Let 2014 Shine for Girls

I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to write about for a New Years Eve post for this blog. Several ideas came to mind while I was showering (where I do a lot of my creative thinking!), or changing the cat box or driving to the store but none of them hit the right chord with me since I didn’t really know exactly what it is I wanted to say. Then I saw a FaceBook status by an acquaintance, a fellow poet whom I interviewed for this blog a while ago, and I knew I’d found my post. Which is really her post that needs to be shared. It screams to be shared.

Sha’Condria Sibley (aka iCON the Artist) was sharing the fact that someone had left a racial slur, the N-word, on the YouTube video of her poem “To All The Little Black Girls With Big Names”. This pissed me off, of course. Another example of haters hating on people who are different than they, an avalanche that just won’t stop. But this post isn’t only about that despicable fact. It’s about Sha’Condria’s  powerful, inspirational poem and about the kind of role models little girls need. Role models like Sha’Condria  who has written this beautiful, empowering poem and performs it to perfection with grace and conviction. Role models who won’t stand for hate and name-calling, who use their talent for good and decent reasons, to share their experiences and their wisdom, to lift up, not tear down.

So, little girls and big girls, y’all listen up and make 2014 a shining year for girls with big names and big ideas. Don’t let the haters get ya down. And Happy New Year!


This is creating quite an outrage on local FaceBook pages, as well it should.

Was this really necessary?


Photo by Bernie Murden

UPDATE: Check out Adrastos’ commentary on First Draft. He’s much more eloquent on the subject than I.

UPDATE: According to the Mayor on his G+ page, the sign has been removed. There seems to be some confusion as to whether this is permanent or just until show time tomorrow. Will keep y’all informed.

1/29/13 UPDATE: Visiting for Super Bowl 2013, ‘The Talk’ removes offending sign from Andrew Jackson statue  I notice while the official word from The Talk is that the sign was removed, there was no apparent recognition of the faux pas they committed. C’est la vie.

Louisiana State Museum Launches Katrina 5th Anniversary Project

I am pleased to pass along this information about Louisiana State Museum’s Hurricane Katrina 5th anniversary project on FaceBook. Thanks to Terri Kaupp for sending us the press release – although I am an active FaceBooker, I hadn’t seen anything about the project. Please check out the page and consider sharing your experience.

Recalling Katrina on Facebook
“S.O.S.” becomes Share Our Stories as Louisiana State Museum invites
social media fans to become part of a new exhibit

NEW ORLEANS (Aug. 2, 2010) – On August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi, Twitter didn’t exist and Facebook was only for high school and college students. Today, these social media outlets have become a vital part of our daily life and a way to reconnect with old friends, colleagues, and family.
In advance of Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond, opening October 26 at New Orleans’ Presbytere, the Louisiana State Museum has launched a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/LaStateMuseum where users are urged to post their stories, photos and videos of their experiences during and after the storm.
“Facebook is an ideal medium for sharing memories,” says Louisiana State Museum Manager of Social Media and Web Communications Victoria Salisbury. “We want to reach out to everyone who lived through Hurricane Katrina. Our fan page is a way for residents – and people across the country – to become part of this exhibition.”
In the years after the storm, social media has helped thousands of Gulf Coast residents to reunite with scattered friends, neighbors and families. Chalmette High School alumni, for example, used Facebook to plan a class reunion. “Student records from the school were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina,” says Chalmette’s Class of ’89 reunion organizer Wendy Lauga Thibodaux. “Within 24 hours of posting the reunion event on Facebook, I received 125 responses from alumni from Florida to Washington State. We would not have had a successful reunion without Facebook.”
In addition, the story-telling aspect of Facebook is perfect for New Orleans, a city full of tales about its past.
“The Museum wants to share your experiences of the storm. How has life changed for you in the past five years?” says Salisbury. “Social media is a great equalizer. Everyone has a voice. We’d like to hear them all.”
Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond is a $7.5 million exhibit opening on the ground floor of the historic Presbytere in the French Quarter’s Jackson Square. The 6,700-square-foot installation tells the stories of real people caught in the hurricane’s wrath. It tells of their rescue, recovery, rebuilding and renewal in a way certain to move both those who survived the storms of 2005 and those who watched the events unfold on TV.
Combining eyewitness accounts, historical context, immersive environments and in-depth scientific exploration, Katrina and Beyond enables visitors to understand the 2005 storms’ impact on Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and the nation. It is a story of how a culture – the rich, variegated world of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana – has learned to live with the fragility of its environment and how the storms of 2005 gave rise to a new vision for the region.

Founded in 1906 with a mission to collect, preserve, interpret and present the state’s rich history and diverse cultures, the Louisiana State Museum’s collection now totals more than 450,000 artifacts and works of art. These provide an authentic experience of Louisiana to visitors from around the world while enhancing the quality of life for residents. The Museum is part of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

For more information, please call 800.568.6968 or visit http://www.KatrinaAndBeyond.com, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LaStateMuseum and Twitter: http://twitter.com/LaStateMuseum.

Femme Fatale Friday: Jennifer Sachs

I first met Jennifer through emails with Katrina Warriors, a local group who came together to support area women and girls shortly after the storm. Founding nodes of the Katrina Warriors Network were
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, The Guardians Institute, Loyola Women’s Resource Center, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, The New Orleans Regional Alliance Against Abuse (2005-2006), the New Orleans Women’s Studies Consortium, UNO Women’s Center, and V-Day.

Jennifer is a one woman community service dynamo working her magic all over the internets. She maintains the official FaceBook group page for Katrina Warriors in addition to the fan page, Katrina Warriors (heart) Yoni De Lis.

Jennifer has another FaceBook page, Holistic Health and Natural Healing, that is one of my favorite pages. Her page states,

“This group is intended to serve as a networking – informational site for any & all people interested in the beliefs, practices, and activism regarding the union of the body, mind, spirit and soul through Holistic Healing.”

She links to information and articles in various disciplines of the natural/holistic lifestyle such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy, nutrition and herbal medicine and issues a newsletter through FaceBook as well.

Her latest venture on the web is FaceBook page and blog NOLA-Haiti Solidarity that focuses on expressions of solidarity, donation information and status updates about Haiti.

Below are links to all of Jennifer’s pages and her Twitter ~ this is one information guru you want to follow!

NOLA-Haiti Solidarity Blog

FaceBook Page: NOLA-Haiti Solidarity

FaceBook Page: Katrina Warriors Network

FaceBook Page: Katrina Warriors (heart) Yoni De Lis

Follow Katrina Warriors on Twitter