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Eighth Annual Asante Awards Ceremony Takes Place May 29

The Asante Awards will be held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at City Park Pavilion of Two Sisters, 101 Victory Ave.

The Asante Foundation Awards and Festival is a celebration of the pinnacles of the African descendant’s creativity. It was created to celebrate the contributions that many local New Orleans artists have made with little to no recognition, by acknowledging, giving thanks (Asante) and presenting them with awards. This year, the Asante Foundation Awards honors local educators.

This year’s honorees are: Dr. Millie Charles, who will be honored as the Lifetime Achiever, Albert Woodfox, Jesse McBride, Isaac Joseph, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Dr. Rene Lewis Carter, Jerry McGowan, Cynthia Cade, Eric “Lionman” O’Neal, Min. Willie Muhammed, Dr. Joseph Bouie, Dr. Raynard Sanders, Ausettua Amor Amenkum, Laverne Woods Dunn, Carol Bebelle, Happy Johnson, Dr. Karen Martin, Gloria Moultrie, Barbara Jefferson, Alphonse Davis, Sr., Paul Beaulieu, John Charles, Pastor John Pierre and Sylvia Crier.

The Asante Awards invites the entire city to celebrate those who contribute to, inspire, and best represent the African-American community that is the heart of New Orleans. Tickets are $45 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.asanteusa.org.

Coors Light, ULGNO Team Up to Rehab Local Basketball Court

NBACoors Light Full Court reFRESH returned to New Orleans in collaboration with TV basketball analyst and former NBA star, Kenny “The Jet” Smith. Now in its third year, Coors Light Full Court reFRESH restores community basketball courts in need across the country.  In April, Smith joined Coors Light to help present a donation to the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals to reFRESH another basketball court in New Orleans. Last year, the court at Kenner Recreational Center was enhanced through the program.

Smith joined Coors Light and the New Orleans Pelicans to make a $25,000 donation at a recent Pelicans game in the Smoothie King Center. These funds will be used to refurbish another court in the metro area.

Office of Economic Development to Host Business Information Sessions

The city’s Office of Economic Development recently started another series of business information sessions designed for interested entrepreneurs and business owners to learn more about business opportunities with local agencies. For the series, one session takes place in each City Council district. All are open to the public, and individuals can attend any or all sessions.
A session was held in District B earlier this month. Dates and locations for the remainder of the information series are below:

District C:
Wednesday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr.
Topics:
Orleans Parish School Board Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and Procurement Opportunities presented by Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB)
Recovery School District Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and Procurement Opportunities presented by Recovery School District

District D:
Wednesday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Norman Mayer Branch Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.
Topics:
Housing Authority of New Orleans DBE Program and Procurement Opportunities presented by Housing Authority of New Orleans
How to Do Business With The U.S. Small Business Administration presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration

District E:
Wednesday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Andrew P. Sanchez Recreation Center, 1616 Caffin Street, Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor
Topics:
Louisiana Department of Transportation (LADOTD) DBE  Program and Procurement Opportunities” presented by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Port of New Orleans DBE Program and Procurement Opportunities presented by the Port of New Orleans

District A:
Wednesday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Memorial Blvd.,

Topics:

Navigating Your Business Through the City Planning Neighborhood Participation Program” presented by Committee for a Better New Orleans
To RSVP, residents or business owners can contact Business Services Manager Margrett Frazier in the Office of Economic Development at (504) 658-4237 or mmfrazier@nola.gov.

Wednesday on the Point Lineup Announced

ALGIERSThe Algiers Economic Development Foundation recently announced that the 2016 Wednesdays on the Point, six-week summer concert series will take place every Wednesday from June 1 through July 6.  Now in its 9th year, Wednesdays on the Point is a free riverfront concert series featuring live music, New Orleans cuisine and local vendors.

The concert series kicks off with The Soul Rebels on June 1.

Last year, the event hosted more than 20,000 attendees.

“The mission of Wednesdays on the Point is to amplify customer traffic to Algiers businesses during the summer months and boost ferry ridership,” said Derrick Martin, executive director of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation. “This event also allows us to showcase our historic architecture and small town charm while enjoying the best view of the city.”
For the latest information, visit www.Wednesdaysonthepoint.com.

Celebrating 50 Years

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The LNCs (Las Nueve Chicas ) recently celebrated 50 years.
Seated from left to right: Kathy Demasiliere, Carolyn Chachere, Lil Jones and Sandra Cade.
Standing: Pat Brooks, Beverly Dupre, Valerie Sholes, Rosa Edwards, Rhesa McDonald, Vi King and Sandra Duncan.

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