Friday, June 3, 2016

159. Monique Verdin

159. We interview Monique Verdin, director of the documentary My Louisiana Love. My Louisiana Love follows Monique, a young Native American woman, as she returns to Southeast Louisiana to reunite with her Houma Indian family. But soon she sees that her people’s traditional way of life — fishing, trapping, and hunting these fragile wetlands — is threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. As Louisiana is devastated by Hurricane Katrina and Rita and then the BP oil leak, Monique finds herself turning to environmental activism. The film looks at the complex and uneven relationship between the oil industry and the indigenous community of the Mississippi Delta.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. June 5, 1713. Gov. Antoine Cadillac arrives in Louisiana.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On June 4, 1977, 40,000 fans watched Jimmy Weinert win the sixth of twelve races for the American Motor Cyclist Association $250,000 Supercross series. 20,000,000 pounds of dirt were piled into the center of the Superdome for the event
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Benton Farmers' Sunday Market
    May 22nd, 2016 - July 24th, 2016
    Downtown Benton - Town Park
    495 Simpson, Benton, LA 71006
    318-584-5977 | 318-965-2577
    Easy access to the park from Highway 3, Airline Dr./Palmetto Road and Highway 162.  Water, electricity, restroom facilities, playground and plenty of parking on site.  
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