14-year old Metro-Area Girl Becomes First Black Winner of Scripps National Spelling Bee

By Stacy M. BrownNNPA Senior National CorrespondentZaila Avant-garde twirled around in a spin, her smile radiating from the clear braces covering her teeth as confetti fell from the ceilings. The 14-year-old from Harvey, La., had reason to twirl and spin, and most importantly, she had more than enough reasons to...

Fried Chicken Fest Returns in Fall, Moves to Lakefront

The annual National Fried Chicken Festival has announced a new home along the New Orleans Lakefront as the festival approaches its fifth-anniversary event taking place on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. The new location will provide festival goers with more than one million square feet of waterfront views, which...

Government, Community and Faith-based Leaders Join Forces to Champion the Fight Against COVID-19

By Darryl Sellers 2021 has brought with it, more daunting challenges in the African American community’s fight against COVID-19. More transmissible variants of the coronavirus which have emerged are swiftly sweeping their way across the United States. This latest trend in the year-long pandemic is especially troubling for Black people...

New Exhibit Showcases African-American Masking And Spirituality in Mardi Gras

Louisiana State Museum Exhibition Opening February 13 at the Presbytère  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will not find many Black masking Indians on the streets this carnival season, but you will see their elaborate suits and learn about their use and inspiration inside the museum’s galleries. The exhibit will be...

Liberty Bank and Trust Acquires Kentucky-Based Metro Bank

Liberty Bank and Trust Company, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, announced on April 22 that it has finalized a merger agreement and has acquired the assets and banking relationships of  Louisville Development Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Metro Bank, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky.   The acquisition is a continuation of Liberty Bank’s...

LIVESTREAM: NNPA Partners with #Donate1Post to Help Black-Owned Businesses During COVID-19

By Norman Rich for the NNPA Newswire There’s no secret that economies across our nation — even the world — have been devastated by the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. However, without intervention, the impact on Black-owned businesses will be especially devastating. To combat the resulting uncertainty and help...