Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Treme Watch: David Simon on Pity and Tourists - James Poniewozik

Poniewozik's piece, Treme Watch: David Simon on Pity and Tourists, hit a chord with me, or should I say, that the character Sonny in Episode 2 of Treme did.

I finally watched it last night, and felt defensive/crushed about the possibility that I made someone feel such cynicism towards my volunteer work. It was an awkward moment for me putting myself in the volunteers' shoes feeling misunderstood. Fortunately I can't recall any similar real life experience during my time with New Orleanians. Those that I worked with were humble and appreciative. Courageous. They expressed themselves with an honesty that had me doing my best to work alongside them without judgement. I was thankful to be there with them, and I let them know. It's a vulnerable position to reach out for "a hand up", and a brave one, too. Had I missed the "Sonny" somehow?

Sonny's 9th Ward comment also made me remember the one time I worked in the 9th. The home owner talked to me with pride about her will to make sure her son had a school to attend and that he did his best. As a single mom, she had moved to Georgia post-flood, and wasn't sure at the time if she'd return. She did make the trips back to gut the house and clear things out. I'll never forget when she told me, "I'm not poor. I know the media tells you that we're all poor, but we're not. We're hard working people. I'm a middle class American working hard here." How much fortune in that to remind me to screw stereotypes?

Let's see what else Treme will stir up? Looking forward to the healing.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Threadhead Raffle - Gotta be in it

Yikes! I thought that I had posted this already, but peeking in here I find out otherwise...

It's the last day to buy a raffle to support Threadheads outreach. Proceeds will benefit the Threadhead Records Foundation, Fest4Kidz (SilenceIsViolence), and Music Rising / The Gibson Foundation. Please visit Threadhead Charity Raffle 2010 to learn more and grab a ticket or two. Check out the full list of cool items.

I'm definitely going for the Absolut New Orleans Vodka and the two opps to work with the glass artist at the Rosetree Blown Glass Studio in New Orleans. That vodka was our absolut favorite, indeed, and I can't imagine ever parting with a bottle if I still possessed it. (Couldn't stay in our house for long - so delicious) As for my choice on the glass art, my husband is captivated by the technique and always wanted to try it himself. Wish me luck!

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Lower 9 Documentary

I like what Matthew Hashiguchi aims to achieve through this film. Watching the trailer reminds me of the connections I made with the people of New Orleans during my volunteer work. Their stories and weave with the city is what makes the city so unique and alive. If you don't get that, then you don't get New Orleans. Lower 9 does.

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