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Aspiring Metairie filmmaker wants to inspire other girls to be creative

This video is part of The Southern Girls Project, an ongoing effort exploring the lives of girls in the South today. Nola Szilagi, 12, wants to make films. The Metairie resident says her interest in movies began in 1st grade. "There are not a lot of female directors," Nola said. She aspires to break that pattern. "If girls want to be a director and they see that they're aren't a lot of them out there, the few that are out there can inspire them," she said. Some of her inspirations include T

Angel Olsen: Challenging her own limits with finesse

Angel Olsen, an Asheville-based artist who has garnered global attention and praise with her third full-length album release, My Woman. Working alongside her co-producer Justin Raisen, Angel Olsen has produced an unapologetic record of rock ‘n’ roll with flecks of pop and balladry. Olsen abandoned the stripped-back production of her previous releases for something more crystallized and confident, all while maintaining the substance and conviction of her lyrics. The lyrics offer motifs of pain

Bywater Residents Hope Crude Exhibit Draws Attention to Pothole Problem

New Orleans residents have gotten creative with the city’s potholes over the years. We’ve seen everything from potholes filled with oyster shells to celebrations surrounding the gaping pits in our pavement. An exhibit resurrected this morning in the Bywater, on the cross-section of Gallier and Royal, may be the most offensive yet. The attraction includes four phallic cardboard cutouts and a blow up doll with a sign that reads, “Plug my hole.” The exhibit instructs offended citizens to call “5

Muses member to throw shoes honoring friend who died

The Krewe of Muses parade is known for its glitter-covered hand-painted shoes that are thrown to lucky parade goers by krewe members. Muses member Polly Thomas works year-round glittering and decorating a variety of heels, stilettoes and flats so that hopeful parade goers can get their hands on the mesmerizing artwork. After Houston died, Thomas knew she had to pay tribute to her friend in some way.This year, Thomas has a special set of shoes that she will be throwing at the annual parade Thur

'Girls just need to know that you can': 9-year-old dreamer on STEM, discovery

This video is part of The Southern Girls Project, an ongoing effort exploring the lives of girls in the South today. Matilda Saulnier, a 9-year-old from Mid-City, is a seasoned member of Electric Girls, a local nonprofit empowering girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Matilda dreams of pushing boundaries of discovery in STEM. "I always wondered, in the future, if we'd have flying cars, or have propellers on cars, or solar-powered wings," Matilda said. "Sometimes I get ou

Citizens protest the expansion of the Orleans Parish Prison

Protestors gather for an action against prison expansion in front of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Protestors gather for an action against prison expansion in front of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like. Close Email This Story Send email to this address Enter Your Name Add a comment here Verification Send Email Cancel She has served time in priso

Women's March Nola

As I look through yesterday's photos, chill bumps manifest my arms. In Louisiana, white women make 65 cents for every dollar that a man makes. African American women make 48 cents on that dollar, and Latino women make 51. I am a 22-year-old white woman. I am a photographer and aspiring filmmaker, an industry heavily dominated by men. And yet, I still carry privilege. I am privileged to have an education, to own a camera, and to have the free time and the assurance of safely when I protest.

Electric Girls encourages study of science, math, tech

Last spring, a student of Loyola University of New Orleans launched a nonprofit to educate and empower girls in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. "The experience I have here, its an experience you probably wouldn't get anywhere else," said Sage Villavicencio. Electric Girls is open to girls ages 9-14.  The program teaches girls fundamental skills in STEM and allows them to design experiments of their own. "I kind of like the part where you get to take stuff apart. And make new

Adoptive families celebrate at City Park

About 40 families with adopted children from the greater New Orleans area gathered to celebrate the Volunteers of American New Orleans adoption program Nov. 21 at City Park. Children enjoyed face painting, carousel rides and train rides. Meanwhile, adults caught up with each other and the VOA workers who helped create their families. "We've come here for the past two years. We adopted our twins, Meghan and Ethan three years ago ... it's just an enjoyable time for us," said Elizabeth Landreneau