A Walk Around Jazz Fest


A Walk Around Jazz Fest




Deshaina Strickland
Zaire Allen
Devin Palmer
Embre Martin
Kyteyana Cox


My Nola, My Story (Youtube)


Mass Communication Department at Xavier University of Louisiana


April 28, 2023


Louise Mouton Johnson


My Nola, My Story


My Nola, My Story 2023 Exhibit








A digital humanities project by Xavier University of Louisiana's Xavier Exponential students, led by Dr. Shearon Roberts.

Original Format


Intro Begins

Embre Martin: So all of these paintings here are yours?

Louise Mouton Johnson: Yeah.

Embre: How many years have you been in Jazz Fest and do you think Jazz Fest is a good place to show off black artwork?

Louise: I have been in Jazz Fest for 20 years. I judged in 2019, marking down what I like and what I don't like, you know. I think Jazz Fest is a great place to show off any kind of work. Definitely for the black community. So I say do what all you want to do because you never know when you are going to be sitting on that death bed. Or something happened and you know that you're about to die. You don't want to have regrets or sit and think 'Oh, I should have did this' or 'I wish that I took better care of my child' or any other regrets. That's why it is about life. All you have left to think about are doubts. You don't have a lot of time.

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Devin Palmer: What what do you think about Jazz Fest as a whole and do you think it is important for the black community of New Orleans?

Vendor: Absolutely, Jazz Fest has been happening for over 50 years and if you guys got the chance to look around and see how many black owned businesses there are and culture being displayed. So now, I'm here with my mom, helping her out, and we are enjoying ourselves and a lot of customers have come through. So yes, I definitely think Jazz Fest is great for the black community.

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Embre: How do you feel about the representation at Jazz Fest? Do you feel like it is a good representation of black music?

Madonna: Ifeel like it is a good representation of black music since it is at home. I am from New Orleans and we have a lot of New Orleans acts. We have so many black owned businesses and vendors like the one over there. There's a shirt vendor, a fan vendor, etc. It's very cultural.

Embre: Since you guys are from New Orleans, could you rank JazzFest compared to the other festivals that occur here?

Joyce: I am not going to lie but I think that most people from New Orleans downplay New Orleans. It is mostly white people that come to Jazz Fest, and not our own people. We have a lot of great things here and that is why I come out to support my black community-

Madonna: I agree. It probably has a lot to do with the pricing. I understand that you have to pay for the acts and performances. For a child it is five dollars but for an adult, it is ninety-five dollars and higher. In this community, there's not a lot of income so I think if they would start considering that, there would be more black people coming to Jazz Fest.

-Interview Ends-

Outro Begins


4:42 (4 minutes, forty-two seconds)


Kyteyana Cox
Deshaina Strickland
Embre Martin
Devin Palmer
Zaire Allen


Dr. Shearon Roberts
Date Added
May 11, 2023
Item Type
Moving Image
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Deshaina Strickland Zaire Allen Devin Palmer Embre Martin Kyteyana Cox, “A Walk Around Jazz Fest,” MY NOLA, MY STORY , accessed June 6, 2023, https://xulamasscomm.omeka.net/items/show/262.