Teaching The Diaspora Creole One Word At A Time

Wynnie Lamour teaching her class for the Haitian Diaspora

By Joyann Jeffrey

For Christelle Hyppolite, learning to speak Creole connects her with a heritage she never quite understood.

At home I felt disconnected with my relatives, the 23-year-old says. Not being able to speak Creole had an isolating effect on me. So, in an effort to connect to her family and culture through language, Hyppolite enrolled in the Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York, an educational facility dedicated to teaching others Haitian Creole in the Two Moon Art and House Café in downtown Brooklyn.

Style File: Groomed For Success

Groomed Success board members Francois Jeanty (left) and Sam Pierre (right) with brunch guests.

By Melissa P. Bernier

There is something unexplainable and quite magical about a sharply dressed man. This man walks with a purpose, commands your attention and probably looks damn good doing it. Fashion is ruled by trends, but the one trend in menswear that has stood the test of time and remained constant is the well-tailored suit. More than just a look or a style, the suit is about an attitude and a way of being perceived. This rings true no more so than in the urban setting.

DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Program

Operation Unified Response

WASHINGTON—Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States.…

Haiti Installs Anti-Ebola Border Controls

ebola control

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – Haitian authorities announced sanitary border controls Thursday to prevent Ebola cases from entering and spreading in the desperately poor country already in the grips of a deadly cholera epidemic. The Ministry of Health stressed, however, that “no case of the virus has been detected or revealed so far” in Haiti. But…

Lamothe: No Need to Stretch Reality

Secretary Kerry With Haitian Prime Minister Lamothe 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., October 9, 2014. Lamothe was named innovative leader of the year for the in September. [State Department photo]

By Garry Pierre-Pierre

As we move toward the next presidential election, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has made his ambitions to succeed Martelly known. The former business associate of President Michel Martelly works hard to be a man of the people, all the while participating in photo ops where he’s seen hugging poor children and dancing with local peasant women – the sort of practices politicians of all stripes try to master.

The Duvaliers: The End of an Era


By Max A. Joseph
\Anecdotes about the Duvaliers range from the trivial to the far-fetched. From Baby Doc, a hopelessly poor student, given passing grades by frightened teachers wanting to avoid the wrath of his father, to Papa Doc destroying many of Haiti’s bridges to prevent his enemies from getting a foothold in the countryside, to the opponents of Papa Doc getting bathed in sulfuric acid, nothing fanciful was beyond the realm of their detractors’ imagination.