LA Fashion Week Features Haitian Brand, LeVenity

Fall 2014

Meet Brooklyn bred, Texas living, LA bound, Haitian-American designer Venny Etienne.  Etienne is the designer extraordinaire behind LeVenity whose SS16 line will be featured this Friday at LA Fashion week.  Q&A Haitian Times Style: How long have you been designing clothes? Venny Etienne: I have been designing for about 5 years now. HTS: What does the name LeVenity…

Project Runway’s Haitian Designer, Merline Labissiere, Makes Top 6!


Project Runway’s 14th season is winding down from 16 designers to just six and Haitian-American designer, Merline Labissiere, is among the top contenders.  With a dual degree in architecture and fashion design, Labissiere continues to push the envelope by combing the two and splashing it with some Haitian-influenced colors. However, that’s not all she’s got up her…

Designer Vicki Sylvain Wins First Ever PowerUp Kreyol Business Plan Competition


The PowerUp! Kreyol Business Plan Competition announced it’s first ever winner on Monday, Sept. 28 and she’s from the fashion world!. Vicki Sylvain, designer of the Shoe-B, snagged the $5,000 grand prize followed by 2nd and 3rd place winners Nathalie Guillaume of Healing Happy Hour, and Hardy Hyppolite of Kreyol Kwizin. Sylvain was one out of 14 contestants vying for the prize.

Haiti Cultural Exchange Kicks Off Fall Series “Revolisyon”


By Tadia Toussaint

It’s no new fact that the Haitian Revolution is a historical event that not just Haitians, but many people of color are truly proud of and grateful for. It led the Western hemisphere to a time of change where suppressed groups, mainly Africans, started movements seeking freedom.

The Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX), a nonprofit aimed at preserving Haitian culture through education, arts and public affairs, launched their Fall/Winter program titled “Revolisyon” with a kickoff event at the Brooklyn Public Library, featuring an open reading by Haitian-author Gina Ulysse.

State Senate Candidate Samuel Pierre Steps Down In November Special Election

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By Sherley Boursiquort

Brooklyn Democratic operative Samuel Pierre is dropping out of November’s special election, where he was looking to fill convicted ex-state Sen. John Sampson Senate seat.

“I plan to withdraw my campaign for the special election this November, however I am currently speaking to my family, supporters and friends to see what the best course of action will be for my future as a public servant,” Pierre said.

Earlier this month, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, accused the Kings County Democratic Party of spreading misinformation about Pierre’s 2013 misdemeanor conviction.

Haitian Times Partners With City Tech To Present First Annual NYC Caribbean Food Festival

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Haitian Times has partnered with New York City College of Technology to present the first annual NYC Caribbean Food Festival, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 17.

“New York is in the middle of a Caribbean renaissance,” festival organizer Garry Pierre-Pierre said. “There’s a wealth of restaurants and businesses emerging out of the area that we’d like to put a spotlight on.”

Haiti Border Crisis Grows As Dominican Republic Expels ‘Migrants’

A man ties sticks to build a makeshift tent at a refugee camp for Haitians returning from the Dominican Republic on the outskirts of Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti, September 7, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Every morning, Gustavo Adolfo wakes up in a migrant shelter in Haiti, treks across a field of burnt brush where men make charcoal, and crosses a river into the Dominican Republic, a country he left in fear three months ago.

With a machete strapped to his waist, Adolfo is joined by others each day in a desperate effort to make a living. They cross the border into the wealthier Dominican Republic under constant threat of arrest or expulsion.

“I can make 200 pesos ($4.50) a day working in the fields there,” said the middle-aged Haitian as he swatted away a swarm of mosquitoes.

With a machete strapped to his waist, Adolfo is joined by others each day in a desperate effort to make a living. They cross the border into the wealthier Dominican Republic under constant threat of arrest or expulsion.

Illusion Of Control: The Fault Line Of The Occupation


By Max A. Joseph

The quest for absolute power has always played a significant role in the decline or demise of empires, as it encourages rulers to march to the sound of their own drumbeats, irrespective of the realities challenging their thirst. Such strategy inevitably creates an “illusion of control,” which leads to often repeated mistakes that progressively erode these rulers’ credibility — the somewhat indispensable component of great power authority. Haiti, which singlehandedly planted the seeds for the eventual destruction of slavery in the nineteenth century, remains by far the most prominent victim of this harmful form of human interaction. As expected, the ramifications are catastrophic for the Haitian people, whose own quest for stability and development is held hostage by this geopolitical folly.

Trilogy: L’esprit, Souke, and Annatations


By Sherley Boursiquot

On Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0, killing more than 300,000 people. The earthquake not only obliterated a quarter of a million homes but thirty thousand more buildings collapsed, including the presidential palace, the National Assembly, and the local United Nations headquarters.

In commemoration of the earthquake, Haitian-born choreographer Gaspard Louis created a tribute titled Trilogy: L’esprit, Souke, and Annatations.

Trilogy: L’esprit, Souke, and Annatations is my way of showcasing what took place in Haiti, Louis said. Louis and his dance company Gaspard & Dancers are performing the trilogy in New York City on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at Pace University.

OAS To Meet With Haiti Officials In Support Of October Vote

Haiti unveils cabinet to fill political vacuum

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Organization of American States said Monday that a top representative will hold high-level meetings with Haitian officials to support next month’s scheduled first round of presidential voting and the second round of regional elections. The OAS said it backs holding the first round of presidential elections on Oct. 25, when…

IMF Says Haiti Facing ‘Challenging Times’


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says economic growth in Haiti is expected to be within the one to two per cent range as the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country seeks to implement an economic programme “in challenging circumstances”. An IMF mission, headed by W Christopher Walker, has just ended a one…