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42 Health & Wellness | 20 Dr. Romane Joseph Dr. Angelo E. Gousse Dr. F. Lucie Casthely Dr. Patrick Romeus

Business Leaders | 28 Ariol Eugene Bobby Numa MissBoss Smith “Smitty” Etienne Samuel Dameus MJ

HAITI TECH SUMITT | 38 Full Event Recap Keynote Speaker Ben Horowitz Christian Roy Foumbrun Event Photos by Sheri Tarr | Summer 2017

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is Taking Off in Haiti By Angelo E. Gousse, MD

For more than 20 years, foreign urologists have independently provided direct patient care in Haiti or conducted educational seminars to share their expertise with fellow Haitian colleagues.


he Societe Haitienne D’Urologie (SHU) and the Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU) are proud to announce the official signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the SHU and St. Francois de Salles on Friday, August 26, 2016 in Port-au-Prince on the premises of the newly built Hospital.

Background Information:

For more than 20 years, foreign urologists have independently provided direct patient care in Haiti or conducted educational seminars to share their expertise with fellow Haitian colleagues. In general, these activities have operated independently without crosscoordination and thus have failed to achieve their full potential.

Creation of Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU)

To overcome these shortcomings, several Haitian, American, and International Urologists have dedicated great efforts and resources for the past 5 years towards numerous seminars, workshops,

AUA supported Ultrasound Workshops and two-day conferences in Port-au-Prince (2013, 2014). This has helped the organization overall to evolve into a better organized and coordinated Urology Association. The newly named Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU) will be able to streamline these efforts in order to maximize the positive impact to urology training, practice and patient care in Haiti. GASHU has recently identified the newly built Hospital St Francois de Salles (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) as one of the premiere hospitals in Haiti which offers great potential for the training of Residents and the development of surgical workshops. The geographic location and infrastructure of Hospital St Francois de Salles (SFDS) are superb. The Haitian Clergy and Leadership at SFDS are very welcoming and eager to help the Haitian Community at large. This significant effort which holds great promise to change the landscape of urologic care in Haiti is supported by several influential foreign global Urology organizations and international leaders in the field of Urology.


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FAMOUS FACES WITH BRACES Braces are a permanent fixture on your teeth for several months or even years, and, for many patients, this can be a very daunting thought! However, we don’t want you to worry – braces are a great way to improve your smile in a short amount of time. And, you may even be surprised to hear that some of your favorite celebrities have worn them! Are you a Harry Potter fan? Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, wore her braces in-between filming for a brief 4 months! They didn’t interfere with her career and now she has a beautiful smile! Gwen Stefani, a singer once part of the band “No Doubt”, told herself as soon as her band made it big, the first thing she was going to do was to get braces! Sure enough, in 1999 No Doubt was extremely popular and Gwen became an official celebrity with braces. She even dabbled in bright colored bands over her braces like pink and blue! Another celebrity who’s been through a hefty orthodontic regimen is Dakota Fanning. Dakota has had several teeth pulled, quite a few sets of retainers, multiple braces and even

sported some headgear while being interviewed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno! It took a lot of courage and confidence, but she pulled it off and now her teeth are gorgeous! Braces, like people, come in all shapes and sizes! Metal braces can come in silver or golden, which is a very popular choice because they look like tooth jewelry! If something more subdued is more your style, you may want to consider ceramic brackets, which are often tooth-colored with similarly colored bands. There is also a style of braces called “lingual” braces, which are attached behind your lower teeth, making them undetectable! Let’s not forget Invisalign, which is a series of clear removable trays. There is always a great choice out there available to you. Are you ready to be part of the A-list? Don’t call the paparazzi, give Casthely Orthodontics a call today for a FREE Consultation at 305-940-4911!

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Age has no boundaries when it comes to orthodontics and you shouldn’t let that hold you back from braces! Tom Cruise was 40 years old in 2002 when he decided to opt into clear brackets to fix his teeth. We can all agree; it was a great choice! Casthely Orthodontics: 1400 NE Miami Gardens Drive, #101, Miami, FL 33179 Phone: 305-940-4911 Site: | Summer 2017


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PREDIABETES The Gateway to T Diabetes By Dr. Patrick Romeus

he center for disease control (CDC) estimates 86 million US adults have prediabetes, and 90% of them do not know it. Individuals with prediabetes are at increased for developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to the CDC.

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The US preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) defines prediabetes as increased in average blood sugar (indicated by HSAC level of 5.7% to 6.4%), or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) indicated by fasting plasma glucose level of 100 to 125mg/dl, or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) indicated by an oral glucose tolerance test of 140 to 199 mg/dl.



In its 2017 guidelines, the American Diabetes Association recommends screening for • All asymptomatic adults age 45 and older • Adults of any age overweight or obese with one or more additional risk factor for diabetes • Asymptomatic Adults with sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80 mm Hg

I have prediabetes- Now what? Therapeutic interventions will depend on your cardiovascular risk assessment. The corner stone of the treatment remains however lifestyle modifications, keeping in mind that quitting smoking will always be the priority before weight loss. A baby aspirin, a statin are recommended for individual with high cardiovascular risk. Metformin has shown more benefit in patient younger than 60, women with gestational diabetes and individual with BMI greater than 35Kg/m2 in preventing diabetes, with weight loss as added benefit.


Available data have shown that 30 to 40 % of individuals with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Therefore timely screening, early diagnosis and aggressive preventive measures may make a significant impact in the young, nonwhite and poor people, where the epidemic of diabetes continues to grow.

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Helping the Haitian Community Navigate a Complex Legal System By Shelly-Ann M. Parkinson Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

What was your upbringing like? I grew up in a Christian family, where very early, my parents instilled in me strong moral values and the importance of having a strong faith in God to tackle the challenges of life. My parents took education very seriously. They sent me to the best schools in Haiti. I went to “College Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours”, a premier high school in Cap-Haitien directed by Canadian priests. Many of Haiti’s presidents and leaders attended that school. | Summer 2017

Tell me a bit about your education. When I came to the US in the late 1980s, education was my number-one priority. I went to Miami-Dade College, where I got an associate degree in 18 months. This was followed by a bachelor’s degree in administration at Florida International University, a master’s degree at Barry University and a Juris Doctorate degree at Nova Southeastern University, where I graduated “Cum Laude” in July 2003. I sat for the Florida bar exam in September of 2003 and passed the first time. I have been practicing law ever since. I give God credit for helping me achieve that milestone. How important is it to you to be Haitian? It is extremely important. We come from the first Black republic. Our

ancestors were never afraid to fight for what was rightfully theirs.

What factors motivated you to go to law school? Law school was not my first choice. My parents wanted me to be a physician. However, I always wanted to fight for justice. When I came to South Florida, I remembered watching the images of Haitian migrants being handcuffed and taken to Krome Detention in South Dade. I remembered a reporter calling them “boat people.” This was offensive to me. It impacted me very strongly. I wanted to make a difference and fight for those who could not defend themselves.

What type of law do you practice? A variety. I handle divorce, criminal, foreclosure, and contract law, but my


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I was drawn to law school in order to be an advocate for the voiceless. focus has really been on immigration law and racial discrimination. With regard to immigration, I practice law in several states. I have the privilege to represent clients in California, New York, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, etc. I do fly to Haiti to help clients with immigration issues.

Is there any case that you are particularly proud of? Yes, there is one that has been in national news. I am currently working on a very big case in which a group of Haitians were all fired from a major hotel chain in South Beach, Florida, at the same time. They were all replaced by Hispanic workers the same day. They were subjected to derogatory name-calling by their superiors and were all treated unfairly. This group wanted to be represented by a Haitian lawyer who they could trust, and I am so honored that they chose me. We filed a claim with the EEOC, which after several months of investigation found that there was reasonable cause to believe that they were discriminated against. Then the Federal government decided to sue this hotel chain for the alleged racial discrimination. Litigation is still pending, but we feel very confident. Nothing will bring me more joy than to see justice being administered.

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How many languages do you speak fluently? Four: English, French, Creole, and Spanish. I do have a good clientele of Spanish-speaking clients that I help.

