Welcome Professor Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean has been appointed Assistant Professor at Brown University in the department of “Africana Studies” officials said. The star of hip-hop was expected Oct. 11 at the University campus. This department includes African studies and Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. “I consider the time I’m going to be at Brown as a period of learning and thinking. I hope to make a real contribution to the rich intellectual community of the University and its initiative to Haiti in particular, “said Wyclef Jean. The rapper’s activities at the university will be related to his charity work in Haiti and will take the form of lectures, discussions with students.

Tabou Combo to Celebrate 40 Years in Zenith, Paris
Compas lovers at Tabou Combo’s 40th anniversary celebration on November 6 will be celebrating a very special time in the history of the band at the Zenith, in Paris. Tabou will celebrate with other artists and bands six years before releasing a new album. The band left behind a tradition of discipline and more than that, a legacy of great achievements by all of the 40 years band members who performed across the world with them. Promotion for this anniversary is already on the way; the event is expected to be sold out at the end of this month.

Mikaben and Wife Kathy Welcome Their First Child
Mikaben and his wife Kathy have welcomed their first son into the world last week. Their son, Gabriel Benjamin weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and is 20 inches long. Both the mother and Gabriel are doing fine. This is the first child for Mikaben, and the singer plans to spend some time at home with his wife and son before touring for the rest of the year.

Philip Dodard Exposed at the International Triennial of the Caribbean
Three paintings by artist Philip Dodard are exposed at the International Triennial of the Caribbean, held in Santo Doming. The three masterpieces, “The memory in motion”, “Abyss of schoolchildren” and “The Rising soul” were created following the earthquake of January 12 and inspired by the tragedy that struck the country. The emblematic work, “The Rising Soul” describes body dumped in a vacuum. The painting reflects the drama of January 12, all the suffering and pain of the victims in this work. The artist creates the light from a white gold, gray and black, both colors of the table refer to the idea of night darkness of space.

CARIMI Nominated for the “Trophées des Arts Afro-Caribbéens”
The Fifth Annual Arts and Afro-Caribbean to be held November 8 at the gatehouse Awards will pay homage to Aimé Césaire. This year Haitian band CARIMI has been selected to receive the prestigious award for best group at the ceremony which will take place at the Chatelet Theater in Paris. Hundreds of personalities related to entertainment, politics will walk the red carpet for the Arts and Afro-Caribbean Awards, which celebrated literature, music, and movies. Les Trophées des Arts Afro-Caribbean award recognizes a touring professional artist or group who has had a significant and lasting impact on the concert industry in a year. If won, the award will give the band the incentive to continue to advance the success of Caribbean music.

Display of Photos of Devastated Haiti Marks Upcoming Park City Fundraiser
Park City this week will participate in the continuing rebuilding of Haiti and will have an opportunity to study a set of photos from the earthquake-stricken nation. A not-for-profit organization that provides architectural services to communities and people in need as well as other nonprofits had scheduled a fundraiser in Park City at the Alpine Coffee House located inside the Kimball Art Center. The Salt Lake City-based not-for-profit, known as COMMON studio and founded in 2009, is made of architects or intern architects who want to design a school and an orphanage in Haiti. The money raised at the Park City event will help finance the design work. One of the organization staff took the approximately 20 photos of quake damaged Haiti that will be on display during the event. The group wants the facilities to be built in Croix des Bouquets.

Centre for Study and International Cooperation Pays Homage to Luc Mervil
At its 52th Annual General Meeting under the theme “The humanitarian emergency in another way: the example of Haiti,” the Center for Study and International Cooperation has thanked his former president and sponsor, Luck Mervil, for his years of engagement with the CECI. Mervil had spent six years traveling the world to meet women, men and children from Asia, Americas, Africa and of course Haiti where he tirelessly works to improve their living conditions. It has been six years of shared values of solidarity and fairness between Luck and the center which is a school of international cooperation.

Prince of Wales’ Foundation for the Built Environment Will Restore Part of Haiti’s Historic Capital
Everyone from Ben Stiller to Bill Clinton has promised to help, but now Haiti’s homeless have a new would-be savior. Nine months after Port-au-Prince and its residents were devastated by a powerful earthquake which killed more than 230,000 people, the Prince of Wales has responded to a plea for greater assistance from the Haitian government and deployed his architecture charity to help rebuild the capital’s historic centre. The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment will lead the planning of a makeover of the capital’s old quarter, with the prince’s aides travelling to the island to start the design process in December.

Montserrat Annual Festival Will Be Renamed in Honor of “The Mighty Arrow”
In honor of Montserrat-born soca icon, Alfonsus “Arrow” Cassell, who passed away on September 15, 2010, the island, has renamed its annual Montserrat Festival Arrow Festival. The announcement was made over the weekend by Minister Rueben Meade at the Montserrat Cultural Festival. Arrow was buried last month on the lawn of his home in Lime Kiln. On December 28, 2010, Soca International will honor “The Mighty Arrow” with performances by Caribbean favorites, including Edwin Yearwood, Burning Flames, Shurwayne Winchester, Rupee, and many more.

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