Changes to Robinson, Jamaican Cuisine in Shreveport and Jershika

The holidays are officially in full swing. Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is just around the corner. A lot has happened in the 318.

Black Friday and local shopping

For someone who has never been able to participate in physical Black Friday, I have a lot of opinions on how this tradition has radically changed over the years.

The best gifts are those with special meaning. When we asked readers to tell us what freebies Shreveport stands for, you answered this, giving us plenty of local options you can get for your loved ones this year.

Jamaican Cuisine Anime Food Finds

Chef Robyne Moore-Taylor, owner of Taylor’d Eatz, will host “Taste of Jamaica” on January 30 at MS KICK in downtown Shreveport.

This week, Food Finds features Chef Robyne Moore Taylor, bringing authentic Jamaican cuisine to Shreveport with her mobile restaurant Taylor’d Eatz.

Their standard menu is filled with specialties like cooked oxtail, jerk pork chops, rice and peas, Jamaican beef patties, and pineapple cornbread. Don’t worry, Taylor’d Eatz isn’t just for meat eaters, it also has plenty of delicious options for vegans.

FilmPrize Junior and LSU Health Shreveport Partner for COVID PSA Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine

On Monday, November 22, five student filmmakers from the northwestern Louisiana region shared their COVID-19 public service announcements in conjunction with the FilmPrize Junior program and Louisiana State University Health Shreveport.

Most children and all teens are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine according to the CDC. Although young people are less likely to become seriously ill from COVID, serious complications can still occur and can lead to hospitalization or death.

Meghan Avallone announces her departure from Robinson Film Center

The Robinson Film Center bids farewell to Executive Director Meghan Hochstetler Avallone as she chooses to step down after 10 years.

Avallone plans to stay on until it is filled, but will be leaving to work with her husband Thomas at their family business, Maccentric, which is an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Jershika is in the top 10

Shreveport’s Jershika Maple landed a top 10 spot on NBC’s The Voice.

Maple causes uproar on more than just the stage. A trend on TikTok – #Shikarunchallenge – is for users to attempt their own races inspired by the performance Maple gave with “Inseparable” in the round of 16.

Stay tuned for The 318, our roundup of the week’s Sunday night headlines.

Also check out Business in the 318, our weekly roundup of all things business in the region.

Meredith G. White is an arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Life in the 318: Round up the top stories of this week

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