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Here’s How You Can Support Haiti in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

A growing list of organizations in Haiti and throughout the diaspora to consider supporting in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

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In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, in which at least 900 people are believed to have died in Haiti and tens of thousands displaced from their homes, and with the threat of a deadly cholera outbreak rising, many of us are asking the same question: what should we be doing to help? And more specifically, what alternatives are there to the relief organizations that are doing more harm than good?

In a blog post titled “Help Haitians, not the Disaster Capitalists,” Wordpress user Tillah Willah compiled a comprehensive list of smaller organizations to consider supporting, including more than a dozen Haitian-led NGOs.

“Already the vultures circle, using this tragedy as another opportunity to take advantage or worse, to engage in the pornography of suffering black bodies,” Willah wrote. “Now is not the time for tears, hand-wringing, there are lots of organisations that are quietly doing good work in Haiti that does not line the pockets of multinational aid corporations, or continue to fatten the Port au Prince elite.”

Famed Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat has also shared a list of suggestions. “These are primarily organizations that have been working in the most affected areas for years and are, for the most part, Haitian-led,” Danticat wrote. “A few of these organizations are schools or educational institutions. When a school--however small--has been a trusted part of a community for a long time, families will look to that place for immediate and ongoing support in rebuilding after a disaster like this.”

1. Gaskov Clerge Foundation

2. Fondation Aquin Solidarite

3. The Three Little Flowers Center

4. Paradis des Indiens

5. Project Saint Anne

6. Fonkoze

7. The Lanbi Fund of Haiti

8. Flying High for Haiti

9. Saint Boniface Foundation

10. PRODEV

Ashley ‘Brown Blaze’ Yates has started a Twitter thread of organizations to support. “I keep seeing lists/articles for Haiti support that include the Red Cross. It’s the one place they’ve asked folks NOT to donate to,” Yates tweeted. “What I can do is list reputable local orgs in Haiti as well as international orgs folks in Haiti have requested folks to donate to instead.”

Haitian-born, Brooklyn-based DJ Hard Hittin Harry shared the following list of organizations.

4HNYC, "a group of concerned young professionals in the NYC area raising money for children in Haiti," appears to be spearheading relief efforts in the New York City area. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for updates on ways to get involved from NYC.

Semhar Araia has asked for Twitter users to the following list of local Haitian organizations and organization in the diaspora to donate to.

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Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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Janet Jackson Returns With Afrobeats-Inspired Song & Video 'Made For Now' Featuring Daddy Yankee

The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, which see the dancers hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'


New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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