Posted inNews

Homelessness on the Rise Across Area, Advocates Say

“The increase is devastating because homelessness is traumatic and life-threatening for the people experiencing it. All the progress our community made in reducing homelessness, particularly street homelessness, during the first two years of the pandemic has evaporated as the major forces driving homelessness overpower the resources currently available.”  Martha Kegel, executive director of UNITY Edited by […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

House Committee Advances Bill That Would Make Juvenile Criminal Records in State’s Biggest Urban Areas More Accessible to the Public

The proposed legislation singles out Baton Rouge New Orleans and Shreveport By Molly Ryan and Metia Carroll/LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE—A House committee voted 13-2 Wednesday to advance a bill that would make juvenile criminal information in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport more available to the public. House Bill 321 would compile […]

Posted inState News

House Committee Advances Bill That Would Teachers Immunity When Breaking Up Fights

By Piper Naudin/LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE–Increasing violence in schools has prompted lawmakers to propose the “Protect Teachers Act,” a bill that would grant protection from criminal liability to teachers who try to break up student-on-student violence. “Instead of watching two kids kill each other, this allows teachers to stop that from happening,” […]

Posted inNews

Essence Ventures President & CEO to Deliver Dillard University’s 2023 Commencement Address 

Earlier this week, Dillard University President Rochelle Ford announced that President & CEO of ESSENCE Ventures, Caroline Wanga, will deliver the commencement address during the 2023 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 13.  Wanga is the president & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Essence Ventures, which include ESSENCE Communications Inc, the number one media, technology and  commerce company […]

Posted inRight On Time

New Orleans East Matters!

Just after Hurricane Katrina, there was the muttering about turning New Orleans East into green space—no doubt a not-so-subtle prelude to gentrification. Despite, New Orleans East’s residents resisted, returned and rebuilt. It has not been easy. The process was slow, especially when compared to the pace at which many other parts of New Orleans rebounded […]

Posted inRight On Time

City of New Orleans Announces Legislative Priorities

Infrastructure and blight top the City of New Orleans’ legislative priorities. City officials announced priorities for the current Louisiana State Legislative session earlier this week (April 17).  “The City’s 2023 legislative agenda is another demonstration of my administration’s priorities and commitment to addressing public safety as a matter of public health and quality of life […]

Posted inRight On Time

State Officials Concerned About Decline in TOPS Participation

By Gabby JimenezLSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE–State officials are trying to figure out how to remedy a decline in TOPS scholarship participation throughout the state. The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, known as TOPS, is a merit-based scholarship funded by the state. The program offers scholarships to Louisiana residents attending public colleges, universities […]

Posted inRight On Time

Actor Hopes Playwright’s Life Inspires Today’s Youth

By Troy Carter IIThe New Orleans Tribune The struggles of the Black community, the power of resilience, and the unwavering demand for respect. These are themes that flow through the beautifully written and performed autobiography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. The legendary Black playwright’s “How I Learned What I Learned” will be […]

Posted inBusiness, Finance, Money

Black Restaurant Accelerator Participants Talk About the Perks of the Program

Local Black restaurant owners share their experiences with the Urban League’s Black Restaurant Accelerator during Black Entrepreneurship Week By Troy Carter IIThe New Orleans Tribune Several local Black food entrepreneurs have benefited from the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program offered by the Urban League of Louisiana, providing them with some financial resources, along with support and […]