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Documentary: Post-quake Haiti rebuilding, a ‘Fatal Assistance’

BY JACQUELINE CHARLES
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A year after Haiti-born award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck first screened his documentary about the international community’s failure to rebuild post-quake Haiti to Haitian and European audiences, the film has finally made its way to South Florida.

Fatal Assistance will be on a limited run Thursday through Sunday at O Cinema Miami Shores at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave. Peck, who lives in Paris and is currently filming in Haiti, will be at the 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday showings to answer questions. Ticket prices are $10.50 for adults, and $9 for seniors and students. Thursday’s showings are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Other show times can be viewed on the cinema’s website at www.o-cinema.org.

The film’s South Florida debut is being sponsored by the Green Family Foundation, which also has teamed up with Florida International University’s Latin America and Caribbean Center to screen the film for students and faculty. Peck will speak from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami, ACII Bldg, Room 161.

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Green's blue horizon

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Businessman, philanthropist and former US ambassador to Singapore Steven Green had to endure his beloved Dorothea I sinking, yet with the third incarnation of the yacht now traversing the world’s oceans, his passion for open seas is undimmed.

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Graduate student creates online history exhibit of Haiti

An Island Luminous

Posted by Ray Boyle  02/27/2014 at 5:06 pm

The second floor Green Library display cases currently showcase 1,800 years of history on one of the Caribbean’s most misunderstood islands. “Haiti: An Island Luminous” also shows what one FIU student can create with the right motivation.

The exhibit, on display until Feb. 28 and permanently available online, is the creation of doctoral candidate Adam Silvia MA ’09 and FIU’s Digital Library of the Caribbean director Brooke Wooldridge MA ’07. They wanted to construct a complete and functional database of Haitian history.

In 2009, Silvia – who is writing his dissertation on Haiti – came to Wooldridge with a problem. FIU’s Digital Library of the Caribbean was overflowing with information on Haiti, but needed context to be understood.

She initially challenged him to provide 40 PowerPoint slides of context, but Silvia realized that 40 slides would not be enough. So he came up with a different approach.

“The task was to take raw archival content and present it in a way that you do not have to be a historian to approach, interpret and understand it,” Silvia said.

The final product is a chronological tale of Haiti from its indigenous beginnings to the devastating earthquake of 2010.

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Thank You!

BPSFN

Blacks in Philanthropy – South Florida Network (BPSFN) is a network of professionals employed in the field of philanthropy either within an organization or independently (as a consultant). The network consists of fundraisers, program officers, foundation professionals, marketing and communication professionals, non-profit executives, institutional advancement professionals, special event experts and philanthropists. The group was created to foster professional multi-cultural networking opportunities and facilitate interaction among its members to promote and encourage multicultural philanthropy in South Florida.

Today, BPSFN conducts several community programs that provide: 1) professional development opportunities for fundraisers from diverse backgrounds, 2) capacity building opportunities for non-profits and 3) social and professional networking opportunities. Within this framework, BPSFN partners with the AFP Miami Chapter on its diversity initiatives by conducting an annual diversity workshop for the South Florida community.

The 75+ member network also includes professionals at various institutions and non-profits around South Florida: University of Miami, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Barry University, Baptist Health, Camillus House, Urban League of Broward County, the United Way of Broward County, the Miami Foundation, the Community Foundation of Broward, Miami Art Museum, American Cancer Society, United Negro College Fund, Virginia Key Beach, Miami Dade College, local consultants and many more. The network is very diverse in the types of organizations represented, ethnic backgrounds and years in the profession.

GFF Chairman receives the Distinguished Friends of Singapore Public Service Award

Mr. Steven J. Green, GFF Chairman; former US Ambassador to Singapore, Honorary Consul-General of Singapore in Miami and Special Advisor to the Singapore Government receive the Distinguished Friends of Singapore Public Service Award on February 14 in Singapore for his invaluable contribution to the Republic of Singapore.

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Cradle Of Black Pride: Haiti, Dominican Republic And The Music In Between

RitaIndianaThroughout Black History Month, Alt.Latino has been bringing you episodes that focus on different aspects of being black and Latino. This week's show is about one island and two countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Race has played an enormous role in the island's history. Haiti is often described as a cradle of black pride in the Americas, so as we celebrate Black History Month, we want to take a minute to reflect on the country's importance.

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