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


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)


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


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)


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!
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!


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…!


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!

-Jambalaya Magazine Contributor




Honoring Our Ancestors

In Louisiana culture the African presence is everywhere. The presence is seen from the northern most part of the state to the southern most part. The African presence is tasted in the Louisiana food. The African presence is seen in the variety of skin tones of Louisiana natives. The African presence is heard at annual festivals or in places such as Congo Square in New Orleans. The African presence is seen during during Carnival/Mardi Gras celebrations. The Louisiana culture would be very different today if it weren’t for our African ancestors, mainly coming from Senegambia and West Africa.

Below is a video of a local New Orleans artists talking about the importance of remembering and honoring her African ancestors, especially in her native New Orleans.


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Famous Celebrities in Creole Country

The Louisiana Creole landscape is like no other. The scenic swamps and bayous the unique French and Spanish architecture. Our beloved land has caught the eyes of Hollywood. In fact, Louisiana is now being called the Hollywood South. The area is known for producing the 3rd most films after L.A. and NYC, not to mention in 2013, more big blockbuster films were filmed in Louisiana than Los Angeles.

In saying this, many Hollywood actors & actress have fallen in love with Louisiana. The southern charm, Latin feel, and Creole food, what is not to love? So, which top celebrities are now calling the Bayou state home?


1. Sandra Bullock calls New Orleans home, with her adoptive Louisianian son. She is dedicated to raising him in his “Louisiana culture”

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2. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie not only call New Orleans home, but they are great philanthropists in the city!!


3. Solange Knowles- this Houston native, who has deep roots in Louisiana, has decided to make New Orleans home!

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4. John Goodman- an unofficial spokes person for New Orleans and Louisiana culture lives in New Orleans, a city he is very passionate about..!!!

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Celebrities are always welcomed in Creole country….I mean who wouldn’t want to live in Heaven on earth? #NolaLOVE



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Top Universities for Creoles and Cajuns

Well we are adding another “TOP” to our list, there are many “top lists” and we think Creoles and Cajuns deserve some “top lists” also! In saying that, we have compiled a list of the top universities and colleges for Creole and Cajun students. We kept the list simple and only looked for a few things to help ensure a stronger list of universities for Creoles & Cajuns.

What we looked for…

1) Universities that have some sort of Cajun/Creole studies program

2) Universities that are known to have a population of Cajun/Creole students

3) Universities that are culturally diverse, that will encourage Cajun/Creole students to celebrate their heritage in a diverse setting

*some universities may or may not have all 3 listed above*


Our Top Choices

LSU: (Louisiana State University)

Chosen because of its location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and dedication to the local culture.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (most often referred to as Louisiana State University orLSU) is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The University was founded in 1853 in what is now known as Pineville, Louisiana, under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy. The current LSU main campus was dedicated in 1926, and consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and occupies a 650-acre (2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River.

LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, and the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment. In 2011, the University enrolled nearly 24,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. Several of LSU’s graduate schools, such as the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, have received national recognition in their respective fields of study.

Enrollment: 30,000

Chancellor: F. King Alexander  (Source: Wikipedia)


ULL: (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Chosen because of its location in Lafayette, Louisiana and dedication to the local culture.

*Creole/Cajun studies available*

University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a coeducational, public, research university located in Lafayette, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It has the largest enrollment within the nine-campus University of Louisiana System and has the second largest enrollment in Louisiana.

Enrollment: 16,885

President: E. Joseph Savoie (Source: Wikipedia)


NSU (Northwest State University):

Chosen because of its location in Natchitoches, Louisiana and dedication to the local culture (Creole Heritage Center)

NSU was founded in 1884 as the Louisiana State Normal School. It was the first school in Louisiana to offer degree programs in nursing and business education.

Enrollment: 9,244

Chancellor: Randall Webb (Source: Wikipedia)



Chosen because of its location in New Orleans and dedication to the local culture.

“Students at Tulane have unique opportunities for exploring the French, Creole and Cajun cultures of Louisiana. Our location affords us a privileged vantage point from which to observe other situations of localized or marginalized languages and cultures in their relationship to broader, often hegemonic forces: France’s regional languages (Occitan, Breton, Alsatian, etc.) in conflict with the official language revered as an inviolable symbol of national unity; immigrant cultural practices (such as the wearing of the veil) in conflict with French cultural norms; creole languages stigmatized as corrupt forms of the standard, etc. In our various fields of research, a focus on the local provides both a revealing lens through which to view the global and a healthy check on universalizing theories of culture and language.”

Enrollment: 13,462

President: Michael Fitts (Source: Tulane)


Indiana University:

Chosen because of it’s Creole Institute

The Creole Institute at Indiana University is recognized as the only center in the United States that is equipped to deal in depth with linguistic and related educational issues in Haiti . It specializes in research and training in the area of applied linguistics with a focus on French-based creoles. The Institute is also heavily involved in the study of French outside of France , especially varieties found in North America with special reference to Louisiana .

Enrollment: 110,000

President: Michael McRobbie (Source: Indiana Univ)


Southern University Baton Rouge:

Historically black college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Baton Rouge campus is located on Scott’s Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the northern section of the City of Baton Rouge. The campus encompasses 512 acres, with an agricultural experimental station on an additional 372-acre site, located five miles north of the main campus. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Enrollment: 7,300

Chancellor: James Llorens (Source: Wikipedia)

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Chosen because of its location in New Orleans and the first and only black Catholic HBCU, many Creoles are Catholic and this is an added bonus.

Located in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana was established in 1925 when St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament founded the coeducational secondary school from which it evolved. Drexel, supported by the interest of a substantial inheritance from her father, banker-financier Francis Drexel, founded and staffed many institutions throughout the United States in an effort to help educate Native Americans and African Americans.

Aware of the serious lack of Catholic-oriented education available to young Blacks in the South, St. Katharine came to New Orleans and established a high school on the site previously occupied by Southern University. The High School continues on today as Xavier University Preparatory School, also known as Xavier Prep. A Normal School, offering one of the few career fields (teaching) open to Blacks at the time, was added two years later. In 1925 Xavier University became a reality when the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established. The first degrees were awarded three years later. In 1927, a College of Pharmacy was opened.

Enrollment: 3,200

President: Norman Francis (Source: Wikipedia)