Following her death in the winter of 2010 at the tender age of 28 she was described as “collateral damage” by the team of assassins who inadvertently killed her in their zeal to murder her companion Jerome “Man Man” Hampton. Continue Reading
Inside you would have found hundreds of adherents to Mother Catherine Seals, the Black founder of one of the largest religious movements of the early 20th century. Parrots squawked about, alleycats were underfoot and a resident donkey had the run of the grounds. A goat ambled among the chickens pecking the turf. Continue Reading
When a Bourbon Street bouncer put a Smith and Wesson pistol in a San Diego Chargers’ lineman’s face on a warm Saturday night in January 1965 he could not have known he was kickstarting the biggest story in the world of sports in that august year. Continue Reading
Powerboats, high-performance Cadillacs, and turbo-prop airplanes criss-crossed Louisiana, and the rest of the south as the cartel waged a reign of terror that saw dozens of killings, and enormous amounts of money go into the gang’s coffers Continue Reading
The rumors are still out there some 70 years later.
Harry Choates, the godfather of Cajun music, was beaten to death in his jail cell by Travis County police officers on July 17th, 1951. Continue Reading
That was the Reverend Peter Rogers, New Orleans police chaplain, responding to the wild violence in New Orleans during the first week of 1973. Continue Reading
That was the creed espoused by the Deacons for Defense and Justice, a paramilitary group of Black men dedicated to protecting civil rights workers and regular Black citizens during the bloody battles pitched on the city streets and country roads of Jim Crow-era Louisiana. Continue Reading