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    • 00:22

      SPEAKER 1: The mid-morning show, hot like fire,talking to you on WBOK, 1230 AM.Real talk for real time.

    • 00:31

      SPEAKER 2: Real talk for real times, that is what we do.Welcome to the Good Morning show at 9:04 now,four minutes after 9 o'clock.It is District B. That is what's up for grabs here.Will it be the incumbent, or will itbe new blood in the seat?Joining us for this conversation--and I do want to say welcome and thank youfor coming-- good morning to Councilwoman Stacy Head.Let's take some telephone calls here.We've got plenty of people holding on.

    • 00:51

      SPEAKER 2 [continued]: Carl?

    • 00:51

      CARL: How are you doing this morning?

    • 00:52

      SPEAKER 2: Good, and yourself?

    • 00:53

      CARL: Miss Head attended a high schoolthat was found by pro-segregationists.What makes her believe she can representa district that's majority black that was totally opposed to--

    • 01:04

      SPEAKER 3: question was, what did Miss Headmean when she poked her tongue at the people who was hurting?Because in my community when I was coming up,that always meant, I don't care nothing about you.So what does--

    • 01:16

      SPEAKER 4: As a young, black, female college student,why should I vote for you when youhave a history of disrespecting black female professionals,city officials, and black ministers?How do you expect me to--

    • 01:26

      MISS BERTHA: I [INAUDIBLE] with City Council every timethey have it.She was really nasty.She was real rude.She--

    • 01:33

      STACY HEAD: That's not true, ma'am.

    • 01:34

      MISS BERTHA: But that is--

    • 01:35

      STACY HEAD: That is not true, ma'am.

    • 01:36

      MISS BERTHA: I don't want to argue with you.They can pull up tapes and see it.You say you were going to cut the funds off and terminate--

    • 01:43

      STACY HEAD: Can you cut?Cut her off.I'll respond, but I'm not going to take abuse.

    • 01:47

      MISS BERTHA: Yes, you did do that.

    • 01:48

      SPEAKER 2: OK, Miss Bertha, I'm going to give hera chance to respond.Thank you.

    • 01:51

      STACY HEAD: Miss Bertha, that's actually absolutely incorrect.The man came that day--

    • 01:55

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: This is a bunch of bullshitbecause we're going to win this race.And we're going to continue doing the thingsthat we have done in the best interestsof the people of the district.And we're going to move forward.Again, Stacy has grown.She still has some more growing to do, but guess what?When it's all said and done, you cannot challenge her recordof what she has done for this district.

    • 02:18


    • 03:33

      SPEAKER 5: If you know how to do it, you can go--

    • 03:35

      SPEAKER 6: We can do anything we want to do.

    • 03:36

      SPEAKER 5: That's right.This is New Orleans, and you can do anything you want,as long as it's within the law, OK?

    • 03:43

      SPEAKER 6: We stay within the law.

    • 03:44

      SPEAKER 5: You're damn right we-- excuse me.Wrong word.Sorry about that.

    • 03:49

      DEBORAH COTTON: Whites and blacksinteract here like families do.I mean, you have things in your relationshipsthat are endearing and that you do like.But at your core, you know that your cousin is a jerk.And you would not choose that personif you did not have them in your family.So I think that there is this deep love and affection,

    • 04:11

      DEBORAH COTTON [continued]: but also deep wounds.

    • 04:19

      BUDDY LEMANN: It's not the most transparent city in the world.And the truth of the matter is we like the masquerade.We like the drama of Mardi Gras and the factthat reality is cruel and that maybe the bestway to deal with reality is to go in the French Quarter,

    • 04:39

      BUDDY LEMANN [continued]: have a few drinks, have a good meal, and dance,get naked in the streets.

    • 05:01

      SPEAKER 7: When you take a sample out of your mouthor any one of your mouths, and trace it back,we all came from that spot between the Tigrisand the Euphrates River.That's where man got his start at.In New Orleans, all you had to be 1/32 of black blood

    • 05:23

      SPEAKER 7 [continued]: and you were classified as black.We in New Orleans have some of the blackest white peopleand some of the whitest black peopleyou're ever going to see.I love history.I study history.[MUSIC - NEW ORLEANS JAZZ VIPERS,"GETTING SOME FUN OUT OF LIFE"]

    • 06:37

      SPEAKER 8: Stacy has done quite a bit of good.She has had some bad press, and she probablydeserved some of it.But I think her heart's in the right place.She has a very caustic personality.Most anybody will tell you that.And I think that's gotten her into a lot of trouble.But when push comes to shove, I thinkshe has done the right thing.

    • 06:54

      STACY HEAD: We're paying too much for a solid wastecollection system to the detrimentof the citizens of New Orleans.

    • 07:00

      SPEAKER 9: Now what is this?

    • 07:02

      STACY HEAD: It's just a prop to showthe ludicracy of our system.

    • 07:07

      SPEAKER 9: Why don't you sit down, Miss Head?

    • 07:09

      STACY HEAD: No.

    • 07:10

      SPEAKER 9: Why don't you sit down, Miss Head?Miss Head, you're out of order.Sit down with your prop.You've been very rude in holding this placard upfor whatever purpose.I'm not sure.But it's not accomplishing--

    • 07:25

      STACY HEAD: I wish I could bite my tongue more, I do.And I work on that.I struggle with that because one of my negativesis that because I'm so direct, some people don'thear what I need them to hear and what they need to hear.I need to work on that style.I consciously work on it every day.

    • 07:46

      STACY HEAD [continued]: I'm getting slightly better every day, but I backslide.But the typical politician talk drives me batty.So the council meeting sometimes,I want to put a pen to my jugular.

    • 08:02

      MS. WHITE: We get reports every single month with the invoice.It is in the contract, and we receive them.I can give you every last one of them on the diskbecause we receive them on the disk.

    • 08:15

      STACY HEAD: I have asked you for this no less than five timesverbally.

    • 08:20

      MS. WHITE: You've never asked me for this.

    • 08:25

      STACY HEAD: Ms. White, this is grounds for discharge.I cannot--

    • 08:30

      MS. WHITE: Do what you have to do.

    • 08:32

      STACY HEAD: I cannot-- well, I am not going to approveyour budget, not dome number one.And I will stand before the citizens of New Orleans saying,you're not going to get sanitation service collectionbecause I am not going to be bullied by Ms. White.And you are not telling the truth, Ms. White,and I find that incredibly offensive.

    • 08:46

      MS. WHITE: The problem is with you,you have selective understanding and your motiveis to paint a picture as if everybody in this departmentis thieves and crooks when you're the one.

    • 08:55

      STACY HEAD: You have paid--

    • 08:56

      MS. WHITE: I'm not holding my tongue anymore.

    • 08:59

      STACY HEAD: It is hard to remember in everything you doand in everything you say that, oh, someone'sgoing to take this differently because they havea totally different perspective because they were made to ridein the back of the bus or they couldn't drinkwith from the same fountain.I try to do that.I try to be more conscious of it.But I think, in New Orleans for sure,that we've gotten so focused on that instead of judging people

    • 09:23

      STACY HEAD [continued]: by their content, they're being judgedby the color of their skin.What I hear is, you're supposed to give someonea pass because they're African-American.

    • 09:42

      SPEAKER 10: Council chaos.Tonight fights flared up inside the council chambersas protesters tried to stop demolition of the city'spublic housing developments.But today's protest turned personal, as well.Civil rights attorney Tracie Washington,who has criticized council member Stacy Head in the past,took another swing.

    • 10:01

      TRACIE WASHINGTON: She incited a riot.That's the kind of racial strife we're going to have.We're going to have the racist Stacy Heads on one side,and we're going to have public housing residents, black folk,black folk all over this city just tryingto do the right thing on the other side.

    • 10:22

      SPEAKER 11: Stacy Head.Stacy Head, you're a coward.You're a racist thief.You are a coward and thief, a coward and a thief.You're a thieving coward, Stacy Head. [INAUDIBLE]

    • 10:43

      TRACIE WASHINGTON: An irrational Stacy Headstood up in front of the audience,mocking people not on her side, not the white people,but the black people.

    • 10:50

      STACY HEAD: There's a small group of people that attack melargely about race issues.And it's really awkward to have to defend yourselfas not a racist because then you start sayingthings that are repugnant.I mean just to say, oh well, I'm such a wonderful person.My tenant is black, and she lives in my house.Well, that sounds so gross, but it's the truth.

    • 11:12

      STACY HEAD [continued]: I mean, some of my best friends are of different races.Some of my best friends are of different religions.One of my best friends is from Africa.She's not ever an African-American.She's an African.But to say that, I don't want to--

    • 11:27

      STEPHANIE GRACE: Stacy Head oftenhasn't thought through the implications of her behavior.And I think she genuinely thinks she's doing the right thing.I mean, she does not see herself as racist at all.She certainly-- I'll tell you, thereare an awful lot of African-American votersin her district that I know who thinkshe's done a very good job and beenvery responsive to their needs.I think she feels like she's on the side of right,

    • 11:49

      STEPHANIE GRACE [continued]: and why should she have to hold her tongue?

    • 11:52

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: If I could change one thing to makemy life easier, is that she'd just be a little more calmer,and she'd just be a little more calmerand think before she speaks.That's all I ask.[INAUDIBLE]

    • 12:34

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: For 30 something yearsyou have to realize that District B hada sense of its representation.We've got it now.We ain't giving it up.It's ours.We earned it.It's for us.So there are people that feel as though because of the factthat this is a white woman coming in

    • 12:56

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER [continued]: with a whole new style, uncovering some things that weknow have been problems for quite some time, how dare you?We've been doing this for so long.How dare you going to bring your white ass in hereand tell us what to do?You ain't going to tell us what to do.We run this, and that's how you want to do?We're going to show you how to do that.We're going to get your white ass out of here.You're a racist.

    • 13:17

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER [continued]: You don't respect black people.You don't want black people to make no money.You keep your foot on their neck.That's it.

