Your Alternative Newsletter - News, Arts, Culture & Entertainment!
Wednesday, August 1, 2018                                         For Immediate Release
Join Our Mailing List 
4,500 Children Removed from Child Care Waiting List Due to One-Time Funding
Thousands of Eligible Families Remain on Waiting List Despite Additional Funds
BATON ROUGE, La.  - The Louisiana Department of Education today started the  process of serving 4,500 children in child care programs, removing their names from the waiting list for the  Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which provides financial assistance to low-income families while parents are working or attending school. The action comes after Congress appropriated additional one-time child care funds to Louisiana. Families eligible to be removed from the waiting list will start receiving digital and mailed notices today and will be able to access child care using CCAP funding in the week following Labor Day at the earliest.
In 2017, the Department, which oversees CCAP as a result of the landmark Act 3 legislation of 2012,  established a waiting list due to overwhelming demand from working parents. Approximately 2,500 children will remain on the waiting list after today's actions. That number will likely return to at least 7,000 when the one-time funds have been spent.
Earlier this year, as the result of Congress passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the federal Office of Child Care announced additional money to the federal Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) grant would be made available to states this fiscal year. Louisiana is required to spend its one-time allotment of $39 million on expanding the number of available seats at child care centers, initiatives to improve the quality of care, and infant and toddler-focused programs. Approximately $28 million of the funding may directly benefit CCAP.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to provide affordable child care to thousands more of the hard-working families who have patiently waited for this opportunity," said State Superintendent John White. "But it is important to remember this money is only guaranteed for one year and is only  a small portion of the amount of funding needed to help our most vulnerable children."
In order to completely clear the remainder of the waiting list, it would cost nearly $16 million, about $6,300 per child, for one year.
"Families across our state have a demonstrated need and a desire to participate in CCAP," said Tony Davis, member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. "We must not go back; it is of utmost importance that we continue to accommodate the growing number of families who are putting themselves on the waiting list, and while doing so, to ensure the highest quality across all providers statewide."
Even if the waiting list was eliminated, the program would still be serving far fewer children than it was a decade ago, said Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. In 2009, CCAP served close to 40,000 Louisiana children; today, it serves just over 14,600.
"This is due to the huge cuts that have been made in the state funding for the program," Bronfin added.
"We encourage our state policymakers to prioritize state funding of CCAP so that these families can continue to receive quality child care assistance while they work toward self-sustainability," said Jonathan Pearce, President of the Child Care Association of Louisiana (CCAL). "CCAL will continue to collaborate with LDOE and other advocates to find ways to fund access to quality early childhood care and education programs."

State and local leaders have committed to working together to develop a long-term statewide strategic plan for early childhood education and to strengthen local governance so communities can expand access, drive quality improvement and address other critical needs of their children. The first step has been the creation of the state-level  Early Childhood Care and Education Commission.
In addition to addressing the CCAP waiting list, the commission must take into consideration the maximum number of at-risk children still in need of services. Louisiana is currently serving 56,588 at-risk children through various federal and state funds, but according to state data from October 2017, there are nearly 200,000 at-risk children birth to age five. This means about 70 percent more at-risk children remain eligible for assistance and may be in need of services.
Moreover, the commission must assess the gap in access to high quality, affordable child care and how it differs by age. The state serves 90 percent of its at-risk four-year-old children, for example, but it reaches just 30 percent of its at-risk three-year-old children.

The Early Childhood Care and Education Commission will  convene for the first time at 1 p.m. today in Baton Rouge.


Liberty Bank - Green Credit Card logo
Click to Apply Online NOW!

Democratic takeover could bring first black speaker
Upheaval in the Democratic caucus could pave the way for a historic House leader - and some potential names are already being discussed.
Politico illustration-Getty and Politico Images
Politico illustration/Getty and Politico Images


NEW ORLEANS - The next speaker of the House could be a black Democrat. And Congress would never be the same.

In 230 years, there's never been a black speaker, or any black lawmaker seriously in the running for the post. That could change after voters go to the polls in November.

Democrats are their closest to winning back the House in years. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said she will run for speaker again, but after 16 years at the top, some lawmakers - and a rising number of Democratic candidates - want someone else to take over.

The prospect of a black speaker, which seemed like a long shot just months ago, has started to bubble up more in private conversations in recent weeks, particularly among Democrats in the influential, 48-member Congressional Black Caucus.

After Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, a potential Pelosi successor, went down in a shocking primary defeat in June, the questions about who might replace her have only grown. And that raises the possibility of an African-American Democrat being sworn in as the 55th speaker on Jan. 3.

The members with the likeliest shot, according to more than 20 Democratic lawmakers and aides, include Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, currently the No. 3 House Democrat; Hakeem Jeffries of New York; Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, current chairman of the CBC; Elijah Cummings of Maryland; and Marcia Fudge of Ohio.

"I think it's more than a possibility. It's a probability," said Fudge of the likelihood of a black speaker in 2019. Fudge strongly backs Clyburn for the job.

Electing a black lawmaker to the top job in the House - putting that Democrat in line to the presidency right after the vice president - would be a remarkable milestone. No African-American lawmaker has ever run a party caucus in either chamber or risen higher than majority whip, the No. 3 post, in the House leadership. Prior to Clyburn, the late Rep. William Gray III of Pennsylvania served as House majority whip from 1989 to 1991.

A Democratic speaker would also be in a unique position to take on President Donald Trump - who has openly stoked racial divides in the country - at a critical period for the party. Democrats are still searching for their next leader in the post-Barack Obama world, as well as their identity going forward. The next leader will be the face of the party until a presidential nominee is chosen in 2020, raising the stakes even higher.

"We want people to see that the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives is, with some intentionality, very inclusive," said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, a senior member of the CBC. "It's a powerful statement for the nation and maybe even for the world."

Cleaver, like others interviewed for this article, cautioned that no members of the CBC are currently campaigning or recruiting support for a speakership bid. And the possibility of a black speaker, while it stokes excitement among some members, certainly isn't guaranteed.

With 48 members, and possibly more in the next Congress, the CBC is a formidable bloc of votes inside the Democratic Caucus. The group may not be able to pick the next House Democratic leader outright, but opposition from the CBC can doom any leadership hopeful.

Pelosi, the first female speaker, has said she will go for the gavel again if Democrats take back the House. And her allies are confident that she'll prevail in any internal showdown.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat, has made clear he would vie for the position if Pelosi can't reach 218 votes. Hoyer beat back a challenge from Clyburn for the No. 2 position in 2010, after Democrats lost their majority, and Democrats close to Hoyer believe he may finally get the brass ring this time, provided Pelosi is no longer in the mix.

"Mr. Hoyer is focused on taking back the House ensuring we have a Democratic majority in 2019," said Mariel Saez, Hoyer's spokeswoman.

Cedric Richmond - Jim Clyburn
There has never before been a black speaker of the House. But if Democrats retake the chamber and buck their leader, Nancy Pelosi, there's a real shot that could change. Two lawmakers who are considered candidates to take the gavel and a place in history are Cedric Richmond of Louisiana (left) and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina (right). [Andrew Harnik / AP Photo]

But the defeat of Crowley, the 4th-ranking Democrat, has shifted, and in many cases, broadened, lawmakers' thinking about who their next cast of leaders should be.

Eyeing leadership posts, in addition to Pelosi, Hoyer, Clyburn and other CBC members, are Reps. Adam Schiff, Pete Aguilar and Linda Sánchez of California; Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico; Cheri Bustos of Illinois; Mark Pocan of Wisconsin; and Richard Neal of Massachusetts.

However, one thing is abundantly clear - if Pelosi can't be speaker, it is difficult to see right now who is most likely to succeed her. Which makes it a wide-open contest if Pelosi fails to round up enough support to win a floor fight.

Clyburn, 78, is open to the possibility of being speaker, although he remains loyal to Pelosi.

"If the opportunity is there, absolutely," Clyburn said in an interview. "I have been preparing myself for this role since my pre-teenage years."

Clyburn was first elected to Congress in 1992. The eldest son of a fundamentalist minister, Clyburn was elected chairman of his NAACP youth chapter at 12 years old. Clyburn made his mark in the civil rights movement, became a teacher, and then did a long stint in South Carolina government before coming to Capitol Hill.

"You don't go through all of that, making those kind of preparations, and not try to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves," Clyburn added.

Clyburn is well-liked and well-respected among his colleagues, although, like Pelosi and Hoyer, Clyburn faces questions over his age and his already lengthy service in leadership, undercutting his ability to jump over either one of them or appeal to lawmakers eager for generational change.

But in the seniority conscious CBC, it may be hard for any more junior members to vault over Clyburn. Clyburn chaired the group in the late 1990s and is still its most influential voice.

