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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Issa Rae to speak at Dillard University lecture series

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM

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  • Issa Rae stars in HBO's Insecure.

Actor and writer Issa Rae — star and creator of HBO's Insecure — will speak at Dillard University next month as part of the university's Brain Food lecture series.

Rae will speak inside Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Admission is free.

Following the success of Rae's web series Awkward Black Girl, Rae worked with comedian Larry Wilmore to create Insecure, now in its second season on HBO. Her memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was released in 2015.

Dillard's 2017-2018 Brain Food series also will include national security analyst Malcolm Nance on Sept. 30.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Sen. John Kennedy calling for 'stop and frisk' in New Orleans, FOX 8 reports

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 8:33 PM

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In an interview with FOX 8 News today, Sen. John Neely Kennedy said Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) should implement a "stop and frisk" policy in order to combat crime in the city.
"It worked in New York," he said. "It's the only way I know left to get the guns and thugs and dopes off the street. We got young people killing young people and now other citizens, and the reason is they got these guns, and until you get the guns you're not going to stop it. The criticism of it is it's racial profiling. No, not when it's done correctly. When it's done correctly, race has nothing to do with it." 

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Watch: Landrieu talks Confederate monuments on Meet the Press

Posted By on Sun, May 28, 2017 at 2:05 PM

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu's taped appearance on Meet the Press this morning got bumped for breaking news, but MTP put the 10-minute discussion on its website this morning. In it, Landrieu tells host Chuck Todd that his "viral" speech about removing Confederate monuments was not meant specifically for a national audience.

"Really, it was a speech to the people of New Orleans," Landrieu said, adding that the city's tricentennial is coming up next year. He said the removal was about "the people of New Orleans having the right to say what goes in their public spaces."

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Mitch Landrieu to address Confederate monument removal on Sunday's Meet the Press

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 3:18 PM

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to discuss the removal of four Confederate-era monuments — a move that's garnered plenty of controversy locally and a flurry of approving press coverage around the country,

In this clip from the interview, tweeted out by @MeetThePress, Landrieu says, "This didn't have anything to do with politics."

Meet the Press — with the full interview — will air on NBC at 9 a.m. May 28.

Also on the Sunday shows: Sen. Bill Cassidy will appear on Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace at 9 a.m. to talk about health care and the budget.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Former WWL-TV "Action Reporter" Bill Capo to be honored at Louisiana Legislature Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 12:27 PM

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Bill Capo, the "Action Reporter" who retired in February after 36 years at WWL-TV, will be honored in Baton Rouge tomorrow with a commendation in the state legislature "for outstanding service to people of Louisiana and beyond."

State Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, and State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, are introducing the commendation, which salutes Capo's 42 years in journalism, as well as his humanitarian work in the year after Hurricane Katrina and the federal flood.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Remembering Bill O'Reilly and his Hurricane Katrina remarks

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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In the long list of inane — not to mention assholic — remarks made by political pundits following Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, those of now-former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly surely make the Top 10:
Many, many, many of the poor in New Orleans are in that condition [dependency]. They weren't going to leave no matter what you did. They were drug-addicted. They weren't going to get turned off from their source. They were thugs, whatever. ... It's the absence of personal responsibility, which the government can not force you to be responsible, not in a free society.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Watch: Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste defend funding for the arts on CBS This Morning

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 4:18 PM

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President Donald Trump's proposed budget — which would gut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other organizations — has been received with anger by many arts groups, and today on CBS This Morning, New Orleans jazz legend Wynton Marsalis spoke out against it:
“There’s so much wrong with so much that’s going on in our politics, not just directed at him. We’re swinging back and forth like a ship listing in the ocean. Your national budget is symbolic. You’re basically telling the world, ‘This is what we as a nation think about our arts,’ which is our collective memory, our wisdom.

“There’s a reality to things: When we tell people our arts are not important, our wisdom is not important, we’re preparing our public to be more ignorant so that we can exploit them more."

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

CNN, ABC to broadcast New Year's festivities from New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 9:02 AM

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  • Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper will host CNN's annual New Year's broadcast, which will feature remote segments from Frenchmen Street.

If your idea of New Year's Eve is staying in with a pint of ice cream (or a pint of something stronger) while you play Firework or Gunshot?, you'll be able to catch the local debaucheries on either CNN or ABC — both of which are planning remote segments from New Orleans.

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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

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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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