Friday, June 6, 2014

55. We interview Jewel Bush, founder of the Melanated Writer's Collective.

55.  We interview writer Jewel Bush. She is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Courier, The Washington Post and The Times-Picayune. Bush has participated in the Voices summer workshop for writers of color at the University of San Francisco as well as Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Texas A&M University. In July 2010, she founded the MelaNated Writers Collective, "One drop in the flood of New Orleans literature."  The Collective is a multi-genre collective for writers of color in New Orleans.  We will continue to learn more about the Collective in the weeks ahead when we interview another founder of the group, Gian Smith.  Stay tuned for more!
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 7, 1862 William B. Mumford is hanged by order of General Benjamin "Beast" Butler for tearing down a Union flag over the New Orleans Mint.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  On June 7, 1892, Homer Plessy bought a first class ticket at the Press Street Depot and boarded a "whites only" car of the East Louisiana Railroad in New Orleans, Louisiana, bound for Covington, Louisiana. Lead to the Plessy vs Ferguson case in which the Supreme Court ratified Jim Crow laws.
  3. This week in Louisiana. June 6-12  New Orleans Loving Festival The multiracial community
    celebration of Loving vs Virginia marks its fourth year with art exhibits, film screenings, iterary events, and a"Loving Day" celebration. Events will take place in various locations around New
    Orleans. Visit the New Orleans Loving Festival Facebook page for more information. Admission: Free. 
    Antenna Gallery and Press Street's Room 220
    3718 St. Claude Ave,
    New Orleans,
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