Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Krazy Kat gets animated

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.
  • A title card from the 1936 animated Krazy Kat cartoon Li'l Aingil.

For this week's cover story
, I talked with Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman in Black and White — the first in-depth biography of the New Orleans-born illustrator who created the seminal comic strip Krazy Kat. (After we went to print, Krazy was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Nonfiction of 2016.)

One subject we didn't broach in our conversation was Krazy Kat's animated adaptations, which were of varying quality. This 1936 Krazy Kat cartoon, Li'l Aingil, is close to Herriman's spirit, but the drawing of Krazy in the title card resembles Felix the Cat more than the Krazy of the comics:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Editorial: A debacle of a Senate debate

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 10:17 PM


Wednesday night's U.S. Senate debate, sponsored by the TV company Raycom Media and staged in the rented Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, was a disservice to everyone concerned — the students and faculty at Dillard, the serious candidates, and most of all the voting public. Not just because of the inclusion of former Ku Klux Klansman, neo-Nazi, white supremacist and convicted swindler David Duke, but also because of the exclusion of the on-campus voices that have been there, and will continue to be there long after Duke goes back to peddling his venom and fleecing his bigoted followers on a less public stage.

Dillard, of course, is a historically black university and has been since Straight University and New Orleans University merged in the 1930s to form Dillard. It has educated generations of scholars through the days of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement until today. The appearance of a professional bigot on campus for one hour is an embarrassment, but does nothing to threaten Dillard’s legacy. However, Raycom missed a larger chance for civic engagement by holding the debate without an audience.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Louisiana Senate debate Nov. 2 to be broadcast nationally by C-SPAN

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 3:03 PM


Wednesday night's final televised Louisiana Senate debate will air in New Orleans on WVUE Fox 8, but national viewers will get a taste of our homegrown politics (including David Duke), as C-SPAN will broadcast the debate live at 7 p.m.

The six candidates who met the requirement for inclusion (at least 5 percent support in a recognized statewide poll) are U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany; Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell; attorney Caroline Fayard; U.S. Rep. John Fleming; Louisiana Treasurer John Neely Kennedy; and the aforementioned Duke: convicted felon, Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and all-around white supremacist.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gumbo party! Disney can't make gumbo, and Poppy Tooker makes hers on the Today show

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 6:21 PM

By now you've probably seen or heard about the "healthy gumbo" recipe that the Disney Twitter feed tried to foist off as, well, actual gumbo — the secret ingredients being those Creole favorites, quiñoa and kale:

DIsney's version of gumbo. - Boycott New Orleans Square.
  • DIsney's version of gumbo. Boycott New Orleans Square.


Just no.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Harry Connick Jr., Randy Jackson host Labor Day benefit concert for flood relief

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
  • Harry Connick Jr. co hosts "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day
Louisiana natives and American Idol hosts Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson will host "Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief " on Labor Day. The concert will be broadcast via Raycom Media channels — WVUE-TV Fox 8 in New Orleans — with performances from Better Than Ezra, Sonny Landreth, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Luther Kent, Rockin’ Dopsie and others .

“Saddened by the devastating tragedies that keep affecting my Louisiana,” Jackson said in a statement. “I want to help raise awareness and restore hope to people that are hurting in the place that I will always call home.”

“So sorry that my home state is undergoing such hardship once again,” Connick said. “Seems like just yesterday that Katrina left a path of destruction. I hope that this benefit concert brings much needed attention to the good people of Louisiana."

The concert will be broadcast from Baton Rouge’s River Center Theater with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross’ Louisiana Flood Relief fund. It airs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Androids and anime: a day at MechaCon (slideshow)

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Costumed con-goers strike a pose.
  • Costumed con-goers strike a pose.

The scene at MechaCon check-in is bedlam. A man in a glittery green bowler hat, possibly left over from St. Patrick’s Day, jostles a woman with blue and purple hair, who consoles her crying sister. A girl in a metallic red and blue jacket, matching bikini bottoms and black high-heeled boots shivers nearby. Other people in varying degrees of costume stand around the registration desk in vague gestures toward lines; the confusion seems to stem from the fact that there are multiple registration levels. Red-shirted volunteers keep trying to line people up based on the first letter of their last names (“N through Z!”) 

Behind me, a young man in an electric blue wig, a red fedora with playing cards tucked into the band and goggles seems indifferent to the chaos. He’s carrying two boxes at about chest-level. 

“What’s in the box?” I ask. 

The first box has a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards, he says. 

“And the other one?”

“It’s a box of string.”

"And what is the string for?

“No one is supposed to know what the string does.”

Shyly, he opens the box’s lid to reveal a tangled nest of extension and power cords.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Young Greatness performs "Moolah" with Jon Batiste on The Late Show

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 12:11 PM

I Tried To Tell Em 2 is the latest from Young Greatness. - COURTESY BIZ 3
  • I Tried To Tell Em 2 is the latest from Young Greatness.

After several weeks on the Billboard charts and inescapable radio play, rapper Young Greatness made his television debut performing his breakthrough single "Moolah" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert July 12. "Moolah" is both a bittersweet ode to the hustle and a thankful prayer for surviving it — the New Orleans-raised rapper talked to Gambit this month about his long road to now, from the St. Bernard Projects to Hurricane Katrina to prison to the mixtape grind. His follow up, I Tried To Tell Em 2, is out now, with singles "Ball" and "Celebration" (featuring Akon) extending a theme of celebratory perseverance marked with his drowsy, liquid raps and musical flow.

"I try to keep the emotions in my music and give an opportunity to learn about me and some of the things I've been through in my life," he told Gambit. "Just telling a story through music, and just listening to my music and identifying who is Greatness. Just having one of those voices that commands people."

Greatness carried a full band performance with fellow New Orleanian and Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste — who hammered his piano into the song's lush melody — along with Batiste's Stay Human. Watch it below:

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

James Carville discusses Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM


New Orleans-based political analyst James Carville appeared on last night's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah to discuss the presidential election. Wearing a gold fleur-de-lis pin on his lapel, Carville addressed Donald Trump's dominance in the Republican race, and the feeling among some that Trump is a juggernaut. "I think there's a sense he's getting away with this," Carville told Noah. "I don't think he is, and I don't think he will." 

Noah was more skeptical. "I don't share your optimism," he told Carville. 

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Viceland's Flophouse spotlights New Orleans comics tonight

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 12:56 PM


, the cable network that's like some Mike Judge parody of millennialbait TV — its lineup includes Weediquette and F*ck That's Delicious — tonight spotlights the New Orleans comedy scene on its show Flophouse

The episode, titled "Toxoplasmosis at Garbage Party," airs at 9:30 p.m. Here's a preview.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CNBC's American Greed season premiere to feature former Mayor Ray Nagin

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:03 PM

The CNBC documentary series American Greed has its season premiere March 31 with an installment titled "Ray Nagin: New Orleans Shakedown."

The hourlong report, which begins at 9 p.m., will focus on Nagin's business dealings, including those with now-disgraced and jailed former tech whiz Greg Meffert. Also in the story: Stone Age Granite & Marble, the granite company Nagin ran with his sons. Nagin, who was convicted on federal corruption charges in February 2014, is serving a 10-year prison term in Texarkana, Texas.

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