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Economic Empowerment: Take Control of Your Finances
Ayiti Chic, Columns

Economic Empowerment: Take Control of Your Finances

What affects every aspect of a person’s life – from education to health, from career to relationships? It’s only one word, and two syllables – money. When the topic of money is presented, temperatures arise, pulse rates increase, and people shift in their seats. The subject causes discomfort for most individuals. They never have enough…

Transformation Begins With You
Ayiti Chic, Columns

Transformation Begins With You

Part Two Transformation truly begins with you. In my last article, “Transformation Begins With You, Part One,” I discussed the importance of knowing who you are. As you gain a better understanding of who you are, what you do, and where you are going, you can effectively bring the changes you wish to see in…

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
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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
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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?
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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.'”

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