Show/Event Picks of the Week: 1.18.10 (Help Haiti Edition!)

Still getting back in the swing of things for 2010…if you never checked out this segment I do once a week, please pay attention NOW.

I’ve been quiet on my blog regarding the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti, but anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I’ve been very vocal about us all coming together to help the Haitian people. I myself am of Haitian descent, and I appreciate all the phone calls, texts, Facebook/Twitter messages asking about my family. So far, everyone we’ve heard from is OK, but we still have a few relatives who we haven’t heard from yet. Many of my friends were not as fortunate as my family, and my heart goes out to them.

My friends Cynthia and Trezure called me the morning after the earthquake and we talked about what we could do to help… apparently many of my other friends had the same conversation, because benefits, fundraisers and drives have been going down since this past weekend. I’m so happy that we’re all doing something to help. My friends and I started the KAMPE ANSAM Coalition, with the intention to shine a spotlight on Haiti throughout the entire year. “Kampe Ansam” means “Stand Together,” and that’s what I’m asking us to do – it’s not about who has the most celebrities, the most Haitians involved, or collects the most money/donations. It’s about coming together for a common cause. If you want to get involved, hit us up at A website is in the works, and we’ll be hosting an event this Sunday at Southpaw.

In the meantime, here’s a list of all the events I know about that are benefiting Haiti recovery efforts this week. Please come out and support people doing some good – if you can’t make it, please share this information with a friend, with your school, with your job, with your church, with your neighborhood… spread the word!

Shouts to Wyclef Jean, who was the first to step up and spearhead relief efforts in Haiti. We appreciate you!

Monday, 1.18.10

A Benefit for Haiti…

Monday, January 18, 2010

“L’Union Fait La Force”


915 Broadway
Corner of 21st & Broadway

7pm – Until
Music by Heavy Hitters, Mister Cee, DJ Scratch (EPMD), DJ Envy, DJ Self, DJ Goldfinger, DJ Wiz (Kid-N-Play), DJ Snatch-1, DJ Hud, DJ Will, DJ S&S, DJ Kaos, DJ Norie, Legend Sound

Hosted by: Mona Scott-Young (Monami Mgmt.), Actress Daphnee Duplaix (One Life To Live), Actor Jamie Hector, Angie Martinez, Salt -N- Pepa, Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh, Estelle, Egypt, Olivia, Jeff Robinson (MBK Entertainment), Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box), D-Nice, Jim Jones, Red Cafe, John Starks (NBA), Dana Dane, Slick Rick, Ed Lover, Dres (Black Sheep) and Special Ed

Presented by Patty Laurent, Heavy Hitters, Randy B., Alador & Smith, Haitian Memorial Foundation, Shante Bacon (135th Agency), Phillana Williams, Rich Trowers, Chris Green (Capitol), Russ Jones (J Records), Hillary Weston, Shawn Pecas (Def Jam), Elaine Hamilton, Shak, Mike Mogul, Rocky MTA Playaz, MIH, Grae Enterprises, Vegas (Showcase), BFE Ent, Connections Unlimited, Stacey Cummings, Urben Pro, Wiener Milien (NYC Media), Icemen, Hen-Roc (Bad Boy), Carline Balan (Balan,Inc.), Village, Kenaar nelson of superbMUSIC, The Feature Magazine, Datwon Thomas (Global Grind), Jamilah and Chuck Creekmur (, Homebase, The Source, Corey Smyth (Blacksmith), Stag Ent. and many others.

We request a $10 donation and/or product donation.

100% of the Proceeds/Product will be donated to the Haitian Relief Effort/Yele.Org

Monday Jan 18, 9:30p – 2a (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Brooklyn Lyceum – 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
R to Union Street


Suggested donation – $15 – $25
with 100% of all proceeds going towards recovery efforts
Select the organization you would like to support at the door – or you can support all four.

