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Africa, as a continent, should stand firmly for a right to veto UN decisions

Africa, as a continent, should stand firmly for a right to veto UN decisions.

The UN is controlled by the West, the decisions made by the UN may have documents like CEDAW (document to end discrimination against women) and Millenium Goal program, btu none of these really help anybody they are supposed to help. The UN cannot enforce that countries ratify and uphold CEDAW. When the UN gives out food in Haiti they don’t even make sure that everyone or the right people are getting enough food. Part of the problem why all these goverment people do everything in their power to pretend like they are helping Africa, but are really not is because Africa has no say in anything we do. We tell them we are going to do this and whether they want it or not US does not care. Africa needs a voice and gets left out of just about every world wide meeting and conferene.

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Bob Marley’s granddaughter takes epic journey in new doc about Rasta

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Garry Steckles looks at  RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, being screened in Canada, for The Star.

The year is 1974, and the Ontario Provincial Police has just distributed its updated list of the 10 most wanted criminals in the province. It lands on the news desk of the Toronto Star.

The OPP communiqué identifies all 10 villains in painstaking detail. But there is no mention of the religion of nine of them. The 10th just happens to have dreadlocks and is, according to the OPP, “a Rastafarian.”

The editors decide to cut that reference out, on the not unreasonable grounds that (a) not everyone with locks is Rastafarian and (b) if you’re going to print one person’s religion, you’re obliged to print all 10 . . . and then deal with the uproar that would inevitably ensue.

Fast forward almost three decades, and how Toronto has changed.

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Tap Tap: The Haitian sitcom

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Made by the talented young Haitian director Zaka, Tap Tap the sitcom is now being screened in earthquake ravaged neighborhoods of Port au Prince.
The first public showing before a Haitian audience took place tonight in Jalousie, above Pétionville where several hundred people gathered to watch and enjoy the film and left asking for more.
The goal of the Tap Tap series is to represent real-life interactions in which Haitians can recognize themselves, laugh about their challenges and celebrate their vibrant culture. The tap tap is a symbol for Haitian movement and quotidian daily life, a vehicle designed with Haitian ingenuity resourcefulness and artisanal esthetic. As the tap taps winds its way through areas devastated by the earthquake, past ravines and hillsides with camps clinging to the sides, through wealthier areas and the very heart of the capital we follow the adventures of the owner-driver Mercidieu, his Facebook-loving son and…

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When Death Wears Sunglasses: The Positive Aspect of Death in Haiti

Interesting article. I really like that this kind of Vodou positive article was actually in the Huffington Post. That really amazes me becuase after studying this religion for the past two years, I find that positive non-ingnorant articles are hard to come by unless you know the right authors. She also mentions one of my fav books that helped me SO much with my senior project (The Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou by Donald Cosentino). It’s a very basic and simplified view of the whole religion and of the Gede family, but still none-the-less is a wonderfully positive article. I really like the heading and picture as well. Very similar to my last blog after I came back from visiting Little Haiti in Miami.

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This article about death and Haitian Vodou by Carine Fabius appeared in The Huffington Post. Follow the link below for the original report.

What if Death had style? What if Death wore black sunglasses, liked to dance, smoke cigars and drink rum? What if he loved to indulge in bawdy sexual references (yes, in this case, Death is a he); and what if his presence made people want to party ’til the sun rose up in the sky? I reckon you’d invite him into your life too.

Non-Haitians and some Haitians hear the word Vodou — or voodoo, in Hollywood parlance — and shiver with fear and worry and pity and condescension. Ignorance can really make a person feel bad. So, let me do a quick rundown on Vodou, this way everyone can hurry up and get back to feeling good.
Like Judaism, Vodou is a religion and a…

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Haiti chosen to represent the Caribbean in the «Network music festivals ACP»

Haiti = amazing music.

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After several stops in Africa (Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gabon, Tanzania), Europe (Denmark), in the Indian Ocean (Réunion) and the Pacific (Vanuatu), it’s Haiti that has been chosen to represent the Caribbean in the project “Network music festivals ACP” (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific), from January 29 to 31 January.
The Director of “Zone Franche”, the French association that is leading the project declared : “We are particularly happy to undertake the project activities planned in the Caribbean in Haiti, a country whose musical richness remains to be discovered for many music professionals abroad […] We fervently hope that these days will contribute to strengthening and revitalizing the local music industry. We thank our partners in Haiti. Their enthusiasm and involvement suggest a rich trading environment.”
For her part, Milena Sandler of the Foundation Haiti Jazz notes : “The Jazz Haiti Foundation is pleased to host and coordinate the implementation of…

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International jazz festival in post-quake Haiti promotes music, education among Haitian musicians

Love it.

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An international jazz festival in Haiti hopes to attract fans and artists with support of local embassies in the earthquake-ravaged country. The festival is more than a marketing tool, say organizers. Jacqueline Charles reports for The Miami Herald.

The improvised scales of the soprano saxophone dance off the soundproof walls, creating a mosaic of sound fused by African and Haitian rhythms.

This mélange of Caribbean, American and European cultures is not what one immediately associates with Haiti, an island nation known for chaos and konpa, the slow, timed Haitian meringue swayed by horns and electronic keyboards.

But the introduction of Creole jazz, and its growing popularity, represents part of this nation’s cultural rebirth. Here, inside a gingerbread architecture-inspired French cultural center rebuilt after the earthquake near the ruins of downtown, Creole jazz is having its moment as Thurgot Theodat’s weathered sax transforms the American-born art form across barriers of…

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