Legacy of 1804 Show #9 on Haitians in the #DR and MA's Playhouse #Haiti

Kettly Nau of MA's Playhouse

Join me as I discuss reports of killings of Haitians in the DR this week. Specifically, allegations that some of the reports used old pictures or over reported the numbers of deaths.  Samuel Maxime of Sentinel.HT, formerly know as Defend Haiti, will join us.  I may have another surprise guest so stay tuned!!! Specifically, we will discuss the three reports below.

In the second hour Kettly Nau will talk to us about MA's Playhouse, a forthcoming Caribbean-American theater.

Reports to be discussed:




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In the cacophony of corporate media, international agency and NGO actors who monopolize the news cycle on Haiti, HAITIANS NEED TO HEAR EACH OTHER AND THEMSELVES.

"Usually created by highly educated individuals residing in the USA or Europe, a number of African and Caribbean blogs have surfaced on the Internet. As illustrated by Alice Backer's kiskeácity, these blogs function as “virtual embassies” of the nation, providing critical information on politics, society, and culture. They also serve as a rallying force for the Diaspora, informing them about local events such as concerts, film festivals, or community functions celebrating an event or holiday from their native land. Last but not least, they promote economic development by informing the Diaspora and any virtual visitors about possibilities in their respective homeland."

A “New” Black Nationalism in the USA and France by Dr. Felix Germain http://ht.ly/pPlhe JOURNAL OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES, Volume 17, Number 3, September 2013

Last August marked eight years since this blog was founded in 2005.  Since then, I have scoured the web in search of all that Haitians have to say online culminating into the  FREE daily newsletter which I started two years ago and now 8 episodes of many more to come of  the weekly Legacy of 1804 live podcast radio show.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE? Here are the metrics to date:

  • 16,190 Tweets
  • 7,604 Followers on Twitter
  • 2,000 plus Followers on Facebook
  • 388 posts on this blog
  • One Black Celebration Award in the Culture Category (Thank you Black Street and Judith Jacques!)
  • One presentation on Haitian bloggers at the Haitian Studies Association Conference
  • One presentation on Haitian bloggers at the Haiti Cultural Exchange Diaspora In Dialogue Conference
  • Over two hundred feeds by Haitians aggregated 
  • One appearance on the Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC to echo your sentiments on the UN's handling of cholera in our beloved Haiti


I have amplified Haitian voices since 2005 and I have done so free to the public so far. I want to continue to do so but in exchange for some goodies that you can use as gifts for your friends, I am asking you to invest in the future of this endeavour.


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      Legacy of 1804 Show #8 with guest Prof. Patrick Sylvain #Haiti #Language

      This Friday at 9pm  Eastern, Alice Backer of www.kiskeacity.com welcomes guest Prof. Patrick Sylvain on 'Do Haitians speak Creole or Haitian'? The answer might surprise you.

      Want a preview? Check out his article ‘I am Haitian, not a Creole, and I speak Haitian’ http://www.bostonhaitian.com/2011/‘i-am-haitian-not-creole-and-i-speak-haitian’

      Patrick Sylvain is a poet, writer, and scholar and is a faculty member at Brown University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Additionally, Sylvain is also a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is published in several anthologies, academic journals, books, magazines, and reviews, including Agni, Callaloo, Caribbean Writers, Haiti Noir, Human Architecture: A Sociology Journal, Poets for Haiti, Fixing Haiti and Beyond, The Butterfly’s Way, Tectonic Shifts, The Best of Beacon Press, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. Recently featured in PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio’s Here and Now and The Story, he is also a contributing editor to the Boston Haitian Reporter.

      Listen Online
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      You can listen to past shows on iTunes by searching keywords 'Legacy of 1804'. Past shows are also available under LOF 1804 tab at www.kiskeacity.com

      UPDATE 11/23 (SHOW AUDIO):

      Amazing show! 

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      Legacy Of 1804 with guest Dina Simon from @MYHAITITRAVELS this Friday at 9PM EAS

       Join me this Friday at 9PM Eastern as I welcome guest Dina Simon to Legacy of 1804.

      Born in Haiti, Dina Simon immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of nine. With Haiti in her heart, Dina founded the My Haiti Travels agency, a boutique concierge firm that coordinates high-quality travel services to Haiti, in 2010. MHT launched its inaugural “Impact Week Haiti” (www.ImpactWeekHaiti.com) signature expedition to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January 2013.

      The annual “Impact Week Haiti” voyage targets multicultural travelers seeking social and civic discovery of Haiti’s historic attractions, culture and natural beauty.

      As a public servant, Dina Simon is Director of Human Resources for NYC's Office of the Comptroller.

      Listen Online http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blackwholeradio/2013/11/16/legacy-of-1804 or on the phone at (323) 927-2913.

