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Haitian Labor Day Fest Returns for Another Year

On Sept. 2, Venus International Productions, Harmon Linder & Rogowsky, and Madame Gougouse hosted the annual Haitian Labor Day Festival on Sept. 2 at Eisenhower Park on Long Island.  For the first time in the festival’s history since its inception in 2012, the Haitian Labor Day festival featured a contest between the bands and performers with the winner took…

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Kreyol La Takes The Prize At Annual Haitian Labor Day Fest

On Sept. 2, Kreyol La won the first ever Haitian Labor Day Fest competition. Venus International Productions, Harmon Linder & Rogowsky, and Madame Gougouse hosted the annual musical showcase on Sept. 2 Eisenhower Park on Long Island. This was the first year the annual festival featured a contest between the bands and performers, where the winner took home $10,000.

Trump Administration Ends DACA: What Does This Mean For Haitians?
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Trump Administration Ends DACA: What Does This Mean For Haitians?

“Our first reaction was that this decision is a clear inclination of what’s to come for TPS,” said Francesca Menes, policy director for the Florida Immigration Coalition (FLIC). “We never thought [Trump] would be this crazy based on how many kids would be impacted.”

If they’re willing to pull the right for 800,000 people to live and work in this country, then “we know what the fate of TPS will be,” Menes said.

Emoticons Revolutionized with Latest Emoji App
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Emoticons Revolutionized with Latest Emoji App

By Vania Andre

Emojis are being taken to the next level by three Haitian Americans, with the latest evolution of the emoticon apps.

Lingoji, a new emoji app that interjects cultural sayings with expressive charactertures was developed by Patrice V. Gervais, David-Georges Renaud, and Gerald Brun.

Haitian Artist’s Work To Be Featured In Boston Street Piano Exhibition
Arts & Culture, Boston

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.

Ensuring a piece of the pie: Strengthening women economic opportunity in Haiti
Haiti, Women & Children

Ensuring a piece of the pie: Strengthening women economic opportunity in Haiti

By Vania Andre

Twenty-eight year old Vionise Fortuna used to make her living selling paper napkins and plastic cups to merchants near the Haitian-Dominican border. With little training and skills on hand to leverage, finding a secure job, in a male-dominated country with high rates of unemployment seemed impossible. However, one day her luck would change after being recommended to a program for vocational training for women in Haiti.

Haitian experience highlighted in Miami Book Fair
Arts & Culture, South Florida

Haitian experience highlighted in Miami Book Fair

By Vania Andre

This March, the annual Miami Book Fair is launching a series of events inspired by Edwidge Danticat’s “Brother, I’m Dying,” a novel that examines her family’s experience with immigration and life in a politically-troubled Haiti. The programs, which range from intimate conversations with journalists to movie screenings, are a part of The Big Read, a literary event sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts to celebrate reading and Haiti.

Haiti Cultural Center Celebrates Black History Month With Voodoo Symbol Exhibition
Arts & Culture, South Florida

Haiti Cultural Center Celebrates Black History Month With Voodoo Symbol Exhibition

In celebration of Black History Month, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), along with Lobey Art and Travel and Future Roots Collective, launched Symbols of Freedom: The Power of Revolution, an exhibition that explores the “significance of the Veve symbols” in the success of the Haitian Revolution.

The exhibition, which runs from Feb. 1 to Mar. 12, features works from Haitian visual artist Florestal Evens.

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