Terry B. Jones Publisher New Orleans Data News Weekly
As we approach the final hours of 2023, it’s time to pause and reflect on a year that has been nothing short of extraordinary. In the face of unprecedented challenges, the resilience and adaptability of our citizens have shone through. Specifically, we’ve witnessed a year that’s seen our city face many crises that include public safety, economic challenges, and apathy at the polls during elections. This is not something we can let be the image of our city.
Of course, this year we continue to be the place where we can throw the best festivals in the world. People from around the globe have come to enjoy our amazing city and all that it has to offer culturally. In terms of tourism dollars, we see hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars of economic impact. The problem is that we still have a tale of two cities. This issue must be addressed as we enter into 2024, and we must demand that our leaders do their part to eradicate this problem. It is at the core of why our city continues to have problems that affect the quality of life for us all.
Support Local Black Businesses
At Data News Weekly we continue to put the spotlight on the best of who we are as a community. It is important in the development of narratives that inspire our community. But for not only Data News but other African American-owned businesses to thrive, we must be more intentional in our support of them. Let us commit in 2024 to spend more of our money with each other. Of course, we are asking all people to see the value of African American-owned businesses, but we have to do a better job ourselves. As the majority of this city, if we did this, we could build a viable business infrastructure and wealth in our community.
Lessons Learned and the Path Forward
As we bid farewell to 2023, we take with us the lessons learned. The importance of community, the need for sustainable living, and the value of adaptability and innovation have been underscored in our daily lives. We’ve also learned that, despite the challenges, hope and perseverance remain our strongest allies.
Looking ahead, 2024 presents new opportunities and challenges. Our resolutions should focus on building a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient community. We should strive to support local initiatives, promote environmental stewardship, and foster a culture of kindness and cooperation.
As the clock ticks towards midnight, let us welcome 2024 with open arms and optimistic hearts. May it be a year of growth, prosperity, and peace for all.
We at Data News Weekly wish you all a Happy New Year!