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Defender Picks Adds 300 New Words released their newest update this week, and the over 300 words and terms added to the site highlight the language of modern life. From slang terms like "hangry" and "bitchface" to the RuPaul-approved "shade" to the Beyoncé-championed "slay," the new lexicon is a celebration of what it means to relate and communicate in 2017.  

Bey to Bring her Honey to NOLA

Last year, Beyonce spent a lot of time in Louisiana during shoots for her “Formation” and “Lemonade” videos, but the Crescent City did not make the cut for a tour to support the new projects. On Thursday (5.05), the Queen Bey remedied that omission, adding a NOLA stop to the Formation World Tour.

Fire on the Beyou

NOLA in Beyoncé's "Lemonade"

The Bey Hive is buzzing about New Orleans, but the Crescent City was not stung by the latest export from the Queen Bey. On Saturday (4.23) Beyonce dropped her one hour video art installment, “Lemonade” on HBO for one day. The 12 track film and album generated much lots of talk from culturistas, but at NoDef HQ, our priorities are local. The complete breakdown of the local references follows.

Beyonce Drops NOLA Video

Beyoncé dropped a surprise video on Saturday (2.06) afternoon. Just in time for Mardi Gras, “Formation” is all about New Orleans. The video opens with a NOPD cruiser sinking into flood waters. From there, the audience catches glimpses of second lines, shotgun houses, the Claiborne Overpass, drum majors, and its of the Queen Bey.

Today in NOLA: 7.20.14

The Superdome hosts dueling arena shows tonight, with The Doobie Brothers at Champions Square and Beyoncé and Jay Z in the Dome itself. (We’re going to have to call this one for Bey and J.) Plus, Billy Wilder’s classic films come to the Prytania and Tales of the Cocktail wraps up for the year. Happy 353 birthday to Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, the seventeenth century explorer and the founder of the French colony of Louisiana. More details tonight:

Beyonce & Jay-Z's "On the Run" Tour to Make NOLA Stop

Even though she shut the lights out last time she was there, the Super Dome is letting Beyonce back. And this time, she'll have Jay-Z with her. The couple is co headlining a summer tour, “On the Run,” and they are making a stop in the Big Easy on July 20 at 7:30 p.m..

Ray Lewis, Scott Fujita Proffer Theories of NFL Power

Many have come to New Orleans and marveled at the futility of our utilities, but Ray Lewis is taking vitriol at Entergy to a new level. In a recent interview, Lewis put down the deer antler spray and picked up a tin foil hat when discussing the infamous power outage that left February's Super Bowl in the dark for 30 minutes. According to USA Today, the since-retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker told NFL Films that it was more than just a faulty part that turned out the lights. 

Beyonce Orders 150 Po'Boys from Parkway

Beyonce returned to New Orleans Sunday night to perform in the Superdome for the first time since her Super Bowl blackout performance. Queen Bey left the sold-out Essence Festival crowd satisfied after a hit-sparkled 90-minute performance. Apparently, she didn't want to leave her team hungry, either. Sasha Fierce ordered herself and her whole entourage po'boys from Parkway Bakery (538 Hagan Avenue), and the sandwich specialists made an exception to their “no delivery” policy to accommodate. 

Today in New Orleans 7.7.13

Though many will be waiting with baited breaths for Beyonce to grace the ESSENCE mainstage, the rest of us will need something to do. From getting your church on at the ESSENCE Empowerment All Star Gospel Tribute to Tramaine Hawkins and Donnie McClurkin, or later tonight with CHURCH at the Dragon’s Den. On this day in 1912, the Grabow ‘Lumber War’ shootout left 37 wounded and 3 dead. Now, more to do this Sunday.

NOLA Native Luke James to Tour with Beyonce

Many feared the Super Bowl blackout would sully New Orleans’ national reputation, but it appears Beyoncé still trusts the locals to put on a good show. The Queen has chosen St. Aug alumn Luke James to join her on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Europe, set to kick off Wednesday, April 24, in Paris, France.

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