The Haitian Entertainment Industry's Obligation Under Review.
By Wilgeens Rosenberg.
The jobless, hungry and malnourished population in Haiti is growing at such a fast pace that the absolute number in crime, social and political corruption as well as economical instability are still increasing unashamedly. The estimated number of people who are hungry and malnourished and will die this very day today in Haiti is around 30 thousand. Alarming enough, one quarter of them are children below 5 years of age.
Unsurprisingly, so is the fact that the general entertainment based fans for Haitian artists, stars in all the known domains of arts are growing so rapidly that the issues of Haiti have never imposed any threats to the growth of the Haitian Entertainment Industry. Yet, it has come of a greater shocking matter that the Haitian Entertainment Industry in Haiti or abroad have not used that field or medium to reach out and make any differences like it used to, knowingly given how many Haitian people around the world know just how powerful this forum can be.
Nowadays, it seems that many Haitian Artists go comfortably to bed and quickly fast asleep with ease at night after their big performances and monetary gains without ever even batting an eye of remorse of the current situation and condition in Haiti. Not anymore anyways. Although many of them have claimed their love and pride or respect they have for Haiti but has yet even imagine the possibility to help out. And for those Artists abroad, they too has yet even envision themselves to someday retire in Haiti like the old saying of this famous song "Ayiti Cheri, Se Nan Pye-w Pou-m Vinn Mouri." http://www.haitiantreasures.com/Lakou_Lakay3.swf Who among this new generation of Haitian Artists actually remember those great songs by many great talented artists and pioneers who used to motivate, inspire and stand for something in the cause and struggle of Haiti? Yet again today, another Haitian Artist somewhere around the world whom have been gone out of the Public's Eyes for years woke up this morning and has not made any contemplated attempt and future plan to return back home in Haiti with a sense of contribution to give back to Haiti teaching the new generation of Artists how to care and inspire the people anymore.
Meanwhile somewhere later this weekend, many Haitians Artists, fame, pleasure and thrill seekers will be performing a $30 admission fee performance or event of some kind... Thus a Haitian musician, artist, promoter or manager whom have not ever before contributed any of their performance earning to any of Haiti's causes will once again make plenty money. One could assume or imagine that this same weekend there are many other Haitian Ball Functions and perhaps many other Haitian Paid Events which surely there will be in many major cities like in New York, Boston, Florida and yes even in Haiti... To merely estimate for example, Imagine $30 times 500 people equals to about $15,000 USD then converted into Haitian currency equals to about $570,000 something HTG. Now, picturing those Artists were to collectively start engaging into fundraisers and every so often Pro-Bono performances and donate some of that money toward a specific cause in Haiti. Wow, that would be some kind of relief to now Haiti's plight, one would say... Would it not? Much less to even say, mention, or wonder if even they were to have the decency to start arousing social awareness and promotion for change in Haiti. The spreading of such a social awareness for change to the Haitian youths through their so called nowadays excuses of "music" would without any doubts help greatly. One can not help but to ask one's self and ponder if those so called "Artists" today even know of the influence they have on the mass who listen to their so once again called "music" daily and religiously today. Can you picture the major difference such contribution would make and how drastically it would make a positive impact on the economical and social problems that Haiti is enduring?
Now Imagine if for even one year that those Artists would dedicate one night out of that year by donating that one night of earning to Haiti. Or perhaps by opening up an "Artists For Change In Haiti Fund" bank account that would create scholarships for kids with passion in music, arts and so forth, or donating annually some of that money to various schools around the Country to create band club and hire musical teachers for those kids to learn music. Therefore, many Haitians Artists should really ask themselves this one question. Till this very day, after so many musical successes and performances, what have their Haitian bands ever really given back to Haiti? However, if they have given anything at all back or in return to Haiti, one should say " Well good, good for them and Haiti" because, they have a duty and obligation to Haiti. That is where change starts for Haiti.
So, where does the start for any possible change actually do begins for Haiti, again many might still be asking? So, is there just "a chance" of possible change in Haiti or are there actually just too many possibilities that we have not yet to consider?