of the May 12 shooting. The concert will be next Thursday (May 23) at Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., and will feature local brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, and other musicians and entertainers. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the benefit are $40 in advance and are available online via Ticketweb.
The organizations also announced formation of The 19 Fund, a special fund-raising effort to aid the 19 victims of the May 12 shooting — and future victims of violence in greater New Orleans. The 19 Fund was the brainchild of representatives of the four nonprofits as well as several concerned citizens who volunteered to help victims of the shooting. The mission of The 19 Fund is “to help victims of violence heal physically, financially and emotionally.”
All proceeds from the May 23 benefit concert — and all funds raised by The 19 Fund — will be turned over to United Way, which will serve as fiscal agent for The 19 Fund at no charge. Silence Is Violence will coordinate victim services, which will include financial aid as well as help accessing other free and discounted social services from governmental and nonprofit sources. Details of how The 19 Fund will provide assistance to the 19 victims of the May 12 shooting (and future victims) are available on the Ticketweb page for the concert.
The benefit concert has drawn support from several notable entertainers. Fats Domino, actor Wendell Pierce of HBO’s “Tremé” series, and Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. have volunteered to serve as honorary co-chairs of the benefit. Harrison also will perform with his band, The Congo Square Nation, in full Mardi Gras Indian dress. Other performers include The Hot 8 Brass Band, The Stooges Brass Band and Bonerama. Tipitina’s Foundation is lining up additional performers, who will be announced in the coming days.
All proceeds of the benefit — 100 percent of ticket and drink sales — will go to The 19 Fund to assist victims.
The blood drive will be held Wed., May 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 617 Frenchmen St. (the site of the Frenchmen Art Market). The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, which held the second line near where the shootings took place, will be in attendance, and Erica Dudas of the Musicians' Clinic said there will be live music at the event.
The Spotted Cat, d.b.a. and Snug Harbor are assisting with the event, OffBeat is sponsoring and clubs along Frenchmen Street will be open to give donors a place to wait out of the sun.
Donors are particularly needed from 6-9 p.m., according to Dudas. If you want to donate blood, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: 1) full name 2) full address 3) phone number and 4) preferred donation time.
"Our goal is 50 pints of blood," Dudas told Gambit this morning, "but now we're hoping for more."
Lil Wayne announced a new Big Tymers project earlier this month — founding member and longtime Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh, however, won't be a part of it. Co-founder Birdman told MTV, "Not at all."
Big Tymers — the multi-platinum supergroup duo responsible for "Get Your Roll On," "#1 Stunna" and "Still Fly" — dissolved in 2005, following the 2003 album Big Money Heavyweight. In a Skype interview with MTV's Sway Calloway, Fresh said "the people have spoken."
"I think Drake is a great artist, I think Wayne is a great artist, but they not the Big Tymers. It's kind of like doing a Jackson 5 album with Boyz II Men," he said. "Two different eras, great artists, but Boyz II Men is not the Jackson 5. ... You can call it whatever you want to call it but you can't call it a Big Tymers album."
Calloway asked Fresh "what went wrong" with the group and the label, from which Fresh split in 2005.
"At the time, we was young," he said. "All I'm striving for is to get what I deserve. ... I'm too wise to be making shots at anybody. But the thing is, I'm a businessman. I don't have no problems with Cash Money, no problems with the Williams brothers, I just want what I deserve, plain and simple."
In September 2010, Deb Cotton (who was one of 19 people shot Sunday near a second line in the Seventh Ward) wrote an essay for Gambit titled "Mainstream Media Doesn't Care About Black People: A Kanyesque Teachable Moment About Second Line Culture Bias." She was upset about a shooting that happened after a second line parade held by the Black Men Of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club — and also upset that some in the local media had, she thought, unfairly connected crime with second lines and SA&PCs, which have traditionally been a force for good in their neighborhoods:
Let's revisit for a moment the charge that second line culture is a breeding ground for murderers. New Orleans has the highest murder rate in the country - 174 killings in 2009 alone. When you have a society that parades 40 weekends a year, there’s bound to be a murder that falls on the same day and possibly within the vicinity of the parade - especially when you consider that the host clubs are by nature neighborhood-based groups that live in predominately low-income areas with high incidences of crime. ... In these troubled neighborhoods, you also have a preponderance of churches and police in addition to second line clubs, all attempting to stabilize vulnerable environments where numerous crimes happen. Yet no one blames the police or the churches for causing more crime in these areas.
Rapper Curren$y, on the heels of the anticipated Live in Concert collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, released the video for "New Jet City," the title track from his February mixtape, which you can download for free here.
Koan lent his raps to the documentary Shell Shocked on a track of the same. The documentary explores violence in New Orleans from neighborhood, police, children's and city officials' perspectives. Watch Koan's video below:
More music below the jump.
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New Orleans late-night food quests are often plagued with problems: Your friends want breakfast but you want a burger. It's Mardi Gras and you're not trying to deal with tourists in the French Quarter. You're not drinking so you don't want to be in a bar. You drive all the way to a place only to find out the kitchen's closed. The same few late-night spots keep running through your mind, but you don't want to eat at any of them.
She's organized the restaurants by location and included contact info, hours and suggestions on what dishes are best for each. She's also open to suggestions of any restaurants that she can add to her list.
Sissy Nobby was spotted on Judge Judy yesterday, as the defendant in a case called "No Song to Sing." Nobby allegedly flaked on performing at a fundraiser for a homeless shelter. He claimed he couldn't recall the event and "coulda swore [she] said [she] called and cancelled, Maw." Nobby gets thrown out of court for speaking directly to the plaintiff, even though the plaintiff was also speaking directly to him.
Spoiler alert: Judge Judy ruled in favor of the plaintiff, allowing her to recoup the $150 deposit she paid Nobby. "But at the same time, fish, (snap!) — OUTTA HERE," Nobby said in the post-show interview. "I give her a free show (snap!) 'cause it's nothin' to a big dog like the one and only Sissy Nobby — OKAY!"
Update: Nobby just tweeted me to say that today, May 7, is his birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SISSY NOBBY!
Click that Twitter button below if you want to wish him a happy birthday!
Tweet to @SissyNobby
Another update: I've embedded the video of Sissy Nobby's Judge Judy appearance below the jump, after the Storify!
A Storify with a play-by-play of the episode and an embed of the episode are the below the jump.
New Orleans has officially named May 5, 2013 as *‘George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic Day’, proclaimed so Sunday night by Councilwoman Susan Guidry at the House of Blues at the behest of the fabulous DJ Soul Sister who organized the whole shebang. And naturally your girl Big Red was on hand to capture the illustrious moment via video for all you poor lambs too tuckered from Jazz Festing to be there.
Clinton has been a staunchly loyal friend and supporter of New Orleans for decades, giving credit to local artists who influenced him including Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, and The Meters. One of the original architects of the funk music genre, Clinton debuted his iconic ‘Mothership Connection’ tour in New Orleans at the Municipal Auditorium in October 1976 and has visited here almost every year since then.
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