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February 7th & 8th: AfroCROWD – Intro to Wikimedia & How to Edit Wikipedia 101


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Against the backdrop of Black History Month, this workshop seeks to further the International Decade for People of African Descent’s development and education goals and Wikimedia’s goal of increasing its reach. Technology companies Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Twitter have recently reported that their workforce is 2% Black,  a figure non-proportionate to the 13% of Blacks living in the United States.  The Black Twitter phenomenon shows that Afrodescendants have successfully capitalized on social media as an organizing tool.  Exposing more Afrodescendants to Wikimedia has the potential to take this foray a step further and open up a gateway into actual careers in the technology field. Beyond it all workshop participants will find that editing Wikipedia alone or as a group is a constructive and rewarding way to build community, network and spend time online.

The workshops will be the first in a series of activities by Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD), a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. The workshops are open to all Afrodescendants including but not limited to individuals who self-identify as African, African-American, Afro-Latino, Biracial, Black, Black-American, Caribbean,  Garifuna, Haitian or West Indian.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.


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HCX Collaboration | Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake


Join Haiti Cultural Exchange next week at the Maysles Cinema as we celebrate Haitian-Born Filmmaker Raoul Peck for this very special film series, Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake from January 22nd to January 25th.  This event is co-sponsored by Creatively Speaking Film Series and the DDPA (Durban Declaration & Programme of Action) Watch Group.

Take a look at the calendar of events!

monarch film 1 Thursday, January 22nd: Moloch Tropical | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Filmed in Haiti prior to the devastating earthquake, the film takes viewers behind the closed doors of a fortress perched on the top of a distant mountain.  A democratically elected President and his closest collaborators prepare for a state celebration of the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence to be attended by foreign dignitaries and heads of state.  But in the city, a popular uprising is spreading. [read more…]

This film will followed by a Q&A with Manbo Dòwòti Désir of the DDPA Watch Group and Michelle Materre.

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Friday, January 23rd: Assistance Mortelle | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Raoul Peck takes us on a two year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative point of view, the film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure. [read more…]

This film is followed by a Q&A with diretor Raoul Peck and will be moderated by Michelle Materre, followed by a reception with food and live music.



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Saturday, January 24th: Après the Earthquake Haiti: 5 Years Later A Public Health Forum | 4pm
Location: Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mt Morris Park West (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

This program will include a screening of Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance followed by a panel discussion/forum with Raoul Peck, Michelle Materre, and public health officials and experts on where we go from here.

This film is also followed by a special reception with food and live music at the Maysles Institute, 8pm.

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Sunday, January 25th: Profit and Nothing But! | 4pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Who said that the economy serves mankind? What is this world where the wealthiest two percent controls everything? A world where this law of the strongest and the richest is imposed on the rest of humanity? Raoul Peck confronts these questions in this well-researched documentary, and contrasts them against the devastating reality of his native land, Haiti. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and author Darrick Hamilton.

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Sunday, January 25th: Lumumba: Death of a Prophet
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Lumumba: The Death of a Prophet offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history.  Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and others TBA.


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Bazaar Kreyòl: a Haitian holiday market takes root in Brooklyn – by Jessica Tong, Communications and Outreach Intern


Bazaar Kreyol recap picIn partnership with the Haitian-American Coalition, HCX held this first annual event on Saturday, December 6th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Flatbush Brooklyn.  As people rushed indoors to keep from getting soaked by the downpour, Bazaar Kreyòl, suddenly became a sanctuary where people could enjoy artisanal items, delicious Haitian patties, live drumming, and holiday arts & crafts.  Okai from Brown Rice Family filled the air with his traditional Haitian drum beats; joined by dancers Tracy Pierre of Ayisyen se Ayiti and Gelan Lambert. The music flowed from the stage into the audience as people danced and grooved while shopping for hand-made jewelry, organic soaps, candles, books and t-shirts.  A special HCX holiday photo booth created the perfect atmosphere for face painted children and parents to take home a personal keepsake, while the craft table was filled with kids making holiday decorations for most of the afternoon.

Cassie's creations at BK Tracy & Okai at BK Haitian Patties at BK
Facepainters at BK Diasporic CS at BK Luke polaroid pic

Thanks to HCC for their partnership and to all the volunteers, vendors, and community members who joined us for our first ever holiday market.  Take a look at some photos and don’t forget to continue to Shop Haiti this holiday season!

To view more pictures from Bazaar Kreyòl, click here!