    • 13:26

      SPEAKER 12: It reads, "Recall Stacy Head Now."The billboard is hard to miss as you drive over the ClaiborneOverpass across from the Superdome.Malcolm Suber, the project directorfor Citizens for Accountability and Transparency in Government,had the sign put up.

    • 13:40

      MALCOLM SUBER: This is a majority black district,and she should be sensitive to the needsof the black community.And she is not.She is--

    • 13:49

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: They've taken all the good thingsthat this woman stands for and poured all the bullshit on top.I often tell people, I owe nobody nothingbut the Lord Jesus Christ.And guess what?I wouldn't last a minute in this officeif Stacy Head was a racist.I'd have been gone, and I would let everybody know it.

    • 14:11

      SPEAKER 13: Hey.

    • 14:11

      STACY HEAD: Hey.

    • 14:12

      SPEAKER 13: Good morning.

    • 14:12

      STACY HEAD: You rested?

    • 14:13

      SPEAKER 13: I'm rested.

    • 14:14

      STACY HEAD: Hey.

    • 14:15

      SPEAKER 14: Hey, how are you doing?

    • 14:17

      STACY HEAD: How are you?

    • 14:18

      SPEAKER 14: I'm OK.

    • 14:18

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: We felt for so longthat we need to be led by a certain skin tone,just be honest with you.We've got to get past that because I am black,I'm colored, I'm African-American, I'm Negro,I'm nigger, I'm jiggaboo, I'm le sut.

    • 14:44

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: I'm whatever you want me to be.I'm all of that.But one thing I do know, that I can't do it alone.And we've got to be willing to work togetherto make everything work.

    • 15:29

      DAVIS ROGAN: This kind of is wherethe sublime blends into the trite, whereif you say it's a combination of the foodand the music and the people, that is about ashackneyed as you can get.And yet it's a combination of the food, the music,and the people.

    • 15:56

      IAN MCNULTY: There's a festival in New Orleansjust about every weekend, it seemslike, kind of the instant, impromptu celebrationsof New Orleans that aren't there because somebody wantsto declare they're saving somethingor make a big deal of something or strike out and makea show themselves.They're just doing it because that's the vibe here.They're coming here to this festival and they're probably

    • 16:17

      IAN MCNULTY [continued]: getting a po'boy from a place that they always geta po'boy from.It's just there's a party around it.

    • 16:24

      SPEAKER 15: I was in the militaryand I was stationed outside of Memphis.And I came down here, and I thought to myself,there's a different way of life?You mean I don't have to live in this crap, LA, big city?Oh my god, I'm moving.In LA, my mom still don't know her next door neighbor.

    • 16:44

      SPEAKER 15 [continued]: I mean, we know he's Japanese, we think, but could be Korean.I don't know.And here, I know everybody else's neighbor.

    • 16:55

      IAN MCNULTY: Sushi restaurant does a po'boy.It's going to be good.You're on your second po'boy.You got another in you?

    • 17:02

      SPEAKER 16: I'm going to go hear some music and--

    • 17:05

      IAN MCNULTY: Day of po'boys.

    • 17:06

      SPEAKER 16: --looking for some recipes, yeah.

    • 17:08

      BUDDY LEMANN: Most of us would take lunch ratherthan getting something done.Eventually it does get done.I mean, there is a sense here of-- there'snot the urgency that I think might exist in other places.I mean, I've been to the Big Apple,and everybody runs around like it'sthe last day of the universe and we

    • 17:30

      BUDDY LEMANN [continued]: have to get all of this done.New Orleans folks don't live that way.We always believe that there will be tomorrow.

    • 17:39

      BOB MARSHALL: A guy sees smoke and fire, and he gets up.He looks out his window and realizesthat his kitchen is on fire, and he's up in the front room.Says well, I'm going to watch the end of the Saints game,but the firemen will get here eventually.And he goes and sits down, opens another beer,and watches the Saints game.Or maybe he's getting ready for a Mardi Gras parade or JazzFest or the French Quarter Fest or Voodoo.

    • 18:01

      BOB MARSHALL [continued]: And he's going to take care of itlater because someone always takes care of it.And we've always lived like this.And it'll be OK.

    • 18:09

      OLIVER THOMAS: We've got a festival for everythingbut eliminating poverty.I want to have the anti-poverty festival.Well, now we've got the Swamp Fest, we got the Bayou Fest,we got the Jazz Fest, we got the Essence Fest.We've got the I got up in the morning fest.We've got the I got elected fest.We got they went to jail fest.We've got the somebody died secondlining fest.

    • 18:31

      OLIVER THOMAS [continued]: Everything except the eliminate poverty fest.

    • 18:50

      STEPHANIE MINGO: I do thank God that Ihave a roof over my head.But let me start by saying that my name is Stephanie Mingo.I'm originally from New Orleans.I'm living the Iberville Public House since Katrina.I came here after Katrina, but I have been raised and bornand my whole history is the St. Bernard.

    • 19:16

      STEPHANIE MINGO [continued]: I have a lot of memories of people usedto pay me to fight for them.I miss that people come to give me, come on, I'll give $25.I want you to beat this girl up, you and your crew.I miss all that.I can talk about it now, but I ain't going to lie.I regret that because I'm older now and things that did.But I miss them days.You know, stuff like that.

    • 19:44

      SPEAKER 17: Why do they want to get rid of you?

    • 19:46

      STEPHANIE MINGO: I don't why they'retearing public housing down.White folks said we's not good enoughto live in their public housing.It's public housing.I mean, shit, all our presidents live in public housing.Why we can't live in public housing?They live in public housing, so whywe can't live in public housing?

    • 20:10

      PRES KABACOFF: This may sound dismaying or callous,and I don't mean it that way.We were overwhelmed in poverty before the storm.The storm, we lost a lot of our poor.They found either a better place to live,they didn't have the finances to return.And so we don't quite have the drag

    • 20:33

      PRES KABACOFF [continued]: that we had with the number of poor that we had in the city.So we have a great opportunity to deconcentratethe poor, which is I think the right thing to dofor the city of New Orleans.

    • 21:03

      LARRY GABRIEL: Anybody that has been to jail or anything,they can't come to your house.If you've got a child, they can't come live with you.You ain't helping families.You're separating families when do it.I'm supposed to put my child out if they had beento jail or something and shit?

    • 21:19

      LYNETTE BICKHAM: Columbia Parc is tryingto dictate our way of living.And I'm not going to have nobody dictate my way of living.I had the opportunity to go back.They called me six times.But I refuse to go back.I don't need nobody dictating to mewhen I can sit on my porch, why I can't smoke a cigarette, whyI can't do this.I can't have guests in the gym room.I might get a first income, but I still

    • 21:39

      LYNETTE BICKHAM [continued]: need a job to go with that.That doesn't have anything to do with memoving in these developments.

    • 21:46

      BARBARA SANDERS: Let us get back in there.You know, people want to go back home.But they don't want us.They got all these other people from elsewhere.The Vietnamese, they got their jobs.They got their houses back there.And we still can't go back if we got a record and all of that.That's wrong.

    • 22:04

      LARRY GABRIEL: It's wrong.This is all I know.I raised children there and I recentlyburied my baby daughter.She was 24 years ago when got she killed about in 2007.She's been dead going on three years now, 2007.I lost my mother at the same time.

    • 22:24

      LARRY GABRIEL [continued]: Got killed sitting up in her truck, and they were shooting.And a bullet hit her in the back of the head rightdown AP Tureaud.My mother died on me February 1, and my daughtergot killed February 4, three days after my mother died.So nobody know about the feelings.I know about the feelings.

    • 22:44

      BARBARA SANDERS: Killer Bee wouldlike to go back in St. Bernard and get all of this out.That is for the poor people.And the governor needs to step down.He's talking about the poor people.He ain't for the poor people.I'm letting you know.He's for them people trying to get that money in their place.All it is is about money, but money ain't everything, baby.That's all I've got to say.Money is not everything.

    • 23:08

      STEPHANIE MINGO: A lot of people dowish that public housing just goes away.But guess what?If I love my community, what it is to you?Don't come in my community if you don't love my community.Stay in your own community.I don't know.Yeah, I do know.Eventually, when my house is gone,they're going to come for you too.

    • 23:29

      STEPHANIE MINGO [continued]: You are the next one on the list.

    • 23:36

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Yeah, you're going to be fine.You're going to be good.

    • 23:39

      SPEAKER 18: Have you got lipstick on?

    • 23:40

      STACY HEAD: Yeah, I brushed my hair and wore lipstick.

    • 23:42

      SPEAKER 18: I have too, but I couldn't find none.

    • 23:44

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: With the wind blowing outside.Hey, darling.How you doing?[INAUDIBLE]

    • 23:48

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Good, good.

    • 23:51

      SPEAKER 18: Just don't get it in the shot.

    • 23:53

      COREY WATSON: Good morning, good morning.Good morning, good morning.

    • 23:59

      SPEAKER 18: Councilmember, running for your setagain, black people support you.It's almost like people, they either love you to deathor they are not real into you.Why run again?

    • 24:08

      STACY HEAD: Well, I'd just like say first it'sbeen an honor to serve New Orleans for four years.The reason that I'm running is thisis the place that I want to grow old--

    • 24:16

      COREY WATSON: I want everybody to know I'm Corey Watson.I'm running for District B. And Iwant them to know that I'm going to build coalitions and workwith the people of District B because they deserve it,not controversy and confrontation that many--Do it again.I got it.

    • 24:36

      COREY WATSON [continued]: I got it.Here we go.Holy father, holy ghost.I got it.I got it.

    • 24:47

      TOM WATSON: The nature of politics in Louisiana is ugly.It gets bloody, if you will.It may end up being black and white.Even now, people are saying that.But if people would be practical, realistic,New Orleans is still very much segregated.

