Haiti Cultural Exchange Announces 3rd Biennial Haiti Film Fest

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Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX), a New York based non-profit organization announces the Third Biennial Haiti Film Fest taking place in venues throughout New York City and kicking things off with the Haiti Film Fest Opening Night on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at DROM NYC. As a part of Haitian Heritage month, May 8-15, HCX will present over 15 screenings showcasing a variety of documentary, feature and short films exploring subjects such as exile, memory, and cultural heritage.

New York Premieres include: La Belle Vie: A Good Life by Miami-based filmmaker Rachelle Salnave [see image above], Storming Papa Doc by Mario Delatour, and Port-au-Prince,Mon Seul et Unique Amour by Arnold Antonin; both Haiti-based filmmakers. A special evening of selected short films, including a number of films by graduates of the Ciné Institute, Haiti’s only free film school based in the City of Jacmel, will also be presented.

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Ital is Vital…

This weekend I finally got the chance to politic & build with my Sistren, Natural Bliss. We meet up at "Life Alive: Urban Oasis. The food was AMAZING...and priced to fit the budget of "freelancer/consultant". My dish was complemented by their "Revive Alive Jubilant Juice" (Apple, Carrot, Tumeric, Ginger, Lemon, Honey, Cinnamon, Spirulina)..one of their … Continue reading Ital is Vital…

Why Haiti Needs a Higher Love V: Meditations on Voodoo Doll

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A Performance/Talk by Professor Gina A. Ulysse, Department of Anthropology, Wesleyan University

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6 pm

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, Department of Africana Studies

Barnard College, Columbia University

New York, NY 10027

This event forms part of the Translating Hispaniola Speaker Series at Barnard College, co-sponsored by COOL, Africana Studies, the Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, Barnard Center for Translation Studies and the Greater Caribbean Studies Center. For more information contact the organizers Kaiama L. Glover at kglover@barnard.edu and Maja Horn at mhorn@barnard.edu.


Gina Athena Ulysse is an anthropologist, activist, poet, performance artist and multi-media artist. She is an associate professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Born in Haiti, she has lived in the northeast of United States since her family migrated eons ago. Her new book, Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle is a tri-lingual collection of…

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“We Wanted To Inspire Other Kids!”: Kam & Niya Launch Children’s Empowerment Business



Kamryn Johnson and Saniya-Symone Scott are nine and eight years old, respectively, and they’ve already started a business. “I don’t believe you are ever too young or too old to chase your dreams,” Niya told MadameNoire. Through social media, Kam & Niya (@KamAndNiya) empower all of us to channel our youthful, carefree can-do attitude and aim for the stars. Their pages are built to showcase past and present history makers, children entrepreneurs, and overall youth positivity.


Twitter Launches Periscope, A Live Video-Streaming App For iPhone


Twitter will now offer users more than 140 characters. The popular social networking site has unveiled Periscope, an interactive video app that let’s you broadcast in real-time to your followers.Twitter acquired the live video-streaming company in January. [The app] allows followers to interact in real-time by commenting and “sharing ‘hearts’,” as VentureBeat noted. The app is also a direct competitor to Meerkat…

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From clay to community: Theaster Gates on making art from blight in South Side Chicago at TED2015

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Theaster Gates speaks at TED2015 - Truth and Dare, Session 7. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED Theaster Gates speaks at TED2015: Truth and Dare, Session 7. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

“Beauty is a basic service,” says artist Theaster Gates. He brought the audience to its feet this morning during Creative Ignition at TED, as he told the story of how he went from shaper of clay to shaper of cities.

For fifteen years Gates made pots, “which might seem like a humble vocation,” he says. But in this work, “You very quickly learn how to make great things out of nothing.” When Gates’ father retired from roofing at 80, for example, he gave his son his tar kettle. The younger Gates reimagined this low “nothing material” and elevated it, turning the tar into a series of paintings.

Gates then turned his sights to a different material: the crumbling neighborhood of Grand Crossing on Chicago’s South Side. Gates was disheartened by failing houses there — what he calls…

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The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

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First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with her via email about the business of writing and tips for how she makes time for her own blog.

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Grantees honored at the 2015 BAC Grants Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 18th, Brooklyn Arts Council celebrated the culmination of our 2015 Grant Season. Hundreds of public officials, performers, panelists, and grantees descended on Brooklyn Borough Hall to commemorate the occasion.

Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee Ceremony Program against Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom background. Photo Credit: Marvin Roberts Photography, 2015. Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee Ceremony Program against Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom background. Photo Credit: Marvin Roberts Photography, 2015.

No BAC ceremony is complete without performers, and this year we were graced with some truly amazing talent. Truthworker Theatre Company opened the festivities with a 7 minute compilation of scenes from their two current productions: BARCODE and IN|PRISM: Boxed In and Blacked Out in America. A social justice based, hip hop theatre company based in Brooklyn, Truthworker provides free programming and professional stipends for young visionaries and performers to receive rigorous training. Each production deals with a different need for social and societal change. IN|PRISM examines the impacts and practices of solitary confinement in prisons, while BARCODE…

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Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

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By Michael Painter. 

For some of us, it’s easy to choose to be healthy. We can’t control whether disease or accidents strike, but we can decide where we live and what we eat, as well as if, when and how much we’ll exercise. Some of us live in a culture of health — a time and place where, for the most part, we have the real hope and opportunity to live a healthy life.

But for many more of us, it isn’t — we don’t have that choice. We live in unsafe neighborhoods. We don’t have strong families to help us through life’s challenges. We can’t readily get nutritious food. We don’t have easy ways to exercise. It’s difficult — or even impossible — to keep our children safe.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was at TED2015 in Vancouver last week, where the theme was Truth & Dare. And we took…

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