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Hurricane Isaac destroys New Orleans house of MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry

While Hurricane Isaac largely bypassed Tampa where the Republican National Convention is being held, it is impacting residents elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, including one of MSNBC's own, Melissa Harris-Perry. 

The host of her eponymous weekend show tweeted a photo of her recently purchased New Orleans house, which was destroyed by the hurricane sometime early Wednesday morning. "Feeling sad... All safe. House was vacant except for my dreams," she wrote.

Harris-Perry, also a professor at Tulane University, and her husband purchased the home in New Orleans' Seventh Ward just a month ago. She discussed her reasons for the purchase just this weekend on her show.

She and her family live across the street. "I decided it was time to enact my own extreme makeover," Harris-Perry said in a video tour broadcast on her program. The couple's plan was to renovate the house, "bring it back to life, and contribute to the safety and security” of their street.  "It was a site of crime in the neighborhood," she added.

"Our goal was to renovate to eliminate the blight," tweeted her husband James H. Perry. "But Isaac did it for us."

The house, at purchase, only had one front wall and two side walls. The front wall still stands, but the back of the house collapsed due to the storm and fell on three cars, according to her husband.


Harris-Perry put the purchase and renovation in terms of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the continued revitalization of the city, which is now living through another hurricane.

"This house is representative of New Orleans and what we’re facing since the storm," she said. "If you just glance at it, on one side you see all the destruction. If you pause and you look at the bones of it, what it represents— the pink paint that was a little girl’s bedroom at one point — you see that there is life here, just like there is like there is a lot of life left in the city.”