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Call for Submissions for the Haiti Film Fest taking place May 11-14, 2017.
Deadline: February 10th.
More information here: bit.ly/HFFsubmit
by Nathalie Jolivert, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
For her project as a Lakou NOU artist-in-residence, Veroneque Ignace, dancer and public health worker, reached out to youth at Erasmus High School in Flatbush and engaged them in discussions designed to help them express their feelings about violence experienced in their communities. Veroneque worked with 5 students over the course of two months, which resulted in the final presentation on Saturday November 12, at Brooklyn Fête in East Flatbush, incorporating dance, spoken word, live music and video.
Veroneque’s project “#Trending” seeks to to provide creative mechanisms to those who experience trauma due to violence in their neighborhoods. The title of her project shines light on the growing numbers of deaths in the black community as they get reported via the media. Veroneque’s long-term project kicked off with this first presentation and will essentially continue to provide creative tools to her students and her clients in their healing process. With this first presentation at Brooklyn Fête, Veroneque reaches out to a young population that the US must remember as the future of this country. Quite appropriately, in a solo within the dance performance, one of her senior dancers from Kriyòl Dance Collective performed with a simple black hoodie as homage to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American high-school student who was shot by a police officer in 2012 and whose tragic death became an important marker of police brutality in the US.
See below a video clip of Veroneque’s performance:
Perks and Levels
By Donating $75, win:
One HCX Exclusive Libète T-shirt PLUS entry to win a FREE Yoga gift certificate at Brooklyn Yoga Collective
By donating $100, win:
One pass to a Sip and Paint Class by artist Nathalie Jolivert, PLUS entry to win a FREE Yoga gift certificate at Brooklyn Yoga Collective
By donating $150, win:
One copy of Why Haiti Needs New Narratives by author and scholar Gina Ulysse, One Exclusive Kriyol Dance tote bag PLUS entry to win a FREE dance, fitness or yoga class at Fit4Dance
By donating $300, win:
One print by photographer Richard Louissaint PLUS entry to win a FREE dance, fitness or yoga class at Fit4Dance (First 5 donations at this level)
By donating $500, win:
One Spa Package at Body By Brooklyn: All day access to the wet lounge which includes: Turkish Steam room, Swedish and Russian Saunas, Jacuzzi, Cold Plunge Pool and a lovely relaxation area + a complimentary glass of champagne (First 2 donations at this level)
By donating $1,000+, win:
Entry to Le Lambi Circle: 4 VIP tickets to the Annual Spring Programming Kick-Off event (in 2017, this will be the Haiti Film Fest), 1 print from the artist Rejin Leys and a special mention on our website.
Okai is a percussionist and vocalist in several bands that are based in Brooklyn, all representing the music of the African Diaspora. As a lead vocalist and percussionist of Brown Rice Family, StringsNSkins and Underground Horns Okai is often on the road travelling to perform gigs all over the country and internationally.
As a Lakou Nou Artist in Residency in Canarsie, Okai created a workshop that incorporated his passion for drumming and his conscious eating lifestyle. This session took place on Saturday, November 5th at the Brooklyn Theater Arts, South Shore High School.
In 2012 Okai started to adopt a more conscious diet. He explained that making changes such as eating less meat, consuming less dairy, becoming more conscious of his sugar intake made a huge difference. He also began studying product labels more often and stayed away from ingredients he was unsure of or that were obviously detrimental when consumed. Reading labels and doing research on ingredients also helped him to be a more conscious consumer because he started paying more attention to the companies he was supporting, he began to invest more in companies with a shared mission.
Okai has noticed a transformation in his wellbeing since making these changes “ I started noticing that I had more energy, more awareness, I dreamt better and I had better thoughts” he stated. Inspired by the positive results he achieved by making this change, he now aims to share this message with other musicians. Accordingly as an artist in residence, in our Lakou Nou Artist Residency program in Canarsie, he incorporated a health segment in his workshop. He invited Anthony a drummer and health specialist practicing in Queens, NY. During his segment, Anthony reiterated a lot of what Okai himself had learned on his health conscious journey including cutting out a lot of pasta, processed foods and items that used a lot of white flour.
Another unique aspect of this workshop is that it brought together both beginners and professional drummers. Okai’s Rhythm Exchange workshop featured three master drummers of Colombian, Puerto Rican, and Haitian background, which allowed for drummers of all levels to learn a new rhythm. Attendees learned Afro-Columbian drumming from Cumbia rhythms originated from the days of slavery in the late 17th century. We learned of the bass drum (tambora) a double -sided drum used to produce the deep bass rhythms; the Tambor Alegre a secondary mid-drum known used for backup rhythm and the small drum (lamador), which also provides the back beat. Afterwards Will Tucker presented Puerto Rican Bumba rhythm featuring the drumming style Leró used as accompaniment for dancers. Finally Jean May Brignol gave us a snippet of Ibo, Nago and Yanvalou rhythms from Afro Haitian drumming.
Okai’s workshop gave participants an opportunity to hear and experience how similar and connected Afro-Caribbean culture is, while also hearing the different tones that make the expression from each country unique and distinctive.
See photos of the event HERE!