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Stolen Lives: Remembering the Tragedy of Slaverynew

A half moon disappeared as the sun rose out of the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 1, 1832. The humid coastal winds filled the sails and carried the ship through the waves as J.W. Martin captained the Schooner Wild Cat, a 40-plus ton sailboat, out of the port of Charleston, S.C. Among the tons of cargo, the ship carried six slaves, bound for new owners in New Orleans.
Jackson Free Press  |  Jacob Fuller  |  06-01-2012  |  Race & Class

Arts on the Gulfnew

Silvery, coppery structures twist among old live oak trees near the shore of the Mississippi Sound, close to where the Biloxi Schoon­er docks. This is the site of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, a complex of buildings that includes four metallic pods that torque like ancient, hurricane-battered trees.
Jackson Free Press  |  Valerie Wells  |  05-24-2012  |  Art

The Big Uneasy Blows Whistle on Corps of Engineersnew

Harry Shearer's powerful documentary uncovers the strategic errors that rendered New Orleans uniquely vulnerable to flooding during big hurricanes.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Charles Donelan  |  06-07-2011  |  Profiles & Interviews

Spike Lee's latest New Orleans doc premieres on HBOnew

The American media tends to take a pit-bull approach to news. It grabs on, digs its teeth in, and then tosses the lifeless carcass to the wind when the sensation has run its course. Follow-through is not always the media's forte. Thank goodness, then, for documentary filmmakers who make sustained and methodical reportage their strong suit.
Charleston City Paper  |  Felicia Feaster  |  08-23-2010  |  Reviews

Book Excerpt: 'Shake the Devil Off'new

In this exclusive excerpt from his new book Shake the Devil Off, Brown examines the last hours of the life of Zackery Bowen, who killed and dismembered his girlfriend, bartender Addie Hall, before leaping to his death from the top of a French Quarter hotel in October 2006.
Gambit  |  Ethan Brown  |  08-31-2009  |  Excerpts

'Shotgun' Is as Much a Forum for Conversation as It Is a Form of Entertainmentnew

Shotgun, author John Biguenet's second play in his three-production Rising Water cycle, examines New Orleans class and race divisions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Gambit  |  Noah Bonaparte Pais  |  05-05-2009  |  Performance

'Nine Lives' is a Tapestry of Improbable Stories About New Orleansnew

Journalist Dan Baum uses the experiences of a diverse cast of New Orleanians to tell his Hurricane Katrina story.
Gambit  |  Kevin Allman  |  02-17-2009  |  Nonfiction

Can 'Trouble the Water' Wrangle an Oscar from 'Man on Wire'?new

Regardless of who takes the gold on Sunday, Carl Deal feels his film's influence on the discussion about Katrina -- specifically, its first-person commentary on how governments prioritize and interact with the people they are supposed to serve -- is victory enough.
Gambit  |  Noah Bonaparte Pais  |  02-17-2009  |  Movies

'Trouble the Water' is a Stunning Morality Talenew

The documentary stuns with its story of people struggling to survive in Katrina-stricken New Orleans.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  01-15-2009  |  Reviews

Ike Was Bad for Galveston's Poor, but it Might Get Worsenew

The hurricane devastated the city's North Side, an historic African-American community. Four of the area's six housing projects have been condemned and many residents have lost everything. Will the community be rebuilt or will it suffer the same fate as New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward after Katrina?
The Texas Observer  |  Forrest Wilder  |  12-17-2008  |  Disasters

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems for Louisiananew

Louisiana officials are discovering that the billions of dollars the Feds promised for coastal work two years ago come with more than a few strings attached.
Gambit  |  Jeremy Alford  |  12-16-2008  |  Politics

The Knux: From Street Warfare to Soirees with Socialitesnew

Krispy Kream and his brother Rah Al Milio have morphed from Cajun survivalists to Hollywood up-and-comers, becoming the toast of the underground rap scene in only a few years.
SF Weekly  |  Ben Westhoff  |  11-13-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Prospect.1 Turns New Orleans into The Big Easelnew

Not the least of the unprecedented ideas behind Prospect.1, the international art biennial opening this week all across New Orleans, is that the United States' first such major exhibition is happening in a city brought to the edge of ruin just three years earlier.
Gambit  |  D. Eric Bookhardt  |  10-29-2008  |  Art

'Trouble the Water' Eyes Katrina from Inside the Stormnew

With three years' worth of outraged hindsight to go on, the Robertses' shaky-handed coverage and Deal and Lessin's focus on storytelling make Trouble the Water a digestible account -- and an indispensable supplement to our understanding of just what the hell happened in New Orleans.
Willamette Week  |  Saundra Sorenson  |  10-16-2008  |  Reviews

Louisiana Residents Once Again Face the Shock of Recoverynew

When it comes to rebounding from hurricanes, Louisiana's residents have been there before. But that doesn't mean it's getting any easier.
Gambit  |  Jeremy Alford  |  09-24-2008  |  Disasters

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