Yesterday at MSNBC's Lean Forward shoot for Melissa Harris-Perry in New Orleans, New Orleans Magazine writer Haley Adams stopped by to interview Melissa during a break at Cafe Du Monde. Melissa told Haley that a big reason that she wanted to film the shoot in New Orleans was because "We’re a place where what is old and traditional still matters, and I feel like, in this country, a lot of times we think 'Just the newest. Give me the newest thing.' And the way people live here, yes there are people who live in those mansions on St. Charles, but a lot of people live in very modest homes. They have a front porch that the people still sit out in front of and talk to their neighbors. We still have second lines that come down our block. There’s a way of life here that if we lost it, it would be a loss not just for us, but it would be a loss for the country."
You can read the full interview with Melissa on www.MyNewOrleans.com. Don't miss "Melissa Harris-Perry" weekends at 10am ET on MSNBC. And keep an eye out for her new promos, which will begin airing in January!