Archive for "Hurricane Katrina"

News From Around the Web: May 31 Edition

May 31st, 2012

In today’s top news, Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights, a report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed and the makers of FEMA trailers are set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes.

Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights. [BET]

Report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed. [Miami Herald]

Makers of FEMA trailers set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes. [CNN]

Black surgeon sues UCLA over racist joke. [The Root]

First Lady Michelle Obama says the president “tucks her in” to bed each night at the White House. [DailyMail]

Bobbi Kristina walked off of the set of her new Tyler Perry show after an emotional breakdown. [BET]

Idris Elba is rumored to star in the next Hunger Games movie. [BET]

After her sister’s big upset loss at the French Open, tennis champ Venus Williams is also out of the tournament. [SI]

Africa NGO says the rush to adopt African children needs to stop. [CNN]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton points finger at Russia for contributing to Syria’s civil war. [BBC]

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News from Around the Web: April 18 Edition

April 18th, 2012

In today’s top news, three Texas white supremacists are found guilty of hate crimes for assaulting a Black man, photos surfaced showing U.S. troops posing next to mangled body parts of Afghan corpses and the first lady speaks out on the death of Trayvon Martin.

Three Texas white supremacists are found guilty of hate crimes for assaulting a Black man. [BET]

U.S. troops posed smiling next to mangled body parts of Afghan corpses. [L.A. Times]

The first lady speaks out on the death of Trayvon Martin. [AP]

Michelle Obama shows off her prom picture. [BET]

Witness at Senate hearing says “End Racial Profiling Act” offends police. [BET]

Thousands housed in trailers after Hurricane Katrina may receive payments. [Reuters]

Fans are suing reality show The Bachelor for its failure to cast people of color. [NYDN]

Diddy, Jay-Z top Forbes’s list of the five wealthiest hip hop artists. [Forbes]

An abducted Texas newborn is found alive and safe after woman kills his mother. [MSNBC]

Gulf seafood deformities post-BP oil spill baffle scientists. [AJE]

Mali picks Microsoft official as interim prime minister. [AJE]

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News From Around the Web: April 5 Edition

April 5th, 2012

In today’s top news, Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room, five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings and a new study shows that many whites and republicans are tired of Trayvon Martin coverage.

Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room. [BET]

Five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings. [BET]

Study: Whites, republicans tired of Trayvon Martin coverage. [CNN]

Tyler Perry claims he was racially profiled by police. [BET]

Jesse Jackson’s daughter to work for FOX News. [Examiner]

Congressional Black Caucus members introduce Trayvon Martin legislation. [BET]

KKK accidentally sends membership letter to Black person. [CBS]

Connecticut senate repeals the state’s death penalty. [MSNBC]

Syria violence continues as U.N. peace team arrives. [BBC]

Mali’s rebels declare ceasefire. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 16 Edition

February 16th, 2012

In today’s top news, Bobby Brown is fighting for the right to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral, the last Katrina FEMA trailer leaves New Orleans and a bus company and driver are being sued in connection with the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.

Bobby Brown is fighting for the right to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral. [BET]

The last Katrina FEMA trailer leaves New Orleans. [AP]

Bus company and driver sued in FAMU hazing death. [BET]

Congressional Black Caucus to honor Whitney Houston. [SmokingGun]

Waiting to Exhale sequel will go on without Whitney. [BET]

Interracial marriage in U.S. hits new high. [AP]

Nicki Minaj says she’s done proving herself. [BET]

New York police fear suicides at 9/11 memorial site. [NYT]

National Enquirer to produce Whitney Houston documentary. [BET]

Amnesty International: Libya’s armed militias are out of control. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 9 Edition

February 9th, 2012

In today’s top news, CNN suspends Roland Martin over “offensive” Super Bowl tweets, Atlanta 10-year-old Gyasi Francis is missing and FEMA plans to waive debts of Katrina victims.

CNN suspends Roland Martin over “offensive” Super Bowl tweets. [BET]

Atlanta 10-year-old Gyasi Francis is missing. [AJC]

FEMA plans to waive debts of Katrina victims. [AP]

BET is developing two new shows. [BET]

University of Florida suspends Alpha Phi Alpha for hazing incident. [CNN]

Black officers file discrimination lawsuit against Capitol police. [BET]

Dennis Rodman’s topless women’s basketball dream team is almost complete. [BET]

An Illinois NAACP chapter is concerned about churches hooking up with banks. [CBS]

Timbaland and Missy Elliott are planning to release comeback albums this summer. [BET]

White college students donned blackface in a disturbing Black history video. [BET]

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The Vilification of Kanye West

November 18th, 2010

Kanye West

By Charing Ball

When I first saw the video, via YouTube, of Kanye West delivering his now infamous Angry Black Man mantra, “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People,” I stood up and applauded. Finally someone, albeit it was Kanye West, had the courage to speak up for those who’d either witnessed or were personally affected by the government’s failure to act rapidly in response to Hurricane Katrina.

West’s statement, while not the most eloquent of phrasing, was raw, emotional and ironically hilarious, especially when you observe the face of co-presenter Mike Myers, who appeared to be caught between a state of bewilderment and mortification. Personally, I think that his remark, and the accompanying video, should be added to the National Archives to confirm the hurt and pain people of darker hue had to endure.

