Chris Surprenant, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, is receiving a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to study entrepreneurship in urban and black communities. The  three-year grant includes collaboration with historically black college… Read more

Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas were named to the 2018 New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. The former Black and Gold players each helped bring the team to victory in Super Bowl XLIV — Moore as a wide receiver and Thomas as a running back. Both were honored not just for their onfield prowess, but … Read more

Caitlin Meehan-Draper, an instructor at the New Orleans charter school chain FirstLine, is one of nine finalists for 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, an annual award bestowed by the Louisiana Department of Education. (Last week's Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down incorrectly stated Stephen Goodly of … Read more

Stephen Goodly, a math teacher at Warren Easton Senior High School, is one of nine finalists for the 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, an annual award bestowed by the Louisiana Department of Education. Goodly is the only metro area teacher on the list. The winner will be announced at a cer… Read more

Chris W. Surprenant was awarded $47,000 by the Louisiana Board of Regents in support of a book he's writing that explores the money factor that prevents criminal justice reform. Surprenant is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans. The money is a gift from the … Read more

Cure and Chef Nina Compton each received a James Beard Award for excellence last week. Compton, head chef at Compere Lapin and Bywater American Bistro, received the award for Best Chef: South, while the cocktail bar Cure won for Outstanding Bar Program. The James Beard Foundation annually ho… Read more

Master P and Vision to Learn gave away 29 eye exams and 23 pairs of glasses to low-income children at Foundation Prepara- tory Charter School. The giveaway was a pilot program to demonstrate the feasibility of expanding free eye exams and glasses to more New Orleans schoolchildren. According… Read more

New Orleans Pelicans swept a four-game series against the Portland Trail Blazers and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals. Though many had counted them out earlier in the season, the Pels not only made short work of the Blazers, but also put on two thrilling sold-out games in the Sm… Read more

Nailah Jefferson, a New Orleans filmmaker, was one of five recipients of a diversity fellowship from Chicken & Egg Pictures, an organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers. Jefferson's latest documentary is Commuted, the story of a 52-year-old woman who was released after spen… Read more

Rohan Padmakumar, a Lusher Charter School student, will travel to New York City April 23 to participate in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center. High school students from around the country compete in reciting sonnets. Padmakumar is one of 57 from around t… Read more

Mirya Holman and J. Celeste Lay, political science associate professors at Tulane University, received the 2018 Elsie Hillman Prize from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University for their research on the gender gap in politics. The Hillman Prize is awarded annuall… Read more

Hogs for the Cause raised $1.45 million to fight pediatric brain cancer at its annual barbecue cook-off, according to organizers. The 10th annual pig-themed fundraiser, which was started by friends Rene Louapre and Becker Hall in 2008, was held March 23 and 24 at UNO Lakefront Arena. Two tea… Read more

The Galatoire Foundation presented $100,000 to Eden House New Orleans and Breakthrough New Orleans with proceeds from its popular Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions. Eden House is a local charity that fights human trafficking; Breakthrough New Orleans works with at-risk middle school st… Read more

Evangeline Doulens won the 2018 Greater New Orleans Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge with a plan for an app called Artist's Loft, which would connect artists to galleries. Sponsored by the Brees Dream Foundation and Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, the award came with $5,000 of con… Read more