Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Interview: Ed Buckner of Original Big Seven

Tue, 06/01/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Original Big Seven President Ed Buckner talks to Action Jackson about the impact of gun violence on New Orleans' women, the immense importance of the Covid vaccine, transparency from the city government, and more. Hear it all in the pl... Read more

Second lines return to New Orleans

Fri, 05/28/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
Second line parades are allowed in New Orleans again as of Friday, May 28! As New Orleans continues to ease its coronavirus-related restrictions with more caution than the ones set for the state of Louisiana as a whole, many expected parades to not return until August-- or ... Read more

Interview: CTC Steppers' president Trigga Black

Fri, 04/23/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, the new CTC Steppers president, Walter James Fair, talks to Action Jackson about how he became one of the youngest social & pleasure club presidents, which year's theme really stands out in his memory, why it's important to parade thro... Read more

All Saints Day

Tue, 10/27/20
At 3pm on Sunday, November 1, Backstreet Cultural Museum will be hosting a special program to help us grieve the loss of so many people this year and celebrate the lives of friends and family who have passed on to the ancestral realm. Tributes are planned to the founder and... Read more

Interview: Devin De Wulf of Feed The Second Line

Wed, 09/09/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Devin Dewulf of the Krewe of Red Beans gets on the phone with Action Jackson about their efforts to buy groceries for the city's older culture bearers, how the effort is employing some out-of-work musicians, what you can do to support ... Read more

In Memoriam: Sylvester Francis

Tue, 09/01/20
Sylvester Francis, founder and proprietor of the Backstreet Cultural Museum, died Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Francis officially opened the Treme museum at 1116 Henriette DeLille Street in 1999. But its origins can be traced back to the 1970s when he paraded with the Gentl... Read more

Interview: Leon Anderson, Jr., president of Valley of Silent Men

Sat, 08/29/20
This Sunday would've been the start of the 2020-21 second line season, kicking off, as always, with the Valley of Silent Men parade. This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Valley of the Silent Men President Leon Anderson Jr. to talk abo... Read more

Interview: Robert Starks of Original Big Nine

Sun, 08/23/20
COVID-19 has impacted the New Orleans cultural communities deeply. This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Robert Starks, business manager of the Big Nine Social and Pleasure Club, and his wife, Belida. Starks tested positive for coronav... Read more

Interview: Ezell Hines, president of Uptown Swingers

Wed, 08/19/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, WWOZ's Action Jackson gets on the phone with Ezell Hines, president of Uptown Swingers, to talk about how the group got its name, how parades have changed over the years, why groups should work together to keep the second line culture ... Read more

In Memoriam: Ronald W. Lewis

Fri, 03/20/20
Ronald W. Lewis, founder of the Original Big Nine Social and Pleasure Club, and director of the House of Dance & Feathers in the Lower 9th Ward, has died at the age of 68. Lewis was a highly respected member of the New Orleans cultural community for decades.  Lewis started... Read more

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