Quotes by Haitian authors


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"When we came up with titles like Ready or Not, that's how we really felt"
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"The record Clef and I did was just sitting there. So I said, Clef, I got a record, hit a verse on it. He just went in, messed around and ended up doing the hook too"
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"A couple of people thought I looked familiar, but it was like, No"
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"Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless"
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"I really can't blame anyone but myself, because I didn't have to deliver the album. But when you get caught up in the gas, and you're young, and there's so much helium going on around you, you can't decipher the real end"
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"I didn't want to do the whole, get the hottest person thing. I wanted to make sure every record felt right"
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"When I was leaving I kind of felt a little bit sad, because I made some friends down in skid row"
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"For this album I was determined to do it my way. Take my time. I'm gonna win, lose or draw on my own"
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"There's a harsh reality - nothing lasts forever. You have to be ready to grow, and grow fast"
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"In life we try to grow and better ourselves. As an artist, I feel like I've grown tremendously"
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"I'm one of those firm believers that good music will prevail"
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"I'm confident being at Universal, which is a great home for me, 'cause they understand what I'm trying to do"
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"People in the record business would say, Well, Pras, you know, you haven't been out in a while, maybe you should get today's hottest producer or rapper to do something"
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"Or even the state of Florida, where they are prepared to execute children. Umm, well, you hope that at least that there is something there to be claimed"
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"More and more people are able to access information - thank goodness we have the Internet and if you are interested you can find things. Which is different than even 20 years ago"
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"Creating these messes that go from administration to administration and then you swoop in and clean them up - with that heroic Delta force - people not realizing that they were always there but doing different things than what we see them doing at the moment"
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"Napoleon had been fighting this army of slaves and free people in Haiti and it depleted his forces. And after the Revolution, when the French were driven out, they stopped and sold this big chunk of North America to the Americans for very little money"
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"I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from neglect that people only want to hear about it when It's at its extreme. And that's what they end up knowing about it"
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"Especially moments when things are very difficult and complicated for me and I am still trying to grasp what is happening and I am still trying to understand and to reach family back home"
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"People who want alternative information have to try so hard to find it"
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"In terms of the idea of long-term occupation - I have been reading a little bit more about this period - and you can see in that occupation are many lessons for the current occupation of Iraq. So we have these connections that go way back that people aren't aware of"
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"On some levels, you can also have this feeling that we are being duped, somehow. And that the world is at play for something you would understand more if it were pure ideology. It is a very strange time and also basic things are being taken away"
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"On some level, now, we are joining the larger world and realizing that we are connected with people in these very scary ways, sometimes. What happened recently in Spain affects us here and brings questions up. It is too bad that people have to be shaken up in that way"
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"To start with, for example this year, 2004, is the bicentennial of Haitian independence"
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"There is a frustration too, that at moments when there's not a coup, when there are not people in the streets, that the country disappears from people's consciousness"
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"That's whatever news topic, whatever political process any country is going through - whenever they are in the news, that's when they exist. If you don't see them they don't exist"
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"Someone has said that nations have interests, they don't have friends, and you see that over and over in U.S. policy"
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"I think daily that the country's future is being thrown to the wind"
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"People aren't really aware of what's happening in other places"
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"In Haiti you had the Duvaliers for 29 years and they were very well supported by the United States"