Some Democrats have gravitated toward Jeffries, a three-term Democrat from Brooklyn, who is popular with wide swaths of the caucus. Several members outside of the CBC, from pro-trade New Democrats to revolutionaries who want to oust Pelosi, have mentioned Jeffries in recent weeks as a top contender for the speakership if he chooses.

Jeffries, who is about to turn 48, declined to be interviewed for this article, but he told reporters shortly before the congressional recess that he'd spend August trying to help Democrats win back the House. Jeffries, currently co-chair of House Democrats' messaging arm, said he has no immediate plans to declare a bid for a higher leadership position.

"I haven't ruled anything in, I haven't ruled anything out," Jeffries said about serving in the higher ranks of party leadership. "My mind-set is that we should all continue to be focused on winning back the majority in November, because that is the most significant thing that we can do on behalf of the people that we represent."

Jeffries has said he wouldn't run against Pelosi, and allies of the New York Democrat stressed he also fully supports Clyburn and would forcefully back Clyburn for whatever leadership spot he decided to pursue.

But that hasn't stopped some members from dreaming of a caucus featuring the young, charismatic New Yorker at the top. Multiple Democrats said Jeffries was feted at a recent retreat for the CBC's fundraising arm, with senior CBC Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York taking the lead in praising him to Democratic candidates and donors.

Meeks also hosted a meeting in his office for Jeffries with about two dozen House Democrats from all corners of the caucus last week. Sources inside the room said there was no consensus - some Democrats want to see Jeffries run for the open caucus chair spot, while others urged him to consider aiming much higher - other than strong support for Jeffries in whatever he decides to do.

"Hakeem was very focused in saying he doesn't want to put any cart before the horse, he wants to make sure that we're focused on winning the House back," Meeks said of the meeting. "Which, I think, is what a good leader would do."

But for Meeks and others who attended the confab, the idea of Jeffries as speaker wasn't so far-fetched: "I could see him to be anything he wants to be," Meeks said. "I think Hakeem could be - he's got as much talent as Barack has."

Cummings, 67, also has been widely considered to be a potential party leader. Tough, smart and willing to slug it out with Republicans, Cummings has earned high marks from his colleagues for his role in taking on the Trump White House as ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Like Clyburn, Cummings is a former CBC chairman and has sway inside the tight-knit group.

Yet Cummings has had serious health problems recently, and there are doubts whether Cummings could or would be speaker. Cummings declined an interview request.

Richmond, 44, declined to discuss his leadership ambitions as well. As chairman of the CBC, Richmond has gotten national coverage as black lawmakers have responded to Trump. And Richmond played a pivotal role in the controversy over former Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who was pushed into retirement following a sexual-harassment scandal earlier this year.

A member of the moderate New Democrat Coalition, Richmond also helped save House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's career several years ago when the Louisiana Republican was under fire for a years-old speech to a white supremacist group. Richmond's support for his close friend Scalise helped defuse the scandal, and Republicans praised Richmond for his actions.

Fudge, 65, was elected to Congress in 2008 after stints as a local politician and prosecutor. Smart and eloquent, Fudge is also a former CBC chairwoman. While she has been mentioned as potential speaker material, Fudge - who supported Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan for minority leader over Pelosi - is fully throwing her support to Clyburn.

To Fudge, selecting Clyburn as speaker would help force a discussion on race that is badly needed in the Trump era.

"We don't ever own up to the racism in this country," Fudge said. "We need to have a conversation. And Jim is the person who can do that."


