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6:54 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Grow Dat Youth Farm Nurtures Leaders

Grow Dat Youth Farm.
Dacia Idom

When teenagers look for a job, they often seek skills and training just as much as money. But for kids growing up without abundant resources, opportunities for developing confidence, humility, and a good work ethic can be hard to come by. Yet one New Orleans program, the Grow Dat Youth Farm, provides all of this and more in one fell swoop.

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The Picture Show
12:35 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

A Black And White 1860s Fundraiser

Rosa, Charley and Rebecca are three of eight freed slaves who sat for portraits in 1863-1864 that were sold to raise money to fund schools for emancipated slaves in Louisiana. The three were chosen because it was believed their near-white complexions would draw more sympathy — and support — from a country torn apart by slavery and civil war.
Charles Paxson Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 4:05 pm

They look like any other 19th century vignettes and portraits of children kneeling in prayer or cloaked in the U.S. flag.

But these cartes de visite (a calling card with a portrait mounted on it that was all the rage during the 1860s) featured Charles, Rebecca and Rosa — former slave children who looked white.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
3:25 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

"Irma's Sound" on Music Inside Out

Irma Thomas.
Credit Rick Olivier

 

More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

For more than 50 years, Thomas has written, recorded and lent her voice to some of the most precious songs that Louisiana has ever produced. Now music lovers all over the world know the contralto that she calls, "Irma's sound." This week, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins makes way for the Queen of New Orleans Soul.

Keep it down, y'all. Miss Irma is speaking.

 

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Comic Con 2012
5:23 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Artist Kody Chamberlain

Kody Chamberlain, author of Sweets, a comic novel based in New Orleans.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

Kody Chamberlain is the author and illustrator of Sweets, a comic novel set in New Orleans on the eve of Hurricane Katrina. He talks about his novel, and his interactions with fans at Comic Con.

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Comic Con 2012
5:08 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Horse_eComics

Burton Durand, creator of Horse_eComics.
Credit Dionne Grayson / WWNO

Burton Durand is the creative mastermind behind Horse_eComics, the wild takeoff from the already-absurd Horse_ebooks Twitter account. You can also find him on Twitter.

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Comic Con 2012
4:52 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Action Figure Labs

Simon Kaufmann of Action Figure Labs.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

Action Figure Labs will create a personalized action figure with your face on it. Perfect for, well, anything at all.

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Comic Con 2012
4:42 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus

The booth for the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. This year will be the krewe's third parade, on the Sunday before Mardi Gras.
Credit Dionne Grayson / WWNO

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Mardi Gras organization that will be parading in the Marigny this year on Jan. 26, 2013.

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Photo Gallery
4:07 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Comic Con 2012

The booth for the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. This year will be the krewe's third parade, on the Sunday before Mardi Gras.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con rolled into town this weekend for three days of fun at the Morial Convention Center.

Take a look at our slideshow of some interesting moments we stumbled across, and listen to the interviews linked below for conversations with a few of the people we found.

Did you go to Comic Con this weekend? Leave a comment below, or send us some of your photos! Include your name, and as much information about the photo and people in it as you can.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

John Boutté: Tailor-Made Music

John Boutté at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

When John Boutté commits to a song, he tailors it like a suit from Savile Row, breaking down the lyrics then building them back up again to say exactly what he means. If a Paul Simon song conjures the image of early Americans sailing to the New World on the Mayflower ship, Boutté will sing the same song and mention early Americans who sailed on the slave ship Amistad. If Dave Bartholemew writes that the grass looks greener somewhere else, Boutté will sing that the grass is greener right here at home.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Susan Cowsill & Family Harmony

Credit Vicky Sedgwick / Flickr

Susan Cowsill is one of the great harmonizers in the music business. Just ask Hootie and the Blowfish or Jackson Browne or her old bandmates in the Continental Drifters. The proof is on their recordings.

Harmonizing is a skill Cowsill learned as a tomboy back in the 1960s, when she was trying to win a place in her brothers' band. She got in. And The Cowsills went on to great success on the national charts and on television.

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