Quotes by Haitian authors


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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"To start with, for example this year, 2004, is the bicentennial of Haitian independence"
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"In fact that is the struggle that most Americans - As rich as this country is, most Americans are very limited in their interaction with the world, unless the world comes to us in a very shocking way"
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"I wanted to raise the voice of a lot of the people that I knew growing up, and this was, for the most part, poor people who had extraordinary dreams but also very amazing obstacles"
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"And the fact that Haiti was occupied for 19 years by the United States, from 1915 to 1934"
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"Also, people are not often aware of the way the United States' policies influence what happens in places like Haiti or El Salvador or Nicaragua. Or in Columbia right now"
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"You have all these people in the city and everything has become centralized. If you live outside the city and you need a birth certificate or some official paper from the government, you have to travel to the city"
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"People think that there is a country there that these people are only around when they are on CNN. I don't think that's limited to Haiti"
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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"