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Articles from the January 27, 2022 edition

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  • G.O.A.T

    Jan 27, 2022

    Remembering one of the G.O.A.T. - DJ Star, who was a beast on the mic and 1s & 2s. He left us way too soon on January 26, 2020. Celebrating his legacy is his family and the Radio People. In loving memory, gone but never forgotten!...

  • The Time Has Come

    Pastor Tharris Bishop|Jan 27, 2022

    It is time to speak up and not shut up. It is time to show up. It is time to boycott West Monroe by not shopping at any of the city's stores and not eating in any of its restaurants. Blacks in northeast Louisiana should not spend any of their dollars in West Monroe until the city makes its government, educational systems, and businesses operate in ways that value Black residents. Some White people from the area think it is okay to say anything they want. They believe that other races, specifically Blacks, are supposed to lie down and take what...

  • Fatal Hit n Run

    Jan 27, 2022

    Another hit-and-run fatality occurred in Monroe, LA, on January 19, 2022, on Standifer St. where suspect Jeremy James, 33, allegedly hit Leroy Dorsey, 61, in a hit and run accident. The victim, Leroy Dorsey, later died as a result of the accident. According to police reports, Leroy Dorsey was hit by a hit-and-run driver south of Monroe city limits. LA law states it's a crime to leave the scene of a crash, regardless of who is at fault for the crash. Police have charged the suspect with one...

  • Social Media Post's Missed Opportunity

    Eddie D. Gillis|Jan 27, 2022

    All of the dust over a video that went viral of a West Monroe High School student allegedly using racial slurs will take a little longer to settle. The video went viral about a week ago after threats were rumored at the school's campus, causing some parents to check their children out of school. The presence of extra law enforcement was seen at the school though school officials would later say that there were no credible threats made at the school. The video, allegedly made by a female student...

  • God's Treasure

    Jan 27, 2022

    "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the LORD from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." Revelation 14:13 Welton M. Holman was born in Monroe, La. on December 7, 1946, to the late Helen Holman Gary & Edward Calhoun, Jr. He was raised by Paul & Marie Taylor during his young years. His godfather, Legendary Coach Mackie Freeze, entered his life during his early childhood years...

  • Uninvited Drama

    Jan 27, 2022

    Relationships are sometimes tricky, perhaps more often tricky because of the individuals. If there is no understanding or getting to know an individual very well, complications can and will develop. Sometimes one of the individuals may want more than what he/she is willing to give but still expect more. What makes matters worse is when one or the other feels they can leave and come back when they get ready. Life doesn't work that way. According to police reports, that happened recently when an...

  • DownSouth Sports MVPs'

    Jan 27, 2022

    Congratulations to DownSouth Sports Magazine MVP's Patrick "PD" McCraney (Neville), Danaya Ross (Wossman) and Deshawn Shell (Wossman). "PD" help led Neville to a 56-55 come from behind victory over Rayville on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. He finished with 20 points, 5 assist, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Danaya had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in the Lady Wildcat's 64-36 blowout over Richwood. Deshawn Shell had 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assist in Wossman's 73-56 victory or Richwood on...

  • Richwood Vintage Hollywood

    Jan 27, 2022

    Cypress Washington reigns as Miss Richwood High School 2021-2022. The Homecoming Queen and her royal court were honored recently at the Monroe Civic Center. Richwood's coronation, themed Vintage Hollywood, was a grand affair witnessed by hundreds of students, parents, family, friends and fans. It was an unforgettable evening of Richwood elegance!...

  • Faithful Leadership's Audacity

    Jan 27, 2022

    Giving honor and praise to God, St. Luke Baptist Church in Monroe LA recognized Rv. Alonzo and Sister Sheila Clark's 2nd Appreciation Sunday January 23, 2022. Special guest morning worship was Rev. Richard Wilson of St. James Baptist Church Sterlington, evening worship Rev. O.W. Billups Jr. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Monroe LA. Pastors are special but a Pastor's Wife is a Blessing!...

