As horrific as it was, the earthquake in Haiti provided a chance to begin the reconstruction process anew. And the gatherings in New York reinforce the urgency of the need to focus the world's attention on Haiti.
New Orleans is still in the process of reviving, and on the 5th anniversary, there are many great plans for people to come together to rebuild where it's still needed. I'm inspired by the scores of people who have stepped in -- it gives me hope for Haiti.
The historical neglect of the masses by the elite has brought Haiti to this point where many people are so fed up that they will put their hope for change in an artist who promises miraculous deliverance.
Going back to the roots of hip-hop, more folks need to realize and understand that the foundation of hip-hop culture was built on community uplifting, positive influencing, and providing a voice for the voiceless.
My concern for my family was my primary thought as I was urged to seek the presidency of Haiti. But then I came to realize that I have to make this decision for them, especially for my daughter, as much as for myself and my country.
Six -- last week was six months since the earthquake devastated Haiti. Five -- this month is five years since Katrina destroyed parts of New Orleans. Ten -- next year it will be ten years since the Twin Towers were reduced to rubble.