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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels
One-third of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, one-third of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC helped pioneer a sound and image that to this day is referenced as anything and everything hip-hop. Having sold over 30 million singles and albums as part of Run-DMC, Darryl's name and image became synonymous with rap and popular culture.

At the age of 35 while working on his autobiography, he discovered from his mother that he had been adopted.

In 2006, McDaniels began a search for his birth mother, creating a documentary with VH1, "DMC: My Adoption Journey" which has been nominated for the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Darryl's adoption journey continues as he takes his experiences to the streets, creating and participating in charity and adoption organization events and initiatives. "All children, in orphanages, in foster-care and adopted need to know regardless of our situation...we are already great! We are the kings and queens of the universe."

His 2006 solo CD, Checks Thugs and Rock N' Roll includes the song Just Like Me a remake of Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle he recorded with Sarah McLachlan. The song puts into words McDaniels' feelings about being adopted. He hopes that other adoptees or children in foster care can identify with him and know that they are not alone.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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