Louis & Family

To Louis Armstrong, family meant everything. From his band members to his actual family members, those who were close to Louis experienced his warmth and generosity. It did not matter if he had not seen you in a long period of time, Louis always greeted people that he knew with happiness and joy. In this... Continue Reading →

Who tells your story?

What is the purpose of documenting oral history? Oddly enough this is a question that was not given much consideration prior to the midcentury. The public has generally relied on the interpretation of its collective history to be articulated via the masters of ivory towers but what about the interpretation of history from those that... Continue Reading →

Dinner Date with Red Beans & Rice

Way down yonder in New Orleans, the people are known nationwide for the delicious and soulful cuisine that puts smiles on faces and happiness in bellies. New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures that has contributed to the rich and illustrious culinary traditions of the city. What comes along with the delicious meals that... Continue Reading →

Virtual Museums to Enjoy

We’ve all been stuck at home for a while now and from the amount of people I see on the news breaking social distancing, people are getting tired of it. The weather is getting nice and people want to go places, however, we all should still practice social distancing and stay home. But just because... Continue Reading →

Historic Landmark Appreciation

This week I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the importance of historic landmarks and sites. The majority of us are facing social withdrawal from the COVID-19 pandemic that plagues the states and elsewhere around the world. We all yearn to return to normalcy and revisit the places that we enjoy for various reasons.... Continue Reading →

Libraries During the Great Depression

During this time of quarantine, many people miss doing their favorite extracurricular activities like going to the park, playing sports, or visiting a museum. Libraries have always been places where people can congregate and learn about different places, people, and ideas. In times of distress, like the Great Depression, people had to create new ways... Continue Reading →

Paris Blues

For those who are fans of old romantic dramas, might I suggest a film that may not have appeared on your radar. Paris Blues is a 1961 film starring Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman and a cast of other amazing talents both behind the lens and on screen and, the film features Louis Armstrong, what... Continue Reading →

Louis in Quarantine

Honestly, I don’t want to write this blog post right now. One third of Americans are being told to stay inside, many hospitals are being overwhelmed, and people are getting sick everyday lowering the morale everywhere. Cultural institutions are trying to help by offering free exhibits and content to make you feel like the world... Continue Reading →

Queens Jazz Legacy

One of the greatest cultural exports that America has produced for the world are the wonderful genres of African American music. Throughout the U.S. many cities are known for being epicenters of various forms of Black American music. New Orleans is famously known as the birthplace of jazz, the Mississippi delta as the origin of... Continue Reading →

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