the Louisiana native and young star of the acclaimed Beasts of the Soutern Wild, earned the New Hollywood Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 22. Wallis starred as "Hushpuppy" in Benh Zeitlein's film, which received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The New Orleans native began her stand-up comedy career here and has raised millions of dollars for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. DeGeneres' honor was telecast in a special on PBS Oct. 30. "Washington, D.C., is so different from where I grew up," DeGeneres noted on Twitter. "When you take your top off, no one throws beads."
the Supporters of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of helping legal personnel connect with one another in times of crisis. Founded by New Orleans attorney Mark Suprenant and U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey, SOLACE has more than 7,700 members in Louisiana and has become a model for programs in 11 states and Puerto Rico.
Michael "Brownie" Brown
may have outdone himself this time. In an interview with Westword, the feckless former FEMA chief was suspicious of the prompt federal response to Hurricane Sandy, comparing it to what he saw as the Obama Administration's foot-dragging on the Benghazi attacks: "Why was this so quick? ... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question," Brown said. Only in Brownie World is a prompt federal response problematic.