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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 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...
“Oh, I’m sure we will just evacuate for a few days for nothing.” This was the gist of what family and friends were saying the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. See, before Katrina, hurricane evacuations were sometimes dubbed...
Dear Joe, You have done it again! When I first wrote to you, I was in awe of the humbled example of success you portrayed for my son and so many little athletes all over Louisiana. Then, a year later,...
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...
This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” we’d like to introduce you to Project Butterfly New Orleans, an African-centered rites of passage program that provides mentoring and culturally-rooted programming to prepare girls of African descent for their transition...
The evening of Friday, August 27 was the first time I put the news on my television in years. I hate televised news. Local, national, all of it. It's not the people (most of the time) but the method....
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...
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...
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...

My Katrina Days

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{see also :: New Orleans is Sending Houston LOVE} My Katrina Days :: An Anniversary Reflection We decided to stay. We had just evacuated for the previous storm, spent hours in traffic, and came home to a few leaves on the...
February holds a lot of events. We have a day to celebrate love, we enjoy all things king cake and Carnival, and we celebrate a heritage that holds a major part of history. I remember growing up, year-round, my...
My Living Hurricane Nightmare Living in a coastal city, all us mommas have to prepare for Hurricane Season. We all joke that we need to get all our hurricane snacks for a “hurricane party,” batteries, and important paperwork in waterproof...
New Orleans Be the Change Spotlight :: Introducing Turning Tables This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” we’d like to introduce you to Turning Tables, an organization committed to advocating for equity in the hospitality industry by providing mentorship,...
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...