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Wednesday,  July  10,  2013                       For Immediate Release

St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School Announces Official Act of Sale



NEW ORLEANS - The 5116 Corporation made up of six Xavier University Preparatory Alumni has completed the Act Sale of the Xavier University Preparatory Campus today July 10, 2013.  The school will assume the new name of St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School and will offer a Catholic education supported by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Office of Catholic Schools; dedicated to providing opportunities and experiences to prepare today's students for tomorrow's challenges. 


We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year.  The challenging curriculum will include Advanced Placement courses, Concurrent Admissions and a nationally recognized Foreign Language program.  For additional information please contact the school office at 504-899-6061.


St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School where our Students are "Prepped for Life" as we "Continue the Drexel Dream!!







 Over 540,000 attendees enjoyed four days of empowerment and live entertainment


NEW ORLEANS - On yesterday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, along with Beyonc� ESSENCE Festival officials and local tourism leaders, celebrated the huge success of the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival. ESSENCE officials estimate that more than 540,000 people attended the Fourth of July Holiday weekend festival, including more than 100,000 per day for the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and 55,000 for the inaugural Family Reunion Day at Woldenberg Park.


View photos from this year's ESSENCE Festival here and here.


 "This year's ESSENCE Festival was the best and biggest we have seen," said Mayor Landrieu. "ESSENCE is creating an international platform to both celebrate culture and engage in critical conversations that affect our communities. This year we partnered with Mayors and officials from across the country at multiple events on the Empowerment Stage to engage in a dialogue about changing the culture of violence."


Also for the first time this year, ESSENCE partnered with MSNBC to broadcast PoliticsNation with the Rev. Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry and other shows live throughout the weekend from the Convention Center. Mayor Landrieu participated in several interviews to talk about violence reduction and the NOLA FOR LIFE murder reduction strategy.


Tourism officials estimated the economic impact at well over $100 million.  Although precise numbers are not available, reports from local hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions showed brisk business. Hotel occupancy, according to a survey of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau member hotels, was at 97 percent for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Officials at New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport reported that planes were near capacity today with 17,742 departures.

Local restaurants and attractions also experienced increased activity. At Drago's at the Hilton, business was 30% above the same four days in 2012, said co-owner and manager Tommy Cvitanovich. He said the restaurant sold 37,000 oysters over the past four days. The National World War II Museum reported that twice as many people visited the museum from Friday to Sunday than in the same period last year.


The first official ESSENCE Festival APP garnered 14,500 downloads and tripled ESSENCE mobile consumption throughout the weekend, ESSENCE officials said.


"The thousands of visitors that Essence Festival brought to New Orleans were found discovering the many neighborhoods of our city, proving that this iconic event has a broad impact on our entire hospitality industry," commented Mark Romig, president and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. "In addition, Essence has shown the nation that it is cool to be in New Orleans in the summer!"


The 2013 Essence Festival including performances by Beyonce, Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, LL Cool J and Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Emili Sande, Janelle Monae, Jody Watley and New Orleans native PJ Morton.  Celebrity guests included Comedian/Talk Show host Steve Harvey, Actress Niecy Nash, Commentator Roland Martin and Author Iyanla Vanzant.


ESSENCE found its home in New Orleans in 1995 as a celebration of the ESSENCE magazine's 25th anniversary and has since made New Orleans as the definitive July 4th cultural destination for African Americans.  recently announced French Quarter as the #1 destination for Fourth of July.


In case you missed it, click the links below to read local and national coverage of ESSENCE and NOLA FOR LIFE


The Times-Picayune: Essence Vigil honors mothers who have lost children to gun violence


MSNBC: Vigil celebrates lives lost to New Orleans gun violence


Huffington Post: 'Imagine A Future' Documentary Screened For 200 New Orleans Girls During Essence Festival


The Advocate New Orleans: Panel of mayors looks for solutions to violence in cities


The Times-Picayune: Mayors at Essence Fest argue programs to diminish violence are about more than compassion -- they're business imperatives


The Advocate New Orleans: Second-lining, soul-searching at 1st day of Essence


WWL-TV: Landrieu uses Essence to talk about New Orleans violence


MSNBC Politics Nation: Tackling gun violence from Chicago to New Orleans - Video










Mount Zion United Methodist Church


NEW ORLEANS - Mount Zion United Methodist Church will host their 143rd anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in their sanctuary located at 2700 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA. The theme for this year's celebration is "New Vision, New Work, New Joy!" and the keynote speaker is Dillard University Chaplain Rev. John Wingate.


