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Friday, March 21, 2014

Because not enough has been said or written about kale and its availability in La Nouvelle-Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Cassie and Peter Dymond of Satsuma Cafe in the Marigny are featured in Aljazeera America's story about kale kale kale kale kale kale kale.
  • Cassie and Peter Dymond of Satsuma Cafe in the Marigny are featured in Aljazeera America's story about kale kale kale kale kale kale kale.

The whole kale-or-not-to-kale discussion has finally reached meta status, as an international news organization is now writing about the previous stories about kale in New Orleans. Kale has become to the Crescent City what Malaysian Air Flight 370 is to CNN, what Benghazi is to Fox News, what N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is to MSNBC.

Aljazeera America's Peter Moskowitz has produced a story called "Kale causes controversy in New Orleans," which touches upon the whole gentrification discussion before going on to talk about Grow Dat Youth Farm, which is a great approach to the whole matter.

Perhaps best of all, however, are the comments:

When did kale become ruffage for the gentrified? My dearly beloved grandmother, RIP, African American, not where near upper crust used to grow her own kale in Indiana and made the best greens I've ever had to this day. This is silliness.

Kale was always the thing mixed with mustard greens, collard greens - cook it up and sprinkled it with vinegar. When did it become cosmopolitan and hip? My moms from the southeast and she remembers it as something poor people ate because it was cheep and easy to grow. It was "soul Food." It wasn't really an upper crust white thing. Now that white non southerners have discovered it, it's cool? Beyond silly, and probably why it costs so much now.

The author is clearly not a southerner or he would know that boiled kale, usually with a ham-hock and skillet-fat thrown in, is an old traditional poor-southern dish (AKA "soul food" to black USAns who ancestors migrated north). Like that other great southern/soul-food cruciferous green, collards, kale is a heat-resistant and grows and grows in the hot southern summers. It seem to be that its absence, not presence, would be a sign of gentrification. The twist here is that latest batch of millenials - the so-called gentrifying "creative class" hipsters - make it a fashion statement to adopt old red-neck symbols like Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, and, apparently, kale. But the author seems to miss this point.

What is a "dat"? I understand "grow, youth, and farm". Please don't tell me it is a replacement for the word, that?

And, of course, we circle back to the H-word:

Hipsters ruin everything.
Good morning.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Edwin Edwards, candidate, sits down with MSNBC, news network

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Gov. Edwin Edwards hits the cable-news circuit. - MSNBC
  • Gov. Edwin Edwards hits the cable-news circuit.

Less than 48 hours after announcing his intention to run for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards was already on the hustings with which he's most comfortable — the media hustings. (What other convicted felon would feel so at ease among the press that he'd make his campaign announcement not among supporters, but at a meeting of a press club? Perhaps they're the same thing in his case.) It follows a very busy 24 hours where Edwards signed up for Twitter and got the knack very, very quickly.

Anyway, here's Edwards chatting it up with MSNBC's Chuck Todd. If you've heard enough repetitions of all the dead-girl-live-boy and wizard-between-the-sheets jokes, just fast-forward to 2:45 in this video. And in case you're wondering — the Affordable Care Act? Edwards is foursquare against it now ... unlike, say, six months ago, as this report from WWL-TV shows:

[Larry] King asked whether he supports the President’s health care reforms, or Obamacare. “Oh, absolutely,” he said, saying that, at 86, he remembers when Social Security was first introduced, with cries that it would bankrupt the country and ruin society. Repeating the populist theme echoed several times Sunday, Edwards said it was the poor, the young and the elderly who are most in need of government’s help, which he said the health care reforms would do.


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Whole Gritty City marching band doc airs Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

This Saturday, CBS will air the nationwide premiere of The Whole Gritty City, the New Orleans documentary that follows three marching bands — O. Perry Walker High School, L.E. Rabouin High School and The Roots of Music — and the band directors from 2007 to 2010. It closely follows five students, some of whom take a video camera into their homes.

Wynton Marsalis will host the film, from 48 Hours editor and producer Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson. It will air at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

Read more about the documentary in Gambit.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

James Carville signs deal to pundit-ize for Fox News

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

James Carville at home in New Orleans. - CHERYL GERBER
  • James Carville at home in New Orleans.

Tulane University professor, political advisor and New Orleans resident James Carville signed a deal today to become an on-air pundit for Fox News.

Carville, who was let go by CNN last year after a decade with the news network, has appeared as a guest on various networks since, and has been a guest on Fox, sparring with hosts including Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly.

In a statement, Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine said, “We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.”

Carville was profiled in Gambit in 2010 and named the paper's New Orleanian of the Year for 2012. He was pressing the flesh and giving interviews last Saturday at Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s election night party at the Hyatt Regency.

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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

Phil Robertson

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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Friday, November 22, 2013

Marching band doc The Whole Gritty City to air on CBS

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Jaron Bear Williams in The Whole Gritty City
  • The Whole Gritty City
  • Jaron "Bear" Williams in The Whole Gritty City

Variety reports that The Whole Gritty City, which premiered in the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival in October, will air during a two-hour primetime special on CBS' 48 Hours next year.

