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The Life and Times of William de Fleurville, Barber and Businessman (1807-1868)

It’s time for another episode of Kreyolicious History 101…in which curious facts about Haiti and History are presented. Did you know that a Haitian man by the name of William de Fleurville was the personal barber and confidant to future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln? William de Fleurville was born in...

An Interview With Jean-Michel Daudier, A Haitian Music Pioneer

For a time in the 1980s, singer-songwriter-composer Jean-Michel Daudier was what Marvin Gaye and Bob Dylan were in the 1960s, a sort of father of the Haitian peaceful protest song. “Solèy”, a song that he wrote to lament the closing of a popular radio became an influential hit. Listening...

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin: An Interview with the Multifaceted Artist

The hyphenated word multi-faceted was made for people like Michèle Voltaire Marcelin. Voltaire-Marcelin has written short stories, as in the short narratives that have been highly anthologized. And then there are the paintings that have been exhibited everywhere from Port-au-Prince to D.C. to New York. The acting bug bites...

International Action: Bringing Clean Water to Haiti’s Communities

It’s known as Dlo Pwòp in Haiti and is unofficially known as Haiti Water, but International Action—isn’t merely an organization that operates in Haiti to bring clean water to communities in Haiti. It is also involved in other projects, like encouraging the use of solar lighting (about 10 have...

Corhinn Brunot: An Interview with the Broadcasting Maven

Fans who followed petite broadcaster Corhinn Brunot once looked forward to hearing the vivacious voice on the Radio Mega radio station show “Chit Chat With Corhinn”. When Brunot’s unique style earned her a TV show—Chit Chat With Corhinn Unplugged—loyal viewers got served with a bit of classy sass. The...

NAHP-The National Association of Haitian Professionals, Inc-Helping Advance the Careers of Haitian Professionals

Are you a young Haitian professional, fresh out of college, and not knowing north from south on your career compass? Or are you a seasoned professional worker, looking for other opportunities to further your career? Newly come from Haiti with a professional degree, and not yet equipped with a...

Perle Hospitality or How Two Female Entrepreneurs Are Planning to Revamp Haiti’s Hospitality Industry

Photo: Martine Stephenson (standing) and Gabrielle Rigaud (sitting) are the masterminds behind Perle Hospitality. Haiti’s hospitality and tourism industry will be flourishing if Martine Stephenson and Gabrielle Rigaud have the last word. Stephenson and Rigaud have teamed up to create Perle Hospitality, a venture in which they are placing...

Jacqueline Turian Cardozo (1929-2004), Educator and Creator of Ti Malice au Pays des Lettres

Chapo Ba…in which we pay tribute to someone who has made a significant impact on Haitian culture. Jacqueline Turian Cardozo is so associated with the children’s literacy book Ti Malice au pays des lettres, that many aren’t even aware that she’s written several other books mainly Le petit marchand de...

Francie Latour on Haitian-American Identity, Culture and Biculturalism

When most people meet Francie Latour, they’re probably surprised to learn that she only has two hands. After all, she is a journalist, a writer, a blogger, a mom and a wife who is raising three biracial children in New England. Latour has also worked as an editor for...

Friends of Haiti: Be Like Brit or How a Couple Are Using The Biggest Tragedy of Their Lives To Do Good

On the road to healing: Cherylann and Len Gengel at a presentation, showing the public the plans for the Be Like Brit Orphanage. . The earth shook in Haiti on January 12, 2010. So did the world of Cherylann Gengel and Len Gengel, a couple based in Boston, whose...