Gearing up for Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras

By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer As Al Johnson has joyfully sung for some 57 years, “It’s Carnival time…” and that means folks are seriously gearing

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Bass band aficionado and co-owner of Donna’s Bar & Grill, Charlie Sims, dies

By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer “From his demeanor you’d swear he was straight-up from New Orleans not Chicago,” says trumpeter Leroy Jones of Charlie Sims,

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Baldwin documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ receives Oscar nod
By Lauren Victoria Burke Contributing Writer (NNPA Newswire) — On February 1, the first day of Black History Month, the National Museum of African American History and Culture premiered the Oscar-nominated ...
A brassy beginning for parade season
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Most people know the feeling of standing on a sidewalk or neutral watching a Mardi Gras parade and it seems like the marching bands finish a ...
A flood of music on tap for World Wetlands Day in Crescent City
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Thursday, February 2, is annually recognized around the globe as World Wetlands Day. Pianist and vocalist Henry Butler will help this noble cause by performing that night ...
NFL Spotlight HBCUs’ contribution
(EURWeb) — In December 2016, the NFL joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia to ...
Best of the Beat – Honoring Our Own
By Geraldine Wykcoff Contributing Writer The Best of the Beat Awards presented by OffBeat magazine celebrants its 22nd anniversary on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Held at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, ...
Another Solid Week of Musical Offerings
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer “Willie is the truth,” saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. declares. “As (saxophonist) Lou Donaldson said to me, ‘Willie Pickens is one of the last great bebop pianists.’”
Discovering a Treasure – More Mahalia
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer It must have been like a prospector striking gold when gospel enthusiast Glen Smith discovered previously unknown recordings of the great Mahalia Jackson at the Historic New ...
In Review: The Best Films of 2016
By Dwight Brown Film Critic (NNPA Newswire) — As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to ...

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