On Friday, media maven, Karen Civil teamed up with Grammy Award-winning artist, Lil Wayne, to brighten up the holiday season for over 500 students in Haiti. The Christmas celebration was a partnership with Live Civil and included sponsors Trukfit, Scholastic Corporation & L'union Suite.
During the Live Civil Christmas Giveaway each child was gifted an outfit from Lil Wayne's Trukfit clothing line and an exclusive Live Civil 'Thinking Cap' from Karen Civil's partnership with New Era. In addition to gifting the young thinkers with a few new clothing items to celebrate the holidays, Haitian-American professional boxer Andre Berto, surprised the kids by dressing up as Santa Claus and passing out toys!
Although the Christmas Giveaway excited the young children with new toys and clothes, it did not deter from the original message of the Live Civil playground and school remodeling; which emphasizes the importance of literacy, education and fun. The United States' largest children's publishing company, Scholastic Corporation, donated a book to each of the 500 children, while Karen Civil did a live reading of her new book, Be You & Live Civil.
"A lot of people tend to forget about those who are less fortunate during the holiday season, not many understand how receiving just one item could bring so much joy to a child's life, especially if they don't have the same everyday luxuries that the more fortunate tend to overlook. I'm just grateful to be able to give back to Haiti in any way possible," said Lil Wayne.
Lil Wayne's partnership with Karen Civil shouldn't come as any surprise, as the two Hip Hop figures have worked together in the past with the creation of Lil Wayne's personal blog weezythanxyou.com. Karen was able to fund her Live Civil Playground in Pétionville within Port-au-Prince, Haiti with the help of various notable Hip Hop celebrities. Since then the Haitian-American entrepreneur has expanded the educational playground by remodeling the middle school located near her playground. As a first generation American, Karen has always felt obligated to go back to her parents' home to give back.
"The Live Civil initiative in Haiti is something that brings me joy! Being able to put a smile on the kids faces during the holidays is a gift within itself," stated Karen.
With 2016 vastly approaching, Karen will continue to help expand the Live Civil brand through the United States and abroad. In addition, Karen Civil recently released her first book, 'Be You & Live Civil' available now. Check out more photos below!
(AllHipHop News) Founding Fugees member Pras Michel was in New York City to screen the documentary Sweet Micky For President at the Crosby Street Hotel. The film follows Pras' return to his home country of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in order to support presidential candidate Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly.
[ALSO READ: Pras Files A $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against The New York Post] At one point during a Q&A at the event, Pras responded to a commenter in the audience on the lack of progress in Haiti under President Martelly. The Grammy-winning rapper expressed not being content with the current living conditions in the Caribbean nation. Pras also discussed his decision to endorse Martelly instead of fellow Fugees member Wyclef Jean.
"I'm not here to bash Haiti, but I'm going to be honest with you. The same way I supported Michel 1 million percent - I supported Michel not because it was Michel. I supported him for the people," stated Pras. "The reason I didn't back Wyclef is because I'd rather lose one friend and save 15 million Haitians, than to lose 15 million Haitians and gain one friend. That's my philosophy."
In 2010, Wyclef filed papers to run for the presidency in Haiti. His bid for candidacy was rejected by the Provisional Electoral Council, because it was determined he did not meet the residency requirement. Martelly was sworn in as Haiti's President in May 2011.
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That said, it's only right to shine a light on artists who try to bring a little light into dark times for a people. Haiti's Big O Productions brought multi-platinum artists Swizz Beatz (who partnered with Martelly to make this happen), Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne to join Haitian Artists T-Micky and Barikad Crew in Port-au-Prince to present a FREE six-hour concert event for the over 100,000 people that attended. Actress/Model Kate Upton, Haitian-American boxer Andre Berto and Def Jam records exec Bu Thiam were also in attendance.
"This was a very humbling experience," said Swizz Beatz following the concert. "To see the number of Haitians come out during a time like this was amazing.... The energy was perfect."
I wrote this about 4 years ago for AllHipHop.com right after the earthquake that happened 5 years ago in Haiti. There has been some progress but most of this still rings true.