    • 25:08

      TOM WATSON [continued]: Our community is in a fight for its life.Please do not take the next election lightly.February 6.Our son, our pastor, is running for city council.Listen to me.I want you to hear it right.District B. I'm not saying I'm endorsing,

    • 25:34

      TOM WATSON [continued]: but our church can read between the lines.If I tell you to pray for a person, look at neighbor,say, interpret the tongue.Because as far as I'm concerned, thereis no separation of church and state, God owns it all.He owns it all.

    • 25:55

      TOM WATSON [continued]: And so we're asking you to lift your hands toward himright now.And I'm going to ask your parson to lay hands on himas his mother and I, along with city council--

    • 26:05

      COREY WATSON: Some people will say, oh, they're divisive.No, we are people who really love, so we want unity.We want healing to take place.We want recovery to take place.And we have to take one personality out of their wayso that we can have everybody share in this recovery.

    • 26:26

      COREY WATSON [continued]: You've got to understand.This is not about one person.This is about a cause.Is there a cause?I know I'm about to shut it down,but I feel like praising God.I feel like lifting him up.Blessed is the man that trusted in him.

    • 26:51

      COREY WATSON [continued]: If people are talking about you, you can go higher.And if people are lying on you, you can go higher.And I feel like going higher.Somebody say yes.I'm going higher.I believe God, that he can do it, exceedingly, abundantly--We all know the famous statement,

    • 27:13

      COREY WATSON [continued]: "This city will always be a chocolate city."That was said because there were thoughtsthat this city was going to be grabbed away from my community.And there was this thought that let's shrink the city.And let's keep certain people out, and let's

    • 27:33

      COREY WATSON [continued]: not allow them back.Even though we're having a bring back New Orleans commission,we're not bringing back everybody."My Will," "My Will." [SINGING] My will I give you.Do that again. [SINGING] My will.My will I give to you.

    • 27:55

      COREY WATSON [continued]: And I am available to you.

    • 28:04

      CHANTE SUTTON: Matter of fact, two weeksI'm going to be married.We've lost five churches for weddings.People found out, pastor found out I'm working with Stacy.Not here.You're not going to walk down these aisles.People that I thought were good friends of mine,because I've stood with Stacy, even before she decidedto run for re-election, when the racism turmoilwas happening in City Hall, pastors

    • 28:26

      CHANTE SUTTON [continued]: and different other political figureswere calling me, saying, hey, I know you're working with Stacy.Cut fellowship.We're not going to deal with you.I tend to look beneath a person.And if you're good to me, I think you're good for my city.

    • 28:46

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: How y'all doing?All ready.You a registered voter, baby?

    • 28:50

      SPEAKER 19: What?

    • 28:51

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: You all registered to vote?Don't be asking me no what.The hell you doing?You registered to vote, ma'am?

    • 28:55

      SPEAKER 18: Yeah.Who said ask no what?

    • 28:57

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I do.I say no asking me no what, girl.

    • 28:60

      SPEAKER 19: How do we register to vote?

    • 29:01

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Huh?Watch, watch the baby.Wait, wait.Hold up.Let me get the baby.Hold up.Come on, baby.There you go.

    • 29:10

      SPEAKER 20: I'm strong enough to do it.

    • 29:12

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: How are you doing, baby?I need you to register to vote now, hear?You registered to vote?

    • 29:15

      SPEAKER 19: Yeah.

    • 29:16

      SPEAKER 20: Yeah.

    • 29:16

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: You're registered to vote?I need you all to vote, hear?

    • 29:18

      SPEAKER 20: I have heard you to vote, baby.

    • 29:19

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: And you're goingto vote for Stacy Head, baby.That's my girl.She's done a lot.She's done a lot.And I really would like for you to consider voting for her.I work for you.I've been working for her since she started,and I'm going to continue to work for her.

    • 29:29

      SPEAKER 21: OK, all right.OK, Barbara.

    • 29:30

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I know her heart.She gets a little wired up.

    • 29:34

      SPEAKER 21: Well, don't we all?

    • 29:35

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: That's right.But that don't mean her heart ain't in the right place.

    • 29:38

      SPEAKER 21: You're right.You're right.

    • 29:38

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: So I really wouldlike for you to consider voting for her, OK?

    • 29:41

      SPEAKER 21: OK, I will.

    • 29:42

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: Take care.Have a good day, sister.

    • 29:43

      SPEAKER 21: Thank you, darling.

    • 29:43

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Talk to me through the door.You ain't got to come out.No, you ain't got to come out.Stand right there, girl.

    • 29:48

      SPEAKER 22: What, baby?

    • 29:49

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I just need you to vote now.Don't forgot to vote.

    • 29:52

      STACY HEAD: Barbara is friends with peoplethat just detest me.She gets very aggressive, and I justfeel very guilty about that because I wouldn'twant to be ostracized by my friends becauseof my friendship with her, and I'm not.And I hate that some of her friendsmay ostracize her because of her friendship with me.And it's huge guilt.

    • 30:10

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Hey, baby.How are you doing?How old are you?

    • 30:13

      JERRELL: 21.

    • 30:14

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Are you a registered voter?

    • 30:15

      JERRELL: Yes, ma'am.

    • 30:16

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: All right.You plan on voting?

    • 30:17

      JERRELL: Yes, ma'am.

    • 30:18

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: We need you to vote.OK, baby?

    • 30:19

      JERRELL: Sure.

    • 30:20

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: It's very important that you vote.Let it become a habit because that's your voice, baby.That is your voice, OK?What's your name, bro?

    • 30:28

      JERRELL: Jerrell.

    • 30:28

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Come give me some love.Come give Miss Barbara some love.Thank you, baby.God bless you.

    • 30:32

      JERRELL: All right.Same here, baby.

    • 30:33

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: All right.Stay cool, hear, babe?

    • 30:34

      JERRELL: Yeah, you too, baby.

    • 30:35

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: All right, darling.Bye-bye.

    • 30:36

      JERRELL: Bye-bye.

    • 30:59

      HENRY IRVING: No matter where you live at,you get to the point where you like where you live at.This large stretch of ground we're covering on the rightnow, all this used to be filled with houses at one time.Now you're coming in to the area where

    • 31:20

      HENRY IRVING [continued]: you're going to see most of the construction on theMake It Right Houses.I think they're ugly.You want me to tell you the truth?I think they're ugly.

    • 31:44

      GLORIA GUY: Brad Pitt made it possiblefor us to get our houses built again.He didn't have to do it, but he did it.He did better than the rest of them did.The President, he come down, had a look, and went right back up.So I just thank God for him.

    • 32:05

      DEBRA DUPAR: A lot of them say they look like spaceships.Yeah, a lot of them say they look like spaceships.I say, but I like the spaceship look, me.I should have got the one that tilted up in the air.I say, oh, we should have picked that onebecause raises up to the front like thisand comes on the slope.I said we should have picked that one.We would have had a unique house, yeah.

    • 32:26

      DEBRA DUPAR [continued]: Yeah.

    • 32:27

      BILL MCDONOUGH: One thing that I thinkis really key to understand about the mission of Make ItRight is that if you look at a tree as a design,and you think about what it does,it would be like asking someone to make complex sugar in foodchange colors with the seasons, create microclimates,and self-replicate.How are we doing?

    • 32:48

      BILL MCDONOUGH [continued]: Right?It took us 5,000 years to put wheels on our luggage.We're not that smart.And what we tried to do with the housesis to say that the houses have the same goal as a tree.So when you look at our houses, they'reaccruing solar energy, et cetera.The materials are safe and go back to soil safelyor go back to industry forever.

    • 33:08

      DIANE JONES: Whatever we do, we haveto do something that they feel a part of because lots of timesin New Orleans, communities have felt that designhas been placed on them.Some people from the outside came and said, you have this.And so here's an opportunity to let them feel somehow that theyhave a real say in this.

    • 33:28

      TIM DUGGAN: So we have to understandthe neighborhood has a perceptionthat the white demographic or the affluent demographicin the neighborhood gets protectionand gets curb and gutter, and the black, African-American,less affluent neighborhood gets ditches and mosquitoes.This city looks different--

    • 33:48

      SPEAKER 23: When we see stuff like this,it's upsetting because we've never been on the playing fieldto be in the first beginning of the processto let everybody know exactly what we want or what we feel.And all of the organizations doing whatever,all of this stuff, they're not from our community.

    • 34:09

      SPEAKER 23 [continued]: So how can you speak for us, you know?It's just upsetting, yeah.It's what, four years down the line now?And all this is being done already.

    • 34:19

      AUSTIN ALLEN: In a lot of ways I thinkin this particular process we are at the initial stage.We're not down the road.

    • 34:28

      BILL MCDONOUGH: With computers, we can nowmake it look like it's done.This isn't done.This is what happens at the very beginning of a design exercise,just so you know.I think it looks-- because they're what we can do.

    • 34:42

      SPEAKER 23: I know what Tennessee Streetlooks like right now.I know this is a rendition.I do know that.

    • 34:51

      AUSTIN ALLEN: And I agree with you.Not everybody agrees that--

    • 34:54

      HENRY IRVING: Make It Right?I think that's a joke.And I look at some of them houses over there,and I just shake my head at them.But hey, I'm just one individual.

    • 35:04

      SPEAKER 24: So if they offered you a house at Make It Right--

    • 35:07

      HENRY IRVING: I'd say no.

    • 35:08

      SPEAKER 24: You'd say no?

    • 35:09

      HENRY IRVING: Nuh-uh.I'll stay right where I'm at.And like you can see, it's just me, me and God back here.

    • 35:22

      SPEAKER 23: Was there ever a question for youabout coming back?

    • 35:25

      HENRY IRVING: Never a thought in my mind.I've put 59 years down there.And no matter what the news media might say,it isn't as bad as they make it out because, see,I never worry because I got somethingthat handles all problems.

    • 35:46

      HENRY IRVING [continued]: I got a 12 gauge shotgun, and I ain't shooting buck shots.

