Exclusive: Big Freedia's Hurricane Katrina Survival Story From Her Memoir

FUSE TV - Exclusive: Big Freedia's Hurricane Katrina Survival Story From Her Memoir

Between the rise of twerking, New Orleans Bounce music and her own hit series here on Fuse, music icon Big Freedia's star has rocketed in the past three years. On the verge of becoming a household name, the New Orleans native just released a new autobiography, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!, written by Freedia with co-author Nicole Balin.

While Freedia's popular docuseries have covered the rapper-singer's recent personal and professional struggles and successes over three TV seasons (a fourth season premieres this fall), the Queen of Bounce has rarely talked about her childhood or early years in the New Orleans music scene. God Save the Queen Diva! lets Freedia tell her story on her terms.

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in American history and one of the nation's deadliest hurricanes on record. In 2005, Freedia and some of her family decided to stick it out and got trapped in the heart of the storm and its tragic aftermath. In this exclusive excerpt from her book, Freedia recounts the first terrifying night. Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! is available now.

Big Freedia & Adie Share Their Resilience Following Hurricane Katrina

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Big Freedia & Adie Share Their Resilience Following Hurricane Katrina

Big Freedia

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Big Freedia

The Exclusive Premiere of Big Freedia's New Music Video, "BigFoot"

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The Exclusive Premiere of Big Freedia's New Music Video, "BigFoot"

Big Freedia Means Business

Big Freedia Means Business

Big Freedia Means Business

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Big Freedia Means Business

Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce

Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce

Big Freedia Meets Her Puppet: Hollywood Puppet Shitshow First Date

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Big Freedia Meets Her Puppet: Hollywood Puppet Shitshow First Date

Freedia Gets Her Groove Back

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Freedia Gets Her Groove Back

Big Freedia’s Twerk of Art

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Big Freedia’s Twerk of Art

Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce - Trailer

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Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce - Trailer

Amanda Cerny and Big Freedia Sh!tshow

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Amanda Cerny and Big Freedia Sh!tshow

Freedia's Woes

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Freedia's Woes

Freedia's Manager Drops a Unexpected Bomb on Her...

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Freedia's Manager Drops a Unexpected Bomb on Her...

Your Fierce First Look at "Big Freedia Means Business"

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Your Fierce First Look at "Big Freedia Means Business"

Freedia Takes Manhattan

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Freedia Takes Manhattan

Fuse+ is the Home for Big Freedia Means Business, Sex Sells, Made From Scratch & More!

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Fuse+ is the Home for Big Freedia Means Business, Sex Sells, Made From Scratch & More!

Freedia's Twerk On Washington

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Freedia's Twerk On Washington

Who Will be Cut from Team Freedia to Save Finances?

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Who Will be Cut from Team Freedia to Save Finances?

Is Freedia Stretching Herself too Thin?

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Is Freedia Stretching Herself too Thin?

Puppet Hot Tub Aftershow Episode 3: Big Freedia and Amanda Cerny Step Into Wilmer's Hot Tub

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Puppet Hot Tub Aftershow Episode 3: Big Freedia and Amanda Cerny Step Into Wilmer's Hot Tub

Will Devon Joining Team Freedia be an Issue?

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Will Devon Joining Team Freedia be an Issue?

Shenseea Shares Her Rags to Riches Story & Cooks A Native Jamaican Dish

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Shenseea Shares Her Rags to Riches Story & Cooks A Native Jamaican Dish

Big Boi

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Big Boi

Bella's Story

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Bella's Story

Operation Big Bear

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Operation Big Bear

A Big Splash

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A Big Splash

A Soldiers Story

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A Soldiers Story

True Dating Stories

True Dating Stories

Embarassing Sex Stories

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Embarassing Sex Stories

The Big Break-Up

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The Big Break-Up

Big Bad Voodoo Finale

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Big Bad Voodoo Finale

Embarrassing Sex Stories - Trailer

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Embarrassing Sex Stories - Trailer

Which Drum Corps Section Would Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

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Which Drum Corps Section Would Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story

True Dating Stories - S3 Trailer

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True Dating Stories - S3 Trailer

True Dating Stories - S1 Trailer

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True Dating Stories - S1 Trailer

True Dating Stories - S2 Trailer

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True Dating Stories - S2 Trailer

The Canvas LA: Spotlight How Rhianna Went From Flea Markets to Her Jewelry Line, Vidakush

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The Canvas LA: Spotlight How Rhianna Went From Flea Markets to Her Jewelry Line, Vidakush

Nicole Scherzinger & Her Sister Cook Her Family's Favorite Meal

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Nicole Scherzinger & Her Sister Cook Her Family's Favorite Meal

Big Trouble In Little Chinese Restaurant

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Big Trouble In Little Chinese Restaurant

The Story Behind Fluffy's Food Adventures

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The Story Behind Fluffy's Food Adventures

True Dating Stories - S3: First Look

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True Dating Stories - S3: First Look

One Big Happy Family: Season 2 Trailer

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One Big Happy Family: Season 2 Trailer

Big Bear 2: The Wrath of Tito

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Big Bear 2: The Wrath of Tito

