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Ladee Hubbard won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins. The Gaines Award was established nine years ago by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor African-American fiction writers, and comes with a $10,000 prize. Hubbard teaches African studies at Tulane University.


Randy Jackson is set to receive the Bayou Classic's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Nov. 25, as the annual football matchup between Southern and Grambling universities kicks off in the Superdome. Jackson, a veteran record producer and onetime judge on American Idol, is a graduate of Southern University.


Mid-City Neighborhood Association (MCNO) awarded local radio station WHIV-FM a $2,500 grant to help replace equipment damaged during the Aug. 5 floods. WHIV, which is located at Broad Street and Orleans Avenue, signed on the air in 2014 with a mission of social justice and local music programming. Today it has more than 70 hosts and DJs and produces 12 hours of daily local content for New Orleanians.

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