07:29 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 03/13/2013 12:00PM
Terrilynn Monette, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher who helped her second-graders turn their academic performances around, has apparently vanished.
The California native, who moved to New Orleans as part of that city's initiative to improve teaching in impoverished zones, was last seen with friends on March 2 after visiting Parlay's, a bar in the town's Lakeview section, police tell CNN.
That night, Monette had been "cut off" by a bartender who said she had too much to drink, according to Parlay's manager Anna Boudousque. The teacher was celebrating her nomination as "Teacher of the Year" in her district.
Originally posted 02/11/2013 12:00PM
2013 is shaping up to be the year of Beyoncé.
After a powerful Super Bowl halftime show, the singer, 31, is embarking on the Mrs. Carter world tour – and just added a special performance.
Beyoncé will return to New Orleans's Superdome to headline one of three concerts during the 19th annual Essence Festival, the magazine confirms.
"We are incredibly excited to welcome Beyoncé back to the 2013 Essence Festival lineup. She is truly the ultimate Essence woman," Communications President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement.
Originally posted 02/04/2013 10:45AM
For Hollywood, Super Bowl weekend is one big party, and they don't disappoint.
On Saturday night, Lil Wayne performed at a GQ, Lacoste and Mercedes-Benz hosted party at the Elms Mansion in New Orleans. Among the fans on hand was model Kate Upton, who posed for photos in front of her GQ cover and stood on a couch to get a better view of Lil Wayne's show, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Even Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell were spotted "rushing through the backstage area to catch the end of his performance," the source adds.
Originally posted 02/04/2013 06:00AM
While players for the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers geared up for the biggest day of their year on Sunday, Maria Menounos and a selection of other famous faces got pumped for the annual Celebrity Beach Bowl a day prior.
And Menounos, who speaks often about her competitive nature, already expected her team to have a victory in the bag.
Before they hit the New Orleans field, the Extra co-host "bantered with teammate Michael Strahan about their 'inevitable win,' " a source tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/31/2013 03:45PM
That's what Beyoncé had to say to reporters gathered in New Orleans for her Super Bowl halftime show press conference after she took the stage, asked them to stand and belted out a flawless, live rendition of the National Anthem on Thursday.
The singer – who has remained silent since criticism and accusations of lip-synching erupted following her performance of the same song at President Barack Obama's inauguration – then told the world why she decided to sing along to a pre-recorded track on Jan. 21.
Originally posted 01/20/2013 11:00AM
When I dip, you dip, we dip!
With the most exciting football games of the season on the horizon, hosting friends and family can be intimidating. But thanks to New Orleans restaurateur Ralph Brennan, you can whip up a Creole crab dip that's sure to satisfy and impress.
So even if you're thousands of miles away from The Big Easy, your taste buds can still enjoy some jazz.
Originally posted 11/14/2012 03:40PM
While her husband Matthew is busy filming The Dallas Buyer's Club in New Orleans, Camila McConaughey is keeping very good company.
The mom-to-be spent time with McConaughey pal Sandra Bullock on Tuesday, taking their little ones – Louis and Vida, both 2½ – to watch the Warren Easton Charter High School's marching band and drill team perform.
"Camila seemed happy to attend the event with her kids. The kids all go along and seemed to have fun," a photographer tells PEOPLE. "It was a bit windy and all the kids wore their hoodies. They looked very cute. Sandra and Camila chatted and both looked happy."
Originally posted 07/31/2012 03:00PM
Show me the handcuffs.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is a wanted man: the New Orleans Police Department have issued a misdemeanor battery warrant after receiving a complaint that the 44-year-old actor pushed a female bartender at a Bourbon Street bar early Tuesday morning, TMZ reports.
According to reports, the Oscar-winner got into a heated argument with fellow bar patrons who were trying to take his photograph at The Old Absinthe House.
Originally posted 03/08/2012 11:10AM
Jacques be nimble, Jacques be quick!
Three of the Jolie-Pitt children took a field trip to the market in New Orleans on Wednesday, bringing along their English bulldog, Jacques, for the snack run.
On the walk, the kids – Maddox, 10, Zahara, 7, and Shiloh, 5 – each took a turn holding the leash, guiding Jacques as he sniffed around the Big Easy.
Originally posted 02/22/2012 11:10AM
Forget about Law & Order – stars like Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank got into the Mardi Gras spirit this week in New Orleans, participating in the festival's traditional Krewe of Orpheus parade on Monday.
Decked out in bright, sparkling attire atop a decorated float, the actresses tossed beads and doubloons to the crowd gathered along the parade route.
Singer Bret Michaels, donning a bandana and sunglasses, also rode in the procession and tossed out beads to the throng of spectators.
The Poison frontman posted pictures of himself with both actresses on his Twitter feed. – Liz Raftery
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