    • 36:08

      STACY HEAD: Hi.I'm Stacy.I'd really appreciate y'all's vote.

    • 36:13

      SPEAKER 25: Absolutely.

    • 36:14

      STACY HEAD: Give you-- you can share.

    • 36:15

      SPEAKER 26: Thank you.Very nice.

    • 36:16

      SPEAKER 25: If we had more like you on the council, we'd be OK.

    • 36:18

      STACY HEAD: Well, thank you so much.I feel good about this election, I really do.

    • 36:22

      SPEAKER 25: You're doing a good job.

    • 36:23

      STACY HEAD: Thank you.Gia?

    • 36:25

      SPEAKER 27: Gia, yeah.

    • 36:26

      STACY HEAD: I think--

    • 36:26

      SPEAKER 27: I've actually sent you a couple of emails.You've been very responsive.Thank you so much.And I am planning to vote for you.Just give me one your signs, and I'll stick it in my yard.

    • 36:32

      STACY HEAD: I would love that.OK, let's see.What number?

    • 36:34

      SPEAKER 27: 229.

    • 36:35

      CHARLIE FAVROT: Hi.How are you doing?Hey, Stacy's here.Don't mind me, I'm in my drawers.

    • 36:38

      STACY HEAD: He's in his underwear.Don't film him.

    • 36:40

      CHARLIE FAVROT: My girlfriend Stacy Head's here. let me go.Goodbye.

    • 36:43

      STACY HEAD: Well, I appreciate that.

    • 36:44

      CHARLIE FAVROT: How are you?

    • 36:45

      STACY HEAD: I'm doing fine.

    • 36:45

      CHARLIE FAVROT: I'm Charle Favrot.

    • 36:46

      STACY HEAD: Hey, Charlie.It's good to see you.

    • 36:48

      CHARLIE FAVROT: Nice to see you.

    • 36:48

      SPEAKER 28: She's extremely capable.And I think she's extremely fair, or attempts to be.

    • 36:54

      SPEAKER 29: It's so easy to label someone unfairly.

    • 36:57

      SPEAKER 28: But I've seen her in situations where she wouldhandle something on a racial basis,and she did it from intellect, not from--

    • 37:09

      SPEAKER 29: Emotion.

    • 37:10

      SPEAKER 28: Not from an emotional standpoint.And that may be difficult for people who handlethings on an emotional basis.

    • 37:31

      STACY HEAD: The people that don't like me,it's very clear why they don't like me.They don't like me because I challenge their political base.You have a large group of people who don't feel empowered,and they are told time and time again,the only way you're going to haveanybody speak for you is to have somebody who looks justlike you.So I'm trying to be realistic.I mean, I have to say I'm very thankful that in my district

    • 37:53

      STACY HEAD [continued]: last time I got either 16% or 18%.I remember it more rosy than it is, so I keep saying it's 18%.But I think it was more like 16%, which is impressive.That's impressive-- of the African-American vote.That's impressive.And I really hope that I will take that vote and buildon that via my personal relationship that I've built,which is really one of the focuses of my campaign.

    • 38:15

      STACY HEAD [continued]: It's going to be to remind peoplewhat I've done in and around their communitiesso that they say, oh yeah.That's why I liked her.Hey.

    • 38:23

      SPEAKER 30: I'm glad to see that you're qualified.You got this one in the bag, girl.Got nothing to worry about.

    • 38:26

      STACY HEAD: I don't know, but thank you very much.

    • 38:28

      SPEAKER 30: Yes.Well, I'm stomping for you.

    • 38:33

      STACY HEAD: I appreciate that.We're going to get really--

    • 38:35

      SPEAKER 31: What's the strategy to win?

    • 38:37

      STACY HEAD: Present a soft, likable image.And then we're thinking about buying up large chunks of timewhere we have spirituals sung about how wonderful Stacy is.

    • 38:47

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Ain't that right?

    • 38:49

      STACY HEAD: Hilarious.I'm joking, of course.

    • 38:54

      SPEAKER 31: I tell you, man, I couldn't do your job.

    • 38:56

      STACY HEAD: I couldn't do your job.So you stay in yours.I'll stay in mine.

    • 38:59

      SPEAKER 31: Yeah.

    • 39:00

      STACY HEAD: I'm going to go see John.I want to go see those kids.I like your bike, yeah.I think most of this is coming from his father.That's where the motivation to run in the first placeis coming.But you never know.I mean, the egos are mind-boggling in politics.I mean, I've never seen anything like this,

    • 39:21

      STACY HEAD [continued]: people that can convince themselvesthat they are the second coming of JesusChrist or the first coming, depending on your perspective.

    • 39:30

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Merry Christmas.And it's going to be a good Christmas because, as you know,we got a campaign that we're working on,just getting it ready to go.This is for Stacy Head.We're getting ready to do this thing for my girl Stacy.

    • 39:49

      MITCH LANDRIEU: I know everybody wants to makethis election about race.But it really is about common ground.That's what this race, that's what this election is about.And so even the media, you guys and other people whofollow people around and create the juxtaposition,but it's really not-- it's much, much deeper than that.It's geographic.It's class.

    • 40:09

      MITCH LANDRIEU [continued]: It's all of it wrapped up into one.It's not just race because New Orleans is a complex organismjust like every other city.Hey, how are you doing?Nice to see you.How are you doing?You going to vote for me?Thank you.I appreciate it.

    • 40:33

      SPEAKER 24: Who was that?

    • 40:34

      SPEAKER 33: It's Landrieu.

    • 40:35

      SPEAKER 24: Yeah?Who is he?

    • 40:37

      SPEAKER 33: He's the lieutenant governor right now,running for mayor.

    • 40:40

      SPEAKER 24: What do you think the chances are?

    • 40:42

      SPEAKER 34: He's going to win, I think.

    • 40:43

      SPEAKER 24: Yeah?

    • 40:44

      SPEAKER 34: Yeah.

    • 40:44

      SPEAKER 33: Got a good chance.Been around a while.His daddy was the mayor of New Orleans for a while.He's got a chance.

    • 40:51

      SPEAKER 24: Do you know him personally, or just--

    • 40:53

      SPEAKER 33: Well, I--

    • 40:54

      SPEAKER 34: I do now.I just met him.

    • 40:55

      SPEAKER 33: Yeah.

    • 40:57

      MITCH LANDRIEU: How are you doing?Don't forget to vote for me.

    • 41:01

      SPEAKER 35: Oh, all right.Next mayor.How are doing?

    • 41:03

      MITCH LANDRIEU: Real nice to meet you.

    • 41:04

      SPEAKER 35: All right. [INAUDIBLE]

    • 41:05

      MITCH LANDRIEU: You're welcome.Nice to see you.I appreciate it.Hey, you guys.How are you all doing?Good to see you.How's everything?Nice to see you.I'm running for mayor.

    • 41:18

      SPEAKER 36: Why you didn't get me a job, bro?

    • 41:20

      MITCH LANDRIEU: I'm working on it.How are you doing?

    • 41:22

      SPEAKER 36: Why you didn't get me no job?

    • 41:24

      MITCH LANDRIEU: I'm trying.I've been to get something so we can work.

    • 41:27

      SPEAKER 37: We off Saturday.Saturday's a big thing, huh?That's what people are asking me.

    • 41:32

      MITCH LANDRIEU: Saturday.

    • 41:32

      SPEAKER 38: We need--

    • 41:33

      SPEAKER 37: We need some work.

    • 41:34

      SPEAKER 38: We need jobs.

    • 41:35

      MITCH LANDRIEU: That's what we're put it together for.

    • 41:36

      SPEAKER 38: We're going to get some taxes.

    • 41:37

      MITCH LANDRIEU: Absolutely.

    • 41:39

      SPEAKER 37: Oh, wait a minute.

    • 41:41

      MITCH LANDRIEU: You know, you haveto believe that you can fix the problem.I mean, if you don't believe that, you have to quit, right?So you have to believe that you can fix it and it is fixable.And it's not unknowable.It's knowable and it's doable.And so you just have to try to organize yourself in a wayand bring the community together to actually get it done.That's the hard part, not what to do, but how to do it.

    • 42:01

      MITCH LANDRIEU [continued]: And so today, I don't know if you've noticed,a number of people that have gotten uphave invoked the spirit of Father Harry Johnson, whohas challenged us all to do so much in our lives.Father Thompson had an easy way to do it.He would stick his finger in your chest when you asked him,what do you think I should do?And he would say something like, go find out where you canthe greatest good to the most people.Get there as fast you can and work as hard as you can at it.

    • 42:23

      MITCH LANDRIEU [continued]: And that's where you're supposed to be.And so it is in his spirit that I'vecome to you today to tell you that Iam going to run for mayor of the city of New Orleans.

    • 42:47

      HENRY IRVING: This was 99.9% white neighborhood.A lot of things happened in this neighborhoodthat a lot youngsters don't know nothing--

    • 42:55

      SPEAKER 39: Nothing about.

    • 42:56

      HENRY IRVING: Don't know what happened down here.And like I tell them, as long as we was down here,I couldn't tell you much of nothingabout this side of St. Claude street, not in the early '50s.

    • 43:06

      SPEAKER 39: Yeah.What did we call it bro?We called it front of town.

    • 43:09

      HENRY IRVING: Front of town.

    • 43:10

      SPEAKER 39: We're from back of town.

    • 43:11

      HENRY IRVING: And the only thing saved meand some of my neighbors is God giving me the ability to run.

    • 43:17

      SPEAKER 40: Fast.

    • 43:18

      HENRY IRVING: Fast.But I'm glad at least we got something recognizingwhat happened down here.

    • 43:27

      SPEAKER 41: Why don't we get a shot coming out the buildinglike we did 50 years ago?

    • 43:30

      SPEAKER 42: Oh, definitely.

    • 43:32

      SPEAKER 43: I'll see y'all at the car?OK.

    • 43:34

      SPEAKER 41: I'll come get Al.Thanks, Al.Line up like we came out the door 50 years ago.

