1. Whitman Wilcox V attended kindergarten through second grade at a neighborhood public school in the Lower Ninth Ward. He had just started the third grade when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. His family was forced to evacuate; he wound up at a Catholic school in Houston.
Back in New Orleans the next fall, he switched to a brand-new charter school, KIPP Believe, for fifth through 8th grade; started high school at another charter school, Sci Academy; then was homeschooled for a year.
Now, he’s beginning his senior year of high school. This time at St. Augustine, an all-boys Catholic school famed throughout the region for its marching band.
Five schools in nine years. A generation of children who’ve lived through the storm and recovery have traced educational odysseys like this one.
Q&A: One Student’s Educational Saga In New Orleans
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    Whitman Wilcox V attended kindergarten through second grade at a neighborhood public school in the Lower Ninth Ward. He had just started the third grade when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. His family was forced to evacuate; he wound up at a Catholic school in Houston.

    Back in New Orleans the next fall, he switched to a brand-new charter school, KIPP Believe, for fifth through 8th grade; started high school at another charter school, Sci Academy; then was homeschooled for a year.

    Now, he’s beginning his senior year of high school. This time at St. Augustine, an all-boys Catholic school famed throughout the region for its marching band.

    Five schools in nine years. A generation of children who’ve lived through the storm and recovery have traced educational odysseys like this one.

    Q&A: One Student’s Educational Saga In New Orleans

    Photo credit: Edmund D. Fountain for NPR

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  1. In New Orleans, there are no more neighborhood schools. Instead, parents must choose — a charter school, private school, or one of six remaining traditional public schools. This fall, more than 9 in 10 New Orleans students will attend charters.

    Parents apply through an open admissions lottery. They request their top choices, and then a computer makes assignments.

    The district set aside one day in July for last-minute enrollment. It expected about 300 parents. More than 2,000 showed up in the next few days, and eventually almost 7,000 students would be assigned to new school seats.

    The End Of Neighborhood Schools

    Photo credit: Edmund D. Fountain for NPR

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  1. Posted on 27 August, 2014

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    Standing on a balcony in her hometown, watch Ledisi stop an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.

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  1. (via Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering)
It’s 8 years today that Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. In New Orleans, once-displaced Lower Ninth Ward resident Ronald Lewis has collected, in a shed behind his rebuilt home, cultural artifacts — like Mardi Gras photos and regalia — in an effort to keep his culture alive. There’s also a Hurricane Katrina display.

"This collection shows the resilience of the people. We had lost everything, but we didn’t lose hope. So every piece in here is symbolic of that — of people wanting to share in the story of us rising out of the ruins of Katrina and saying, ‘We’re here, we’re back,’ " Lewis says.

His collection is open to the public. It’s called The House of Dance and Feathers.
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    (via Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering)

    It’s 8 years today that Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. In New Orleans, once-displaced Lower Ninth Ward resident Ronald Lewis has collected, in a shed behind his rebuilt home, cultural artifacts — like Mardi Gras photos and regalia — in an effort to keep his culture alive. There’s also a Hurricane Katrina display.

    "This collection shows the resilience of the people. We had lost everything, but we didn’t lose hope. So every piece in here is symbolic of that — of people wanting to share in the story of us rising out of the ruins of Katrina and saying, ‘We’re here, we’re back,’ " Lewis says.

    His collection is open to the public. It’s called The House of Dance and Feathers.

    Photo: Debbie Elliott/NPR

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  1. Posted on 8 February, 2013

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    Instagramming Mardi Gras from the Big Easy

    Next week, Catholics the world over will recognize Ash Wednesday, the first day of a six-week-long period of fasting and prayer known as Lent. Around the world, the period before Lent is called Carnival and is marked by massive celebrations and parades. But in Louisiana, it’s called Mardi Gras.

    While the culmination of Mardi Gras season occurs on Fat Tuesday—the day immediately before Ash Wednesday—the parades and festivities actually begin several weeks beforehand. Throughout New Orleans and Louisiana, “Krewes” (a variation on “crews”) with names like Orpheus, Zulu, Bacchus and Thoth hold parades and toss beads to revelers camped out along the streets.

    To tune in from afar over the next five days, follow @NolaMardiGras, browse the #MardiGras hashtag, or watch the Times-Picayune’s ParadeCam. For tonight’s parades, check out #KreweofHermes, #KrewedEtat and #KreweofMorpheus.

    Party on, New Orleans. -L

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  1. RT @christophjoyce: Standing on Canal St, NOLA, watching Isaac roll in. It’s a walled city. Not vandals to deter, but water. View in High-Res

    RT @christophjoyce: Standing on Canal St, NOLA, watching Isaac roll in. It’s a walled city. Not vandals to deter, but water.

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  1. 'New Orleans is a party city and they party,' Wein says. 'People party here. If you go to the hotels — 40-floor hotels — [there's] like 40 floors of parties.'

    — Essence In New Orleans: A Festival That Knows Its Audience

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  1. Posted on 9 July, 2012

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    I’m sorry I didn’t know about Uncle Lionel before he died. He sounds wonderful. — Tanya
Lionel Batiste, vocalist, bass drummer and assistant band leader of the Treme Brass Band died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer.  He was 81.
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RIP UNCLE LIONEL
Cred: Lee Crum 
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    I’m sorry I didn’t know about Uncle Lionel before he died. He sounds wonderful. — Tanya

    Lionel Batiste, vocalist, bass drummer and assistant band leader of the Treme Brass Band died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer.  He was 81.

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    RIP UNCLE LIONEL

    Cred: Lee Crum 

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  1. Posted on 15 June, 2012

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    Will you see 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' when it comes out on June 27th? I love this subtle gif of actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays the main character—Hushpuppy. In an interview for the Sundance Film Festival, director Benh Zeitlin told the story of knowing Wallis was right for the part: “…you see different children do a scene so many times, and then suddenly you’re looking at a warrior…”—Daisy

    Will you see 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' when it comes out on June 27th? I love this subtle gif of actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays the main character—Hushpuppy. In an interview for the Sundance Film Festival, director Benh Zeitlin told the story of knowing Wallis was right for the part: “…you see different children do a scene so many times, and then suddenly you’re looking at a warrior…”
    —Daisy

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  1. Posted on 25 April, 2012

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pspo:

Well, I made it back to Louisiana safe and sound, and even got a spectacular view of the city on the final approach.

I can see the Crawfish Bread booth.
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    sandstep:

    pspo:

    Well, I made it back to Louisiana safe and sound, and even got a spectacular view of the city on the final approach.

    I can see the Crawfish Bread booth.

    (Source: pspo)

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