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Nailah Jefferson, a New Orleans filmmaker, was one of five recipients of a diversity fellowship from Chicken & Egg Pictures, an organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers. Jefferson's latest documentary is Commuted, the story of a 52-year-old woman who was released after spending half her life in prison. Her previous film, Vanishing Pearls, was about an African-American oyster fishing community affected by the BP oil disaster. The fellowship comes with a $5,000 prize.


Leah Chase will be honored as "Humanist of the Year" at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' (LEH) annual dinner May 10. Among the night's other major honorees are philanthropist and art collector Roger Ogden, and former Gambit editor Michael Tisserand, whose book Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in White and Black, is one of the LEH's 2018 Books of the Year.


Louisiana is once again at the bottom of a list of "bests." The website WalletHub ranked the Pelican State as the second-worst in the nation when it came to children's health, using a variety of metrics. Among the findings: Louisiana ranks 50th among the states when it comes to number of pediatricians and family physicians per capita, has one of the highest infant death rates in the nation, and has the lowest percentage of kids in excellent or very good health.


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