    • 43:39

      AL: Yeah.

    • 43:49

      SPEAKER 24: So what happened 50 years ago?

    • 43:51

      SPEAKER 44: Oh, we had a hell of a time.

    • 43:53

      SPEAKER 24: Is it something you remember like it was yesterday,or is it something that must have happened to somebody else?

    • 43:58

      SPEAKER 42: I remember it as if it was yesterday, especiallythat first day.

    • 44:03

      SPEAKER 44: I don't think any childthat had to go through that could ever forget it,not really.

    • 44:09

      SPEAKER 45: Miss Tate.

    • 44:11

      SPEAKER 46: Yeah, that's Miss Tate, right here.

    • 44:15

      SPEAKER 24: Can you imagine what it must have been like?

    • 44:18

      SPEAKER 46: Well, not exactly.I guess it was terrifying.I'm more than sure it was.

    • 44:24

      SPEAKER 47: Good morning.Morning, neighbors.If you know much about the history of the desegregationof these schools, particularly the young people involvedin it, they were victims of what wewould call today hate crimes.And yet they persevered.But the thing that is so remarkableis that these young ladies did not become bitter.

    • 44:46

      SPEAKER 47 [continued]: They didn't become hateful, like the peoplewho tried to force them to give up their dream.Some of you may remember Earl Long.Somebody asked Earl Long, do you believe in heaven?He said, oh yeah.And then he added, they got records up there,and you write them yourself.

    • 45:08

      SPEAKER 47 [continued]: Ruby, Gale, Leona, and Tessie have records up there.So the plaque that we are going to unveilmay last for a century, even less.Some evil person may try to remove it or deface it.But they got records up there.They wrote them themselves.Thank you very much.

    • 45:38

      SPEAKER 42: Good morning.Thanks to the US Marshals.When I looked in Mr. Al's face, I knew it was him.I remembered him.And looking at-- this is just a memory,but everybody was just further back.The crowd was just further back.It's a mixed crowd today, and that makes us even feel better.

    • 46:00

      SPEAKER 42 [continued]: Thank you.

    • 47:02

      PAUL BEAULIEU: We react differently to issues on racethan white folk do.But as least black folk are about fair.They're not about hurting economically or politicallywhite folk.That's not the agenda.On the other hand, the political coup that I see comingis directly aimed at lessening the political problem

    • 47:23

      PAUL BEAULIEU [continued]: of black folk, lessening the economic impact and developmentof black folk, lessening elected officials, just lessening.

    • 47:33

      JOHN SLADE: And that's what I see the future of here.We will be cut out, sequestered, locked up, messed up,and put on a leash.And that is the future.And that's what I try to warn folks.So y'all talk about, I'm for Mitch.I'm tired of the black man.Boy, you don't know what tired is.Lady, you don't know what tired is.

    • 47:53

      JOHN SLADE [continued]: But you think you're tired now?No, you're not.But like Yoda said, (YODA VOICE) you will be.You will be.

    • 48:03

      SPEAKER 48: Nobody does it better.The one station that talks about whatothers won't, "Showtime in the Afternoon"with Paul Beaulieu and John Slade.

    • 48:11

      PAUL BEAULIEU: Where are you at, New Orleans?This is "Showtime in the Afternoon."Paul Beaulieu, John Slade.Anyway, line two.

    • 48:26

      JOHN SLADE: Olivia.

    • 48:27

      PAUL BEAULIEU: Olivia, what's up?

    • 48:29

      OLIVIA: How are you gentlemen doing?

    • 48:30

      PAUL BEAULIEU: Good.Good, good, good.

    • 48:33

      OLIVIA: People, we better wake up and smell the coffee.We've always voted for white people.But I'm sick and tired of it.I am not voting for anybody white, period.They don't cross the line, I don't cross.I'm going black.Just like they vote their race, I'm voting mine, period.

    • 48:53

      PAUL BEAULIEU: Thank you.We appreciate it.

    • 48:55

      OLIVIA: We've been locked down too long.It's time for freedom.

    • 48:57

      PAUL BEAULIEU: Thank you.Appreciate it.All right.

    • 48:59

      JOHN SLADE: So this is a lesson for you, quote,"post-racial black leaders."I don't need your post-racial.

    • 49:07

      PAUL BEAULIEU: But it also crystallizedin the minds of black folk, when you get right down to it,as one of the bloggers said, are we going to be white again?That's going to be a major issue.It doesn't matter who's the better candidate.Are we going to be white or are we going to be black?That's going to be a major factor.There's a train coming through the black community that'sgoing to bust it wide open.[TRAIN HORN] And that shadow government train

    • 49:30

      PAUL BEAULIEU [continued]: has a lot of cars on it.It has the criminal justice system on it.It has the white-owned media on it.It was white political leaders like Stacy Head on it.It has businessmen on it.That's the train that's coming.I have said before, I think Stacy Head is the point guardfor the shadow government.And I look at the rest of the council.

    • 49:52

      PAUL BEAULIEU [continued]: They got conservatives and they gotabsolute disrespectful white folk.Stacy Head fits the latter to me.I just, I don't see it.I don't see it.Better go to the line.Let me get Sally.

    • 50:13

      PAUL BEAULIEU [continued]: What's up, Sally?

    • 50:14

      SALLY: Yeah, listen.As far as for Tracy Head, her actions have proven--

    • 50:18

      JOHN SLADE: Stacy.

    • 50:19

      SALLY: Tracy-- what is it?

    • 50:20

      JOHN SLADE: Stacy.

    • 50:21

      SALLY: What is it?

    • 50:22

      JOHN SLADE: Stacy Head.

    • 50:23

      SALLY: Well, whatever Head it is.She was telling a lot of you-know-whatson the the radio, but she's a slick politician.She say what she's got to say when she has to say it.But she has proven that she's not in our corner.

    • 50:37

      PAUL BEAULIEU: Who that tripping?Who that tripping?

    • 50:42

      SPEAKER 49: I'm trying to figure out what this is, Mitch.

    • 50:44

      MITCH LANDRIEU: What's that?

    • 50:45

      SPEAKER 49: Look at this sign.

    • 50:49

      MITCH LANDRIEU: Well, that's a trick question.

    • 50:58

      DAVID SIMON: On some level, this is the citythat New Orleans has made of itself.The beauty of it is that when things turn outbadly or when things go to hell, so to speak,somebody figures out a way to have a paradeand play a song up and down the streetand make the city essential and beautiful yet again

    • 51:21

      DAVID SIMON [continued]: and make it someplace that nobody would everwant to leave.

    • 51:41

      SPEAKER 50: No, we've got to clear a path in thereso we can see Khandi.Hey, dancing Khandi.

    • 51:50

      SPEAKER 51: Roll camera, rolling.Coming forward, folks.Come forward.

    • 52:03

      DAVID SIMON: In many ways, New Orleansexists only to be New Orleans in the imagination.And the truth is it's one of the most dysfunctional citiesin America.We won't educate your kids.If you're the victim of a crime, wewon't resolve that in any intelligent way.But at the end of the day, we willfind a way to make you smile and dance and make

    • 52:26

      DAVID SIMON [continued]: your way through life.It could only happen in New Orleans.

    • 52:31

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Super Bowl, New Orleans Saints,we're on our way.Super Bowl, Super Bowl, we're on our way.And you see they're holding John Georges signs.

    • 52:51

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: That's my candidate.That's who I'm supporting for mayorfor New Orleans, John Georges.That is my candidate, OK?Let me go and speak to my friend.

    • 53:02

      SPEAKER 52: How are you doing, babe?

    • 53:04

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I'm fine, babe.I'm here doing my thing.They're doing a documentary on me.

    • 53:07

      SPEAKER 52: I like that coat.Can I get me one?

    • 53:10

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Special.Hey!Hey, Miss Thing, my baby.How are you doing?

    • 53:17

      SPEAKER 53: Fine.What are you doing?

    • 53:18

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: They're doing a documentary on me.

    • 53:19

      SPEAKER 53: Oh, my lord.

    • 53:20

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Oh, my lord.

    • 53:21

      SPEAKER 54: Get out of the street.

    • 53:22

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Get out of the street.How are you doing, my baby?How are you?How are you?

    • 53:26

      SPEAKER 55 : Who dat saying they're going beat them Saints?

    • 53:29

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Nobody, nobody.

    • 53:31

      SPEAKER 55 : Hello, baby.Hello.Elle la va.

    • 53:37

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: We're so happy to see youall in our city.But I'm sorry you all won't leave with a win.

    • 53:43

      SPEAKER 56: We plan on leaving the same way we came.

    • 53:45


    • 53:46

      SPEAKER 56: In the grace of God.We can have a good time.We're going to have a good time when the Vikings win.And we wish you well for next year.

    • 53:53

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: OK.And you know what, baby?You're just like me.You're a believer.

    • 53:57

      SPEAKER 56: That's right.

    • 53:58

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: You're a believer.OK.But I need to let you know that I believe.Who dat?Who dat?

    • 54:06

      SPEAKER 56: The Vikings, that's who.

    • 54:08


    • 54:11

      SPEAKER 57 : Who dat?Who dat?Who dat think they're gonna beat them Saints?Who dat?Who dat?

    • 54:17

      SPEAKER 58: Guess what?They ain't phony, baby.This is the way it is.This is how we're raised.

    • 54:23

      SPEAKER 59 : New Orleans, baby.New Orleans.

    • 54:29

      SPEAKER 60: This is our destiny.Do you understand?This is our destiny.The 44th president we never thought we would see, right?44th Super Bowl?We never thought we would see the Saints go,but they are going, baby.

    • 54:42

      SPEAKER 61: Saints victory, destined.

    • 54:45

      SPEAKER 62: (SINGING) Be in that number, whenthe Saints come marching in.

    • 54:53

      SPEAKER 63: We've gotten very practical, very resourceful,with where we will stir our happiness.And let me tell you, the Saints game?That's a good place to go.Go, Saints.We're going to win.

