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Creole Recognition is HERE!

The Louisiana Creole community is older than that of the United States. The history and culture of the Louisiana Creole culture is 300 years old. In saying this, the Americanization of Louisiana, post the Louisiana Purchase has threatened this old culture in many ways. The unique language of the Louisiana Creole people was banned by early 20th century laws. Not to mention, the strong Jim Crow laws that forced the multicultural Louisiana Creole community to be less multicultural and more black and white. In saying this, the culture is still alive and strong. The past several decades many individuals, organizations, and movements have been working to gain greater recognition for Louisiana’s ethnic culture.

Therefore it is with great honor and pride that we at The Jambalaya Magazine can post an article about the new “I AM CREOLE” license plates the state of Louisiana has adopted. Please see the video about the new plates! Not to mention a very special celebration will occur in Lafayette this Saturday (Sept 19th) be sure to view the video & poster below for information! #CREOLESTANDUP

 

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New Orleans Secondline Schedule

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Info. from Best of New Orleans.com 

AUGUST 2014
· Aug. 31 Valley of Silent Men (UPTOWN)

SEPTEMBER 2014
· Sept. 7 No 2nd line
· Sept. 14 YMO (MINI – 2 HOURS) (UPTOWN)
· Sept. 21 Good Fellas (UPTOWN)
· Sept. 28 YMO (4 HOURS) (UPTOWN)

OCTOBER 2014
· Oct. 5 Family Ties (DOWNTOWN)
· Oct. 12 Prince of Wales (UPTOWN)
· Oct. 18 (SATURDAY second line) Black Men of Labor (DOWNTOWN)
· Oct. 19 Men of Class (UPTOWN)
· Oct. 26 Original 4 (UPTOWN)

NOVEMBER 2014
· Nov. 2 We Are One (UPTOWN)
· Nov. 9 Sudan (DOWNTOWN)
· Nov. 16 Women of Class (UPTOWN)
· Nov. 23 Nine Times (DOWNTOWN)
· Nov. 30 Men & Lady Buckjumpers (UPTOWN)

DECEMBER 2014
· Dec. 7 Dumaine Street Gang (DOWNTOWN) / Westbank Steppers (Westbank)
· Dec. 14 New Generation (UPTOWN)
· Dec. 21 Big Nine
· Dec. 28 Lady & Men Rollers

JANUARY 2015
· Jan. 4 Perfect Gentlemen (UPTOWN)
· Jan. 11 Lady Jetsetters (UPTOWN)
· Jan. 18 Undefeated Divas & Gents (DOWNTOWN)
· Jan. 25 Ladies & Men of Unity (UPTOWN)

FEBRUARY 2015
· Feb. 1 Treme Sidewalk Steppers (DOWNTOWN)
· Feb. 8 1ST WEEK OF MARDI GRAS (NO 2ND LINE)
· Feb. 15 2ND WEEK OF MARDI GRAS (NO 2ND LINE)
· Feb. 22 CTC Steppers (DOWNTOWN)

MARCH 2015
· Mar. 1 VIP Ladies & Kids (UPTOWN)
· Mar. 8 Keep’n It Real (DOWNTOWN)
· Mar. 15 Single Men (UPTOWN)
· Mar. 22 Revolution (DOWNTOWN)
· Mar. 29 Bayou Steppers (DOWNTOWN)

APRIL 2015
· Apr. 5 EASTER SUNDAY/Pigeon Town Steppers (UPTOWN)
· Apr. 12 Single Ladies
· Apr. 19 Ole & Nu Style Fellas (DOWNTOWN)
· Apr. 26 JAZZ FEST (NO 2ND LINE)

MAY 2015
· May 3 JAZZ FEST (NO 2ND LINE)
· May 10 Original Big 7 / MOTHER’S DAY (DOWNTOWN)
· May 17 Divine Ladies (UPTOWN) / ZULU (DOWNTOWN)
· May 24 Money Wasters (DOWNTOWN)
· May 31 NO 2ND LINE

JUNE 2015
· June 21 Perfect Gentlemen Father’s Day 2nd Line
· June 28 Uptown Swingers / LAST 2ND LINE OF THE SEASON (UPTOWN)

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Gym Flow is Overrated

I Hate Working Out–What Should I Do?

We all have that friend. You know, the one that seems to live for that rush of endorphins that comes with working out. Their Instagram photos are always captioned ‘gym flow.’ Their Vine videos are of burpees and squats. Their Facebook statuses regale us with stories of how they’re doing two-a-days. And let’s not even get started on their Twitter. Meanwhile, you’re barely struggling to make it to the gym twice a week–and even then, it’s grudgingly.

 

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Let’s face it, you hate working out. And, no matter what ‘that friend’ says (or posts on social media), sometimes, they do, too.

 

As a high performance and sports-based trainer, I’ve compiled a few helpful tips I’ve used with my clients to help them stay motivated during tough, intense training sessions.

