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Baton Rouge DA drops charges against DeRay Mckesson and 100 others.
Attorney Roy Rodney obtains release for Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson
Attorney Roy Rodney obtains release for Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson

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BATON ROUGE (7/15/16) -  Today, District Attorney Hillar C. Moore, III announced that he will not prosecute DeRay McKesson and approximately 100 other cases involving protestors charged with the misdemeanor crimes of obstruction of a roadway or public passage. Many of those charges were from New Orleans. These particular cases involve facts where the person arrested failed to comply with an officer's direction to leave the roadway or public passage. Under Louisiana law, first-time offenders, may have their misdemeanor arrests expunged from the criminal history records of the State of Louisiana at no cost.

This is exactly the response requested by Roy J.Rodney, Jr. of the law firm of Rodney and Etter in the release of DeRay McKesson of Black Lives Matter. Similar relief had also been requested by attorneys for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, the Louis Martinet Society and several others involved in providing legal assistance to those person exercising their constitutional rights.

In a statement released today Rodney said: "It has been a pleasure to work with the outstanding lawyers from these organizations including Allison McCrary, Ron Wilson, Bill Quigley, Nikki Thanos, Carol Kolinchak, Tracie Washington, William Most, Carol Harris, Sherilyn Ifil and many others."

The District Attorney continues to review several individual arrest of persons who have engaged in repeated offenses, assaults, or other violent acts. Only four individuals remain in custody on alleged weapons charges. Lawyers will address many of these cases in the days ahead. 


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Solange Shares Why She Joined a Black Bank
The singer says she wants to put her money where her mouth is.

By: Yesha Callahan, The Root

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Solange Knowles attends a private dinner hosted by Michael Kors to celebrate the new Regent Street Flagship store opening at The River Cafe on June 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
JULY 15, 2016 -  Solange Knowles isn't just talking about it, she's being about it, when it comes to supporting black businesses. The singer recently gave her reasons as to why she decided to join a black-owed bank.

"While I realize this is a very personal decision and thing to share, I'm proud to say I made that step today," Knowles said on Instagram. "Time to literally put my money where my mouth is."


Solange posted a link from a 2013 HBCU Money article that which listed a number of black owned banks in the U.S. Although she advised that she couldn't vouch for the banks listed, it's pretty safe to say with a $4.7 billion in assets, these banks aren't mom and pop institutions.


HBCU Money's 2016 African American Owned Bank Directory

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  • AAOBs are in 17 states and territories. Key states absent are Florida, Mississippi, New York, and Ohio.
  • Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, and Wisconsin each have two AAOBs.
  • 2016 Median AAOBs Aseets: $107 551 000 ($113 470 000)*
  • 2016 Average AAOBs Assets: $210 292 000 ($233 583 000)*
  • African American bank assets saw a 1.2 percent decrease or net loss of approximately $57 million in assets in 2015.
  • AAOBs control 0.03 percent of America's $15.7 trillion Bank Owned Assets.
  • AAOBs control 2.3 percent of FDIC designated Minority-Owned Bank Assets, which is down from 2.6 percent in 2015.
  • There has not been an AAOB started in 16 years.
  • Only 8 of 2016's 22 AAOBs saw increases in assets.
  • For comparison, Asian American Owned Banks have approximately $46.1 billion in assets spread over 68 institutions. They control 6.0 percent of Asian America's buying power.
*Previous year in parentheses
There are 22 African American owned banks (AAOBs) with assets totaling approximately $4.6 billion in assets or approximately 0.43 percent of African America's $1.1 trillion in buying power.

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Orleans Parish Sheriff Office to Host Job Fair Saturday, July 23
Deputies sought for largest direct supervision facility in state
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NEW ORLEANS -  The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will host a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at the Orleans Justice Center, 2800 Perdido Street. OPSO is accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff.

OPSO deputies work in the largest direct supervision jail facility in the State of Louisiana. Under direct supervision, a deputy works in a housing unit called a "pod," where there is no physical barrier between the deputy and the inmate ( See photo below). The deputy moves about the pod and interacts with inmates to manage their behavior.

Applicants must be at least 20 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited high school; a clean criminal record; and have the ability to complete a P.O.S.T. correctional course and academy.

Applicants are asked to bring to the job fair a valid, state -issued identification card, Social Security card, birth certificate and a high school diploma or greater.

Visit for additional information, or call OPSO's Human Resources Department at 504-202-9427.


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Hello! I'm Michael Griffin, President and CEO of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans.

Thank you for visiting our website.
Our site was designed to provide you with ongoing information about Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, our health centers, as well as the services we provide to the community.

Daughters of Charity have provided compassionate health care in New Orleans for 180 years. After the sale of Hotel Dieu Hospital in 1992, the Daughters transitioned their efforts, establishing a community health ministry known today as Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans.

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 five health centers are conveniently located in Bywater, Carrollton, Metairie, New Orleans East and Gentilly, 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.

We are a proud member of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health care system. Our mission, similar to that of other Ascension Health ministries, is to improve the health and well-being of our community and to be a presence of the Love of Jesus in the lives of all we serve and with whom we partner.

