As a kid, it took me a long time to come to terms with my Haitian identity. I hid my Haitianess from kids in middle school just to escape the insults of the negative perceptions of what my peers viewed of Haitian’s. When I was about 15 and began to understand my blackness, I realized how crazy I was to ever deny my beautiful Haitian culture. When I began to discover the greatness of Haiti, I also began to meet over time, many other Haitian’s that encountered similar stories.
Mecca aka Grimo was the leading actor in a film entitled “Kidnappings” directed by this amazing underground filmmaker from Miami, Telio Deetjen. It was a fascinating fictional ghetto story about true-life events of some Haitian deportees from Miami. I learned that Mecca was a Kreyol Rap artist and was pretty well known in the Haitian Rap Music scene. His flow reminded me of Nas and I loved how his team developed his sound taking popular American Hip Hop hits as Mecca rhymed over it.
I was memorized by his patriotism and for the first time, I could really connect with his movement. Later, I would realize that this global movement was the beginning of Haitian’s from throughout the Diaspora, which may have once denied their identity, removing their insecurity shell by being proud to be Haitian.
Today, Mecca aka Grimo is the co-founder of FePouLi.org, a youth mentorship organization based in Miami, FL that empowers Haitian kids to be proud of their identity. He also continues to rhyme and perform his poetry throughout the Florida region inspiring and enlightening the community about the Haitian culture.
“I wasn’t born in Haiti but Haiti was born in me.” – Meccaaka Grimo
Catch him in “La Belle Vie: TheGood Life,” coming soon!
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Director of La Belle Vie: The Good Life