Are you involved in anything else that our readers should know about? Yes, I am very involved in helping my people back in Haiti. I helped with the renovation of a church that is dear to me. It is the Bethlehem Church in Quartier-Morin, Haiti. I am working on putting a computer lab in that church facility to help connect Haitians there with the world. I also host a weekly radio show every Friday on 1700 AM radio in Miami titled “Legal Advice.” I am also on 1320 AM every morning with “Piment Bouk” to discuss current immigration issues with the Haitian community. Both shows can be accessed via the internet and can be heard in Haiti and as far away as France.

Do you have a favorite quote that helps to define your personal philosophy? Yes, I do. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

What do you do for fun? I love spending time with family. I travel quite often. I love scuba diving and playing sports. I will be working soon on my pilot license. That is my other passion. I love flying. Law Offices of Ariol Eugene, P.A. 9999 NE 2nd Ave, Suite 213, Miami Shores, Florida 33138 & 400 North State Road seven, Suite 208 Lauderdale Lakes, Florida 33130 Phone 305-759-6428 Email: | Summer 2017



BOBBY NUMA Reaching for the sky – in his own way By Sarah Brutus @sarahprworldwide Tell us about your upbringing. I am from Haiti, born and raised in Petion-Ville. I came over to the United States when I was 16 years old. When I came here, I went to high school at Miami Central and later transferred to Miami Beach Senior High School. What were your career plans following high school? After high school I wanted to go to a university to become a doctor or a lawyer. Unfortunately, when I came here I came without a visa. So trying to go to school without the proper documents was nearly impossible. I had to start looking for a Plan B for my life. I was working at a restaurant during that time, but I knew that I didn’t want to work in a restaurant for the rest of my life – but by the same token, I could not go to college. I was frustrated every day, wondering what I was going to do with my life. | Summer 2017

How did you get your start in the aviation industry? One day I came across this guy while I was playing soccer at the park, and he seemed to be a very successful guy. I started talking to him and asked him what he did for a living. He told me that he was an aircraft technician for Pan Am. I asked him the name of the school he went to and he told me it was Baker Aviation School. That happened on Sunday. On Monday, the next day, I went there to register. I didn’t have a Green Card yet, but because it was a technical school the tuition wasn’t sky high. So I was working at the restaurant, and then I got a second job delivering newspapers in the morning. That’s how I was able to pay for and attend the technical school. That was my schedule for three years. Once I graduated, that’s when my journey started in working with the airline industry as

a certified aircraft mechanic.

What was your goal in working in the airline industry? After I graduated and started working for the airlines, being a guy with a big dream, I realized that being an aircraft mechanic was not it for me. I knew there was something else I could do. So I went to school to become a pilot. I quickly realized that it wasn’t for me, because I was scared of heights. So I gave up that dream. Being an aircraft mechanic was a great experience, but I knew there was more out there for me. I had bigger dreams. Tell us about your worst entrepreneurial endeavor. I believe everything happens for a reason. After 9/11, the airline industry became extremely slow. I knew this Haitian guy who had a huge business down here in Miami doing window treatments. A few

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years prior, I used to work for him passing out flyers. I heard he was moving to Haiti, so I decided to buy his business from him. I bought the business and it was one of the worst things I had ever done in my life. That was my first business experience. It was a nightmare. The business shut down after a few years. But I’ve always believed that if you have a relationship with the Creator, he will make something happen. That is my testimony in whatever I do.

How did you become a broker in the airline industry? In one of the last jobs for my window-treatment company, I was working in a client’s home and I approached him. I said, “Hey man, you look like you are doing very well. What do you do?” He told that he owned an aviation parts company.

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Whatever business you are in, it is always a learning experience. Mind you, I had been a technician with the airline industry for many years, but I never knew about that side of the industry. He gave me his number and I met up with him. He explained to me more about what he did and said that he would give me a job as a sales rep to work on straight commission. To tell you the truth, down in my heart, the minute I met and spoke with the guy I knew that this was it. This is what I would

What advice would you give a young entrepreneur who starts a business that fails? Whatever business you are in, it is always a learning experience. You have to prepare your mindset. When you’re starting businesses, you are going to fail. It’s going to happen. You have to have the mindset to get up, dust off and start over again.

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be doing for the rest of my life. I just knew it. I targeted the Frenchspeaking airlines in Africa and started getting business from them. I also expanded to other countries. Business really picked up from there, and I decided to go out on my own about four years ago. I am now a full aircraft parts supplier and purchase planes for parts to be resold. | Summer 2017


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The BOSS behind the HMI Music Award:


… don’t ever give up. By Sarah Brutus @sarahprworldwide Where are you from? I was born in Harlem, New York, but raised in Irvington, New Jersey. My parents are Haitian and Dominican.

How did you get your start in business? I was always intelligent, and people used to always tell me that. I experienced a tragedy in my life that made me want to take things into a different direction, and that’s what really made me want to get into business for myself. I went on and started my company back in 2006 and have been working at it since then.

What industry is your business in? I started a financial services company where we do tax preparation, credit consulting, and other services. We basically had the business to help out the community. I started that company in New Jersey, and currently I have an office in New Jersey and one here in Florida as well. How did you get involved in the | Summer 2017

Music Industry and Rap Kreyol? My involvement started in 2012. I met some people and started working with Rome Wilson. He’s produced Ashanti’s albums, he’s worked with Mary J. Blige and a lot of other big artists. When I met him, he told me about a lot of moves that could be made, and that with my hustle and go-hard mentality there was a lot we could do. We had a few plans to bring certain artists to Haiti, and in the midst of doing that I was introduced to Rap Kreyol. Some of the first guys I met were the guys from Barikad Crew, and this is how I got involved. I worked with artists, sponsored artists, and did some management. We came out with mix tapes and videos as well. What have you learned in your experience as a manager in the industry? I have learned a lot. It’s a very demanding job. There’s a lot that goes into it. It is definitely a different

set of rules when it comes to working with Rap Kreyol as opposed to working in the American industry.

Tell us about your philanthropic projects in Haiti. I have a foundation called the Help Us Help Them Foundation. What I do is working and giving back to children in Cite Soleil. I bring them food and supplies, and take them out to different parts of the country so they can see things in a different light. Even though the name of the foundation is Help Us Help Them, I have really been funding the project on my own. I have gotten some sponsors that occasionally donate school supplies, but this has been a personal project that I have taken on. What made you decide to do an award show? Last year, as I was watching the BET Awards, I said “Wow. How come we don’t have something like this in the Haitian Industry?” My goal is to


bridge the gap between the Haitian and American music industries. I see Raggaetone artists, Jamaican artists, and how their music gets played on all the mainstream radio stations. So I always wonder why our music can’t be played and recognized in the same way as these other genres of music. So I thought an awards show like the BET Awards would be a great look and would definitely help open more doors for the artists. So last year I did the HMI Music Awards. It wasn’t what I wanted it to be, but it was my first step. I just wanted to recognize the artists in the industry and applaud them and

let them know that they are doing a good job and to keep up the good work. People don’t applaud others enough. I will continue to do it, and I am not going to give up.

Where does the name MissBoss come from? That’s a good question. Like, I started my business, and all my employees always called me “boss lady.” My employees always used the name “boss” instead of calling me by my name. So I Googled boss lady and found that a lot of people already use that name, so I thought, “How about MissBoss?” and had the logo

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designed. That’s how it came about. It has become so much a part of me now that even my parents call me MissBoss.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out in business? The advice I would like to give them first and foremost is not to give up. Don’t let anyone tell you anything different. I’ve had people try to discourage me in my life as well, and if I had listened to them I probably would not be where I’m at today. So don’t ever give up. | Summer 2017


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By Khainna Sejour and Jean Alfred Delva Smitty, what’s your real name? And why did you choose to pursue a career as a director and video editor? My real name is Smith Etienne. Growing up, I was in a house full of talented people. My brothers use to make home movies and my dad use to sell cameras, so I pretty much grew up in that type of environment. Therefore, I started making home videos, and I started getting into it more. I also started teaching myself how to edit and direct. Trillion Productions. A powerful company name. What does it mean to you? Trillion is a really big number, and when people choose Trillion for a project they receive unlimited creativity and unlimited attention. We make sure our clients are always satisfied. So that’s what the name trillion implies –unlimited potential. How would you describe yourself as a director and video editor? I don’t like to follow the rules. I like to try new things. I love to take risks, am not scared of doing something people don’t like. Sometimes I don’t even care if people are going to accept it or not. I just want to give something new. Most of the time, [people] don’t know what they want until you present it to them. | Summer 2017

What do you like most about being a director and video editor? I like the freedom to create and bring things to life. Nothing can beat that moment, the feeling you get when you see something come to life. That’s what I really enjoy about being a director.

