This Is What Hurricane Katrina Looked Like — In 13 Striking Pics

Photographer Kathy Anderson was working in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. After following the mayor’s evacuation order, she turned around and headed back in to photograph for the The Times-Picayune, where she worked. “It was not until I flew over the city in a Blackhawk helicopter that I realized the magnitude of the situation. It was not a contained area — it was miles and miles of water and sheer devastation,” she told us last week. “While looking through the lens, I was watching an entire city drown.”

On Tuesday, August 23, 2005, a tropical storm formed over the Bahamas. Two days later, it made landfall in Florida. By Sunday Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi declared states of emergency. New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin signed a mandatory evacuation order for all 480,000 residents — the first in the city’s history. Then, the levees broke. On Monday, 80% of the city was flooded, with some areas covered by as much as 20 feet of water.

“Katrina was the eighth hurricane I had covered for the Tampa Bay Times,” says photographer Willie J. Allen Jr., who drove out to cover the storm. “It stands out because of the extent of the devastation to people in the region. None of the other storms was like Katrina.”




August 23-31: Tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the racist U.S. government’s war on the people of New Orleans and surrounding areas.

We remember Katrina, Rita and the Cuban doctors from the Henry Reeve Brigade who sat prepared and ready to help save lives. We thank socialist Cuba for its internationalism and for training doctors from Detroit.

Via Cheryl LaBash

The Definitive History Of ‘George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People’

There was barely a moment between Mike Myers’ final words and the moment the man in the White House would later call the low point of his presidency. It was a moment that would lead to songs and skits, academic debates and calls to change the way Americans think and talk about race.

Read the story behind Kanye West’s most famous remarks.

George is 10, loves to read and has a best friend named Kelly. Everyone thinks George is a boy, but she doesn’t feel like one.

The transgender fourth-grader is the heroine of Alex Gino’s new book for readers in grades three to seven. To sell this particular story to a mass market, the book’s publisher, Scholastic, employed a similar strategy to the one it used with The Hunger Games: It sent the book out to thousands of teachers and children’s librarians, and took Gino around to major book fairs. The reaction?

“All of the booksellers had a story to tell Alex about a trans kid that they knew, a trans kid in their family, a trans adult who worked in their store,” Scholastic’s David Levithan recalls. “And it wasn’t just the coasts, and it wasn’t just sort of the liberal hotbeds. It was really booksellers from every state saying, ‘Oh goodness. We need this book and I know exactly who I’m going to give it to.’”

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