This Day In History- Hurricane Katrina

What: Hurricane Katrina

When: August 29, 2005

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.

More: Check out the related links below.

25 haunting photos from Katrina.

History Channel on Katrina.

Lower 9th Ward Still Struggling after Katrina.


Photos taken from My Modern Met article posted by Alice Yoo

Glorious Flight of Futurebirds

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.

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Quick Look: Jackson R&B Fest

Screenshot from festival's official website.
Screenshot from festival’s official website.

What:  Second Annual Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival

Hashtag: #jxnrandbfest

Crowd pullers:

  • Ziggy Marley
  • Boney James
  • Fantasia
  • Chrisette Michele
  • Bell Biv Devoe
  • Bobby Rush
  • Marc Broussard
  • Estelle
  • Dorothy Moore

When: Friday August 15, 2014 and Saturday August 16, 2014

Where: Mississippi Ag and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS 39211)

Cost: $31.45 for one day or $57.05 for a 2-day pass

Goodies: food, drinks, VIP packages, souvenirs etc…

Relevant links:  Tickets         Complete line-up, schedule, and venue map

Are you going?