What’s the most rewarding and difficult part of your job? The most rewarding part is being able to satisfy my clients and seeing that smile on their face when they see the final product. The most difficult part is

I would describe myself as a rebel, a risk-taker.

constantly coming up with new ideas, new styles, new trends and adapting to new things on a daily basis. But I handle it all pretty well. What motivates you to continue this work? My family keeps me going. I wake up every day, work long hours, and I know they have my back. Also, the passion that I love I what I do.

How do you react to criticism about your work? I like it when others criticize my work. After I finish any project, I call my brothers and some close

friends to tell me what needs to be improved.

What are your career goals? I want to be international, I want to work with different cultures all over the world, produce movies, and TV shows. Though I’ve already started working with people from India, Europe, Africa, I want to be global. Do you work well under pressure? I put myself in a position where the pressure can be very high, but it brings the best out of me. So I work pretty well under pressure, just like LeBron James.

Can you briefly describe for the readers your directing and video editing workflow? My directing workflow is to get to know the clients, and the products. From there, I get an idea on how to communicate with them. Therefore when I get on set, everyone can be comfortable. They can also have input into what we’re doing. For video editing, it’s a long process, but as long as I have everything organized, then I am all set.

What advice would you give an upcoming videographer? To all of my upcoming videographers, please do not give up. It is a very long process, but don’t give up. You have to get out there and get known. Be proud of your work, and share it with others. Let your voice be heard, don’t give up, and keep going.


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Capturing Images for the greater good By Jean Alfred Delva Where in Haiti are you from? I was born and raised in Cap-Haitien. I am currently a professional in Communications, and I have been working for the public and private sector as either a Head of Communications or Director of Marketing for nearly 10 years. How did you get started in photography? When I was a kid, I was looking for the right way to express myself. I started with music, then I moved on to painting, then finally realized that photography was the perfect medium I was looking for to share my vision with the world.

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What is your favorite subject to photograph? Foreign visitors are always fascinated by Haiti, and especially our people, our culture, our gastronomy, and our resilience, among other natural beauties. I enjoy showing who we truly are, one picture at the time.

What do you like most about being a photographer? Being able to have direct contact with the communities. Since photography is just a passion for me, not a lucrative activity, I take great pleasure in getting close to the people I have the privilege to capture with my camera. The FACES OF HAITI project has made headlines and is in high demand. Congratulations. What inspired that? What’s your ultimate mission with Faces of Haiti? Faces of Haiti is the ultimate expression of everything I have always wanted to shout out loud to the world: Get To Know The Real Haiti! The world tour photo-exhibit and the book are

the perfect combination to give a more accurate alternative to the mainstream media profile of Haiti. Faces of Haiti highlights the many wonderful other sides of our country. After Miami, Orlando, Havana, Beijing, Geneva, Montreal, Paris, and London, the first world tour will end in Haiti with a mission to inspire our generation to embrace their dreams and go even further.

IVLP. HAITI TECH SUMMIT. You’re also a sought-after speaker when it comes to Haiti tourism. How do you see the future of tourism in Haiti? Besides photography, I enjoy being a speaker to voice my passion and to inspire with my story. Tourism as a transversal sector is our main asset and a powerful tool for development. The future of tourism in Haiti goes ineluctably through Sustainable Tourism to create the perfect ecosystem to welcome investors, protect our natural assets and historical sites, value our culture and provide for the community. I am very optimistic regarding the future of tourism in Haiti. I believe we are on the right path. Back to photography. How long have you been a photographer? I start shooting right after the earthquake. After the disaster, I was motivated to showcase another face of Haiti, one that is very different from what was buzzing worldwide. How would you describe your photographic style? What type of cameras do you shoot with? It is called Social Photography. It tends to picture the beauty of our reality in order to inspire positive changes and empower the millennials for the greater good. @samueldamues


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Haitian International Female rap artist “ M J “ music is like no other in her music you will find Love, Pain, Suffering, and Hope. “ M J” started doing music at the age of seven. She was born in Haiti, moved to New York and now lives in Boston. Growing up wasn’t easy she recalled being bullied while living in New York City because she’s Haitian with an accent the kids would laugh and tease her. “ M J “ quickly developed a thick skin and brushed it off and grew stronger as a person. Moving to Boston where she

would try to advance her music career, she met the owner of Star One Music Group through a mutual friend. Gregory St. Juste the founder of Star One Music Group quickly recognized the talent that “ M J “ has and signed her to advance her music career. Since then “ M J “ career started blossom doing shows all around the world and her movement is growing every minute. “ M J“ wants her fans to know she appreciate them and if you have a dream, go for it.

If you have a dream, go for it. Facebook: Follow MJ YouTube: Star 1 Music Group Instagram: S.1.M.G Twitter: StarOneMusic Booking: (617) 777-5733 | Summer 2017


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HAITI TECH SUMMIT 2017 at the Royal Decameron Photos by Sheri Tarr | Summer 2017




n June 6th & 7th, 2017, with a backdrop of the Caribbean sun rising over a whitesandy beach, the Global Startup Ecosystems (GSE) team, founded by Christine Souffrant Ntim, hosted the first annual Haiti Tech Summit in partnership with the Minister of Tourism, at the all-inclusive Royal Decameron Beach Resort in Haiti. Yes, Haiti. After touring the world attending global conferences spanning Dubai, Russia, Nigeria and San Francisco, Souffrant-Ntim, a Haitian-American, noticed that ecosystems across industries were developing and drawing investments as a result of these events and gatherings. With that came the vision to launch the Haiti Tech Summit with a 13-year commitment to gather the world’s most influential investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders in Haiti – a country often characterized by economic poverty and political instability. The 10-member Haiti Tech Summit team, composed of both local and diaspora Haitians, were driven by the mission to rebrand Haiti and shift the narrative towards its potential to serve as a hub for innovation in the Caribbean. The team humbly expected an audience of 200 local and international attendees, and instead ended up hosting over 500 entrepreneurs, influencers and speakers all gathered to discuss how technology and innovation could accelerate sectors such as education, government, health, sports, media, culture, agriculture and tourism in Haiti. On Day 1, the Summit kickedoff with an inspiring and powerful keynote from Ben Horowitz, (Partner and Co-Founder of renown VC firm Andreessen Horowitz,) entitled “To Create Culture, Start a Revolution.” In his keynote, Horowitz, a fan of Haitian liberator, Toussaint L’Overture, paid homage and called for Haitians to change their mindset in order to fuel

collaboration and ultimately change the country’s narrative. After a standing ovation, attendees then listened to keynotes and panels from 100+ influencers and speakers from over 18 countries, representing top companies such as Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Linkedin, Uber, Mastercard, Paypal, Github, Singularity, Draper University, Access Haiti, Center for Financial Investments, Hertz and many more. The end of Day 1 was concluded by Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moise, who addressed the crowd in a moving speech calling for unity and innovation, as well as his administration’s commitment to supporting the Haiti Tech Summit team in helping to advance the nation. Other notable guests over the 2-day Summit included Roy Glasberg from Google’s Launchpad Accelerator, Matt Terrell from Facebook’s Developers Circle, and Vicky Jeudy from Netflix’s Original Series “Orange is the New Black”. Over 40 media outlets attended including representatives from Tech Crunch, NY Times, Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Inc., Forbes, Huffington Post, LoopHaiti, L’Union Suite, Chokarella, Trace Media, Le Nouvelliste and more. In reflecting on the impact of the Summit, one of the most noteworthy accomplishments was putting Haiti back on the map as one of the most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world. This Summit not only helped to galvanize local entrepreneurs, small businesses and government entities but, most importantly, connected them to the international community. One momentus outcome in particular was a young Haitian artificial intelligence researcher named Ben Toussaint who was invited by Roy Glasberg, Head of Google’s Lauchpad Accelerator Program, to Silicon Valley for two weeks in July. During his two-week visit, Toussaint will have the opportunity to mentor startups in Google’s Accelerator program on artificial intelligence.

