A comment left by a Journal reader on a Facebook post has Natchitoches residents choosing sides and it all revolves around Miss Orabell Lewis. The comment that started it all was a complaint against Orabell dancing on the sidewalks, claiming this portrays a negative image for Natchitoches. Many people rallied behind Bell, defending her as a free soul and an important part of the community.
Setavion Combs, who’s working toward a degree in Mass Comm at Northwestern State University, saw this as a call to tell the true story of Orabell Lewis. He set out to interview her so people could hear first hand why she does what she does. With a little help from NSU student Colin Fontenot, Combs published the video on his Youtube page, Smack TV.
“I know how it feels to have a perception about you that isn’t true,” said Combs. “I have been in Natchitoches years and I knew nothing about her except what people would gossip about. I have a platform on my YouTube channel so I thought I would give her the light to tell her story and shed light on who she is as a person and as a known figure in Natchitoches.”