By: Conner James - MSTv Correspondent
For 2013, February has been quite a busy month for Louisiana. Besides Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and the Superbowl, it also happens to be Black History Month.
Black History month: our annual, national celebration, puts the spotlight on most of the important contributions made by our African Americans brethren throughout the history of the United States.
Having been an official national celebration since 1976, Black History Month is also recognized by our cousins in Canada and the United Kingdom.
On Feb. 5 the Salmen High School of New Orleans, presented a Black History Month program. It included a African dance and drum production, presented by several students and teachers from the Talented Art, Talented Theatre, and Brass Band programs.
The festive event, enjoyed by all, was held in celebration of important African-descent figures of American history. This event was one of many being held, or expected to be held throughout the state.
In other parts of the Crescent city, promising musicians are being encouraged to audition for positions in Dillard University's celebrated Jazz program.
Potential students who make the cut can be expected to take part in Saturday Jazz classes at Dillard and other opportunities. Membership has its privileges, as students gain opportunities to perform in the French Quarter Festival, Jazz and Heritage Festival and many other events.
As the month proceeds, many more pertinent events to celebrate the brilliant and diverse history of our proud African Americans will come to light. The following is just a few. So, go out to attend some and celebrate. But, return to your homes with a greater respect for the people; and for having learned something new.
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Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.