 

  1. Set real (and realistic) goals.

One of the easiest ways to become disillusioned with a workout regimen is not immediately seeing results. Often, weight loss or muscle gains come slowly, and the lack of visible results can often cause weight loss clients to give up on the process. With athletic clients, it’s best to set realistic goals. For example, tracking an improvement in 100m time for a sprinter can help to show tangible results. Setting real (and realistic) goals can give you something to focus on when your workout regimen becomes grueling.

 

  1. Find a sport you enjoy.

I often hear weight loss and management clients complain that they aren’t athletic. I typically respond that they haven’t found the right sport. Most Americans are exposed to the ‘big three’ sports: basketball, football and baseball. Those who don’t excel in these sports often conclude that they’re just not athletically gifted.

 

According to the World Sports Encyclopedia, there are 8,000 sports and sporting games, ranging from archery to handball to judo and vollyball. With such diverse and varied sporting events, there’s something for everyone. Each sport has its own training requirements that usually include some weight training and some cardiorespiratory work. Completing sport-related workouts (e.g., shooting drills for basketball or a foundation cycle for cyclists) can also break up the monotony of a typical workout routines.

 

  1. Make working out ‘fun.’

There’s a popular saying that goes ‘everything ain’t for everybody.’ Far too often, those seeking to lose weight or improve fitness approach working out from a one-size-fits-all perspective. In many cases, this adds to losing interest in a workout routine. It’s important to (as best you can) enjoy working out. Some enjoy yoga. Others enjoy battle ropes. Others prefer Zumba. The point? Don’t commit yourself to a training regimen you hate! Enjoying your workouts will make them a lot easier and allow you to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle more.

 

  1. Compete.

Nancy Pearcey once wrote that “Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best.” And it’s true. Competition brings out the best in us–forces us to push ourselves to our limits and beyond. I often tell clients there’s an athlete in them dying to get out. How else will an athlete know they’re the best if they don’t engage in some friendly competition?

 

SJ Cook

Sam Cook, III is a certified personal trainer and fitness entrepreneur who resides in New Orleans, La. He is the owner of Total Athletics Fitness, LLC. Sam is also an amateur cyclist who is training for the Tour de Jefferson this November.

 

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5 Best Cities for Young Creole Professionals

Are you in your 20s or 30s? Are you proud of your Louisiana Creole heritage? Where are the best cities to interact and meet other Young Creole Professionals outside of Louisiana. (Any city in Louisiana would automatically make the list, so we looked outside of our place of origin)

The factors we looked at are few, but very important: 1. The Growth of the Job Market | 2. Rent Prices | 3. A well-known/established or growing Creole/Louisiana Diaspora community

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1. Austin: According to Forbes.com the city ranked second in job growth. There is also a well established small but growing Louisiana Creole community. With the current tech industry growing, many Louisianians continue to chose Austin as a new place to call home. Not to mention, UT helps to keep the city very youthful. The city is just 7-8 hours from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, but provides great jobs, beautiful scenery, outdoor activities, and many educational opportunities. The average housing rent: $984 (one bedroom)

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2. Dallas: According to Forbes.com this city made the top 5 best job markets in the nation. This news is great considering the Dallas metro is about 2 1/2 hours from the Louisiana border. The metroplex has attracted thousands of Louisiana migrants for the past 50 years or so, and post-Katrina thousands more made the journey to Dallas. The city is home to many Fortune 500 companies and according to CNN.com it is being referred to as the “Silicon Prairie”. There is no shortage of Louisiana families in the metroplex and the number of Daiquiri Shops, Zydeco Concerts, and Creole restaurants. The metroplex so close to Louisiana makes it a number one hit for many Louisiana families! The average housing rent: $1,021

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3. Houston: According to Forbes.com this city made number 9 for job growth in the nation. The city has historically been a favorite spot for South and Central Louisiana natives to relocate too. In fact, the city even had a “Frenchtown” a small Creole town in the city where hundreds of Creole families once lived and started their own church, businesses, and school. The city is now known to be home to thousands of Creole descendants. The number of Zydeco events, Creole restaurants, and Saints watch parties are in no shortage in this city, a short drive from the Louisiana border. The average housing rent: $1,144 (one bedroom)

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4. Atlanta: Often called the Black Mecca has shown to be friendly to Louisiana natives. Unlike cities in Texas, Atlanta has become a more recent choice in the last couple of decades for Creoles. As many in Louisiana look for better jobs and educational opportunities in the south, Atlanta is a top choice, only about 8 hours from Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge. The city continues to have a strong job market, cheap housing, great weather, and a world class arts scene. This city has and continues to attract young professionals from around the nation, so yes the land of the Falcons has one positive thing. The average rent: $914 (one bedroom)

