May 27, 2018
This page is still under development. It is just a concept at this time.
The vision is to create a space that highlights beauty in the world around us. The original idea was to celebrate various cultures of the world. Surely, I thought that everyone would be fascinated to learn about other cultures, and maybe read about their own. I figured it would offer a small token towards bringing people together, through learning about each other.
But the vision expanded, namely because I felt that I needed a space to feature Nature & Ecology on my blog.
So, I expanded the vision to include featuring a broader variety of the beauty that surrounds us: People, Culture, 4-Leggeds, Plants, Seas…the Universe.
Development on the Know ‘UR World feature will be complete in the coming weeks.
New Orleans is a magical city. This is no lie. I highly recommend adding a visit to your bucket list.
It’s magical because of its rich history. Its history influences its charm, making it one of the most European cities in America, in my opinion. But it is also Caribbean, and African. This makes its charm even more delightful.
The slave trade and systematic oppression has yielded some of the best food, music, dance, rituals, and language that you will ever experience! It usually works that way throughout human civilization.
Here are videos that highlight the charm of the city to which I am a native. Growing up in New Orleans has left an indelible imprint on my character and spirit.
By the way, “Eh La Bas” or “E La Bas” means, Hey over there! Hey over there! E la ba! (E la ba!) Hey over there! Hey over there! E la ba, chèri! (E la ba, chèri!) Hey over there, dear lady!
7 Things to do in New Orleans, Louisiana | Travel Vlog | ThePlanetD – 29,394 views – The Planet D – Published on Oct 6, 2016
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Meet a Unique Flavor to New Orleans, Mr. Okra – 9,082 views – This Week in Louisiana Agriculture – Published on Jul 11, 2014
Whether it’s watermelon, tomatoes, zucchini or cucumbers — Mr. Okra’s got what you need. TWILA’s Taylor Frey introduces to this New Orleans icon who sells produce from the back of his pick-up and brings a unique favor to the streets of the Crescent City.
Mardi Gras Indians bring colorful history to New Orleans – 17,433 views – CBSN – Published on Feb 17, 2015
Roughly three dozen tribes, known collectively as the Mardi Gras Indians, perform in their neighborhoods on New Orleans during the big festival. Their origins date back to the 18th century, when slaves would gather to play traditional African music. Megan Alexander reports.
New Orleans’ Queen of Creole Cooking Still Reigns at 94 – 101,611 views –
Great Big Story – Published on May 11, 2017
At Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans, a hearty bowl of chef Leah Chase’s gumbo is an authentic taste of history. Widely known as the queen of Creole cuisine, Chase has served her Southern fare to world leaders and celebrities alike over her 71-year career, and she continues to cook today at age 94. Though her gumbo and fried chicken are legendary, her restaurant—a culinary landmark—made history of its own by serving as a meeting place for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. So come hungry and eat up; you won’t taste comfort food like this anywhere else.
The Two-Faced Woman, Though
But New Orleans is like a two-faced woman. She lures you, entertains you, and once distracted, she has her way with you. Once spun in her web, she keeps intoxicating you so that you are hooked, like New Orleans mesmerizes its oppressed black citizens, with festivals, liquor, drugs, dirty money, food, and decadence.
New Orleans is a two-faced woman.
It is a tale of two cities. There is white New Orleans, which it tourist New Orleans, and there is the dismal side, immersed in crime, poverty, ignorance, elitism, and addiction. This is Black New Orleans. This side of New Orleans is not safe! Residents realize it, just like they realize that hurricanes may come each year, but are immune to it, once they are vaccinated with the city’s charm. As a result, most black residents remain stagnant, as did generations before them. I came back to many residents in the same scenarios, as they were thirty years prior, when I lived there.
This came very apparent to me after hurricane Katrina. I was not there when it occurred, but visited afterwards, and supported many victims, including my family. The biggest thing that hurricane Katrina revealed to me was infrastructure discrimination, and how deep the oppression secretly ran.
