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Jimmy Jean-Louis Premieres New Movie In Miami
Arts & Culture, South Florida

Jimmy Jean-Louis Premieres New Movie In Miami

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.

Kreyolfest Celebrates Haitian Culture, Music and Food
Arts & Culture, New York

Kreyolfest Celebrates Haitian Culture, Music and Food

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.

A Conversation with Chef David Destinoble
Arts & Culture

A Conversation with Chef David Destinoble

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.

6 Events To Attend Celebrating Haitian Heritage
Arts & Culture, New York

6 Events To Attend Celebrating Haitian Heritage

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.

A Chilly Haitian Flag Day Parade in Boston
Arts & Culture, Boston

A Chilly Haitian Flag Day Parade in Boston

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.

New Music Mondays: “It’s Really Love” by Stichiz
Arts & Culture

New Music Mondays: “It’s Really Love” by Stichiz

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.

New Music Mondays: Soleil Laurent
Arts & Culture

New Music Mondays: Soleil Laurent

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.

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.

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