Cindy Similien-Johnson

Discover Your Purpose: Use What You Have
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Discover Your Purpose: Use What You Have

I had the great honor of meeting the legendary and international Haitian Singer/Superstar, Emeline Michel, at the “Voices from Haiti: Artists as Activists” Panel Discussion on Thursday, March 2, 2017. It was hosted by CUNY Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College. I came across the event through social media, and I decided to go because…

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How to Maintain Financial Integrity

Are you guilty of dipping into your savings account to purchase shoes and clothes which are “on sale”? Or, do you find yourself borrowing money and never paying it back? You’re not the only one. Thousands of people across the nation compromise their financial integrity. They do it every month when they don’t pay the…

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Transformation Begins With You

Part One There’s this meme I saw the other day. It was an image of a Black woman, and at the top of the picture was the question, “What’s your talent?” The answer was written at the bottom in bold letters: “I am Black.” It is humorous; however, being Black wherever you are in the…

Help! I’m Always Broke
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Help! I’m Always Broke

“Can you cover for me?” Do you always find yourself asking your friends this question whenever you’re at a restaurant? It’s one of the most humiliating and shameful experiences. You just got your paycheck on Friday, and it’s already gone. You are a responsible person, but you just can’t get your finances together. How do you…

Accept the Truth: It’s Over
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Accept the Truth: It’s Over

The end of a matter is better than its beginning… -Ecclesiastes 7:8 Sometimes, it’s hard to accept when a relationship is over. If it came with or without notice, you will find yourself in the middle of an emotional storm or wilderness. In the midst of the storm, God is there to catch you when…

Say What You Mean
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Say What You Mean

Collaboration is defined as “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” It’s a great skill to have no matter whomever you come across on the spectrum of relationships. What kind of relationship do you want to create with someone? There are certain actions which need to be in your toolbox, and one of…

What Will You Be Known For?
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What Will You Be Known For?

For the first time in more than 20 years, I visited Haiti for four days (Thursday, June 9, 2016-Sunday, 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…

Show Me the Money
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Show Me the Money

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.'”

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

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…

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