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5. Los Angeles: A city that has attracted thousands of Creoles for decades. This city boast a large youth population and many job opportunities. All be it, because of the high housing cost and the slowing down of many industries, it didn’t rank as high on our list. All be it, there is a established Creole population, a place many Young Professionals could easily call home. The average rent: $1,465 (one bedroom)

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Creole Recipe: Smothered Okra

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Its that time of summer when we all look forward to harvesting that one vegetable from our gardens…OKRA! Okra (des gumbo) is one of the Creole comfort foods. This month’s recipe is for Smothered Okra, a dish that is easy and we can prepare until the winter comes. There are many people that like it with tomatoes and others like it with a tomato/green chile pepper. In saying this, I remember growing up we enjoyed Smothered Okra so much that when my Grammaw, Nanan and mama would start cooking it, we would make sandwiches with the Okra once it had cooled a bit.
So, let’s get some Okra ready for our Gumbos and save some in the freezer for winter as well!
SMOTHERED OKRA
5 quarts of thinly sliced okra
1 large onion
Chopped 1 medium bell pepper
Chopped 1 TBSP cooking oil
1 TBSP of Creole seasoning of choice
In an large pot, combine all ingredients and stir until all are well blended. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring often and careful not to stick and scorch bottom of your pot! Enjoy that aroma!!! This is a long process because the okra is to be smothered until there is no more slime. Once okra is smothered as desired, allow to cool completely before storing in refrigerator or freezer!
-Dana Hukins Rodrigue a Jambalaya Magazine Contributor 
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7 Heavenly Images of Creole Country

I believe every culture holds their homeland dear, I especially think the area of the world Creoles have been blessed to call their homeland, Louisiana, is one of the most beautiful areas. I love taking photos and these 7 Heavenly Images will make you want to visit the Creole lands of Louisiana!

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1. Grand Isle, Louisiana (Yes we have islands and beaches in Louisiana)

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2. Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, I am sorry, but every time I view this image I long to be there again….our land is so precious!

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3. This image of Lake Martin near Breaux Bridge is breathtaking, our culture is so beautiful because our land is so beautiful.

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4. Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, natural beauty with old Creole architecture.

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5. A forested area near Lake Martin around Breaux Bridge, a slice of heave on earth!

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6. LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, a place to see historic Creole buildings and natural South Louisiana nature, my my my…!

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7. Train tracks through St. Landry parish, a beautiful afternoon in Southwest Louisiana.

 

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4 Things to Stop Asking Louisiana Creoles

1. Do we all do Voodoo?

Um, excuse me? Are all Americans vegetarians, no, but some are…Voodoo is an African religion with ties deep to honoring ancestry and was brought to Haiti by slaves. The Haitian revolution brought thousands of Creoles of Color and White Creoles from Haiti to New Orleans, some brought their religion with them. So, historically yes there were small populations that practiced Voodoo, such as Marie Laveau the Voodoo Queen during the 19th century. But, today, it isn’t a wide spread religion. The vast majority of people in Louisiana are Catholic or Baptist or even other religions. There is a minority that practices Voodoo. (I once read less than 1% of New Orleans follows the religion) But, for the rest of us, the answer was no yesterday and it is still no. I mean if I asked you everyday if you were a vegetarian it would get old…

2. Do we all eat Cajun food?

Here is your first response, I’m of Creole origin. So, I would eat Creole food not Cajun. The term Creole is at least 500 years old and was the original term to describe the Louisiana culture & people. So, I eat Creole food, like Gumbo and Jambalaya.

3. Have I ever seem boobs during Mardi Gras?

Ok, I can’t say this enough…Mardi Gras isn’t some let’s just scream, yell, get drunk and see boobs holiday. That is the American media version or the version you get from the small touristic area around Bourbon Street. But here is a secret the thousands on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras are mainly tourists from every corner of the world celebrating an old cultural holiday they know little to nothing about. Sure, people drink and are merry during Carnival Season. But, it is a time to enjoy family and tend one of dozens of family friendly parades, eat good food, and enjoy a holiday that dates back hundreds of years. A time to think about Christ’s death before the season of Lent (fast until Easter). So, I dare you to come to Louisiana and attend some Carnival celebrations in some small South Louisiana cities & towns, and see how different it can be then the movie “Spring Break : Mardi Gras” you and your friends watched… #JustSaying

4. So you don’t consider yourself black?

Ok, here is a big one, a touchy one, I’ve heard many times. The Creole culture is just that a culture. I would not dare say it is something that only belongs to people of color, because there are White Creoles, Mixed Creoles, Black Creoles, and even Creoles mainly of Indigenous heritage. The idea Creole belongs to one race or is dismissed from other races is like saying, I’m American, so I’m white. There are many shades of Americans and Creoles. So, many equally see themselves as black & Creole or white & Creole, or some simply, Creole. I mean when is the last time you asked a Jamaican, “oh so your not black because your Jamaican” or a German, “Oh your not white because your German”. We all belong to the human race and besides that, we are apart of many boxes. But, Creole is a bit of many things!

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