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Talking to Homeless People in New Orleans Talking to Homeless People in New Orleans

The Big Easy can be hard. New Orleans has more than 1,300 homeless residents. They can tell you how it is.

New Orleans Police Search for Suspects
in Shooting That Killed 3, Injured 7 New Orleans Police Search for Suspects in Shooting That Killed 3, Injured 7

New Orleans police continued their manhunt Sunday morning for two suspects who opened fire on a large crowd of people at a daiquiri shop Saturday night just a few miles from the French Quarter, killing at least three and injuring seven others.

The Secret, All-White Committee Advising New Orleans’ Black Woman Mayor on the Fate of Confederate Statues The Secret, All-White Committee Advising New Orleans’ Black Woman Mayor on the Fate of Confederate Statues

Nearly a year ago today, New Orleans residents cheered, sang, and danced in the streets as they watched the city take down a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from Lee Circle. The removal was part of a local grassroots campaign—which was in turn part of a nationwide movement—to remove Confederate statues…

How Louisiana Buried the History of the Nation’s First Black Lieutenant Governor  How Louisiana Buried the History of the Nation’s First Black Lieutenant Governor 

Back in 1976, when Brian Mitchell was eight years old, a teacher in his Louisiana school system asked if anyone in the class was related to a famous figure from the state’s history. Mitchell, who had spent his childhood listening to family stories, said he was related to the legendary Oscar James Dunn. But according…

The Case of the 'Perfect' Undocumented Immigrant The Case of the 'Perfect' Undocumented Immigrant

Christopher San Martin, the tiny boy pedaling the miniature red car, turned six years old in November. It probably didn’t make sense to him that his father didn’t attend his birthday party.

Louisiana Supreme Court Rules That a Man Who Asked for a 'Lawyer Dog' Shouldn't Get a Lawyer Louisiana Supreme Court Rules That a Man Who Asked for a 'Lawyer Dog' Shouldn't Get a Lawyer

A 24-year-old Louisiana man could spend the rest of his life behind bars, thanks to one of the most infuriating court rulings in recent memory.

Splinter Is Heading Down South Splinter Is Heading Down South

Since the 2016 election, many media outlets, including Splinter, have dusted themselves off and resolved to Understand America Better. Publications are taking bus trips to “listen to America,” soliciting pitches about inequality “from all corners” of the U.S., opening new bureaus in Texas and Montana, and hiring…

White Guy Announces Well-Intentioned Bid for New Orleans Mayor With Wack Rap Video

A New Orleans-based visual artist just dropped the [fire emoji] rap video of the year on Wednesday to announce he’s running for mayor on a platform of curbing violence in the city.

New Orleans Tears Down Its Fourth Monument to the Confederacy  New Orleans Tears Down Its Fourth Monument to the Confederacy 

The city of New Orleans is tearing down another Confederate statue on Friday, after months of controversy and threats against the workers contracted to remove them.

Protest Over Confederate Memorials in New Orleans Turns Ugly As Monuments Start To Come Down  Protest Over Confederate Memorials in New Orleans Turns Ugly As Monuments Start To Come Down 

The debate over removing a series of Confederate memorials across New Orleans reached a fever pitch this weekend.

'Stonewall is a pro-cop bar': The paradox of being an LGBTQ gentrifier 'Stonewall is a pro-cop bar': The paradox of being an LGBTQ gentrifier

Many lament the loss of a city’s historically gay neighborhood to the forces of gentrification. Less often do they question the role those gayborhoods play in cities’ wide-ranging redevelopment strategies. Decades before middle-class transplants found themselves unable to afford the astronomical rents in, say, the…

A transgender drag performer gunned down in New Orleans is the fifth trans woman murdered in 2017 A transgender drag performer gunned down in New Orleans is the fifth trans woman murdered in 2017

Chyna Gibson, a transgender woman and a drag performer, was shot and killed outside a New Orleans shopping center on Saturday night. She is at least the fifth transgender woman murdered this year.

Black students protesting notorious racist David Duke got violently pepper-sprayed by police Black students protesting notorious racist David Duke got violently pepper-sprayed by police

New Orleans police unleashed pepper sprayed and threatened to tase students who were protesting former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's appearance Wednesday night on the historically black Dillard University campus for a U.S. Senate debate.

A fierce battle is raging over this monument to white supremacy in New Orleans A fierce battle is raging over this monument to white supremacy in New Orleans

While you probably would never get an elected official to endorse graffiti, much of New Orleans city government would probably agree with the words that were tagged on the city's Liberty Place monument, which openly celebrates white supremacy, sometime over the weekend.

After Katrina, where did all the New Orleans black teachers go? After Katrina, where did all the New Orleans black teachers go?

NEW ORLEANS —Educator Kristi Walton was born, bred, and trained as a teacher in her hometown of New Orléans. She attended the city’s Audubon Montessori School and Benjamin Franklin High School, where she took an introduction to teaching class at the age of 17. She also learned from her mother, who spent more than 30…

Solange Knowles perfectly explains why black women don't feel safe in 'white spaces' Solange Knowles perfectly explains why black women don't feel safe in 'white spaces'

Solange Knowles gave an unfortunately necessary tutorial for people who describe black women and girls as “angry” in a tweetstorm on Friday night.

5 things that prove America's national anthem isn't our only racist tradition 5 things that prove America's national anthem isn't our only racist tradition

It shouldn’t be news that the United States was built on the backs of slaves. But recently, the realization that this history penetrates every aspect of American identity has entered mainstream conversation.

Watch Oprah's empowering words to women of color at Essence Festival Watch Oprah's empowering words to women of color at Essence Festival

Oprah Winfrey delivered an inspirational (does she give any any other type?) speech for women, especially women of color, at the Essence festival in New Orleans on Saturday.

43 years ago, America ignored a mass murder at a gay bar. Will this time be different? 43 years ago, America ignored a mass murder at a gay bar. Will this time be different?

Embedded in brick near the intersection of Iberville and Chartres street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, right outside of what is now known as the Jimani Lounge, there is a small plaque engraved with more than 30 names, a few of whom are known to history only as “unidentified white male.”

Five palm readers, one night, one burning question Five palm readers, one night, one burning question

NEW ORLEANS — No town has more energy in the air than New Orleans. It’s not the bustle of New York or the vibrancy of San Francisco. It’s something more subtle. A whisper on the breeze, a heaviness to the humidity. Signs beckon tourists down alleys to join ghost tours, and it’s easy to believe that—even if the tours…

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