Press Release

New Orleans, LA. …The film Navigate Her: An Intergenerational Conversation Among African-American Women in New Orleans, is scheduled to premiere at The Joy Theater, located at 1200 Canal St, on June 5, 2014 from 6p.m.-9p.m. The film seeks to create a paradigm shifting experience for viewers, as it counters the historically negative stereotypes of African-American women by revealing the realistic experiences of some of the African-American women whom call New Orleans home. The story is crafted in an encyclopedic way as it interlocks the innocent and tender experiences of young children with a certain gravitas of inherent wisdom from the more mature generation.

Navigate Herhighlights the contributions of African-American women to the city of New Orleans through a series of short interviews of 31 women representing a cross-section of ages, ranging from age three to the mid to late 60’s age group. Some of the interviewees include President of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Erika McConduit-Diggs, Dr. Beverly Wright of Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, WDSU News Anchor Camille Whitworth, Dr. Margaret Montgomery-Richard, 4th grade students from Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep and a host of other local treasures.  

The film explores the lives of the black women featured, through their contributions to the culture and progression of the city of New Orleans. Some of the components of this exploration among the adult cohort are as follows: educational and career trajectories, childhood experiences, adversity/challenges overcome, community work, and transformative experiences/defining moments. The young girls discuss their dreams and aspirations for the future and identify social support systems that keep them encouraged.

Navigate Her is written, curated and executive produced by social worker/public health practitioner Danielle Wright, MPH, MSW. The film is edited, shot and directed by American New Wave Media Group Creative Director Jonathan Isaac Jackson and produced by Producer/Filmmaker Phillip Williamson Jr.

The trailer for the film can be viewed at the following link:

Tickets are available at

Proceeds will benefit civic and community organizations, The African-American Women of Purpose and Power and The Orchid Society

For more information, please contact Danielle Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

White House Response to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

 The White House ~ Office of the Press Secretary

 Fact Sheet: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Legislative Package

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster which can seriously damage the economy and environment of our Gulf states and could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who live throughout the Gulf region. From the beginning, the President has been clear that the Administration will not rest until this leak is contained and cleaned up and that we will aggressively pursue full compensation for damages from BP and other responsible parties. That is why the President today sent Congress a legislative package that will: enable the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response to continue expeditiously, speed assistance to people affected by this spill, and strengthen and update the oil spill liability system to better address catastrophic events. While we are asking for additional funds in some cases, the federal government will not relent in pursuing full compensation from the responsible parties for the expenses it has incurred and for the damage caused by the spill. We will do everything in our power to protect our natural resources, rebuild what has been damaged, and help the Gulf region to persevere as it has done so many times before.

Read more: White House Response to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

New Orleans East Residents Remain Vigilant Concerning Proposed Risky Waste Technology

 In partnership with Air Products, Sun Energy, through a joint venture company, Louisiana Gasification Facility LLC (LGF), proposes to build, own and operate what they call an “Energy From Waste” (“EfW”) facility” at 3900 Jourdan Road, New Orleans, Louisiana in the New Orleans Regional Business Park.

The LGF would use “Plasma Arc Gasification” technology supplied by Westinghouse Plasma Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alter NRG. Sun Energy and other companies promoting plasma arc and gasification all claim that the technology is not incineration. If you relied on company websites, diagrams and process descriptions, you might not realize that these are indeed two-stage incinerators disguised as “renewable energy” technologies.

While there are differences with traditional incineration technologies, the plasma arc technology proposed by Sun Energy involves incineration/combustion as an essential component. One difference is that while traditional incinerators burn the waste directly, plasma arc heats the waste in the gasification stage, creating a synthetic gas (“Syngas”). Key to the process and technology proposed by Sun Energy is the burning of the Syngas in a turbine or boiler. This combustion process is the incineration that results in emissions of toxic and criteria pollutants into the air. These emissions would include dioxins and furans, highly toxic chemicals linked to a wide range of profound illnesses including cancer, reproductive, developmental and immunological diseases. Plasma Arc Facilities around the country have been plagued with failed equipment and no merit of energy produced from the Syngas Technology has been found.

Read more: New Orleans East Residents Remain Vigilant Concerning Proposed Risky Waste Technology

Dr. Wright's Speaking Schedule

June 3, 2010SINO-American International Research Forum – Guilin, China

June 26, 20108th Annual Health Disparities Summer Workshop – Houston, Texas -  (713) 563-0962

November 11 - 12, 2010 - New Directions in Environmentlal Justice - Florida A & M University - College of Law - Orlando, Florida

February 2, 2011 - Lorwin Lecture Series on Women in a Global Frame - University of Oregon

July 16 - 26, 2011 - National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Research Forum - South Africa

November 14 - 15, 2011 - President's Lecture Series - Rice University - Houston, TX.

January 25 - 26, 2012 - How Do Gender, Ethnicity, and Race Impact Vulnerability and Resilience? American Metorological Society's Board on Women and Minorities - New Orleans, LA.

April 24 - 27, 2012 - Ethics and Environmental Justice, Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care - Tuskegee, AL.

May 12, 2012 - The State University of New York, Buffalo - Department of Sociology Commencement Speaker - Buffalo, NY.


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