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New Orleans Marks Hurricane Katrina Anniversary With Defiant Celebration

On Saturday, residents marked 10 years since the infamous storm devastated their city by holding festive and proud celebrations of just how far they've come.

Katrina 10: New Orleans Without Silver Linings

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, our monthlong series of stories has been tied together by a common theme: Nearly everything about the storm's aftermath was even more complicated than it looked in August 2005.

The Fight to Resurrect America's Most Important Black Beach

Gulfside Assembly — the only place where black Americans could visit a coastal beach during Jim Crow — was once known as a civil rights mecca. Just as it was to make a comeback, Hurricane Katrina laid ruin to the retreat, leaving a dedicated few struggling to keep it from fading into historical obscurity.

George W. Bush Delivers Remarks In New Orleans For Katrina Anniversary

The former president drew sharp criticism for his administration's handling of the response to the catastrophe. On its 10th anniversary, he delivered a speech honoring New Orleans' teachers.

5 Katrina Survivors Talk About Making It Through The Storm

"The best way to commemorate a disaster like Katrina is to talk about it."

President Obama Visits New Orleans Neighborhoods Devastated By Katrina

The president visited residents in Tremé and will deliver a speech later in the day. BuzzFeed News reporter John Stanton is reporting from New Orleans.

One Man's Effort To Escape New Orleans' Cycle Of Poverty And Incarceration

Jessie was born in jail, grew up in the projects, and spent time behind bars as an adult. Now, he hopes his budding coffee business can keep him on track.

I Was The Face Of Disaster Tourism In Post-Katrina New Orleans

Giving tours of flood-destroyed neighborhoods, I was accused of cashing in on others' misery. It was my misery too.

Is Post-Katrina Gentrification Saving New Orleans Or Ruining It?

In the decade since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, an influx of billions of dollars and thousands of new residents has helped revitalize portions of the city. However, for some longtime residents like local MC and activist Domonique Meyers, the Crescent City is at risk of losing something much more valuable than what it has gained.

"You're The Mayor Of Nothing Now": Katrina And The Destruction Of Pass Christian, Mississippi

Billy McDonald rose to political power in a little Mississippi beach town on the strength of his resilience and colorful personality. But when Hurricane Katrina hit Pass Christian, it took everything from him and his city.

How Hurricane Katrina Turned Pets Into People

After Katrina, animal rescuers saved thousands of NOLA’s cats and dogs — and in the process, elevated the status of pets in the eyes of the law.

How A Small-Time Drug Dealer Rescued Dozens During Katrina

To the cops, Jabbar Gibson was just a low-level drug pusher. But to the residents of a New Orleans public housing complex, he’s the man who rescued them from Hurricane Katrina when no one else would.

Louisiana’s Justice System Remains Unforgiving A Decade After Katrina

Despite post-Katrina reforms to the criminal justice system, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. That’s largely due to a practice of adding lots of extra time to the sentences of people with prior convictions, even for nonviolent crimes.

Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later

We went to New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast communities to find out what's happened in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina took its destructive path.

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