Little Haiti of New York, spanning a large portions of Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues, from Parkside Avenue to Avenue H in New York City has been officially designated. This section of Brooklyn where generations after generations of Haitians have landed has been finally designated. We can all say that there is now a Little Haiti In Flatbush and another one in Miami, Florida.
June, 2018: Haitian-Americans gathered in Flatbush street corner to celebrate the creation of "Little Haiti Business and Cultural District.". The area was previously designated "Little Caribbean"
As per news dated June 5, 2018, after years of meetings and planning, the New York City Council announced a ceremonial resolution to name a certain section of Flatbush "Little Haiti." Rodneyse Bichotte, State Senator Kevin Parker, and Councilmember Jumaane Williams, along with local organizations and community members are among the spearheads to designate a part of Flatbush as the Little Haiti Cultural & Business District.
However, according to Rodneyse Bichotte, who is the first Haitian-American to be elected to the State Legislature from New York City, although the Haitian community supports the designation of both 'Little Haiti' and 'Little Caribbean,' "the decision to name Flatbush Avenue 'Little Caribbean' was done without enough community support or involvement."
The proposal generated support mostly from Haitian communities like the Haitian American Caucus, Haitian American Business Network Chamber of Commerce and Haiti Cultural Exchange. Even the move of Bichotte and a host of other elected officials and activists to name "Little Haiti" has been met with criticism and termed as "misguided" and one of "division."
In an email to Bichotte, a host of some elected officials, including Council Member Mathieu Eugene and Rep. Yvette D. Clark, Ernest Skinner, a local community organizer and activist, have asked, "When did Haiti stop being part of the Caribbean? Sowing division may be why Haiti has never been able to reach its full potential."
The designation for "Little Caribbean" was initiated by Flatbush native Shelley Worrell, founder of CaribBEING, a local non-profit cultural institution founded in 1999. CaribBEING celebrates Caribbean heritage in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. She is a longtime supporter of the Little Caribbean and she is trying to preserve and celebrate Caribbean food, culture and small businesses in this area. Shelly bought a shipping container and turned it into a pop-up art space. She transformed every inch of her container with the feel of a breezy, beachside Caribbean aura.
In a statement Bichotte has said that Haiti has had a unique position within the Caribbean -- it is geographically in the Caribbean, but not of the Caribbean. History has created its distinct identity which is why Haitians have had to build separate communities and organizations in order to survive.
Wii he be a candidate in the next Haiti Presidential election? Can you imagine having one more Duvalier running the country of Haiti? François Nicolas Duvalier during a visit in Washington DC took the opportunity to meet several key personalities. Many people, including some of his friends, think he will run for President of Haiti in the next Presidential election that is to be taken place in 2022
In December 2013, when the news first came out that Francois Nicolas Duvalier, the son of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier and grandson of Francois Duvalier, is a possible candidate in the next Haitian election, people were skeptics of its authenticity. Recently during a visit in Washington DC in June 2018, Nicolas Duvalier met several friends and key personalities and expressed his desire to run for the president's office in the 2022 presidential election.
During in his recent trip to the United States, he talked to Voice of America and mentioned his individual vision based on republican values, his love for the country and desire to lead Haiti in a journey on development. He further added that to achieve this, he needs to hold an important responsible office with the power of a president. He believes, it is the best way to lead his countrymen towards prosperity--they have already suffered a lot.
His message has put the Lavalas in a state of panic and they announced that Nicola's candidacy for the 59th president would be nothing but an insult to the whole electoral democracy. However, history is there to judge whether it is correct to judge Nicolas by his ancestors' performance. Time will tell who was more dangerous for the country, the Duvalier dictatorship or Lavalas tyrannies.
After the fall of Duvaliers, during the 20 years of the Lavalas regime (1991 to 2011), their policy of "growth with equity" destroyed everything that Duvalier had left behind and Lavalas pushed the country 50 years back. The Duvaliers were never the only to have a past.
Nicolas was born in Haiti in 1986. When he was three years old, his family took exile in France. He came to Haiti in 2011, two months after the return of his late father. Since his return, he keeps himself busy with social work and agricultural projects. During the reign of Haitian President Michel Martelly, there was once a rumor that Nicholas was an advisor and consultant to President Martelly. He is presently a member of a new political party named "Patrayil". Nicolas has really an enormous task to prove that he has much better intention than his father.
