Matt Suarez is a New Orleanian who has lived through many changes. As a young man, he felt the sting of racial prejudice and the infuriation of discrimination. As a result, he spent many years working for equality in the Civil Rights Movement — often putting his own life at risk. Today, nearing 71 years old, Matt looks at where we've been in light of where we are this week: electing our first black president.
Born on January 13, 1909, this torch bearer of New Orleans music was a jazz banjoist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and ukelele player. Listen to a tribute to Danny Barker in this week's Street Talk by Eve Abrams.
Animata Brown first started traveling to West Africa when she was 19 years old. Growing up African American in California, she wanted to experience African cultures in a real, authentic way. Over the years, Animata lived in Senegal and Ghana, and she kept returning, for West Africa immediately became a part of her heart and her life.
Ten years ago, Douglas Redd and Carol Bebelle founded the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and in so doing, created a home for emerging and established artists to present, create and collaborate in giving life to their art.
One of the biggest problems facing students in low-income neighborhods is a lack of after-school activities. So some schools around the country are paying students to attend after-school programs. One of those schools is right here in New Orleans. Science and Math Charter School on Loyola Avenue has an innovative debate program that pays kids a stipend to attend the program.
Twenty years ago, visual artist Jana Napoli began working with Rabouin High School's commercial art teacher Madeleine Neske to create YA/YA: Young Aspirations/Young Artists. Together and with others, they created an art program grounded in the belief that, given the proper tools and a fertile environment, young people can do extraordinary things.
The Sugar Park Tavern closed its doors in the Bywater last month. This week we hear from regulars and people in the neighborhood about what made Sugar Park special and what the future holds for the owners.