Thank you East New Orleans Regional Library for your sponsorship of The Baby Dolls during the first annual Adult Summer Reading Program Event: Literary Elements. Thanks to the library’s book club for selecting The Baby Dolls as their June selection and inviting me for a conversation in July. The discussion was passionate and insightful. #bookclub #mardigras #blackwomen #heritage #feminism #neworleans
7:28 pm • 13 July 2014 • 2 notes
What an honor! Mr. Edward Lewis, co-founder of Essence Magazine at his book signing and me at mine! Read his interview in nola.com and find out what New Orleans means to him and the festival.
"Around 2007, I was walking through the Morial Convention Center. A young lady from Mobile, Alabama, stopped me. She said, "Mr. Lewis, there are rumors that you may move the festival. Please don’t do that. My family comes from St. Petersburg, we stay at the Marriott, and this is our reu… See More — at Morial Convention Center New Orleans. #essencefest #emf14 #babydolls #neworleans #manfromessence
10:31 pm • 8 July 2014
Dr. Sarah Clunis was unpacking recently as she prepares to take the director position of Xavier’s African American and Diaspora Studies program and assistant professor of art. What she found was a book she was assigned in her Introduction to Women’s Studies course at Simmons College. She said the book was empowering! How neat is that. It was my first edited work. See more at: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Women-America-Kim-Marie/dp/0803954557 #blackwomen #womensstudies #feminism #readingmatters
10:27 pm • 8 July 2014 • 1 note
Baby Dolls book signing #EssenceFest 7/5 11:00am -100yrs Mardi Gras #empowerment through fun http://t.co/3cIfIfiX2Z… emf14 #igersneworleans #independence #identity #dance #mardigras #neworleans #music
9:02 am • 5 July 2014 • 3 notes
New Orleans is on Stage at #EssenceFest. #MardiGras is not simply about beads, but about #empowerment while having a good time. Now past its 102nd year, the #BabyDoll tradition is as important today in its meaning and interpretation of today’s issues as it was in 1912. Pick up the book and let’s talk about contemporary issues that emerge in examining the Baby Dolls: issues of resilience, independence, feminine identity, and the meaning of culture-building in post-Katrina’s Crescent City. Follow The Baby Dolls. #emf14 #neworleans #igersneworleans
4:11 pm • 2 July 2014
Coming out the door: Lady Buckjumpers 2011 Second Line Parade
Lady Buckjumpers annual coming out the door at their annual parade featuring Rebirth Brass Band and Grand Marshall Shalanda Goffner. Song: “What Are We Gonna Do About It? (We Gon Blow Em Out!)
1:05 pm • 15 June 2014 • 83 notes
Celebrate LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE DAY like The Baby Dolls page facebook.com/mardigrasbabydolls Baby Doll Karen Harris Photo: Kim Welsh
#culture #heritage #babydolls #art #streetsofneworleans #secondline #supersunday #mardigras #mardigrasindians #yellow #red #dance #jazz #culturaltourism #culturalpreservation #neworleans #louisiana #louisianaculture #livingtradition #louisianafolklife #creolestatewxhibit
11:44 am • 4 June 2014 • 1 note
Old working getting new love -ChaChing!
Both Mardi Gras Indian pictures have earned accolades before which is always rad. However, I’m super stoked that the Northside Skull and Bones photo is getting some attention for the first time! (All three were selected to be in a Louisiana culture show this summer- Details to come.)
Spyboy - 2010
Michael Tenner Jr, spyboy for the Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, poses in front of Flagboy Vernon Freeman on St. Joeseph’s Night 2010. The pose is both for photographs and a part of preparations for the evening. The suits being worn are hand-sewn each year that an Indian masks and can weigh up to 250lbs and cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000. Even though he is only 6 years old, it is expected that Michael Jr, as Spyboy of the Comanche Hunters will always be in front of Freeman, looking out for other Indians as the tribes seek each other out to engage in ritual battle.
New Orleans 2010
Chicken Mart - 2010
A Mardi Gras Indian breaks away from the crowd during the Super Sunday procession in 2010. Super Sunday is a Mardi Gras Indian holiday when nearly all of at least 30 tribes known of in the city come out and parade together in uptown New Orleans giving the public a chance to see their hand-sewn suits.
New Orleans 2010
Skull and Bones Gang - 2009
Young members of the Northside Skull and Bone Gang walk thru the streets of the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans on Mardi Gras 2009. The Gang begins at the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme at daybreak on Fat Tuesday welcoming the beginning of Mardi Gras day by banging on the doors, windows and walls of homes with bones to wake up those inside. The gang has been the first presence out in the street on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans since at least the 1880s, coming out at or just before daybreak. The cultural tradition is rooted in reverence for the Haitian god Ghede, the guardian of the cemetery, and the spirit that reminds human beings of the brevity of life.
New Orleans 2009
9:37 am • 25 May 2014 • 51 notes
Lois Nelson, Grand Marshall for the Money Wasters Social and Pleasure Club, dancing on the casket during the funeral procession for Nelson Joseph Thompson, Sr., former president of the Money Wasters.
Ms. Nelson developed a practice of dancing on the casket while performing as Grand Marshall for funeral parades. Nelson believes that this is the way the person wants to do and the way she wants to go. “Get on top of me, have fun, and then let me go.”
Ms. Nelson recalls than when she stood on her teenage son, Darnell “D-Boy” Andrews’s coffin, she “didn’t want to feel the emotion of crying. God has given me a time to be with him while he was living. Through his death was my time to rejoice.”
Source: The “Baby Dolls”, Breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition by Kim Marie Vaz, LSU Press, 2013 #babydolls #casket #jazzfuneral #mardigrasindian #art #secondline #streetperformance #loisnelson #treme #funeral #golddigger #grandmarshal #moneywaster #claiborneave #celebration #dance #louisiana #louisianaculture #igersneworleans
5:07 pm • 24 May 2014 • 6 notes
Nelson Joseph Thompson #funeral Baby Doll #secondline #cigar #streetart #Catholic # photo :Romain Beauxis
2:08 pm • 17 May 2014 • 12 notes