Walking Raddy

The Baby Dolls of New Orleans

Author: Kim Vaz-Deville

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496817435

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Contributions by Jennifer Atkins, Vashni Balleste, Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Ron Bechet, Melanie Bratcher, Jerry Brock, Ann Bruce, Violet Harrington Bryan, Rachel Carrico, Sarah Anita Clunis, Phillip Colwart, Keith Duncan, Rob Florence, Pamela R. Franco, Daniele Gair, Meryt Harding, Megan Holt, DeriAnne Meilleur Honora, Marielle Jeanpierre, Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Jessica Marie Johnson, Karen La Beau, D. Lammie-Hanson, Karen Trahan Leathem, Charles Lovell, Annie Odell, Ruth Owens, Steve Prince, Nathan "Nu'Awlons Natescott" Haynes Scott, LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Tia L. Smith, Gailene McGhee St.Amand, and Kim Vaz-Deville Since 2004, the Baby Doll Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans has gone from an obscure, almost forgotten practice to a flourishing cultural force. The original Baby Dolls were groups of black women, and some men, in the early Jim Crow era who adopted New Orleans street masking tradition as a unique form of fun and self-expression against a backdrop of racial discrimination. Wearing short dresses, bloomers, bonnets, and garters with money tucked tight, they strutted, sang ribald songs, chanted, and danced on Mardi Gras Day and on St. Joseph feast night. Today's Baby Dolls continue the tradition of one of the first street women's masking and marching groups in the United States. They joyfully and unabashedly defy gender roles, claiming public space and proclaiming through their performance their right to social citizenship. Essayists draw on interviews, theoretical perspectives, archival material, and historical assessments to describe women's cultural performances that take place on the streets of New Orleans. They recount the history and contemporary resurgence of the Baby Dolls while delving into the larger cultural meaning of the phenomenon. Over 140 color photographs and personal narratives of immersive experiences provide passionate testimony of the impact of the Baby Dolls on their audiences. Fifteen artists offer statements regarding their work documenting and inspired by the tradition as it stimulates their imagination to present a practice that revitalizes the spirit.

The Golden Crown: A Story of Black New Orleans

Author: Clarence William Jr.

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 168409755X

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

View: 1798

The Golden Crown: A Story of Black New Orleans, is centered mainly on a working-class New Orleans family. Henderson Brooks, the youngest of three brothers, is a riverfront foreman with a wife and three children. He is also chief of the Downtown Warriors, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe that parades every Mardi Gras Day. His tribe is in competition with at least thirty tribes about the city for splendor and innovation in costume design. His father and grandfather were Downtown Warrior chiefs before him, and his grandfather founded the tribe in 1918. For the Warriors’ fiftieth anniversary he is determined to create a special costume to mark the milestone, one that would be his greatest achievement ever. Yet so many obstacles get in his way that for a time he is doubtful about being able to mask at all. Never in the history of the Downtown Warriors has a chief failed to make his designated appearance. Henderson’s older brother, R.C., has recently returned to the streets after serving six years in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary for drug offenses. He falls back into the habit as soon as he is released. His middle brother, Chatman, a riverfront executive, has two sons who are also involved with heroin. His oldest, Spence, returns from Vietnam addicted, and finds his younger brother, Mike, using as well. R.C. vows that he will never associate with his nephews in the drug life, but unexpected events force him to do otherwise, with tragic results. Along with the Vietnam War, where black men are dying in combat in numbers far out of proportion to their presence in the American population, the heroin epidemic, running unchecked, is decimating inner-city black communities throughout the country. New Orleans is not spared. Henderson’s Seventh Ward community, known as the Ramp, under the able leadership of its parent organization, the Bamboula Club, is fighting back, and by any means necessary. They have dedicated the 1968 Mardi Gras Indian ritual to the complete eradication of the heroin menace from their community. This leaves Henderson with a confused understanding of his responsibilities in dealing with the crisis, as three of the main players are his brother and nephews. Yet by the time he completes his costume he has grown in ways he couldn’t have imagined and is able to meet all challenges when his priorities and allegiances are tested. The story is told through colorful characters and deals candidly with the racial realities of New Orleans and its history. It highlights not only the Mardi Gras Indian culture but other elements of the complex black New Orleans culture as well.

