“I decided a few years ago to live for the legacy and not the details, to build for three generations ahead because some battles have already been lost. Trauma asks us to change our ways of being for our own survival. It asks us to make peace with the worst versions of ourselves, veils off, raw, and unprotected. Trauma is evidence that time is not linear, and, also, that destruction can be the gateway to radical liberation.”

-Jeri Hilt reflects on 10 years since Hurricane Katrina 

Study ranks New Orleans in top of U.S. cities who hate tourists
Study ranks New Orleans at top of U.S. cities who hate tourists

I’d say it’s more of a love/hate relationship. We desperately need tourists, it’s what NOLA thrives on. Plus many of us just love to show the city off when asked. But at the same time there are always those terrible, terrible tourists that ruin it for everyone. You know the ones- acting shocked when they arrive because the city still isn’t underwater, or the too-drunk rowdy crowd on Bourbon St…

In New Orleans, we don’t eat to live. We live to eat. That’s why, even fresh off of COOLinary, you can still keep your appetite ready: We Live to Eat Restaurant Week starts Sept. 14. The premise is a lot like COOLinary, with special two- and three-course meals available at restaurants all over the city. The difference? It only last a week… so you’ll probably want to make reservations. See how we say farewell to COOLinary over on the blog (plus get the inside scoop on We Live to Eat). Photo: @maisondupuy on Instagram. http://ow.ly/REhtr

The Beignet (pronounced ben-yay) is a delicious french doughnut native to New Orleans and just as apart of the city as hurricanes and Jazz. Little pillows of sugary goodness, I always look forward to scarfing these guys down. You can too following this recipe or visiting Cafe Du Monde’s website and ordering a box of mix that only requires water and oil for frying (Cottonseed oil is preferred). Cafe Du Monde’s beignet is the beignet of New Orleans since 1862.


These Are The Forgotten Images Of Hurricane Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast in 2005, photojournalists captured things nobody ever thought they’d see in a major U.S. city: homes submerged, dead bodies in the streets and residents stranded on rooftops pleading for rescue.

WARNING: This post contains images that some readers may find disturbing.

(Source: Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of African-American men, women, and children were labeled “refugees,” as if the disaster had occurred not on American soil but in a distant country. The same media reported that armed, roving gangs of young black males opportunistically profited from the tragedy. Reports suggested that these men were stealing from electronics from stores, raping women trapped in evacuation centers, and trying to assassinate relief workers. Later evidence revealed that these reports were untrue. In fact, young black men were organizing to assist other survivors who were unable to find supplies: the elderly, the sick, and people with children. This narrative returned in the shaming disgust with which Ferguson protesters were met when their grief and anger exploded in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. Black lives matter.
—  Melissa Harris-Perry and James Perry in “From New Orleans to Ferguson, a Decade of Asserting Black Lives Matter” for thenationmagazine

Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit Short Film out tomorrow. An A1 print of this poster will be available at the event tomorrow evening. Characters By Wesley Louis, Background Painting Callum Strachan and Composite by Max Taylor


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