    • 55:05

      SPEAKER 64: The Saints represent the city.We have no racial divide.There's no economic divide.It's one team, one city.

    • 55:18

      SPEAKER 65: Whether it flows over into other situationsremains to be seen.I think the possibility is there.

    • 55:47

      HENRY IRVING: That's the best thing happened to us.

    • 55:50

      SPEAKER 66: That's the best thing happenedto us since Katrina, is the Saints winning.

    • 55:54

      HENRY IRVING: After they won the NFC championship game--

    • 55:56

      SPEAKER 66: Nobody went to school.

    • 55:58

      HENRY IRVING: The absentee rate jumped up 100%.When the man said this area happened to have 3,000,the next day they had 5,500 kids didn't show upfor school that day.

    • 56:09

      SPEAKER 66: And then you see everybody walking aroundwith a smile on their face right now.Everybody's happy.Nobody even focused on the election coming up.Everybody's focused on the Saints, you know?And this was a good thing.You're not even depressed anymore.You're thinking about the Saints.

    • 56:26

      NORMAN ROBINSON: Well, it depends on how it goes.The last segment could be about three or four minutes.

    • 56:40

      STACY HEAD: Get one, you don't have it in your hand.

    • 56:42


    • 56:43

      STACY HEAD: Mike, please take this from us.

    • 56:45

      MIKE: Oh, OK.

    • 56:46

      STACY HEAD: Thank you.

    • 56:48

      NORMAN ROBINSON: Good evening and thank youfor joining us for another Sunday night debateas we head towards election day, February 6.Tonight the spotlight is on the race for the New Orleans citycouncil in District B. The candidateswill now ask questions to each other.We'll start this segment off with you, Mr. Watson.

    • 57:04

      COREY WATSON: Miss Head, the Times-Picayune indicated thatyou called New Orleans an s--hole of a city.You would not take it back.And my question to you is, why do you think the voters shouldre-elect you if you called them s--holes?

    • 57:23

      STACY HEAD: You know, when I referto New Orleans in a derogatory manner, it's out of my sadnessthat we don't achieve what we should.Look at the natural resources we have.We are the port city.We have the most beautiful architecture, the best music,the best food, the best culture.Yet we still are at the bottom of every list of importanceand at the top of the bad list.

    • 57:43

      NORMAN ROBINSON: Thank you.Your turn to ask a question.

    • 57:46

      STACY HEAD: OK.Reverend Watson, are you supportive of the businessdevelopment public-private partnership?Why or why not?

    • 57:54

      COREY WATSON: I think that the businesspartner private partnership should still be studied.There are many people who are concernedabout what's going on.Some people call it the shadow government.I'm not sure.But what I would do is speak with the business partnersto ensure that they have their interests secured

    • 58:15

      COREY WATSON [continued]: and continue to make sure that we are moving our city forward.

    • 58:18

      NORMAN ROBINSON: You have a turn for another question.

    • 58:20

      COREY WATSON: Miss Head, before the gag order,Miss Tracie Washington indicated to methat you used the N word numerous timesto speak in reference to African-Americans.I want to know, is it true?And if so, will you release all of your emails?

    • 58:38

      STACY HEAD: That is absolutely untrue.It's against my nature.It's against my beliefs.My opponent is aggressive, quite negative.I've made comments about preachers taking advantageof their flocks, and that's probably personally buggedmy opponent because he is a preacher who some might thinktakes advantage of his flock.I mean, they got airplanes and $120,000 Mercedes,

    • 59:01

      STACY HEAD [continued]: and their flock take the bus to get to church.And I just think that's a problem.

    • 59:07

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: They think this is necessary.They think this is necessary.Yes, they do.They think it's necessary.But it's not necessary because guess what?It's bullshit.No racism, no Head.OK.

    • 59:28

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: They try to identify to two to go together, racism and Head.So they feel that the more they can send this message,the better it goes.Yeah, she's a racist.Yeah, she's a racist.Yeah, she's a racist.They're not going to look at, well, you know what?That lady did this or that lady did that.And that's what-- my people, it's not what we always want

    • 59:51

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: is what we need.And it has nothing to do with the color of their skin.If Stacy's the person that can deliver from us,let's utilize her.Let's do what we got to do to get it done.OK?And it's just that simple.And case in point-- and I'm sayingthis on the air-- they got black people every daythat got minimum wage jobs.But they like to make a little solid money working

    • 01:00:13

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: the campaign.Corey Watson's got Mexicans working for him, Hispanics.Now, what if Stacy was to take that and say, look,black people, he don't want to hire y'all, but he hiredHispanics?So I'm just saying, let's be real.

    • 01:00:32

      STACY HEAD: We've gotten three polls,and it looks really good.My negatives have remained what we knew they were, actually,with my first poll, which is very, verysmall in the white community and nottoo big in the black community.The issues that we knew were a concern, whichare my quick wit, no, my sharp tongue

    • 01:00:53

      STACY HEAD [continued]: are the issues that I need to continue to addressand continue to work on.But I should finish very, very strong.Good morning!Mom, could you come here for a second?This is my mom.

    • 01:01:07


    • 01:01:08

      SPEAKER 24: Hi.

    • 01:01:08

      STACY HEAD: She's my best helper She'll talk to anybodyabout anything, anytime.

    • 01:01:12

      KATHERINE SINGLETON: I'm even getting a Spanish lesson.I'm holding up signs, I'm working for Stacy,and I'm getting a Spanish lesson from this guy from Guatemala.It's great.It's like double duty.

    • 01:01:20

      STACY HEAD: Multitasking.

    • 01:01:21

      KATHERINE SINGLETON: Yeah.He's teaching me Spanish, and I'm holding up a sign.

    • 01:01:28

      SPEAKER 24: And he's working for the opposition.Well, he said--

    • 01:01:31

      STACY HEAD: I don't think he knows.

    • 01:01:32

      KATHERINE SINGLETON: He doesn't know.He said, they pay me.They pay me $9 an hour.I just stand here all day every day.I don't care.Yeah, I need the work.So that's good.

    • 01:01:41

      STACY HEAD: Actually, this campaign--because so many people have been, especiallywith the Georges' campaign, they'vegot so much money-- it's been great for our economy.Lots of money into the economy.$6 million I think he spent is what I heard.

    • 01:01:54

      KATHERINE SINGLETON: Oh, that's good.That is good.He's a nice little guy.I'm enjoying chatting with him.

    • 01:02:01

      SPEAKER 24: How do you feel when you,now that she's in the public world,read about her in the paper?Sometimes it's not complimentary.

    • 01:02:07

      KATHERINE SINGLETON: Initially I wantedto go whip them because I have a rule.You mess with my children, I want you, dead, you know?But I'm getting really good now.I realize it's just politics, and youhave to go with the flow.But you know how moms are.You protect your cub, even if your cubis able to protect herself.

    • 01:02:33

      STACY HEAD: Hola.

    • 01:02:34

      SPEAKER 67: Hola.

    • 01:02:35

      STACY HEAD: It's so cold.Frio, frio.

    • 01:02:58

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: So what I'm sayingis if we get 50 people in front of Columbia for 3 o'clocktomorrow.

    • 01:03:04

      SPEAKER 68: Right.We're going to--

    • 01:03:06

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: With signs basically saying,bring the people home, or whatever.The point of the matter is, look how great this is.

    • 01:03:14

      SPEAKER 68: Yes, sir.

    • 01:03:15

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: The president is here.Because you're not going to get a chance to talk,so you have to talk through your signs.

    • 01:03:20

      SPEAKER 68: Yes, sir.

    • 01:03:21

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: So you have to talk through your signs.

    • 01:03:24

      SPEAKER 68: We'll do that.

    • 01:03:24

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: So that's why I'm saying we make the signsand make sure we get across our pointand that we get ourselves strategically situatedwhere they have to see us.Normally the Secret Service might tryto make you go two blocks away.We all know how that's got to work.But what--

    • 01:03:43

      STEPHANIE MINGO : I don't what's going to happen.But whatever happens, it happens.Whatever it takes to get the president's attention,knowing that we belong here and we was just thrown outlike trash, it's not only that.We lost a development, but we lost a community.

    • 01:03:58

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: We don't need police.We need a lease.We don't need police.We need a lease.We don't need police.Oh, look.We don't need police.Bring the people home.Bring the people home.No justice, no peace.Obama, give us a lease.

    • 01:04:20

      ENDESHA JUAKALI [continued]: They're going to put the dogs on our ass.

    • 01:04:23

      SPEAKER 69: Who let the dogs out?

    • 01:04:24

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: The police brought the dogs.

    • 01:04:26

      SPEAKER 69: Who let the dogs out?

    • 01:04:27

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: We're going back to the '60s.

    • 01:04:27

      SPEAKER 69: Woof, woof, woof.

    • 01:04:29

      STEPHANIE MINGO : How are you going to keep us outof our community?Half the people in this communityis scared to stand on a damn cornerand speak up for theyself.Why?They don't know their human rights.And the ones that is scared, I really feel sorry for them.I really feel sorry for them.

    • 01:04:46

      KAWANA JASPER: We had an opportunity to get in here,but we try to fight for everyone's rightto come back under our terms, our circumstances,unconditional, and be able to get affordable living.

    • 01:04:59

      STEPHANIE MINGO : That's right.And it's not the point that we'remad that they rebuilt because we all want something nice.We all want something nice.That's not the point.The point is that we lost a community.We lost--

    • 01:05:12

      KATY RECKDAHL: If I were Stephanie Mingoand somebody said to me, OK, you can't come backbecause you lost your job.You can't come back because one of your childrenwas in juvenile court.You can't come back.Suddenly it becomes this weird sort of almost like a puppeteermessing with your life in a way that I

    • 01:05:32

      KATY RECKDAHL [continued]: don't think that middle class people have to do.And I think Stephanie looks at it and says,why do I have to watch the puppeteer take awaymy neighbors when middle class families didn't haveto make those kind of choices about the block they came backto?