Henri Namphy (November 2, 1932 - June 26, 2018)
Henri Namphy was a Haitian general and political figure who served as President of Haiti's interim ruling body, the National Council of Government, from February 7, 1986 to February 7, 1988.
He Once again served as President of Haiti from June 20, to September 17, 1988. He is buried in the Dominican Republic, where he was exiled after being overthrown in September 1988 by Prosper Avril.
Chief of General Staff of the Haitian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Sadrac Saintil, represented the General Staff and the Ministry of Defense as well as Antonio Rodrigue, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was also present at the funeral to represent the Haitian government.
Henri Namphy (November 2, 1932), was a former Haitian coup leader and Lieutenant General who served the country in the Armed Forces of Haiti (FADH), died in a hospital in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, following a battle with lung cancer. He served as the President of Haiti's interim ruling body, the National Council of Government, from February 7, 1986 to February 7, 1988. In February 1988, he was replaced by Leslie Manigat, elected President, who put him under arrest for insubordination. However, General Namphy's popularity and influence helped him to regain power in June 1988 where he remained until the September 1988 coup.
Namphy served as President of Haiti from June 20, 1988, but was deposed three months later on September 17, 1988 in a coup d'état when a group of non-commissioned officers in the Haitian Presidential Guard removed Namphy and brought General Prosper Avril to power. Earlier, in June 1988, Namphy overthrew Leslie Manigat in a coup d'état. Manigat was elected as President of Haiti in a tightly controlled military held election in January 1988. Following his deposition in the September coup, Namphy fled to the Dominican Republic and never returned to Haiti.
In 1986, when with the fall of his government, Jean-Claude Duvalier (appointed by his dying father as "President-for-Life") fled into exile in France with his family, Henri Namphy formed an interim government consisting six civilians and military members and promised elections and democratic reforms. However, his regime has been nicknamed as "Duvalierism without Duvalier". Namphy enjoyed the reputation of being honest and apolitical. As per his wish, he has been buried at the Cristo Redentor cemetery, Santo Domingo.
Here is a picture of an immigrant child that appeared with audio recording in June 2018. This picture appeared to capture the voices of small Spanish-speaking children is crying out for her parents at a US immigration facility. This image had become a symbol of family separation by the Trump Administration.
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."
The charges by the United States Attorney's Office against Guy Philippe who was arrested on January 5, 2017:
One count of conspiracy to import narcotics;
One count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and engage in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity
One substantive count of engaging in monetary transactions derived from unlawful activity
Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera arrived in France in 1893 on the steamship La Bretagne, from Port-de-Paix. In October 28, 1900, he became the first African-Caribbean Olympic champion for France
Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera was a Haitian-born French rugby union footballer. His name is worth remembering for many reasons. He was not only the first black athlete to compete at the Olympics, Henriquez was the first black athlete and the first African-Caribbean Olympic champion in the Olympic Games and by extension, the first to become an Olympic gold medalist, because he was a member of the France squad in 1900 that won the Olympic title at the first Rugby Olympic Tournament in France. He also won the silver in the tug of war at the same Games. He introduced football in his country Haiti in 1904, and scored the first goal in Haiti during a competition. He came back in Haiti in the 1950's and became a Senator and was engaged in the promotion of sport in his country. With his brother Alphonse, he co-founded "the Union Sportive Haïtienne". Henriquez was born in Haiti, but moved to France in 1893. Alongside his schooling at the Albert the Great College of Arcueil, he also enjoyed playing rugby. Becoming professional, he played in the biggest clubs in France.
Here is Haitian boxer Dalodtz Fevry who is interested in representing Haiti at Olympic Games in Brazil. Haitian teen Dalodtz Fevry who is only 12 years old has a dream to bring an Olympic Medal to his Haitian parents. He is now working hard in order to represent Haiti at the Olympic games in Rio in boxing. The Olympic qualifying tournament is scheduled for June.
Dalodtz Fevry is a Haitian boxer who moved to Orlando with his family when he was only 12-year old. He has a cherished dream to represent his country Haiti in the Olympic game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first name of this bantamweight (116-125 pounds) boxer is pronounced as "Da-loots. He once said, "I want to achieve this for myself, my mom and my people.'' Recently, he came fourth in a preliminary tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To qualify himself for the Olympic, he needed to finish within the top three places at the qualifying matches in Baku, Azerbaijan. This 24 year old boxer with only five years experience has made it. On June 25, 2016, he came second in the Baku qualifying matches.