Monday, February 22, 2010

Vodou Ceremony in Cambridge - March 3

There will be a vodou ceremony in Cambridge MA on March 5th for those who died in Haiti. It is being run by the house of Mambo Maude who lives in Boston and Jacmel. Some of the vodousiant in the house know of Flo from his time at the Haiti Studies Program in Boston. A number of Flo's friends from Boston and NYC will be attending. Please Join us.

Facebook event link here

Event Info:
Friday, March 5, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Andover Chapel, Andover Hall, Harvard University
45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Manbo Marie Maude Evans and Sosyete Nago invite all to attend a public Haitian Vodou memorial service to pray for those who died in the Haitian earthquake and to comfort those who mourn.

This will be a service of candlelight, prayer and singing. Participants are invited to wear white, bring a white candle (in glass) for the altar--and, if appropriate, to bring a picture for the altar of someone lost in the earthquake.

Open to all. The service will be conducted in French, Haitian Kreyol and English.

Donation: $15 (you can give more) for Partners in Health. 100% of the money collected will go to Partners in Health's relief work in Haiti.

Please help Haiti with your prayers and donations.

What's going on in Jacmel

From Ivy, one of Flo's friends who is still there in Jacmel. Very informative, well-written, and all around awesome blog. They are working hard to keep Flo's work and legacy going strong!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

List of things that the people of Lakou need

Food and shelter. Tents and camping equipment are a basic need that they do not have.

Rayon (Bonga says silk, but Ann is pretty sure he means rayon) material, I presume for making costumes.

Also, is anyone in San Francisco who knows anyone involved with Cuba Caribe?

How We Can Help Flo's Friends At LAKOU

I've been in contact with Flo's friend Bonga at Lakou (thanks to all who have helped me translate!). According to their facebook profile, "Lakou is a performance group in residence at FOSAJ. Lakou uses Music, dance, text, theater, video, painting, sculpture to champion the rights of sexual and religious minorities, among other oppressed peoples."

Bonga tells of two places where Lakou's need is great. One is the basic need for food and shelter, neither of which they have. The best way to help with that is via Western Union. If you would like info on how to donate that way, get in touch with me. (I should note that the last sentence is my input only; Bonga never asks for money in his correspondences with me.)

Bonga also says that Lakou is interested in performing at festivals here in the US. They had applied to perform at an arts festival in San Francisco, but either were not accepted or cannot figure out a way to get there now (I am unclear). I get the feeling that they would really like to get back to doing what they do best. If you are a dancer, if you know or work with any dance troupes or arts festival organizers, or if you book things of this nature, pleaase get in touch.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Article in The Globe And Mail

Meabh sent in this great article about Flo and his good friend Zaka Chery. It is not the easiest thing to read, particularly because Zaka is hurting so badly, but it reminds us that there are people who Flo loved who very directly need our help. Flo built a strong bridge between Haiti and the US and we have to make sure that it doesn't crumble to rubble like so much else did. All artists reading this, please take notice.

Flo's Friends Need Help.

Hi all! I just received a piece of news from Ann McGarrell. She reports that Flo's friend Bonga, who is the artistic director of the LAKOU dancers and lived with Flo, says that the dancers at LAKOU "need survival money desperately". The directives from Bonga are in French and I don't know French; I have translated them using Google Translate and I don't think it worked out too well. I am not sure if there is a way to get money to them directly, so if you want to donate, let me know [robin (dot) jacks (at) gmail (dot) com] and I will connect you with Bonga. I have emailed Bonga saying that friends want to help, and I will report back with what I hear.

Helping out Bonga and the LAKOU dancers would be a wonderful way to honor Flo- help his friends directly. Sounds like a great project we can undertake.


Thursday, February 4, 2010


Flo's remains are finally, FINALLY back with his family.

Breathe, friends.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Pics from the Baltimore Memorial

are here, courtesy of Melissa Webb. I don't know if they're on the photo album or not, but they'd make a great addition. Thanks Melissa, they're beautiful!