Kodak Black performs onstage at the Rolling Loud Festival at NOS Events Center on Dec. 16, 2017 in San Bernardino, Calif. Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

On a recent Friday afternoon in the Golden Acres community in Pompano Beach, Florida, resident Abdor Telsaint stood with a group of neighbors in a driveway, wearing a brown T-shirt with rapper Kodak Black’s face on it. Telsaint claims to have known the Haitian-American rapper, who grew up in Golden Acres, before the celebrity knew himself. 

With a mixture of pride and excitement, Telsaint’s voice rose while talking about Kapri’s donations to survivors of Haiti’s Aug. 14 earthquake, and to Golden Acres residents in the past.

“A young boy who they thought was going to struggle became a millionaire and now he’s bringing back,” said Telsaint, 37. “I congratulate them boys, it's good that they’re doing that for their culture, their family.”

To view the full story, please subscribe to The Haitian Times. You can choose a $60 Annual Subscription or a $5 Weekly Pass.

When you join The Haitian Times family, you’ll get unlimited digital access to high-quality journalism about Haiti and Haitians you won’t get anywhere else. We’ve been at this for 20 years and pride ourselves on representing you, our diaspora experience and a holistic view of Haiti that larger media doesn’t show you. 

Join now or renew to get:
— Instant access to one-of-kind stories and special reports 
— Local news from our communities (especially New York and Florida)
— Profiles of Haitians at the top of their fields
— Downloadable lists and resources about Haitian culture 
— Membership merch, perks and special invitations 

First-time subscribers also receive a special welcome gift handmade in Haiti by expert artisans! Do it for the culture and support Black-owned businesses.

If you’re seeing this message but you’re already a subscriber, you can log in for immediate access to this story.

Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.