Posted:- Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
By Shelia Poole - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jeanguy Saintus wants to share his perspective on Haiti with Atlanta.
It’s a view that may contradict what many people hear about the Caribbean nation.
Saintus wants to focus more on pirouettes than poverty, dance instead of disaster, and culture rather than crime.
“People always see negative things in the news about Haiti,” said the founder and artistic director of Ayikodans, an acclaimed Haitian dance company.
But, Saintus said, “when the dancers go onstage, the spectators immediately have a different perspective on Haiti. It’s a celebration of life and beauty through dance.”
Early in my professional career, I worked as a field researcher for a nutrition program in a low-income area in Atlanta. I was charged with collecting information on the fruit and vegetable consumption of local residents, and in exchange they would receive a small honorarium.
One day I arrived at the home of a single mother of two whose electricity had been disconnected because of a delinquent bill. The apartment windows were partially boarded up, and the only consistent light came through the front door. As I prepared to reschedule my visit, the mother explained that she needed the honorarium to help pay her electric bill.
We sat with the front door open and hurriedly completed the survey, racing against the sunset.
Read the full article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article2172761.html#storylink=cpy
Since the devastating Earthquake that shattered the beautiful Island of Haiti almost 5 years ago on January 12, 2010, this mystical Island, its people, and its Diaspora are all at a crossroad. Every aspect of its culture, its politics, and the physical land itself is on a movement to redefine its identity. While some children of Haiti and those who left back in the day sit on the sideline waiting for a change to happen, many in the Diaspora have awaken to the call and are part of a mass movement to change the face of this fascinating country. More and more, you hear of people moving back to Haiti to make an impact. Those are the positive stories . . . until you hear from the voices of the Deportees.
Ayiti Images, in partnership with the Green Family Foundation, the Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU and the Cinema and Interactive Media Department at the University of Miami present the SCREENING OF DEPORTED. Learn more about Deportation by coming out to a screening near you, meet the co-director Rachèle Magloire and share your wisdom.
trailer DEPORTED, (english version)
About Ayiti Images
Ayiti Images is a new Florida traveling film series showcasing documentaries and narrative films about the Haitian experience. The films are diverse in its point of views ranging from issues on US deportation laws, history, Haitian identity to the Haitian Diaspora experience. The series includes panel discussions, networking and music. Collaborating with local Universities, community organization's and cultural institutions, the film screenings will take place throughout the Florida area to expose residents to a diverse conversation about Haiti.
All the films that will be screened will also be produced and directed by Haitian or Haitian American directors, which also promotes an authentic voice that is seldom heard from its own perspective.
SOUTH DADE Oct. 1st- 6:30pm
Oct. 1st - FIU (south campus) (FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Courtesy of LACC, HAITIAN TASK FORCE AND FIU HSO) CLICK HERE TO RSVP
CORAL GABLES 10/2 7PM
Oct. 2nd - University of Miami Screening (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - SUGGESTED DONATION - $11 | $7 for non- UM students and Senior Citizens CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
LITTLE HAITI 10/3 7PM
Little Haiti Cultural Center Screening (GENERAL ADMISSION $11 | $7
Students and Senior Citizens CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
FT. LAUDERDALE 10/4 AT 2PM
African American Research Library (FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBIC Courtesy of Broward County Library ) CLICK HERE TO RSVP
WEST PALM / LAKE WORTH AT 8PM
Oct. 4th, 2014 - 8pm - Lake Worth Playhouse
(GENERAL ADMISSION $11 | $7 Students and Senior Citizens CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
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.
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.
Throughout 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.
|»||Check out our new site highlighting our work in support of Haiti last year.|
|»||See how the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program at FIU changes lives|
|»||Purchase Alan Lomax In Haiti: Recordings For The Library Of Congress, 1936-1937, nominated for two GRAMMY Awards.|
|»||Watch GFF President Kimberly Green's CGI Stories segment about the music of Alan Lomax.|