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haiti on iceFor the first time, “Haiti on Ice” will be held in Haiti. The Sylvio Cator stadium in Port-au-Prince, will be transformed from a sports field to an ice rink from January 17 to 19, 2013, to host the ice-skating show.

The show will feature the two-time French Olympic Figure Skating medalist Philippe Candeloro and the nine-time French National Champion Surya Bonaly. Bonaly won the French national title nine times and the European National title five time and is known for being one of the only skaters who can land a back flip on one foot.

It was previously slated to take place from November 28 - December 4th but was pushed back according to organizers who held a press conference. The figure skating exhibition has been held in Guadeloupe, where 20,000 people turn out to see the performers and in the Dominican Republic where 43,000 tickets were sold.

The event is in partnership with Haiti's Ministry of Tourism.

 

Original source: http://konpaevents.com/?p=1867

Photo: Surya Bonaly by Bob Martin (Getty Images)

Make your plans now to attend the 3rd annual BronzeLens Film Festival, November 8 – 11, 2012 at the magnificent Atlanta Marriott Marquisbronze_festival_2011. In just three years, BronzeLens has become a must-attend event, drawing attendees and press attention from around the nation.

The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. The mission of the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is two fold: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers.

From November 8 through 11, 2012, film lovers, actors, and film makers will gather in culture-and-heritage-rich Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film, as well as television, and the production of both. The BronzeLens Film Festival will feature screenings in multiple venues, as well as informative panels, and enlightening Master Classes led by top names in film, direction, and production.



Here are some of the highlights you don't want to miss of this year's outstanding festival:
  • For the first time anywhere – join legendary casting director and producer Reuben Cannon for "The Producers Roundtable." Top film and television producers tell you how's it's done!
  • Listen to one of the internet's biggest webisode stars, Issa Rae. The producer, director, and lead actor of Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl opens up about her incredible journey.
  • Award-winning author and playwright Pearl Cleage talks about her newest project in "From Novel to Screen: The Pearl Cleage Film Project, with Pearl Cleage and Dr. Ayoka Chenzira."
  • NAACP Image Award winning producer Roger Bobb shares his creative expertise and insight in a new workshop "Creating Comedy Shows with Roger Bobb"

Plus, new feature, short, and documentary films from both local and national filmmakers. Don't forget workshops and panels on everything from How to Attract Investors" to How to Pitch Your Film to the Media" and so much more. If you are creative visual artist – producer, actor, screenwriter, film maker, film student, or film and television supporter – then you should be at BronzeLens Film Festival this year! For more information visit. BronzeLensFilmFestival.com.

Photo: Kathleen Bertrand, Bronze Lens Executive Producer and Thomas Dortch, Jr., former chair 100 Black Men of America.

 

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On October 3 through 13th Havana will host the Leo Brouwer Festival of Chamber Music with the participation of over 140 musicians from Bosnia, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba.

With this being its fourth edition, the event will host top international musicians such as the Bosnian lutist Edin Karamazov, French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labeque, guitarist Ricardo Gallen of Spain, and Italian accordionist Marco Lo Russo.

Artists from Cuba will include pianist Ernan Lopez-Nussa, saxophonist Javier Zalba, bassist Jorge Reyes, flutist Niurka Gonzalez, and singer/songwriter Liuba Maria Hevia, as well as the groups Sonantas Habaneras, Grupo Giganteria and the Compania Danza Teatro.

The festival program also includes a series of talks on the now-deceased Buena Vista Social Club leader Compay Segundo, in whose honor Brouwer wrote the piece “Chacona, Compay Segundo in Memoriam,” which will be debuted to the world on October 13 at Havana’s National Theater.

For the original report go to http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=77944

asnoopAt this year's Toronto International Film Festival beginning September 7th, fans and the world will find out why rapper Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion through a new documentary according to Stan Schroder in an article for Mashable.com

One of the most recognizable names in hip hop is no longer quite the same: After a revelatory experience in Jamaica, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. — better known as Snoop Dogg — decided to change his artist name to Snoop Lion.

It may sound like a joke, but Snoop Dogg Lion seems to be very serious about it. “I didn’t know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, ‘Snoop Dogg.’ And he looked me in my eyes and said, ‘No more. You are the light; you are the lion.’ From that moment on, it’s like I had started to understand why I was there,” he said at a press conference in New York.

