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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

George Clinton Day in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 1:14 AM

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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Monday, April 29, 2013

Y@ Speak: Jazz Fest weekend 1 — the Billy Joel report

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It was a rainy weekend but that didn't stop people from going to Jazz Fest, fleeing town for the comforts of Lafayette's Festival International de Louisiane or following Billy Joel around (this roundup is mostly about Billy Joel). In other non-Piano Man tweets, Jazz Fest tools and a George Rodrigue parody account.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Y@ Speak: Floody French Quarter Fest

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The weather for this year's French Quarter Festival wasn't always that great, but that didn't stop a bunch of fools from going out to daydrink and stand in various lines. Also this week: The New Orleans Bingo! Show and other local folks perform in our nation's capital, Aubrey Plaza hangs out in New Orleans (maybe her trip down here informed her MTV Movie Awards shenanigans?) and flood pictures!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Y@ Speak: The time Lil Wayne almost died

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

We thought we lost ya for a second, Weezy: on Friday New Orleans' prodigal son was hospitalized for the second time that week following a seizure. Then gossip "news outlet" TNZ incorrectly reported that he was receiving last rites, and it seemed maybe our Martian had embarked on his journey to that big skate park in the sky. But everything's OK (for now), and I'd like to remind Weezy that Gambit still has several of his Big Easy Awards in our possession (currently using one as a paper weight). Also this week: we got a new pope, we're getting an H&M, New Orleans meets SXSW and Super Sunday.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Wrestlemania coming to the Superdome in 2014

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

New Orleans: your mayor, ready to RUUUUMMMBLE.
  • New Orleans: your mayor, ready to RUUUUMMMBLE.

New Orleans will have nearly 14 months to prepare for the arrival of WRESTLEMANIA XXX (imagine that phrase in some awesomely '80s heavy-metal font, please), which will erupt in the Superdome on Apr. 6, 2014.

At The World's Loudest Press Conference this morning, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and tourism officials welcomed World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (better known as the WWE) for what they said was an event that would bring 125,000 participants to the city for one week next spring. WWE impresario Vince McMahon called it "a perfect tag team of WWE and New Orleans."

On hand were Rita Benson Leblanc, New Orleans Saints owner/vice-chairman; Stephen Perry, president of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; Jay Cicero, CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (who said before the event that he was "just getting over" the Super Bowl); Alan Freeman, Superdome general manager; councilwoman Jackie Clarkson and other local dignitaries.

But it was the WWE that brought the pizzazz, with wrestlers/entertainers Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Cena; WWE cheerleaders "The Funkadactyls"; and rapper Brodus Clay ("From his hizzle planet funk standing at a funktastic 6 feet 8 inches tall..."). Pictures and more under the jump.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Y@ Speak: Carnival 2013, part 1

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

After a brief respite thanks to the Krewe of Super Bowl XLVII, Carnival is back in full swing. We got super krewes with celebrity riders, satirical floats, marching bands and all those fine folks camping out for Endymion (shout out #kreweofchad). Also this week: food trucks, residual Super Bowl celebrity gossip, Kelly Clarkson, New Orleans representing on the Grammys and more.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Y@ Speak: The Beyonce Blackout Bowl edition

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

New Orleans: You're like a quirky, twentysomething daughter who insists on hosting Thanksgiving dinner at her tiny shotgun house in a "weird" part of town. Things are going well at first — no one's arguing about politics and grandma actually seems to enjoy the silken tofu and kale dip — but then you end up burning the turkey.

The great Super Bowl blackout happened after unprecedented amounts of bootyliciousness during the halftime show. But you know what? It's fine. The week leading up to the big event was a fun, decadent time for celebrities, media and regular folks alike; I doubt visitors enjoy themselves this much during Super Bowls in other places. You may have burnt the turkey, but Aunt Cheryl totally wants to come back next year.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Y@ Speak: Yes We Peli-can

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

So, it's official: We're the New Orleans Pelicans — not the New Orleans Bounce, New Orleans Jazz, the New Orleans Only-in-New Orleans Fleur de Lis Go-Cups, or whatever was your team name of choice. Are you happy with the name change? Are you in, as they say? Also this week: Grammy nomination announcements, local elections, sexy Santas and Steven Tyler.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday, Y@ Speak!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Y@ Speak, in which we capture notable 140-character bon mots, newsworthy items, gaffes by Saints players and local politicians and whatever else pops up on the New Orleans Twittersphere. To celebrate this occasion, I've rounded up some of my favorite or most memorable tweets — like a multi-layered digital birthday cake of sorts — and divided them by categories: we got NFL players saying dumb stuff, #neworleansproblems, anguish over the Saints' challenging year, reactions to the Times-Picayune cutbacks, interesting celebrity encounters, deep thoughts from Ray Nagin and so much more. Get your retweet/favorite fingers ready for this massive retrospective.

NFL Players Say the Darndest Things

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Y@ Speak: Tricks and treats

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

This Halloween week, New Orleans Twitter was treated to a variety of treats: amusing dispatches from trick-or-treating and the Frenchmen Street experience, deep thoughts from Norman Robinson, and an apparently drunk or really, really excited person on Bobby Jindal's Twitter feed Friday night. But is someone playing a trick on us with this Sean Payton news? Also this week: Hurricane Sandy tweets, Steve Gleason's mohawk, and people get worked up about LSU/Bama game.

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