27-Year-Old Restaurateur Brings More Flavor to New Orleans

In case you needed a compelling reason why it’s unfair to label millennials as lazy and entitled—meet Larry Morrow. At just 27 years old, Morrow is a go-to promoter for bringing influencers and A-list celebs like Diddy and Angela Yee to New Orleans, the author of All Bets On Me,  and owner of Morrow’s—a hot spot in NOLA rated one of the five best new restaurants in New Orleans by GQ magazine.

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Equally important to Morrow’s boss moves are his perspectives about what it really takes to turn your side hustle into a successful business. Below he shares his tips for taking your business to the next level.

Let’s take it back to your childhood. What instances inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

I believe I got the entrepreneurial spirit from my mother and grandmother. My family experiencing hard times definitely was the catalyst that made me quit both of my jobs, drop out of college, and put “All Bets On Me.” And by “All Bets On Me,” I mean that I decided to dedicate all of my time, resources, and energy into advancing my family and myself.

Very early on you were working as a lifeguard during the day and a valet at night. You’ve also openly talked about how a night of gambling taught you an important lesson about investing in yourself. Can you talk more about that lesson, and share the investments that have made the biggest impact in your career?

In the book, I shared that one night I lost nearly $ 30,000 in the casino. Then I realized that I had to stop gambling on a game where the odds were stacked against me and start investing in myself—where the odds were more favorable. When I came to that realization, I went from losing money in the casino to investing and making money with the casino. Currently, that casino is where I host some of my biggest events with celebrities like Diddy, Drake, Chris Brown, Floyd Mayweather, Fabolous, Lil Kim, and more.

Recently, I partnered with my mother to open Morrow’s restaurant, so that’s the second investment that has made the biggest impact on my career as an entrepreneur. My mother is also an entrepreneur and a phenomenal chef! The restaurant has created stability for my family and given us the ability to be a resource and staple in the neighborhood and community.

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During your interview with The Breakfast Club, you talked about your experiences working as a promoter and emphasized the power of keeping relationships strong and always adding value to the service you provide. Can you share your thoughts about what it takes to build strong relationships?

It’s important to let things happen organically. Don’t force it. Everyone isn’t meant to walk with you on your journey. Most people approach situations or relationships expecting something and seeking what they can get out of it. They come to the table to see what’s there for them. My approach is different. I bring the table to the table. I come with the fruit basket to discuss being fruitful. When trying to connect, build, or maintain a relationship, assess what you have to offer because relationships are meant to be mutually beneficial.

Money is not the only form of currency—bring your energy, joy, creativity, laughter, and insight to the table.

Promoting began as a side hustle but when I fell in love with it and saw the potential, I started taking steps toward running my company less like a hustle and more like a business. It’s been the stepping-stone that has allowed me to soar as an entrepreneur and venture into other industries like festival production and real estate development.

Can you share three tips on how to use your side hustle to start a successful business?

  1. Use your side hustle to network, collaborate, and establish relationships. Be resourceful and approachable. Regardless of your industry or what level of success you attain, remain humble. Pride comes before the fall. When I first started out, I would reach out to people I admired to collaborate or for advice or be mentored but I couldn’t even get a response. I promised myself that I wouldn’t be that person—I’d always be approachable and I’d always be a resource to others. Due to my approachable nature, many of the opportunities I’ve been allotted and the relationships I’ve established have come from and been with people that started off as strangers. In business, it’s important to be welcoming, especially in the hospitality industry.
  2. Research and find your niche.
  3. Be consistent.

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Beyoncé Buys Old Church in New Orleans for $850,000

Beyoncé is the proud owner of a historic church in New Orleans.

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Queen Bey’s the new owner of a stone structured, 7,500 sq. ft house of God in The Big Easy. The New Orleans church — which is more than 100 years old — was listed at $ 850,000 … but it’s unclear if she got a divine discount.

We’re told Beyonce’s church was built in the early 1900s, but has been out of commission as a place of worship for some time due to its church members passing away.

Looks like it could be revival time though … and Beyonce shouldn’t have any issues finding folks willing to get in formation and join her congregation. Her sister, Solange, lives nearby, too.

Speaking of … a San Francisco church held the first ever “Beyonce Mass” a few weeks ago and had more than 900 people show up for it.

Imagine what the turnout would be at the actual Church of Bey.

A few years ago, it was rumored that Beyoncé and Jay Z bought another church-turned-mansion in New Orleans. It’s unclear if that sale ever went through.

