I am New Orleans

Born and raised in New Orleans, Top New Orleans Blogger, Cultural Ambassador, entrepreneur foodie, and mother Deatra” Dee” Hollins is passionate about the continuum,  New Orleans culture and our legacy of the people. She created The NOLA Chic persona to tell the story of the underrepresented faces and places in New Orleans. The Nola Chic invites the world to see New Orleans through the eyes of the local people, who are the heart and soul of New Orleans.

Nola Chic loves all things authentic New Orleans culture, especially the food and people. She loves to travel, and her favorite destination outside of New Orleans would be anywhere the ocean and sand are. At Allen Elementary, her Nola Chic’s third-grade teacher would recognize her creative writing talent. Her teacher would gift her with a set of books, including a journal and from their Nola Chic’s flourished. She continues journal every day; stating it frees her from all of all that comes with living in this fabulous world of ours… Nola Chic a strong advocate for children and the elderly. She’s a fashion lover and frequents thrift stores and consignment shop, before splurging at the mall and department stores.

I am claiming the crown of New Orleans Urban Queen 👑. How can I do that? Why do I figure I’m worthy and Who do I think I am???? Please read my #blog and check out my pedometer, Babe, I put in footwerk, community werk and business werk 👣.

But seriously I rep and love my city, New Orleans. My voice, my platform, my life is proof that the powers that be that made it so hard for us to see life beyond the courtyard. The strongholds that had us scared to go to Jefferson Parish have been weakened. The political bandits that made it hard for our parents to keep the lights on without leaving us at home alone have been removed.

I’m here not only to show but prove that we are New Orleans and the Essence Festival turnout is proof that we can pack Bourbon St without incident. It has been proven that we have the spending power to open doors for those who need work in the tourism industry.

I want to be a vessel of many others that will show just how deep the culture, the blood, sweat, and tears that make New Orleans what it is. To show them that New Orleans belongs to us.

Crime is not a problem in New Orleans, because of the color of our skin, evil exists where there is an affliction of poverty, a wound, which can be healed if the powers that be are fair to us. There’s plenty of white color crimes in New Orleans, but no one seems to the point that out. The city of New Orleans continues to live because of people of color. There are several African American business owners here, and more than likely, the service provided in the tourist area will be done by a black person as well. The African American population was once the majority, and now we are being pushed out at a steady rate, and it’s not because of crime, it because of land.

It felt good to be in the Ritz Carlton full of my people. My people who spent thousands to experience my culture, the culture my ancestors paid a painful price for. But I became enraged when I recalled that the man opening the door for me makes $8/hr, and the hotel is $700+/night. Airbnb has pushed my family out of the city so they can give the tourist the NOLA Experience. Then there’s a huge problem called tent city where they happily build luxury condos. It’s not fair, nor does it make sense, but we are speaking of dollars…

So, yes I have to find me a crown, get me a wand with a Fleur de Lis at the end of it and lay claim on my city because my family worked too hard for me just to hand it over.

My goal is to show all of New Orleans, my NOLA, and that can vary from day today. It will not always be fun, fancy N free, because we have some real issues to address.

So, if you would please jump on my bandwagon and let me show you my NOLA. I need you, the people and the preservation of our culture need you.

We deserve to reap the harvest of the tourism industry too, we work it, we are the hospitality Ambassadors of New Orleans, and we get no credit. The issues here aren’t a black issue, but there are many races of people suffering the injustices by the hands of the wealthy since Hurricane Katrina. People period who are living under the $5k shoes of the powers of political corruption and the tourism industry, and they aren’t lifting a sole…

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