American Press: Your Best News And Advertising Source - Scene Features American Press: The Only Local Daily Newspaper In Southwest Louisiana. en-US Copyright (c) February, 2017 American Press. All rights reserved <![CDATA[CoverGirl male model apologizes for Ebola comment]]> By The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The first male spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics is apologizing for saying he was scared to be traveling to Africa because he was afraid he'd get the Ebola virus.

Seventeen-year-old James Charles tweeted on the eve of a school trip to South Africa: "I can't believe we're going to Africa today omg what if we get Ebola?"

CoverGirl called Charles' Thursday tweet "inappropriate" and not representative of the brand.

Charles, who has 182,000 followers on Twitter, was criticized and apologized in an expletive-filled statement. "It was never my intent to offend anyone," he wrote. "I feel awful for posting what I said."

Charles' statement didn't put the controversy completely to rest because he described Africa as a country. He later explained he made that mistake because he was hurrying to apologize.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:31:49 CST 13651399 at
<![CDATA[Digital artist featured in Capital One exhibit]]> By Lisa Addison / American Press

An art exhibit highlighting the work of digital artist Parris D. Duhon will be on view through the end of March in the lobby of Capital One Downtown.

Some of his pieces, such as “Mardi Gras Cinderella” are in grayscale while others, like “Plastic Yield,” incorporate vivid pops of color.

He has designed posters for festivals, including Contraband Days, Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana, and Arts and Crabs Fest.

Duhon said he fell in love with art at 5 years old when he started doodling and basically coloring outside the lines. “I loved drawing Godzilla heads,” he said, laughing.

“Ms. Jones in elementary school always told me I had potential, and in high school it was Madam Woo St. John and the late Blair Stoker who inspired me,” he said. “At Sowela, I was fortunate to have wonderful instructors like Woody Fruge and Gray Little. Mr. Little would even let me go to his home and work on his computer so I could finish up projects on time because he believed in me.”

Duhon didn’t think he would be successful as an artist in Southwest Louisiana. “I was often told that if it wasn’t a duck or an alligator it just wouldn’t sell here,” he said. “At 35 years old, I did my first Art Walk here and I got such a great response; I sold every single piece I had with me. That experience brought me back to a profound truth which is ‘don’t listen to people.’ ”

A teacher at F.K. White Middle School for 18 years, he pursued art “on the side” but recently took a big step forward. “I was at home baking a cake and I got a call from someone who picked up my business card at the exhibit, which just began, and the person wanted to buy one of my pieces. What a great feeling that was.”

He dreams of combining his love of art with his love of teaching. “I would really like to teach art to at-risk kids,” he said.

For more information on Duhon’s art, email him at:

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:46:08 CST 13648409 at
<![CDATA[Library exhibit highlights black pioneers of aviation]]> By Doris Maricle / American Press

JENNINGS — The Carnegie Public Library, 303 N. Cary Ave., will host an exhibit on African-American pioneers of aviation.

Photos, books and other personal memorabilia of Arthur W. Freeman, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, and his aunt, Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license, will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the library.

The items are part of a collection on loan by Dwayne Viney of Jennings.

Viney obtained many of the items from Freeman, who used to live in Jennings,said Library DirectorHarriet Shultz.

Freeman lived in the city briefly during the early 2000s and left many personal items with Viney when he moved.

Freeman was a member of the 99th Fight Squadron at Douglas Air Force Base in Arizona and served as a B-25 mechanic.

Coleman, Freeman’s aunt, is remembered for her pioneering role in aviation and serving as a inspiration to early pilots.

“She was a manicurist who wanted to learn to fly, so she went to Europe, where she was taught to fly by experienced French and German airmen,” Shultz said.

“When she came back to the United States she wanted to open a training school for other African-Americans — both male and female — and took all her money, but was unsuccessful in getting a school.”

Coleman befriended a publisher, who encouraged her to go to France and obtain a license to fly, Shultz said. Coleman received her international pilot license in 1921.

She soon became a successful airshow pilot, performing aerial tricks and parachuting at aviation shows. Coleman was killed in a plane crash in 1926 while testing a new aircraft. She was 34 years old.

