“Changing the culture of museums and changing how people are treated in museums [and] changing who we feel like museums belong to and what kind of stories they’re supposed to archive and collect,” said Haitian-American Kantara Souffrant, curator of community dialogue at the Milwaukee Museum of Art.
Joseph “SeJoe” Ducasse has landed an Amazon Prime stand-up special, “SeJoe: Nou Chaje ak Pwoblem” (SeJoe: We’re Full of Problems). In the one-hour show, released in October, Ducasse riffs about an array of Haitian and Haitian-American experiences — including political instability, kidnapping, parents not conversing enough with their children and so on.
Growing up in Queens Village during the 1980s and 1990s, Valerie Cartright took careful note of the questions arising in the Haitian and larger Black communities: Questions, for instance, on their property rights when dealing with law enforcement.
Haitian-American journalist Marjorie Valbrun is accustomed to accolades, having worked at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She was named managing editor at Inside Higher Ed in October.
Frontus, whose district encompasses Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Coney Island, has developed a strong rapport with many community members through a range of programs she launched. A former social worker and community organizer, Frontus’ food drives during the pandemic are just one program constituents see as her way of putting their needs first.
Bazile’s confirmation makes him the fourth Haitian-American district leader for the Kings County Democratic Party, which has 42 district leaders in all. Bazile, who resides in the Williamsburg neighborhood where he grew up, joins Party Chair and District 42 Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, male District 42 Leader Josue Pierre and male District 43 Leader Edu Hermelyn.
Pursuing a career in business eventually led Enis to One Hundred Black Men, which he joined 18 years ago. After serving as a committee chair, treasurer and first vice president of the national organization’s founding chapter in New York, Enis became its 11th president in November.
As a council member and second vice president in Irvington, Frederic now spends much of her time educating Haitian-Americans in Irvington about resources available. She also teaches city officials about the needs and power of her vibrant community.
The laureate of the 2005 Pere Pierre Ridgway High School’s ninth grade state exams didn’t fail to exceed expectations. Zimaco Merizier started the highly-acclaimed clothing brand that creates clothing from Haiti’s flag, Trillionaire Mind Media Group (TMMG).
Solages, the first Haitian-American to represent Long Island in the Assembly, serves Elmont, Valley Stream, Floral Park, Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, North Woodmere, Stewart Manor and sections of Franklin Square. Since winning the 2012 election, Solages has written and introduced many bills in Albany. She has also become a visible leader to members of her district.