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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Peaches hosts a Big Freedia record release party

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Fresh off the tandem premieres of the proper debut album Just Be Free and the second season of the reality TV show Queen of Bounce on Fuse, Big Freedia hosts a hometown record release party at Peaches Records (408 N. Peters St.) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Just Be Free — officially out today on Freedia's Queen Diva Music label — marries Freedia's frenetic bounce rap (produced by longtime collaborator DJ BlaqNMild) with dance and club influence. The album streamed online via USA Today last week. Below, watch the video for the album's single "Explode" — dancers pop and wiggle in a laundromat, and a zebra/Beetljuice-suited Freedia leads a dance crew:

Freedia will be available to sign albums and take photographs with fans.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Y@ Speak: closing time

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM


You don't have to go home but you can't stay here. That goes for you, nude bicyclists, dudes passing out in public and a certain restaurant. For others, it's primetime futbol, reality TV, Walmart, dad and "beignets raining from the trees" season — all in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stream Big Freedia's new album Just Be Free

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 4:07 PM

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Big Freedia's proper full-length debut album Just Be Free is set for a June 17 release, but you can stream the album on Soundcloud. Freedia released the album stream for an interview with USA Today read it here.

The album is reliably rooted in New Orleans bounce — particularly in the single, "Explode," which pairs a hyper brown beat with not much else other than Freedia's catch phrase growls (including "it's been a long day, it's been a long night, cut loose, get loose, do you, all right") — and it adds some more playful sampling and production with '90s club and dance music influence.

The second season of Freedia's reality TV show Queen of Bounce premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday on Fuse. Watch the trailer below:

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jindal presents second "Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal appears on the season premiere of Duck Dynasty June 11.
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In February, Gov. Bobby Jindal presented the first "Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence" to the Robertson family — the founders of the Monroe company Duck Commander and stars of the A&E reality-flavored favorite Duck Dynasty — and that award presentation will be one of the centerpieces of the show's Season 6 debut June 11. (Watch the preview trailer here; it's not embeddable.)

Now Jindal has presented a second Louisiana company with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, according to a press release from the governor's office. This time it goes to Iberia Parish's Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, which is "a leading supplier of welded aluminum boats for commercial, defense, and law enforcement applications worldwide," according to the company's website. 

According to the governor's office, "The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence is periodically awarded by the Governor to businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the State of Louisiana." Will that award ever be won by anyone in Orleans Parish, home of Entrepreneur Week? Or Baton Rouge, which has its own Entrepreneur Week

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal to guest star on season premiere of Duck Dynasty

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't the only Louisiana politician who likes to be seen with the Robertson family of the A&E "reality" show Duck Dynasty (Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister both like to tout their Duck-y bona fides), but Jindal is going a step farther than either of them: He's appearing on the Season 6 premiere of the show to present Willie Robertson with "a Commerce Award."

Jndal met with the Robertsons in February to present them with a new state laurel. In a press release at the time, Jindal's office said, "The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence will be periodically awarded by the Governor to homegrown Louisiana businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the State of Louisiana." 

So what happened at the award presentation? A&E says "In preparation for the big occasion, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech but can't avoid Willie and Uncle Si's public speaking tips, unwanted as they may be. Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie to pick out an outfit for the event and solicits Phil's reluctant opinion on her final look."

In 2012, Lauren LaBorde interviewed Willie Robertson for a Gambit cover story about Louisiana reality TV; you can read that interview here and the cover story here.

Season 6 of Duck Dynasty will air June 11 at 9 p.m. on A&E. Under the jump: A&E's press release about the Robertsons and the governor.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Here's a teaser for the second season of Big Freedia's Queen of Bounce

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

You already know Big Freedia. The recent recipient of the Big Easy Award for Entertainer of the Year, the queen diva and star of the reality series Queen of Bounce premieres the second season June 11 on the Fuse network. Billboard has a first look, which you can watch below. Read Gambit's 2013 cover story about the bounce artist, and check out a new track, "Explode," from Freedia's upcoming album Just Be Free, out June 17 on Freedia's label Queen Diva Music.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: New Orleans On Ice

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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Ah, winter in New Orleans. An Ice Capades of children making snowmen with sleet, icicles dangling from shotgun porches and hot toddies. Also: panic over road closures, Drew Brees accidentally stabbing former mayors, the same former mayor going on trial, Mackels wearing scrunchies, and election day meltdowns. We have all that and more in this week's Y@ Speak: ON ICE.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

A Very Y@ Speak Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

'Twas the week before Christmas, and through many tweets, Phil Robertson got fired and Garrett Hartley returned his cleats... Wait. Sorry, folks: Y@ Speak regrets to inform our readers that Fletcher Mackel has canceled Christmas. See you next week.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jindal on Duck Dynasty: "a messed up situation"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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A&E, the network that runs the hyper-popular Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty, suspended its star Phil Robertson following comments he made in a GQ profile. Writer Drew Magary talked to an off-camera Robertson, who made self-described "Bible-thumping" and "controversial" statements including: "a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus," black people "were happy" during Jim Crow, and being gay is sin similar to bestiality.

In a statement, A&E representatives said they are "extremely disappointed" in Robertson's comments, adding, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."

Duck Dynasty's fifth season airs 9 p.m. Jan. 15.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Y@ Speak: ate too much

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM


Burgers and #vendingmachinecat previewed our gluttony. From there, a downward spiral of cream of mushroom soup, Duck Dynasty sugar cookies and yelling, then Anthony Davis broke his hand — weakened from the continuous up and down motion of lifting a turkey leg.

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