The areas most affected, were black areas that were at a lower elevation, and that had inadequate levee protection. This was not a new problem. This was a historical one. How disregarded blacks were, considering that New Orleans’ charm comes from black folks, was apparent to the world when black residents were treated as refugees, and were depicted as looters, some were even shot by police during this natural and manmade disaster.
After Katrina, with the black majority displaced in other cities, corruption took over even more, eliminating the school board, replacing the city council, blighting and auctioning off homes, and instating martial law that put the New Orleans Police Department under the watchful eye of the Obama Administration Justice Department in a consent decree. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration recently attempted to dismantle the consent decree, but was not successful.
New Orleans’ crime is ‘out da box’, with 16 year, and 22 year old murderers being the most popular ages. Needless to say, the rampant crime, is black-on-black crime and police crime, because the community is so impoverished, uneducated, hopeless, and defenseless. It also doesn’t help that police are regularly investigated and indicted for oiling the drug addiction commerce, in black neighborhoods.
Since New Orleans is one of the world’s top tourist attractions, often I am asked about what to do and where to go in New Orleans, by friends and coworkers. I always tout how magical New Orleans really is. It is, that New Orleans. I give them a list of places to go and things to see eagerly, and don’t feel bad about it. That’s because, I direct them to the White New Orleans. That’s the one that everyone knows and appreciates. I tell them to stay away from the areas that I manuevered in as a child, and once I returned to after 30 years, to care for my mother.
With regard to telling my story on caregiving, the two-faced nature of New Orleans is significant. In its most significant way, it was clear to me when I returned, that not many people in ‘the hood’ would be eager to see me succeed in my efforts to care for my mother, renovate her home, and to relocate to a better quality of life.
It’s human nature to act like a crab, when in a crab trap. In New Orleans, it was more like being in a trap, within a trap, within a trap.
New Orleans after Katrina: A tale of two cities – 113,369 views – CBS Sunday Morning – Published on Aug 30, 2015
Martha Teichner looks back at the monumental 2005 hurricane — the most costly natural disaster, in lives lost and property destroyed, in U.S. history — and the struggle of New Orleans residents to rebuild ever since.
10 Years After Katrina, Has New Orleans Been Rebuilt, Or Just Gentrified? – 29,911 views – AJ+ – Published on Aug 26, 2015
10 years after hurricane katrina, New Orleans is booming. Tourism and development are on the rise. New residents are moving in and opening up businesses. The city looks like a success story, but it’s not all good. Before Katrina, it was possible to find affordable rent. Afterward, New Orleans lost 140,000 black residents and thousands of rental units. Income levels are falling while housing prices are skyrocketing. It’s now among the worst U.S. cities for renters. We went there to ask: Is it being rebuilt, or just gentrified?
New Orleans After Katrina: Inequality Soars as Poor Continue to Be Left Behind in City’s “Recovery” – 2,024 views – Democracy Now! – Published on Aug 27, 2015
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a different city. The population of New Orleans is now approximately 385,000—about 80 percent of its pre-Katrina population. The number of African Americans has plunged by nearly 100,000 since the storm. According to the Urban League, the income gap between black and white residents has increased by 37 percent since 2005. In 2013, the median income for African-American households in New Orleans was $25,000, compared to over $60,000 for white households. Thousands of homes, many in African-American neighborhoods, remain abandoned. We speak to civil rights attorneys Tracie Washington of the Louisiana Justice Institute and Bill Quigley of Loyola University. Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,300+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 89am ET: http://democracynow.org Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: http://democracynow.org/donate
The Goose: Living in a murder capital – 209,945 views – 1.1K – CNN – Published on Jul 24, 2017
La’Marque Victor grew up in the Goose, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New Orleans. Now, he’s trying to get out for his kids.
“Eh La Bas” (Creole tune) – 6,950 views – Topfinder73 – Published on Apr 23, 2014
The New Orleans Moonshiners. (Frenchmen St Parade, 2011)
I happened to live in, grow up in, and return to one of the New Orleans area that experienced the most crime, and murders