How I Discovered Haiti Through Rice and Sauce Pois Vert

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By Peter Rajchert

One of my favorite comfort meals is rice with sauce pois vert. I learned about this magnificent dish from the woman who would become my mother-in-law at the Haitian parties that she and my girlfriend Sandra’s father organized in the basement of St. Louis de France Parish in northern Toronto. They raised funds for an orphanage in Haiti through the parties. Local Haitian families would prepare chicken, salads, griot and other dishes in huge quantities and bring them to St. Louis on aluminum trays.

I Am in a Relationship… With Myself

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During moments of boredom, I would reach for my phone to check if I have any unanswered emails, or log onto Facebook. The posts made by friends and acquaintances almost always provide entertainment, insight, and/or intrigue. Babies are being born. People are getting married (or breaking up). Goal setters are achieving while haters are not…

Understand the Value of Money

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By Cindy S. Johnson

What does money mean to you? For some people, they need more of it. Others can’t have enough of it. Those without it equate money with happiness. We all know that there’s more to life than the amount of money in our bank accounts.

Let’s get Voting

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By Cameron Pierre-Pierre

In America, we are taught about how sacred of a right voting is. From the Women’s Rights movement of Susan B. Anthony to the Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King Jr., the importance of voting is instilled in us from a young age. It is frankly the best way for us to express ourselves in a political system that is dominated by the wealthy and powerful. With all of that said, there are a few problems with what I will call our “Voting Culture.”

Haitian Labor Day Fest Returns To Eisenhower Park

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By Vania Andre

The annual Haitian Labor Day Fest returned to Long Island’s Eisenhower Park on Saturday with a line up boasting virtually every top act in the Haitian Music Industry (HMI). After a hiatus last year, festival organizer Urbain Richard, CEO of VenusInt’l Productions (VIP) vowed to bring the annual music showcase back “bigger than ever.”

Haitian Studies Institute Finds a Home at CUNY’s Brooklyn College

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By M. Skye Holly

BROOKLYN, NY– On Aug. 24, a press conference was held on the courtyard of the Brooklyn College Library to officially recognize the establishment of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Haitian Studies Institute. The Haitian Studies Institute (HSI) is a CUNY-wide research institute that will be permanently housed at Brooklyn College; it plans on becoming a leading institute on Haitian Studies within New York State and throughout the Haitian Diaspora.

Mikaben Signs To Warner Music France

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Haitian Music Industry (HMI) star Michael “Mikaben” Benjamin signed a licensing and distribution agreement with Warner Music France earlier this month. Warner Music signed him under their Caribbean Pop division, and is entering the international market with the single, “Ti Pam Nan.” Released in Haiti in December 2014, the single, which is a collaboration between Benjamin and recording artist J. Perry, officially launched in Europe on July 29,

San Diego Church Working to Transition Thousands of Haitian Migrants Fleeing Brazil

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By Gage Norris

SAN DIEGO, CA — Right now, the Haitian Methodist Church of San Diego is overwhelmed.

For the past four months, church members and members of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, a collective of community leaders working to help the Haitian community and recent migrants to the U.S., have been facilitating the arrival of massive numbers of Haitians fleeing Brazil seeking a better life. They have received over 2,000 migrants so far, and expect nearly three times that number in the coming months.

Haitian Artist’s Work To Be Featured In Boston Street Piano Exhibition

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By Vania Andre

BOSTON, MA –Mattapan native, Marjorie Saintil-Belizaire, was selected to participate in Play Me, I’m Yours, Luke Jerram’s popular public art installation that is making its return visit to Boston this fall, courtesy of Celebrity Series of Boston. The Haitian-American artist is one of sixty artists that were selected to have their work featured in the public art installation.

Rebuilding The Haitian State Necessitates A New Political System

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By Max A. Joseph Jr.

It is becoming obvious that each passing day, and each politically-related scandal in Haiti makes the case for a thorough reorganization of the Haitian state which, under the existing environment, seems incapable of fulfilling its basic responsibilities. Indeed, the state’s overreliance on foreign assistance, its inability to organize well-timed and credible elections, the weakness of its institutions and endemic corruption are evidence that the present structure is defective and could never work. Can the Haitian people afford to stay the course and await a miracle?

US Senator Partners With Haiti Nonprofit for 6th Annual Arts and Music Festival

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BROOKLYN, NY – New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton partnered with Light the World Foundation on July 9 to for the 6th Annual Arts and Music Festival in Brooklyn.

Light the World Foundation’s annual concerts have become an integral part of Brooklyn’s summer festivities and a staple in the Haitian Community, bringing together a range of gospel music and expressive art. Proceeds from the festival will go towards the foundations’ two signature programs; the Mentorship Program that provides participants with practical life skills and tools that are usually not taught as a part of their academic curriculum; and, scholarship programs that are offered both in Haiti and in the United States. The scholarships are awarded based on merit as measured by financial need, academic performance, and extracurricular activities.

Haiti: Dog Eat Dog World

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By: Tadia Toussaint

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – Dogs are everywhere in Haiti: under parked cars, dead on the roadside, roaming the streets. Not only are they everywhere but they’re hungry. You find dogs climbing the piles of trash on the street corners with their noses buried looking for just about anything to relieve their hunger.

Is this Really Happening?

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At some point this autumn, the two newly-crowned presidential nominees will debate each other on national television. Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump live. It will be like no other debate anyone has ever seen. Actually, that’s not true. It will probably go along the lines of all of the primary debates this year. Moderator asks…

Rio Olympics Games 2016 : Men’s Basketball Tournament

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By Laurent-Jude Boisrond-Canal

There will be roughly 10,500 athletes from 206 countries, participating in 28 sports, 42 disciplines, and 306 events over the course of 21 days during the Rio Olympics Games. These Olympic games will be the first held in South America, and only the third time the games will be played in the southern hemisphere after Melbourne’s 1956 games and Sydney’s 2000 Olympic games. Rio was selected over Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago.

Help! I’m Always Broke

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“Can you cover for me?” Do you always find yourself asking your friends this question whenever you’re at a restaurant? It’s one of the most humiliating and shameful experiences. You just got your paycheck on Friday, and it’s already gone. You are a responsible person, but you just can’t get your finances together. How do you…

Accept the Truth: It’s Over

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The end of a matter is better than its beginning… -Ecclesiastes 7:8 Sometimes, it’s hard to accept when a relationship is over. If it came with or without notice, you will find yourself in the middle of an emotional storm or wilderness. In the midst of the storm, God is there to catch you when…