“They still do tributes and flyovers where she is buried in Illinois,” Shultz said.

Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas, but grew up in Waxahachie, Texas.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:45:05 CST 13648406 at
<![CDATA[Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ]]> By Lindsay Huth / American Press

Jeanne’s Bourbon Street BBQ truck rolled into Westlake from eastern Ohio two years ago. Jeanne Rose, who launched the truck in 2012, said she and her husband were “running from the cold.”As an Ohio native myself, I understand the sentiment.

So the couple picked Westlake on a map, packed up their sauces and spices, and headed south.

“We chalk it up to divine intervention,” Rose said. “The people of Louisiana and the little town of Westlake have made us feel so welcome.”

They now serve up barbecue staples like pork chops, prime rib and green beans from their location at 915 Sampson St.

All of the dishes feature sauces and spice blends developed by Rose herself, making for barbecue that “doesn’t taste like anybody else’s,” she said.

On Tuesday, their scents wafted through the air, even as the rain poured.

Devin and I picked the pulled pork nachos and beef brisket sandwich, with sides of coleslaw and baked beans.

Lunches cost $10 to $15, but portions here are huge: All sandwiches include half-pound of meat, and my nachos were heaped with a quarter-pound of pork.

The nachos are a customer favorite. The tender pork was marinated for over 24 hours and slow-grilled before being shredded and slathered with a sweet-but-fiery custom barbecue sauce.

The pork’s precise balance of smoky, rich and sweet evinced careful flavor tinkering that put all the attention on the meat.

The beef brisket featured tender beef chunks with smoky, blackened exteriors and Jeanne’s Sweet and Spicy Beef Rub. The bun was rather generic, but it was just the vehicle: Again, the focus was on the tender, smoky meat.

We finished with the coleslaw and baked beans, both respectable versions of the barbecue standards.

The coleslaw, made creamy with dressing, still gave off a vinegary tang.

And the baked beans, cooked with homemade Italian sausage and chunks of pineapple, provided a hearty finish.

We dug into our food in the shadow of a new building behind Rose’s truck. The red-paneled building will seat 50 people inside and 30 outside when it opens in mid- to late March. Cooking operations will remain in the truck, which will be relocated behind the building.

For now, Rose is enjoying serving up her barbecue favorites. She said she’s been cooking “since before I could see over the stove.”

She started the truck when she and her husband retired. Her husband’s job had meant constant traveling, so they wanted a new project they could invest in together.

And now — 1,000 miles south and several degrees warmer than where they started — they’re doing just that.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:43:57 CST 13648402 at
<![CDATA[Tank and the Bangas to kick off March concert series]]> By Lisa Addison / American Press

Tank and the Bangas will kick off the 2017 season of Live @ the Lakefront 2017, which is celebrating its sixth year, on Friday, March 17, at the Lakefront Promenade’s Arcade Amphitheatre.

“It was just a few short years ago when we had a discussion about doing Live @ the Lakefront,” said Mayor Randy Roach at a news conference this week announcing the lineup.

“The idea became reality, and it’s become a very successful event. We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase our lakefront and highlight our culture.”

A funk band, Tank and the Bangas, showcases an eclectic mix of genres, including rock, gospel, soul and spoken word.

Opening for Tank and the Bangas will be singer-songwriter Brittany Pfantz and her band, plus folk duo Elms District.

Tank and the Bangas won Band of the Year at the New Orleans Big Easy Awards and recently appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Norah Jones,” said Ashli Waldrep, executive director of the Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana.

The annual free live music series runs 6-10 p.m. on three consecutive Fridays in March.

The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a progressive Cajun band, will return to Live @ the Lakefront on March 24. The group received a Grammy nomination in 2007 for the new category of Best Zydeco or Cajun Music.

The Ramblers perform a mix of modern sounds and French rhythms with ancient Cajun melodies and lyrics, singing in French.

This evening is supported by Justin Martindale & the Backstabbers and the Chris Shearman Experience.

The Flamethrowers will return to close out the season on March 31. A Louisiana-based group, The Flamethrowers have sold out venues across the Gulf Coast since 2005. The popular party rock band performs high-energy cover songs from across the decades.

