Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Posted on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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Morrissey calls Duck Dynasty stars "animal serial killers," pulls out of Jimmy Kimmel appearance tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

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Morrissey is serious when he sings "Meat is Murder." Earlier this week, the former lead singer of the Smiths made headlines when he demanded that Los Angeles' Staples Center go all-vegetarian for the occasion of his March 1 appearance (Staples says there will be meat options; Morrissey says there will not: "Reports that the Staples Center will not be 100% vegetarian on March 1st are playfully untrue. Contractually, all McDonalds vendors shall be closed down, and the only thing burning shall be my heart").

Now the singer has doubled down, canceling a planned appearance on tonight's Jimmy Kimmel Live because cast members from the Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty also will be on Kimmel:

Morrissey says he can't perform on a show with what he called people who "amount to animal serial killers."

A&E's Duck Dynasty reality show follows a Louisiana family with a business selling duck calls and decoys.

A&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment from it and the Robertson family.

The appearance has been rescheduled, and surely Kimmel will ask the Robertsons about it tonight. In the meantime, read Lauren LaBorde's 2012 interview with Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson.

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Gambit TV: Slimming fashion trends

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

CUE editor Missy Wilkinson and three models appeared yesterday on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to talk about spring fashion trends that will flatter any body type.

Beasts of the Southern Wild star Dwight Henry to open restaurants

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Dwight Henry at his St. Claude Avenue bakery in 2008.
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  • Dwight Henry at his St. Claude Avenue bakery in 2008.

Fans of Beasts of the Southern Wild may remember star Dwight Henry from several of the bakeries he has operated in New Orleans. Currently, Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Cafe is open at 1781 N. Dorgenois St. in Gentilly. It wasn't easy for him to open the first one in 2000. Banks turned him down for business loans, so he worked two jobs to raise the money. (More on that here.) Now, he's got several new projects in the works, including a French Quarter place, a West Bank bakery and a bakery and deli set to open in New York City in Spring. And he's got many other projects in the pipeline, including a cookbook.

"I had to stop taking calls from publishing companies who wanted to do my cookbook," he said this morning, just back from the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Saints hire McGriff to coach secondary

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 7:21 PM

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton filled another position to his coaching staff on Monday as Wesley McGriff was hired as the team’s secondary coach.

McGriff spent last season serving as the co-defensive coordinator / cornerback coach at Ole Miss. McGriff has coached collegiate football for 22 years and was a part of a turnaround season at Ole Miss as the Rebels went from a 2-10 season in 2011 to a 7-6 season.

Payton fired defensive coordinator Steve Spanuolo and secondary coach Ken Flajole a day after joining his staff in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. The Saints defense gave up an NFL record 7,042 yards of total offense last season. Poor tackling, lack of coverage and overall ability to make plays plagued the defense last season.

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Flashdance's enduring fashion influence

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

When Flashdance opened in 1983, it inspired a generation to cut up their oversized sweatshirts and don leg warmers. Thirty years later, the look is iconic (see Sexy Flashdance Costume; see also American Apparel ads), and the movie that was first envisioned as a stage production by its writer is touring the nation as a musical. It plays at Mahalia Jackson Theater Feb. 26 through March 3. Here, Tony Award-nominated costume designer Paul Tazewell talks about '80s fashion and how he updated the Flashdance look without stripping it of its Spandexed essence.


Flashdance The Musical takes place in 1983, but the costumes seem very modern. How did you update the costume design while staying true to the period?
It was important to reflect the early 1980s, but (director) Sergio (Trujillo) didn't want to be beholden to styling that was, to our modern eye, less than sexy and elegant. It starts to become a spoof of 1980s fashion when you put shoulder pads and big hair in front of the audience. It was not about trying to modernize the clothing, it was making choices that would keep you in the world of the 1980s.

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Dispatch from the White House: How the latest manufactured crisis will affect Louisiana

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

According to a White House news release, these are just a few examples of how sequestration — which was conceived and born in pointlessness, became avoidable in its awkward formative months and has lately blossomed into inevitability — will hit Louisiana. I present you things that are less important than making a point and avoiding a primary challenge next year:

If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on Louisiana this year alone are:

Teachers and Schools: Louisiana will lose approximately $15.8 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 220 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 26,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding.

Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Louisiana will lose approximately $9.8 million in funds for about 120 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-Study Jobs: Around 540 fewer low income students in Louisiana would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 110 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

(More dispensable things after the jump)

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Loyola screens Kunta Kinteh Island tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Loyola University presents Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles tonight. Ben Vereen stars in the film and will attend the screening. Vereen starred as Chicken George in the 1977 miniseries Roots, which introduced many to the figure Kunta Kinteh, to whom Alex Haley claimed to be related and who became a symbol of what was done to Africans who were enslaved, taken to the United States and resisted severing ties to their homeland.

Kunta Kinteh is said to have been a Mandinka warrior taken from the village of Juffereh in Gambia. St. James Island was a prison/port where many slaves were held before they were transported to the West. Gambia renamed it Kunta Kinteh Island in February 2011. This film, produced and directed by New Orleans native Elvin Ross, dramatizes some scenes as it explores the history of slavery. The film also features Jermaine Jackson and Gambian president Yahya Jammeh.

The film screens at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium and a symposium follows.

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Former Jefferson Parish president sentenced to 46 months

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Aaron Broussard was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison by Judge Hayden Head today for federal crimes he committed during his tenure as Jefferson Parish president. Former Jefferson Parish attorney Tom Wilkinson and Broussard's ex-wife Karen Parker were each sentenced to three years probation on related charges. Broussard pleaded guilty in September to taking bribes and conspiring with Wilkinson to improperly employ Parker in a job for which she wasn't qualified.

"I accept responsibility for all the the actions for which I pleaded guilty," he said at today's hearing. "I apologize to the people of Jefferson Parish. I brought dishonor to my position. I will pay for my dishonor for the rest of my life."

Broussard accepted $66,000 in bribes from contractor Bill Mack between 2004 and 2007. Mack, who pleaded guilty to bribing Broussard, only received about $40,000 worth of parish contracts in return.

He also pleaded guilty for his involvement in a scheme to falsely employ Parker, then his girlfriend, as a "paralegal supervisor" under Wilkinson beginning in late 2003, shortly before Broussard took office. Parker was never trained as a paralegal nor did she ever perform work as one while she held the title. Nevertheless, she was making nearly $64,00 by 2009. In return for her placement, Wilkinson received thousands of dollars in raises.

Broussard faced a maximum of 15 years for the crimes, a sentence likely cut down because of his clean criminal record and his cooperation. Head, a Texas judge appointed to the Broussard case, further reduced the sentence, citing a number of disagreements with recommendations from the U.S. Attorney's Office and the federal probation office.

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Y@ Speak: Roll out the red carpet edition

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This week's Y@ Speak celebrates the famous and infamous, from corrupt local politicians to actual celebrities. A red carpet-caliber media presence greeted former Mayor Ray Nagin at his federal court appearance Wednesday, and then the real red carpet rolled out for the 2013 Academy Awards — which prompted the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis to be the subject of both positive and negative attention. Don't mess with Hushpuppy, y'all. Feel free to mess with Nagin.

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