Haiti Open | People Culture Tourism 39 « In addition, Luigi Voltaire a local Haitian entrepreneur, was also invited by one of our speakers to Silicon Valley to attend an event focused on investments in emerging markets. The Haiti Tech Summit sets out to build a community of creators and policy makers determined to reshape the narrative for Haiti not only as a hub for innovation but also an international tourist destination. The organizers of the Summit are currently laying the groundwork for the next year’s Summit scheduled for June 21-23, 2018. To learn more information, visit www. and join the Facebook group.

If these conferences are serving as a catalyst for development and innovation in other developing communities,” Christine Souffrant Ntim thought to herself, “why not do this in Haiti?”. | Summer 2017


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EVENT FOUNDER Forbes 30 Under 30 Christine Souffrant Ntim | Summer 2017

Photo by Sheri Tarr

If these conferences are serving as a catalyst for development and innovation in other developing communities, why not do this in Haiti?


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PRESIDENT OF HAITI: JOVENEL MOISE Haiti is a very young country with over 50% of it being millennials,” said President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse. “We are counting on them to be the changemakers. | Summer 2017


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Keep what works, create shocking new rules, incorporate other cultures, and make decisions that demonstrate priorities, is the key to creating a dynamic startup culture, which are the same rules that L’Ouverture used to reprogram the mindset of the Haitian people.


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BEN HOROWITZ By James C. Barrood,

CEO and president, New Jersey Tech Council

Recently, it was my privilege to speak at the Haiti Tech Summit, where 500+ leaders from throughout the western hemisphere shared a remarkable conversation about technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and ecosystems. The summit attracted executives from Google, Facebook, Uber, LinkedIn, Airbnb, PayPal, and many other leading tech companies — but for me, a highlight was the keynote address by Ben Horowitz, cofounder and partner of top VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. I’ve heard hundreds of keynotes. Based on that experience, I didn’t expect to learn much. I was wrong. Horowitz shared a fascinating history lesson about Toussaint L’Ouverture, the leader of Haiti’s slave rebellion — the era’s only successful slave rebellion. L’Ouverture not only won: he built an independent country that earned the world’s respect, and negotiated as an equal with foreign leaders including John Adams.

Under Toussaint L’Ouverture’s leadership, Haiti built a larger export market than the U.S., states Ben Horowitz

How did he do it? Horowitz distilled four lessons that are powerfully relevant to the challenges faced by entrepreneurs who need to build a robust culture that can scale: • Keep what works. L’Ouverture sought ways to build on the strengths of “legacy” slave culture. One of those strengths was music. So, he recruited women to quickly communicate military plans by singing in a local language code the European authorities couldn’t understand. Similarly, Steve Jobs revived a struggling Apple by building on a strength embedded deep in

its corporate DNA: the ability to vertically integrate brilliantlydesigned systems to deliver an exceptional user experience. • Create shocking rules. Horowitz says you need shocking rules to make people seriously reflect on why you’re doing things as you are. So, in an era where conquerors routinely raped their victims, L’Ouverture demanded that his officers remain faithful to their wives — one key way he aimed to develop a culture of loyalty and integrity. Centuries later, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg told his developers to “move fast and break things.” This sent a powerful message. Zuckerberg didn’t just want “generic” innovation: he wanted relentless experimentation and light-speed iteration. • Incorporate people from other cultures at senior levels. L’Ouverture knew Julius Caesar had retained local rulers after his conquests, leveraging their unique knowledge of local culture. To integrate elements of foreign culture he needed, L’Ouverture recruited defeated officers into his military. In the 21st century, Google saw it could only succeed in the enterprise by bringing in outside leadership that deeply understood enterprise culture. By recruiting former VMware CEO Diane Greene, it did precisely that. • Make decisions that demonstrate your priorities. L’Ouverture knew he needed former slaveholders’ skills in managing Haiti’s plantations. So, instead of killing them, he transformed them into employers and lowered their taxes to make this new business model viable. More recently, Reed Hastings accelerated Netflix’s transition to streaming media by evicting the

leaders of its DVD rental business from his executive strategy meetings — even though they were still responsible for nearly all company revenue. After L’Ouverture’s era, of course, Haiti has often struggled. Most Americans know it’s one of the world’s poorest countries. But many don’t realize that it has a remarkably entrepreneurial and resilient populace: a legacy of L’Ouverture himself. A key goal of the Haiti Tech Summit was to promote collaboration between American and Haitian companies, and to deploy technologies in Haiti as a test bed. Based on what’s learned there, entrepreneurs can successfully scale their services and products throughout the developing world. This model works. I saw it first hand while visiting the Haiti Business Incubator run by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jim Chu. He’s rapidly deploying a clean water technology franchise which will offer inexpensive clean water and create more entrepreneurs at the same time. On behalf of the Tech Council, I participated to deepen our collaboration with Haiti: both an important market and a new source of entrepreneurial and technical talent for our regional tech hub. Our region also boasts one of the world’s largest Haitian communities. We have a powerful stake in helping Haiti’s economy succeed, and direct financial opportunities in promoting our own services and products there. These are the same motivations that led the Council to our pioneering 2015 Cuba trade mission. Seeing Haiti’s tech community first-hand, I’m convinced of the country’s immense potential — and the crucial importance of deep, longterm collaboration to actualize it. | Summer 2017


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CHRISTIAN ROY FOMBRUN: Haiti’s hotelier extraordinaire | Summer 2017


By Jean Alfred Delva What’s your position at the Royal Decameron? I am the Commercial Director of Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa. How long have you been in the hospitality and tourism industry? All in all, I have worked in the hospitality and tourism sector for over 17 years, in different areas of the industry – from rooms, F&B, operations, catering, events, marketing, sales, and now as the Commercial Director for Decameron Haiti.

HAITI TECH SUMMIT 2017 was the very first of its kind in Haiti. What was it like to receive this diverse group of individuals? Receiving a large group of individuals from all around the world is quite exciting and very inspiring. It’s actually what we do on a daily basis at Decameron with the international tourists we bring in weekly. We were able to take our years of experience in serving a diverse clientele and large groups, and use that to ensure that this group of individuals felt safe, comfortable, at ease and had a different view of our beloved Haiti than that which is often portrayed in the mainstream media.

You were a panel speaker. What was your topic? And briefly what did you cover? My panel’s topic was “The Brand of a Nation & the Power of Tourism.” I essentially covered the need for us as individuals to change the narrative that is often associated with Haiti. I hope that this event creates

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a wave of ambassadors for Haiti who will push a positive narrative of Haiti. Tourism is an important tool in the building of a stable economy in our country.

Any reactions, gestures and compliments you can recall from guests? The uniqueness of the event and the hosting of such a unique event at a beach; I think that was probably the most talkedabout thing, I’d say. People also loved the food, the comfort of the rooms, the stage inside the convention, the programming and content of the conference. And the partying at night – let’s not forget that. How was your experience with the event organizers? They are no longer event organizers – they are now friends. A group of very resourceful, talented and fun individuals made this whole experience that much greater to work on as a project. The experience was excellent and the energy we all had together will only make the years to come that much greater. We worked crazy hours at crazy hours of the night – so don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy-breezy – we had some ups and downs with each other at times, but always with love and respect. Anything you look to do differently next year for HAITI TECH SUMMIT 2018? Come in 2018 and you shall see! At Royal Decameron, we customize and create regularly to cater to our clients’ needs for whatever the event or purpose of their visit at the Resort. Rest assured, this will be no different. We will surely work closely with the HTS team to accommodate and facilitate any and all changes and expansions

and innovations that will be necessary for the second edition.

