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Celebrity Interview With Tig Notaro

Last week, I interviewed Tig Notaro about her upcoming New York Comedy Festival performance, which she says may be her biggest risk yet …

Read the full article about her upcoming show here, “Tig Notaro Will Take Another Risk At The 2016 New York Comedy Festival & Says It Could Be Bigger Than Her Shirtless Set.”

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Celebrity Interview With Ty Burrell

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ty Burrell from Modern Family to discuss the show’s season 8 premiere and season 7 DVD release.

Check out the two articles I wrote after my interview with Ty, “‘Modern Family’ Actor Ty Burrell Joins ‘Kids In The Spotlight’ To Help Young Filmmakers Reach Their Full Potential” and “Will Andy & Haley Get Back Together On ‘Modern Family’? Ty Burrell Doesn’t Think They’re Done For Good.” Phil Dunphy would!

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Cat’s Out Of The Bag …

It’s official my book — that’s right, my book — is available for pre-order on Amazon! An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward is due out spring 2017 from Pelican Publishing.

The Amazon synopsis states:

Steeped in musical influence, racial dynamics, and culinary significance, the Ninth Ward has distinguished itself as one of New Orleans’ most influential communities—so why is its history so often overlooked?

While many have heard of Ruby Bridges, most don’t know about the McDonogh Three, who desegregated another Ninth Ward school on the same day. And when Hurricane Katrina threatened to displace its notable musicians, the Ninth Ward provided sanctuary with its modern Musicians’ Village.

Extensively researched and carefully recorded, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward features substantial, unique interviews with generations of residents to preserve the history of the district. Each source honestly evaluates discrimination, neighbors, poverty, and faith, delivering heartfelt and often harrowing insight into what it means to be from the Ninth Ward.

Readers will explore the community’s changing population, from its inception as an immigrant borough that welcomed a majority African American community—and the stigmas it faced for doing so—to the encroaching gentrification by the hipster population. With each chapter chronicling one of the metaphorical and actual storms the area has weathered, this volume is a comprehensive record of history and folklore from the people who know the Ninth Ward best.

I am so, so excited to share this development. Please stay tuned for more information about my upcoming work as it becomes available.

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WMC SheSource Expert

SheSource is a brain trust created by the Women’s Media Center as an effort to spotlight more women experts in the news. WMC SheSource is a resource for journalists, bookers and producers who come to WMC SheSource to find women sources for the stories they are working on. I am honored to now be a listed expert on SheSource about New Orleans history, food, culture and Hurricane Katrina. Please visit my SheSource page here.

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