Today, much of Port-au-Prince looks like it did before the quake. Most of the tent camps in the city itself are gone, and streets are loaded with overcrowded buses and women selling vegetables.
*Hooray! It’s two boys for Tootie!
Kim Fields is expecting her second child — a son she plans to name Quincy Xavier, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.
“Sebastian and Christopher are very excited. We’re very, very blessed,” she says. “It was planned. We’ve actually been trying for a couple years. We had gotten pregnant twice and [miscarried]. Chris and I were very blessed to really have one another, to have our family and friends and our God to really get us through that.”
“If I’m encouraging to anybody … it’s not like I’m the poster child for over 40 and pregnant,” Fields, who also starred on Living Single, continues.
“Funny enough, for a minute I thought I was getting pre-menopausal ‘cuz certain things were starting to be irregular and then other symptoms started — my memory and I was clumsier than normal which I couldn’t even believe was possible. Then our son got sick with a stomach virus and I caught it. Chris said, ‘No, babe, you’re a little sicker than Sebastian. You need to go and get that checked out’ and I said,’Okay.’ They tested me and said, ‘Oh honey, you’re not dehydrated. You’re two months pregnant.’”
Fields and Morgan, a Broadway actor, were married in July 2007.
*Now that Oprah Winfrey is not confined to the four walls of her TV studio, she’s out and about meeting folk and building some strong international relationships.
This week, the media mogul is visiting the president of Haiti, Michel Martelly.
His hope is to partner with Winfrey to rebuild the country, attract investors and ultimately, make her an ambassador for the island nation.
“I am hoping she will serve as an ambassador for Haiti, to help us get the kind of assistance needed,” Martelly said during the Caricom-Cuba summit, a trade conference where Caribbean leaders advocate for their needs.
She arrived on Sunday morning and met with the president on Monday. She also visited a settlement camp run by actor Sean Penn.
Being the proactive person he is, Martelly, who used to perform under the name “Sweet Micky” is planning to go on a world tour to raise money for children’s education.
“I will get on it and dance and have great groups of entertainers to perform to help Haiti, including Wyclef [Jean] and Oprah and have others play my music and sing my songs,” he said.
He helped raise monies and brought to light some of the major issues plaguing the small country during that time. But a recent report says he more than did some charity. He allegedly squandered off relief effort funds. The New York Post reports that only a fraction of the $16 million collected in the name of Haitian relief efforts has been given to the country’s recovery.
Jean’s charity, Yele Haiti gave out several questionable contracts. One of which ($1 million) was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t even exist.
The New York Post also reported that a company called P&A Construction – which is run by Warnel Pierre, Jean’s brother-in-law — received $353,983 from the group.
But this isn’t the first time his organization, founded in 2005 with cousin Jerry Duplessis, has been in trouble. In 2008, reports emerged that proper tax documents were not filed for the foundation.
Also in 2009 the charity somehow lost $244,000.
After the earthquake hit, Jean went to Twitter asking for $5 donations. Shortly thereafter Yele Haiti made a donation to a TV station run by Jean and his cousin.
In a 2010 press conference, the singer defended his charity saying, “Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefits? Absolutely not. Yele’s books are open and transparent.”
*Flamboyant carnival musician Michel Martelly edged out former Haitian first lady Mirlande Manigat in a pivotal presidential runoff vote held last month, according to preliminary results released Monday.
Martelly, 50, took 67.6% of the vote, while Manigat, 70, received 31.5%, according to Pierre Thibault, spokesman for Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council.
After the announcement, streets around the electoral council in Petionville filled with Martelly’s spirited supporters, who chanted “Tete Kale,” or bald head — one of Martelly’s many nicknames.
The preliminary results were originally expected to be announced last week, but fraud forced the council to delay the announcement until Monday. Final results are scheduled to be announced April 16.
Read MORE of this story at CNN International.
*Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been hospitalized after having chest pains, his longtime companion and associates said Thursday without giving details about his condition.
Duvalier, who made a surprise return to the Caribbean nation in January, was admitted Wednesday night, companion Veronique Roy said as she took a break from visiting him at the Canape Vert hospital in Port-au-Prince.
Roy declined to discuss his condition in detail. Asked if it was serious, she replied only, “I hope not.”
Enzo Alcindor, a Duvalier family friend who was with them at the hospital, said doctors planned more tests. He quoted a cardiologist as saying Duvalier should be released after two days.
“It’s not a stroke. It’s not a heart attack. Thank God,” Alcindor said.
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