In 1996, the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR) held a weekend summit on the state of the community at New York University. The gathering brought together the luminaries of the community at that time. One moment that remained seared in my mind is of Netlyn Bernard Samedy closing the ceremony with these words: “We…
The Conversation by Garry Pierre-Pierre
About two decades ago, Canada rolled out a policy recruiting Haitian professionals providing them with legal status and a job. The Haitians were a get for Canada, which was trying to increase the number of Francophones in their midst. The Haitian Times wrote an editorial that while the policy was…Keep reading
A prominent physician and close friend of mine once tried to import Beck’s, the German beer, into Haiti. He failed miserably. Another wanted to bring low-cost batteries made in China to Haiti for sale. He was never able to get the batteries shipment out of Customs, let alone to sell…Keep reading
In 1991, Haitian Army General Raoul Cédras, Army Chief of Staff Philippe Biamby and Chief of the Haitian National Police Michel François led a bloody coup that toppled the democratically elected president Jean Bertrand Aristide. After protracted negotiations to return to democratic rule, the international community, led by the United…Keep reading
Garry Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer-prize winning, multimedia and entrepreneurial journalist. In 1999, he left the New York Times to launch the Haitian Times, a New York-based English-language publication serving the Haitian Diaspora. He is also the co-founder of the City University Graduate School of Journalism‘s Center for Community and Ethnic Media and a senior producer at CUNY TV.