  • Rising Deadly Drug Overdosing

    Jessica DeTiege|Jan 27, 2022

    Conversation about drug use within the Black community is a restricted conversation. Beyond hearing the occasional sad story of how some OD'ed and ended up in jail for explicit behavior or witnessing someone exhibit obnoxious erratic mannerisms, we don't like to talk about it. I can certainly understand why there are not any true and in-depth conversations about drugs and drug overdose. There are those who may judge and ridicule those who made the decision to use drugs. Recovering users stand on the other side not wanting to experience further...

  • Irma DeTiege Scholarship

    Jan 27, 2022

    We will always praise God for the late Irma DeTiege, who created a pathway for herself and others during a time when Blacks had nothing but themselves. She loved education, especially at Mezpat Baptist Church Riverton LA, where school was taught by the late Mrs. Maude Tucker Eddy. She taught Irma and all the brothers and sisters to dream and think big. Mrs. Eddy told students that there is a bigger world than just their farm and plantation. Maude Tucker not only taught education, but she also ta...

  • Free at-⁠Home COVID-⁠19 Tests

    Jan 27, 2022

    Every home in the U.S. can soon order #44 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. Ordering begins January 19.

  • You are equipped for this!

    Katima Epting-Wiley|Jan 27, 2022

    Romans 8:19 For [even the whole] creation [all nature] waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed. Sometimes, when the Lord calls us to something, we begin to think upon all of our limitations, lack and disabilities; yet, we fail to realize that it is the Unlimited that is calling us forth. We forget that God qualifies. We don’t qualify ourselves nor do others. We have a Creator, who in His infinite wisdom, designed us for a purpose- for His glory. In Him, we live, move and have our b...

  • The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family

    Jan 27, 2022

    Virtual Book Talk: Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 3pm at Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum, 1051 Chennault Park Dr., Monroe, LA 71203, 318-342-8889, , and books will be on hand to purchase. According to eight generations of family oral history, Dr. Bettye Kearse, was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Northern California. She has a B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University, a...

  • The End Is Near

    Jan 27, 2022

    "Hezekiah 's Recovery (Hezekiah 38) Hezekiah King of Judah was sick unto death. The prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah to get his house in order because he would die, and not live. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord. He reminded the Lord that he had walked perfect before him in truth, and with a perfect heart, and had done good in his sight. Hezekiah wept sorely before the Lord. God heard Hezekiah’s prayer, and saw his tears. So, God added 15 years to his years on earth. God gave the king a sign to confirm his promise, by l...


    Mary Roggerson|Jan 27, 2022

    *Inspired by God through Mary Roggerson & Morning Day Prayer Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth Nolley, St. Mary Baptist Church Purpose: For all children to learn, pray and confess the Word of God. Goal: For all children to have an intimate relationship with God through prayer & His Word. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1 Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You that I am blessed. B...


    Marion Obafemi|Jan 27, 2022

    Copyright 2016 Written By: Mr Marion Obafemi and inspired by God "He anointed my head with oil", is used as a metaphor, for God's word being poured into my mind Its like oil getting between my thoughts, to smooth out my crooked walk, so my steps do not cross the line. My head holds this oil like a cup, that's so full that I have just enough, to give to somebody else This load is heavy upon my shoulders, my full cup is running over, so I must go out and share the wealth. With the people who live...

  • 2022 38th Annual Black Heritage Parade

    Jan 27, 2022

    The parade will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 10 a.m. The 38th annual parade will start in downtown Monroe on North Fourth Street This year's theme is "There is Power in Hope." Line-up for the parade will start at 7 a.m. Registration is open until Wednesday, Feb. 16. Entry forms are available online or can be picked up at the Marbles Recreation Center, 2950 Renwick St., Monroe, and Benoit Recreation Center, 1700 Oaklawn Drive, Monroe LA. For more information, contact Larry Wilson at 318-512-5091 or Herb Guillory at...

  • Little Flower

    Jan 27, 2022

    Little Flower Academy in Monroe LA was a special place beginning in 1940-1968 for students' kindergarten to high school. The learning environment was second to none where those attending received the best education through a Franciscan investment into the Black Community which helped present the Catholic Faith. At Little Flower, students were taught discipline, values, respect, the ten commandments, sportsmanship, religion, music, the arts, drama and stage performance in a caring and nurturing...

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