Chef Stew Helps Youth Transition to the Next Level

  Baltimore, Maryland native Robert Stewart, known as Chef Stew, wants to empower youth through the culinary arts.  He remembers the struggles he faced on the path to becoming a celebrity chef and he wants to use his talent to show young people that cooking can help them transition into a sustainable career. How did culinary arts become your career? To be completely honest, I was kind of forced into the culinary… Read More

Five Reasons why HBCUs are Life

By Samjah Saulsberry As a kid, The Cosby Show used to be my addiction.  Each week, I anticipated seeing that family on TV who resembled my family and other families I knew.  I was in awe of the storylines, Denise Huxtable’s fashion choices, and the positive perception the show exuded.  I remember my mother scolding me about something, and I bravely stood up and said to her, “Clair Huxtable wouldn’t talk to her children… Read More

Where to draw the line for our children

The first time I visited Mexico, I crossed the border from El Paso. As I walked through El Paso, the city felt like many U.S. cities, with a number of concrete high-rise buildings and small green trees lining the sidewalks.  A few of the buildings were prominently labeled with the names of popular banks and investment companies. As I walked closer to the border, the tenor of the street began to change…. Read More

The Presidential Bully, but who cares?

As I sit here looking out of the window of my 6th floor hotel room, I am constantly reminded that God has to have the biggest sense of humor. Why? …Because he allowed Donald J. Trump to take the office of the Presidency. My reminder comes in the form of a 64 story golden glass tower called the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. Now before I decided to write about the 45… Read More

Five Reasons Why Youth Activism is Essential

By Samjah Saulsberry Who Runs The World? So we all know what Beyoncé’s response would be – and her famed, effeminate anthem definitely has validity to it.  Women do play a vital role when it comes to the keeping this world intact; however, it’s actually the youth who not only hold the universe’s future but shape it as well.     Before there was Rosa Parks, there was 15-year-old Claudette Colvin who was… Read More

Gun Control

By Travis Jackson America has had problems for several years over drastically increasing gun violence. There has been little help from the government to lessen the accessibility of certain rifles and firearms. Many people have wondered when the government will focus more on the safety of its citizens and future generations and less on  how much money the National Rifle Association (NRA) will give them to allow these dangerous weapons to be so… Read More

It’s hard to say the right thing about New Orleans’ schools, but they will die (again) if we don’t

New Orleans’ public schools are in the process of becoming something new. The “unification” of its post-Katrina system of charter schools with its pre-Katrina governance structure administered by the Orleans Parish School Board promises to produce something never seen before: a reformed school district with democratic oversight, but with full site-based autonomy. The chief question for unification is whether it can reconcile the cultural and economic disputes that have dogged reform for… Read More

To be honest I am thrilled at Trumps success

On November 8, 2016 the American people spoke when they elected Donald J. Trump as their 45th President. There were various reasons why Americans elected a self-serving, foul-mouthed, woman-disrespecting narcissist to the highest office in the United States of America. If we are honest, some racist voters were tired of seeing an uppity N-word in the White House; after all, it had been eight years. Many party loyalists were so ready to… Read More

Love for “The Children of Central City”

Through a documentary film known as The Children of Central City, city offiicials are paying more attention to the trauma and pain that plagues the neighborhood. Officials are giving voice to the need for more immediate substantive attention to these children and their lives. “You may not live in such a community, but I can promise you that what happens there has a ripple effect on your community.” Read more here

Back to the Future: NOLA Public Schools Return to Orleans Parish School Board

As school staff prepare for the start of the 2018-2019 school year and parents shop for the endless list of uniforms and school supplies, most residents may not have realized that state legislation passed May 2016 went into effect July 1, 2018, marking the Orleans Parish School Board’s comeback. It will now oversee the unification of the city’s public schools that had primarily been managed by the Recovery School District following hurricane… Read More