has received the Green Giant Award from the Green Project for his decades of work to improve the environment in New Orleans, particularly in the Holy Cross neighborhood and the Mary Queen of Vietnam parish in eastern New Orleans. Malek-Wiley is the environmental justice organizer of the Delta chapter of the Sierra Club. The award will be presented at the Green Project's annual gala April 21.
Shirley Chatters Bloom and Jonathan Bloom Sr.
received the French Quarter Festival's inaugural Clyde Kerr Sr. Awards during the annual festival, which took place April 12-15. Shirley Bloom is a 91-year-old vocalist and violinist whose credits include performing with Paul Robeson and teaching at the Grunewald School of Music. Her son Jonathan has taught music in New Orleans for more than 30 years.
a professor of English at the University of New Orleans, will have one of his poems read in a BBC radio broadcast, The Written World, celebrating the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Osundare will have the poem, "Raindrum," read in both English and Yoruba, one of the main languages of his native Nigeria. Osundare's essays and poetry have won major awards throughout the world.
was sentenced to 20 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance for lying in a civil disposition about the fatal shooting of Danny Brumfield outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Mitchell, a New Orleans Police Department officer, wasn't charged in the shooting, but a jury found him guilty of obstruction of justice and perjury regarding the aftermath of Brumfield's death.