Made From Scratch

Made From Scratch

Take An Exclusive Tour of San Antonio With Rick Gutierrez

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Take An Exclusive Tour of San Antonio With Rick Gutierrez

Nopalito On Telling Raw & Authentic Stories Through Photography

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Nopalito On Telling Raw & Authentic Stories Through Photography

A Sign From Above

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A Sign From Above

JLO: From the Block

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JLO: From the Block

King Keraun Learns To Make Bread From Scratch From A Baker

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King Keraun Learns To Make Bread From Scratch From A Baker

Bambiana & Her Mom Practice Positive Affirmations

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Bambiana & Her Mom Practice Positive Affirmations

Grilling Tips From G Fella

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Grilling Tips From G Fella

Made From Scratch: First Look

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Made From Scratch: First Look

Tina Shows Off Her Most Glamorous Looks

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Tina Shows Off Her Most Glamorous Looks

Gina Rodriguez Rips Her Pants & Gets Discovered

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Gina Rodriguez Rips Her Pants & Gets Discovered

Made From Scratch S4: First Look

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Made From Scratch S4: First Look

Made From Scratch S5: First Look

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Made From Scratch S5: First Look

Chika On Building Community Through Her Music (Extended)

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Chika On Building Community Through Her Music (Extended)

Marissa Challenges Her Mom To A $50 Bet

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Marissa Challenges Her Mom To A $50 Bet

Casey Gives Her Girlfriend A Motorcycle Riding Rundown

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Casey Gives Her Girlfriend A Motorcycle Riding Rundown

Tina Shows Off Her Impressive Ear-Piercing Technique

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Tina Shows Off Her Impressive Ear-Piercing Technique

It’s Soul Food

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It’s Soul Food

What Do I Do

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What Do I Do

Bionka's Wild Favorite Moment From Season 1

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Bionka's Wild Favorite Moment From Season 1

Casey Brings Her Hosting Skills To iCandy Nightclub

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Casey Brings Her Hosting Skills To iCandy Nightclub

Xristina's Hilarious Favorite Moment From Season 1

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Xristina's Hilarious Favorite Moment From Season 1

Nya's Twerktastic Favorite Moment From Season 1

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Nya's Twerktastic Favorite Moment From Season 1

LA's Emotional Favorite Moment From Season 1

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LA's Emotional Favorite Moment From Season 1

Kash Doll & Her Mom Recreate Their Great-Grandmothers Recipe

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Kash Doll & Her Mom Recreate Their Great-Grandmothers Recipe

Bambiana's Touching Favorite Moment From Season 1

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Bambiana's Touching Favorite Moment From Season 1

All the Best Moments From Saturday Morning Fever

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All the Best Moments From Saturday Morning Fever

Get In Formation

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Get In Formation

Facing The Truth

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Facing The Truth

The King and Queen of  Bounce

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The King and Queen of Bounce

Dancin' On Air Producer Once Told Madonna to Clean Her Mess

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Dancin' On Air Producer Once Told Madonna to Clean Her Mess

Sin City Shakedown

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Sin City Shakedown

Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow First Date: Amber Rose Meets Her Puppet

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Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow First Date: Amber Rose Meets Her Puppet

Behind the Scenes: The Making of "Made From Scratch"

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of "Made From Scratch"

School House Bounce

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School House Bounce

Manager Shake Up

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Manager Shake Up

Just Be Free

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Just Be Free

Old School Bounce

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Old School Bounce

Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow First Date: Anjelah Johnson-Reyes Meets Her Puppet

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Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow First Date: Anjelah Johnson-Reyes Meets Her Puppet

Trouble In Paradise

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Trouble In Paradise

World Meets Bounce

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World Meets Bounce

The Craziest Moments from Season 1 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

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The Craziest Moments from Season 1 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

The Fiercest Workouts From Season 2 of Fluffy Breaks Even

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The Fiercest Workouts From Season 2 of Fluffy Breaks Even

Clandestine Meeting

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Clandestine Meeting

The Best Workouts from Season 1 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

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The Best Workouts from Season 1 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

Chapter 3 Goes From Tagging Graffiti to An Artist & Producer

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Chapter 3 Goes From Tagging Graffiti to An Artist & Producer

The Best Workouts from Season 2 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

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The Best Workouts from Season 2 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

The Craziest Moments from Season 2 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

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The Craziest Moments from Season 2 of Fluffy's Food Adventures

The Pilot

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The Pilot

Dream Team of Bounce

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Dream Team of Bounce

The Grind Never Stops When for the Queen Diva

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The Grind Never Stops When for the Queen Diva

Where The Hell Do We Go From Here With Amara La Negra

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Where The Hell Do We Go From Here With Amara La Negra

King Keraun Learns How To Crochet A Face Mask From A Pro Knitter

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King Keraun Learns How To Crochet A Face Mask From A Pro Knitter

Will Devon Deliver & Prove Everyone Wrong?

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Will Devon Deliver & Prove Everyone Wrong?

Diva’s Day In Court

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Diva’s Day In Court

Twerkloose

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Twerkloose