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Ciara McElveen, transgender woman, killed in New Orleans

  • Ciara McElveen, a black transgender woman, was stabbed to death in New Orleans on Monday. The New Orleans Police Department found McElveen in New Orleans’ 7th ward, according to the Times-Picayune. 
  • According to a press release from the NOPD, she was transported to University Medical Center, where she died.
  • Her death comes only two days after news of the killing of Chyna Doll Dupree, another black transgender woman, in New Orleans.
  •  This is the sixth reported murder of a transgender woman in 2017. Read more (2/27/17 7:43 PM)
Watch The Speech That Should End The Confederate Monuments Debate For Good
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's address makes it even harder to defend statues honoring the "cult of the Lost Cause."

It is a lot of work trying to stay on top of the pace of the news cycle: horrific attacks, like explosion that murdered 22 people and injured 59 in Manchester; the “Great Unraveling” of Trump’s scandal-ridden administration; the dismantling of progressive and beneficial programs, policies, and institutions while malicious and regressive legislation is being passed; and on and on… All of it important, all of it pressing. But if you can make the time, I recommend watching, listening to, or reading the powerful speech by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in the link above.

And to compare and contrast, check out Mississippi state representative Karl Oliver’s now-deleted response to the removal of these Confederate monuments here, calling for the—emphasis his, in all caps—“LYNCHING” of the Black city council members who voted to back the removal. That is a very specific word in a very specific context, meant to spread terror and violence with the goal of submission in the name of racial supremacy. The kicker is that, as a friend of mine stated, “We’ve officially reached the point where you can literally say anything and face no repercussions at election time. This guy is probably in zero danger of losing his job.”

There are many false narratives and historical fantasies that the majority of us Americans live under, arguably more than we open our eyes to—or educate kids on—the ugly truths of how and why we got to this place in history. As I’ve written on this blog before, I wish I had received more education on this huge and crucial swath of American history as I attended public school in the South, but most of it was glossed over… Kudos to the New Orleans City Council, Mayor Landrieu, and everyone else who worked to unveil this truth and stamp out oppression. Sadly, it will continue to thrive despite these efforts, but efforts like these must continue, including holding people like Karl Oliver accountable.

It was a familiar scene for many in New Orleans East, part of the city’s 9th ward.

“As helicopters hovered overhead and emergency response vehicles streamed into neighborhoods, it reminded them of [Hurricane] Katrina,” reported Tegan Wendland of member station WWNO in New Orleans. “The area was hit hard by that storm, and now many families will have to rebuild again.”

“This house looks like it belongs in a third-world country somewhere. If you was to walk through and walk around, you would think a bomb went off,” Terry Eubanks told Wendland, standing outside her apartment.

Eubanks was at the nail salon when the storm hit. Her apartment was completely destroyed.

Officials said at least seven tornadoes touched down in the state on Tuesday, the biggest of which hit New Orleans East.

‘It’s Just A Mess.’ New Orleans Residents Clean Up After Tornadoes

Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Caption: Chef Menture Avenue in New Orleans was littered with debris after severe storms on Tuesday.


Crowd cheers as New Orleans removes third Confederate monument

  • Early Wednesday, a crowd of onlookers cheered as New Orleans removed a monument to General Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, a military hero of the slave-owning Confederate States of America.
  • The monument is the third of four monuments to the Confederacy scheduled to be removed from the city.
  • “Today we take another step in defining our city not by our past but by our bright future,“ Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, said in a press release, "While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans.” Read more (5/17/17)

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Transgender woman shot in New Orleans burglary

  • On Sunday night, three gunmen shot a transgender woman as she ran away from them, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. The gunmen then held up the victim’s friend and two other men.
  • The shooting happened as the victim attempted to visit a friend’s home. 
  • As she walked up to the front door, she noticed three figures wearing masks approaching her, according to the Times-Picayune. 
  • The victim tried to warn her friends inside, but the gunmen entered the house. As the victim fled, she was shot more than once, the Times-Picayune reported. 
  • The gunmen then robbed the people inside the home before escaping through the back door, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Authorities first identified the victim, who was taken to a nearby hospital, as female then male, then reported she is a transgender woman. The victim is alive.
  • Authorities also said the gunmen were not targeting the woman, but rather the people inside the house. Read more (3/8/17 8:30 PM)

