When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, LA, in 2005, Meagan Williams was 16 years old. Today, she helps to manage water in the city after being inspired to learn about the power of its forces following the life-changing event.
Sep 5, 2023
A high school senior’s eager pursuit of where to attend college has led him to make history in the process.
Apr 25, 2023
A Black-owned banking institution has stepped in to support New Orleans residents living in food deserts.
Mar 30, 2023
Two New Orleans students have put their math knowledge to the ultimate test and have come out favorable in the end.
Mar 24, 2023
DaBaby’s team has responded to claims that the North Carolina native’s upcoming New Orleans show was canceled due to low ticket sales. The 30-year-old’s booking agent says that the Sept. 2 show at the Smoothie King Center was scrapped due to a lack of promotion on the city’s end, not low ticket sales.
Sep 2, 2022
Athletes across the spectrum have been heavily involved in their communities for some time — from Lebron James founding I Promise School to Serena Williams investing in the next generation of tennis players. There is no shortage of Black athletes dedicated to ensuring that youth are equipped with the tools to be successful, and New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis is not one to be left out of the conversation. In a culture where parts of society suggest athletes “shut up and play,” sports players like Davis ignore that jargon and invest valuable time and resources into the communities that matter to them. Through a partnership with New Orleans, Louisiana’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), Davis led a three-day workshop as a part of a summer program. Courtesy of the Youth Empowerment Project
Aug 17, 2022
It’s no secret that Nipsey Hussle was a huge fan of Master P and the movement that he started with No Limit Records, but the respect that he had for the icon ran even deeper than that. Prior to his untimely passing, Nipsey Hussle spoke on the relationship that he had with the New Orleans native during an interview with Billboard. “Master P was an innovator in so many different ways,” the late Nipsey Hussle once told the outlet. “Puff gets his credit. Dame and Jay get their credit. Ruff Ryders, Irv Gotti and Chris Gotti, they get their credit. P don’t get his credit, man.” When asked, “Why do you think that is?” Nipsey Hussle responded: “This is my opinion and I could be dead wrong: He got so successful in music. He was the first to do it the way he did it. He put his kids on — he put Romeo on. He turned into a businessman. He did films. He burned the game out. He maxed out.” It seems as though Master P’s sentiments about the West Coast rapper are one and the same, because, during...
Mar 25, 2022
Here’s your lesson on not only knowing your worth but adding tax! Today, Master P’s net worth sits at an estimated $200 million and he tops the list as one of the most successful rappers turned entrepreneurs in the game, but he wasn’t always worth millions of dollars. As a matter of fact, the music mogul, born Percy Miller, came from the exact opposite as a product of Calliope Housing Projects, one of New Orleans’ toughest neighborhoods which gained notoriety as one of the most violent projects in the U.S. back in the 90s. In 1994, the homicides that occurred in the area were said to be the largest factor in the death rates in the city of New Orleans. In 2009, Master P partnered with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to rebuild the projects which are now known as the B.W. Cooper Housing Projects. During his “UNCENSORED” episode on TV One that aired on March 20, Master P opened up about walking away from what seemed like the biggest deal of his life...
Mar 21, 2022
On a mission to inspire the future generation of Black kids in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM), Dr. Calvin Mackie is building an unshakable foundation down South in Bayou State. Dr. Mackie has involved himself in the STEM field for over three decades, acquiring bachelor of science degrees from Morehouse College and Georgia Tech, where he also acquired a master of science and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Dr. Mackie’s next steps would land him at Tulane University, where he would make history serving as the only African American to receive tenure status as a professor in 2002. Unfortunately, following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane made the difficult decision to discontinue its engineering program. Walking into a new season pre-maturely, Dr. Mackie made the conscious decision to continue his purpose in New Orleans, to make a difference in his community. In his spirit, he recognized there was unfinished business that he needed to take care of.
Oct 21, 2021
Cash Money continues to take over for the 2000s! Born Bryan Christopher Williams, Birdman is the co-owner and co-founder of Cash Money Records, a label that features a roster of some of this generation’s hottest names in rap like Nicki Minaj, Drake , and Lil Wayne. The label first gained notoriety through former artists like Juvenile, Cory Gunz, and Hot Boys and set the tone for current labels and hip hop acts whose music is evident of Cash Money’s influence on the culture as a whole. Birdman — formerly known as “Baby” — recently explained how putting out the hottest artists has provided a big return to this day, explaining how the label continues to capitalize off of its artists and even how clearing their samples is paying off big time. According to Complex, the hip hop heavyweight recently shed light on the cash flow for the record label during an exclusive with Wallo of “Where’s Wallo.” “If it has a value. That’s a value. If you don’t have a value, you sitting on some sh*t...
May 5, 2021
Cities across the country are still adjusting to the impact of COVID-19, and among them, New Orleans has been one of the hardest regions hit. Black communities in the city have been disproportionately impacted during the pandemic. Now, fellow New Orleans natives Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams of Cash Money Records have partnered with Mayor LaToya Cantrell to cover rent payments this month for residents living in low-income housing. As co-founders and brothers who are well-known in their community, Slim and Birdman have committed to invest and give back to those whose struggle they resonate with. “We all need each other right now,” said Slim in an exclusive interview with Black Enterprise . “I’ve spoken to people over the last several weeks and the one thing that’s a common theme is that we’re all, in so many different ways in so many of the same ways, affected. There’s no one that’s not touched.” Since the Williams brothers founded their record label almost 25...
Jun 1, 2020