In 2007, Tavis and Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme followed up with Hurricane Katrina survivors who were hoping to rebuild their homes. They documented those stories in The Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward.
In this 2006 video, New Orleans native and Hurricane Katrina survivor Kyrah Julian expresses her anger and frustration with a city that was not focused on some of the poorest New Orleans neighborhoods in need of the most help.
“All the neighborhoods for New Orleanians are in shambles, still. It’s like they took the tourism areas and fixed them up first. And now, it’s like we’ll take our time with everybody else. And it’s not fair. And it’s really insulting,” Julian says.
To find out where Julian ended up, watch New Orleans: Been in the Storm Too Long.