By: Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Public access television in New Orleans has long been a platform for the city’s hip-hop and R&B scene. Shows like “Phat Phat N’All That” and its long-running antecedent “All Good In The Hood” (which now airs in three states) featured big-name national performers coming through New Orleans, as well as early performances and interviews with local artists – many of whom would go on to make their mark nationally – like the Hot Boys and Mystikal.
Host and producer Nicole Perry, with her NOA-TV program “Talk To Me New Orleans,” continues the tradition of spotlighting local rappers and R&B and soul singers - while also casting a wider net, bringing community leaders, business owners and activists onto her talk show.
On Jan. 9, Perry and others behind “Talk To Me New Orleans” will host the Viewer’s Choice Awards at Tipitina’s, honoring some of her favorite guests of the past few years and other players in the local cultural community.
Viewer’s Choice Awards will be given in the expected categories for performers, Perry said, but also for “business owners and community activists that work for the city all year,” she said. “This is our way of giving back.”
The rapper Cheeky Blakk, a nominee for best female rap artist, commented: “It’s a good show, with something for everybody – all the different worlds, not one particular style of music.”
Blakk, who will reign alongside rapper Katey Red as co-queen of the satirical parade Krewe Delusion when it rolls Jan. 19, has had a good couple of years; a major voice in bounce during the mid-to-late 90s, Blakk’s career has seen a recent renaissance with her discovery by a new generation of New Orleans bounce fans.