While reading NOLA Journalist, Chris Rose’s, 1 Dead in Attic, my obsession with what went wrong during the storm was piqued.
My roots were sown in parts of Texarkana, TS and New Orleans, LA. Some of my family still reside in Mississippi and others are sprinkled elsewhere around the Gulf coast. Why wouldn’t I care?
A fleur de lis stopped me on page 29 of Essence magazine’s September 2010 issue. A very slender old man with a drum that read “IF GOD IS WILLING AND THE CREEK DON’T RISE” caught my eye. I stared.
He looks like my people. He may be my people. An uncle. My second cousin. Somebody I know, for sure.
Only later did it occur to me that this man, whose drum read a saying my mother utters when planning for the future, is pictured for an advertisement for HBO’s five year follow-up to Spike Lee’s controversial yet true-to-life documentary, “When the Levees Broke.”
I’ll say now that I will not be watching, at least not until I hear reviews. I can’t do it. I’m too sensitive.
One thing Spike Lee can do well is tell story. He encapsulated for us an experience that many wish not to remember. This Spike Lee Joint will feed the curiosity of the millions, who like me didn’t understand and tried to mentally fathom the unfathomable. This story is one that just rubs wrong.
So, if you watch it, tell me about it. Otherwise, I’ll be reading the rest of my Essence on August 23rd.