    • 01:05:47

      STEPHANIE MINGO : They're going to beat the shit out of us oncethe president leaves.Wait, hold on.My phone's ringing.Bring the people home.Bring the people home.Bring the people home.Bring the people home.Bring the people home.

    • 01:06:09

      BARACK OBAMA: See that?Keeping her dry.

    • 01:06:30


    • 01:06:36

      SPEAKER 70: The president sat right here.I sat right here.My grandmother sat right here.My mother sat right here.And my cousin sat right there.And Mrs. Michelle Obama sat right there.

    • 01:06:49

      SPEAKER 24: What do you want this guy to bewhen he grows up?

    • 01:06:52

      MAUDE SMITH: He's going to be our next president.He's going to be our next president, huh?All right.The president hugged and kissed and took picturesand it was over.

    • 01:07:06

      SPEAKER 24: I understand there wasone thing you were a little disappointedabout about his visit.

    • 01:07:10

      MAUDE SMITH: He didn't eat.He didn't eat.They told you that?Yeah, he didn't eat.

    • 01:07:18

      SPEAKER 24: You made a plate?Tell me.

    • 01:07:20

      MAUDE SMITH: I had stuffed peppers, roast, macaronis,potato salad, sweet potatoes, and corn.

    • 01:07:28

      SPEAKER 70: And rolls.

    • 01:07:29

      MAUDE SMITH: Yeah.And rolls.

    • 01:07:33

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: I think he's already here.I think he's already here.I think he's already in.

    • 01:07:49

      STEPHANIE MINGO: Yeah, that's right.I already knew they was going that way.They in now.

    • 01:07:57

      ENDESHA JUAKALI: I don't know that we willwin this battle in my lifetime.But I still think we have to fight itbecause if you don't fight it, then it goes unopposed.I mean, the fact that you're there,you're letting the world know and you'reletting the community know this isa wrong that's being perpetrated and it needs to be opposed.And those of us who can will oppose it.

    • 01:08:20

      ENDESHA JUAKALI [continued]: Now, are you telling me, did I think-- did wemake a big difference that day?Probably not.Was it worth doing?Yes, it was.

    • 01:08:27

      SPEAKER 71: Housing is a human right.

    • 01:08:29

      SPEAKER 72: We won't go without a fight.

    • 01:08:31

      SPEAKER 71: Housing is a human right.

    • 01:08:33

      SPEAKER 72: We won't go without a fight.

    • 01:08:36

      STEPHANIE MINGO: The city council members sitin a roundtable making decisions on our lives,playing me like I'm stupid or something.I really don't appreciate it.We're going to win this right.

    • 01:08:48

      SPEAKER 72: We won't go without a fight.

    • 01:08:50

      SPEAKER 71: Housing is a human right.

    • 01:08:52

      SPEAKER 72: We won't go without a fight.

    • 01:08:54

      SPEAKER 71: Housing is a human right.

    • 01:08:56

      SPEAKER 72: We won't go without a fight.

    • 01:08:57

      SPEAKER 24: Maybe you know some folkswho used to live in the project who haven't come backbecause they're not comfortable with all the rules they haveabout who can visit, stuff like that.

    • 01:09:05

      MAUDE SMITH: Well, baby, if they watch the news,they will want to come back because at least youdon't have to worry about gunshots all over your headand your children's head.So it really wouldn't matter because the police back hereand they protecting you all day long.So at least that will cut down some of the violence.Even though they kill everywhere you go every day,

    • 01:09:25

      MAUDE SMITH [continued]: but they're slowing it down.It's slowed down.You don't have to hear shots all night over your head.So I don't know.It's just up to them.

    • 01:09:39

      SPEAKER 24: Did you know Miss Stephanie?Stephanie Mingo?Did you know her?

    • 01:09:42

      MAUDE SMITH: Yeah, I used to live in the same block.

    • 01:09:44

      SPEAKER 24: So tell us about that.What was that like?

    • 01:09:46

      MAUDE SMITH: There was a lot of killing and stuff going on,a lot of violence.But if you didn't bother them, they didn't bother you.Mind your business and leave theirs and you was all right.

    • 01:10:01

      SPEAKER 24: Were you ever touchedby any of that stuff personally, the bad stuff?

    • 01:10:05

      MAUDE SMITH: Yeah.I lost a son back here and three nephews.Three nephews and a son.

    • 01:10:19

      DAVID SIMON: Some of the best aspectsof New Orleans = from living in an environment wheredeath and despair and decay and bad outcomeshave a certain certitude.A bumper sticker says they put the "fun" in "funeral."And that's kind of flippant, but that is true of New Orleans.

    • 01:10:42

      DAVID SIMON [continued]: They expect the worst and they make the most of the worst.

    • 01:10:44

      RAPHAEL CASSIMERE: You have enough to eat.You have a place to stay.It may not be a great place to stay.You have some clothes on your back.It's not that you don't want more,but you just satisfy yourself with what you have.I mean, the whole idea that somethingis going to get better, that's not a given.

    • 01:11:02

      TRACIE WASHINGTON: Just to get some stuff done,just to get it done.If you interview people in this city,they're almost to the point of saying,we just want to get something done.

    • 01:11:22

      SPEAKER 73: Vote for Corey Watson.Vote for him, yeah.Vote for him, yeah.Can I ask you something?

    • 01:11:36

      SPEAKER 24: Yeah, sure.

    • 01:11:37

      SPEAKER 73: What do section B mean right here.What does this mean right here?

    • 01:11:40

      SPEAKER 24: What does section B mean?

    • 01:11:42

      SPEAKER 73: Yes.

    • 01:11:42

      SPEAKER 24: It means one of the city council seats.There's five, A, B, C, D, E. There's two at large.

    • 01:11:47

      SPEAKER 73: OK.

    • 01:11:49

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: There are peoplewaiting for this time of the yearto get their hustle on because guess what?They know that there's a lot of money in politicsbecause let's be real.This is a hustle.This is election season.Now, I'll bring you coffee and donuts on me,but there will be no lunch because you're

    • 01:12:09

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: working till 2 o'clock.The pay today is $90, all right?Now if you can't work till 2 o'clock,I have some serious issues with that.

    • 01:12:18

      SPEAKER 74: Here, chief.

    • 01:12:19

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: So if-- you got the Equal in it?

    • 01:12:20

      SPEAKER 74: Yeah, miss.

    • 01:12:21

      STACY HEAD: Thank you.Want to pull that back for me?Thank you.As you see people coming, you're going to give them the-- ooh,lord, y'all.I'm cold.Hold on.Hold the phone.Stop.Everything on pause.Put everything on pause.Shit, it's cold.

    • 01:12:40

      SPEAKER 75: Why, you got too many clothes on.

    • 01:12:42

      SPEAKER 76: You got too many clothes on?

    • 01:12:44

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Uh-uh.Anybody asks you any questions, what's not to say?

    • 01:12:49

      SPEAKER 75: I don't know.

    • 01:12:50

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I don't know.I'm just making this hustle.Don't say that.I don't know if I told you all, but I'mgoing to tell you again.You have the right to vote for who you want.And I'm not telling you who you should haveor you shouldn't vote for.But all I'm asking you is that you not just say that you'rejust here for the money.If you don't have the answers, just

    • 01:13:11

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: say, well, read the literature.

    • 01:13:13

      COREY WATSON: I'm having fun.I choose to have fun.I made a decision that no matter what happens in this race,because I'm staying true to who Corey Watson is,that I chose to have fun.And I believe that after it's over I'll continue to have funbecause I'm a fun guy.

    • 01:13:36

      SPEAKER 77: Watson all the way.Watson all the way.Watson all the way.Watson all the way.

    • 01:13:44

      TOM WATSON: One more time.

    • 01:13:45

      SPEAKER 77: Watson all the way.Watson all the way.

    • 01:13:52

      COREY WATSON: Let's go let everybody know in New Orleansit's time for a new person.Who dat?

    • 01:13:57

      SPEAKER 77: Corey dat.

    • 01:13:58

      COREY WATSON: Who dat?

    • 01:13:59

      SPEAKER 77: Corey dat.

    • 01:13:60

      COREY WATSON: Who dat?

    • 01:14:01

      SPEAKER 77: Corey dat?

    • 01:14:02

      COREY WATSON: Who dat?

    • 01:14:02

      SPEAKER 77: Corey dat.

    • 01:14:03

      COREY WATSON: Let's get to the streets.

    • 01:14:07

      TOM WATSON: Let's have a victory prayer.Let's bow our heads.Point your hands toward the candidate.Father, in Jesus's name we thank youfor Pastor Corey Watson, his courage, his boldness.Send angels over his entire family.We pray every voter is released nowto pull the lever for number 45 in Jesus Christ's name.

    • 01:14:32

      TOM WATSON [continued]: And who dat?

    • 01:14:33

      SPEAKER 77: Corey dat.

    • 01:14:34

      TOM WATSON: Let's get on out of here.Who needs push cards?Who needs push cards?Right here, right here.There they are.

    • 01:14:49

      SPEAKER 78: Yeah, get it.Who that?Who they say?Jerry, Jerry.He got it.He got it.

    • 01:14:60

      COREY WATSON: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.Corey Watson, number 45, all the way.We going to win.Who going to win?Corey Watson.No racism-- oh, who put that up?My god.Who did that?

    • 01:15:16

      SPEAKER 79: They all over the city?

    • 01:15:17

      COREY WATSON: What?Yeah.

    • 01:15:29

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Free speech.They have the right to free speech.What can I say?I have nothing to say.Whatever they want to do, that's fine with meas long as they don't become physical.OK?But as paying citizens, as taxpayers, they have the rightto freedom of speech.And that's what they're doing.They're exercising their right.

    • 01:15:50

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: That's what they're doing.OK?That's what they're doing.

