Lamar writes about the people, the politics, and the magic of Louisiana.
He is the founder and publisher of the Bayou Brief and a contributing writer for the Daily Beast.
Lamar is best known for his investigative reporting on public corruption, racism, and civil rights. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC, and he's been the subject of profiles in The Washington Post, The Advocate, and Huffington Post.
Before launching the Bayou Brief, he published CenLamar, a popular blog that initially covered the drama of City Hall in his hometown of Alexandria. Lamar is a graduate of Rice University in Houston and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Today he lives in New Orleans and is currently writing a book about the life of reputed New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello.
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According to a source familiar with the Lafayette Police Department, Mayor-President Josh Guillory paid five officers and a supervisor to stake out a fake gathering promoted on a satirical Facebook page, with orders to arrest any "antifas" on sight.
Clay Higgins rose to power by telling a story about personal redemption, but his former boss, the sheriff of St. Landry Parish, now claims he would have never given him a second chance in law enforcement if he'd known what really happened before Higgins resigned from the police force in Opelousas.
In 2016, Edwards said Landry was "on the wrong side of the law and the wrong side of history" after the state attorney general went to court to block an Executive Order on workforce protections for LGBTQ employees.
After eight years of legal wrangling, as six coastal parishes stand on the brink of unlocking billions to repair the environmental damages allegedly caused by illegal and largely unpermitted activities of Big Oil, the state legislature considers a bill that would strike down the lawsuits and throw out a breakthrough $100 million settlement already negotiated with one of the companies involved.
In the second part of the Bayou Brief’s Godfather Trilogy, we trace Marcello’s meteoric rise to power, his covert connections to a dark web of gangsters and racketeers and a secret society known as Cosa Nostra, and the spectacle of the city that would catapult him into the national spotlight.