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Gabriel Bump named 2020 winner of the Ernest Gaines Award

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chicago's South Side comes alive through the writings of Gabriel Bump's debut novel, “Everywhere You Don't Belong," which has earned him recognition as the 2020 winner of the Ernest...

Alton Sterling case: Baton Rouge nixes $5M settlement offer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys representing the children of Alton Sterling, a Black man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, said Thursday that a decision by local officials against off...

Attorney who fought for civil rights in Louisiana has died

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white lawyer who defended black civil rights activists at the height of the movement in Louisiana, often weathering threats to his own life, has died. Richard Ba...

Houston writer Bryan Washington to receive Gaines award

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — His path to writing was not straightforward, but Bryan Washington says he's grateful to have found his way. “I really fell into this,” Washington said in a recent ...

Lizzo, The Who, Foo Fighters among 2020 Jazz Fest top acts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Who, Stevie Nicks and Foo Fighters will join Lizzo, Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, The Avett Brothers and Elvis Costello at the 2020 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, organ...

US civil rights advocate Juanita Abernathy dies at 88

Juanita Abernathy, who wrote the business plan for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and took other influential steps in helping to build the American civil rights movement, has died. She was 88. ...

Brian McKnight still around, making fans swoon

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R&B crooner Brian McKnight's spotlight is still shining — even if some fans have to look a little harder to find him. McKnight says he's all over social media,...

Essence Fest marks 25 years of celebrating black culture

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for though...

Years in the making, film about jazz pioneer Bolden to open

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than two decades after the seed was planted in Dan Pritzker's mind to make a movie about jazz cornetist Charles "Buddy" Bolden, the world is finally getting to see the story he...

Mary J. Blige, NAS, Pharrell on tap for 2019 Essence Fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2019 Essence Festival will feature headlining performances by Mary J. Blige and rappers NAS, Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott as Essence Magazine's "party with a purpo...

Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to headline 50th Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival. Organizers Tuesday ...

Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Full military honors will be given to a Louisiana sailor whose remains have been identified more than 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The remai...

Warren: Criminal justice system 'racist'...'front to back'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren delivered what she called "the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It's racist ... I mean front to back." ...

Warren: Criminal justice system 'racist'...'front to back'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has a message about the U.S. criminal justice system. Speaking to a historically black college, she delivered what she c...

Warren at black college: Criminal justice system 'racist'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Elizabeth Warren says the U.S. criminal justice system is "racist ... front to back." The Massachusetts senator and potential 2020 Democratic presidential contende...