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‘NCIS New Orleans’ Showrunner Hit With Racial And Sexual Allegations

Allegations of sexual harassment and a side of racial insensitivity have surfaced against “NCIS: New Orleans” executive producer Brad Kern, according to two separate HR investigations launched into his behavior, reports Variety. Kern took over as showrunner in January 2016, in the midst of its second season.

Within a year, he was the target of HR inquiries centered on allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination against women — particularly working mothers — and racially charged comments, among other issues.According to multiple sources, he would often speak in an offensive voice meant to imitate African-American vernacular speech.

Via Variety:

In the writers room, he would sometimes employ a stereotyped rendition of African-American speech patterns as he tried out dialogue meant for characters played by Darryl “Chill” Mitchell and C.C.H. Pounder, African-American members of the drama’s cast. “It was offensive,” says a former employee.

One “NCIS: NOLA” writer had penned a script in which two guest characters — a couple — were supposed to be African-American. It emerged that the woman was likely to be played by a white woman. On a conference call, Kern said it would not make sense to cast a Black man as a romantic interest for a character played by a white woman, according to one person who was on the call and one person who was told about the comment afterward.

As for Kern’s sexual harassment allegations, the producer is accused of making sexualized remarks about women, giving massages without asking, and mocking a nursing mother in front of her colleagues.

Several sources said that at many different times, he spoke approvingly of casting a well-known actress in a role on the show because an important CBS executive “wanted to f—k her.” Kern allegedly engineered the exit of Zoe McLellan, an original cast member who did not return for the third season, because, in his view, men didn’t find her “f—kable,” multiple sources tell Variety. (McLellan did not reply to Variety’s requests for comment.)

While the investigations found Kern had indeed made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias but told staffers that “appropriate” action had been taken, including sensitivity training for the producer. Variety spoke to seven people who have worked for the series who report that his inappropriate behavior has continued, despite the investigations.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS said in a statement to Variety. “Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

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14 Things I Pack for Every Trip to New Orleans

As a Louisiana native, I’ve spent a lot of time in New Orleans over the years. While I’m no longer a resident of the state, the majority of my family is, and I’m currently planning my upcoming wedding in The Big Easy, so my trips to New Orleans have been more frequent as of late. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are certain wardrobe essentials when visiting the city, so if you’re not sure what to wear in New Orleans, I’m here for you. 

You’ve probably heard that heat and humidity are trademarks of The Crescent City, and while that’s not exactly the case all 12 months of the year, the rumors are pretty much true. Spring, summer, and even early fall can be downright steamy in New Orleans, rain showers are a frequent occurrence throughout the year, and you’re probably going to spend a good deal of your time walking to places like Cafe Du Monde, the Garden District, and St. Louis Cathedral, or Frenchmen Street and Bourbon street after dark. The point is, you’re going to be walking outside a lot and you’ll need appropriate attire that suits the festive yet chill vibe of the city. 

Keep scrolling to find out which 14 things I pack for every trip to New Orleans (so you can spend your time planning what to eat there, not what to wear). 

I’ll go ahead and start with the obvious—you’re going to want to pack a few pairs of shorts. 

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Free up your hands to take Instagrams of the French Quarter and hold your to-go cup.

Thunderstorms often come out of nowhere in NOLA, so be prepared.

If the forecast calls for a jacket, a leather or denim one is usually the perfect weight.

The nightlife scene is a big part of New Orleans’ charm, so pack accordingly. I tend to rely on tops that will look cute with jeans and any shoe style.

Romantic dresses suit New Orleans to a T, and you can dress them down with sneakers or up with block-heel sandals.

See above re: thunderstorms… 

I love my 100 percent cotton Levi’s but when heading to New Orleans, I stick to thin, stretchy denim.

I love to wear vintage-inspired shades in NOLA, and highly recommend local sunglass brand Krewe.

You’ll never look out of place when wearing a cool tee in New Orleans, so stock up.

Stay comfortable when exploring the city via a pair of trouser-legging hybrids.

I’m always sure to pack a pair of fun block-heel shoes for when I want to kick things up a notch for a night on the town.

It may not be cold outside but you can bet that every restaurant and shop will have the A/C blasting.

Jumpsuits are easy to style and don’t have up a lot of room in your suitcase. Win-win.

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Wilco Lights Up New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

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Wilco

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 ended its first day with a bang. And a series of lightning flashes. Then torrential rain, but not before headliners from Wilco to Keith Urban to Jimmy Cliff worked in as much music as they could before the weather shut down their respective stages.

