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BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

Welcome to another edition of  BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS.

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CONTEST QUESTIONS:

1) What’s Haiti’s national anthem?

2) Name five cities/towns in Haiti?

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Blessed Benefit & Screening Party Featured Guest: Visual Artist, Hertz Nazaire “Naz”

Nazaire | Bio

Hertz Nazaire

Hertz Nazaire was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on October 2, 1973 where he was raised by friends and family of his mother Yverose Nazaire who had left Haiti to find work in the United States.  Nazaire later moved to Brooklyn New York, to live with his mother at the age of 9.  Moving soon after with his new family to Bridgeport Connecticut after she was married.

Nazaire never forgot drawing from his love of color from memories of Taptaps seen on the streets of Port-Au-Prince Haiti which are colorful trucks and taxis painted with murals of Haitian life and images of religious stories, the Taptap is the main mode of public transportation in Haiti.  Everyday drawing and creating cards and notes for his mother who enjoyed supporting his ability to draw flowers from the Caribbean island that she often missed.

Dancers

His love for drawing and art was later helped along by his art teachers at Westhill High School in Stamford Connecticut where he spent much of the time long hours after school in the Art Department practicing drawing and painting.  At Westhill he found his talent awarded with many early opportunity for Student Exhibitions, one being part of a Student Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion located downtown Stamford Connecticut at the time.  This encouraged him to seek more education in the arts at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and the University of Bridgeport.

Nazaire currently resides at Read’s Artspace in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Read’s Artspace is a large converted loft building located downtown Bridgeport that provides affordable live and work space for talented upcoming and working Artists. There he finds he can focus on learning and exploring more about the Arts and the many cultures that inspire him to paint.

Sickle Cell

Nazaire’s other focus are on creating design and space on his website dedicated to improving the image of Haiti on the web and providing a new community through the use of a new social network platform where Haitians can share their arts and culture with the world.  Nazaire also continues to work in health advocacy as a speaker for Sickle Cell Disease Pain awareness.  His Sickle Cell Series has been featured im many medical books and and other published books relating to Sickle Cell Disease.

While Nazaire struggle with the pain and challenges of Sickle Cell Disease which has cause his vision to fail over the years the frustration of slowly going blind has encourage him to appreciate the process of painting with a deeper purpose.  His current series of paintings deals with themes and images of the Earthquake in Haiti and life that comes after such a tragic event.

You can find more information on Hertz Nazaire and videos of his art process by visiting haiti.fm or kreyol.com on the web.

Hertz Nazaire [ naz ]

http://haiti.fm/nazaire

kreyol.com

nazaire@gmail.com

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BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

BLESSED CONTEST MONDAYS

Be the first to answer these two contest questions correctly on our weblog.

https://theblessedproject.wordpress.com/

Win two general admission tickets valued at $90 to the Blessed benefit and
screening party, along with an event goodie bag.

CONTEST QUESTIONS:

1) ‘What year did Haiti gain it’s independence?’

2) ‘Name Haiti’s first president?’

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Blessed Benefit & Screening Party Featured Guest: Spoken Word Artist, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin| Bio

Michele Voltaire Marcelin

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin is a poet/writer, performer and painter who was born and raised in Haiti, sojourned in Chile, and currently lives in the United States. The publication of her first novel “La Désenchantée” (CIDIHCA, Montréal-2006) was followed by its Spanish translation “La Desencantada” and two other books of poetry and prose: “Lost and Found” and “Amours et Bagatelles” (CIDIHCA, Montréal-2009), both of which garnered rave reviews.

Her writings are also featured in a 500 page anthology of Haitian Literature by RAL’M, the French Revue d’Art, Littérature et Musique (2009). She speaks and writes fluently French, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

She has a BFA from the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts at CUNY and a MS from The New School for Social Research.

She staged a one-woman show “Walking on Fire” based on Beverley Bell’s stories of survival and resistance of Haitian women at the Alliance of Resident Theaters; she performed at the Ubu Repertory Theatre as Marie-Ange in Simone Schwartz-Bart’s play “Ton Beau Capitaine,” directed by Françoise Kourilsky, in “The Vagina Monologues” production at The Brooklyn Museum, directed by Chuck Patterson, in director Raoul Pecks’ features “Haitian Corner” and “The Man by the Shore,” and in Patricia Benoit’s “Se Mèt Kò.” Other credits include Saroyan’s “The Time of Your Life,” staged by Robert Macbeth and Israel Washington, and “Comings and Goings” by Van Italie, directed by Rhea Gaisner. In February 2009 she played the role of the Republic of Haiti in “Entrées et Sorties,” Carmelle St.Gérard-Lopez’s play at the Producer’s Theater in NYC.

She has performed her poetry live with Buyu Ambroise and his “Blues in Red” Band, with Tiga and his group “Tchaka”, with Goussy Celestin’s all women Afro-Jazz group “Sekonsa”, in universities and clubs such as La MaMa Theater club, the Brecht Forum, Cornelia Street Cafe, the Segal Theater, Lond Island University, Howard University, and the United Nations.

Her paintings have been exhibited at the OAS Museum in Washington D.C., at the Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center and Broome Street Gallery in NYC, at the African-American Museum in Hempstead, L.I., and at the National Museum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin was featured as one of the poets of the NewsHour on PBS
(http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june10/poet_02-05.html)

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Canadian study paints a Haiti with security on the rise…

OTTAWA — A Canadian researcher whose work in Haiti is being funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre, has found that while Haiti is still in a fragile state with many challenges, life for those who call it home may not be as bad as many thought.

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Marred Homecoming… The Plight of U.S. Deportees to Haiti

 

In post-quake Haiti, deportees arriving from the U.S. must do more than reaclimate to their surrounding and establish new roots, but also contend with illegal detentions and the health hazzards within prison walls – hazzards such as cholera infections.

 

The Miami Herald recently highlighted the plight of Haitian deportees,raising questions about the Obama administration’s adherence to policy of seeking alternatives to deportation in light of signifcant health and humanitarian concerns.

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Rebuilding an Army… but at what cost?

Last week we learned how Haiti’s plan for a reinstated army hinges on the support of international community. In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek editorial, Amy Wilentz – author of “The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier – questions the need for a Haitian army, especially to the tune of $95 million:
“At best, Martelly’s priorities are confused. At worst, they are ominous. He is proposing to spend a lot of money on a militia that Haiti doesn’t need when the country is still in shambles because of the 2010 earthquake. Worse, he is reconstituting an institution that was used, from the 1950s onwards, almost exclusively as a tool of oppression…”
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New Loans May Foster Home Ownership

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s struggle to rebuild homes for hundreds of thousands of quake victims may be giving the impoverished nation something it has never had: loans to help people buy them.

If efforts by international donors and local agencies succeed, at least a few members of Haiti’s small middle class will be able for the first time to get a mortgage. Some of the efforts reach even further, offering micro-mortgages for families who make as little as $150 a month.

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