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WPBT2 and FIU Invite You to a Free Lecture

Haitian Imprint

WPBT2 and Florida International University’s Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment present The Haitian Imprint on the Humanities on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00pm at the Green Library, Room 220 on the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus. 

Gepsie Metellus, executive director of Sant La, will lead the lecture.  Metellus is a well-known community leader with a deep awareness of the diversity and complexity that characterize the Haitian community and a profound sense of the range of issues challenging all South Floridians. Her talk draws on personal experience and on the rich cultural history of the Haitian community. Her insights will be particularly welcome to all interested in seeing the humanities at work at the grass roots level, and it will also give a broad sense of how the humanities touch and enrich all of us.

The event is free and open to the public.



WPBT2 will premiere a four part series, Black in Latin America, a film by Henry Louis Gates Jr. on April 19th at 8:00 pm.

BLA Join Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he unveils the history of African presence in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. In this four part series Gates witnesses the presence of the African culture through art, music, cuisine, dance, politics, and religion. He also witnesses the palpable presence of anti-black racism in the previous countries. 

Episode one:
Tuesday April 19th at 8:00 pm.
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided: In the Dominican Republic, Professor Bla2 Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves's hard fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire became a double-edged sword.

Bla3 Episode two:
Tuesday April 26th at 8:00 pm.
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Cuba: The Next Revolution: In Cuba, Professor Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in 1959.

Episode three:
Tuesday May 3rd at 8:00 pm.
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Brazil: A Racial Paradise?: In Brazil, Professor Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.

Episode four:
Tuesday May 10th at 8:00 pm.Bla5
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet: In Mexico and Peru,   Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people — the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States —brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific and in and around Lima, Peru.



H20 for Haiti Program

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dorrin Rolle and Rebuilding Haiti Committee to Sponsor “H20 for Haiti” Benefit Program 

Sweet Micky,T-Vice, Alan Cave, Jowee Omicil, Harmonik , Gabel and Other Artists To Lend Their Talent for A Day of Reflection 

On Saturday, January 23, 2010 Haitian business owners, artists and community leaders, along with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dorrin Rolle will present “Rebuilding” relief event to raise money for the earthquake victims in Haiti. The group will sponsor “H20 for Haiti”, at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159th Street, North Miami Beach, FL from 3pm-10pm. The goal of this effort is to immediately raise money to provide 2 million gallons of water desperately needed to the earthquake victims. 

This is the beginning of an ongoing effort to ensure that the people of Haiti will receive the water that is so needed. 

The expected 20,000 attendees of this event will be able to make donations towards the purchase of water, or bring bottles of water which the Rebuilding Haiti Committee will distribute in Port-au-Prince, immediately following the event.

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