My first stop-in-your-tracks moment was the Kambuka African Dance & Drum Collective thanks to the kind of serendipity that Jazz Fest specializes in providing. You don’t know what’s just around the corner, but it’s always worth making the turn.

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Kambuka African Dance & Drum Collective

“I will rise again, through rain and flood and wind,” Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band sang just before the heavy weather arrived. “The clouds will pass, the sun will shine and I will see again.” The band has a loyal following that ends the set with a sea of waving hands in an annual moment of Zen.

Transitioning from trance to dance, we caught Royal Teeth, newly signed to Electra Records. Guitarist / vocalist Gary Larsen says that after their third year performing at fest, “Each year gets better for us. There’s always a familiar connection we have with the crowd at Jazz Fest because they are our friends and our neighbors. The crowd is there for the dancing and the energy you can only find at a New Orleans festival, so we try to bring out all the stops each year. They welcome us with open arms. It’s an honor to be able to play such a great festival at home and feel the love from our city.” Exuding positivity during their set, Larson told the crowd: “You look beautiful, New Orleans!” Since I had eaten a beignet covered in powdered sugar while wearing black, I resembled a speckled trout but appreciated the sentiment.

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Royal Teeth

Next, we headed to the WWOZ Jazz Tent in case of rain and because New Orleans native son Nicholas Payton nearly blew the tent-top off with his Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Vicente Archer on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Payton’s new album is titled Numbers, and #5 was a triumph. Payton refers to his genre as Black American Music (#BAM) rather than jazz. Since the state of jazz ends up hotly debated before, during and after Jazz Fest every year, what it is called may as well be part of that conversation.

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Nicholas Payton Trio

David Fricke, marking 30 years at Rolling Stone Magazine, is one of many writers whose festival interviews have given audiences a look behind the scenes over the years. After one of Wilco’s previous Jazz Fest appearances, he interviewed bassist John Stirratt and asked what new albums were inspiring him. Stirratt mentioned legendary songwriter Bobby Charles’ new release. When my husband told Dr. John about the shout out, he called Bobby to pass along the compliment. Their phone conversations were always long and legendary. At one point Dr. John clarified to Bobby: “Wilco … No, NOT a washing machine!! …” Once that was cleared up, Bobby was happy to know he was remembered and we got to tell Stirratt that Bobby Charles thought his band was an appliance. Bobby died later that year, so it was meaningful that he had the chance to hear the praise from a fellow Louisiana native.

Wilco remains as popular at Jazz Fest as they are in their hometown of Chicago, and after today the band has four Fest appearances under their belt. Jeff Tweedy told the crowd: “I don’t know how many times we’ve played here but this feels like the best.” He then gave a shout to an audience member whose sign read: “It could be worse” and said: “That’s our motto. Did you know that? On our guitar pics it says: “It could be worse. We wanted to send a message that hopeful, but not TOO hopeful.”

The band then launched into “Secrets of the Sea” while the crowd watched the clouds gather. It felt just hopeful enough.

Photos by Jeff Beninato

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Carlos Santana rocks New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 1

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival day one wrapped with a combination of die-hard Carlos Santana fans one of which is festival Executive Producer Quint Davis who ended up playing maracas with the band; and The Avett Brother whose fans cleared a path as Seth Avett jumped from the stage to the crowd and jammed while strolling, in an interesting Mosesish maneuver.

Ticket prices are up to $ 70 at the gate this year, and some press coverage asked in advance how the crowds would bear up with the cost. They apparently bore up just fine. The first-day crowd that felt more like a Sunday to this local. The sandy racetrack was lined with kids making sandcastles, as always. Food lines snaked further out to the track as patrons lined up for their favorite seafood combo, as always. And THAT GUY, the one with hair that’s business in the front and party in the back as he rocks his unbuttoned vintage red bean Bayou Wear shirt and boogies through the artist entrance was there, as always.

I’ve been thinking of what it is that draw the crowds back to the festival year after year. The writer I was standing next to at the scorchingly wonderful Reubén Blades set has been coming to Jazz Fest for all its 45 years. There she was, stage-side, waving at Quint as he introduced the band. As always. And that’s what brings the crowds back. There’s not a lot of As Always to depend on these days.

Yes, there are more Coachella-styled teens with flower wreath headbands spinning along the track. Hippies may eventually give way to hipsters and it’s going to be fascinating to see where they go with Jazz Fest as it strides through middle age. But the music will still be there, no matter what turn the granddaddy of music festivals takes.

As always.

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Carlos Santana


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Leah Chase

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Shamarr Allen with his music students (guest John Popper sat in next)

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The Avett Brothers

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