What do you hope the event accomplished for Haiti? I hope it will give Haiti a chance to grow out of its current state to move towards being a better country, better life for its people, a better world reputation.

Do you have any final words? Whenever you think of having an event, whatever the caliber, the size, the reason, the cause, we hope you think of Royal Decameron as one of your options. We are committed to ensuring that your event is a success and that your attendees are able to truly experience the beauty of Haiti.

It is important that we all engage in the positive marketing of Haiti and all it has to offer. | Summer 2017


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Still of Sandra F Pierre from Haitian Businesses


Sergio Valkenburg from HAITI-BENELUX

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President of Haiti Mr Jovenel Moise

Patrice Bayard from Access Haiti | Summer 2017

Leff - J Perry - Right - Michael Brun

Madame Jessy Menos Ministre Du Tourisme Haiti

Maarten Boute President of Digicel Group

Marcia and Roseme from Tribes of Joseph Haiti


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Roy Glasberg Founder of Global Manager of Google Accelerator

Volunteers Cheering to a Completed Successful Event

Sandy Laborde Haitian Chamber President of Orlando FL

Sandy Laborde Haitian Chamber President of Orlando FL

In the middle - Christian Roy Fombrun and Jennifer Lemke

Vicky Jeudy from Orange is the New Black by NETFLIX | Summer 2017


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am reluctant to take up space with words where pictures could otherwise speak-- especially when Haiti is the real story. So briefly, I am self-taught and picked up photography about two years ago, though as a former marketing wonk, I have always loved it as powerful communication medium. Ironically, after a violent event rendered me essentially silent for a while, it was a camera loaned to me by a good friend (and gifted photographer) that helped me find my way back.

My photos are typically spontaneous, inspired by a convergence of factors I cannot easily explain. I try to capture the authenticity of a moment, and the essence of people engaged in what inspires them. I like to photograph people who are often overlooked, and places that generally do not appear in travel guides. Photography to me is a way to acknowledge people, to connect with each other ​and our surroundings​, to express a vision-- and to last. My photography is a work in progress. I hope you like it so far.


Last month I had the honor of attending the historic Haiti Tech Summit as a photography entrepreneur. | Summer 2017

Having never been to Haiti, I went with an open mind and open heart, and returned filled with indelible memories of the extraordinary people I met and of a country so special.

The beauty and genuineness of the Haitian people, their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and the richness and dignity of the culture-- this is what I picture when I think of Haiti. Thank you to Christian Roy Fombrun and the entire Decameron Resort staff for the unparalleled hospitality and gorgeous setting, to Christine Souffrant Ntim and Einstein Ntim for this life-changing opportunity, and to Jean Alfred Delva for recognizing my work. Haiti, I cannot wait to see you again.

Sheri Tarr Photographer | Co-Founder ​ PhotoStreet.NYC ™© What Do You Picture™ ​T: ​+​1-917-670-6774 ​E: ​​Instagram :


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T-VICE: Promoting the

Haitian Culture for 25 Years and Counting | Summer 2017


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By Sarah Brutus @sarahprworldwide Photos by Mackinley “Spex” Madhere @spexphoto Photos by Mackinley “Spex” Madhre @spexphoto

What made you guys want to start T-Vice? T-Vice came to us. We didn’t go searching for the group or the name. It was something that was just supposed to be. It was in our blood. By growing up looking at our dad and having music in our blood, we knew that sooner or later it was going to be our turn.

How did the band start? The band started with just me and my brother, Reynaldo. We used to just be tripping around, me with a little guitar and him with a small keyboard, just playing tunes that were popular at the time. We started playing at talent shows that at our school would host, which was the American Academy at that time in Haiti. From there we started performing at parties and continued to climb the ladder. How did the band get its name? The name came from Top Vice. Everywhere we went, because we were so small, people would say this is a Ti Vice. My dad was playing in Top Vice at the time, so we were in a sense related to Top Vice. So we took out the “I” in ti and added the dash, and that’s how we got T-Vice.

Did you guys always know that music was going to be your lifetime career? Yes. We felt it when we were growing up and in school. We would always get in trouble because we would constantly be in the back of the class performing some song and trying to play music. So we always knew that one day it would be our turn.

What do you think has allowed you guys to last so long in the business? We understand the business. We always innovate. We’re always reinventing ourselves and we always try to see what the market needs, what sounds are going with the market and adapting to that. Not only that, but our management team, the way we respect our fans, our discipline and strategies – all that comes into effect and has added to our longevity. What is it like having your mom as a manager? It’s an advantage and disadvantage. Sometimes you might not agree with

T-Vice came to us. It was in our blood. something, but the fact that the person is your mom [means that] you can’t just put it out there just anyhow. You have to approach things very carefully, because it’s a family running the business. The best part about it is that our mom is always on our side. She always wants the best for us. My mom is never going to take from me, so I am able to sleep at night knowing that I am in good hands. She always wants to bring us further and find bigger opportunities for the band. So there is definitely more good than bad.

What CD or song are you most proud of? Well there are many songs and many CDs. We have nine studio discs. It’s like asking a parent which is their favorite child. Each song has a place in our hearts. There are some songs that are very popular and people know, and there are some that are not so popular and have special meaning for us. But I would say that all of our music has a special place in our hearts.

If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing in life? If I wasn’t doing music, I would be a part-time businessman and parttime soccer player. I’m so passionate about soccer. But apart from that, we grew up in a business family in Haiti, so maybe something along those lines. What is your most memorable performance? We have so many good memories. I would start with Kanaval in Haiti. We were crowned champion many times. And certain bals and festivals. There have been lots of good memories. A lot of big shows in the States, Canada, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and New Caledonia, which we traveled about 40 hours to get to and sold out the stadium for 3 days back to back with more than 10,000 people. Also, Columbia, Panama, Venezuela. All of these were wonderful memories, and we have so much more to visit in the future. | Summer 2017


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What advice do you have for young/ new bands starting out? My advice would be to stay focused, stay away from drugs, and try to find a sound that will differentiate you from the pack. Also stay humble. Stay true to yourself.

What do you wish you knew back then that you know now? What I know is that in this business, you have to deal with everyone. You have to be a diplomat. You have to know everybody for who they are, and you always have to stay humble. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about the music. It’s all about creating good music. Don’t worry about all the propaganda out there and whether people are trying to bash you or trying to take you down. If you have good music, stay focused and you keep on working and reinventing yourself, no one can stop you. Only yourself. What has been the hardest part of the business? The hardest part is the traveling, always being away from your family. Especially on big occasions and the holidays. Apart from that, we love what we’re doing and we love everything about the business. Besides the gossip and rumors, we don’t focus on that. We focus on the positive side of the business.

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in the business for a while, we still have a lot to give. We have a lot of good music in us, a lot of inspiration left in us. We started young, we’re still young, and we have a lot more to offer. What do you hope to see for the HMI in the future? I hope to see a much more united HMI. We as musicians need to start doing more than just for ourselves. I would like to see less hypocrisy in the business. This is one of the things holding us back.

Where do you see T-Vice in the next 10 years? In the next 10 years, I hope to see a T-Vice that has a wider audience. We want to do so many more collabs and try to bring compas to a bigger audience. This is our goal for the years to come. Also to continue to be a top band in the HMI. Craziest fan moment? I remember in Canada one time, two sisters came up to me backstage and practically took off their clothes because they were so happy to see us and so in love. It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen in my life. For the amount of love that these girls were showing me and wanted to prove to me that they were happy to see me and would do anything. That was one of the craziest moments, and there’s more till this day. But it’s part of the business, and we take it for what it is.

If you know you have the talent, you will get your chance. Be patient.

Favorite Food? Haitian food! Although I don’t get to eat it a lot, because it is fattening. But griot, banan, and diri kole.

What do you guys do for fun when you’re not travelling and touring? What I try to do is spend time with my daughter. Play a little soccer, try and mingle with friends. If I can, do a movie or go to a lounge and chill. I try to spend time with family as much as I can when I’m not traveling.