      You can listen to past shows on iTunes by searching keywords 'Legacy of 1804'. Past shows are also available under LOF 1804 tab on this site.

      Show theme song is 'One Note Rara' from the album 'Blues in Red' courtesy of Buyu Ambroise and the Blues in Red. 

      UPDATE 11/18: SHOW AUDIO

      In addition to Dina, we were joined by Hugues Girard, a tourism professional, Guerline Emmanuel of Belle Vue Tours and Nickson Toussaint of Azure Resort, a forthcoming hospitality brand in Haiti. Lively and passionate discussion!!!

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      Legacy of 1804 Show #6 with guest Patrick Délices #Haiti #Media (AUDIO)

      On this Friday's Legacy of 1804, Professor Patrick Délices and I discussed Haiti and the media today and in history.

      Specifically, we discussed this article which he wrote in response to an article in the New York Times: http://www.haitiantimes.com/haitis-revolution-beyond-the-dream/. We also discussed this article about the Founding Mothers of the Haitian nation: http://www.haitiantimes.com/manman-peyi-nou-the-founding-mothers-of-haiti/.

      For other articles by Prof. Délices, click here: http://www.haitiantimes.com/author/patrick-delices/.

      Professor Patrick Delices is a Pan-African scholar who taught Black Politics, Caribbean International Relations, African-Caribbean Politics, and the History of Haiti. Currently, Prof. Delices is  a contributing political analyst / social commentator to the Haitian Times, New York Amsterdam News, and Black Star News. He holds an Ed.M.,and MPA from Columbia University and an MBA from NYU Stern.

      Listen below or in iTunes, search 'Legacy of 1804'.


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      Legacy of 1804 with guest Prof. Patrick Délices this Friday at 9PM Eastern #Haiti #Media

      This Friday at 9PM on Legacy of 1804, I will be discussing Haiti and the media with Professor Patrick Délices.  Specifically, we will be discussing this article which he wrote in response to an article in the New York Times: http://www.haitiantimes.com/haitis-revolution-beyond-the-dream/. Take a look and join us for a constructive conversation! For other articles by Prof. Délices, click here: http://www.haitiantimes.com/author/patrick-delices/.

      Professor Patrick Delices is an accomplished Pan-African scholar and educator with over 20 years of experience as a public service professional, community activist, researcher, and college professor.
      At the Department of Africana Studies at Hunter College, Prof. Delices taught African-American Politics, Caribbean International Relations, African-Caribbean Politics, and the History of Haiti.
      Prof. Delices has extensive experience studying abroad, where he has researched the economies of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Prof. Delices served on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and recently published "The Digital Economy" in the Journal of International Affairs. Prof. Delices also worked as a research fellow for Dr. Leonard Jeffries at the City College of New York and for the late Pulitzer Prize recipient Dr. Manning Marable at Columbia University. In 2012, for his accomplishments and commitment to the global African community, Prof. Delices was awarded the Michael Parkes Distinguished  Alumni Nia Award from New York University, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. The following year, in 2013, the Black Student Network at Teachers College, Columbia University awarded him with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Currently, Prof. Delices is  a contributing political analyst / social commentator to the Haitian Times, New York Amsterdam News, and Black Star News. 
      Prof. Delices holds a BA in International Relations and Black Studies along with a MS un Education Administration and Supervision from the City College of New York. Prof. Delices earned an Ed.M in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University; an MBA in Quantitative Finance, Global Business, and Business Law from the Stern School of Business at New York University; and an MPA in International Economics Policy and Management from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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      Legacy of 1804 with guests Manbo Dowoti Désir and Katleen Félix (AUDIO) #Haiti #Podcast

      My guest last week on Legacy of 1804 was Manbo Dowoti Désir. We discussed Fèt Gede, the alleged cuttings of mapou trees by protestant missions in Haiti and the June 2012 constitutional amendment which repealed safeguards for religious freedom built into the 1987 Haitian constitution. We also discussed CARICOM's slavery reparations case. 

      Dowoti Désir is a Manbo Asogwe and a scholar of Haitian Vodou. She is the Founder and President of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Watch Group (www.ddpawatchgroup.info). She utilizes interfaith exchanges and cultural diplomacy to facilitate better understanding of AfroAtlantic spiritual systems in the global North. She has written extensively about the contemporary and sacred arts of the African Diaspora, its religions and sociopolitical issues impacting the global African community. Her book, 'Wòch Kase wòch: Redlining a Holocaust, Memorials and the People of the AfroAtlantic,' focusing on the right to memory, the built environment, and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, will be available in 2014. She is a graduate of Barnard College and has a Master's degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

      In the second hour, we also talked to Katleen Félix of Fonkoze and Zafèn about the 2nd Annual NAHP conference which took place last weekend.  

      Download or listen at the link and player below.

      Show theme music is by Buyu Ambroise from the album Blues in Red. 


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