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Signals, Messages & Hidden Codes: Haiti, Louisiana in The American Media


The images of Haiti and that of Louisiana have been projected skillfully in the media in recent times,  from December 2009 to February 2010. Let us be clear to speak of Haiti and  Louisiana is to speak of Africa. For whatever one’s belief is on the culture of Haiti and Louisiana, it’s the presence of Africa in these two areas which give the cultural expressions in the aforementioned areas its vibrant life.

The projection of ‘Haiti-Louisiana” in the American media has been done in a very interesting way. By using several entertainment /media genres that attract large numbers of viewers, they have been able to impact a large number of minds with a limited number of entertainment productions. 

The all encompassing metaphor  for the entertainment industry is Hollywood. Jordan Maxwell,  the occult and conspiracy  theorist on the relationship of the  historical use of “holly” to the understanding of “Hollywood” stated :

“One of the most striking features of Holly is it universal sacredness to all
developed pre-Christian cultures throughout the world, especially with its
properties for prophetic dreams, hallucinations and magic. It is arguably the most sacred plant of human history considering its association to hero, myth and ritual.”

The industry of Hollywood through its various  machinations   produces for those who are  able to decipher “signals, messages and hidden codes” “prophetic dreams” and for those who are just mindless observers “hallucinations” who are subjects of hollywood’s “magic”.  Hollywood, true to its root word “holly” , creates and supports  “hero, myth and ritual” with its numerous productions such as Wizard of Oz, Rocky, Birth of A Nation to name a few.

In regards to the image of Haiti and Louisiana, the “ritual” if you will began with the Disney studio production “The Princess and the Frog”.  Detailed analysis of this movie can be viewed in my previous blog entry as well as in upcoming blog entries.

The three aspects of this film that harkened back to the Haiti-Louisiana theme are:

1.) The date of release for The Princess and The Frog film in the United States .

2.) Events in Lousiana’ history that took place on the same day as the film’s release.

3.) The heavy portrayl of the Hoodoo/Voodoo religion in the film.

The film was released in the United States on December 11, 2009. The original scheduled  release date for the film was December 25, 2009, but supposedly due to concerns about competing against other films such as Alvin and The Chimpunks: The Squeekquel, the release date was pushed up to December 11 2009.

The December 11th date is key for it “coincides’  with many important historical events in Louisiana history:

  • P.B.S. Pinchbank became the first African American governor in the United States, when he secures the governorship of Louisiana on December 11, 1872.
  • King Joe Oliver begins the migration of Jazz from New Oreleans to Chicago when he moves to Chicago  on December 11, 1917.
  • The United States Supreme court on December 11, 1961,   reversed the conviction of 16 sit-in students who had been arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Sam Cooke dies on December 11, 1964 after being fatally shot three times in a Los Angeles, Californina hotel. Cooke whose song “Change is Gonna Come” was inspired in part, by his arrest for disturbing the peace  in Shreveport, Louisiana, after challenging being turned away for lodging  in a “whites only”motel on October 8, 1963.

There are other December 11th historical references that pertain to the film, Barack Obama as well as to the Haiti-Louisiana image which are covered in my previous writing  and will be further expounded upon in  upcoming entries.

Another very thought provoking dimension to the December 11th date is the  ancient Roman festival of Agonalia or Agonia. This festival took place several times per year during the ancient Roman rule.  According to Wikipedia:

“In Ancient Roman religious tradition, Agonalia, or Agonia, was a festival celebrated several times a year, in honor of various divinities, such as Janus and Agonius, whom the Romans used to invoke upon their undertaking any business of importance. The word is derived either from Agonia, “a victim,” or from Agonium, “a festival.”

Its institution, like that of other religious rites and ceremonies, was attributed to Numa Pompilius. We learn from the ancient calendars that it was celebrated on the three following days: January 9, May 21, and December 11; to which we should probably add March 17, the day on which the Liberalia was celebrated, since this festival is also called Agonia or Agonium Martiale.” (Wikipedia, Emphasis Mine)

This ritual or sacrifice was viewed as very important to the state for its continuity by its ancient Roman celebrants:

“The object of this festival was a disputed point among the ancients themselves; but as Hartung has observed, when it is recollected that the victim which was offered was a ram, that the person who offered it was the rex sacrificulus, and that the place where it was offered was the regia, we shall not have much difficulty in understanding the significance of this festival.