Senseless Murders - The Only Solution
Guest Commentary by Lloyd Dennis, Silverback Society
Lloyd Dennis
Lloyd Dennis
NEW ORLEANS -  Most murders in New Orleans can be prevented, 3 to 5 years earlier. Every young man who reaches a "I've got nothing to lose" reality is a potential perpetrator of a "senseless" murder. 
You've bounced off the job market enough to realize that you are unprepared. You are unskilled and unable to communicate any special value to potential employers. You can't even buy shoes for your baby, or a gift for momma on "Mother's Day. Your self-respect is based on the "streets", your position in the pecking order among the other young men, who, like you, didn't realize that you had to become something to be something until too late.
But you aren't thinking about it like that, because you are like almost all the black men "in the hood", the neighborhoods vacated by the families with men who had become something. You are thinking/feeling that this is normal life for a black man. You have to get your "respect" in the streets... and then someone "disses" you, maybe ridicules your clothes, your momma maybe, or maybe they whipped your ass in a fair fight, or took your woman and then fronted on you in public about it.
You can't take that! Everybody's going to think they can just piss on you anytime they want. You got to get your "respect" back. You and your "boys" cowl up for a bottle or a bag, and you chat it up and try and convict that mutha. They going to see what you get around here messing with one of us. Bang Bang Bang (empty the clip) senseless murder... over "respect" by men who don't even know what real respect is and are left with the law of the jungle, which is fear.
Oh yeah, and three hots and a cot ain't so bad. My uncle Jule and my cousin Rudy'll show me the ropes.
I'm sick and tired of people pointing fingers of blame at "Them", what "They" ought to do.
The solution is getting boys lacking examples in their lives to want to, understand how to, and believe that they can become men who have become something, men capable of getting real respect for their contributions to family and community.
We see it working, have seen it working for ten years now. 
So, for successful black men in the community the question must always be, "What am I/we going to do?" because the only people who can show these boys what real respect looks and feels like is us. Seeing us makes learning worthwhile. Hearing our stories gives them hope, belief in their own possibilities... even in the face of racism. And that is why we have to have black mentors and role models, men who have swam upstream and became all the stronger for it.
If we could use white volunteers, we would have more than we need.
C'mon Greeks, S&P Clubs, Masons, Men's ministries and other individuals or groups of men. We have a plan, curriculum, research based process, infrastructure and support system to help you maximize your impact, with a tried and proven process. We have schools waiting for the Silverback Way to change the trajectories for their boys. The Silverback Way is available to all black men (who can pass a background check) to participate. We are not a club, we are men united for the one purpose of helping boys  want to, understand how to, and believe that they can become men who have become something.
Lloyd Dennis_pledge
And they all belong to the same "gang"
The Silverback Society

Silverback Society

Community Mediation Services Statement on Recent Shootings in New Orleans
Community Mediation Services
Community Mediation Services of New Orleans
Contact: David Zalkind, 504-517-3383

NEW ORLEANS -  Community Mediation Services of New Orleans (CMS) expresses sorrow for the preventable deaths of three individuals this past weekend and offer condolences to their families. We also express concern for the injury of seven and for the many who witnessed this tragic shooting, as well as concern for the many shootings that have happened across the city.  CMS mediators stand ready to help individuals and groups resolve conflict before it escalates from "bluster to bullets."[1]
Twenty years ago, New Orleans murder rate was astronomical.  Recognising that police cannot do it all, a number of interventions were made with schools, youth and families that helped reduce the violence. Now, we must do this again so that the violence and trauma does not increase among our children, families and citizens.  
CMS is one of several organizations in the city, such as Ceasefire, Peacekeeper, the Police Mediation Program and the Center for Restorative Approaches that offer critical tools and skills to community members for violence reduction. We ask the people, government and philanthropy to support these types of services as a means of deesclating violence in our community. Conflict-oriented interventions are productive, evidence-based approaches to reducing crime and restoring those it affects.
Mediation, for example,  is an informal, confidential process that allows people to work together to find a mutually agreeable solution to their conflict.  Many types of conflict can be addressed including difficult situations involving acquaintances, friends, neighbors, landlord/tenant, consumer/ merchant, employment, family, school issues and others.
It is critical that we make alternative methods to resolving conflict widely known and widely used in this city.
For more information, see  

[1]  Corbett, Justin (2016). Conflict Intervention as Crime Prevention: A Review of its Performance, Policy and Potential in New York City. Phoenix, AZ. Advancing Dispute Resolution.

It is critical that we make alternative methods to resolving conflict widely known and widely used in this city.
For more information, see  

[1]  Corbett, Justin (2016). Conflict Intervention as Crime Prevention: A Review of its Performance, Policy and Potential in New York City. Phoenix, AZ. Advancing Dispute Resolution.

Julianna D. Padgett, Ph.D., LCSW
President, Community Mediation Services

"Where there is love there is life." Mahatma Gandhi 

Mayor LaToya Cantrell
Mayor LaToya Cantrell
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Today, Mayor LaToya Cantrell released the following statement on the shootings that occurred on South Claiborne Avenue near the Milan area:

"There is no place in New Orleans for this kind of violence. I speak for everyone in our City when I say we are disgusted, we are infuriated, and we have had more than enough. Three more lives - gone. It has to end. This happened near my neighborhood, on the edge of Broadmoor. It's unacceptable anywhere.