As the President and Chief Executive Officer, I am privileged to work in a health ministry that is committed to strengthening health care in the greater New Orleans community. And, the staff and I look forward to delivering health care that works, health care that is safe, and health care that leaves no one behind.

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Help to Quit Smoking is here!
In partnership with the Smoking Cessation Trust, Daughters of Charity Health Centers is now offering patients FREE help to quit smoking.

NEW ORLEANS - Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Smoking can contribute to and exacerbate heart disease, stroke, lung disease and more.

Quitting tobacco can be difficult, but people who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk of dying prematurely and lower their risk of heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and other health conditions caused by smoking.

Take advantage of FREE prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, supportive services conducted either individually or in a group, and visits with a physician or nurse practitioner to aid you in quitting smoking. Our trained professionals will work with you to plan your quit date and determine what medications and supportive services you may need.

Help to quit smoking is available! Louisiana residents who started smoking cigarettes prior to September 1, 1988 may access FREE help by contacting our Cessation Counselor today.

Cessation Counselor: Dino Balliviero, LPC
(504) 248-5357 (Extension 4216)



Angela Hill, Chef Leah Chase, Singer Stephanie Jordan Added to FestiGals All-Star Lineup
Leah Chase to Host Private Dinner and be Featured Speaker at Inaugural New Orleans Women's Conference
Angela Hill to serve as 2016 Grand Diva

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NEW ORLEANS - FestiGals today announced that the legendary Angela Hill, TV and radio broadcaster, will serve as the 2016 Grand Diva for the New Orleans festival that celebrates, empowers and connects women. In her role as FestiGals Grand Diva, Angela Hill will be crowned on Thursday, July 28, and she will lead the parade of partygoers on Saturday, July 30, during the sixth annual Stiletto Stroll through the streets of the Warehouse District.

FestiGals, which is slated for July 28-30 at the JW Marriot, also includes the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," Leah Chase. The recent James Beard award winner will host a private dinner at Dooky Chase Restaurant on Thursday, July 28 for FestiGals Diva Package holders. The 93-year-old culinary connoisseur will also be featured in a session titled "Outside the Kitchen" discussing her plethora of life experiences beyond the Dooky Chase kitchen.

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This year, FestiGals will host the inaugural New Orleans Women's Conference which will take place on Friday, July 29. Highlights of the Women's Conference include a passionate and energetic keynote address by Carla Harris, a Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley; a panel entitled "Ladies Who Make Music" featuring Germaine Bazzle, Stephanie Jordan and Helen Gillet; a session about "Ladies Who Make Parades" including Virginia Saussy with the Krewe of Muses, Julie Lea with the Krewe of Nyx and Camille Baldassar of the Pussyfooters; and the spirited Sallie Ann Glassman will explain the Haitian Vodou religion and its connection to New Orleans while later leading an actual Haitian Vodou ceremony.

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Participants will also have the chance to attend a variety of professional and personal development sessions focusing on social media to promote business, networking, leadership, health and more. New this year will be FestiTalks, eight fast-pace sessions of short, focused talks in the style of disrupt HR or TedTalks.

On Saturday, July 30, FestiGals will host its charitable "Bodacious Bras for a Cause" Brunch and Auction where the top fundraising bras from the Bodacious Bras Challenge are sold to the highest bidders. Five original bra-inspired works of art will also be available in the live auction. The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, Inc. will receive all proceeds from the auction which is preceded by the Thriver Fashion Show where models "thriving in their cancer recovery" sport fabulous summer attire from Stein Mart on the catwalk.

The expanded downtown Stiletto Stroll offers women the opportunity to participate in an authentic New Orleans walking parade. This year's Stiletto Stroll is aiming to become the world's largest all women's second line complete with the all-female Universe Brass Band, entertainers and dance groups. The crowds will saunter from a pre-party at Harrah's through the streets of the Warehouse District to Mardi Gras World where revelers will enjoy the sounds of Rockin' Dopsie at the dazzling After-Glow Party. FestiGals is donating all proceeds of the event to the New Orleans Family Justice Center which helps families and individuals suffering from domestic violence. The parade has a GLO theme, "shining light on domestic violence."

FestiGals' single event tickets are available; but for the true FestiGal, the Diva Package is available. Further details and event pricing are online at

FestiGals is a unique celebration of women and New Orleans. Now in its sixth year and attracting women from across the country, FestiGals Girlfriend Weekend Getaway is New Orleans first and only women's event of its kind in which women from all backgrounds are inspired and empowered in a festive environment including New Orleans largest women's second line parade. Founded in 2011 and produced by Diane B. Lyons and ACCENT- DMC, FestiGals, Inc. has collectively raised more than $95,000 through the highly acclaimed Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction (now a brunch event) and the Bodacious Bras Challenge which benefit the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration, Inc. Endorsed by the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, FestiGals annually attracts more than 2,200 women from around the U.S. and Greater New Orleans area to the summer event. FestiGals 2016 is slated for July 28 - 30 at the JW Marriott on Canal Street.


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