The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar: The violent history of sugar is the subject of a talk at the Brooklyn Historical Society.” By Front Burner – October 9, 2018 (NYT)

James Walvin, a professor emeritus of history at the University of York in England, will discuss his book “Sugar: The World Corrupted, From Slavery to Obesity,” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. He promises not to sweeten the very fraught story of this culinary staple.

Sharing the Food of an Ivorian Childhood at Paradis des Gouts

Sharing the Food of an Ivorian Childhood at Paradis des Gouts,” by Ligaya Mishan – October 18, 2018 (NYT)

“At Paradis des Gouts, she is an ambassador, explaining dishes to diners mostly unfamiliar with them, like attieke, fermented cassava pulp grated and molded into tiny couscous-like orbs. It has little flavor on its own but arrives topped with raw Scotch bonnets or habaneros: first the burn, then bland consolation.”

La Guadeloupéenne Maryse Condé remporte le « nouveau prix de littérature », alternative au Nobel

La Guadeloupéenne Maryse Condé remporte le « nouveau prix de littérature », alternative au Nobel” (Le Monde) – October 12, 2018

“Souvent pressentie pour le prix Nobel, l’écrivaine guadeloupéenne Maryse Condé a remporté vendredi 12 octobre « le nouveau prix de littérature » institué par la « Nouvelle Académie ».
En raison d’un scandale sexuel touchant l’Académie suédoise, à la suite d’accusations d’agressions et de viols portées par dix-huit femmes contre l’époux d’une académicienne, l’institution n’a en effet pas été en mesure de remettre un prix Nobel de littérature pour l’année 2018.”

“Etazini-Imigrasyon: Yon Jij Federal Mande pou Pwogram TPS la Kontinye” (VOA Kreyòl)

Etazini-Imigrasyon: Yon Jij Federal Mande pou Pwogram TPS la Kontinye” -Ekip Sèvis Kreyòl VOA – 4 Oktob

“WASHINGTON, DC — Ozetazini, yon jij federal bloke tout aksyon administrasyon Trump la te vle pran pou l mete fen nan yon pwogrm ki pwoteje yon gwoup imigran k ap viv ilegalman nan peyi a kont depòtasyon. Pwogam nan fasilite anviwon 300 mil imigran ki sòti nan peyi sa yo: Ayiti, Soudan, Nikaragwa avèk Salvadò; imigran sa yo gen pèmisyon pou yo viv, etidye e travay Ozetazini.”

Ces athlètes veulent mettre Haïti au sommet du bodybuilding

CES ATHLÈTES VEULENT METTRE HAÏTI AU SOMMET DU BODYBUILDING,” by Laura Louis, September 18, 2018.

Ces jeunes sportifs portent le rêve de faire l’honneur d’Haïti à travers le monde par le bodybuilding. Ils ont toutefois compris que le sport à lui seul ne leur permettra pas de gagner leur vie en Haïti. Ils sont aussi des professionnels de la médecine, de la comptabilité, de la climatisation et de l’entrepreneuriat. Chacun évolue dans son champ professionnel et ils se rencontrent en week-end pour les entrainements. Même ceux qui ne peuvent pas être sur place pendant les séances d’entrainement peuvent participer. Avec une photo, l’entraineur examine le corps et il fait si possible, des prescriptions nécessaires. Piterkson Saintil par exemple, est un étudiant en aménagement du territoire qui vit au Cap-Haitien qui est connecté au reste du groupe évoluant à Port-au-Prince.

This Giant Rihanna Portrait Is a Window Into Haiti’s Barbershop Culture—And the Soul of a New Brooklyn Exhibition (Vogue)

This Giant Rihanna Portrait Is a Window Into Haiti’s Barbershop Culture—And the Soul of a New Brooklyn Exhibition” by Kate Branch – September 10, 2018

 “The opening reception of “Pòtoprens: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince,” a large-scale exhibition of work by more than 25 artists working in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, occupies three stories of Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. On the ground floor, past the wall of sequin-covered masks and the elaborately beaded, feminist-minded flags that depict men on horses and women with their skirts pulled up, there are sculptures. Some are heads carved from limestone found in the Rivière Froide while others are built with discarded tires, donated heels, baby doll heads, human skulls. In the garden just beyond the mystical structures that mingle with showgoers sits a small barbershop.”

Rum Enthusiasts Have a New Obsession: Fresh-Cut Sugar Cane (New York Times)

Rum Enthusiasts Have a New Obsession: Fresh-Cut Sugar Cane,” by Jason Wilson

“Among aficionados of craft spirits, the obsessive quest for the “authentic,” “pure” and “rustic” intensifies with each passing year. Not too long ago, rhum agricole from Martinique or Guadeloupe — a rum distilled from the juice of fresh-cut sugar cane, following strict rules enforced by an “appellation d’origine contrôlée” in France — might have satisfied those nebulous ideals. […] But over the past several months, an unaged rum from Haiti called clairin, also made from fresh-pressed sugar cane juice, began popping up on cocktail menus…”

PetroCaribe: Who, What, Where, When, Why

PetroCaribe: Who, What, Where, When, Why,” by Team Woy – September 2, 2018

The words “Petro Caribe” have been trending on Haiti Twitter for the last few weeks, and maybe you don’t know what any of it means. For those of you who are from Haiti or who love Haiti, but don’t know what exactly is going on, we wanted to break it down for you to clear up the confusion. We’ve gathered some videos, articles, and links that can explain why people are asking, “Where is the PetroCaribe money??”

Indigenous Inca, Taíno, Maya & Nahua Legacies Featured in Gallery Talks

Indigenous Inca, Taíno, Maya & Nahua Legacies Featured in Gallery Talk, by Benny Seda-Galarza – August 28, 2018.

“This fall, the Library of Congress will present a series of four gallery talks in the exhibit “Exploring the Early Americas.” The talks will focus on the everyday lives of the indigenous people of the ancient Americas and the newly developing connection between archaeology and neuroscience.

Starting in September, lectures will be held monthly through December on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery of the exhibition on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. The talks are free and open to the public. The series will be presented by John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of Archaeology of the Early Americas.”