WITH AN AMAZING LINEUP OF DJ’S + ARTISTS thanking you for supporting Haiti –
DJ Chela (Murda Mamis, Zulu Nation)
DJ Oja (Sunchild Prod,
DJ Laylo
DJmisbehaviour (UK/NYC)
Kongo (Haitian Roots Music)
Jeremiah Hosea (
Gabriella Callendar (Mahina Movement)
Eli Efi (Brazilian Hip Hop)
Hasan Salaam
Bless Roxwell (J.A.G. Music and Media)
General Steele
Hosts – TastyKeish (WBAI 99.5FM) + Calvin Williams (Young Voices Nation)

Event Info, and to donate online –

Presented by – Leftist Lounge New York
Co-presented by –, 5th Element, Lyricist Lounge, Hip Hop Media Lab, & Culture Clash

If you would like to participate or for more info contact –
Vanessa Nisperos / 917.620.8197 (c) /

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. MSF has already treated more than 1,000 people on the ground in Haiti following Tuesday’s earthquake, but the needs are huge. Read more about their work at http://doctorswithoutborders. org/

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) was founded by Haitian women in 1992 to respond to the refugee crisis faced by Haitian immigrants in the U.S. and Guantanamo Bay. HWHR has worked to provide solidarity and relief to past humanitaritan crisis in Haiti, including past flood disaster relief for Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and provides cultural programs that include popular education and community organizing. HWHR, Lakou New York, and MUDHA Movement of Dominican Haitian Women are organizing an immediate delivery of first aid relief to the Dominican/Haitian border, to quickly reach affected areas. Donations are being accepted through Pastors for Peace at –

Dwa Fanm (meaning “Women’s Rights” in Creole) is a human rights organization started in 1999 by Haitian and American women who share a commitment to women’s rights as well as to social and legal equality, justice, peace and democracy. Dwa Fanm has activated an emergency response in collaboration with the Brooklyn Tabernacle to send doctors, nurses and community health workers to bring medical assistance and supplies to areas in Haiti that have been hardest hit.

Leftist Lounge New York is a gathering of people who strive to build a powerful social movement. We organize events in which participants can learn about and support important causes. Our parties are celebrations of the victories of movements for justice, liberation, and self-determination around the globe. Leftist Lounge offers a sporadic party, giving space to the community to dance, eat, laugh, inspire each other, and to celebrate life, creation, and change. Join the movement.

Wednesday, 1.20.10

Thursday, 1.21.10

Friday, 1.22.10

Hip Hop for Haiti is fundraiser, food and cloth drive organized by the Black Student Union of City College and La Pregunta for relief efforts in Haiti.

Live Band Performance by Sound House Band.

Hip Hop Performances by Dremur, Sistah Mia, Omin Child, Optometrist, Maroon Society, ReadNex Poetry Squad, Precise, 89 The BrainChild, Kalil Kash, David E Beats, Misnomer(S), Top $ Raz, Kalae, YC The Cynic, SleepWalkas, PCasso, and Homeboy Sandman

Music by the2 Hungry Bros

DIRECTIONS: Take the 1 Train to 137th st, walk a block over on 136 st (uphill) and make a right. You will see La Pregunta.

Saturday, 1.23.10

(performances at 7 and 9pm)

Sunday, 1.24.10

In light of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12th a local coalition of artists and other small business owners will be hosting the fundraising benefit KAMPE ANSAM! (STAND TOGETHER!) at Southpaw (125 5th Avenue bet. Sterling Place and St. John’s Place) in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 5-10pm. The benefit will raise critically-needed funds to help support the humanitarian efforts in Haiti, with all proceeds going to the organization Yéle Haiti (*.

KAMPE ANSAM! will feature a variety of pulsating live musical performances by artists who have donated their time and talents to this grassroots effort. Admission is $10 per person.The benefit will also feature a raffle, with a variety of products and services donated by local businesses on sale.

The following artists are currently confirmed to participate:

Gotham Citi
D-Cross (+ facepainting)
FYC (Drastic Measures)
Nadine Michelle

JUST ADDED! Jeffrey Dessources and Kalunga Neg Mawon!

DJ Laylo
DJ Parler
DJ Kraff Swagger

Richard Louissaint
Elizabeth Allen (EMA Photography)

Please note that the list of talent is sure to grow!!

How can you be involved? In the following ways:

· Attend this event and purchase a raffle ticket. Again all proceeds will benefit Yéle Haiti.
· Suggest the names of any local business or service providers that we can reach out to get in-kind donations that we can raffle during the event.

The coordinating members of the KAMPE ANSAM! (STAND TOGETHER!) Coalition are:

· Cynthia St. Juste – Actress
· Liz Allen – Lifestyle and Culture Photographer
· TechieNYC – Lifestyle and Celebrity Photographer
· Sadye Vassil – Jewelry Designer, Community Organizer, and co-founder of Ladies.Leaders.Lovers
· TreZure the Empress – Singer and Educator
· Emmelyne Louis – Event Planner


Monday, 1.25.10

Tuesday, 1.26.10

(a portion of the proceeds from this show will go to Yele Haiti)

Thursday, 1.28.10

Friday, 1.29.10

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