Past New Orleans Event: VOL 10

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Slam Poetry: The Real Hero

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Members of Slam New Orleans describe how slam culture fosters a democratic, accessible, community-oriented art form. Akeem Martin, Michael "Quess" Moore and Sam Gordon explain what slam means to them: how it's been healing; a community builder; an opportunity for personal and artistic growth.  Slam New Orleans are the reigning National Poetry Slam champions, having won their second consecutive title in August, 2013.

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Could I Take a Bullet?

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Filmmaker John Richie speaks about the people that he came to know making "Shell Shocked", a documentary about youth and gun violence in New Orleans. He became very close to people that had lost loved ones (oftentimes children) in this way.

Many of the shootings in New Orleans are due to retaliatory violence. Like Ed Buckner says in Shell Shocked, “When you shoot one black kid, all you are doing is inciting his 20 friends to come and kill you.”

As John says, "The retaliatory response is a young man’s way of dealing with it, and only a small group of “hardheads” will do this. Most people who have lost a loved one in this violent, unfair way have years, if not a lifetime, of intense grief and anger. But what I’ve seen from the mothers, fathers, and friends of victims is an amazing transcendence from grief to compassion and enlightenment.  I’m amazed by it, and I wonder if I lost my brother or best friend to gun violence which path I’d take.  I hope I would follow the example of the great people in my film Shell Shocked."

Shell Shocked is screening at the National League of Cities conference in 2013 and is available for purchase at

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Romanticism and the Production of War [Stations of the Cross]

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

The immersive, oceanic vision of life when “the Center cannot Hold and ‘things fall apart’ (Yeats, “The Second Coming”)…and: aren’t we still trying (again Yeats) to search for the peace that seems removed from this world, “…lurching towards the Holy Land, for are we not still fighting for our gods or God?”  Romanticism attempts to capitalize on this loss, what the Germans call Sehnsucht or ‘longing’…the beginnings that Hesiod suggest are on the horizon, though we cannot see through ‘the fog of war’ (as Clausewitz talked about).  We are a history of all peoples in pursuit of infinite longing, the horizons of our life and our peoples: that is the shorthand of Romanticism’s project, borne in Germany and shed for ill-purpose, despite its promise within its nascent state.

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E-Squared on Education Music

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Education Everytime founder, Lorenzo Castillo discusses educational music and the newest innovative web-based platform,

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Visual Art Initiatives in the St. Roch Neighborhood: The SRCC Artist Residency and Staple Goods

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Historically, New Orleans has been a city that nourishes and generates creativity amongst artists who stop in, stay for a period, or call it home.  The artist residency at St. Roch Community Church, as well as the collective and gallery space entitled Staple Goods, both aim to further galvanize the St. Roch and St. Claude neighborhoods of New Orleans in keeping such tradition.  Aaron Collier coordinated the inception of both of these enterprises with the sole intention of providing artists with opportunities in a neighborhood that has been, and continues to be, a gift to him and his family.

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Water Is a Women's World

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Dreamer and advocate Sydney Gray speaks about her 9-month fellowship with Mama Hope in Kenya to live and work on the shores of Lake Victoria. After organizing a group of amazing women to build a water municipality for their village, she came back to New Orleans intent on building her own organization to connect the dreamers of New Orleans to the inspiring women she grew to know and love in Kenya. 

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Food Desert

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

Retired electrician, Navy veteran, and community gardener Anthony Lee addresses the lack of fresh produce in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. With the encouragement of his beloved wife, Linette Williams Lee, and the help of the Tulane City Center and the Tulane School of Architecture, Lee engaged his community to build the Magellan Street Garden.

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Heroic People

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 20, 2013

New Orleans freelance and Times Picayune Staff photographer, Chris Granger, shows us some of his work of folks he has found to be heroic and have opened up and shared thier lives with him. He proves that heroic people can be found in the most unlikely of places and situations. 

Tippy Tippens
Chief Eternal Optimist, Matter Inc. in New Orleans
Lorenzo Castillo
Founder/CEO, Education Everytime in New Orleans
John Richie
Filmmaker, Scrub Brush Productions in New Orleans
Anthony Lee
in New Orleans
Sydney Gray
in New Orleans
Aaron Collier
in New Orleans
Team SNO
in New Orleans
Myron Miller
in New Orleans
Chris Granger
in New Orleans