Brett Martin, GQ‘s chief food critic and NOLA resident, went in search of the nation’s best new restaurants. Then he came back home only to find that, in the meantime, his favorite city had spawned some his favorite new places to eat.

2438 St. Claude Avenue, Marigny

Larry Morrow is a man not shy about his own name: His local events promotion company is called Larry Morrow Events; his book, All Bets On Me: The Risks and Rewards Of Becoming an Entrepreneur is published by Larry Morrow Publishing; and the neon script letters hanging above the bar at the stylish new restaurant that he recently opened in the Marigny read “The Morrow of the Story….” But the kitchen belongs to Morrow’s mother, Lenora Chong, and she turns out a fine selection of New Orleans soul food: head-on barbecue shrimp; fried oysters, catfish, shrimp and soft-shell crab piled into a tower called the “Just Watch”; a rich and ruddy crawfish etouffee—along with a handful of Korean dishes. Kick things off with a sizzling plate of chargrilled oysters that taste of smoke, butter, and brine.


Larrance “Rance” Dopson is the founder of one of the greatest live hip-hop bands on the planet, 1500 or Nothin’. The crew, which includes the Grammy-winning songwriter and producer James Fauntleroy among its members, has toured and recorded with a slew of heavyweight acts, from Rick Ross to Kanye West to Snoop Dogg to Kendrick Lamar and beyond.

Most recently, Dopson and company were the backing band on Jay Z’s 4:44 Tour, with Dopson serving as the tour’s music director. And in addition to rocking stadiums across the world, 1500 or Nothin’ is also busy opening up a music academy to pass their skills on to the next generation.

I called Dopson the day after the Grammys (his team won six, if you’re playing along at home) to catch up on awards, tour, and Kendrick.


(This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.)

Your friend and business partner James [Fauntleory] had a big night with Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” 
Man, listen. We just won six Grammys! We’ve been working with Bruno forever and he’s a good friend of mine for like the last twelve, thirteen years. It meant a lot to us because we’ve been through everything together—all the horror stories in the music business, we were in the trenches together. That’s why it means so much. Not only did we get those Grammys, Sam Smith performed a song I produced with Timbaland called “Pray” at the Grammys and that was fucking crazy.

I have to ask about Jay. First off, you were actually touring with him when Grammy nominations were announced. Did you ever hear him talk about that?
Yeah. We were actually on tour when he got the nominations. They were super excited. Jay was really more excited for Rapsody, probably more than him because he has like 21 Grammys already. But he was super excited for his artist Rapsody.

What are your thoughts about Jay getting shut out? Do you think he deserved to win in any of the categories?
Yeah, I mean… I feel like Jay Z should have… I don’t know. This is a tricky question because the Grammys, it’s voted by the music members, so it’s really not up to the people. It’s up to the people that sign up to vote and be a part of the Grammys. So it’s more of a smaller group that’s deciding this. But everybody’s album was amazing.

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16 Year Old Ayers Publicity Client Lands Feature In Forbes

16 Year Old Tania Speaks Talks Turning Pain into Profit & More with Forbes Magazine

Starting in elementary school and continuing through middle school, Tania Speaks was bullied for having bushy, unruly eyebrows. Kids verbally abused and physically assaulted her on a regular basis. They would call her names, tell her that she had a unibrow, push her off the swings, and shove her against walls and lockers.

Fed up with the abuse, Speaks tried to cut off her eyebrows one day after school. She ended up bleeding badly and causing herself real damage. Her mother, Tanika, told Speaks never to cut her eyebrows again because one day everyone would want to have eyebrows like hers.

Her mother spoke the truth.

Speaks required assistance growing her eyebrows back. She began researching various natural, organic ingredients and experimenting with them until she created a gel that enabled her eyebrow hair to not only fill in but also lay down smoothly

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