NolaVie Presents : Voices


'Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire'

Poetry slam artist Justin Lamb

Editor's Note: In honor and memory of Sharon Litwin, The Queen here at NolaVie, we will be publishing a piece from her every day for the next month. Sharon was an advocate and spokeswoman for arts, culture, people, and policies ... Read More »

Recap: Voices of the Lower Ninth

Spraypaint left by the National Guard after Katrina. (Photo by: Hanna Rasanen)

The Lower 9th Ward was arguably the epicenter of the massive flooding that followed the failure of the levees after Hurricane Katrina on Aug 29, 2005. While the neighborhood will forever be marked by that epic event, it's not all ... Read More »

L9 and the man from Shiloh

Ellis sits on his front porch as his Navy flag waves in the wind. (Photo by: Hanna Rasanen)

The Lower 9th Ward was arguably the epicenter of the massive flooding that followed the failure of the levees after Hurricane Katrina on Aug 29, 2005. While the neighborhood will forever be marked by that epic event, it's not all ... Read More »

Keeping history alive in the Lower 9

Brenda Robinson, Café Dauphine. (Photo by: Hanna Rasanen)

When Brenda Robinson moved from Washington D.C. to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with her husband, Kirk, she admits she felt immediate culture shock. He’s from six generations of residents in the Lower Ninth Ward, but she didn’t immediately get the language or the culture. Read More »

An oasis in a food desert

Tia Henry, co-owner of the Ninth Ward restaurant Café Dauphine. (Photo by: Hanna Rasanen)

The corner of Dauphine and Egania Streets in the Lower Ninth Ward houses a charming white-tablecloth restaurant in what was once the site of a typical New Orleans-style corner store. In 2005, when the nearby levee failed, that building took on 11 feet of water and, like so many others in the surrounding devastated neighborhood, it sat there until Fred and Tia Henry and his younger sister, Keisha, bought it in 2009. Read More »

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