Lords of Misrule

Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans

Author: N.A

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604736380

Category: Carnival

Page: 303

View: 3562

Dictionary of American Regional English: P-Sk

Author: Frederic Gomes Cassidy,Joan Houston Hall

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674008847

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1014

View: 8039

A compendium of words, phrases, and local meanings has been culled from years of research, using thousands of interviews with representative American communities

Seven Wonders - Das Grabmal der Schatten

Author: Peter Lerangis

Publisher: cbj Verlag

ISBN: 3641160286

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

View: 5656

Sieben Weltwunder – die tödliche Jagd geht weiter Jack, Cass, Marco und Aly sind die Auserwählten: nur diese vier Freunde mit ihren Superkräften können die sieben magischen Gefäße finden, die einst in den sieben Weltwundern der Antike versteckt wurden. Wenn die Mission misslingt, ist die Menschheit in Gefahr! Jack McKinley und seine Freunde haben tödliche Gegner besiegt und uralte Schätze gehoben – doch einer der Ihren hat sie betrogen. Verloren in den Ruinen von Babylon, von ihrem Freund Marco verlassen, wissen die Auserwählten nicht mehr, wem sie noch trauen können. Ihr Leben steht auf dem Spiel, als die Freunde zum Mausoleum von Halikarnassos aufbrechen. Ein tödlicher Kampf mit einem Heer der Untoten beginnt.


Author: William Mayne

Publisher: Greenwillow

ISBN: 9780688801731

Category: England

Page: 189

View: 1315

A young English girl encounters a disturbing restless spirit which she doesn't understand but knows she can put to rest.

The Secret Heiress

Author: Bethany Campbell

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1426825498

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4041

Marie Lafayette has struggled for most of her life. So when her mother's dying confession reveals an astonishing truth, Marie walks away from her career to find answers at Fairchild Acres…where she might be the heiress to the Fairchild family fortune! But Marie can't bring herself to reveal her true identity. Her? An heiress? And to make matters worse, she's falling for racing world royalty. Andrew Preston is wealthy, handsome…and completely wrong for her. Because even as Andrew makes Marie feel like Cinderella, she knows fairy tales don't exist. And men like Andrew don't fall for women like her.…

The 'Baby Dolls'

Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition

Author: Kim Marie Vaz

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 080715072X

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 7247

One of the first women's organizations to mask and perform during Mardi Gras, the Million Dollar Baby Dolls redefined the New Orleans carnival tradition. Tracing their origins from Storyville-era brothels and dance halls to their re-emergence in post-Katrina New Orleans, author Kim Marie Vaz uncovers the fascinating history of the "raddy-walking, shake-dancing, cigar-smoking, money-flinging" ladies who strutted their way into a predominantly male establishment. The Baby Dolls formed around 1912 as an organization of African American women who used their profits from working in New Orleans's red-light district to compete with other Black prostitutes on Mardi Gras. Part of this event involved the tradition of masking, in which carnival groups create a collective identity through costuming. Their baby doll costumes -- short satin dresses, stockings with garters, and bonnets -- set against a bold and provocative public behavior not only exploited stereotypes but also empowered and made visible an otherwise marginalized female demographic. Over time, different neighborhoods adopted the Baby Doll tradition, stirring the creative imagination of Black women and men across New Orleans, from the downtown Trem area to the uptown community of Mahalia Jackson. Vaz follows the Baby Doll phenomenon through one hundred years with photos, articles, and interviews and concludes with the birth of contemporary groups, emphasizing these organizations' crucial contribution to Louisiana's cultural history.