"We are grateful to those on the scene tonight: the NOPD, EMS, the chaplains and the social workers. We will dedicate every resource necessary to ending this horror and seeing justice done."

As of 10:30 p.m., 10 people have been reported shot and three of those people were declared dead at the scene, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The remaining seven victims have been transported to area hospitals for treatment. The investigation is ongoing.


Larry Morrow Featured in Forbes Magazine:
Lagniappe Turned This Millennial's Side Hustle Into A Million-Dollar Enterprise
by John Greathouse, FORBES Contributor

JULY 21, 2018 - I have long argued that side hustles develop entrepreneurial muscle and can
Larry Morrow
Larry Morrow
lead to significant and unforeseen outcomes. Thus, it's not surprising I was drawn to Larry Morrow's book, 
All Bets On Me.
Greathouse: Hey Larry. Nice job on your book - it's inspirational and contains worthwhile advice for entrepreneurs of all ages.
Your book reminded me of a memorable conversation I had last year with  Don Charlton , a good friend and Founder of  JazzHR. Don grew up in the Projects in Pittsburgh and (he) was telling me that many of the successful side hustle platforms have their genesis in the African American community.
He said that jitney drivers have been doing an Uber thing in Pittsburgh for decades and the concept of Airbnb (renting out a spare room on a short-term basis) is nothing new in the black community. Interestingly, these side hustles were deemed illegal, until Silicon Valley "legitimized" them.
Larry Morrow: Right. I agree with that statement, after all, African Americans have always been great innovators and inventors. We are visionaries and many times visionaries are ahead of their time, but we have to remain resilient and be solution oriented, in spite of being a minority. We have to change the narrative, it's our responsibility.
A hot topic right now is gentrification. Many say it's a problem facing the black community and while I think it's important to use your platform to bring awareness to those kind of issues, I think it's just as important to use your platform to bring solutions.
Gentrification is an issue in New Orleans. For me as an investor, it's definitely an opportunity. But for me as a young black entrepreneur, gentrification as an issue facing my community gave me the chance to be intentional about creating opportunities and investing in preserving our culture. I opened a black-owned restaurant, with a predominantly black staff that caters to a predominantly black audience - in a gentrified neighborhood. We have to intentionally preserve our culture and invest together.
Greathouse: I know you're well known in the Big Easy and in the promotional world, but please tell my readers who Larry Morrow is and what you've done to perfect the side hustle.
Morrow: I'm not sure I've perfected anything, but I do hustle differently... so I define side hustles a little differently. For a while, you have to treat your side thing like your main thing... at least until it can run like a well-oiled machine and generate an income successfully without you.
Promoting was my side hustle, and to date, what began as a side hustle, (has) funded several legitimate ventures, (such as) concerts, events, Morrow's Restaurant, All Bets On Me and  several real estate development projects and created countless opportunities for others. Needless to say, I take opportunities seriously and that's what side hustles are.
In New Orleans we have a word called lagniappe, it means "a little something extra." Your side hustle is meant to give you leverage, a leg up over people who don't go as hard as you do, it's supposed to be your lagniappe.
Greathouse: Lagniappe. I like that. It seems everyone is looking "for a leg up," yet many Millennials shun creative, out-of-the-mainstream side hustles.
Do you think this is due to a lack of motivation or is it because many young people's view of side hustles doesn't go beyond the established platform, like Uber, Air-bnb, etc.?
All Bets On Me
Morrow: Can I preface this part with one thing? I can't tell you one side hustle that was easy! I'm extremely passionate, I believe that passion fuels purpose... so doing things wholeheartedly is important to me. If you're not  all in, you can't expect to get the full benefits of an experience. (I'm) saying that because people often overlook the significance of a side hustle.
If having a side hustle was easy, everyone would have one. It takes a lot of energy to identify or create an additional income source but honestly, it's becoming a norm that Millennials can definitely benefit from.
Greathouse: I agree that the gig economy is becoming the norm, but I'm concerned that some Millennials feel that the only side gigs available to them are those created by other people. I encourage my UC Santa Barbara students to go beyond the big platforms and create opportunities out of nothing.
I know you have strong feelings about how Millennials can maximize their side hustles. Let's go through the tips you shared with me when we were prepping for this interview. When you tell Millennials to "invest," what do you specifically mean?
Morrow: Investing isn't just a monetary concept. I think learning to invest properly, early on, would be a benefit. I invest in myself daily, by preparing myself for whatever the day may send my way. I prepare spiritually by investing my time in prayer, mentally through reading and physically through exercise. You have to invest to grow.
