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2021 NYC Council elections: 12 Haitian-American candidates running citywide

Jan. 12, 2021 - The contentious 2020 national election cycle is still in the throes of a spectacular, now violent, end. But already, another political fight is kicking off in New York City. Candidates are campaigning in what will most certainly be a busy New York City council election season — with 51 seats up for grabs and ranked-choice voting taking place for the first time — plus the selection of a new mayor.

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Support small businesses, buy local this holiday season

Dec. 03, 2020 - Let's make the holidays about small business. Nearly one-third of small businesses in New York haven’t reopened their doors since March. Those that remain open have taken huge financial hits and are fighting for survival. This season, help support the businesses that shape our communities by buying a portion of your gifts locally.

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Why is N-word a slur in English, but “nègre” is ok in French?

Nov. 13, 2020 - Césaire, Senghor and Damas were also influenced by the Haitian ethnologist Jean Price-Mars, who also developed the concept of Indigenism. Thus, Césaire considered Haiti the place "where négritude stood up for the first time" as the first black independent nation. As a result, the word "nègre" tends to be more accepted in French and has about one century of historical use in the literature, although it is still not mainstream.

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An Open Letter to New York City and State Leaders

Dec. 10, 2020 - As we move into a new year and get ready for the 2021 municipal elections, it’s time to build on the remarkable progress made by the de Blasio administration to allocate at least 50 percent of the total print and digital ad budgets to the local community media.

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PHTK: Rulers of a smoke-and-mirrors democracy

Jan. 11, 2021 - False truths and pretenses mark the reign of PHTK. Instead of solving the Haitian problem, their public policies vex good sense, provoke the opposition, isolate consensus, damage democracy. They turn the system into selfish governance and the economy into a gallery of unachievable hopes.

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Introducing…Bitcoin, Crypto and Tech

Jan. 05, 2021 - Automation and the fusion of technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics and others have propelled society - a reboot of sorts. The COVID-19 pandemic also accelerated this paradigm shift. Yet, key segments of the global population are not prepared to keep pace or take advantage of the possibilities ahead. Which makes this column that much timelier and more relevant.

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Grand Army’s Odley Jean on Playing Dominique in Netflix’s New Show

Nov. 23, 2020 - Oddly’s character Dominique is a high school upperclassman trying to balance her school work, social life, and obligations at home. A first-generation daughter of a single Haitian mother, Dominique helps care for her niece and nephew while simultaneously trying to keep her spot on the school’s basketball team, spend time with her boyfriend, hang out with friend, and land a meaningful internship. Out of all the characters, Dominique has the most going on — and it weighs on her.

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