A Hearty Start to Thanksgiving


By Nadege Fleurimond

This year instead of providing you the usual and traditional Thanksgiving fan fare, I challenge you to try this Haitian traditional dish called Tchaka. To call Tchaka chili is like slapping tchaka in the face. The depth and dimension is way beyond chili. It is the perfect Fall dish and combines two of Thanksgiving most popular ingredients, Squash and turkey. Instead of smoked turkey, often time, smoke pork bones are used as well.

Why is Cuba Spotless, While Haiti is Dirty?

Havana, Cuba Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Editor’s Note, this is the first of three-part series comparing Cuba with Haiti

HAVANA, Cuba – The first thing I noticed when I landed at the airport in Cuba is the ubiquity of the 1950s American-made cars. Then I quickly realized how clean the air and ocean is, and how the streets are void of trash. The place is spotless and even in the countryside, peasants have trash disposals to ensure that towns are not overran with garbage.

This is a far cry from Haiti, where soot, trash and a putrid smell hits you instantly. Cuba and Haiti share many similarities. Both countries have been the subject of punishing embargoes from the United States and Haitians have been moving to Cuba since the turn of last century, largely to work in the sugarcane fields throughout Cuba. The eastern province of Oriente, the heart of Afro Cuba culture is decidedly Haitian influenced.

OP-ED: Thanksgiving In Haiti


By Rachele Viard

While Thanksgiving isn’t my absolute favorite holiday, that title belongs to Christmas, it is definitely up there. And for me it’s all about spending time with family and taking time to be extra thankful for everything I’m fortunate enough to have. When I officially moved to Haiti in 2011, I continued with my mother the American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving, which in the states marks the historic meal between the newly-settled pilgrims and the Indians.

Figuring it out!

Haitian American Caucus open house, March 2015

By Samuel Pierre

When a Haitian American is born in the United States they are afforded opportunities that many others aren’t. You are now a United States citizen- your parents are not. You have access to some of the best schools in the world- your parents do not. You have the luxury of going to any place anywhere in the world with your US passport- your parents cannot. What do you do with all this power? How do you use it, for good or for evil? Many Haitian Americans do not realize that being born in America gives you a competitive edge to success.

Haitian American Kings of Comedy Comes To New York


Some of the Haitian American community’s top comedians are coming together this Sunday to bring you “Haitian-American Kings of Comedy” at New York’s SOB’s nightclub. The comedy showcase hosted by Comic View’s Kareem Green, will feature Vlad “Haitian V” Calixte, Jonas “Haitian Jonas” Jeannot and Mackenson Louis of Comedy Joy Ride.

CUNY Advocates for New Haitian Studies Institute

Photo credit: Stephanie Limage

By Maya Earls

Local professors and government officials are hammering out a spring proposal to create New York City’s first Haitian Studies Institute at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

If approved, the institute will house research and create opportunities to study many subjects important to the Haitian community. Brooklyn College President Karen Gould suggested the college’s borough, an area with the city’s largest concentration of Haitian descendants, as the future location. Like the Institute for Irish American Studies and Dominican Studies at CUNY, the new institute could provide education on the history of Haitian people and the identity of Haitians living in other countries.

Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bills Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws


By Vania Andre

A group of Republican lawmakers introduced a series of bills on Nov. 17 in Florida’s state legislature that would enforce federal immigration laws on the local level, and crack down on cities and counties that provide “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.

The term sanctuary city has been designated to local governments that do not enforce federal immigration laws and are considered “safe harbors” for undocumented immigrants.

Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis Hosts Fundraiser To Raise Money For Haiti School

Marc Baptiste and Jimmy Jean-Louis

By Fabiola Jean

Last month, actor and activist Jimmy Jean-Louis hosted a fundraiser at Brooklyn’s Milk River to raise money for Ecole Déléard, a school in Déléard Haiti that he founded in following the January 2010 earthquake.

With a theme of “Hollywood Unites For Haiti,” the night included performances by renowned artist, Emeline Michel, and Wanito. Some of the community’s biggest names came together to ensure the event was a success including, David Belle of Cine Institute, photographer Marc Baptiste and designers Ron-n-Ron. There was also a silent auction, where guests could bid on a dinner with Jean-Louis and various pieces of art.

‘Sweet Micky For President’ Documentary Hits Theaters In November

By Sherley Boursiquot

Sweet Micky For President documentary is based on Haiti’s 2010 presidential election which shows Pras Michel, Grammy award-winning rapper and founder of the hip-hop group, The Fugees, returning to his homeland (Haiti) after the devastating January 2010 earthquake — with a magnitude of 7.0 resulting in more than 300,000 deaths.  The country was in complete chaos after a quarter of a million homes were obliterated.  Pras, having no experience or money, helped mobilize a presidential campaign for the controversial famous musician: Michel Martelly aka “Sweet Micky,” which Haitians have had a love-and-hate relationship with over the years.1

Kenneth Cole Extends Partnership with Haitian Fashion Brand


A world-famous fashion designer and sustainable Haitian fashion brand continue to work together to end poverty.

Designer and activist Kenneth Cole has extended his company’s partnership with Deux mains designs, an environmentally friendly Haitian-led social enterprise that provides living-wage income for its sandal makers. Deux mains designs is partly supported by its non-profit counterpart REBUILD globally in Orlando, Florida. REBUILD globally provides marketing and sales support while also scaling the education and capacity-building community programs in Haiti. Its vision is to fight poverty through job creation for and empowerment of impoverished Haitian individuals.

Haiti Fashion Week Well Underway


By Rachele Viard

With the theme “Nourrir Haiti” (Feed Haiti), Haiti Fashion Week 2015 transformed Karibe Hotel this weekend into the place to be for Haitian designers and fashion lovers.

The fourth annual fashion event opened Thursday with a morning press conference followed by a pre-runway show introduction by guest-of-honor Stella Jean later that evening.

Haiti Election Results Spark Outrage


By Vania Andre

Outrage was sparked among some, after Haiti’s presidential election preliminary results were announced on Nov. 5. The top two finishers in the first round was PHTK’s Jovenel Moise, with 32 percent of the vote, and LAPEH’s Jude Celestin with 25 percent of the vote, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced at a press conference.

Haitian and Diaspora Politicians To Convene At Annual NAHP Conference


By Vania Andre

A host of ambassadors, ministers, elected officials and four former and current prime ministers are all convening next weekend at Florida International University for the fourth annual National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) conference. This year’s conference focuses on the “interrelated themes of advocacy, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.”

The three-day event, set to take place Nov. 12 – Nov. 14, will feature six panels ranging from investment opportunities in Haiti to women empowerment in Haiti’s business sector. Keynote speakers include, current Haiti Prime Minister Evans Paul, former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson of Florida’s 24th Congressional District, and Alcee L. Hastings, U.S. Representative for Florida’s 20th Congressional District, will be the conference’s special guests.