In Sandra Jean Charite’s new book Broken Crayons Still Color: A Journey to Restoration, the author grapples with an increasingly secular world and her decision to leave the church and the journey back to God and Christianity. Broken Crayons Still Color is a collection of poems and stories written throughout the years about brokenness and restoration. Charite’s aim of the book is to show readers how growing closer to their faith can restore them from even the most shattering of setbacks.
By M. Skye Holly
In recent years, films like Think Like a Man and The Best Man franchises have struck a chord with black women all across America, and for good reason. Stories of successful black men and women are in demand on the big screen, especially by women of color who want to see more accurate representations of themselves. This week, Everything But a Man will join the fold, bringing an international touch to the conversation.
The Haitian Times will host their annual Kreyolfest, the largest Haitian organized event in the Northeast, on Father’s Day this year at Wingate Park.
Now in its 16th year, the daylong festival has become a longstanding summer tradition in the Haitian community. The festival features local artists, a music showcase with the top bands in the Haitian Music Industry, performers from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as local Haitian food specialties and arts / crafts.
Chef David Destinoble is one of the more prominent Haitian chefs in the industry. As one of the founders of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, Destinoble has been influential in bring Haitian cuisine to the forefront of the culinary arts industry. The Johnson and Wales trained chef boasts an impressive resume that includes personal chef to former Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe. Although he left Haiti at a young age, he was fortunate enough to have parents who kept him grounded in Haitian culture and food.
Celebrity Chef Ron Duprat sat down with Destinoble for a discussion on his background and Haitian cuisine.
By Tadia Toussaint
Anyone who walks into Katra Lounge on a Tuesday night will find the Boom Boom girls in their Haitian designers T-shirts serving everything from tassot koden (fried turkey) to the very popular griot ban-nann peze sandwich.
By Soraya Denis
Haitian Heritage Month celebration is an expansion of Haitian Flag Day (May 18), a patriotic day celebrating Haitian heritage and culture. Haitian Heritage Month was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998 and for the past 18 years since its inception it has been celebrated and recognized by Haitian Diaspora communities in Miami and New York.
By Gage Norris
On Sunday afternoon, Boston held its 16th annual Haitian American Unity Parade in honor of Haitian Flag Day. Filled with floats representing dozens of Boston-area churches, schools, music and dance groups, and political organizations, the parade stretched for a little over a mile on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, MA.
One on one conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist Garry Pierre-Pierre and Mambo Kerma Jean-Marie as they discusses how Haitian immigrants in Brooklyn are practicing their spirituality in their adopted homeland. They explore the African practice of Vodou that has remained a source of mystery and misunderstanding.
By Kathleen Leblanc
Imagine it’s a warm sunny day, you’re cruising down the highway with the wind blowing through your hair as you gaze out of the window while hand in hand with the love of your life. That’s what I feel when I listen to “It’s Really Love.” Stichiz had me bobbing my head from side to side once the beat dropped. This mixture of neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop and r&b was skillfully written and mixed.
By Maya Earls
At only 21 years old, Soleil Laurent embodies the phrase of being an old soul trapped in a young body. When she performs with her band Quantum Split, she is like a hair metal guitar soloist of the 1980s, leather pants and all. As a soloist, she is more subdued but her soulful voice and electric guitar hints at her power. Either way, Laurent is a versatile performer. Her biggest downfall may be that her music is hard to find.