Fear and the Afterlife in Aruba: My Personal Journey in The New York Times (and Photos!)

  We had been in the lobby of our hotel in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, for only a few minutes when the Dutch territory’s Arcadian “One Happy Island” front was shattered by a desk clerk whose petulance hit me like a left hook straight to the temple. As she delivered the rules and regulations like a stern lecture, scolding my daughter …

A Vignette, for The New York Times: Travel

I contributed a piece in today’s New York Times called “My Caribbean: 5 Vignettes” which was published as the Travel section’s coverstory. I contributed a postcard, if you will, about a recent trip to my ancestral land, the Dominican Republic. I had gone there on a production jaunt earlier this year for a documentary I’m currently in production on called …

Time Flies When [OR] My Life in Lovetaps

It’s been a long time: a little over a month to be exact. I had started and deleted several blog postings over the last five weeks—I usually like to talk about cool events after they’ve happened out of superstition but I should probably rethink that quirk—and decided that I couldn’t let another day go by without checking in. It’s been …

How You Can Help Haiti

(photo credit AP) The US Government set up a number for people to call in order to help locate family members:(888)407-4747. Wyclef’s YELE HAITI: Earthquake Relief Donate $5 by texting YELE to 501 501, or more than $5. A twitter friend has forwarded me this information about how Dominicans in country can donate goods starting tomorrow: Other organizations that are …

Human Rights Activist Sonia Pierre Fights Antihaitianismo in the Dominican Republic: Let’s Return the Favor. Ahora.

Sonia Pierre answered her calling pretty early on in life. Born in 1963 to Haitian parents in a batey (migrant worker camps where many Dominicans of Haitian descent live), Pierre was only 13 when she acted on an impulse that changed her life forever. According to Amnesty International: she was arrested for being the spokesperson at a demonstration on behalf …