Snoop Lion expressed his disinterest in hip hop and decided his upcoming record will be a purely reggae one. “I’ve won every accolade you can get in rap, they call me ‘Uncle Snoop’ in rap. When you’re an uncle, it’s time to find something new … I want to feel like a kid again,” he said.

Further proof that Snoop means business: his new Twitter handle, @snoop_lion, as well as his new Tumblr account, available at http://snooplion.tumblr.com.

Snoop’s spiritual journey to Jamaica and decision to change his name have been documented in an upcoming documentary called Reincarnated. The documentary premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7.

For original report, visit http://mashable.com/2012/07/31/snoop-dogg-documentary-snoop-lion/#.                                         Photo: Examiner.com

 

 

 

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'A Dream Across the Ocean' is a musical that celebrates the faith and determination of the West Indian Pentecostal community who were part of the Windrush generation that came to Britain during the 1940’s 50’s and 60's. It will get its world premiere at The Ashcroft Theatre, in Parlk Lane, Croydon, London on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August, 2012.

Directed by Ray Shell, A DREAM ACROSS THE OCEAN, tells the story of Winston Morgan, who leaves the Caribbean in the 1960's and travels to London in search of a better life for his family. It follows his struggles as he endeavours to settle in the mother country: his lonely early years without Annie, the love of his life. It also tells of his enduring friendship with Patrick Mulligan, an Irishman who shares the rooming house that accepts them both when no one else would, and how his faith and determination helps him to create a new life in a cold, strange land.

A DREAM ACROSS THE OCEAN features a live band and music that was endemic to the era in which it is set: from British gospel to ska: following the gamut through reggae, calypso and soul music. Cast and more creatives to be announced.

AICHAD_confThe United States' top-ranked public health school launches international conference on black health in the Western Hemisphere. As a part of  “On the Road to Baltimore Campaign,” the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has now opened registration for the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora – ICHAD 2012. The conference will be held July 4-8, 2012 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The theme of ICHAD 2012 is "The Great Scattering: Connecting the Dots between Slavery and Contemporary Health in the African Diaspora." 

Today there are approximately 160 million black descendants of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade living throughout the Western Hemisphere. ICHAD 2012 is an international conference that will explore how this population is doing today. From Canada to Argentina, blacks throughout the region share a common history of slavery, marginalization, and resilience. However, this group has also evolved through divergent social and cultural experiences, with research showing striking commonalities and differences in the health and well-being of slave descendants. 

There is also a stark health divide between slave descendants and other groups. For example, compared to the infant mortality experience of general populations in the Western Hemisphere, black infants throughout the region are at least twice as likely to die before their first birthday. 

In the summer of 2012, researchers, policy makers, health advocates and other change agents from across the hemisphere will gather in Baltimore to explore the health status of black descendants of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and to identify multilevel actions, including international partnerships, for improving the health of this population. 

Presenters at the conference hail from over ten academic disciplines, including public health, sociology, medicine, economics, history, anthropology, nursing, and psychology. Presentations will focus on more than a dozen countries in the region, including Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Canada, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. 

ICHAD 2012 is organized by the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The conference is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To register or obtain more information, visit www.ICHAD.com or contact Cereta Spencer at 443.300.6094. The website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Macy's Celebrates Black History Month with Special Events Honoring the Legacy of Famed Artist Romare Bearden. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Romare Bearden's birthday, select Macy's stores nationwide will highlight some of the artist's most improtant works via special exhibitions and eventslamp

Preview a satellite exhibit of Romare Bearden’s artwork.  View watercolors, prints, oil on paper and dramatic black and white Photostats that date from 1964 to 1984 when Romare Bearden was at the peak of his artistic power.  In addition to works on loan from the Foundation are new works by artists inspired and influenced by Bearden’s life and legacy.  

During the reception a new generation of jazz musicians will perform Bearden’s music which has been previously recorded by Branford Marsalis, Tito Puente and Billy Eckstine.    

Additional in-store celebrations will include children’s collage-making events, special readings of Bearden’s children’s book, “Li’l Dan, The Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story,” as well as cooking demonstrations from local chefs featuring Bearden’s favorite recipes and Caribbean dishes from the out-of-print cookbook, “Ma Chance’s French Caribbean Creole Cooking,” which he illustrated. 

