BET News revisits New Orleans, Houston and Mississippi for a probing, poignant look at the progress Hurricane Katrina survivors have made through its half-hour special, S.O.S.: TWO YEARS AFTER THE STORM. The show features interviews with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, rappers Lil’ Wayne and Baby, local DJ Mixx Maestro, and many more, and will premiere on BET at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, Aug. 30, with an encore showing at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, Sept. 2.
“In the parts of New Orleans beyond the tourist areas of Bourbon Street, residents have a different — and very powerful and moving — story to tell,” said Keith Brown, Vice President, News and Public Affairs, BET. “Houston and Mississippi were also impacted in an equally tremendous way, and residents across the entire region are still feeling the effects of the storm two years later. Through this special, BET News hopes to share the stories of Katrina survivors who are eager to return to some sort of normalcy but who are still struggling to rebuild their homes, their lives and the Gulf Coast overall.”
The executive producer of S.O.S.: TWO YEARS AFTER THE STORM is Pamela Gentry, and the producer is Tiffany Cross. Correspondents in the special are Sharon Carpenter, Jeff Johnson and Andre Showell.
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