New Year’s Resolution: “Love Thy Neighbor”

New Year’s Resolution 2014: “Love Thy Neighbor” By Myriam J. A. Chancy   “If they come for me in the morning, they will come for you in the night.” ― Angela Y. Davis I was born in Haiti, in Port-au-Prince, in 1970, a Haitian citizen. I was eventually naturalized as Canadian and have lived, for [...]

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Lave Tet: Striving for (Black) Wellness in Academe and Beyond (Travels in the DR)

  Lave Tet: Striving for (Black) Wellness in Academe and Beyond   By Myriam J. A. Chancy   “Just so’s you’re sure, sweetheart, and ready to be healed, cause wholeness is no trifling matter.  A lot of weight when you’re well.”   – Tony Cade Bambara, The Salt Eaters                 In Tony Cade [...]

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Apartheid in the Americas: Are you Haitian?

Are you Haitian? By Myriam J. A. Chancy, PhD Soy de aquí: Reconoci.do, Santo Domingo@2013, MJA Chancy The implications of the ruling of September 23 by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Dominican Republic, stripping citizenship from the offspring of non-resident Haitians born in the Dominican Republic, where nationality is conferred “jus soli,” by place of [...]

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T&T Review Column: The Horrors of Slavery: Haiti, Vodou and the Myth of the Cursed Nation (November 2012)

The Horrors of Slavery: Haiti, Vodou and the Myth of the Cursed Nation By Myriam J. A. Chancy (T&T Review, November 2012 column)  Drums used by a “rasin” or roots musical troupe are also traditional vodou drums, Jacmel 2012 ©MJA Chancy About a year ago, I taught an undergraduate course in Haitian Literature at the US university [...]

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T&T Review Column: “Walking Sadness: Haitian Returns” (A Personal Reflection – Oct. 2012)

Trinidad & Tobago Review Column, October 2012 “Walking Sadness: Haitian Returns” (A Personal Reflection) by Myriam J. A. Chancy View from Route de L’Amitié, P-au-P-Jacmel, 2012@MJA Chancy “My house says to me, “Do not leave me, for here dwells your past.” And the road says to me, “Come and follow me, for I am your [...]

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T&T Review Column: What Dreams Are Made Of: Haiti Kanpé. (Sept. 2012)

Trinidad & Tobago Review Column, Sept. 2012   What dreams are made of: Haiti Kanpé.              Prince Luc, artist, Director, FOSAJ, w/Papier Maché Carnival Puppets, Jacmel 2012©MJA Chancy Who has never dreamed? Of a desired object, person, or state of being? Who has never dreamed? Who has never dared to dream? A week ago today, [...]

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T&T Review Column, August 2012: Axes of Independence or, “What’s so great about being Haitian, anyway?”

Axes of Independence or, “What’s so great about being Haitian, anyway?” Column published in the Trinidad & Tobago Review, August 6, 2012, pp. 16-17 (centerfold) By Myriam J. A. Chancy When I first arrived at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad, it was to be greeted with a banner announcing to visitors the “golden jubilee” celebration [...]

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Sant Atizana Matenwa: Love & Forgiveness (Humanities Sector, Fetzer Institute)

This video represents the thoughts and ideas of the (women) artists of the Sant Atizana Matenwa in La Gonav, Haiti, as related to love and forgiveness in their working collective (“konbit”).  This is part of a collaborative venture with the Fetzer Instiute. Please watch & share!  

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Trinidad & Tobago Review Column, July 2012: “Nou Bouké!!!”

This column appeared in the Trinidad & Tobago Review, July 2012 (pp. 24-25) – this is the first of a monthly running by-line column in the T&T Review. Nou Bouké!!!  (We’re Tired)                                Photo: “Nou bouke!!!” – Street graffiti, Port-au-Prince, 2011 [...]

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Radio Kiskeya Interview

I had the great pleasure of appearing on Lyonel Trouillot’s Radio Kiskeya show, “Rencontres,” 8/17/12 in Port-au-Prince.  Here is the link (starts at :50s; apprx. 24 mn. long): http://f.cl.ly/items/1O3J270E1t3A0N0F450V/17_08_12%2009_03.m4a

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