The public is invited to a series of events that lead to the anniversary celebration. The "Youth and Young Adult Gospel Explosion" will be held Friday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m.; the "Annual Prayer Breakfast" will be Saturday, July 13th at 9:00 a.m. with keynote speaker Rev. Barbara Gibson of Hayes Chapel United Methodist Church; "White Linen Concert" will be Friday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m. , $15 ticket prices for the attendees and optional white attire; lastly the "143rd Anniversary Church Service" is Sunday, July 28th at 9:00 a.m. Each aforementioned event is located on the Mount Zion UMC campus, located at 2700-2722 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA.



About Mount Zion United Methodist Church

Mount Zion United Methodist was founded on May 17, 1870. The current edifice was erected in 1952. This year's anniversary celebration marks 143 years of service. Notable works in ministry by the Mount Zion congregation include Good Samaritan voucher program in conjunction with Rayne Memorial United Methodist, Educational Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) Senior Program, and affiliation with Luke's House Clinic.


For more information, including opportunities for participation and tickets, please contact Mount Zion UMC Pastor Sonya Lars at 504.895.6110 or by email at







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Family of TerrilynMonette to establish scholarship through UNCF 


NEW ORLEANS - In March 2013, Terrilynn's family and her adopted home of New Orleans lost not only a brilliant educator, but also a warm, loving person.  To honor Terrilynn Monette's memory and passion to affect the lives of our youth through education, her family has established the Terrilynn Monette Scholarship Fund through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Through her knowledge and commitment, Terrilynn changed the lives of dozens of students and helped them to realize the limitlessness of their own potential.  


Terrilynn Monette was a symbol of the exciting changes in education

Terrilyn Monette
Terrilynn Monette

happening in New Orleans. Within a year of moving from California to New Orleans to teach, she had transformed one of the lowest-performing classrooms in her school to one of its highest-achieving. Terrilynn's passion and dedication to education earned a "Teacher of the Year" nomination in her district. Everyone expected her star to shine even brighter, and to light the path for so many students who had been left in the dark.


The family of Terrilynn Monette and UNCF invite you to honor her memory by giving thousands of students the joy of discovering their intellectual potential. To donate to the Terrilynn Monette Scholarship Fund, please send contributions to:



1100 Poydras Street

Suite 1400

New Orleans, LA 70163


For more information about the Terrilynn Monette Scholarship Fund, please contact LaJuana Chenier at 504 -581-3794.


About UNCF


UNCF-the United Negro College Fund-is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization.  To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education.   UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to

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Apply today; Deadline fast approaching!


NEW ORLEANS - The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs. With the 25th class in 2013, the Foundation will have provided over 5,250 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $51 million in scholarships.


 The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to 250 high school seniors each year. Fifty of these are four-year $20,000 scholarships; 200 are four-year $10,000 scholarships. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.


To qualify, students must be current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools); U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees; Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; and carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.


For more details and/or to apply, visit:


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Conference also features legendary entertainer Rita Moreno, and National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial


2013 NCLR Conference Video
2013 NCLR Conference Video



NEW ORLEANS - At a news conference earlier this week, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, July 23 at the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference in New Orleans. Mrs. Obama's address will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on the closing day of the nation's largest annual conference focusing on issues that impact the Latino community.


