We’re excited to share with you the ninth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Ernie K-Doe, Dorothy Dix, Ernest Hansen, J. Michael Early, Dr. Norman Francis, and Bill Hines.
Emperor of the Universe, by Gabriel Flores
“He was a star on the inside, even before people noticed on the outside. He had that drive and desire for stardom. He had great faith in God as well as in himself.”– Allen Toussaint, talking about Ernie K-Doe in 2001 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dorothy Dix, by Alexandra Kilburn
“I pondered for a long time on what line I should take; and then it came to me that everything in the world had been written about women and for women, except the truth.” — Dorothy Dix, as quoted in The Times-Picayune in 1951 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Ernest Hansen, by Connie Kittok
“I didn’t think that was clean enough for my kids. I wanted the ice to go straight into the cup without touching someone’s hands. … The whole thing took about five months to figure out, and it’s never broken down in 50 years.” — Ernest Hansen, in a 1989 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Mike Early, by Michael McManus
“When you walked in this building, you realized you were on this big team and that no one here was going to let the team down. That was just the culture. No one told you this was what was expected. It almost just oozed through the walls, and it was directly from him.” — WWL-TV News Director Keith Esparros, discussing Mike Early in 2015 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dr. Norman Francis, by Jessica Strahan
“I made a decision that education was going to be the answer for me because as I looked at the struggle for African-Americans, I knew we weren’t going to make it if we just kept showing up in courtrooms defending ourselves against whatever the circumstances. I felt that perhaps as an administrator or teacher in an institution I could do more. And I’ve never looked back.” — Norman Francis (excerpt from Nola.com)
Bill Hines, by Saegan Swanson
“He’s everywhere in our city with his diverse interests, but it all comes together to make New Orleans a better place. He’s the first one in a meeting and the last one to leave.” — Ron Forman, president and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute, in a 2013 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.