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Florida Legislative Session Ends With No Anti-Immigrant Bills Passed
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Florida Legislative Session Ends With No Anti-Immigrant Bills Passed

TALLAHASSEE, FL– Florida’s legislative sessions came to an end as immigrant rights advocates celebrate the defeat of all anti-immigrant and anti-refugee bills proposed. The 2017 session marked one of the most aggressive sessions with nine Trump-Inspired bills, ranging from the criminalization of immigrants by raising the penalties solely based on the person’s immigration status, to…

Politics, South Florida

Haitian American Voters in Florida Not Impressed By Clinton’s Campaigning Efforts

By Carlotta Mohamed

Bastien said the fact that Trump came to Little Haiti in September is an important symbol in the community. She received phone calls about elderly Haitian Americans who are voting for Trump just because he came to Little Haiti. Meanwhile, Clinton hasn’t done enough to show that voices of Haitian Americans are important, and shouldn’t be taken for granted because they do matter.

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.

South Florida

Young Haitian Professionals Convene At Miami Fundraiser

Young Haitian professionals came together in Miami last Sunday to attend the 2nd Annual Standing with ECLAT fundraiser at Moca Café. The event, started with both the American and Haitian national anthems.International poets Angie Bell and Andre Fouad read poems, and guests were serenaded by singer Dayana. HMI stars Ritchie from Klass and Harmonik, were also in attendance.  Keynote…

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.

Haiti Cultural Center Celebrates Black History Month With Voodoo Symbol Exhibition
Arts & Culture, South Florida

Haiti Cultural Center Celebrates Black History Month With Voodoo Symbol Exhibition

In celebration of Black History Month, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), along with Lobey Art and Travel and Future Roots Collective, launched Symbols of Freedom: The Power of Revolution, an exhibition that explores the “significance of the Veve symbols” in the success of the Haitian Revolution.

The exhibition, which runs from Feb. 1 to Mar. 12, features works from Haitian visual artist Florestal Evens.

Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bills Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws
News, South Florida

Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bills Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws

By Vania Andre

A group of Republican lawmakers introduced a series of bills on Nov. 17 in Florida’s state legislature that would enforce federal immigration laws on the local level, and crack down on cities and counties that provide “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.

The term sanctuary city has been designated to local governments that do not enforce federal immigration laws and are considered “safe harbors” for undocumented immigrants.

Haitian and Diaspora Politicians To Convene At Annual NAHP Conference
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Haitian and Diaspora Politicians To Convene At Annual NAHP Conference

By Vania Andre

A host of ambassadors, ministers, elected officials and four former and current prime ministers are all convening next weekend at Florida International University for the fourth annual National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) conference. This year’s conference focuses on the “interrelated themes of advocacy, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.”

The three-day event, set to take place Nov. 12 – Nov. 14, will feature six panels ranging from investment opportunities in Haiti to women empowerment in Haiti’s business sector. Keynote speakers include, current Haiti Prime Minister Evans Paul, former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson of Florida’s 24th Congressional District, and Alcee L. Hastings, U.S. Representative for Florida’s 20th Congressional District, will be the conference’s special guests.

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