If all goes as planned, Haiti, yes North America's Haiti, will become the latest member of the African Union sometime in January. Haiti and Africa share a sense of history, and African countries stepped up in the wake of Haiti's earthquake, which has led some to conclude the time is right to formalize their ties.
Homeless and getting around in make-shift wheelchairs, disabled by polio, the band members of Staff Benda Bilili defined down-on-their-luck. But in 2009, fame knocked on their doors. Since then, they've turned their lives upside down — and gone on a world tour, which brings them to the U.S. now.