Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WATCH: Soul Rebels perform '504' on Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 10:08 PM


New Orleans' Soul Rebels brought some brass band Mardi Gras joy to the audience of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight, performing with Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Here's a full performance of their song "504," which seems to have been an audience warmup before the full show.

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Soul Rebels to perform on Late Show with Stephen Colbert Feb. 6

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 10:53 AM


The Soul Rebels brass band makes its first appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 10:35 p.m. tonight.

The band has several engagements lined up in New York City in March before performing several shows with Talib Kweli and GZA on the East Coast. The Soul Rebels will play the national anthem at a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. The band also will perform with G-EAZY at Radio City Music Hall, and it will do three shows at the Brooklyn Bowl with guests Curren$y, Cory Henry and Marcus King.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sportscaster Jim Henderson announces retirement after 30 years as 'Voice of the Saints'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Jim Henderson. - WVUE-TV
  • Jim Henderson.
"Turn down the TV and turn up Jim."

It's been a New Orleans Saints gameday ritual for decades — muting the television sound and tuning into the WWL Saints Radio Network to hear Jim Henderson call the game.

Those days are over. "Hondo" has announced his retirement.

“It’s time. This is a good year to go out," Henderson said in a press release from Entercom Communications today, "It was a great season; the Saints were in two highly competitive playoff games and the future looks bright. It’s good timing."

Henderson began working at WWL-TV in 1978 and moved to a part-time position at WVUE-TV in 2012. Among his most famous utterances was "Get ready to party with the Lombardi, New Orleans! The Saints have won the Super Bowl!"

Henderson, who brought a literate and seemingly effortless touch to the on-the-fly world of play-by-play announcing, worked for years calling game with the late Hokie Gajan. In recent years,  his on-air partner has been former Saints running back Deuce McAllister.

"In a way you wanna cry, but in a way you’re so happy and proud, because you know the work, the heart Jim put into his job," McAllister said in a statement. "This brought joy to everyone who loves Saints football."

No replacement was named. In the Entercom statement, Diane Newman, WWL-AM operations and program director, was quoted as saying "Now the search begins."

(And good luck with that.)

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Catch U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond talking about race after tonight's State of the Union

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:52 PM

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

The State of the Union address — the usually-annual policy speech the president delivers to Congress — returns tonight from its inauguration-year hiatus.

After the rhetoric (and clapping. endless clapping) winds down, a palate cleanser is available: you can catch Louisiana's very own U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond in a discussion about race and President Donald Trump with habitual New Orleans New Year's partier Don Lemon. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) chair joins fellow members including U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, James E. Clyburn and Robin Kelly in a discussion that airs on CNN at 9:30 p.m. Central.

There is perhaps a higher degree of excitement than usual about this year's State of the Union because it's Trump's first; in the past his tendency to wander off-script has startled aides and many wonder if he'll stick to prepared remarks this evening.

There also are several rather sedate protests and demonstrations planned by lawmakers, including black garb on some women Democrats meant to call attention to sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement and red pins worn by CBC members to commemorate Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped by white men whose attackers never stood trial. Taylor's granddaughter also will attend the address.

All the big networks usually stream the speech, along with the cable news channels and their websites — catch it almost anywhere online at 8 p.m.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Is this worse than Sandra Lee's king cake?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 3:39 PM


Steve Caparotta of WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge posted the following image on Twitter, calling it "the biggest abomination of a 'king cake' I've ever seen." What is it exactly? Dry bread piped with whipped topping and topped with maraschino cherries? Not sure. It's still not as risible as the "semi-homemade" king cake made by Food Network chef Sandra Lee, which we wrote about last year. That one involves popping a tube of Pillsbury breadstick dough and gooing it up with a tub of pre-made cake frosting (not even cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting). The video of its construction seems to have disappeared from the Food Network site, but here's a screencap from last year:

Have you experienced sad king cake this Carnival season?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sally-Ann Roberts to retire after 40 years at WWL-TV

Posted By on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Sally-Ann Roberts (right) appeared on ABC's Good Morning America last year to commemorate the fifth anniversary of her sister Robin Roberts' life-saving bone marrow transplant.
  • Sally-Ann Roberts (right) appeared on ABC's Good Morning America last year to commemorate the fifth anniversary of her sister Robin Roberts' life-saving bone marrow transplant.

At a time when genuinely nice people sometimes seem in short supply, Sally-Ann Roberts is the real deal — which makes it bittersweet that she announced her retirement this morning on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News. Roberts has been at the station for 40 years. Her last newscast will be Feb. 28.

“After much thought and prayer, I decided that it’s time to begin a new chapter in my life," she told viewers. "I don’t know what the future holds but I look forward to continuing to serve this community in the years to come and spend more time with my grandchildren.”

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Friday, December 15, 2017

WATCH: Jon Batiste performs 'Winter Wonderland' on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 1:18 PM


Something nice for a chilly Friday: New Orleans native Jon Batiste getting five minutes on national television to play jazz piano beautifully and sing "Winter Wonderland" from his new album Christmas With Jon Batiste, which features guest performances by Jason Marsalis, Aloe Blaac and others.

It's really, really good.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WYES documentary New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres Nov. 15

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Peggy Scott Laborde and John Goodman. - COURTESY WYES-TV
  • Peggy Scott Laborde and John Goodman.

Next year is the New Orleans Tricentennial, and events are beginning to ramp up to mark the 300th anniversary of the city's founding. A documentary, New Orleans: The First 300 Years premieres on public television station WYES-TV tomorrow night, produced by WYES veteran documentarian Peggy Scott Laborde and narrated by John Goodman.

The documentary will air at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on WYES, with repeats on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

WYES also is producing a series of "Tricentennial Moments" that will run during its regular programming. More information under the jump.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

WATCH: Sarah Silverman visits Trump supporters in Chalmette on I Love You, America

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:31 PM

On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.
  • On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.

Last night, on Sarah Silverman's new Hulu series I Love You, America, the famously liberal comedian tried something different in the late-night talk show field: she visited a family of Trump voters in Chalmette and had dinner with them.

The Standers are an extended family of crab fishermen — gun owners and conservatives who voted for change in the 2016 election. Their beliefs were varied; Brandi, the 26-year-old "matriarch," wasn't convinced that former President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, yet she was firmly in support of gay marriage and chided her father, who said LGBT people should have equal rights but stopped short of supporting the right to marry. Most of the Standers thought the Obama administration "gave away" too many things to the undeserving, yet several of them received insurance under the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Silverman made her points known, but there was no serious arguing (and no changing of minds, either). Everyone involved seemed to enjoy the experience; they parted as friends.

It was a big change from the usual Stephen Colbert/John Oliver/Trevor Noah approach of ALL TRUMP IS BAD — and still not everyone liked it.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cassidy vs. Sanders headed to CNN Sept. 25

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN. - PHOTOS BY AFGE & GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Sens. Bernie Sanders and Bill Cassidy join Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar to debate health care legislation Sept. 25 on CNN.

CNN will air a "town hall" Monday, Sept. 25 with U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham debating Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar over proposed health care legislation.

Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute event, aired live at 8 p.m.

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