48 Hours producer Richard Barber directed the film, which follows three marching bands — O. Perry Walker High School, L.E. Rabouin High School and the Roots of Music — from 2007 to 2010 as they prepare for the Carnival season amidst tragedy and violence in the members' homes and on the streets. Read an interview with Barber and more about the film in Gambit.

Barber began filming after he had worked on an episode of 48 Hours that looked at post-Katrina murders, particularly murders that catalyzed a citywide anti-violence march at City Hall, including those of filmmaker Helen Hill and Dinerral Shavers, a drummer for Hot 8 Brass Band and band director at L.E. Rabouin High School. The film also captures the early stages of the Roots of Music, founded by Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tabb. The Whole Gritty City not only follows the band directors but Barber also gave handheld cameras to several students to document their lives at home.

It will air 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15., opposite NBC's presentation of the 2014 Olympics.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WVUE-TV enters into management agreement with Raycom Media

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Raycom Media's holdings include 53 television stations, mostly across the southeastern and eastern United States. - RAYCOMMEDIA.COM
  • Raycom Media's holdings include 53 television stations, mostly across the southeastern and eastern United States.

WVUE-TV, which is owned by New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, will be entering into a "shared services agreement" with Raycom Media, which owns a  chain of 53 TV stations across the southeastern and eastern United States. Terms of the deal — which Raycom is calling a "join hands" agreement — were not disclosed, but Raycom will provide "operational services" of station management for Benson's Louisiana Media Company (LMC).

According to general manager Joe Cook, who is also president of LMC, Benson will retain "100 percent" of the station. "We remain locally owned," he said this afternoon.

The deal will go into effect Dec. 16, at which time Raycom will oversee "all departments" of WVUE, Cook said, including appointing a new general manager. Cook will transition into a position with LMC and be "less involved day to day" with the station, he said. "What they’ll be a need for is the president of the company to be one of the LMC employees working for the best interest of Tom Benson."

Asked about possible employee reductions under Raycom, Cook said, "There have been absolutely no discussions about newsroom reductions, and anyone who says that is misinformed."

Raycom has been said to be interested in purchasing WVUE outright. In early October, an internal newsletter produced by Raycom's pension fund controller reported the sale of WVUE to Raycom with extreme specificity — including a dollar amount — a report which WVUE hotly denied. Nevertheless, "strategizing" with Raycom had been going on for two years, Cook said today.  

Cook said the deal will provide partnerships that will provide "connectivity of the entire footprint of the two professional teams owned by Tom Benson." In Louisiana, Raycom owns stations in Lake Charles, Shreveport and Baton Rouge, as well as other stations in Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle. "This was a no-brainer to develop some kind of relationship with stations all over those areas," Cook said.

Benson bought WVUE from Emmis Communications in 2008 for $41 million. Terms of the agreement between Benson and Raycom are not known.

Full press release under the jump.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas to air on WYES

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The crowd inside The Warehouse
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  • The crowd inside The Warehouse

Following its world premiere at the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, local filmmaker Jessy Williamson's documentary A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas premieres Thursday, Nov. 7 on WYES-TV.

The film follows dozens of stories from the landmark music venue, which opened in 1970 and hosted countless rock 'n' roll legends, including opening night acts the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac as well as Bob Marley, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and dozens others. It also was the venue where The Doors performed for the last time with Jim Morrison. The Allman Brothers were the "house band," performing at the venue no less than twice a month in its early years. The Talking Heads headlined the venue's final gig in 1982. (Read the Gambit cover story looking back at the venue as it approached its 40th anniversary.)

The Warehouse was founded by Bill Johnston, a New Orleans native who wanted to replicate the experience of New York's Fillmore East in his hometown. His Warehouse became a go-to venue for touring acts throughout the '70s. Johnston, who is interviewed extensively in the film, died earlier this year.

The film follows the venue's rocky early days and the offbeat characters in its pot-heavy scene, with anecdotes from roadies, staff members, popular 'zine In Your Ear founders, and frequent sideman Deacon John Moore.

A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas airs 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 9 p.m. Nov. 28.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Video: Jindal on Meet the Press

Posted By on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Meet the Press this morning to discuss "The American Dream" (and get in a plug for his Louisiana education plan). The Washington Post seemed to find the most notable part of the appearance was Jindal's rejection of impeachment for President Barack Obama.

But what will undoubtedly get more attention in days and weeks to come is his most recent essay for Politico, which also appeared this morning — "The End of Race."

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"My Purse, My Choice" makes the Today show

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Former Gambit listings editor (and creator of Y@SpeakLauren LaBorde is one of the most talented comedians in The New Movement, and she teamed up last weekend with fellow improviser Colleen Allerton to create "My Purse, My Choice," a very funny spoof PSA regarding the NFL's new bag policy. Since it went on YouTube about 48 hours ago, "My Purse, My Choice" has been written about all over the place, as well as shown on CNN, and this morning it was featured on the Today show during a segment on the bag ban. Check it out.

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