    • 01:15:57

      SPEAKER 80: I just want to be anonymous.I want to say Stacy Head has insulted every memberof the black community, from the business people,the business community, the clergy, food stamp recipients.You name it, Stacy Head has insulted every memberof the black community.

    • 01:16:14

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: She insulted you?

    • 01:16:15

      SPEAKER 80: Yeah.

    • 01:16:15


    • 01:16:16

      SPEAKER 80: I'm a black businessman.

    • 01:16:18

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: No, when she insulted you?When she insulted you, sir?I'm just asking a question.

    • 01:16:21

      SPEAKER 80: Well, if you don't keep up with the news, that'syour business.

    • 01:16:24

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I do keep up with the news.I'm asking when she insulted you.That's all I'm asking.

    • 01:16:27

      SPEAKER 80: No, you, if you kept up with the news--

    • 01:16:30

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: I did keep up with the news.I'm just asking you to call it by name, sir.That's all I'm asking you.Just call it by name, that's all.Did she insult you?Never?She insulted you?

    • 01:16:44

      SPEAKER 81: Never.

    • 01:16:45

      SPEAKER 82: And I'm African-American.

    • 01:16:46

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: OK.That's what I want to know.Who'd she insult?He say every person.I'm just asking.I just want him to tell me who she insulted.That's all.I just asked.No, no, no.He said--

    • 01:16:58

      SPEAKER 83: She insulted me.

    • 01:16:60

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I'm not going to disagree or arguewith you now.

    • 01:17:01

      SPEAKER 83: And she treats every black person whocomes there disrespectfully.

    • 01:17:03

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: No, not every black person.No, but let me tell you this, Malcolm,you know how I feel about all this?You know how I feel?Y'all give that one white woman too much power.And let me tell you something.If she's wrong about something she needs to stand for it.

    • 01:17:14

      SPEAKER 83: She tore down all our signs.

    • 01:17:15

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: She didn't tear downyour-- I'm going to tell you who tore down your signs.

    • 01:17:18

      SPEAKER 83: Who tore down my signs?

    • 01:17:18

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I tore them downbecause I felt as though they wasn't right.And I'm exercising my freedom of speech.And I have that right.I didn't have that right?

    • 01:17:26

      SPEAKER 83: No, you ain't got that right?

    • 01:17:28

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: That's my freedom of speech.If I disagree with that.

    • 01:17:30

      SPEAKER 83: I had signs on a man's storeand they tore them down.

    • 01:17:34

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: No, I ain't do that.Have a good day, Malcolm.I need to let them know I'm not afraid of them.And you heard.I told Malcolm, I'm not afraid of you, Malcolm.And you have the right.

    • 01:17:44

      SPEAKER 24: So you've seen the sign.

    • 01:17:45

      STACY HEAD: Yeah.

    • 01:17:45

      SPEAKER 24: What did it say?

    • 01:17:46

      STACY HEAD: It said, no Head, no racism.But it had a picture of me.They chose to use a nice picture though.I appreciated that.

    • 01:18:07

      STACY HEAD [continued]: How are you doing?Can I sticker you?

    • 01:18:10

      SPEAKER 84: All right. [INAUDIBLE]

    • 01:18:13

      STACY HEAD: You're so cute.

    • 01:18:15

      SPEAKER 85: Thank you.

    • 01:18:15

      SPEAKER 84: OK, thanks.

    • 01:18:16

      SPEAKER 86: Are you Stacy Head?

    • 01:18:17

      STACY HEAD: Yeah.

    • 01:18:18

      SPEAKER 86: Hey.

    • 01:18:18

      STACY HEAD: How are you?

    • 01:18:20

      SPEAKER 86: I do like you.

    • 01:18:21

      STACY HEAD: Thanks.I appreciate that.Y'all have fun today.

    • 01:18:25

      SPEAKER 86: You too.

    • 01:18:51

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: This is my house, and this is my home.And this is my get away.This is where I can escape all the stuff that's in New Orleansthat I just need to keep my sense of sanity.Because I would not have a place like this,

    • 01:19:13

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: I don't know how long I would last.You may not believe it.As much as you see me do, as much as you see me involved,as much as I have, and all this and all the shoesand the clothes, an the jewelry and the this and the that,di-da-di-da-di-da, there is a part of me that cries out

    • 01:19:38

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: because I had a friend who died.His name was Temple Brown.And he was a very, very rich white man.He came from the rich blood.He came from that old blood.And at his funeral, his daughter spoke and then me.We were the only two people on the program.

    • 01:20:00

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: And what really surprised me was the factthat this rich man, this man with everything,would out of all the people in the world,

    • 01:20:27

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: should choose somebody like me, somebody like me,a girl, a little black girl with nothingfrom out of the alley who's been thougheverything, all kinds of abuse, all kinds,that he would choose me to say final words on him.

    • 01:20:55

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: And at that part of my life, I finallyrealized that I am truly, truly somebody.See, and that's why it hurts me so bad

    • 01:21:16

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER [continued]: that people will say that Stacy is a racist because TempleBrown was the first white person that I could truly, truly see,that let me really see that white people havea sense of caring.And I see a lot of that in Stacy.And that's what hurts me so bad.

    • 01:21:55

      STACY HEAD: The mayor, we know we the mayor is.I mean, it's just, it's over.I'm glad it's over more than anything.

    • 01:22:11

      SPEAKER 24: Did they call it?

    • 01:22:12

      STACY HEAD: Yeah, they called it.Thank you very much.Where is Barbara?

    • 01:22:39

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: I'm so proud of you, my baby.Oh, I'm so proud.I'm so glad you won, my baby.I never doubted for a minute.I love you so much, Stacy.I love you so much.They don't know you and understand you like I do.They don't understand you like I do.

    • 01:23:18

      STACY HEAD: Hey, Pastor Watson.Thank you for your graciousness.And I hope that we can work together for good thingsto happen in the future because Iknow we're going to have ia-- our city is the best.And we really only have ourselvesholding is back because we're a really great place.So I thank you for your graciousness,

    • 01:23:38

      STACY HEAD [continued]: and I very much appreciate it.Good night, Pastor Watson.

    • 01:23:46

      RAPHAEL CASSIMERE: There's not toomany places I'd live other than here, even with allthe problems that we have.A lot of them are because of just people notbeing willing to or being unable to accept change.But New Orleans has to change, screaming and kicking.It has to change.In fact, I talk to people.I say, you know, you are longing for a New Orleansthat was that probably never will be.

    • 01:24:08

      RAPHAEL CASSIMERE [continued]: New Orleans probably will never be the sameas it was before Katrina.Hopefully it will be better.It may be worse.But we can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

    • 01:24:18

      TRACIE WASHINGTON: At our core, we have a lot of baggageto unload that we've not unloaded.But I guess everything is still there.You know it's there, and it's sort of like,I'll deal with it next week.

    • 01:24:30

      SPEAKER 87: Happy Mardi Gras!

    • 01:24:33

      TRACIE WASHINGTON: You put a lot of things aside.You just kind of say, OK, for these couple of days,we're just going to have some fun.We're going to relax.We're going to let our hair down or let it turn blue.

    • 01:25:02

      SPEAKER 88: I mean, being in New Orleans is being differentand realizing that we are a different culture here.And we love that.That's the thing that people come here,because we're so different.

    • 01:25:13

      SPEAKER 89: You know what you need for good Mardi Gras?You need slavery and the Catholic Church.

    • 01:25:24

      SPEAKER 90: This is my first Mardi Gras!I love Mardi Gras!

    • 01:25:35

      STEPHANIE MINGO: Look on the float. [INAUDIBLE]

    • 01:25:48

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER: This is the regular one,and these are the VIPs.And this VIP gets you to a special sectionwhere you are just that.You're a VIP.And they thought I was-- they said,honey, look, Barbara a VIP.These are my new babies.This is Miss Legacy.

    • 01:26:10

      BARBARA LACEN KELLER [continued]: And this, tell them your name, honey.

    • 01:26:12

      MISS SERENITY: Serenity.

    • 01:26:13

      MISS LEGACY: Legacy.

    • 01:26:14

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: And Legacy.Serenity and Legacy.Aren't they gorgeous?

    • 01:26:18

      SPEAKER 91: Unbelievable.

    • 01:26:19

      BARBARA LACEN-KELLER: Gorgeous.We're going to the convention center.We're on our way to the Zulu Ball.We're on our way to a wonderful time, to dance with menand and Frankie Beverly and the O'Jays.And guess what?I don't have a man tonight, but I will have one when I leave.

    • 01:26:41

      SPEAKER 92: Happy Mardi Gras from the Zulu.

    • 01:26:45

      SPEAKER 93: Happy Mardi Gras.

    • 01:26:46

      SPEAKER 94: Happy Mardi Gras.

    • 01:26:54

      MITCH LANDRIEU: That's Rocky.Can you say, hi, Rocky?Hey, my baby, how are you doing?

    • 01:27:15

      COREY WATSON: Look at all this.Look at all the floats.

    • 01:27:30

      TRACIE WASHINGTON: I think it's important that wehave a racial New Orleans.That's the only way in which you will acknowledge, accept,respect, appreciate, and enjoy the differences in the culture.There are differences in culture divided by race hereand ethnicity.So I don't want a post-racial New Orleans ever.

    • 01:27:53

      TRACIE WASHINGTON [continued]: Then we'll be, I'd hate to say Minneapolis.[MUSIC PLAYING]

Getting Back to Abnormal

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Examining how race and poverty affects New Orleans politics in a post-Katrina world, this documentary follows two very different types of campaigns. One is a racially divided campaign for city council; the other is an attempt to bring back a public housing community in the face of redevelopment.

Getting Back to Abnormal

Examining how race and poverty affects New Orleans politics in a post-Katrina world, this documentary follows two very different types of campaigns. One is a racially divided campaign for city council; the other is an attempt to bring back a public housing community in the face of redevelopment.

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