10 years after Katrina

Big Freedia, entrepreneur and Queen Diva

Jenny Ament Aug 21, 2015
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10 years after Katrina

Big Freedia, entrepreneur and Queen Diva

Jenny Ament Aug 21, 2015
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Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross, is known as the queen diva of bounce music. Bounce has made her famous, and she has a reality show and an autobiography.

Ten years ago, she was riding out Katrina with her family. Freedia tells her story outside the church in New Orleans’ Third Ward where she learned to sing. She starts by defining bounce.

“It’s up-tempo, it’s heavy base, it’s call and respond. It has a lot to do with shaking the derriere.”

Music isn’t the only way Freedia earns a living. She’s an author, producer, actor, decorator and has plans in the works for much more. But all the money from those businesses can make life complicated.

“More money, more problems. You have to learn how to manage your money in this game especially, because you never know when there’s gonna be a rainy day.” 

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