Rapper C-Murder on hunger strike in Louisiana penitentiary

New Orleans rapper Corey Miller aka C-Murder is on a hunger strike to protest the conditions at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Louisiana.

Miller attained notoriety on January 12th, 2002, when he got into an altercation with a 16 year old boy at the Platinum Club in Harvey, Louisiana; Miller would fire a single bullet into young Steve Thomas’ chest. The teen died at the scene.

C-Murder recently added civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump to his legal team. The two will be attempting to secure better living conditions at the penitentiary.

I wrote a feature on Miller

No Nightclubs in Angola: The Life Of New Orleans Rapper C-Murder

Louisiana’s No Man’s Land Food Trail

The western boundaries of Louisiana were once so poorly defined that Calcasieu Parish was claimed by both France and Spain. The entire region became known as a No Man’s Land, filled with pirates, Indians, brigands, highwaymen, outlaws, explorers, drunkards, adventurers, bawdy women and the normal lost souls that have always existed on the fringes of American society.

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Happy National Fried Chicken Day New Orleans

Walter Jetton was famously LBJ’s pit boss who was responsible for the massive barbecue parties the President liked to throw on his ranch in Gillespie County, Texas. He also owned a chain of restaurants.

Here in the 9th Ward of New Orleans there are dozens if not hundreds of places where you can purchase fried chicken combo boxes and plates. .99c for two dark meat pieces is common although now you’re seeing a few markets sell their two pieces for upwards of a $1.50.

Sacre bleu.

If you want the best and don’t mind a wait, please visit Poppa’s Seafood on N. Galvez. They only cook per order and you are not allowed to phone in advance but they do have the best fried chicken I’ve found in New Orleans.

Little People’s Place in Treme

If you ever get homesick for New Orleans PBS has a vast treasure trove of documentaries about our city here.

Oh, and it is possible to get homesick for New Orleans even if you’re currently living in here. The city we call home is almost unrecognizable right now.

But we will persevere just like we always have; at least for the past 303 years.

Got a minute? Check out this 60 second short film on Frady’s One Stop featuring Kirk Frady, owner and operator.

Frady’s is my favorite po boy joint in New Orleans and the last coffee shop in the city where a cup of mud will set you back .75c.

And the next time you get in the mood for a fried baloney sandwich, the crew at Kirk’s little store has you covered.