Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ms. Hilton in Africa

This picture of Paris Hilton and Chantal Biya, the first lady of Cameroon, was recently taken at the African First Ladies Health Summit in Los Angeles. It's such an absurd picture it's inspiring me to post a little piece of satire I wrote a few years ago when Paris was saying she wanted to go to Rwanda when she got out of prison. She didn't say what she wanted to do there, but she let everyone know that she was going and that she was- scared. In the end, she didn't even go. Which is too bad because, while I don't think she can do much for Rwandans, I think she could actually learn a lot for herself by stepping out of her own fake world. Unless of course, her trip turned out to be as I predicted:

Ms. Hilton goes to Africa

Socialite Paris Hilton arrived at the Hôtel des Milles Collines late Tuesday night after an 18 hour flight from JFK to Kigali’s International Airport. She arrived without the speculated loads of luggage; all ten pieces had been mistakenly sent to the Seychelles. The heiress found replacement clothing in the hotel’s souvenir shop; she wore Rwandan beer Mutzig t-shirts and colorful pagnes for the remainder of her week.

Though not well known in Rwanda for whatever it is that she does, Hilton’s name caused some apprehension in the small country. Rwandans still hold France responsible for its troubles and are not fond of French expatriates. Many learned with some relief that Hilton is American, and with some surprise that she does not actually speak French.

First on her itinerary was to visit an orphanage where she and the ministers of education and health took pictures with selected orphans. She spent around 15 minutes passing out tootsie pops, Bratz® dolls and lip-gloss to eager young girls. But when the orphans began to eat the strawberry flavored lip-gloss and play football with the Bratz® heads, it was time to go. She moved on to an AIDS clinic in downtown Kigali where her experience as a medical assistant on The Simple Life came to no use. The socialite looked uncomfortable and pensive as she spoke with dying patients about how her difficult time in a California prison had inspired her to help Rwandans by having their picture taken with her.

The wives of many ministers told Hilton that she looked fat and happy. Her eyes brimmed with tears through many interviews with local journalists who also exclaimed how très grosse she was. She was overheard whispering to her entourage that Rwandans were the rudest people she had ever met.

An interpreter explained to her that fat was actually a compliment and that it was a good thing because it meant she didn’t have AIDS. The interpreter did not explain the truth, which was that many Rwandans strongly believed that she was in fact very ill both because of her thin frame and ghostly appearance. Her spray-tan had also been sent to the Seychelles.

Before leaving for Africa, Ms. Hilton was quoted as saying she would help Rwandan children by “bringing attention” with her. She would bring the attention; others would do the philanthropy. But for once the paparazzi did not want to follow her. Her own camera crew was left with very little footage of the heiress doing anything but looking pretty. In order to get the attention such a journey deserves, Hilton has bought airtime on E! to turn her “safari” into another reality show. Rwandan orphans replace simple Arkansas country folk as extras on another season of The Simple Life.

Hilton wanted to go on safari before leaving Africa but was told that most of the big game in Rwanda had been eaten during the civil war. She concluded her trip to the motherland by making a stop in South Africa to shop for diamonds and go on a wine-tasting tour. There she experienced a terrible reaction with her mefloquine and alcohol and promptly fell over and died.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Feira de Saúde para a Comunidade Brasileira em New Orleans/Kenner

Feira de Saúde Especialmente para a Comunidade Brasileira

no dia 19 de abril, 2009

de 10:30 às 15:00

Em frente ao Brazilian Market

2424 Williams Blvd.

Kenner, LA 70062

Serviços Médicos Oferecidos:

Teste de Glicose

Teste de Pressão sangüínea

Teste de HIV

Informação Médica em Português

Intérpretes Português- Inglês

Uma Demonstração de Capoeira pelo Grupo Maculelê