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

Numa Martinez, who ran New Orleans’ first private kindergarten for black children, dead at 73 | Education | nola.com

Numa James Martinez, who spent 45 years teaching at and later running the city’s first private kindergarten for black children, died Monday at his New Orleans home. He was 73. — Read on http://www.nola.com/content/tncms/live/ Continue reading Numa Martinez, who ran New Orleans’ first private kindergarten for black children, dead at 73 | Education | nola.com