Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Orleans Rising Airing Tonight

New Orleans Rising, a CNN Hurricane Katrina-anniversary documentary reported by Soledad O’Brien, will air tonight on CNN.

The documentary takes a long look at how five years after the hurricane, the city still struggles to come back from the disaster.

Soledad has been deeply involved in NOLA since reporting on the hurricane back in 2005 and has visited the city dozens of times each year since.

Even a united and highly successful middle-class community like Pontchartrain Park is struggling to rebuild. "The Park" is a middle-class African-American neighborhood that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and is a focal point in the documentary.

The Park was born out of segregation, and this New Orleans’ landmark neighborhood was considered the pinnacle of success. Accomplished residents include two mayors (Ernest and Marc Morial), jazz musician Terence Blanchard and the current head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson.

Terence Blanchard composed and performed the theme music for New Orleans Rising.
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