Radio personality DJ GT and supporters (Photo credit: Instagram @GTMayne)

For nearly a week Hurricane Harvey hit Texas cities along the coast with catastrophic rainfall and flood waters, inundating Houston in particular.

America witnessed rescue teams navigate boats through subdivisions which now resemble lakes. The imagery mainstream media portrayed gave the impression the only good Samaritans were White. There were no good-news stories of Blacks or other ethnicities helping Texans in need.

One call to publicist Nekia Semien shed light on the untold story. Several H-Town entertainers, TV hosts and radio personalities took matters into their own hands — DJ GT, Dead End Redd, Keezy, OG Ron C, DJ Hi-C, and DJ Mr. Rogers. These brothers and sisters are urban warriors in the trenches, wading through the currents, helping people in need. Going to neighborhoods others would not think of helping.

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DJ GT and team buying supplies for community (Photo credit: Instagram @gtmayne)

Aug. 31 was DJ GT’s  birthday. The past few days have been surreal for him. The week was planned with a host of parties and festive celebrations, but those plans were brought to a screeching halt by Harvey. What others may see as a disaster DJ GT sees as a blessing. “This has become the best birthday I have ever had,” said DJ GT. From feeding over 300 people with local truck vendor, Cool Running, to passing out water, toiletries, and baby supplies, DJ GT has been in the trenches from the beginning.

“When the storm [Harvey] hit, I was unable to get out of the house. I felt helpless,” DJ GT lamented. He decided to become a social warrior by using his social platform for a good cause. The idea to use the hash tag #socialwarrors turned into a champion cause. Once posted, it caught on. People shared as well as responded from all around the country. “It [social media] enabled us to rescue people from all over Houston,” he said. GT’s Instagram page shows countless success stories of rescuing families in communities mostly populated by Blacks. These same people were unsuccessful in contacting the overwhelmed 911 system.

Dead End Redd – Houston artist and TV host

Photo credit: Instagram  @Deadend_Redd

Dead End Redd represents Houston’s South Park. The area gets its name because it dead ends into Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. I caught up with Dead End Redd on the north side of Houston collecting donations to help hurricane victims.

Like so many during this time of crisis, Redd used social media for a greater cause. One social post reads in part, “If you are blessed to b[e] here be a blessing to others.” Redd is doing just that. Besides the typical daily necessities, he started a clothing drive for the upcoming school year, which was scheduled to start this week but has now been postponed until after Labor Day.

Redd stated, “People started asking me for help and I had to find a way to help.” Redd utilized social media and access to walkie-talkie dispatch to listen and to determinate where to help and rescue. “Most of the poverty stricken areas with our people in them were waiting [up to] 32 hours to get rescued but they already got ten feet of water in their houses before the motherf*cking levy was leaking out of control, some people died.”

Redd started reposting messages such as the one below of communities forgotten and never mentioned on mainstream media. Orange, Texas, is on the Texas/Louisiana line, 138 miles east of Houston. “I was getting messages of people missing, I just started doing what Trump did, using an unlimited source to reach unlimited people.”

(Photo credit: Instagram @Deadend_redd)

Local Rapper – Team Stackz Keezy

Photo Credit: Instagram @Iamteamstackzkeezy

Local rapper Keezy was on the northeast side of Houston representing Homestead and Langley. “Man it is devastating out here. People have lost their houses, cars, they lost everything. I didn’t lose anything but so many people were just stranded,” stated Keezy. He along with a couple of partners, got a boat to help folks get to dry land. They also provided them with needed food, clothes and basic necessities.

For the past three days, Keezy fired up the grill to smoke meat and pass it out to the community. Today, there was a pleasant surprise, they welcomed the sun to the cookout.

Radio personality OG Ron C reiterated, “I’m overwhelmed that my city came together to help one another. As entertainers, we can always put our resources together and spearhead things as a public figure, but to see average people who lost everything still helping others is wonderful.”

The positive take away from Hurricane Harvey is witnessing how Blacks and Whites came together to help the community.  despite some random cases of vandalism, for the most part, Houston was working as one.

Tigner

Tigner is Media personality, Inspirational & Motivational writer based in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Bottomline.com

    T.I. needs to concentrate on his not committing ADULTERY. And leave. Pastor Olsteen alone. You do what you can do and stop trying to put someone else on blast. Go back to your wife and stop being a hypocrite. No sin is greater than the other. You have no idea why he did what he did. Just as we don’t know why you commit adultery and flaunt it.

  • britishrose

    anything you sawo 0n the news was whites being rescued as victims the media refuse to show the black neighborhoods , due to katrina . if blacks were seen wading in water up to their waste , the whites would not donate to redcross or these celebrities . thats part of american racism it was not just bush that didnt care white folks forgot there were white victims too . and a lot of them died too . the goverment covered the death toll up cause that would be proof of how racist whites were , non of them got in their cars and came down there to help katrina victims thats why they had to relocate houston resident too good to relocate”?? most will get a big check from the goverment also for their homes . cars etc. imean whites were everywhere , walking in water , and black too but no blacks were shown on the news organized hiding us ..
    whites work together they get on the phone at cnn and nbc and all of them and talk about what they want to show on tv . whites will recieve way more fema then blacks and all hell will break whites feel they too good to be airlifted and thats why so many died , its a lot of rich white out in woodlands , baytown kema, galleria , and kingwood ,lake jackson nothing but farm land and wealthy whites they aint going no where trust me. no one wading in water but middle class and poor whites and poor blacks some of them people left houston

    • Boo Boo

      I take it English isn’t your first language. No matter. In the middle of this crisis you spout lies and propaganda. You should be ashamed of yourself. If anyone is racist here it’s you. Check yourself bitch.

      • MTownes

        I voted for Trump now let that devil steal my vote by granting amnesty to mooches.. Your white devil women and children are gonna start paying sooner than later.