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.
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