The ram was the usual victim presented to the guardian gods of the state, and the rex sacrificulus and the regia could be employed only for such ceremonies as were connected with the highest gods and affected the weal of the whole state. Regarding the sacrifice in this light, we see a reason for its being offered several times in the year (Same)”.

The question that arises given the light of the above referenced quote is was the film “The Frog and The Princess”  part of a ritual of sacrifice of the African inhabitants of Haiti and Louisiana?  Consider the dates of the ancient Roman ritual:

December 11, January 9 , March 17 and May 21. Since this film’s release what has happened in Haiti and Louisiana: January 12, 2010 Haitian Earthquake and February 6, 2010 mayoral election in New Orleans resulting in the city’s first white mayor since 1979. What’s next?

I am not in any way suggesting that the movie itself was the cause of these events but due to its timing it maybe a foretelling of what is to come. 

Two themes of the ritual are sacrifice and its importance to the prepetuation of the state. Thus we have to wonder with the film’s setting in New Orleans and the implicit connection to Haiti is the December 11th release date related to this  ancient festival where the survivors of Katrina and the people of Haiti are the pawns?

The Frog and the Princess generated much interest due to it being the first animation with African-American lead characters.  There was criticism from some quarters to the use of Hoodo/Voodoo theme in the film. The setting of  the film in Louisiana also reinforced the portrayl of  the Hoodoo/Voodoo motif. The movie on level could be an “in your face”  depiction of what Blacks need to tap into to get their “mojo” back.

On another level it could be a story indicating what has been done and/or will be done to Black people.  More comments on this movie later in upcoming blogs.

The News Media, The Haitian Earthquake and New Orleans Mayoral Race

The massive destruction brought upon by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 was an international news story. Pat Robertson’s “pact with the devil” comments,  various Haitian fundraising events by recording artists and subsequent rescue aid missions have kept the story on the front bruner.  It is somewhat disheartening that the first Black republic in the western world is reduced to being a charity case for the world.  But it is my hope with effort from the Haitian and the African Diaspora, Haiti will truly be free.  What is interesting to note is that the earthquake took place a month and a day after the release of the movie “The Frog and the Princess”  on December 11, 2oo9.  As well as  three days after the given date of the ancient festival of  Agonalia or Agonia  in January.

The recent mayoral election in New Orleans where Mitch Landrieu beat a field of candidates  in a supposed landslide. Turnout was low probably due to the focus of residents on the Saints being in the super bowl. This is the first time in decades New Orleans is without a Black mayor. There were “concerns in the African-American community that white politicians recently have won various local elective offices that had long been held by black officials” .  According to NoLA.com, “Mayor Ray Nagin, who could not seek re-election because of term limits, pushed a similar message in recent weeks, though he stopped short of making an endorsement in the race”.  

NFL

The two best NFL  teams the New Orleans Saints from the NFC and the Indianapolis Colts from the AFC are in the 2010 Super Bowl 44. The Haiti-Louisiana  connection is strong on both teams.  With the  New Orleans Saints the Haiti-Louisiana connection is clear for they are based in Louisiana. New Orlean Saints players of Haitian descent are Stanley Arnoux , Jonthan Vilma  and Pierre Thomas.

Drew Brees the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints is born on January 15, 1979. The same earthday as Martin Luther King, Jr. 

With Indianapolis, the Haiti-Louisiana connection is seen with the quarterback Peyton Manning who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father former NFL quarterback  Archie Manning, once played for the New Orleans Saints from 1971-1982.  Joseph Addai  of the Colts attended LSU as a college player and Reggie Wayne was born in New Orleans.  Pierre Garcon of the Colts is of Haitian descent and has proudly displayed the Haitian flag during the playoffs to show support for the Haitian people during the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.

The logo of the Indianapolis Colts is an upright shoe horn. The shoe horn is known in hoodo lore as a talisman for good luck.  According to goodluckcreations website: “Americans of English and Irish descent prefer to display horseshoes upward; those of German, Austrian, Italian, Spanish, and Balkan descent generally hang them downward. People in some parts of Ireland and Britain believe that horseshoes must be turned upward or “the luck will run out.” A Horseshoe ‘Pointing up’ will gather Your Luck, whereas ‘Pointing down’ it will shower You with Luck.
 The luck mojo website states: “In regions where the horseshoe is placed facing upward, folks believe the horseshoe must point up “or the luck runs out.”

Whichever team wins the fans and the rest of viewing audience will have New Orleans (Louisiana) and Haiti in their minds.

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