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Jovenel Moise to seek another 12 months TPS extension for Haitians

Jovenel Moise to seek another 12 months TPS extension for Haitians

Here is a picture of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and his wife Martine Marie Etienne Joseph in Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami during his first visit as president - Friday, June 16, 2017.

According to President Jovenel Moise: "We know an extension will terminate the 22nd of January 2018. But we are already prepared to seek another 12 months," he said. "I'm telling everyone who has TPS, calm down; know that you have a president who is working for you today."

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Little Haiti Cultural Center and Manager Sandy Dorsainvil

Little Haiti Cultural Center and Manager Sandy Dorsainvil

Here is a picture of Little haiti Cultural Center Manager Sandy Dorsainvil.

Sandy Dorsainvil, the manager of Miami's Little Haiti Cultural Center was abruptly fired on Monday, April 4, 2016 without any explanation. Her supporters said she was blindsided. Her removal caused an uproar among her supporters and the Little Haiti community came out in full force on Thursday, May 7th, to protest her illegal dismiss and demanded answers as to why their beloved community leader was fired. She was very popular for her phenomenal contribution since November 2012 and she was fired without any reason. As per Sandy's statement, she was at the city facility at 212 NE 59th Terrace around 2 p.m. when two city employees showed up with a termination letter signed by City Manager Daniel Alfonso. She was not given any explanation or notice for expulsion, but was given few minutes time to clear her belongings from her office and leave. In a statement, the City Manager Daniel Alfonso simply described her firing as an "ongoing review" and declined for detail discussion. Under her tenure, the center hosted art and educational programs and regular community gatherings and celebrations. Sandy was working with the Miami Foundation to establish an endowment for the center. She used to oversee the Caribbean Market Place which is a replica of the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince and side by side, she worked with the Rhythm Foundation to pull off one of the City's best block party/festivals, Big Night in Little Haiti. Her supporters packed the commission chambers on Thursday, demanding her reinstatement.

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Jacqueline Charles honored at International Women's Brunch, Little Haiti

Jacqueline Charles honored at International Women's Brunch, Little Haiti

Here is a picture of a plate created by a Haitian artist which was handed to Miami Herald Journalist Jacqueline Charles. She is being honored at International Women's Brunch, Little Haiti on March 26, 2016 on the occasion o Women's History Month,

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, on the occasion of Women's History Month, the Miami Herald Journalist Jacqueline Charles was honored at International Women's Brunch at Little Haiti. It was a celebration of individual excellence and community collaboration hosted by the Little Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC). Jacqueline Charles is an award winning foreign correspondent from Miami Herald covering Haiti. She is one of the co-founders of the Carolina Association of Black Journalists. She was named "the 2011 Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Jacqueline co-produced the 2011 Regional Emmy Award winning documentary on Haiti, titled "Nou Bouke."

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Moloskot back in Miami, Little Haiti Cultural Center, March 2016

Moloskot back in Miami, Little Haiti Cultural Center, March 2016

Here is a picture of Moloskot in Miami at Little Haiti Cultural Center in March 2016 during a presentation of Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise.

The radio host Laventure Ernest Edouard is better known by the name Moloskot. In May 2013, this acolyte of former Haitian President Martelly was accused by the director of the General Administration of Customs (GAC), Fresnel Jean-Baptiste, in theft charges of securities and criminal conspiracy. As per Radio Kiskeya sources, he distributed fake official badges as well as arms to a group of custom employees. However, in an interview on the radio Scoop FM, Moloskot said he was betrayed. Because, he was employed by the President to do a specific job, but does not understand how everything went wrong. Recently, in March 2016, at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami, he was present during a presentation of Martelly's of Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise.

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Little Haiti residents protest gentrification of Little Haiti

Little Haiti residents protest gentrification of Little Haiti

Here is a piocture where Little Haiti residents are protesting gentrification of Little Haiti.

