HATCHed

What’s the future hold? Here are a few hints from the HATCH festival, held in Asheville April 15-19. Gaming notions Like the Grateful Dead? This August, Curious Sense is releasing a virtual, social-networking Deadhead game where players can scavenger hunt for VW Beetles in real life and post photos online for points. But video games […]

Lorin Mallorie in Haiti: If you are Haitian, Wyclef Jean, prove it now!-attachment0

Lorin Mallorie in Haiti: If you are Haitian, Wyclef Jean, prove it now!

When I heard the whispers of a Wyclef Jean presidential bid, I simply dismissed them. It seemed like an impossible concept, water-cooler talk — something fun to debate: Could he, would he run, this 37-year-old Haitian musician, and of late, politician, who moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 9 years old. After the announcement was official, Deva Krishna, the unemployed musician in the video spoke to me of his concerns, worries of corruption in Wyclef’s organization…

UNCA alumna Amber Munger founds nonprofit Article 29 for Haiti

UNCA alumna and Oregon Law School graduate Amber Munger captivated Asheville after the Jan. 12 earthquake, when her plea-for-help ran on the front page of the Asheville Citizen-Times.  Now, Munger has founded her own nonprofit, the Article 29 Organization, working with Haitian peasantry in Commune Anse Rouge, five hours north of Haiti’s capital. 

Lorin Mallorie in Haiti: From voodoo priests to Christians, thousands celebrate, mourn life at Sodo

Descending into the waterfall’s basin, the mass of bodies becomes its own living, breathing entity. Moving together in one vibration, in exuberant celebration of all life’s glories and defeats, the drums, horns and songs rise above the waterfall’s massive force.
So starts Asheville journalist Lorin Mallorie’s report from last week’s Sodo celebration.

Lorin Mallorie in Haiti: A visit (and a party) at the Dynamic English Club-attachment0

Lorin Mallorie in Haiti: A visit (and a party) at the Dynamic English Club

Just above the capital, in Kenscoff, Haiti, life has a different tempo, a slower vibe. This is country life: the “Real Haiti” as they say. Quiet, slow:  Cool and relaxed. And, like the rest of Haiti outside Port-au-Prince, it seems there are no jobs at all. We went to the Dynamic English Club, and threw a party. And what a party it was.

Asheville-Haiti connection: “You cannot share joy, if you have none inside yourself”-attachment0

Asheville-Haiti connection: “You cannot share joy, if you have none inside yourself”

“There are places I go that I cannot take you. Where the air is thick with poverty, misery and disease. Where the rivers run deep with garbage and despair. Where there is no work, no help and no future — but this is not one of those places,” writes Asheville-based Lorin Mallorie, who has, once again, gone to Haiti.