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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. 

I remember the exact incident that took place that brought to light the thoughts of “That could be me." Sandra Bland, 2015. Sandra was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction in Texas. The stop escalated, she was arrested and charged...
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...
This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” I’d like to introduce you to Son of a Saint, an organization committed to inspiring mentorship and transforming the lives of fatherless boys in New Orleans. How Son of a Saint got...
It’s August 28, 2005.  We watch helplessly as long lines of New Orleanians make their way into the Superdome, clutching pillowcases, suitcases, and small children.  We watch this scene on a small TV screen in New York’s JFK airport, squeezed into...
In August 2005 I was an 18-year-old college sophomore who had just decided to move back to New Orleans. A few days before the storm I evacuated with friends and family, as we had done so many times before....
The first time I came to New Orleans, I was a high school senior considering Tulane University. After spending an afternoon in the French Quarter, before I had even set foot on Tulane’s campus, I knew I was going...
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...
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Dear Chocolate Santa, Just four short months before Christmas and we are grieving your loss and the tradition you created. Some may have called you Chocolate Santa, others 7th Ward Santa, and those who worked with you affectionately called you...
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...
Here, at New Orleans Mom, our team has been busy learning about the effects of systematic racism and white privilege. We participated in #sharethemicnow to lift up voices of moms of color in our local community. We've been supporting...
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...
June 19th, do you know that this day has meaning? Three years ago, I didn’t. I should have, it’s about our culture, our history, it’s a day about freedom. African American Freedom. June 19th also known as Juneteenth, the black...
People around the world are being awakened to the realities of systemic racism and white privilege, then asking questions about what they can do personally to effect change. Some practical action steps you can take right now are talking...
I am a woman of color. The last week in our world has been the most terrifying that it has ever been for me. Over the last year of my life, I have felt that racial injustice has plagued it...