Who says sororities are all about boozing and boys?
On June 15, Delta Theta Sorority Inc. will open an elementary school, the Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in the remote Haitian village of Chérette. Since Chérette is located about 96 miles from the Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, children there do not have access to a proper education or a reliable source of clean water. To help combat this problem, the sorority teamed up with Water & Education International (WEI), which will will manage and run the school through its WEI School Project, while Delta Theta Sorority will provide funds through its Delta Research & Educational Foundation. Keep reading »
Donna Karan spent some time in Haiti after the country’s devastating earthquake in 2010, so she was moved to base her latest advertising campaign there. “Bringing awareness to Haiti has become a personal passion,” said Karan in a release. “For Spring, it was also my creative inspiration, bringing my two worlds together. This campaign, shot in Jacmel, infuses the vibrant spirit of Haiti into a sexy New York sophistication.” It’s too bad then, that the designer decided to employ the country and its citizens as merely representations of “otherness,” as evidenced by this shot featuring supermodel Adriana Lima (whom Karan says “shows the heart and soul of Haiti”).
In the shot, Lima looks straight on to the viewer, and is the subject of the photo, while two Haitians linger, looking off and to the side — reduced to objects in the background. The photo reeks of turning the people and setting of Haiti into merely “exotic” set pieces, like so many other fashion editorials where native peoples are used as colorful props (see also: Vogue’s use of the tired “Out of Africa” trope). Donna, we expected more from you.
When we saw the title of this post, “‘I Put a Spell on You’ Single & Video for Haiti, Feat. Johnny Depp,” we were like, what, our boyfriend can sing? But then we watched the video, and we were like, ah, no. In order to help post-earthquake relief and rescue efforts in Haiti, musicians Nick Cave, Mick Jones, Chrissy Hynde, and Mr. Depp got together to cover the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins track, “I Put a Spell on You.” Cave et al. do the singing, while Depp stands around watching the action, looking like a hot homeless guy, and then busts out his guitar and jams on it a bit. This ain’t your momma’s “We Are the World,” and we like it. [Racked] Keep reading »
The official video for the remake of “We Are The World,” which will benefit victims of Haiti’s earthquake last month, has arrived, to, uh, mixed reviews. I’m all for the charity angle, obviously, so I’m not going to knock it too hard, but the Michael and Janet Jackson split screen is hella cheesy and I have a hard time taking anything seriously that features a Pussycat Doll. Keep reading »
Beyonce has been named the official face of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s “Fashion for Haiti” knit tee, which (at $25 a pop) will benefit the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Buy one: The group’s “Fashion for America” heart T-shirt ended up raising $2 million dollars for the Twin Towers Fund after 9/11. [CFDA] Keep reading »