Where: Gulf Coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
Most Devastated Area: New Orleans, LA
Death Toll: More than 1,300
Stats: Category 4 hurricane and the third most powerful of 2005, Hurricane Katrina was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Though classified as a category 4, Katrina briefly reached category 5 status. Winds reached 145 miles per hour and 80% of New Orleans was flooded to rooftop levels.
Controversy: Former President George W. Bush was criticized for slow and disorganized response to the catastrophe, especially in the flooded lower 9th ward of New Orleans which is predominately black. Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin was also criticized for lack of preparedness and for not fully implementing his evacuation plan for the city.
Famous Quote: Kayne West says “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during the September 2, 2005 live broadcast of A Concert for Hurricane Relief on NBC. Watch the video.
In honor of those lost: Bush declares September 16 a national day of remembrance for Katrina’s victims.
Jackson, MS + ATL indie hip hop artist, SLIMM PUSHA is competing to perform in one of Atlanta’s hottest music events! Each year, ONE MUSIC FEST gives 1 independent artist a time to shine on stage with some of the industry’s GREATS. This year, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Method Man, Amel Larrieux (a personal favorite), Alice Smith (and more) will be hitting the stage.
Currently, SLIMM PUSHA is #12th in the running (out of 54 competitors). Help him get to #1! Voting is fast and simple via the social media platforms: Twitter + Facebook. All you have to do is “share” his link to your friends on either (or both) platforms! That’s it. You can vote once/day.
I’m no Roman general, however, I predict that when Futurebirds swoops down on any stage everyone within earshot will have a good time. Hailing from Athens, GA, Futurebirds has a sound that has been described as indie rock, Americana, and alternative country, but if you ask the band, their eclectic sound is best summed up as chonkyfire spliced with rock ‘n roll, a nod to the song “Chonkyfire” by Atlanta-based hip hop duo Outkast.
Slide over, sweaty mug of brutish beer; wine has stepped up its game!
In the past two decades, zins, cabs and chardonnays have soared in popularity among imbibing Americans. The preference of just one in four in 1992, its now the alcoholic beverage of choice for 35 percent of us, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. At the same time, beer has taken a tumble, from the favorite of nearly half of us to just 36 percent.
“Wine is an adventure in a glass – something other cultures have recognized for centuries,” says Howard Kleinfeld, author (as Howard K.) of “Dial M for Merlot,” www.DialMforMerlot.com, a fun novel about a lovelorn nerd whose world snaps to life with his first wine tasting.
“For a long time in this country, we viewed wine as an elitist beverage. Just to…
In an exhibit titled “Women: Agents of Change in the American Civil Rights Movement,” Jackson State University offers a glimpse into the documentary photography of Dr. Doris A. Derby. “Dr. Doris Derby was an active member of the civil rights movement and she used her photography to document work, particularly in the Delta, but throughout Mississippi during the civil rights movement,” Angela Stewart, the archivist at the Margaret Walker Center, says. “So the exhibit highlights women who, while they may not be nationally known, are local icons.”
Among those local icons are Myrlie Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Margaret Walker Alexander. But refreshingly, most of the frames, which wind around the room like a black and white filmstrip in a silent movie, show images of common folk (primarily women) simply carrying on.
The exhibit, on display through August 1, was unveiled April 11 as part of the opening ceremony for Jackson State University’s eighth annual Creative Arts Festival.
The theme for this year’s Creative Arts Festival, “The Legacy of Freedom Summer,” befit Dr. Derby’s exhibit, which chronicles the mood following the summer of 1964 in photos that date roughly from 1967 to 1978.
People consider the summer of 1964, known as Freedom Summer and sometimes referred to as the Mississippi Summer Project, he climax and turning point of the Civil Rights movement. That summer, the largest number of northerners penetrated the closed society of Mississippi and heightened the media coverage, thrusting the Deep South under the watchful eye of the nation. The projects of that summer focused on several issues, most notably increasing voter-registration for African Americans and creating national awareness for the injustices that were a way of life in the south.
Derby’s photographs capture other aspects of the movement from senior citizens quilting and literacy classes being taught to activities at Liberty House Handicrafts Cooperative and the Black Power Convention to name a few.
During her time as a member of the Civil Rights organization called the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Derby documented persons and events that testify to the grassroots efforts dedicated to the cause. It was while she was a member of this organization that Derby helped organize 1963’s March on Washington. In 2013 Time commemorated the 50th anniversary of the march and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in a five-part documentary in which Dr. Derby is among 17 activists featured. SNCC co-founder Julian Bond is also featured in the series and is one of the few men celebrated in Derby’s exhibit at JSU.
A ten-year veteran of the civil rights movement, Derby’s exceptional photographs are included in “Hands on the Freedom Plow,” a book recognizing the contributions made to the movement by the women of SNCC.
In 1990 Derby became the founding Director of African American Student Services and Programs at Georgia State University where she served until her retirement at the end of 2012. In a video clip published by Georgia State University, Derby talks about her photographs.
“I would say that my photographs are both from the perspective of a photo journalist and an artistic perspective,” she says. “So some of my photographs reflect the activities that were going on at different events and then others are studies of people … their persona …”
A total of 41 photographs are in the exhibit, 40 by Derby and the 41st by artist Rupert Rukuumba Nedd as a salute to Derby. Nedd’s is a compilation of outstanding events in Derby’s life from the 1960s and 1970s. The collage includes some handwritten well wishes to Derby, and among them is the clear signature of Rosa Parks.
Women: Agents of Change in the American Civil Rights Movement is housed at Johnson Hall Art Gallery at JSU while a complementary exhibit is on display across the plaza at Ayer Hall
This article first appeared in June 11-17, 2014 issue of Jackson Free Press (vol 12 no 40).
Angelia Brown (pronounced AN-jeh-luh) knows a thing or two about being a busy mom. The mother of three—Ashton, 16, Tyler, 12, and Alexia, 8—says that “it’s fun having children (in my forties) and still having a core and being able to work out with (them) and teach them how to be stronger.” Continue reading →
Voted Most Transformative film at the 15th Annual Crossroads Film Festival, Will To Change is about a three strikes offender from Mississippi who breaks the cycle of violence and addiction in his life and becomes a positive force in his community. Continue reading →