News

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.

Tweet at us and comment on Facebook with your suggestions. We’ll continue to update this post with your suggestions below.


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.

Arts + Culture
Zlatan "Zanku (Leg Work)" music video.

Is Zanku Set to Be the New Dance Craze of 2019?

Breaking down what could become the year's new dance craze.

With last week's release of the video for "Zanku (Leg Work)," Zlatan Ibile has consecrated himself as the originator of the newest dance craze in afropop.

The specific origin of the name 'zanku' is uncertain but the dance itself, says Ibile in this interview from December, is one he noticed from his visits to The Shrine in Lagos and refashioned into a trend.

The best zanku, so far, works best in beats combining repeated foot tapping or pounding, with hands held aloft, and finished with a flourish—a stylised thrusting of one foot as if to knock down a door. Variations include a faster footwork, mimicry of slicing and screwing hand motions and the brandshing of a white kerchief, all of which is done with vigour and attitude.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
WurlD. Image courtesy of the artist.

WurlD: Nigeria's Most Inspired Star?

We talk to the Nigerian artist about creating a sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind.

WurlD, the blue-haired singer with a killer voice and deep songwriting, is a wonder. His music sits at the intersection between African vibes and Western delivery. 2018 has been a huge for him, with a deal with Universal Music ensuring that his art has received consistency in release.

Born Sadiq Onifade, the Afro-Fusion artist has had an inspiring journey, moving from the streets of Mushin in Lagos, to the US, from where much of his music has been conceived. The complete creative embrace of that cross-cultural influence has become his strongest point, with songs such as "Show You Off" and "Contagious" offering a unique angle to his sound.

"Moving to America for me gave me the opportunity to learn music and I fell in love with songwriting," WurlD says of his influence. "Atlanta (where I lived) is a creative hub when it comes to songwriting and producing, some of the biggest songs in the world were produced in Atlanta, people round the world go to Atlanta to go meet producers and songwriters in Atlanta. There, I fell in love with music and songwriting."

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Still from YouTube.

France Still Doesn't Know How Racism Works and the Vilification of Nick Conrad Proves It

The French rapper is currently on trial for his music video "Hang White People," which depicts what life might be like if the racial tables were turned.

When the music video "Pendez les Blancs" ("Hang White people") by French rapper Nick Conrad was released, the backlash was intense. The video shows what life would be if black people had enslaved white people. "Hang white people… arm them and let them kill each other" Conrad raps. He is not the first artist to think about a life where Black people would dominate white people. Todric Hall's music video "Forbidden" and Malorie Blackman's novels "Noughts and Crosses" did it before. But in France, a country that still tries to stop Black people from organising as a community, Nick Conrad had to pay the price.

First, he received countless death threats and lost his job at a prestigious French hotel. Everyone, from French personalities to the government called him out. And then, two anti-racist and anti-semitism organizations, the LICRA and L'AGRIF sued him. His trial happened last week. French journalist Sihame Assbague was there to witness it, and what she reports is baffling.

To the prosecution, Conrad is encouraging his audience to kill white people. They believe that anti white racism or "reverse racism" is just as bad as any type of racism and that Conrad is using a "black supremacist language" with words like "queen" "king" when he mentions Africa. In their mind, once Black people stop trying to integrate and start organising themselves, it's just as bad as white people being racist. Ethnocentrism is dangerous.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.