VIP Ladies of New Orleans Share Their Story & NOLA Favorites

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities. Although I love the food and architecture, what I truly love about New Orleans are the people and their love for the city. One group of people in New Orleans who are personifying this pride that I adore are the VIP Ladies. This group is a benevolent society that is dedicated to serving the community and I am honored to highlight this organization. Learn more about the VIP ladies below and be sure to tag us in images in images of the work going on in your southern towns. The VIP ladies were also kind enough to give an insiders guide to their favorite places to visit in the city. Be sure to explore and support these places on your next trip to New Orleans!

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VIP Ladies of New Orleans Share Their Story & NOLA Favorites

Our organization is a community-based non-profit that was founded in September of 2003. 

The organization’s mission is to be “Life Long Contributors” that has actively engage the community by providing educational, cultural & social programs, support services and resource opportunities to citizens in the Greater New Orleans area. VIP is a benevolent society that serves the needs of Children, Senior Citizens and Veterans. 

In 2018 NOLA’s Tricentennial Birthday, VIP Ladies was able to share our cultural heritage with local and international leaders. 

Our theme this year is “Back to Our Roots” in celebration of our culture and resilience as African Americans. 

For the past 16 years, VIPLadies strive to equip all of our children and young adults with a solid foundation that they need to be successful in school and in life. We help them to develop their skills, motivate them to complete college, create an environment that develops pride, understanding and appreciation of their history and community. VIP Kid are also taught the importance of assisting others. 

Places We Love in New Orleans

The Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center: Ashé Cultural Arts Center is an initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc., a nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs, activities and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City New Orleans, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support and the creation of partnerships and collaborations that amplify outreach and support efforts. Link here:

We Bleed Ink Tattoos: We Bleed Ink is a New Orleans based tattoo and piercing shop leaving our mark on the people of this city through our quality custom artwork and our commitment to local artists, culture, and the community. Link here: Link here:

Silky’s Lounge: Located in Central City, Silky’s is the place to go for those looking to have good drinks at a reasonable price. Features occasional live music. Link here:

Tapps Lounge: A true New Orleanian hangout, Tapps II is located in the heart of Central City. This local lounge offer drinks specials and a good time!

Neyows Restaurant: Well known for Authentic Creole Cuisine, Neyow’s is one of the most recommended restaurants by Uber Drivers and Hotel Concierge. Our menu comes straight from our grandmother’s recipes, rich in our Creole heritage.Link here:

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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