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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...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I want to preface this post by saying that I know I am writing from a place of privilege. We had little damage, we have savings for events such as these, and we are blessed to have family who...
This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” I’d like to introduce you to YAYA Arts Center, an organization committed to empowering creative young people to become successful adults. How YAYA Got Started:: Founded in 1988, YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists,...
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 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...
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...
As Director of Operation Playground for KaBOOM!, I saw a lot in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, but I’ll never forget the first time I saw ‘Play World’ in New Orleans. It was a...

The Toyota Effect

Disclosure :: This post was created in partnership with our sponsor Toyota.  The Toyota Effect When you think of the brand name Toyota, you probably think of cars. But did you know that Toyota has a greater mission? Toyota believes that organizations should...

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