Haitian Poetry and Music Event: Pwezi Ak Mizik Anba Tonèl

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Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Pwezi Ak Mizik Anba Tonèl, a celebration of Haitian poetry and music taking place on Saturday, August 25, 2012, 6:00-10:00pm at the Five Myles Gallery. The gallery is located at 558 St. Johns Place Brooklyn, New York.

Special guests include renowned poet Anthony Phelps and poet and playwright Syto Cavé. Other honored guests include poets Josaphat-Robert Large, Ibi Zoboi, Jean-Dany Joachim, Jeffrey Dessources (aka MrJeffDess), JanyTomba (former model), and Jean-Avin François, and musiciansVo-Duo (Markus Schwartz and Monvelyno Alexis) as well as La Troupe Makandal.

For detailed information, see http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=yxeyaadab&v=001_s6sv86ti_XNgU15rK2UVSNH0SKYM962v3GWXDklqd6O8J9zgFaquohUPyrm1jpGakdrU54a2VkrV_1LXPhKlJejMbziQvCBo7GwIe4b6LSzQ59OcstlCHzbULIT5y8Y-pQXXeCpFd8J9lqffIMJ_aOwJ6Q1qP5IVg_eNLINlarVicbmuVKc2V8EhJPbcPv4DBeRPw–iE8rEiQQSFWWpgzTSBIGVLnl

Also see http://haiticulturalx.org

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Grenada’s Soca Monarch Lavaman Raises Funds for Students

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Grenada’s 2012 Soca Monarch, Lavaman (Marcus James), has said that he is planning a post-carnival celebratory event that will emphasize assisting children with pencils, bags and other school supplies.

The soca artiste, who hosted the first-ever “Uncle Lava Daycare Fun Day” for kids on July 28 in Tanteen, St George’s, says it’s a satisfying experience helping children and making them happy. Lavaman won the Soca Monarch title with “Psycho,” which also was a close contender for Road March. He leaves this month to perform overseas. He hopes that in September, he’ll be able to have two post-carnival celebratory events – one in St George’s and the other in St Andrew – where children will be provided will school supplies’ donations.

The 2012 carnival was another successful season for Lavaman, who built on his 2011 Road March victory with the song, “So We Dey”. In the aftermath of the 2011 Spicemas…

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Women And Politics: Female voters say Romney ‘out of step’ on women’s health issues


By Sam Baker

Female voters in swing states see Mitt Romney as “out of step” on issues of women’s health, according to a new poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood’s advocacy arm.

The survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates, lends credence to Democrats’ argument that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is on the wrong end of a steep gender gap, largely because of his opposition to abortion rights and his positions on issues such as contraception.

By a 20-point margin, women surveyed in the Planned Parenthood Action Fund poll said Romney is “out of step” on women’s issues. That number increased as women heard “specific information about Romney’s on-the-record statements about women’s preventive and reproductive health,” the Hart polling memo says.


After hearing those descriptions, 64 percent of respondents said Romney is out of step.

President Obama had a 13-point advantage over Romney, which grew to 22 points after…

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