Phoenix Refined: Representing Haitians on the Parkway #LaborDay2013

 Date: Aug 30, 2013 12:42 PM

Good Morning,
I hope all is well & prosperous. My name is Kimberly Charles & I am pleased to inform you about my organization Phoenix Refined NYC's 1st Costumed Haitian Mas Band.

On September 1st Phoenix Refined will be partnering with LaCaye Restaurant, Changing Gears Ent. & Zing Experience To Present a Labor Day Celebration In the Posh Fort Greene Neighborhood. LaCaye Is Located at 35 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217.
The events are set to begin at 9pm Sunday September 1st with a Performance By Zing Experience. The night will be filled with acoustic vibrations & creole savors. We will be echoing the energy of the annual "J'Ouvert" pre-party celebrations.


Then on Monday September 2nd, 2013 we will be premiering our 2nd debut on Eastern Parkway for the West Indian American Day Carnival where we will be presenting our theme THANKFUL: An Ode To The Haitian Ancestry!!! Where we'll be reveling in the Ancestral Spirit. We will be located at Rockaway Parkway & Winthrop

Phoenix Refined brought the 1st Annual Haitian Masquerade Camp to New York City for The West Indian American Day Carnival to rejuvenate the numerous aspects of the Haitian Heritage by Teaching Culture through the Art of Masquerading. Our purpose with the Haitian Masquerade Camp is to use it as a platform to enlighten others about the rich legacy of Haiti through Cultural Affairs like Live Events, Conferences, Fashion Shows, Music, Art programs and more. This will therefore empower the Haitian Community & Teach cultural empathy and awareness through out the Caribbean Diaspora. Although the movement began in this manner it doesn’t just end there “We’re more than just a Masquerade Camp; We’re Haitian Cultural Ambassadors To The World!!!”

This Haitian Masquerade Camp was brought to life because of the lack of Haitian Representation in the Caribbean Community. We are the missing link to restoring our countries rich culture and history in New York City. Phoenix Refined believes in giving back to the community and so with that we are collaborating for our 2nd year with It Takes a Community to Raise a Child, a nonprofit learning facility, which addresses the students’, individual needs so that he or she may develop physically, spiritually, intellectually, socially, and morally; ITAC believes in educating the whole child. We play a role in the cultural education of these children and in the near future we hope to branch out further.

Since The creation of Phoenix Refined we have been blessed to work with many non for profit organizations and expose others to the Haitian Culture. We have worked with inner city Schools Like Mott Hall Bridges Academy in conjunction with a group called Passport to the City +NoMadness Travel Tribe, Capra Care, New York Cities Haitian Consulate, Fabrice Armand’s Haiti Cherie Pride, Love & Commitment, The National Haitian Student Alliance, C2C’s Hope & A Future Benefit Concert, LaCaye Restaurant at BAMs Dance Africa Festival and Many More. Our Vision & Our Goal Is To Produce Proud Haitians & Haitian-Americans who are Proactive, Invovled & Aware Of Their Rich Culture. With Phoenix Refined The Proof is in the Pudding come & see for yourself.

With Phoenix Refined we are creating an environment where we bring the camaraderie back into the Haitian Culture and the Caribbean Diaspora as a whole.

Phoenix Refined Premiered Last Year As NYC's 1st Haitian Masquerade Camp & This Month Makes It Makes A Year That We've Not Only Displayed Our Haitian CULTURE On The Streets of BROOKLYN For The West Indian American Day Carnival But We Have Also Been Blessed To Work With The Kids, The Community, Our Elected Officials & Expose Countless Amounts of People from All Over The WORLD To The HEART, The JOY & The PRIDE of HAITIAN CULTURE!!! We Don't Just Sell Costumes for Kanaval In NYC... We Create The CREOLE EXPERIENCE!!!


 If you are interested in Volunteering, Donating or Partnering up with Phoenix Refined with please feel free to email Team Phoenix Refined via Bus. Line 646.926.0379 or Email PhoenixRefined@gmail.com

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Code for Dealing with Requests to Donate Money "for Haiti"

There is now plenty of evidence that the most effective number of western NGOs in Haiti are not helping Haiti at all. (See the film Fatal Assistance by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck if you have not already.) Would you like to avoid being used towards the raising of funds for non-constructive activities by the WSIC in the area of the world of your origin? Avoid donating your hard earned money to any entities with sexy yet empty names concocting savily branded fundraisers towards vague/non-constructive goals.

Here are some examples of questions to ask members of the WSIC when they ask you to donate money towards their activities in Haiti. (You can also ask  these questions to Haitians or afro-descendants who ask you to donate in the name of  western NGOs or entities that they do not run, control and fund, especially the larger ones.) In order to increase the chance of receiving truthful answers, remember to remain calm and polite when asking your questions.


Are you raising funds to provide Haitians a service or a good? Have you asked any Haitians who do not work for you whether they need your help towards the service/good for which you are fundraising? Have you asked Haitians who do not work for you how much of that service or good they will need and the specific form in which they would like to receive that service or good?

Since you are using the word Haiti in your fundraising drive, will  Haitians ultimately benefit  the most from the fundraising and in a way that they have deemed constructive?

Is there an NGO involved in/behind your fundraising drive? If so what is/are the name of the NGO(s)? What governments if any does that NGO receive funding/support from or work in close collaboration with?

What percentage of the money raised will go to "overhead" or to activities not linked to relief determined necessary by Haitians?

What percentage of the money raised will empower one or more Haitians to improve his/her/their life (lives) in a way that they have determined is the most constructive for them? 

Will the funds raised help to further JUSTICE in Haiti? 

Will the funds raised help to further INJUSTICE in Haiti?

What does (fill in the requesting entity's name or the fundraiser's name) mean? How does your entity accomplish what its name promises? How does your fundraiser's name accomplish what it promises?

What is the relationship of your entity to MINUSTAH?

How does your entity collaborate with MINUSTAH?

What is your entity's position on MINUSTAH remaining in Haiti indefinitely?


Wait until your questions have been answered to decide whether donating is the most constructive use of your resources. Use this code also to deal with entities that ask you to donate time/energy.

Please react in the comments section as I would like your constructive help in enriching this code.

Kiskeácity Daily | HaitianBloggers.Collected | @kiskeacity| Facebook