What motivates you to keep putting out music? Even after 25 years in the business, we’re still as motivated as if it was Day 1. We still feel that even though we’ve been

Any last words? Thank you to Haiti Open for honoring us with this cover for our 25th year anniversary. Thank you, Sarah, for the questions, which I enjoyed answering. Thank you to the fans for always supporting us – and keeping on believing in this band and pushing us even further. We are very grateful. Thank you so much – and we’re just starting! This is just the beginning, and we have a lot more to offer. | Summer 2017


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T-VICE 24TH ANNIVERSARY at the Royal Decameron with KLASS, August 2016 | Summer 2017


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a tropical oasis nestled in the heart of Port-Au-Prince By Shelly-Ann M. Parkinson Whether you are visiting Haiti for business or pleasure, Le Plaza Hotel has all the amenities to suit your needs to have a great and unforgettable stay. This full-service comfort and convenience hotel is a tropical oasis nestled in the heart of Port-Au-Prince. It boasts a lush tropical garden and large outdoor swimming pool and is conveniently located on the Champ de Mars just steps away from the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the National Museum of Art, and the National Museum Pantheon. This property features safe, free on-site ample parking and is walking distance from shops, restaurants, nightlife, businesses and bank.


With so many amenities on premises, there are few reasons to even leave the property. Amenities | Summer 2017

include 2 restaurants, 6 meeting rooms, free Safety box in room, business center, fitness room, laundry service, free WIFI access, free swimming pool, on premises ATM, currency exchange, Taxi Service, a 24-hour reception desk, a secured free parking and not to mention the Compas-Acoustik special Thursday night.


Le Plaza Hotel has 95 spacious rooms. Residential suites cater to longer term guests and junior suits for those wanting a bite more space and homey comforts. All rooms, Executive, Deluxe or Standards will provide you comfortable modern furnishings, twin or king Beds, cable Television, flat Screen TV, a safety deposit box and an Ironing facilities are standard. All rooms offer a view of the garden or the swimming pool.


There are several dining options available to Le Plaza Hotel guests and visitors. La Terrasse Bar and Restaurant offers open-air casual dining and live entertainment. It is a hip meeting spot for locals and hotel guests alike. La Terrasse offers classic Haitian dishes, sandwiches, and snacks in addition to a free breakfast buffet served to guests 6:30am to 10:am daily. Kanel Restaurant is a formal dining room that is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. It features themed lunch buffets and an international cuisine. Guests can enjoy creole, international and seafood buffets on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


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Le Plaza Hotel boasts a lush tropical garden and large outdoor swimming pool and is conveniently located on the Champ de Mars just steps away from the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the National Museum of Art, and the National Museum Pantheon.

and small seminars, workshops, meetings weddings ans social events. • Touissant-Louverture includes 3 rooms on the same floor perfect for workshop activities and breakout sessions. • The Executive Meeting Room is the smallest room with a capacity of 12 guests. This room is perfect for small private meetings. • Thérèse is the largest room, measuring 2,200 square feet with a capacity of 300 guests. This space is ideal for large conferences, annual meetings and wedding. Le Plaza Hotel 10 rue Capois - Champ de Mars Port-au-Prince - HAITI Phone : +509 2814 6000 Toll-free: 1-866-356-5407 | Summer 2017


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By Jean Alfred Delva

Jonathan Perry, AKA J. Perry, when and why did you start playing? I started playing the piano and classical music at the age of 6. I stopped at the age of 13. And from there I started doing beats and writing music. I would say I really put myself out there in the music business in 2010.

Who are your favorite singer/ songwriters, and why? My favorite artist is Bob Marley, because I’m a big fan of reggae music and because he was using his passion to speak to the people and educate them through his lyrics.

How would you describe yourself as a musician? I would describe myself as a musician who doesn’t really have a plan for my career and who doesn’t follow any specific standards or rules of the business. I’m just making the best music I can possibly make, and I go with whatever door opens for me.

What’s your songwriting process? My songwriting process either starts with a melody that is constantly playing in my head which I then add lyrics and a beat to. Or might be a beat that is so amazing that I’m instantly inspired with lyrics and melody, or a specific word that I want to develop and work around. “DEKOLE” is your biggest hit song up to now. What inspired that song? Did you know it was going

I sing some beautiful melodies and lyrics for Haiti, my country that I love so much.

to be this BIG and influential? I was inspired to write a song for Haiti and also in Kreyol, since my first album was mostly in English. I wanted that song to be big and special to all Haitians. I felt that feeling of hope when I wrote it, so it was the exact inspiration I wanted to have. I knew it was going to be successful, but definitely not THAT big. These things you cannot control. Another major milestone as a musician and Haitian artist, Boujé (ft. Shabba), is in a hit Pixar/Disney movie ‘Cars’. How did you first hear about it? How did you feel? What does this achievement mean to you? The Disney staff wrote us an email to tell us that they were interested in using it in Cars 3 after they discovered it playing in a Zumba YouTube link that had 50 million views. So it was very exciting and surprising news. It felt amazing and rewarding for the whole team. We all felt super- proud of our achievement. “KIYÈS OU YE” is a very profound album title. Why did you choose that title? I chose the title Kiyès Ou Ye because being a light skinned Haitian, anywhere in the world, including Haiti, did anybody ever believe that I was truly a born and raised Haitian. So I always felt the need to defend myself and say out loud and prove that I

am Haitian. And I know a lot of people could relate in their own ways to that subject, especially Haitians in the Diaspora.

If you’re not in the studio or performing, what is J. Perry doing? I love to be at home or hanging out with my close friends and family. I also love riding motorcycles, doing puzzles and any type of outdoor or athletic activity. How do you get better at writing songs? I keep learning to get better at writing songs by listening to great music, and also following great artists that have not only been successful, but who keep innovating. Getting on top is number one, staying on top is another. Do you have any advice for an inspiring singer/songwriter that wants to be the next J. Perry? Always have fun doing music. And remember who your real friends are and make time for your family. | Summer 2017


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CHEF THIA Haiti’s Global Culinary Ambassador By Shelly-Ann M. Parkinson Haitian cuisine boasts a rich and complex history. With influences from the island of Hispaniola’s first known inhabitants, the Tainos – believed to be the first to use the technique we now call barbeque – to the rich flavors and spicy influences of Africa and the flair and sophistication of the French, people all over the world are discovering and falling in love with Haitian food. At the forefront of this global culinary love affair is a vivacious, uber-talented chef with a milliondollar smile. Cynthia Verna, affectionately known as Chef Thia, has emerged as a true worldwide representative of Haitian food and culture. Who is Chef Thia? For those of us living in the United States, we are just discovering this vibrant and refreshing Haitian culinary phenom. | Summer 2017

For some Haitian-Americans and Haitians living in Haiti, Chef Thia is a household name whose acclaimed gastronomic expertise has propelled her to the status of a global culinary ambassador of Haitian cuisine. She is also heralded as the first Haitian female to publicly speak and write about her traumatic experience of being raped in Haiti. Chef Thia’s star is on the rise, and 2017 has been a banner year for her – and it is only half-way through. In late May, she wowed attendees and fellow chefs from over 30 countries at the sold-out Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington, DC. Chef Thia won the “People’s Choice Award” for her shrimp creole ceviche with aioli herb sauce, plantain chips and a passion-fruit rum-punch cocktail. She was the first female chef to win this award in the nine-year history of this event. Chef Thia was chosen by the