Swamp funk band Iceman Special and synth-pop band Wolfman Wonders will open for The Flamethrowers.

Shiner beers will sponsor the closing night of the concert series and will raffle off a custom Shiner-branded Epiphone Les Paul guitar and amp at the concert.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at each concert, and the drawing will be held on closing night.

Live @ the Lakefront will include an art market at each concert, as well as food trucks and food booths from several locally owned restaurants. The public is encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. No outside ice chests are allowed.



Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:43:56 CST 13648401 at
<![CDATA['Earth Patterns' on display]]> By Lindsay Huth / American Press

The talents of the Calcasieu Parish school system’s art specialists are on display through March 3 in Art Associates Gallery, Suite 208 in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St.

The exhibit, titled “Earth Patterns,” features 47 pieces, each focused on an endangered, threatened or abused animal species. All are drawn in a “coloring book” style, with kaleidoscopic patterns rendered in colored pencil.

The schools’ art teachers have collaborated on an annual exhibit for 10 years to “challenge them to grow as artists as well as teachers,” parish art consultant and show coordinator Bobbi Yancey said.

Yancey said the theme coincides with the adult coloring book trend, while the focus on endangered animals ties the show to school curricula and “gives it a purpose.”

The 20-by-20 colored works bear names like “Giraffe,” “Frog” and “Spoonhill Catfish.”

The teachers also submitted 10-by-10 black-and-white versions, which are featured alongside quotes and animal facts in coloring books displayed in the gallery.

Preparations began in August, Yancey said, when Gail Shelton, a Winnfield artist, led an inservice to instruct teachers in relevant processes and materials.

The teachers used the new techniques to build lessons for their own students, too. The students’ work will be shown in the “Earth Patterns, Too” exhibit, opening at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum on March 23.

“I’m just really proud of all the teachers for doing an incredible job,” Yancey said.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:42:52 CST 13648397 at
<![CDATA[Zigler Museum opens exhibit of William Ousley paintings]]>

JENNINGS — The Zigler Art Museum, 154 N. Main St., will hold an opening reception for an exhibit featuring work by artist William Ousley 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

The exhibit, on loan from the collection of former state Sen. Willie Mount and late husband Benjamin, will run through March 20.

Ousley’s paintings focus on the natural landscapes and familiar countryside of the Calcasieu River and other points of interest in Southwest Louisiana, Museum Director Celia Joe Black said. Many of the paintings depict life on the Calcasieu River and its West Fork.

“William Ousley lived in Bagdad near Westlake and is famous for his paintings of the west bend of the Calcasieu River,” Black said.

Ousley produced more than 2,000 paintings in his life. More than 1,500 of them are of the Calcasieu River and more than 900 of the West Fork. Other paintings include landscape scenes from Texas.

The beauty of the swamp and wetlands of Southwest Louisiana is what drew the Mounts to begin their collection of Ousley’s paintings, Black said.

“It’s the realism that attracts many people to his work,” she said. “When you see the trees and the water, you feel like you could be standing there. It’s part of our country. It’s what we see when we look out our back doors.”

Ousley’s art has gained national recognition over the years, with his works hanging in the White House, Buckingham Palace and the Executive Mansion in Baton Rouge. He was also written up in Life Magazine, and a short movie was made about him.

His works gained the attention of the Zigler Art Museum after board member Burt Tietje attended a political function at the Mounts’ home.

“Burt noticed the paintings and was familiar with William Ousley’s works,” Black said. “He told me about them, so I called her (Willie Mount) and asked her if she would be willing to loan them to the museum for an exhibit.”

Ousley’s paintings, which he started doing as a hobby, earned him recognition throughout the area and in other parts of the country. In his youth he worked as a house painter and paper hanger.

Ousley received professional training from Erasmus Humbrecht, an artist who helped Ousley retouch murals in New Orleans in 1893.

Ousley died in 1953 at the age of 87 and is buried in Bagdad Cemetery.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is free for members, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children.


For more information, visit or call 824-0114.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:40:35 CST 13648392 at
<![CDATA[CTC's 'The Lion King' hits stage Friday]]> By John Guidroz / American Press

The Children’s Theatre Company presents this week several showings of “The Lion King,” a musical based on the popular 1994 Disney animated film of the same name.

Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. showing Sunday. They are staged at Central School Arts and Humanities Center inside the Benjamin Mount Auditorium, 809 Kirby St.

The story revolves around Simba, a young cub who is a prince, and his father, Mufasa. When Mufasa tragically dies after a series of events set up by his brother, Scar, Simba leaves home to start a new life. He later returns to his destroyed homeland at the request of those who still live there and fights to regain his position as king.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has been hugely successful, becoming in 2015 the “third-longest longest running show in Broadway history,” according to

Kerry Onxley, artistic director, attributes the long-running success of the musical to the story being “easy to follow” and not straying from the plot in the animated feature.

“It’s a fun story,” he said. “This is a show everyone knows. It’s a little bit of a love story and family feud, and it talks about leadership.”

The production features music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and a musical score by Hans Zimmer.

The cast includes Madison Thierry as Rafiki; Jaylin Williams as Mufasa; Leslie Israel as Sarabi; Zoe’ LeBeau as ZaZu; Lexie Chauvin as young Simba and Banzai; Zach Benoit as Simba; Clay Corley as Scar; Allie Snider as young Nala; Brynn Mayo as Sarafina; Elizabeth Campbell as Shenzi; Cristina DeSantos as Ed; Samantha Lanham as Timon; and Hope McDaniel as Pumbaa.

The lionesses include Kristin Bergeron, Jadah Mann, Brynn Mayo, Kassie Piatt, Bailey Knowles, Emma Nordan, Amanda Sanders and Komora Wright.

The crew includes Abigail Guillory, associate director; Hope Snider, vocal director; T.J. Oliver, technical director; and Jillian Engel, set designer.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students. Proceeds benefit the theatre’s summer workshop scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the theatre’s website or by calling 433-7323.



Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:39:28 CST 13648389 at
<![CDATA[Lindsay Lohan: Support Trump, would be 'a positive thing']]> By The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Lindsay Lohan says Americans need to come together in support of President Donald Trump.

When asked about Trump, the actress told the Daily Mail in a video interview last week, "You have to join him. If you can't beat him, join him." She said she thinks "it would be a positive thing for America to show their care and support."

Lohan is offering her support for Trump despite his comments in 2004 to Howard Stern, in which Trump said of Lohan: "She's probably deeply troubled and therefore great in bed."

In the newspaper interview, the 30-year-old Lohan also touched on her interest in Islam. She said she's been studying the religion and called it "beautiful." Of the possibility of becoming a Muslim herself, she said that "anything's possible."

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:47:10 CST 13646079 at
<![CDATA[Lake Charles gets a local CBS television station]]> By John Guidroz / American Press

Starting today, viewers can tune their TVs to CBS Lake Charles, the new local CBS Network affiliate, on Channel 17.

Officials with Lake Charles Television LLC made the announcement Tuesday. Louis Wall, a partner with Lake Charles Television, said the station’s office will be at 129 W. Prien Lake Road.

Wall said the idea to bring a CBS affiliate to Lake Charles had been in the works for eight or nine months. He said he was surprised the area did not already have one, considering its size and recent growth.

“There are a lot of smaller markets that have a CBS affiliate,” Wall said. “Lake Charles has deserved its own CBS affiliate for a long time (and) has a lot going for it.”

Wall said there are plans to air local programming on the station, including local news.

“We are absolutely planning to be engaged in Lake Charles,” he said. “It’s another outlet for the community and another opportunity to spread the good things about what goes on in Lake Charles.”

Wall said bringing the station to Lake Charles “fits within the vision what the CBS footprint should be.”

“CBS would like to be in every market with their own representations,” he said.

While the channel is officially on the air, Wall said there are some steps left to cover.

“Right now, we’re still trying to test equipment and put programming in place,” he said.

Rusty Kirkland will serve as the station’s general manager. A news release said Kirkland “has over 30 years in broadcast management.”

The station will be broadcast in high definition and will be available on providers like DISH, DirecTV and Suddenlink.

Wall said MeTV, which airs older programming, along with MyTV, will be shown on Channel 19.

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:34:51 CST 13645398 at