Women in New Orleans History: Honoring the life of Hattie McCray

“Defending Her Honor.” Defending her honor, Protecting her name, She fell, bullet wounded— Thank God but not in Shame! She fell warding off A beastly attack, A sterling young woman, Even though she was black. Defending her honor, Protecting her name, She fought for her virtue, And died for the same.85 Written by Ivy Lenoir Continue reading Women in New Orleans History: Honoring the life of Hattie McCray

Mardi Gras Memories

Mardi Gras 2021 is canceled, well something very very close to canceled anyway and it’s for our safety, COVID-19… But, Life and love go on, and as y’all know, we live by “Laissez les bons temps rouler” here in New Orleans. Now, let me get my Mardi Gras started so I create more memories, but the new ones will be full of love, fun, excitement, and a few daiquiris! Make sure to grab one before 11pm!      Continue reading Mardi Gras Memories

Remembering Big Queen Kim “Cutie” Boutte

Big Queen Kim’s life was dedicated to the Black Masking Indian culture (once known as Mardi Gras Indians) since the age of five with the Mandingo Warriors and Spirit of Fi Yi Yi. Her Uncle and Big Chief Harris’s voice radiated over the crowd as he and Big Queen Kim’s spirit lead us back to Solider’s Field as he shouted, “She was My Queen!” during the vigil on Wednesday, August 12th. It was a beautiful evening as hundreds of people packed the streets of Treme to honor our beloved Queen’s life. “She loved the culture,” says Big Chief Victor. Continue reading Remembering Big Queen Kim “Cutie” Boutte