About NOLA JOE

“Our elevation must be the result of self-efforts and work of our own hands. No other human power can accomplish it. If we but determine it shall be so, it will be so.”

-Martin Delany

 

I was born in NOLA Valentine’s Day 1979 to JoAnne “Lady BJ” Crosby and The Honorable Judge Charles Elloie, Sr.

I like to think of myself as “UNIQUELY NEW ORLEANS.”

I went to McDonough 15, Our Lady Of Lourdes, and Graduated from De La Salle High School class of 1996. 

Growing up in the uptown area of New Orleans, I’ve seen the effects of change and loss since Hurricane Katrina. Understanding the nuances and culture of NOLA while having traveled and lived all over the world gives me a unique perspective as to the problems facing the Black community today and into the future.

Co-founding WorkChops NOLA with Mess Wright (one of my oldest friends) is my way of solving the everyday problems my community faces on a surface level by bringing TANGIBLE SKILLS and a PIPELINE to use those SKILLS to create a better FUTURE!!!