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Gary Victor and James Noël Invited to Participate in Festival America
Haitian writers Gary Victor and James Noel were invited to Festival America among 63 writers who submitted their work for consideration. The festival took place in Vincennes, Paris from September 23 to 26 and celebrated the work of North American writers, in a series of readings, workshops, panels, literary and arts events that informed delighted and empowered audiences of all ages. The weekend long festival highlighted the connection between East and West fusing communities in a celebration of books, music, and words.

Wyclef to run for Haiti President in 2015
Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean is likely to run for president in 2015, according to his newly website Faceaface.com. “I’m not a quitter, and the most important thing for me is, I think, to move Haiti forward, it’s going to take modern thinking. So, if all goes well, I plan to definitely come back in five years and give it another shot.” Wyclef said. Not satisfied with politics in Haiti, the artist wants to move to Haiti where he will come to the States from time to time, to be eligible and become president.

Brothers Posse Returns with a New Album after Six Years
Brothers Posse charmed their fans up for the release of a new album last Saturday in Haiti. They packed Club Bluetooth, in Carrefour to share with fans the complete official track listing for their new album “100 pou 100 Mizik”. Don Cato who possesses one of the most distinctive voices of his generation was awesome and had received standing ovation after each song performed. The band took six years to release a new album with twelve songs which are a mix of Roots, Rock, and Reggae.

Eva Longoria’s Twitter Auction Raises Over Half a Million Dollars for Haiti
A celebrity Twitter.com auction spearheaded by Eva Longoria Parker has raised over $540,000 for disabled children in Haiti. Stars offered to follow fans on Twitter and arranged one-of-a-kind meetings for the winning bidders, who offered up cash donations throughout last week. All funds raised from the auction event will go to www.ahomeinhaiti.org and will be used to rebuild The Miriam Center, which cares for children suffering from autism and cerebral palsy. Longoria is an active philanthropist who is also the spokesperson for PADRES, an organization which is committed to improve the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. She recently attended their annual gala at The Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, accompanied by a number of other Latin stars such as Demi Lovato, Eva La Rue, Wilmer Valderrama and George Lopez.

Radio Antilles International Turns 26
Twenty six years ago, on Sept 27 of 2004, Radio Antilles International went on the air in Port-au-Prince. Thousands of listeners and fans of the station came together to celebrate the 26th anniversary and reflecting on that entire project. During the past years, multiple outbreaks and political unrests have repeatedly destroyed the station facilities and antenna and forced the evacuation of its personnel. Director Jacques Sampeur said that he’s looking forward to modernize the radio, and bring the TV station to full operation.

Edwige Danticat’s New Children’s Book of Hope in Haiti’s Rubble
Nine months later, Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat has found a way to share the earthquake story with an audience that was largely affected by it – children. Danticat has written a children’s book about a 7-year-old boy named Junior who gets buried in the rubble of his Haitian home during the quake and is rescued eight days later. She tells radio station NPR’s Linda Wertheimer that she began writing the book titled ‘Eight Days, A Story of Haiti’ in an effort to explain the ordeal to her 5-year-old daughter. Danticat’s book opens with Junior’s rescue eight days after the earthquake, then goes on to describe what he did during his eight days in the rubble. He flies a kite with his best friend, Oscar, who was with him during the quake. He plays a game of marbles with neighborhood kids. But, of course, none of that actually happened.

Haitian Artist Jay B is Engaged
It was a shock to everybody who went to Jay B’s engagement in Jérémie, Haiti two weeks ago. The artist has announced that he will marry Djenika M. Verrier in December. “It just happened,” he told Showbiz.
“I am so excited. It happened in Jérémie and I want to share it with the world.”
The couple has yet to set a wedding date but according to sources it could be in December. Showbiz has learned that the artist’s wedding reception will take place at the French Embassy with lots of public figures.

Nephtalie Kettia Guillite Was Crown Miss Haiti Caraïbes Hibiscus
Nephtalie Kettia Guillite from Les Cayes beat out 50 other young girls to take the 2010 Miss Haiti Caraïbes Hibiscus crown, despite stumbling in her evening gown. Nephtalie won the pageant in Port-au-Prince after strutting confidently in her strapless gown. She said that her talent and her elegance gave her the title and that is what she will use to participate in Miss Caraïbes Hibiscus which will take place in November in Saint-Martin.

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
May. 05, 2012

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