In March of 2016 at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Spencer Carlton assaulted Jerry Don Summers outside the Dogwood Nightclub on West 6th Street.

Carlton believed that Summers had groped his wife inside the bar, and pursued the man outside where he shoved Summers to the ground. Summers fell, struck his head, and died in the hospital four days later.

At the time, Carlton was booked on manslaughter charges. Since then the charges have been amended to criminally negligent homicide. Criminally negligent homicide is a State Jail Felony (between 180 days and 2 years in a State Jail institution)

Spencer Carlton is set to appear in Travis County Criminal Court on May 3rd 2017 at 9am.

An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

We’ll have a lengthy review once we receive our copy of Caroline Gerdes’ “An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward” but suffice to say we are excited about this release.

Ms. Gerdes grandmother grew up in the 9th Ward and while the younger Gerdes was matriculating at LSU she received a grant from National Geographic to pen a history of New Orleans best known community.

Country Roads magazine has a piece on Gerdes here.

Check out our 9th Ward Daily Photo series.

The documentary film, Baby Dolls: Preserving Culture in New Orleans screens tonight Tuesday (March 21) at 7 p.m. at 938 Lafayette St., New Orleans at Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The New Orleans baby dolls party with a professionalism that belies their outrageous costumes. If you’re not careful you may wind up in a heap on a barroom floor if you try to match these ladies drink for drink.

While all the baby dolls are stunningly beautiful the one true queen of the local groups is Resa Bazile aka Cinnamon Black. Check her out here.

We Spotted This Confederate Flag Merchandise On Offer In London Kentucky Last Fall. London Is 45 Miles South Of Berea.

After last year’s debacle over the Confederate flag, the 2017 Berea, Kentucky Spoonbread Festival is on for the Autumn of this year.

A compromise has been hammered out.

Confederate Enthusiasts Cowed As Berea Kentucky Plans 2017 Spoonbread Festival