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I Started My High School Diary the Week Katrina Hit New Orleans

I was 16 years old, a senior in high school, when Katrina devastated New Orleans. Like most teens my age, my biggest concern was what I was wearing to the weekend football game, or who was going to be my prom date. Who knew that when I left my home Saturday afternoon for what I considered a pretty standard hurricane… » 8/29/15 1:30pm Saturday 1:30pm

Koch Brothers Enterprises Made Katrina's Damage to Gulf Coast Worse

Charles and David Koch, whose combination of right-wing extremism and endless income makes them two of America’s Most Notorious Thugs, are the subjects of a new retrospective that highlights how their construction and pipelines before Katrina, and their aggressive lobbying after it, helped worsen the damage to the… » 8/28/15 4:10pm Friday 4:10pm

Chicago Tribune Op-Ed Wishes for a Katrina-Like Storm to 'Reset' the City

Hurrican Katrina killed more than 1,833 people during the storm and in the subsequent flooding, displaced nearly half a million more, caused billions in damage, and left traumatic effects that linger on New Orleans and portions of the Gulf Coast to this day, 10 years later. Do we need to say this next thing? “Don’t… » 8/14/15 10:00am 8/14/15 10:00am

I Took Rutgers' Beyoncé Course: A Master Class in Pop & Black Feminism

On the first day of “Politicizing Beyoncé,” a Spring semester course at Rutgers, 32 young women and men sat in their desks, texting behind a Coach bag or catching up on Vlad TV’s rap posts on a laptop. It was February. I was dressed in jeans, Converse, and a giant sweatshirt, going for undergraduate realness, and here… » 7/07/15 12:22pm 7/07/15 12:22pm

Frankenstorm Is a Great Opportunity to Take a Much-Needed Hurrication

Just before the start of my second semester of college in New Orleans, of Louisiana fame, my dad, who had driven all the way from New Jersey with me, thus preventing me from listening to all the dance hall reggae I so desperately crave on a cross-country drive, had conversation with a scabrous Marriott bartender that… » 10/28/12 12:30pm 10/28/12 12:30pm