If Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards have their way, they are going to make hepatitis C history in Louisiana. The Secretary and the Governor were in New Orleans on June 26 at CrescentCare to roll out a statewide initiative with Louisiana Department of Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc and representatives … [Read more...] about Hep C treatment to become widely available in Louisiana
Now that Pride month is over and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising has come and gone, the marking of this milestone year will now be written into the history books. The most significant—perhaps “remarkable” is the better word—legacy of this year’s celebration is the official apology issued by the NYPD. Commenting on the raid that helped spark the modern … [Read more...] about Police Can Be So Adamant
This past week I had the pleasure of going to the San Diego area for a gathering of Kellogg Fellows. This group is made up of about 80 selected individuals from all over the country. New Orleans, the only city cohort, has 11 Fellows and 2 mentors, and we each have an individual coach. The idea is to improve the leadership skills of identified community leaders, and to provide a … [Read more...] about Sharing the joy and sharing the struggle SOLIDARITY!
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Founded in 1966, THNOC has grown to include 11 historic buildings making up three French Quarter campuses. The Royal Street campus, located at 533 Royal Street, serves as the museum headquarters, housing a … [Read more...] about The Historic New Orleans Collection
Take a flight of fancy with me for a moment. The scene is the 8th District police precinct in the French Quarter. It is a pre-shift meeting for beat cops. The Captain announces that since it’s Pride month, they have rainbow badges for everyone. The reaction in the room is varied. Many roll their eyes. A few make jokes under the breath. … [Read more...] about Conflicting Thoughts on Rainbow Police Badges
I have a dog. Her name is Brenda. Actually, her full name is ‘Brenda, from Accounting’. Why? Because dog owners feel obliged to engage in some sort of small talk while our hounds are sniffing each other’s buttholes. The standard, “I really don’t give a fuck” question most often asked is, “So, what’s her name?” I thought a fun response would be, “This is … [Read more...] about Is Fuchsia the new color of hate?
You will probably be reading this the first week of July, when we will celebrate the Fourth of July. Historically, freedom is the overarching theme of this holiday. We celebrate freedom in all of its forms--for the opportunity to achieve at the highest levels; to worship in any way you would choose; and freedom to be who you are, love who you love, and act … [Read more...] about The Importance of Freedom: Is Inner Freedom Like Inner Peace?
1776 at Playmakers Theater thru July 7 When 1776 opened on Broadway in 1969, it was a turbulent time. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated less than a year earlier. The Vietnam War was raging. Nixon had just been inaugurated that January. A musical dramedy about the signing of the Declaration of Independence did … [Read more...] about Trodding the Boards July 2, 2019
On Saturday, June 22, Dr. William Barron “Barry” Rutherford, loving brother and friend, passed away at the age of 71. Barry was born on April 29, 1948, in Shreveport, LA, to Horace and Jacqueline Rutherford. He received his B.A., M.A., and finally his Ph.D. in Secondary Education. He taught in various secondary and elementary schools during his … [Read more...] about Barry Rutherford
Long-time French Quarter resident Lee “Bunny” Brasseaux passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 17. He was 58. He was born January 1, 1961, to Roy and Marjorie (Duhon) Brasseaux. He was a native of Abbeville but resided for over 30 years in his beloved adopted city of New Orleans. Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by a brother, Roy “Joey” … [Read more...] about Lee “Bunny” Brasseaux