BACK IN BLACK A new installment from the Images of America series offers a trove of historic photographs and little-known or long-forgotten details on the contributions of Acadiana’s black population. Authored by Sherry Broussard, African Americans in Lafayette and Southwest Louisiana ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing) spans the 19th to 21st centuries, offering insights on the cultural, civic, political, commercial, religious and athletic histories of our region’s black population. Broussard is a Lafayette educator, storyteller and community activist with a keen sense of place and time. African Americans in Lafayette and Southwest Louisiana is available at ArcadiaPublishing.com. — Walter Pierce
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.