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The Tragedy: Haiti Through The Eyes of A Haitian American

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.

-Precise

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Dr. King - Selma - Victor Benoit - Social Change - Happy Birthday

Originally written in January of 2015

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!

-Precise

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The Red Cross Raised $500 Million Dollars For Haiti Earthquake Relief But Only Built 6 Homes (Video)
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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.

-ArtByOdell Twitter/SoundCloud





 

 

via: http://www.jayforce.com/news/red-cross-raised-500-million-dollars-for-haiti-earthquake-built-only-6-homes


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Money King - Stay With A Plug

    

Check out the new video from Hellabandz Affilated artist Money King! "Stay Wit A Plug" Video Directed By Montoya El Duro Follow @MoneyKing_111 On Twitter @MoneyKing111 On Instagram

via: http://www.stackorstarvedvd.com/money-king-stay-with-a-plug-2


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Video: Money King - Stay With A Plug

    
Video: Money King - Stay With A Plug


Check out the new video from Hellabandz Affilated artist Money King!
"Stay Wit A Plug"?Video Directed By Montoya El Duro
Follow @MoneyKing_111 On Twitter
@MoneyKing111 On Instagram

via: http://www.streetcertifiedmuzik.com/2015/06/video-money-king-stay-with-plug.htm


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WE GOING THERE

    

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MAKE A WAY

    

make a way!! gotta a way to make a million dollars ep coming summer

https://youtu.be/4MM6kNRa7D


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MAKE A WAY

    
MAKE A WAY

make a way!! gotta a way to make a million dollars ep coming summer

https://youtu.be/4MM6kNRa7D


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GENIO MINUIT

    
GENIO MINUIT

GENIO MINUIT EP PREVIEW

https://youtu.be/4MM6kNRa7D


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back 2 business

    
back 2 business

if u know me then you know i been grinding hard short film coming soon and also a new ep for the summer heres the snippets to the GENIO MINUIT (MIDNIGHT GENIUS) E


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NEW MUSIC ALERT!!/ART

    
NEW MUSIC ALERT!!/ART

New music this Sunday. New movment LIR is the new label 43 kingz ep will be released under. feeling Blessed to give you a part of what i worked hard for hope you enjoy every moment. remember LIR (Loyaltyizroyalty) is not just a label its a lifestyle and a spiritual movement with positive vibes.
Artist: HUSTLE HD, DEADLINE, ODDIE aka DIRTY BOI, be on the the lookout for the fisrt ep LOCKGANG coming this summer and also our self titled ep KINGZ AMONGST KINGZ, also tune in to your local radio station for our hit single thats making noise right now POPOFF feat CeeTension.

LOYALTY IS AND WILL BE ROYALTY LIR......43 KINGZ
LINK BELOW

https://soundcloud.com/kinglife43/cant-stop-me-


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GREAT SUNDAY

    
GREAT SUNDAY

Nothing like a beautiful day in the city of miami 305. know its been a while since I've posted a blog and connected with my fans but just bare with me new days come with different struggles but its days like this that make me appreciate the people that listen to my music you mean the most to me. so just for you all i have posted a link to one of my new records that will be on the #L1L (LASTONELEFT) EP. called Talk to me hopefully i didnt let you down just bare wit me EP Listening will be announced on my next blog and this will be your invite.



https://soundcloud.com/ceetension/talk-2-m


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#L1L DINNER MEETING

    
#L1L DINNER MEETING

THE DAY WHEN I CAN SAY I HAVE MY OWN PROJECT DONE HAS COME. TO SIT AMONG PEOPLE WITH GREAT PLANS AND IDEAS AS WE SHARE SOME LUNCH IS MORE THAN I EVER EXPECTED AND I SIP AND THINK TO THE DAYS I SUFFERED PUTTING EP TOGETHER HOPING SOMEONE WILL ONE DAY APPRECIATE IT.... THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER!! LAST ONE LEFT.......


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TRICK OR TREAT BACK UP ON MY GRIND

    
TRICK OR TREAT BACK UP ON MY GRIND

JUST A UNREALEASED TRACK ON THE LAST ONE LEFT ALBUM!!

on it tension Grind by Cee Tension

http://soundcloud.com/ceetension/on-it-tension-grind/s-SQLoj


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Heart of Haiti Handmade Creations

    
Heart of Haiti Handmade Creations
Heart of Haiti

One of the things that I value most are handmade items. Especially jewelry. So you can imagine my excitement as I was given the opportunity to share the Heart of Haiti beautiful creations.



Heart of Haiti is a "Trade, not Aid" initiative. I love that idea, by empowering and teaching a man to fish so that they can feed themselves for a lifetime. We all have talents and gifts to contribute to the world. The Heart of Haiti program allows Master Artisans to showcase their talents and share a bit of the Haitian history, culture and art.

The Heart of Haiti products are available at Macy's and the talent of the artists is passed down from one generation to another. Much like a family store or a generational insurance company, these skills are being taught from Father to son and Mother to daughter.



I received an art piece that is in essence a jewelry hanger. Its positively beautiful on its own as I have shown. However, I have also added some of my most precious handmade jewelry pieces. I felt that way I would never lose these pieces if they were attached to such a valuable piece of art.

As you can see the "hanger" is made of a sturdy metal that adds a bit of glamour and art to any room. In the same way that each of my pieces have a personal history to me as they were all handmade and all gifts to me, so is the Heart of Haiti sentimental to me. I would like people to know that by supporting the Heart of Haiti initiative, you are enabling a devastated people to support themselves, feed themselves and educate their children.

Already...

The Heart of Haiti Collection
...has employed 750 Artists in the Country of Haiti

...has supported over 8000 people in the Country of Haiti

The Collection has over 40 home décor items including quilts, ceramics, paintings and metalwork-like I have. Whats also very sutstanding about the line is that its created almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items that we would not even conceptualize art being created from such as: old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.

The Heart of Haiti Collection is available exclusively online at Macys.com/Haiti.

I will be keep up with the Heart of Haiti, but you can too!

Follow them on Twitter

Like them on Facebook

And Please Buy and Share a Gift for a Friend or For Your Own Home!

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