Gentrification is threatening to destroy the Little Haiti community. When wealthy people move into a neighborhood, they not only change the price of the place, they displace the poor people, and also change the culture of the place. The representatives from the Haitian Lawyers Association have told the longtime residents, business and property owners of Little Haiti remain watchful. Not to agree on verbal conversations, never to make any agreement without the presence of own lawyer. On December 3rd, the inhabitants of Little Haiti gathered in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to deliver messages about the rapidly changing neighborhood and its preservation: "Say no to gentrification, Little Haiti is not for sale, we want to stay." The residents and owners of Little Haiti does not want to follow the footsteps of the Wynwood Art District which was once a home of over 70 galleries and museums and was a haven for local artists in the early 2000s, However, the sudden surge in the real estate price, gentrification and higher rent forced many artists and gallery owners of Wynwood to migrate to some other nearby affordable locations.

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Haitian rara music tought in formal classroom setting

Haitian rara music tought in formal classroom setting

The Haitian rara music has become truely international. Due to its popularity, efforts have been made to make it even more popular by teaching the young Haitian the Rara music.

'Rara music' is one form of traditional Haitian festival music that takes place throughout the Easter Week and is performed mainly in street processions. Its songs are sung in Kreyòl that speaks about the African ancestry of the Afro-Haïtian masses and it blends the Voodoo and Christian influences with rhythms. To preserve this form of traditional culture, Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami has created 'Rara Institute' where the teens can learn to make and play traditional Rara instruments in a formal classroom setting. Rara musical instruments generally consist of a set of cylindrical bamboo trumpets called vaksen (sometimes made of metal pipes), güiros or güiras (a percussion instrument), maracas, drums, and metal bells. Their summer workshop that culminated with the Haitian Heritage Festival in May 2015 is the start of a long-term program to incorporate Rara and other traditional Haitian music.

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Lamothe in Little Haiti to cry "injustice" by BCED

Lamothe in Little Haiti to cry

Here is a picture taken on June 8th 2015 during a Press Conference at The Little Haïti Cultural Center where candidate, Laurent Lamothe, held a town hall to inform the Haitian Diaspora in Miami about the "injustice" that the Departmental Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCED) did to him.

Recently on June 8, 2015, one of the presumptive presidential candidates, Laurent Lamothe during a Press Conference in the town hall at Little Haïti Cultural Center has told the Haitian diaspora about how he became a victim of the Departmental Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCED)'s injustice and expelled discriminatorily from the presidential run because he could not produce a 'certificate de décharge'. He has urged the Haitians living abroad to play a greater active role in reshaping the developments of the country with their influences on political, social and economic fronts. During the meeting, he has advocated for their rights to vote in the next election. According to him, Haitian diaspora contribute for about $2 billion per year, which is very significant for the Haitian economy. It would be a great injustice if we welcome their money, but not their knowledge, their expertise and their will and their right to be significantly involved in the political life in their country,

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Third Annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair In Little Haiti

Third Annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair In Little Haiti

The third Annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair to be held in Little Haiti.

On Thursday, May 21, the European Union with a funding of € 437,000 and support from the local communal board of Bizoton and the Association of Progressive Citizens for advancement and Country Reconstruction (ACPARP) and César Foundation for the Weak of Haiti (FCPFH) has launched a project on "drinking water supply and sanitation in the localities of Fonds-Brache, Grand Caille and Bel-Air". The project will initially allow the locals to have access to better quality of water through the sanitation of the nearest source of Chaud'eau which serves all of these localities. The total project is expected to be completed within a period of 30 months. During the launching ceremony, Javier Nino Perez, the Ambassador of EU has said, the EU promotes all inclusive development approach which concretely improves the living conditions of the most vulnerable segments of the population by providing essential services.

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Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

Here are some tents located in front of Jan Mapou, Libreri Mapou. This was during their annual book fair to promote Haitian authors. This took place on September 13 and 14, 2014 at the Little Haiti Marketplace in Miami

Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

The city-funded renovation of the Caribbean Marketplace and Little Haiti Cultural Center are prominent presences.

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Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

One event that many people in the Haitian community are interested in supporting, The Little Haiti Book Fair. This year, Haitian-American novelist and Miami resident Edwidge Danticat was one of the major writers who participated

Haitian-Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti

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