Foreword: Leslie Leavoy

There are the daytrippers, and then there are the people who live here. These groups look different, have different incomes, and there’s a lower level of expectations for New Orleans residents. But Leavoy and her colleagues at DFER don’t accept the dichotomy without a fight.

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Foreword: Maacah Davis

Maacah’s magazine is making space where there previously was none. Not only is belladonna magazine Birmingham’s first fashion magazine, it’s the first black-owned fashion publication to be released nationally in years. What prompted her to create this publication amidst the inertia of the local fashion industry?

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Foreword: Amy Stelly and Tremé

Amy Stelly believes affluence in New Orleans is what affects the racial divides. That’s still apparent today, as you scroll through Craigslist to find temporary housing in the city. The rentals available in neighborhoods like Uptown and the Garden District go for almost twice the amount per room as the rentals in Treme, or the 7th Ward. Amy’s  family moved into the Treme neighborhood after the first years of her life were spent Uptown, a traditionally white part of town.

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