"NCLR is excited to welcome Michelle Obama to our Annual Conference as a keynote speaker, where she will have the opportunity to speak to one of the largest gatherings of Latino leaders from across the country," said Janet Murgu�a, President and CEO of NCLR. "Our community is eager to hear from such a prominent and passionate public figure who, in her time as first lady, has shown unwavering commitment to important causes for the growing Latino community such as children's health, nutrition and education."


Mrs. Obama's participation adds a prominent voice to an already nationally recognized lineup of speakers that will make NCLR's first national event in New Orleans historic. This year's Conference also features legendary entertainer Rita Moreno, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO Sterling Speirn, Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Ch�vez, baseball great Minnie Mi�oso and many more.


As part of the Conference experience, the National Latino Family Expo aligns well with Mrs. Obama's efforts to encourage a healthy lifestyle, as the Expo provides activities that promote good nutrition and exercise. The Expo also includes free dental and health services, entertainment, exercise and dance classes, an inaugural soccer tournament and celebrity meet-and-greet opportunities such as a cooking demonstration by Chef Aaron Sanchez.


Learn more about or register for the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference in New Orleans.


To obtain media credentials for the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference, press may register at


NCLR-the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States-works to improve opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.







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Editorial: Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder is misguided


NEW ORLEANS - We are extremely disappointed that in a 5-4 decision

Vincent T. Sylvain, Publisher
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in Shelby County v. Holder that the U.S. Supreme Court has ignored overwhelming evidence which shows that the Section 4 formula which has been used to sustain Section 5 protection is still critically needed in this country to protect the Voting Rights of all citizens.  As President Obama stated, "For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act - enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress - has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans." 


In striking down Section 4, the Supreme Court has removed a critical tool from the kit for justice.  While the Supreme Court's decision is lacking in rational thinking in our opinion, one may find solace in knowing that Section 5 is still in place and that there are legislative remedies which may address today's decision.  Congress must move swiftly in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that adequate voting right protection is restored.


We must remind the country that it has only been seven years since Congress last developed the current formula; as evidenced from numerous testimonies about current-day voter suppression efforts during those hearings it is clear that the Section 4 formula is the Department of Justice's most effective tool in the fight against voter disenfranchisement. Use of the current protection has blocked more than 1,500 discriminatory voting laws from going into effect.  Eleven out of the 15 states covered by Section 5 enacted, or are pursuing, restrictive voting laws this year.



Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued in her dissent, "The sad irony of today's decision lies in its utter failure to grasp why the [Voting Rights Act] has proven effective ... Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like  throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet . . ."



Not even 50-years after gaining protected voting rights for people of color we find ourselves once again engaged in the demand for a more comprehensive measure for protecting every American voter: an affirmative, fundamental Right to Vote in the U.S. Constitution or federal law.  It is incumbent upon each of us who believe in the equal rights to engage in this battle through appropriate means. 






The Historic Carver Theater

Touching the future without disturbing the past!

Carver Theater Rendering
2101 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
Opening November 2013


Welcome back to the historic Carver Theater; during the 1950's hailed as "America's finest theater exclusively for colored patrons" with the latest in technology, architectural designs, and the finest amenities.  Return as history moves forward with the installation of the Carver Theater's new state-of-the-art natural sounding Meyer Sound; an extraordinary breakthrough in sound technology which provides the  optimal acoustical experience.

Re-designed as a live performance entertainment venue primarily focus on jazz, big band ensembles, chamber music, operetta, musicals, stage plays, dance recitals, and Off-Broadway Shows; the fully renovated 16,000-square-foot theater with the "finest amenities" will comfortably seat approximately 600 guests with the ability to accommodate a greater number for non-seated performances and special events. The beamless construction and flat flooring design provides for an obstruction less view and present endless opportunities for various productions.

State of the arts technology and the development of acoustical sound barriers designed to prevent the intrusion or extrusion of sound during performances allow the Carver to create the proper ambience for live audio and video recordings by the music, film, and entertainment industry.  Located just blocks from the French Quarter, proximal to downtown New Orleans, the Carver serves as an excellent location for music conferences, film festivals, screenings, and other arts related events.

Welcome Back to the Historic Carver Theater!







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