For a complete listing of events in different cities, please visit http://bit.ly/xjNlqN. For additional information regarding Romare Bearden please visit: www.beardenfoundation.org 

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       Ambassador David’s Productions LLL  is proud to announce the 12th annual "Bob Marley Birthday Bash Tour” at the State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI to Saturday, January 21, 2012.  This will be an evening of music and dance paying tribute to the king of Reggae music, on his 66th Birthday.  Bob Marley, born February 6, 1945, is internationally recognized as the Godfather of Reggae music. While he did not invent this timeless music form, he became Reggae's seminal figure around the world. Kick back, mon, and relax to the sounds of Reggae in celebration of Marley's birthday.

 

        One of the twentieth century’s most iconic cultural figures, Bob Marley was responsible for popularizing reggae music throughout the world. His concerts set attendance records that still stand today, and his 1977 Exodus album was hailed by Time magazine as the greatest album of the 20th century. His unique blend of politically conscious lyrics and unforgettable melodies won him legions of fans far beyond the Caribbean . But Marley was no mere pop star: his strong attachment to Rasta beliefs and his fierce hostility to the injustice of “ Babylon ” made him an important spokesperson for the dispossessed all over the globe. 

 

         Performers paying their respect to the king of Reggae music at this ALL AGES show will be from the Island of Dominica, DeHurricane Calypso and Soca band featuring Cleve "Hurricane" Jean Jacques and from Ghana, West Africa the Hydro Afro Reggae band with special guest Andrea from Chicago. Caribbean food and craft vendors will be on site selling their goods. So put on your dancing shoes and come ready to party.

     Even though Bob Marley has been gone for 30 years, his music and message is bigger than ever. Time Magazine in their “Best of the Century Editions” recognized Bob’s as one of the Top 25 Entertainers who had the biggest influence on music in the 20th century.  Bob was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 2001 Grammy Awards honored Bob with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. “Legend” Bob’s greatest hits album remains in Billboard magazine’s top ten “Pop Catalog Albums” chart some twenty years after his death.  Jackson Browne performed Bob’s “Redemption Song” at the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in which he is a member. The BBC honored his “One Love” as the song of the millennial.  Bob Marley’s music and more important his message of peace, love and unity will be as applicable 100 years from now as they were 30 years ago.

 The Bob Marley Birthday Bash 2012 is brought to you in part by the Marley Beverage Company and Red Stripe Beer. For more information visit, www.caribbeanconnection2002.com.

haiti_miami_artConcurrent with the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami/and Art Fairs Weekend, Haiti Art Expo 2011 will take place December 1st-4th on the second level of the Moore Building; a superb exhibition space in the heart of the uber-chic Miami Design District.

The expo displays a one-of-a-kind collection of Haitian fine arts comprised of a variety of media, art crafts and photography, curated by Michele Frisch and Galerie Marassa.

In addition to the day-time expo, for three nights the Haiti Art Expo will play host to events produced by noteworthy charitable organizations benefiting Haiti, including, Haiti Empowerment Mission, Hand in Hand for Haiti and Hard Hats for Haiti.

The second edition of Haiti Art Expo is a pledge from Miami's cultural community to make a positive impact in the lives of the Haitian people. Michele Frisch and Galerie Marassa present an exhibition like no other, at which sales of works by renowned Haitian artists will benefit three important non-profit organizations that are currently working in Haiti.

Haiti Art Expo 2011 aims to demonstrate the visionary power of Haitian visual art that has continued to command international attention. The exhibition features top works from the contemporary art master, Philippe Dodard and from Louisiane St. Fleurent, Levoy Exil, Payas, Alix Roy, Ronald Mevs, Luckner Candio and Manuel Mathieu.

Upholding Haiti's unique tradition of inspirational, Creole-themed contemporary art, these works are certain to heighten the senses through an exotic use of Caribbean colors, shapes and forms. American artists have also donated to the cause; including Pop Artist Romero Britto, Sky Farrell, Leonardo Hidalgo and Peter T. Tunney.

Welcoming Honorary Guests- Haiti Minister of Tourism, Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin and Haiti Secretary of State, Elsa Baussan Noel of the President Michel Martelly Administration. Author Alison Thompson will be signing copies of her newly released book, "The Third Wave - A Volunteer Story" where proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization We Advance. In addition, Hollywood Screen Writer and Director Paul Haggis' non-profit Artist For Peace and Justice (APJ), will display their exclusive ring by Vhernier to benefit St. Luc Schools and the Academy for Peace.