Of course, this is Forbes, so we have to touch on the money. Side hustles are meant to give you extra income but if you don't invest your earnings properly it's not beneficial. It's the difference between being busy and being productive.
Initially, my side hustles were for extra income to help my family, but when my mind changed, my grind changed. I began using the money to position myself to make more money by treating Larry Morrow Events more like a business and less like a side hustle.
Greathouse: Exactly. Things get "real" when you treat your side gig like the main event. Sometimes it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you always think of your side gig in small terms, it will likely stay small.
Liberty Bank 5 Reasons To Download
Click here
Nearly everyone, including Millennials, are unwilling to put in the effort required to be properly prepared. However, I find it interesting that you make the distinction between "getting ready" and "staying ready." What do you mean by this?
Morrow: Life is a lot like a rollercoaster ride - filled with ups, downs, and unexpected turns. It's important to prepare for downs while you're up. I learned about the importance of preparation first hand from watching my family struggle, but we can look at anybody's career, from the ground to the grind to that hot moment, which may last a few years, to that down period, which may also last a few years, to a plateau phase.
You have to plan for the hot moment while you're grinding and prepare for (the) down period while you're hot. Too many people lose time getting ready when they approach a stage of life but if you stay ready, through preparation and practice, you don't have to get ready!
Greathouse: Totally. I've written about the characteristics of entrepreneurs and one (personality trait) that seems to be common, irrespective of the entrepreneur's age, education level or industry is an insatiable curiosity. I am also a huge fan of Mentors, which can jump-start an entrepreneur's education. I don't care how old you are,   you're never too old for a mentor. In your book, you also encourage entrepreneurs to be lifelong students.
Morrow: I live by the Chinese proverb, "He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."
Life as a serial entrepreneur has led me to work in several different industries. Many of which I started off knowing absolutely nothing about! But I knew people who were professionals or experts. And there's something I say proudly, "I'm eager to learn... I'm a student of the game!"
When I first entered real estate, I knew real estate was the best investment you could make, I was genuinely interested in it but I didn't know how to professionally navigate a development project. I invested. Then I got a mentor! I have no shame in asking for advice or help. I'm eager to learn...and most successful people are eager to help.
To grow your side hustle or to grow from a side hustle you have to become a student, which means you have to BET on yourself:  Be driven enough to seek out information or a mentor,  Eager enough to endure the process and  Teachable enough to apply what you learned.
Greathouse: Amen! You and I agree on so many things, it's a bit scary (laughs). For instance, I've always said that an entrepreneur's two most limited resources are her time and money. I know you feel the same way, especially about time.
Serial Entrepreneur, Larry Morrow
Morrow: Yep. The key to hustling effectively is managing your time wisely. Time is the most precious commodity we have. It's the one thing in life we can't get back but wish we had more of. Effective time management is what separates the sharks from the fishes! Working multiple side hustles simultaneously taught me to prioritize where my time and energy goes.
Greathouse: I couldn't agree more. Do you have any other insights you'd like to share regarding pulling off successful side gigs?
Morrow: We've all heard the saying about not putting all your eggs into one basket. I live that but I think that's the exact opposite of what people are conditioned or trained to think through traditional education. We're trained to pick a lane, stay there, if something doesn't work out - stay there, get in more debt and get a more expensive piece of paper so you can demand a higher salary, in that lane. But what we're seeing is entire highways (industries) collapsing. There's no security in the old American Dream and that's why developing a diverse portfolio is so important to me.
Side hustles have been a great point of entry into new industries for me. Being the new guy, the entrepreneur has allowed me to explore freely, take risks, make mistakes, have a unique perspective and make money in the process.

Follow John's startup Twitter feed here: @JohnGreathouse. You can also check out his startup advice blog HERE.


Amistad Research Center Launches New Education Platform
NEW ORLEANS - The Amistad Research, an independent archives/special collections library in New Orleans, has launched a new interactive and digital education program entitled Amistad on the Go! (AOTG). The program is designed to support the Common Core standards of grades 6 through 12 by providing humanities and arts-centered activities on themes such as Slavery & Abolition, the Reconstruction Era, and the modern Civil Rights Movement. AOTG is the next step in Amistad's outreach to local, state, and national schools seeking primary source-based curricula with accompanying training in approaching and teaching sensitive topics such as enslavement, stereotypes, and violence when discussing the historical periods of slavery, Reconstruction Era, and the modern Civil Rights Movement.

