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Andrew Scott at the Apple store in Regent St, London.

It was a very moving panel. The movie they were talking about is called “Pride”, it’s set in the 80’s and it’s about the struggle of a group of LGBT people who try to help the miners of their small town, but are constantly rejected. Andrew got visibly moved throughout the panel, especially when a lesbian girl asked him for advice on how to deal with homophobia. He was like, chocking up. Every single person in the room was teary-eyed. It was beautiful and very emotional, and he’s so, SO passionate about the cause. He really feels it in his bones. After the panel he stopped to take pictures and sign autographs for as long as he could, and he really seemed a genuinely amazing person.

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Nine years after the storm, neighborhood recovery in New Orleans is shaped by race and class.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

To mourn, commemorate, and celebrate the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Photographer Ted Jackson returned to the site of some of his most powerful photographs, re-taking them to reveal the progress, or lack of progress, of the past nine years.

You can see them all at nola.com; I’ve pulled out three that speak to the uneven recovery that I see when I visit.

In this first photo above, residents struggle to keep their heads above water by balancing on the porch railing of a home in the Lower 9th Ward, what was once a vibrant working class, almost entirely African American neighborhood. Today, the second photo shows that the home remains dilapidated, as did one-in-four homes in New Orleans as of 2010.

In the first photo of this second set, a man delivers fresh water to people stranded in the BW Cooper Housing Development, better known as the Calliope Projects.  Today, the housing development is awaiting demolition, having been mostly empty since 2005.  Some suspect that closing these buildings was an excuse to make it difficult or impossible for some poor, black residents to return.

This set of homes is  located in an upper-income part of the city.  The neighborhood, called Lakeview, suffered some of the worst flooding, 8 to 10 feet and more; it has recovered very well.

 

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

So I met Andrew Scott today! 

I still can’t believe it. So this morning I was walking to class, just minding my own business and thinking how lucky I was to be in London- for I’m from Belgium and just here for a month to study- and how lucky I was that I saw Martin Freeman yesterday from the front row stage seats and met him afterwards, which was pretty amazing because he was so kind and perfect but anyway- so suddenly I see this man approaching and I was like ‘woah, why am I imagining the actors to be everywhere’ because I wasn’t sure it was actually him but then I walked past him and stopped walking, stared at him and I was. Since I’m pretty shy I’m rather proud of myself that I actually did call for him ( like, literally, I knew I was going to regret it for the rest of my life), so I asked ‘Excuse me sir, are you Andrew Scott?” And he was the most perfect human ever and said that he was, came back and reached out his hand to shake mine and told me that it was nice to meet me. I was lost for words and completely in shock and he told me that he was in a hurry but insisted to take a picture. It all went very quickly but I can’t be happier. I can’t remember a lot of it since it was a complete blur but he was so kind and these two charming actors have made me one lucky lady.

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