What Will You Be Known For?

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For the first time in more than 20 years, I visited Haiti for four days (Thursday, June 9, 2016-Saturday, June 12, 2016). The last time I stepped foot on the country I was about 6 years old. I had always wanted to go back to Haiti, but I lived vicariously through the media, books, and…

History, Race, and Civilizations

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By Max A. Joseph Jr.

History, as I understand it, consists of unmitigated facts. Though these facts can be manipulated or distorted for sinister purposes, history is not a speculative discipline as some people, every so often, mistakenly presume and demagogue scholars would want it to be. Having been on the short end of history’s greatest, most assertive and expansive civilization may have caused some lasting damage to the consciousness of Afrocentrists, whose romanticized version of history is harming the black race, given that the wrong premise inevitably engenders an erroneous conclusion.

Jimmy Jean-Louis Premieres New Movie In Miami

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By M. Skye Holly

In recent years, films like Think Like a Man and The Best Man franchises have struck a chord with black women all across America, and for good reason. Stories of successful black men and women are in demand on the big screen, especially by women of color who want to see more accurate representations of themselves. This week, Everything But a Man will join the fold, bringing an international touch to the conversation.

Ecuador Beat Haiti 4-0 At Copa Match

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Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Enner Valencia scored and had two assists to help Ecuador beat Haiti 4-0 on Sunday night and advance to the Copa America quarterfinals for the first time since 1997. Ecuador (1-0-2), which locked up second in Group B play, will play Group A winner United States…

Kreyolfest Celebrates Haitian Culture, Music and Food

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The Haitian Times will host their annual Kreyolfest, the largest Haitian organized event in the Northeast, on Father’s Day this year at Wingate Park.
Now in its 16th year, the daylong festival has become a longstanding summer tradition in the Haitian community. The festival features local artists, a music showcase with the top bands in the Haitian Music Industry, performers from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as local Haitian food specialties and arts / crafts.

Show Me the Money

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By Cindy Similien-Johnson

There’s a meme/photo that’s viral on social media, and every person of Haitian descent may have already posted it on their Facebook Page. It’s a picture of a hand stuffing a thick wad of dollar bills into his pocket, and the caption reads: “Haitian parents be like ‘Mwen Pa Gen Kob.'” When translated into English, it means “Haitian parents be like ‘I don’t have any money.'”

From Starvation to Stardom: Chef Ron Duprat is determined to Give Back

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By Ron Duprat

If it seems like I’m egocentric or boosting with braggadocio, I am far from it. There’s a mission, a purpose behind my boundless ambition–I want to give back. I can still remember cooking with my grandmother in Haiti. We cooked the fish we caught and used fresh produce from my father’s garden. I learned at a small age to live and eat well on a small budget.

Diverting An Impending Disaster

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By Garry Pierre-Pierre

In 2003 I watched in absolute horror as my colleagues and friends in the mainstream media beat a constant drumroll urging the country to go to war with Iraq. The reports were largely based on false information and at times fabrications. But Saddam Hussein was no angel, and few, if any reporters, felt compelled to buck the anti-Hussein mob.

The Tears Of A Young Cynic

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By Cameron Pierre-Pierre

For those of you that don’t know me personally, I am currently 22 years old. Four years ago, when I was 18, I had my first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. I took that opportunity to vote for, and help reelect President Barack Obama. I was apathetic. My apathy didn’t stem from dislike towards the president. I personally think he is a good man who has done the best with what he has had to work with. My lack of enthusiasm stemmed from the fact that I had accepted that nothing would ever change and that my vote was basically irrelevant. I am a lot more cynical than most people my age.

Love Is In The Air: 5 Tips for a Great Marriage

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June marks the beginning of the wedding season. Social media accounts will be inundated with pictures of engagements, bridal showers, and weddings. The top three celebrations in the Haitian culture are baptisms, communions, and weddings. Weddings are a big deal to every woman who daydreamed about her Prince Charming since her Catholic grade school days. She…