The Haitian Steven Spielberg's and Oprah Winfrey's Revealed

Let me tell you something, if there was more people out there doing what I am doing AND if you took the time to find out who these people are, you would be amazed and you would be very proud of them.

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You would spend all day and all night talking about them, reading about them, and one day your kids would want to be just like them when they grow up.

Unfortunately, talent in Haiti is not linked to million dollar mansions, limousines, paparazzi, and an army of reporters who will do anything for a photo. This is not how it happens in our Haiti.

I wish it did because I've met many 'Elvis Presleys', many 'Oprah Winfreys', and many 'Steven Spielbergs' in my lifetime and I've met them right here amongst us Haitians.

But unlike the Steven Spielberg who now has a net worth at US$3.1 billion, unlike the Steven Spielberg Time Magazine listed as one of the 100 Greatest People of the Century, I know the Steven Spielberg who is still in Cincinnati, Ohio, still the son of a restaurant owner, still making amateur movies, still Steven Spielberg.

Unlike the Oprah Winfrey who now has a net worth at US$2.7 billion, unlike the Oprah Winfrey who is the highest-rated talk show host in the history of television. I know the Oprah Winfrey who is still in rural Mississippi, still the daughter of a maid, still Oprah Winfrey.

Unlike the Elvis Presley who earned a whopping $52 million in 2007 without even lifting a finger, how can he? He's been dead for 30 years, unlike the Elvis Presley who is still The King of Rock 'n' Roll, I know the Elvis Presley who is still in Tupelo, Mississippi, still working as a truck driver, still recording his songs for $4.00 a piece.

My fellow Haitians, our stars live among us, maybe a block away, a town away, or a state away. They eat where we eat, they shop where we shop, they live where we live, and because of that, we regard them as equals.

There is no problem with that except the fact that we have no respect for them, their talents, or their potential, just as we have no respect for ourselves.

Let me ask you this question:

There is a Haitian actress in Hollywood who once told me Haitians have no respect for talent. You know, we may never recognize the true potential of all the talents we have because we spend more time proving that there just another 'nobody' instead of recognizing their talent and encouraging them to do better.

You now what?

Li lè pou sa chanje.

I am woodring Saint Preux and I said it.

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Samuel Bien-aime Thans,for considering the fact that haitian people don't respect talents from their own... see more
Reply · April 28 at 5:48 PM
Maille Sister you could not have saying better, i agree with you 100%, Youre right, that is the... see more
Reply · January 17 at 6:55 AM
Maille My haitian sister, i understand what u r saying. you are telling the truth, but on the... see more
Reply · January 14 at 8:52 AM
Carmina The problem is everyone is talking about it, but nobody's doing anything. We can all... see more
Reply · January 13 at 9:24 PM
Nino Montana As much as I would like to agree with you 100%, I'm sorry to say that I can't, althought... see more
Reply · January 12 at 11:06 AM
Ericka se vre. m dako ave w. sou gen anpil bon atist an haiti, men se tre malere pa gen moun ki... see more
Reply · January 02 at 1:11 PM
Tommy If they expect people to buy Haitian movies. The producers should at least give the... see more
Reply · December 27 at 10:59 PM
Mireille De Bordes Jean-marie What an excellent approach to bring about change and improve the relationships between... see more
Reply · December 19 at 9:56 AM
Stanley L Onard I really agree with what u are saying because we Haitians we don't really care about our... see more
Reply · December 19 at 2:13 AM
William Evens Josma woody I dont really know you but let me tell you this I like the way you think and I can... see more
Reply · December 18 at 11:07 PM
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