Hand On My Back


On a Sunday.

The culture stood vigil last night.

In couldn’t go. Masking and distancing is still to fraught with danger for me. If I caught the virus my body couldn’t produce enough red platelets to fight it. So, I found this portrait, which I made out of another picture and thought that I’d share it and some information about Big Queen Kim’s murder.

I think I mentioned that she was shot as she left a repast for a funeral. She was wearing a memorial t-shirt for the man who had also been killed near I-10 in New Orleans East. The drive by shooters weren’t targeting her or her companion. They just shot at anybody they thought was part of the funeral party. It was a revenge killing.

At least that’s what the NOPD think at this point.

This scares the hell out of me. Revenge leads to revenge. While I have a lot of respect for Black Masking Indians, I know that there are some pretty heavy hitters among the tribes or gangs. I know that there are a lot of Bouttes who are awfully upset at the murder of their family member. Neither will take this lightly.

I hope that cooler heads will prevail, but in this hot summer during the age of CoVid-19 when violent crimes are trending upward anything can happen.

Have a good thought for all of us. We don’t need more violence. We could all use a little peace about now.

The Picture

This is another photograph that I made at the Louis Armstrong Festival in Treme. It took some cropping to make the picture be what I wanted, which was to show her smile, but it worked. Her smile is how I knew her. Her smile is how most of us knew her.

Rest in Heaven Big Queen Kim Boutte.

Stay safe. Wear your masks and keep your distance. Enjoy every smile.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

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