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Ayiti Chic, Columns

Look Back to Move Ahead

I was given the opportunity to attend an event hosted by the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 29, 2016. While I was there, I decided to visit the newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Thankfully, I had a ticket. As…

Rebuilding The Haitian State Necessitates A New Political System
Columns, Under the Radar

Rebuilding The Haitian State Necessitates A New Political System

By Max A. Joseph Jr.

It is becoming obvious that each passing day, and each politically-related scandal in Haiti makes the case for a thorough reorganization of the Haitian state which, under the existing environment, seems incapable of fulfilling its basic responsibilities. Indeed, the state’s overreliance on foreign assistance, its inability to organize well-timed and credible elections, the weakness of its institutions and endemic corruption are evidence that the present structure is defective and could never work. Can the Haitian people afford to stay the course and await a miracle?

Help! I’m Always Broke
Ayiti Chic, Columns

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
Ayiti Chic, Columns, Uncategorized

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…

What Will You Be Known For?
Ayiti Chic, Columns, Uncategorized

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
Ayiti Chic, Columns

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
Ayiti Chic, Columns

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…

Whatever, Lyzz: Back in my days….What!
Columns, Whatever Lyzz

Whatever, Lyzz: Back in my days….What!

By Lyzz Repa

Growing up I must have heard “Back in my days” or “when I was growing up” at least three times a week. If it wasn’t my mother it was some random lady to a child. It was said so often that at times you could sense it coming and say it before a single word could be muttered. But the truth is, no matter how many times it was said – it didn’t make any sense whatsoever. Listening to my mom talk about how the train was only a token back when she was a youngster was irrelevant to me.

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