rl reeves jr examines the life of New Orleans boxer Joe Dorsey Jr

“There shall be no fistic combat match, boxing, sparring, or wrestling contest or exhibition between any person of the Caucasian or `white’ race and one of the African or `Negro’ race; and, further, it will not be allowed for them to appear on the same card.”

That’s a rule codified by the Louisiana State Athletic Commission, an agency of the State of Louisiana with “full authority, regulation and control over all boxing and wrestling contests or exhibitions in the state” Continue Reading

Notes on New Orleans Contract Killer Garelle ‘Jigga’ Smith

Soulja Slim liked to rap “I keep that motherfucking heata on me / That’s why no nigga don’t come fucking with me.”

But on November 26th, 2003, Slim broke his cardinal rule, and left his pistol in his truck while he dashed into his mama’s house on Lafaye Street in Gentilly. Continue Reading

Notes On The Short Electric Life Of Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones

The 1200 block of Saratoga in Central City is one of the most infamous streets in the annals of New Orleans crime. On the morning of July 27th, 1900, Robert Charles, a black man from Mississippi shot 24 white people including four cops before a white mob set fire to the cottage he was holed-up in, and shot him dead as the house burned to the ground. Continue Reading

Notes On The Life Of Legendary Transvestite Performer Bobby Marchan

New Orleans was chockablock with transvestites in the 1950s.

Imagine walking into the Dew Drop Inn in Central City when giants like Fats Domino and Chris Kenner were regularly performing. The host of the affair would be Patsy Vidalia, born Irving Ale, and the show opener just might be Bobby Marchan born Oscar James Gibson. Continue Reading