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,
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.
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.
Broken Crayons Still Color: Uplifting, Empowering New Book Takes Readers on Faith-Based “Journey to Restoration”
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.