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Van Vicker Foundation Fundraiser

Saturday, July 16, 2011
ARTrevolution 600 W Cermak, Chicago IL 60616
6:30 PM-10:00 PM with Free Food and Drinks
Event/After Party $40.00, $70.00(2) (Tax Deductible)

Food Provided by
Brazil-Sinha Brazilian Restaurant: Chicken Baba
Liberia- Chef Josphine Sleh/Tete Johnson: Jellof Rice, Kalla
Jamaica-Jamaican Grill: Jerk Shrimp, Plantains
Nigeria-Bolat African Cuisine: Nyama Choma Soup, Meat Pie

Special Performances by
Brazilian Samba Dancers
Liberian Cultural Dancers
Jamaican Soca Dancers
Nigerian Artist IamBlink

After party 10:00 PM -2:00 AM
with DJ Diesel

About Van Vicker/Van Vicker Foundation:
Ghanaian actor Joseph Van Vicker has big-screen talent that appeals to an international fan base representing the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, the Caribbean and countries across Africa. In addition to acting, Van Vicker currently serves as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees ambassador. He launched the Van Vicker Foundation in 2010, and leads the organization’s goal to encourage and inspire youth to embrace cultural awareness.

The Van Vicker Foundation is partnering with Lotten B. Yeaney – on-line talk show host – to conduct this fundraiser which will also benefit Liberia’s Help the Children Orphanage of which Yeaney serves as international ambassador.

PURCHASE TICKETS: Van Vicker Foundation

Incredible piece by Liberian Artist Martin Zeinway

The Peace Keeper

The Peace Keeper, points to the irony of war; it shows a soccer ball next to 2 groups of fighters laying down their arms. During the war, fighters would often reunite and stop fighting just the time of a football game, the ball, thus, an elusive symbol of peace.

I love this piece because it shows the simplest thing can bring people together.

Martin Zeinway: Artist Bio “You have survived this war for a reason. You have seen many of your friends and family die in this war. If you ever have the opportunity to become educated or in a better position in life, don’t forget to help others who did not have the opportunity you have had, and most of all don’t forget to help your country and the children in it.” I stood humbled as my mother spoke those words to me, although I could not yet truly understand her words. I was ten years old. “I was born on March 9, 1979 in Monrovia, Liberia to parents Pater W. Zeinway and Ellen M. Yallah. I am the oldest of six children. In 1991, at the age of 12, I was sent to live with my uncle in Ivory Coast due to the civil war in Liberia. My mother was afraid of me being killed. The rebels were trying to recruit me to become a child soldier.

On December 13, 1993, I was resettled in the United States of America as a refugee along with my uncle, his wife, and their children. I could not understand why I was being moved from one strange place to the next without my parents, brothers and sisters. In 2001, I had the opportunity to revisit Liberia. I stood on Liberian soil and saw how the war has destroyed the country, people, and most of all the children–children who did not know any other way of life but to be child soldiers. The war also prevented the children from getting a good education, crippled them financially and emotionally and every other way that matters.

It is now 13 years later and now I understand what would prompt my mother to send her oldest son to a strange country.” Martin’s deep sense of introspection and his strong desire to share his experiences and Realizations about humanity are evident in his work, which serve as powerful commentary on his war-torn origins. On canvas, Martin incorporates the use of figurative drawings with Adinkra symbology that represents popular proverbs and maxims, and express particular attitudes or behavior related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes, in order to further tell his story. Each symbol was intentionally chosen for their individual meanings as a way to further illustrate his subjects.

More on this artist Zeinway Expression

Here we go again!. Damn it!!Ugh

US orders staff out of Ivory Coast

Once the US starts to order staff out of your country.. that means Ish is about to go down. I am so so so so tired of war and this civil unrest in our region. Once your country has gone through war it take years and years to repair the damages and the people. WE DO NOT NEED THIS ANYMORE..


THE US has ordered non-emergency staff to leave Ivory Coast and warned Americans not to travel to the country.

At least 50 people have been killed in post-election violence in the west African nation.

The US State Department has also ordered relatives of its staff to leave Ivory Coast.

The call came yesterday as France demanded Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo hold back his troops. Tensions are escalating in his standoff with Alassane Ouattara, who was declared winner of presidential elections. “If (Mr Gbagbo) does not want to have deaths on his conscience, he needs to hold back his troops,” French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.

Canada yesterday joined a world chorus urging Mr Gbagbo to cede power or face sanctions.

“Mr Gbagbo must respect the democratic will of the Ivorian people and concede power to Mr Ouattara,” Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said.

The US government cited “growing anti-Western sentiment” in the country.

“The State Department recommends that US citizens take advantage of commercial means of transportation while they are available and while borders remain open,” it said.

Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara claim to have won last month’s presidential vote, but while the latter has been recognised as the victor by the international community, the incumbent is clinging to power.

Despite calls for Mr Gbagbo to stand down, there are signs his regime is hardening its stance. Mr Gbagbo ordered the 10,000- strong UN mission to leave on Saturday, accusing it of arming rebels loyal to Mr Ouattara, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dismissed the ultimatum and urged him to step down


Liberian Football Player talks about the war

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (91) during Sunday’s football game against the Oakland Raiders on November 7, 2010, in Oakland, CA. John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

A big man in football pads walks through a hallway at the Chiefs’ practice facility, talking about greatness.

He says talent isn’t enough. A man has to be willing to make changes in his life. He needs a mind like a sponge, an attitude like a shield, and a work ethic that doesn’t stop.

Sometimes he needs to do more than he says.

Tamba Hali doesn’t do interviews, or hasn’t for a long time. He prefers to remain quiet. It’s not that he doesn’t enjoy discussing things that are important to him. To Hali, the Chiefs’ 27-year-old linebacker, hard work and silence are deep-rooted, and he learned two decades ago that speaking can have consequences.

Back then, in his native Liberia, the wrong combination of words could get a man killed. In the years since, Hali found that the consequences aren’t as dire — but that words can sometimes take all a man knows, or thinks he knows, and twist and bind it like a piece of fabric.

He passes through a set of double doors, the border of where players usually roam in this building, and eases himself into a chair in a small office. Today is different.

“I promised you a story,” he says, and he begins to pull the thick tape from his hands.

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