Haiti Art Expo 2011 is produced by Michael Capponi and Jeff Feldman and is sponsored by Miami Magazine, Marquis Vodka, Ludus Athletics, Capponi Construction Group, Onboard Media, Starboard Cruise Services, Hand in Hand for Haiti, Sustainatopia, Hard Hats for Haiti, Prestige beer and Galerie Marassa.

Haiti Art Expo 2010 was, according to Capponi Group, a huge success, attracting over 5,000 guests and VIPS including Venus Williams, Haitian Boxer Andre Berto, Music Mogul Russell Simmons, Haitian-American Author Edwidge Danticat, Music Artists Wyclef Jean and Artist G Love.

Source: Repeating Island

haitiAs a part of the Langston Hughes Festival, The City College of New York will be honoring Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat on Friday, November 18, 2011.

In the morning, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Haiti in the Age of Danticat,” with speakers Régine LaTortue (Brooklyn College), Maria Rice Bellamy (College of Staten Island-CUNY), Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College/Columbia University), Jean-Yves Plaisir (Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY), and Millery Polyné (Gallatin School of
Individualized Study/New York University). This symposium will take place from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Shepard Hall 250.

In the evening, the president of the college will present the writer with the 2011 Langston Hughes Festival medal. There will also be readings of Langston Hughes’ The Emperor of Haiti and Guy Régis Jr.’s The Father. This event will take place at 6:30pm at Aaron Davis Hall at The City College of New York. City College is located at Convent Avenue at West 135 Street in New York.

The Langston Hughes Medal is awarded to highly distinguished writers from throughout the African American diaspora for their distinguished contributions to the arts and letters. Among past recipients of this award are James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, Ralph W. Ellison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, August Wilson, Chinua Achebe, Derek Walcott, and Octavia Butler, to name a few.

To attend this event, please RSVP to the director of the Langston Hughes Festival, Dr. Gordon Thompson at 212-650-6353, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  For more information on this event, see http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/lhf/index.cfm.

 Source: Repeating Islands

 

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reggae_in_new_yorkA Reggae Culture Salute will be held again at the Nazareth Performance Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 5 starting at 7:30 p.m. The event celebrates the 81st anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen of Ethiopia and the unique relationship between Rasta, Reggae, Selassie and Jamaica.

For 2011, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) salutes the future of roots reggae by presenting Dub Tonic Kru, Global Battle of the Band Champion for 2010-2011. For many, their historic win earlier this year in Malaysia where they prevailed over more than 4,000 other bands made them the “Usian Bolt” of roots reggae music.

Dub Tonic Kru will be the first recipient of CPR’s newly established Simba (young lion) Award in honor of their dedication to the tradition of roots reggae music. Another young lion making an appearance will be cultural artist, IWayne who debuted at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart with his recent release “Life Teachings” on VP Records. IWayne has consistently penned and performed uplifting roots reggae music for his fans the world over.

Big Youth who received congressional honors at last year’s Reggae Culture Salute is also back by popular demand after last year’s exhilarating performance and will receive CPR’s 2011 Pinnacle Award for Excellence for his more than 40 years of being a pioneer in the industry. Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn with his Ancient Vibration ensemble of traditional nyahbinghi drummers and dancers returns to captivate and enlighten the audience.

The multi-media evening will premiere the screening of the documentary “Bad Friday - Rastafari After Coral Gardens.” The film shares the stories of several Rastafarian elders as well as a retired police officer who were all involved in the horrors visited on the Rastafarian community of Coral Gardens in 1963. 

Original Source: caribbeanlifenews.com

 

 

Puer_cub_feestivalThe Fifth Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival (PRC) will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm at Tranquility Park in Houston, Texas. Headliners are salsa legend Papo Lucca and La Sonora Ponceña. Festival dance groups and orchestras will honor the legacy of Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz.   

Puerto Ricans and Cubans around the world celebrate with music and food, but in Houston? The reality is that more than 20,000 Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and otherwise, get together in Houston once a year under one flag in October to celebrate salsa, merengue and Spanish Caribbean culture. This year the PRC Festival will honor the musical legacy and life of the
queen of salsa Celia Cruz. Orchestras and dance groups will feature special songs and dances to remember the "Guarachera de Cuba."