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Black New Orleans 10 Years Post-Katrina

AFRICANGLOBE - Calling Katrina less what nature wrought, more a conspiracy of federal, state and city government along with business interests against the area’s most vulnerable residents – mainly its poor Black population. Over a million people were displaced. Over 1,000 died. Cashing in on disaster followed. Former Republican congressman/current lobbyist Richard Baker said at the time: “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it but God did.”

In New Orleans, Gluttony And Starvation Live Side By Side

AFRICANGLOBE - “It’s been times when Jazz has seen me with just enough food for just them and not enough for me. And she knew it wasn’t enough. She would say, ‘Mama, where your food at?’ And I would say, ‘I’m fine. I’m not hungry.’” “I wouldn’t tell her,” White said, “that it really wasn’t enough and I just didn’t have it.”

Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Begins Serving 10-Year Sentence

AFRICANGLOBE - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who became a national figure in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, reported to federal prison Monday to begin serving a 10-year term for corruption that unfolded as the city sought to rebuild in the aftermath of the 2005 storm.

Jindal Signs Bill Allowing Sale Of Lower 9th Ward Lots For...

AFRICANGLOBE - Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal, as expected, signed a bill last month allowing New Orleans to sell empty lots in the Lower 9th Ward for $100 leaving voters with the final say on the matter in November.

Judge Ends Katrina Flooding Lawsuits Against Feds

AFRICANGLOBE - Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year after a federal appeals court overturned his ruling that held the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers liable for flooding caused by lax maintenance of a shipping channel.

Why Isn’t New Orleans Mother’s Day Parade Shooting a ‘National Tragedy’?

AFRICANGLOBE - Imagine a Mother's Day Parade in the suburbs of Denver, a neighborhood in Edina or a plaza in Austin where bullets rain down on civilians and even hit children. I can't help but imagine the around-the-clock news coverage.


The above photograph comes with a sad story. I got the photo from Althea Francois before she died. In 1970, a garment and uniform...

New Orleans: Seven Years After Katrina, a Divided City

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a national laboratory for government reforms. But the process through which those experiments have been...

Hurricane Isaac Batters U.S. Gulf Coast

As it churned toward New Orleans, Hurricane Isaac had already knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents and had pushed storm...

Mandatory Evacuations Outside New Orleans as Hurricane Isaac Nears

Unprotected, low-lying areas outside New Orleans were evacuated Monday as Hurricane Isaac drew closer to making landfall in or near Louisiana almost seven years...

Black Political Power Vanishes Across the South

When President Barack Obama arrives in New Orleans on Wednesday to speak before the National Urban League annual conference, he will touch down in a state where his...

School Psychologist: ‘Black Thugs’ Should be Put Down

A school psychologist in New Orleans is under fire for posting racially inflammatory comments online amid a debate about the school system's treatment of...

New Orleans Cops Involved In Post-Katrina Murders Face Decades In Prison

A federal judge sentenced five former police officers to years in prison for the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge in the days...

‘Treme’ Actor Wendell Pierce starts grocery chain in New Orleans

Had Emeril’s Delmonico been open for lunch, Wendell Pierce would probably have ordered the duck confit leg, served with a creamy barley risotto, roasted beets and snap...

New Orleans Police Policy of Revealing Slain Victims Criminal Records Draws...

As Mike Ainsworth walked his two sons to a school bus stop, he heard a woman being carjacked scream, and ran to help. The woman was not hurt, police said, but the Good Samaritan was shot to death by a suspect who fled. When police gave out the details of Ainsworth's killing, they also announced he had been arrested for drugs and other non-violent crimes, keeping with a year-old policy in which criminal records for slain victims are released _ sometimes before they've been publicly identified.

Ninth Ward Still Bleak Six Years After Katrina

Six years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans neighborhood that was hardest hit still looks like a ghost town. Redevelopment has been slow in coming, and the neighborhood has just 5,500 residents — one-third its pre-Katrina population.