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HCX to Haiti, 2015

02.17.15

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In January 2015, HCX traveled to Haiti with a small group of people who were experiencing the country for the first time.  It was quite an experience!

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Click here to read more about what HCX Executive Director, Régine M. Roumain, had to say about the trip.
Click here to view photos of our trip!

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November 14th | Lage Kò’w! A night of music, dancing and fun at the Carlton Hotel – by Jessica Tong, Communications and Outreach Intern

11.20.14

HCX held an evening of dancing and live drumming at the Carlton Hotel’s Millesime Bar, which brought our diverse community together to have a good time while supporting our organization. DJ Jephté Guillaume was invited to spin a mix of R&B classics, house music and rara infused beats while the sound of the drums echoed and filled the room with energy and life, thanks to Okai from Brown Rice Family, Atibon Legba, Jean Mary Brignol and Morgan Zwerlein.

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This intimate evening was a great way to launch our #GivingTuesday campaign.  In order to create momentum for this global day of giving, the HCX team set up a pledge table, encouraging everyone to lage kò’w, let loose, by taking pictures with props and signs celebrating their pledges to donate on #GivingTuesday.  Those who participated spread the word of their support by sharing their photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

HCX is largely funded by individuals — with over 40% of the budget coming from individual donors.  The evening at the Carlton was a great reminder of the power of grassroots philanthropic efforts.  Giving Tuesday efforts brought in $2,590 in donations from over 50 donors, which allowed the organization to raise nearly $6,500 for our year-end campaign. Thank you to all the donors, artists and guests!  Until next time…

Click here to look at more amazing photos!

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An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with Manbo Dòwòti Desir

10.28.14

Dowoti Alice Ann palePlaces of forgetting, places of remembering. These were the focus of the An n’ Pale|Café Conversation with Manbo Dòwòti Désir on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The talk highlighted her new book, Goud kase goud: Conjuring Memory in Spaces of the AfroAtlantic. The special event, organized by Haiti Cultural Exchange and moderated by Advisory Board member and Kiskeácity founder Alice Backer, was an opportunity to explore the connections between sacred space and public discourse. Those gathered at FiveMyles Gallery enjoyed wine and other refreshments as they awaited the arrival of the guest of honor. Some spoke in hushed voices about the preservation of African culture in the Diaspora, which had been the topic of Manbo Dòwòti’s appearances on Backer’s radio program, Legacy of 1804. Others talked about their travels in Africa and throughout the Diaspora, and wondered aloud at what insights Désir would offer up during the conversation.

As a light rain began to fall, she arrived to hold court. After a brief welcome from HCX Executive Director Régine M. Roumain, Ms. Backer and Manbo Dòwòti took their places in the front of the room. Alice first introduced the speaker, highlighting her extensive work in academia as well as in the cultural sphere, and underscored her participation in the UN’s commemoration of the International Decade for Africa. An extremely regal woman with a warm presence, members of the audience were invited to share in an exchange of ideas as Manbo Dòwòti and Ms. Backer began. In the course of her research for Goud kase goud, Désir completed a multi-year journey to 16 countries, visiting places imprinted with the energy of the Ma’afa. The images and words that she brings together capture the pain and longing of separation, the suffering of oppression, the hope of salvation, and the sweet confidence of liberty.

The author presented a slideshow of the sites detailed in the book. Some are places of forgetting, like the well at Elmina castle in Ghana. The Manbo explained that captive Africans were made to walk around this well several times, reciting incantations that severed their connection with the Motherland. She said that this was as much a show of mercy as it was of brutality. The captors understood that the separation would have been too great, too generationally scarring, without some form of ritual passage. Other sites were places to allow remembrance and reflection, like the “Redemption Song” sculpture in Kingston, Jamaica’s Emancipation Park. The figures, a Black man and Black woman, rise serenely from the water, their faces to the sky. Just as places like Elmina and Goree Islands mark where captives left Home, sites such as Emancipation Park and Manhattan’s African Burial Ground National Monument speak to the ways in which they and their children pursued freedom, dignity, and a new sense of home on the other side of the Atlantic.

During the question and answer session, Manbo Dòwòti spoke of how her journey into AfroAtlantic religious traditions and her experience as an artist in the public domain informed the project that became Goud kase goud. As a vodouisante, she understands how public space and spectacle serve as vehicles for addressing social issues. She conveyed the importance of ritual, of psycho-spiritual healing, in movements for social justice. The evening closed on a high note, with Manbo Dòwòti taking time to speak individually with members of the audience and sign copies of her book.

To see pictures of this event, click here!

To purchase your copy of Goud kase goud: Conjuring Memory in Spaces of the AfroAtlantic, visit the HCX Boutik at 558 St.John’s Place | Brooklyn, NY.

By Gerard D. Miller, Jr., An n’ Pale participant

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Archive : Selebrasyon! New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture

07.17.14

Selebrasyon program coverConsisting of forty days worth of Haitian arts & culture, this large-scale Haitian arts festival was the first of its kind in New York City. With 22 events presenting the works of artists residing in New York, Haiti, and other parts of the Diaspora Haiti Cultural Exchange brought together over 100 modern and traditional artists, a majority of whom were emerging or unknown and whose work represents their extreme talent and innovation.

Kicking off with Selebrasyon! Opening Night and the Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! all the way to the No Passport Party finale, the festival gave artists a platform to present what’s cutting edge in Haitian art and offered nearly 4,000 participants an opportunity to experience their craft and engage with our community. Selebrasyon! could not have been possible without YOU! HCX extends our thanks to all of the artists, attendees and institutions that helped create the memorable moments that made Selebrasyon! a dynamic showcase of Haitian heritage.

To view a full list of the Selebrasyon! Community & Media Partners, Sponsors, and to learn more about Selebrasyon! CLICK HERE!

See what Caribbean Life had to say about Selebrasyon!
To view the full Selebrasyon! program, CLICK HERE!
To see photos from Selebrasyon!, CLICK HERE!
For videos of the festival,CLICK HERE!

 

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