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Finding Purpose After Abuse

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Growing up in Arnaudville, Louisiana, Twahna P. Harris always knew who she was. “I was never one who cared what people thought of me because I had my own identity,” she says. “I knew what I wanted to be in life, and I was driven.”... Read full article

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Long Road to COVID-19 Recovery

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After the birth of her second daughter, Gracie, on April 2, Stephanie Melancon had two days at home with her family of four before their lives turned upside down.... Read full article

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Born with Angel Wings

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About four years ago, Anne McCoy felt the pain and sorrow of losing a great grandbaby. She was traveling with her fiance, Cliff, and needed a way to deal with the grief she was feeling over her family’s loss. She began crocheting, and it turned into ... Read full article

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Advocacy Leads to Unique Preschool Launch

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Katrina Rivers Labouliere doesn’t feel like her life is particularly exceptional despite her years of advocacy work with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. ... Read full article



100 Black Women of Baton Rouge

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When her young goddaughter’s parents passed away, 100 Black Women of Baton Rouge Chapter President, Dr. Tamiara L. Wade, was thrust into a mentoring role for her. It was through this experience that Dr. Wade realized how important an organization lik... Read full article

A Bright Future After Darker Times

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You will never meet a nicer girl than Carissa Murray. The 11-year-old is sweet, kind and caring, with an inquisitive mind and an ear for languages and music. She also has faced unique medical challenges throughout her young life. ... Read full article

Brandon Craft

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Whether he was waiting tables, running a recycling department or working at the ballpark, Brandon Craft credits all of his previous jobs for helping to prepare him for what he does now–creating unique homes by thinking outside the box.... Read full article

Cabela's Donates 10,000 Masks to Our Lady of the Lake

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With the help of Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, Cabela's has donated 10,000 masks to Our Lady of the Lake.  It takes roughly 1,000 masks to supply the staff at Our Lady of the Lake for just one day. And with Cabela’s donation, the Our Lady of... Read full article

Young Writer Inspires Others to Overcome Bullying

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After she experienced bullying, Holli A. Holland wanted to help other children navigate through the experience. The slower pace during the pandemic provided time for the eight year old from Baker to write and publish her first book, You Are Enough! S... Read full article

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