Antz Mary Mathiew
Ayisyen se Ayiti
Brooklyn Loves Haiti
Brown Rice Family Shop
Boots and Glasses Brigade
Cassie’s Creations
Dare To Be Unique
HCX Boutik
Nadege Fleurimond

Advantage Care
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Associate Professor Isabelle Barriere: Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at LIU
Community Development International (CDI)
Diaspora Community Services
Haitian-American Community Coalition
Haitian Creole Language Institute
NYC Prek for All
Shirlette Thompson: Face Painter

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An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with Frankétienne


10612558_10152672471916830_8084676283551669964_nThe high hum of voices in the room gave away the excitement of the crowd. Everywhere you looked, people were deeply engrossed in conversation, having some heated debate, or laughing over a glass of wine. A quick scan of the room revealed that all available seats were full and any remaining wall space, or other standing room, was taken. It was clear that everyone gathered at FiveMyles gallery on the evening of September 19, 2014 for Haiti Cultural Exchange’s (HCX) An n Pale Conversation Series was eagerly awaiting the guest of honor that night: Franketienne. Haiti’s literary powerhouse was in town to promote the release of the English language version of his first full-length novel, “Ready to Burst”. On this night, Franketienne was to be accompanied by Kaiama Glover, the Associate Professor at Barnard who translated “Ready to Burst” from the French, and author Madison Smartt Bell. Following an introduction by HCX Executive Director Régine M. Roumain, Bell, who was to interpret from the Haitian Creole, and Glover, who was to interpret from the French, dived right in to a conversation with Franketienne.

As Franketienne began to answer questions (“Tell us more about the novel”, “How did you come to invent the literary genre of spiralism”, “What was it like to live through the Duvalier dictatorships and to protest through your literature?) one thing was immediately clear: there is deliberateness to his character that resonates strongly with people. Each word spoken, just as in his literature, is carefully chosen and hand-picked to provide the strongest impact possible. The respect and reverence that hung in the air was palpable as Franketienne described his work, as he related his thoughts on the matters of the world, as he reminded us that there is no one solution to Haiti’s problems, and as he shared his desire to engage as much as possible with the Haitian people as he could. As Franck seamlessly wove in and out of French and Haitian Creole, Bell and Glover interpreted accordingly. “True wealth is in spirituality,” he stated. The crowd murmured in agreement. “Without chaos there is death,” he insisted. “The world belongs to us all,” he boldly exclaimed. Applause often ensued as each statement proved to be even more daring than the last.

As the evening wore on, the energy of the crowd became increasingly more heightened. Being a man of the people, an artist for the people, Franketienne insisted on including the people in the conversation. In his eyes, his existence now is focused entirely in pawòl, or Kreyòl for “speech”. His goal is to engage with the people, to speak with the people, to share with the people. In this spirit, audience members began not just to ask questions but also to offer their opinions and commentary on everything from the current state of affairs in Haiti to the importance of protesting the injustices that are happening on a global scale to imparting their own wisdom regarding the role of the Haitian diaspora in Haiti’s future. Some people spoke from their seats and still others made their way to the front of the room, as if their mere proximity to Franketienne would imbue them with the very spirit of his genius. Franketienne welcomed them all. He openly acknowledged every speaker. Be they critic or fan, long-winded questions or not, Franketienne interacted with them all in such an intimately genuine way that it was obvious why he continues to be held in such great regard by so many, both in the world of literature but also in the everyday, commonplace life of all Haitians.

The evening ended with Franck reading an excerpt from Mûr a Crever and Glover reading the corresponding English passage from Ready to Burst. Franketienne reminded the crowd why he is considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Haitian literature. Drawing from his background in theater, Franck’s reading was poignant, jarring and impactful. For those who could understand the French, he drew them in with the words, and even those who could not understand could feel the weight of the sounds of the words leaving his mouth. Glover’s English translation of the French left many wanting to hear more, wanting to immerse themselves more completely in the work of a man who has, for decades, lived and loved Haiti and its people so much that he has built an entire life of art around it. The readings were followed by a book signing, that went well beyond the intended end time of 9:00 but this was of no consequence, both to those who waited patiently for their moment with Franketienne but also to Franck himself, who lives for these personal interactions. As it tends to happen at HCX events, people continued to linger, not quite ready for the night to end. As people slowly trickled out of the gallery, the energy was still one of excitement. In the course of just a short evening, with just his words and his very presence, Franketienne had managed to ignite a powerful fire in many.

Click here for pictures of Frankétienne’s conversation.
Click here to watch Frankétienne read from his book.

By Wynnie Lamour, Founder of the Haitian Creole Language Institute

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