Last fall I spent some time at the Tulane Towers Learning Center near the intersection of Tulane Avenue and Broad Street in New Orleans. Jerome Jupiter generously allowed me the freedom to talk to staff and students at his program, New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth (NOPLAY). The result is my article on the work they are doing to help people who are not enrolled in traditional schools earn their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. The Crisis, the magazine for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), published the story in its current edition.
Before leaving New Orleans, I produced a radio piece for AARP’s Primetime Postscript. The announcer made the typical mistake with my name, but I still enjoy the story tremendously. The piece features the bluegrass music and voices from a regular Monday night at the Hi-Ho Lounge on St. Claude Avenue, one of my favorite places and events in the city. In an earlier posting on this site, you can see several photos from another bluegrass night, and if you look at those while you listen to the story, you can have a real multi-media experience.
This is a photo essay that began in my mind when I lived in the Bywater and would bike by the door to this barber shop. Its obvious age and its position at an angle to the street intrigued me. A few weeks ago, I finally went to see if I could take some pictures. Michael Williamson gave me some wonderful suggestions on how to improve the work, and here is the result. I owe many thanks to the graciousness and patience of Nat Williams and Michael Butler, in particular, who let me hover around their chairs as they worked, but also to those who let me photograph them: Steven Portis, Andrea Washington, Wayne Wright, Kevin Morgan, Elijah Rashid, Alex Williams, Darryl “Twin” Sullivan, and Laura Mosely.
I’ve spent several weeks photographing the folks in a 7th Ward barber shop. The door cuts into the corner of the building, a design not uncommon in New Orleans, and from there one can observe the intersection of St. Claude Avenue, Henriette Delille Street and St. Anthony. This is my first essay from the project and features the patrons’ feet as they sit on the barber’s chair.
This is a piece that I began working on in early March after a forum on public education and parent involvement organized by New America Media. I’m very grateful to all the people who provided information and insight for this article.
Last fall, my friend, Ben Varadi, told me about this monthly music and education event for the hip-hop community in New Orleans. This winter I went to one of the events organized by Wild Wayne and Sess Four-Five. The result is this story that aired on the Marketplace Morning Report in April. The segment starts at about 4:35 into the show.
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans held a rally last week in front of Ben Franklin High School to protest the lack of free transportation for students coming from the East. I covered the event for The Louisiana Weekly.