So you can imagine my utter amusement when former President George Bush, of all folks, listed West as one of the most disgusting moments of his presidency.  Really Bush?  West’s remarks were more upsetting than the two wars that you helped to start; the worst economic crash since the Great Depression that your administration oversaw; and the torture—which was authorized by your administration—at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib?

Read more at The Atlanta Post.

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America Owes New Orleans, Obama Says; Teen Bomber Arrested At Calif. School

August 25th, 2009

America Owes New Orleans, Obama Says
Four years after President Bush pledged in the aftermath of Killer Katrina that America would restore New Orleans to its former glory, President Obama said that his administration would pick up the slack where the previous one has failed. “Well, keep in mind I’ve been in New Orleans multiple times, and I intend to be back in New Orleans before the year is out because I want to see first-hand where progress is being made, and where it is not, ” Obama said, adding that failing to restoring the city “would be a betrayal of who we are as a country.” Speaking to The Times Picayune, Obama said that the nation has moved much too slowly to bring the Big Easy back to its earlier glory. “I think that Katrina was really a wake-up call for the country – about our need to fulfill our commitments to our fellow citizens, a recognition that there but for the grace of God go I, that all of us can fall prey to these kinds of natural disasters, ” Obama said. “I think to fail to follow through on that commitment would be a betrayal of who we are as a country. I also think that the Gulf region generally, but New Orleans specifically, has a unique place in America’s imagination and American life and that’s why it is so important now.” Importantly, the president added, the American people must see that restoration funds are not being wasted. “I also think the rest of the country is going to be insistent at a time of great fiscal challenge that money in the Gulf region is spent wisely, that local officials are coordinating effectively, that there is transparency and accountability to these processes, that there is a minimum of politics involved in decision making,” Obama said. “I think given that there are a lot of communities that are having hard times right now, I think people just want to make sure the money is not being wasted,” Obama said. “And that is part of my responsibility as president, to make sure it isn’t.”

Teen Bomber Arrested At Calif. School
Police arrested a teenager with homemade bombs strapped to his body after he blew up two of the bombs at a high school in the California Bay Area, The Associated Press reports. The explosions caused no serious damage or injuries, authorities said, but there was potential for major harm. A teacher at the Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, near Oakland, tackled him before he could wreak more havoc. “There’s no question in our minds that this individual … may have caused grave damage, serious injuries and casualties,” San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer said at a news conference. The 17-year-old former student, who has not been identified because of his age, had at least 10 pipe bombs attached to a vest he was wearing, Police Lt. Mike Brunicardi told AP. The youngster was also carrying a chain saw. His motive is unclear, police say. The 1,200-student Hillsdale High was evacuated immediately after the 8 a.m. blast, and the rest of the school day was canceled. The pipe bombs detonated in a hallway near a library, authorities said. Brunicardi had no specific details on the damage but said it wasn’t “drastic.” After the blasts, two teachers confronted the suspect, with a third teacher tackling the suspect outside an exit door. A principal joined them and held the teen for police, who arrived within minutes, Brunicardi said. Brunicardi described the actions of the teachers, principal and police officers as “nothing short of heroic. They’re jumping on a kid with active explosive devices,” he said. “I call that a hero.”

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Feds Probe Katrina Bridge Shooting

August 11th, 2009

New Orleans PoliceThe brother of one of the two Black men shot to death by police on a New Orleans bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina said he feels “uplifted” by the news that the FBI is ramping up the investigation. “When time passes, it’s like it’s forgotten, and you don’t know what’s going on,” said Romell Madison, whose brother, Ronald, was killed by police. Witnesses said that officers fired at a group of unarmed people on the Danzinger Bridge on Sept. 4, 2005, killing two and injuring four. They reportedly were crossing the bridge in search of food. A state court judge, however, threw out murder and attempted murder charges against officers. Nearly a year ago, federal officials announced that they would investigate whether the seven current and former officers involved in the shooting violated the civil rights of the victims. On Monday, the FBI took two computers from the New Orleans Police Department as part of its investigation. Police spokesman Bob Young told The Associated Press that the department’s Public Integrity Bureau helped federal authorities remove the computers from the Bureau of Investigations. While police do not deny firing the shots, they contend that the people on the bridge fired at them first. Civil rights, religious and community leaders have pressed the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division to step in.

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HEALTH: Is Surge in Heart Attacks Due to Hurricane Katrina?

March 31st, 2009

 

A new study suggests that the stress many suffered after Hurricane Katrina might actually be behind the surge in heart attacks more than three years later, reports The Associated Press. The rate of heart attacks is three times as high as the rate before the storm devastated the New Orleans region in 2005, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic doctors discovered. Full story.

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Education, Housing Remain Challenges for New Orleans Families

December 6th, 2008

NOLA

 

Education, housing remain challenges for New Orleans families. Over 30,000 former New Orleans trailer home residents found homes paid for by the government after Hurricane Katrina. But the funding for shelter runs out in March and recovery is lacking in many areas, city and local officials say. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has promised help for survivors in finding permanent residence, but hasn’t even begun the effort in Lousiana, according to reports. Among other recovery concerns are loss of schooling among youth and higher rates of illness among young Katrina survivors.

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