The Tragedy: Haiti Through The Eyes of A Haitian American
In light of the recent tragedy that has taken place in Haiti, I can't help but think about all the lives that have been lost and the numerous families that have been affected. We live in a world were information travels at such a rapid pace and is forgotten just as fast. What does this tragedy mean to Haitians? What does this mean to Americans? How will this affect the world?I pray this is not is not dismissed as the latest "trending topic" on twitter where there is a swell of concern until the next tragedy happens. The time to act is NOW!I was so happy to hear that all of my immediate family was safe. However there are still many people missing and lost in the rubble. It is estimated that thousands have lost their lives. My hope is that those lives have not been lost in vain.Haiti has a rich history, however if your information on Haiti has come through the American or Worldwide media I am very sure you have no idea how rich this history is.The Haitian Revolution is the only SUCCESSFUL slave revolt in history and established the first republic ruled by black people. In my opinion this is why Haiti has suffered so within the past two centuries. In a world dominated by white supremacy the idea of a black republic ruled by former slaves could not sit well with the more prominent ruling class. So as a result they paint a picture of Haitian being poor, illiterate and incompetent. That picture is the furthest from the truth. Haitians not only led the revolt in Haiti but also helped to free the Americas and represented a beacon of hope to those enslaved in America during that time. However so many of us do not know this and if we do know this we ignore it, or don't know the significance. Well this recent tragedy can't be ignored. Haiti has to be set right before anything good can happen on this side of the world. God has spoken. I expect America and the world to STAND UP and help Haiti. America can no longer turn a blind eye to Haitian suffering and at the same time Haiti must maintain it's autonomy."L'Union Fait La Force" translated "Unity Makes Strength" you see this saying on the Haitian Flag and it means more now than ever. This saying applies to the Diaspora and not just the Haitian people. Its time to get UNITED and BUILD!!In the near future I will be holding a series of events to assist in the rebuilding Haiti. I know they will be successful and its the least I can do. I will be reaching out to many of you and I truly hope that you are able to donate time and or money toward the cause of making the world better.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be 86 years old today, had he not been assassinated in April 4,1968. Dr. Kings life has been examined and studied extensively by academics, scholars, politicians and social activists around the world. The world speaks highly of Dr. King and his accomplishments. Today we celebrate his birth and his work on a nationally recognized holiday.
As I write this blog, my mother calls me and informs me that my uncle Victor Benoit has just been appointed as minister of Social Affairs and Labor in Haiti's political cabinet. I am so very proud of him. He has worked hard for the Haitian people all of his life and this appointment is well deserved. This news immediately causes me to draw parallels.
There is a certain type of boldness and audacity that would allow someone to believe that the work that they do can affect change. Everyone does not have this type of courage; however when one does have this type of courage they can change the world.
I just watched Selma recently and what I appreciate most about the film is the human perspective that was given. From the time I was a child up until my adult years Dr. King always had this iconic persona that almost made him seem infallible. The director of the film Ava DuVernay showed Dr. King as a human being, someone who had faults and fears and doubts. Take a moment and think about what it took to challenge the status quo in the sixties. His life and the lives of others who were associated with him in any way were always in danger, but they stayed the course. The issue at hand at that time and even now is our FREEDOM. The ability to be who we are without any apologies.
Socially we are at a tipping point in the world. Uprisings worldwide have challenged political norms and changed lives. The United States is currently in the midst of this kind of change. Let us channel the spirit of Dr. King and others who had the courage to fight and bring about the necessary shift in our reality.
Congratulations Uncle Victor!!
Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King and Thank You!
We are all aware of the tragedy of the 2010 Earthquake that hit Haiti and ravaged the country. The relief funds started to pop up everywhere and one of the main organizations waiving the flag was the Red Cross. The organization raised around $500 Million dollars to help rebuild Haiti. A recent NPR report though has shown that the Red Cross has only built 6 new permanent homes with all of that money. So this has people asking where did the money go? Yvette Carnell of BreakingBrown.com along with Ben Dixon speak about what happened and the controversy surrounding this. Here is a link to the full NPR Report that details more on this headline.