Haitian Embassy to represent Haiti. Her relationship with the embassy goes way beyond this one event, as she has had the honor of traveling all over the world to teach and cook traditional Haitian dishes and create fusion Haitian dishes based on these experiences. Luckily for us, we don’t have to be guests at lavish embassy soirees to experience Chef Thia. We can now all welcome her into our homes, as she has joined the cast of the nationally syndicated Taste The Islands television cooking show on PBS. Now in its second season, Taste The Islands is now twice as nice, as Chef Thia’s infectious personality jumps off the screen and into our hearts as she goes toe-to-toe with co-host Chef Irie. According to the show’s creator and executive producer, Calibe Thompson: “We were initially drawn to Thia because of that big smile and her natural warmth. For television,


it is more about the personality than even the food, but her food was delicious too, so it worked out.” Thompson and Chef Thia have also co-published a #1 book in Amazon’s Caribbean Cookbook category entitled “50 Favorite Haitian Recipes.” This is Chef Thia’s second book, as she bravely shared her story of being a rape survivor in the French language “Calvaires” (which translates to “Ordeals” in English). She has used her platform to raise awareness about sexual molestation, exploitation, and rape in Haiti and the Caribbean. She has emerged as a voice for so many girls and women who share this horrific experience. She has been transparent and bold in her activism. This was one of the first impressions that her Taste The Islands co-host, Chef Irie, had of her when she first came on set: “She was very open about a topic that so many people would shy away from. She had been through so much, but exhibited so much strength and resilience and she manages to do so with a bodacious personality and heartwarming grace. She won my respect from day one.” She accepts all the praise with a humility that comes with a deep reverence for God and her family. She was born in Port-Au-Prince and raised in Pelerin by her paternal grandmother, “Mamie Annie,” who she credits with planting the first seeds of culinary excitement in her

spirit. Reflecting on Mamie Annie, she says, “She was really into food, especially dessert. She was always in the kitchen, sometimes all night. She was very well known for her desserts – especially her béchamel, which she always made from scratch. She died a few years ago. She was my life.” Chef Thia currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, with her three

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children aged 20, 17, and 7. She hopes to continue to bring the taste of Haiti to the far-flung corners of the world while being a defender of female empowerment. Her sage words are compelling: “If you have a dream, don’t stop because of circumstances. That blessing is there. God wants you to keep going. Before I do anything, I simply say ‘Lord Jesus, I trust you!’ and I just let it be.”

If you have a dream, don’t stop because of circumstances. That blessing is there. God wants you to keep going. | Summer 2017


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hilippe Dodard, a native Haitian, studied from a young age with the Haitian masters Jean- Claude Garoute (Tiga), Patrick Vilaire and Frido - founders of the Poto-Mitan School. Complimentary academic study at the Academy of Fine Arts of Port-au-Prince and the International School of Bordeaux, France, focused on pedagogic graphic design. A quest for a deeper knowledge of spiritual man led him to the Kripalu Yoga Ashram. After the popular uprising against dictatorship in Haiti in 1986, his style completely changed from his much lauded, fluid water imagery to much stronger strokes of black and white inks, coated paintings, wooden totems and metal sculptures reflecting the ‘Cry for Freedom’ of the Haitian people. He became co-founder and President of socially conscious Fondation Culture Creation (1992-1999), Dodard was also the Cultural Adviser for the First Lady Elisabeth D. Preval, and the artistic leader of Plas Timoun, a psychosocial project created for the relief of children affected by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. He was instrumental in the reconstruction of the iron market in Haiti as the project chief for Arts & Ambiances. His new work ‘The Rising Soul’ is now in the permanent collection in Triennal Internacional del Caribe au Museo de Arte Moderno a Santo Domingo.

By NOMAD ( | Summer 2017

A quest for a deeper knowledge of spiritual man led him to the Kripalu Yoga Ashram. After the popular uprising against dictatorship in Haiti in 1986, his style completely changed from his much lauded, fluid water imagery to much stronger strokes of black and white inks, coated paintings, wooden totems and metal sculptures reflecting the ‘Cry for Freedom’ of the Haitian people.


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Symbolic portrait of Toussaint Louverture , Roots of Freedom by the renown Haitian artist Philippe Dodard commissioned By Jean Robert Gaillard, 2016. | Summer 2017



Jean-Michel Basquiat by BY TAMRA DAVIS in Radiant Child

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Jean-Michel BASQUIAT


“I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece,” he posted. “When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art”. —Mr. Yusaku Maezawa

By Caroline Davies for The Guardian


painting by late graffiti artist-turned-expressionist painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, has become the most expensive at auction of any US artist, fetching $110.5m (£85m) in New York. “Untitled”, a 1982 work in oil stick, acrylic and spray paint, depicting a powerful crazed face shaped as a skull, also broke the salesroom record for a black artist, and is the first created since 1980 to top the $100m mark. It places the Brooklyn-born Basquiat, who died in 1988 of a heroin overdose aged 27, as one of the most coveted artists in the worldalongside Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, and the young American’s friend and mentor, Andy Warhol. Cheers and applause greeted the winning telephone bid following an intense 10-minute auction at Sotheby’s. Japanese entrepreneur and contemporary art collector | Summer 2017

Yusaku Maezawa, 41, later revealed his identity in an Instagram post with a photograph of himself seated on the floor looking up at his latest acquisition. Maezawa, who created online fashion retail website Zozotown, and founded the Contemporary Art Foundation, said he will display the work at a planned new museum in his hometown Chiba, Japan, but before that will loan it to institutions and exhibitions around the world. It is the second time the Japanese collector has set a record for a Basquiat piece. Last year he paid $57.3m for an untitled painting of a horned devil, making the artist the highest-grossing American artist at auction last year, according to Artprice. Basquiat had been an artist for just seven years when he died. His raw and brutal works draw

WINNER - Mr. Yusaku Maezawa, 41 year-old tech tycoon

on the problems faced by African Americans in the US. The son of a Haitian father and mother of Puerto Rican descent, Basquiat was part of the informal graffiti duo SAMO, and a prodigy who emerged in Lower East Side Manhattan as part of the hip hop, post punk and street art movements in the late 1970s.


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Jean-Michel BASQUIAT - Untitled (1982) | Summer 2017


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AMAZING ART COLLECTION at the Marriott Port-au-Prince « | Summer 2017 Courtesy Marriott Port-au-Prince/SBPR

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he Marriott Port-au-Prince showcases art created by local Haitian artisans throughout the hotel’s guest rooms, corridors, great room, conference areas, restaurant and courtyard. The hotel’s art curator, Philippe Dodard, is a renowned Haitian artisan whose work inspired Donna Karan’s Spring 2012 collection. Dodard worked together with local artists to create the overall vision of the hotel’s decor. His own pieces appear in the hotel along with works from the following artisans: • Peter Satyr Jacmel – Painted paper machè animal masks & vessels on wall in reception area and lobby • Delve – Wood sculptures in Cafè Cho • Rafaelle Castera – Photography of Haiti and people in Cafè Cho, guest rooms, ballroom foyer, and meeting spaces • Yves Delva – Voodoo flags in the great room • Mosaique Gariere – Painted tile wall in the restaurant • Jean Eddy – Metal wall art in private dining room • Cookie Villard – Light fixtures in the restaurant and great room • Sylvais – Painted paper machè vessels & tobacco leaf vases in library • Einstein Albert – Obeche wood

bowls on shelves in restaurant • Ronald Mevs – Painting in boardroom • Paula Coles – Recycled t-shirt art in the ballroom • Jolimeau – Metal art in the guest room corridors • Roclor – Stone sculpture on the outside terrace

In addition to displaying Haitianmade art, the Marriott Port-auPrince also features weekly art markets where guests can buy art from local artists on the hotel grounds. On-site shops like 2nd Story Goods also feature a wide range of locally-produced art pieces for purchase. | Summer 2017