To date, the Slavery & Abolition unit is available, with the Reconstruction Era and Civil Rights Movement units available prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Each AOTG unit includes a curriculum guide, first-person narratives and selections from primary sources, interactive worksheets, and
visual or audiovisual resources. Additional multi-media and print-based resources supplement the program's digital platform.

Amistad has worked with educator focus groups to develop the individual units that will be part of Amistad on the Go! Focus group participants have described AOTG as "powerful and needed" and "an outstanding way to open minds and start conversations." The participants were a cross mix of teachers, 
administrators, and support staff from a cross-section of parochial, private, and public schools, as well as homeschool networks.

Based on interactions with educators from the focus groups Amistad will conduct in-service teacher trainings to prepare educators to appropriately implement their use of sensitive material in their classroom. In doing so, topics such as stereotypes, document analysis, and critical studies will be covered,
equipping educators to maneuver through challenging conversations with students, colleagues, administrators, parents, and other members of the community.

Access to Amistad on the Go! is available to subscribing educators and students, which provides free access to the digital platform. The print and multimedia resources are available for a fee of $30.00 plus shipping and handling.

For more information on the program, contact the Center's Leventhal Education Specialist, Anastacia Scott, at

About the Amistad Research Center
The Amistad Research Center (ARC) is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America's ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights.

ARC houses more than 800 collections, including:15 million original manuscripts and rare documents ranging from the 1780s to present;2,000+ periodicals dating from the early 19th century; 250,000 photographs dating from 1859; 400+ oral histories by musicians, civil rights activists, writers, military figures and community members;400 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th and 20th century African American masters; and 25,000+ monographs, books, articles and dissertations on the history of African-American and ethnic groups.


Newswire Service
Vincent T. Sylvain
Vincent T. Sylvain, Publisher
The New Orleans Agenda  newsletter is the leading local alternative for information on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region.  A provider of turnkey Web-Based Internet Marketing Services, we specialize in servicing community and faith-based entities, corporate, governmental and professional organizations, as well as arts & cultural events.

We have access to thousands of permission-based email addresses, thus providing us the unique ability to gain direct access to a targeted audience through the use of automated and coordinated email campaigns and social media.

New Orleans Agenda_sample1
Join Our Mailing List!
Through a partnership with NOLA Beez, we are part of an online collaboration of ethnic media organizations featuring hyperlocal news content covering the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area.  A project of New America Media, the NAM Digital Divide Initiative aims to assist ethnic media in improving coverage of their communities through citizen journalism and online multimedia development.  

This partnership includes the publications of Louisiana Weekly, El Tiempo New Orleans, Jambalaya News, Louisiana Data News Weekly, Ngoc Lan: The Vietnamese American Association, New Orleans, New Orleans, and NOLA.TV.

The New Orleans Agenda  newsletter has received more than  12 Million Page Views!   Let us introduce you to our audience.

Contact | Vincent Sylvain | 504-232-3499 | 
Contributing Writers


2015 B.A.D.G.E. Financial Planner
Kemberley Washington, CPA 
KemCents Thursday Money Tips

Kemberley Washington, CPA is a former IRS agent and currently works as a professor at Dillard University. She  is the co-founder of the B.A.D.G.E.® plan and she is also the author of "T he Ten Commandments to a Financial Healing ." Kemberley started the B.A.D.G.E.® plan in 2013.

Learn more at

Marc Morial - President & CEO, National Urban League
Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, Nat'l Urban League 
To Be Equal 

To Be Equal is a syndicated weekly column by National Urban League President Marc H. Morial. Each week's topic focuses on issues affecting both African American's and the nation as a whole. Started in 1963 by CEO Whitney M. Young, Jr., as " The Voice of Black America," the column was immediately picked up by major newspapers and radio stations across the country. 

Learn more at

Leslie Jacobs, Vice Chair of the New Orleans Business Alliance
Leslie Jacobs 
Educate Now!

