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News + Current Events

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Now more than ever, the news and current events coming at us aren’t just headlines and soundbites, but real-world issues that can have a big impact on the lives of mothers and their families.  New Orleans Mom serves as a key resource for mothers who are looking to make sense of the latest news and current events, such as lockdowns, politics, and of course, storm preparation and response.

Our writers live here, like you, and are able to offer their own distinct New Orleans perspective on the important news and current events of the day. We take a look at the coronavirus pandemic by comparing it Hurricane Katrina, which many of us experienced nearly 15 years earlier. We offered perspective after Hurricane Ida rolled through our area

One of our readers’ favorite news and current events features is our “Be the Change” series, where we point out groups that are working hard to make the Crescent City a better place for all who live here. From a group fighting for equity in the hospitality industry to an organization providing key support for students across the region, “Be the Change” both informs and inspires. One of our most popular installments in the series was our report on Project Butterfly New Orleans, a program providing critical support for girls of African descent in our area. 

So if the news and current events of the day seem overwhelming, don’t hesitate to check out the timely, relevant, and thought-provoking updates from New Orleans Mom for a Big Easy perspective on the headlines of the day. 

This month for our "Be the Change Spotlight" I'd like to introduce you to The Beautiful Foundation. I spoke with Lauren Perry, Director of the foundation, and am so excited to share all I learned about this exciting nonprofit...
The Bayou Has My Heart {And Needs Our Help After Hurricane Ida} I spent my childhood years “down the bayou.” There are many bayous in South Louisiana, but the one I called home was Bayou Dularge. Our home was about...
Yesterday, I was sad. Today, I am angry. I am angry at the callousness those untouched by the horrific tragedy spew on social media. Those who refuse to sit in the discomfort of imagining your child's face on the...
It’s that time. Red, White and Blue everything. BBQ’s, hot dogs and pool parties. As a kid, all I remembered was hamburgers and fireworks on that day. As an adult, I don’t celebrate the 4th of July. Matter of...
To My Little Ones, This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of a storm that you know nothing about. You know nothing about it because you are too little, and it happened before mommy and daddy even got married. It...
Thirteen years ago, I watched in horror and sadness as the waters rose around us and did not stop. It was by far the most devastating and traumatic experience I had ever been through, and I had never felt...
This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” I’d like to introduce you to High Voltage Youth Camp, an organization committed to providing educational and recreational programs for youth and senior citizens of New Orleans. How High Voltage Youth Camp...
My dearest children, For the past ten years on August 29th, I have taken this day, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, to reflect on our Katrina story. Growing up here in New Orleans, you will come to learn that everyone...
This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” we’d like to introduce you to Communities in Schools of the Gulf South, an organization committed to surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and...
Before I begin, let me acknowledge and concede that I don't have the answers. I don't pretend to. I know we are in the age of identity politics but I do not fall into that category. I align with...
This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” we’d like to introduce you to The New Orleans Breastfeeding Center ("NOBC"), an organization committed to providing high-quality, holistic, and evidence-based lactation and infant feeding support to families in the New...
Media Overload Every election season I get truly overwhelmed at the seemingly constant barrage of political arguments from both social media and mainstream media. Being the fight or flight person that leans very much to flight, around September, I usually...
Everyone has their Katrina story. I'm very lucky that mine is not terrible or tragic like so many are. Mine is a tale of inconvenience, more than anything. When I evacuated on Saturday, August 27, I was headed to my...
My family has lived in New Orleans for generations. I remember them talking about Betsy all the time, “I didn’t evacuate for Betsy” and “I survived Betsy” blah blah blah. But this storm coming, this storm was different. It...