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SÉNATEUR JACQUES SAUVEUR une vie partagée entre la musique, l’agriculture et la politique By Stanley Augustin


ils d’un père agriculteur et d’une mère couturière, Jacques Sauveur Jean a vu le jour le 6 août 1967 à Ferrier dans le département du Nord’Est. Avec une jeunesse mouvementée à Ferrier, Fort Liberté et au Cap Haïtien, il a trouvé la formule adéquate pour laisser son empreinte au niveau de ces trois communes. A Fort Liberté, il a débuté ses études classiques chez les Soeurs Saint Joseph de Cluny pour les achever au Centre Pédagogique Moderne du Cap Haïtien. Très jeune, Jacques Sauveur Jean se distingue par sa voix mélodieuse et sa plume atypique lors des concours de chants interclasse et interscolaire où il a été plusieurs fois primé. Dès l’âge de 16 ans, encore à l’école, il enregistre son premier album. Depuis, rien ne l’arrête. Il compte plusieurs dizaines de disques dans son palmarès encore provisoire. Cet amant de la symphonie, doit son | Summer 2017

surnom Jackito à la proximité de sa commune à la Républicaine Dominicaine dont la touche hispanique influence au quotidien les pratiques des habitants de cette région d’Haïti. Pour affectionner le jeune chanteur, ses fans greffent le suffixe “ito” à son prénom qui devient un diminutif de Jacques. Avec tact, il s’est approprié plusieurs tubes de la chanson française et parvient ainsi à construire son nouveau public. En 2003, il remporte le prix meilleur interprète carïbéen de Dynamic Store à Paris. Aujourd’hui, ce musicien talentueux est propriétaire de radio Musique FM et de Haitian Music TV (canal 20) au Cap Haïtien. Jacques Sauveur Jean, fils de paysans, ne s’est pas éloigné de l’agriculture qui a supporté financièrement une part importante de ses études. De retour en Haïti en 2007, il s’est lancé, grâce au support de l’ancien président René Préval, dans la construction de la ferme

À cheval sur trois terrains, le sénateur Jacques Sauveur Jean ménage assez bien sa monture afin de marquer son passage dans ces champs distincts. agricole Jackito. Cinq ans plus tard, en 2012, il remporte le prix Digicel Entrepreneur agricole du grand nord. En 2013, cette entreprise devient Ferme Agricole de Mérande et se spécialise dans la riziculture dans le haut et le bas Maribaroux. En vue de renforcer son travail dans le secteur et d’aider un pan considérable de la population vivant de l’agriculture dans cette région, il a lancé l’Organisation des Paysans et Agriculteurs du Nord’Est (OPAN), qu’il préside.

Toujours intéressé à la politique, en 2006 le chanteur et agriculteur, tombe sous le charme de la vision du candidat à la présidence Réné Préval axée sur l’agriculture. Il décide d’endosser sa candidature. Après



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The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida serves as the advocate for the community as well as resource for consumers and business dedicated to serving both the needs of our members and the economic development needs of the broader Haitian Community.

Promoting partnerships and alliances within communities throughout Florida and Haiti to build healthy business climates, fostering investment opportunities, creating employment growth, and encouraging public and private sector collaborations.

The Chamber is made up of professionals and companies from all types of industries and backgrounds, all unified by a common vision of prosperity.

HACCOF continues to:

HACCOF serves as a resource for its members, partners and businesses; dedicated to serving their needs and the economic development of the broader Haitian-American community. The chamber works as a leading organization to bring businesses together and acts as an advocate for Haitian and Haitian-American enterprises. Mobilizing concerned entrepreneurs across Florida, the U.S. and Haiti when important legislation and regulations are planned or debates that may potentially affect the broader Haitian business community.

Form alliances with members, businesses, civic leaders, other chambers, associations, agencies, government officials & foreign dignitaries to accomplish its goals. Hosts educational, local and international trade forums. Organize and facilitate networking programs. Engage dialogue, cooperation and understanding within Haitian communities. | Summer 2017


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SOW A SEED’S INITIATIVES REACHES OVER 200,000 LIVES health initiatives as well as shelter and environmental programs and special events across the Caribbean to date impacting over 200,000 lives, including woman and children. Over the years, Sow A Seed projects has attracted local to international celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, T-Vice, MikaBen, Kris Jenner, Donna Karen, JPerry, Ben Stiller, Niska, Izolan just to name a few.

When deciding on taking a project, Sow A Seed board aims to provide sustainable support to communities in need with the mindset: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish you feed him for a lifetime”.


ow A Seed also known as SAS by locals serves over 50 communities across Haiti with goal of collaborating for collective growth to bring hope, reduce hardship and promote sustainable living. It all started in 2004, when Founder and CEO, Claudia Apaid, encountered a group of child labourers, locally referred as “Restavek”, during her daily routine. With help from friends and family, 26 year-old Claudia host the first ever Christmas party for these young | Summer 2017

kids. Fast forward to two years, what started from a simple visit to an orphanage in Delmas to plan her 2nd Holiday party for kids led to a promise which will give birth to Sow A Seed – a non-denominational, volunteer-based, non-profit organization – in March 2007. Although mostly known for its vigorous and transparent emergency relief and humanitarian aid efforts after the 2010 earthquake and hurricane Matthew, Sow A Seed runs educational, arts, recreation and


Follow Sow A Seed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on our programs, visit To get involve, email


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ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION July 8, 2017 at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex Curated by Marie Vickles Little Haiti’s official Haitian Heritage Month Exhibition, Ayisyen Mwen Ye celebrates the work of a new generation of Haitian and HaitianAmerican artists along side a selection of seasoned masters that have inspired and paved the path for new creative voices. The work featured in this exhibition spans across a variety of artistic media – painting, photography, textiles, poetry and installation art. The range of work highlights the continued growth and trajectory explored by Haitian artists and the rising generations of artists

that utilize new forms of media to tell their stories and share their artistic visions. In homage to the wisdom of the elders, this exhibition will draw upon the tradition of Haitian proverbs, which form a connecting thread between past, present and future. During the Artists in Conversation gallery talk on July 8, 2017, nine of the featured artists and curator came together to discuss the beauty and challenges of being a Haitian artist and what it means to be defined as such within this evolving art world. Each artist delved into what has shaped them in their practice with the consensus that while their work should stand alone, and be taken

at face value, being Haitian is at the heart and soul of who they are and work they create. The talk was well attended with local art lovers from the South Florida Community. It’s incredibly important to push forward Haitian art towards a global pedigree that it deserves.”

Morel Doucet, one of the featured artists said of the experience “…spectacular artist talk. [I’m] very humbled to be surrounded by like-minded Haitian artists from the community. FEATURED ARTISTS Angie Bell - Louca Belle - James Brutus - Woosler Delisfort Morel Doucet - Sophia Lacroix - Jean H. Marcelin Myriame Pierre - Kira Tippenhauer - Serge Toussaint

Artists Ayisyen Mwen Ye Serge Mural | Summer 2017

Support for this exhibition was provided by these proud sponsors, the City of Miami and the dedicated staff of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Future Roots Collective Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance Tetanle Coffee and Teas


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Myriame Pierre Ayisyen Mwen Ye

James Brutus Mechanic Ayisyen Mwen Ye

Louca Bell Ayisyen Mwen Ye

Angie Bell Ayisyen Mwen Ye

Kira Tippenhauer Body Ayiseyn Mwen Ye

Sophia Lacroix Legim Lakay Ayisyen Mwen Ye

Woosler Delisfort Ayiseyn Mwen Ye | Summer 2017


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33rd Annual Scholarship Fundraising Gala | Summer 2017


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Haitian American Leadership Organization | Summer 2017


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2017 Scholarship Recipients - Conrhad Ligonde - Lakisha Alcenor - Kassandra St. Fleur - Photo by Ricardo Saint-Cyr

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at the Turnberry Isle Miami Benefitin | Summer 2017



ng Prodev Schools in Haiti | Summer 2017

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Raquel and Pouncy with the Catwalk for Charity Team - Photo by Gerry Brierre

Dr. Angelo Gousse - Photo by Ricardo Saint-Cyr

Dr. Rudolph Moise with Dr. Joseph Smith - Photo by Gerry Brierre

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Dr. Munir J. Mourra and Dr. Ranley Desir - Photo by Gerry Brierre

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Kevin Lyttle and Miss Peru 2016 Valeria Piazza and the Catwalk for Charity Team - Photo by Gerry Brierre

Hosts Calvin Hughes and Raquel Pelissier - Photo by Ricardo Saint-Cyr

Nandy Latour Photo by Gerry Brierre

Event Chair Judith Jopseh and Host Calvin Hughes - Photo by Gerry Brierre Rachel Roy - Photo by Ricardo Saint-Cyr | Summer 2017


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Edwidge, Prinston, Dr. Alie and Dr. Flore | Summer 2017

Crowd Cheering for a 3rd Location

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Edwidge, Prinston, Dr. Alie and Dr. Flore Prinston, Edwidge, David and Dr. Alie

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Food and Fruits Were Amazing

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