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Fighting climate change inequity through flood insurance? Yep, it’s a thing.

On September 10, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson arrived at the George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans’s hurricane ravaged Ninth Ward. The school, built just four years earlier, had become a refugee center for those affected by a Category 4 hurricane that pummeled the city the previous day [...]

The pandemic’s devastating mental health effects are slowing — but less so in the South

A new report shows that while fewer Americans report experiencing certain mental illness symptoms, the rate of decrease in the South lags the rest of the nation.  Specifically, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky saw the least amount of change from 2020 to 2021, the report shows.  [...]

By |2021-09-16T09:24:28-05:00September 16, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Story|

As Black folks reimagine soul food, plant-based eating is on the rise

For Black Americans, eating greens is becoming about a lot more than massive pots of collards, mustards and turnips.  While the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and brown communities, some have found restitution by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diets and, in some cases, switching to plant-based diets.  [...]

By |2021-09-15T13:24:57-05:00September 14, 2021|Blackness, Feature, Health, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

Artist Colette Bernard wants you to know the South is no ‘lost cause’ (in many ways)

When Colette Bernard left Lafayette, La., for New York City, Bernard, who uses they/her pronouns, saw it as their great escape — from the small-town, Southern lifestyle that they felt never really fit.  After arriving in New York, it wasn’t long before Bernard began fighting for Southern representation when they [...]

By |2021-09-14T11:25:48-05:00September 13, 2021|LGBTQ, Life & Culture, Story|

‘Pause, learn, and respect each other’: One Afghan man, formerly a U.S. military interpreter, reflects on 9/11 and living as a Muslim in Georgia 

Before coming to the U.S. 12 years ago, Rohid Paiman was an interpreter for the U.S military for nearly a decade. He left behind his family believing that Afghanistan was in good hands having transitioned to a fledgling democracy after decades of war stretching back to 1979 when the Soviet [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:35:27-05:00September 11, 2021|Education, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

Hurricane Ida’s coming mental health toll: ‘We are experiencing a powerful emotional storm’

When Charles Figley, a professor and longtime psychology and traumatology researcher at Tulane University in New Orleans, typically calls colleagues he expects to chat about project updates and other topics.  The day after Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms on record, made landfall, he couldn't even be certain his [...]

By |2021-08-31T11:43:56-05:00August 31, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Story|

New Orleans, coastal Louisiana and Mississippi hurricane outreach: How to help

As Hurricane Ida continues north, residents in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi grapple with the mass destruction left by the joint most powerful hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana since records began. People living in New Orleans may be without power for weeks. Many aid groups, including the Federal Emergency Management [...]

By |2021-09-14T15:36:08-05:00August 31, 2021|Blackness, Economy, LGBTQ, Life & Culture, Story|

Want to help Afghan refugees? Here are resources from around the South

After two decades of war, Afghanistan is once again in the hands of the Taliban. The militia group, designated as a terrorist organization throughout the West, swept through the country as quickly as U.S. and its allies retreated. The speed of the offensive took many off guard and was complete [...]

By |2021-08-17T13:43:57-05:00August 17, 2021|Economy, Education, Health, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|
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