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Hip Hop Saves Lives’ Wan-Luv Summer Music Series in NYC

New York, N.Y. Summer in New York City is a special time with heat, rain – and outdoor festivals!  On July 26, the Wan-Luv 2012 Summer Music Series will present a “Pre Carnival des Fleurs” celebration at The Ritz Plaza Park on Times Square.  Sponsored by Stonehenge Properties and produced by Hip Hop Saves Lives, the festival will highlight Haitian music, […]

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Haiti History & Politics Seen Through Amazing Film of One Big Band

When the Drum is Beating is a film depicting Haiti’s rich musical culture and its legendary and beloved band, Orchestre Septentrional.  Through its sweeping historical narrative and infectious music, the film captures the nuances and complexities that make Haiti one of the most fascinating countries in the hemisphere.  In his exploration of the “Haitian people’s band,” Dow […]

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The Dichotomy of Haiti: Hell Meets, well, Heaven

New York, NY. The images from Haiti before the earthquake were dismal. ‘Poorest in the Western Hemisphere,’ we heard again and again. Post-quake reporting has seemed to focus on Dante’s Inferno. Haiti had been a God-forsaken land due to the greed first of its colonizers and then its own leaders for centuries. Land of Destruction […]

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Film Shown at U.N. Donor Conference on Collapse of Haiti’s Presidential Palace

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The film “Thirty-Five Long Seconds: Haiti’s Deadly Earthquake” was screened recently as part of the recent Donor’s Conference at the United Nations. The conference, entitled Towards a New Future in Haiti, was hosted by Haitian President Rene Preval, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton. Pledges from the […]

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Dr. Judy on Trauma of Disasters – like Haitian Earthquake

Dr. Judy Kuriansky trained local Boy Scouts to be “comforters”in the wake of the earthquake that recently destroyed Haiti. The patients were also grateful that anyone cared to talk to them. These helpers are now recruiting other youth and training them in the techniques they learned from Dr. Kuriansky. Known globally as “Dr. Judy,” she […]

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Embracing Family Care For Orphans

New York, N.Y.  Ten years ago I envisioned helping orphans in the developing world by building small homes and hiring houseparents. It seemed obvious that the key to proper care for orphaned children was a strong substitute family. So I put my money where my mouth was and founded Orphans International (OI). I’ve learned since then that […]

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2,870 Mayors for Peace: Does Yours Belong?

New York, N.Y. 2,870 cities in 134 countries. That’s how many cities have committed themselves to not being a nuclear target by joining the U.N.-associated Mayors for Peace. “Being in favor of nuclear disarmament is a no-brainer for cities. Atomic weapons were developed to destroy cities,” Aaron Tovish explained to me over coffee at the […]

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