Leslie Jacobs is an insurance executive who has been engaged in education reform for over twenty years. A native of New Orleans, she began as a business partner to an elementary school, served as an elected member of the New Orleans School Board, followed by a twelve year government appointed position on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

Learn more at

James F. Thomas
James F. Thomas, M.S., Fitness Instructor
What the Fit Fridays

James Thomas serves as Head Trainer for K2 Body Sculpting LLC.  Thomas is an American College of Sports Medicine  Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C), a StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor (SFGII). and BLS certified.   He 
writes a reoccurring general health and fitness article geared towards helpful tips on leading and living a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more at  Body Sculpting

Guest Columnists

Lloyd Dennis Jamar McKneely
Kristina Kay Robinson
CeLilliann Green, Esq.
Dr. Andre Perry
Taylor Sylvain
Dr. Walter Kimbrough
William Quigley, Esq. Dr. Christopher Williams
Sandra A. McCollum
Timothy David Ray, Esq.
Dr. Beverly Wright

Constituent Outreach

Mayor Mitchell Landrieu Congressman Cedric Richmond
Councilmember Jared Brossett State Senator Wesley Bishop
State Senator Troy Carter
State Senator Jean-Paul "JP" Morrell

Sylvain Solutions
Public Relations

Sylvain Solutions / Policamp, Inc. is a full-service alternative media and public relations consulting entity headed by Vincent Sylvain practicing in the areas of community outreach, political consulting, corporate communications, and special events.

The Internet has fundamentally changed the way we do business with our customers. As such, 21st Century promotion requires a balance of e-technology with the art of persuasion.  Using years of Web experience; the latest best-practice approaches; a responsive support system; and a proven database; market share is optimized. 

We implement creative customized communication campaigns designed to impact our clients' specific goals. We have a history which is unmatched and unparalleled; while diverse in our experience we specialize in the following areas:

- Internet Marketing / Web Development
- Media Relations
- Political Campaign
- Public Policy
- Entertainment Promotion & Special Events
- Earned/Free Media Placement

Expert Solutions for Your Communication Needs!

Like us on Facebook     Follow us on Twitter     View our profile on LinkedIn
Please visit our friends!
Liberty Bank Canal Street NOW OPEN
Liberty Bank - apply online

Metro Service Group


Metro Service Group, located in New Orleans, Louisiana is a multi-faceted corporation with specific expertise and certifications in the areas of Environmental  Services, Construction/Demolition  and Disaster Response and Recovery.  Metro Service Group is a licensed Contractor, certified in Building Construction; Heavy Construction; Highway, Street and Bridge Construction; Municipal and Public Works Construction and Solid Waste Management.

Stephanie Jordan  
"Lady Jazz!"

"Every so often a new voice stands up and proclaims itself, but few do so with such supreme depth and understated soul."
- Ted Panken, Jazz at Lincoln Center Playbill

Audix Microphones
Jazz Vocalist Stephanie Jordan is a proud user of Audix Microphones!

 Available for  Bookings:
Vincent Sylvain

Learn more...
Entergy New Orleans

The National Urban League

The mission of the National Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

NUL Empowering Communities

NUL - From the President's Desk
Marc H. Morial, President & CEO


Acrew is the only "resume-less" job market place that connects employers and job seekers through brief first impression videos.

Click here to visit
It's happening in NEW ORLEANS EAST!

Welcome to the eastern half of New Orleans, where families come to settle down and spread their wings.
Rodney & Etter, LLC

Rodney & Etter - Updated Address 2015

Rodney and Etter_Canal_Street

Rodney & Etter, LLC is a law firm comprised of a diverse group of lawyers with backgrounds in business, government, and science.  We practice in New Orleans and in Houston, and are recognized by peers and legal organizations across the United States for our outstanding record of successful settlements and litigation.
Daughters of Charity Health Centers

Daughters of Charity - Eye Care

Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans offers primary and preventive health services that address the needs of the total individual - body, mind, and spirit.

Our ten health centers are conveniently located in Algiers, Bywater, Carrollton, Kenner, Louisa, Metairie, New Orleans East, Prytania, Gentilly, Gretna and we provide care for chronic illnesses such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression. Women's health, behavioral/mental health, dental, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services are also available at select health centers.

AARP Louisiana

AARP - Real Possibilities

Clean the Crescent_1
Pick It Up New Orleans!
An Anti-Litter Campaign by 
The New Orleans Agenda and Metro Service Group

The New Orleans Agenda Newsletter
Phone: 504-232-3499 | Email: 

Opinions expressed are not necessarily the views of The New Orleans Agenda,  POLICAMP, Inc. , or Vincent Sylvain unless explicitly stated.