Heart of glass

Author: Diane Noble

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739425497

Category: California

Page: 374

View: 9601

The Comic Miscellany

Author: John Poole,Hablot Knight Browne

Publisher: N.A


Category: Humorous stories, English

Page: 340

View: 5850

Graphentheoretische Methoden und ihre Anwendungen

Author: W. Knödel

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 364295121X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 114

View: 3323

Im letzten Jahrzehnt hat die Mathematisierung von Fachgebieten, die vorher heuristisch bearbeitet wurden, große Fortschritte erzielt. Dies gilt für das Straßenverkehrswesen ebenso wie für die Steuerung und überwachung umfangreicher Projekte. Meist handelt es sich darum, aufgrund eines Modells der Wirklichkeit Entscheidungen zu treffen, die eine Zielfunktion optimieren. Dabei kann die Anzahl der möglichen Entscheidungen endlich sein, wie bei der Frage, in welcher Reihenfolge vier Orte besucht werden sollen, damit die zurückgelegte Strecke mög lichst klein wird; oder das Modell kann sich der abstrakten Vorstellung unendlich vieler Möglichkeiten bedienen, wie bei der Auswahl eines Zeitpunkts aus einer kontinuierlich ablaufenden Zeit. Die endlichen Modelle können bei aller Verschiedenheit wegen ihres kombinatorischen Charakters vorteilhaft mit· graphentheoretischen Methoden behandelt werden. Der vorliegende Band liefert dafür exemplarische Beispiele. Die Aus wahl erfolgte dabei aufgrund meiner persönlichen Neigung und Erfah rungen, so daß Probleme der Straßenverkehrstechnik im Vordergrund stehen. Ordnungsgesichtspunkt bei der Gliederung des Stoffes waren jedoch nicht die Anwendungsgebiete, sondern die verwendeten Modelle und Methoden, wie es sich in den Überschriften der Kapitel 2 - 5 wider spiegelt. Die Methoden sind bis zu rechenfähigen Algorithmen ausge arbeitet. Meine Absicht war verständliche Darstellung der Zusammen hänge und Fassung des Erarbeiteten in Rechenvorschriften, nicht aber eine bloß rezeptmäßige Aufzählung von Techniken. In Kapitell sind die benützten graphentheoretischen Begriffe für den Nichtmathematiker zusammengestellt und erklärt.

Mercy Seat


Author: Elizabeth H. Winthrop

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406719058

Category: Fiction

Page: 251

View: 1191

Louisiana, die 1940er-Jahre, ein elektrischer Stuhl wird in die kleine Stadt St. Martinsville gebracht für die geplante Hinrichtung eines jungen Schwarzen namens Will, der ein weißes Mädchen vergewaltigt haben soll. In Wirklichkeit ist sie seine Geliebte gewesen, die sich aus Verzweiflung umgebracht hat und ihm nun nicht mehr helfen kann. Alle wissen, dass das Todesurteil ein Skandal ist, aber sogar Will selbst hat aus Trauer und Schuldgefühlen innerlich eingewilligt, und weiße Wutbürger drohen dem zweifelnden Staatsanwalt mit der Entführung seines Sohnes. Nach einer wahren Begebenheit, psychologisch fein und in einer an William Faulkner erinnernden multiperspektivischen Intensität erzählt Elizabeth Winthrop die tragischen Ereignisse bis zum überraschenden Ende. Ein meisterhaftes Buch, das man nicht mehr aus der Hand legt und das niemanden kaltlassen wird.

Die Unbesiegten


Author: William Faulkner

Publisher: Megabooks

ISBN: 9783257200751


Page: 206

View: 9495

Bayard, ein Farmersohn aus den Südstaaten, und sein Negerfreund Ringo führen während des Sezessionskrieges auf eigene Art Krieg gegen die äYankeesä, die die Farm gebrandschatzt und das Familiensilber geraubt haben. Gemeinsam mit Bayards Grossmutter gewinnen sie von den Yankees weitaus mehr Silber, Maultiere und Neger zurück, als sie veloren hatten. Doch der Betrug fliegt auf und die Grossmutter wird von einem Helfershelfer getötet, an dem Bayard und Ringo furchtbare Rache üben. Als aber nach Kriegsende auch Bayards Vater ermordet wird, entzeiht sich Bayard dem Gesetz der Blutrache.

Tod in Belmont

Author: Sebastian Junger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896673206


Page: 319

View: 2713