The barbershop is a place where people go and talk about their problems, solutions and try to create more relationships. On Friday, they invited the community that includes public officials to their open-ended, non-scripted no-bars conversation. 

“The barber shop is the best place, the best answers,” said customer Johnny Taylor. “They’ll give you their heart and their honest to God opinions in the shop.” 

City leaders, parish commissioners and hopeful mayoral candidates were invited and did speak their voice on issues of crime, job creation and race relations. 

“We can use our voices and our stage to do something positive for the community to put a light on the subjects that need to be addressed in our community,” said owner Mareco Taylor. “It starts off with loving each other. If I love my brother, my sister, I wouldn’t want to hurt my brother or my sister.”