Concert Supports HIV/AIDS Testing Awareness

Pwojé SIDA helped raise awareness about HIV/AIDS testing by bringing people together for a concert.

By Wyatt Massey

Music can connect people from all walks of life and help spread messages, which is why Nick Cannell gathered prominent Haitian musicians for a concert to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Haiti.

Pwojè SIDA connected residents with free HIV tests, condoms, health information and referrals to medical professionals, said Cannell, executive director and co-founder of Konbit Mizik, a Haitian record label.

Pride vs. Confidence: What’s the Difference?


I was once told a story about a young man who was a first-year medical student. One weekend, he returned to his hometown to visit his father, who, due to unfortunate circumstances, was recently admitted to an institution. While there, the young man came across the people who were staying on his father’s floor. The…

You Are Not Your Job


A few days ago I was talking to a friend, who had moved down south to be closer to her family. I was checking to see if she was okay because I had heard news that Hurricane Matthew was not only ravaging certain areas in Haiti and Jamaica, but it was also making its way…

Caribbean Version of Vagina Monologues Highlights Domestic Violence In Haitian Community


By Fabienne Colas

Haiti is known for many things; for its food, its music, its art and its people, who stay continuously resilient in the face of political and socioeconomic turmoil. However one aspect of Haitian culture that is kept in the shadows, is the misogynic ideals that are interwoven in the culture, and rears itself in various forms of abuse against women.

Distance Learning and How It Helps You Achieve More


We’re seeing a positive trend of Haitians pursuing better careers and higher educations in recent years. The economy is supporting this new trend. It is also among the reasons why there are more Haitian workers across the United States, filling important positions in various fields and corporations. This trend is also followed by an increase…

Haitian Government Complicit in Large Death Tolls

After a week since the class four hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti, international aid organizations, Haitian governement agencies and residents alike work to repair the massive damage to the western town of Jeremie, Tuesday October 11, 2016.
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By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Haitians for the most part, explain their troubles, challenges and miseries as the will of God. You were in an accident; it was God’s will for you. You lost your job, you got it; God had a plan for you.

That is why we’re often described as resilient. After all, God is greater than man and his power omniscient. You cannot argue with God. Such fatalism does allow us to live under conditions that would create swift and immediate revolution just about in any other country.

The Final Push Toward The Presidential Elections In Haiti

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By Francois Pierre-Louis Jr. PhD Francois Pierre-Louis is an associate professor of political science at Queens College.  Haiti was scheduled to redo its failed presidential elections on Oct. 9; however, following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and the devastation it had on the country, the electoral governing body of Haiti has postponed the elections for…

Look Back to Move Ahead

Cindy Similien-Johnson standing in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, September 2016

I was given the opportunity to attend an event hosted by the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 29, 2016. While I was there, I decided to visit the newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Thankfully, I had a ticket. As…

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


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


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


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

Haitian migrants released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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


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


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


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

A Haitian dog stands injured, furless, and thin on Route National #1 near Arcahaire, Haiti.

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.