“My apologies to Damien Chazelle, but this year’s real masterpiece of musical daring was blazed into existence by who else but Beyoncé. And I’m not even talking about Lemonade, a work of such sumptuous cinematic beauty that Parkwood should have skipped right over HBO and went straight to IMAX. Still, Melina Matsouaks’ video for ‘Formation’ galvanizes me very nearly as much, never more so than when it cuts to The Single Most Important Artist of the 21st Century sitting and standing atop that New Orleans cop car: posing, reclining, and raising her first in a confident spectacle of righteous defiance. On a level not unlike watching Isabelle Huppert singlehandedly provide Elle with a reason for being, watching Beyoncé in ‘Formation’ is to fully understand what it means to be in complete control of one’s image, to know one’s strengths and possess the otherworldly ability to transmit all of them as artist and auteur. And activist.” — Matthew Eng

Read: 25 Standout Moments from 2016′s Great Female Performances


Great news from CBS! The network has announced the renewal of BULL, MACGYVER, KEVIN CAN WAIT, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS for a second season. The network has also renewed BLUE BLOODS (for an eighth season), HAWAII FIVE-0 (for an eighth season), NCIS: LOS ANGELES (for a ninth season), NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (for a fourth season), MADAM SECRETARY (for a fourth season), SCORPION (for a fourth season) and MOM (for a fifth season).


New Orleans church window shattered 2 days after it hosted transgender town hall

  • Only two days after hosting a town hall to address violence against transgender people, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans was vandalized.
  • According to a post on the church’s Facebook page, someone threw a brick through a stained-glass window during a service Sunday morning.
  • “We think it might be in reaction to the town hall meeting we hosted on Friday afternoon, organized by Transitions Louisiana, on violence against transgender people,” the post read.
  • The church has several other ties to LGBTQ communities. It is a venue for LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theatre, which posted a message of support to the church on Facebook.
  • “At this time, we do not have evidence that would link the simple criminal damage to property incident today with Friday’s [town hall],” the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Read more (3/13/17 4:06 PM)

These Are The Forgotten Images Of Hurricane Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast in 2005, photojournalists captured things nobody ever thought they’d see in a major U.S. city: homes submerged, dead bodies in the streets and residents stranded on rooftops pleading for rescue.

WARNING: This post contains images that some readers may find disturbing.

(Source: Getty Images)


Confederate memorials in New Orleans come down after protests

  • New Orleans demolition workers began a controversial scheduled removal of Confederate memorials from the city early Monday morning, a decision that has been met with intense outrage from some segments of the community.
  • According to the Times-Picayune, cleanup crews began hauling away parts of the Liberty Place monument just after 2 a.m., working under the cover of darkness and covering the name of the removal company’s trucks with tape and cardboard so as to avoid provoking the ire of protesters. Police stood guard as they worked.
  • “This should be a celebration, but instead this is done clandestinely,” one person there told CNN affiliate WVUE-TV. “They got the workers who are taking it down dressed in black jackets, helmets and their faces are covered, to us that’s cowardice.” Read more (4/24/17)

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You already knew the narrative of the lazy, basement-dwelling millennial was unfair, but it might also be wrong — at least in some American cities: A new report from Trulia finds that certain millennials seem to be similarly or even less likely to live with parents than members of the generation above them were.

To arrive at its findings, Trulia took two groups — young workers aged 28 to 32 and older adults aged 33 to 55 — and compared how the groups differed over the last 55 years in areas like employment, homeownership and income. Read more


New Orleans Confederate monument of Jefferson Davis taken down as officials receive death threats

  • A construction crew removed the second of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans before dawn on Thursday, CNN reported. 
  • The crew dismantled a statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, which stood over the city for 106 years.
  • As they had been for the first monument removal in April, the workers were dressed in body armor. 
  • Officials and contractors have reportedly received death threats from opponents of the four scheduled monument removals. 
  • The threats stem from heated debates and court battles that have been waged since the New Orleans City Council voted in 2015 to take down the landmarks. Read more (5/11/17)

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A new report released by the Urban League sheds light on state of New Orleans 10 years after Katrina. The report finds that while New Orleans has been able to regain its footing socioeconomically, the city has in many realms largely preserved or widened the disparities between white and black life among its residents. From income to voting power to incarceration, the city’s celebrated “rebirth” has left the yawning gap between its white and black residents mostly untouched.

I’m not here for gentrified New Orleans or middle-aged white men telling me we need to invoke stop & frisk as a way to better police “Black people since they’re the ones committing crimes in New Orleans”.

Stick to what you’re good at: reviewing king cake & Bayou Bogaloo.

Harassing innocent people is not the solution. Fuck WGNO & fuck fake news.