“Across Senegal, the Beloved Baobab Tree Is the ‘Pride of the Neighborhood’” by Dionne Searcy – September 30, 2018 (New York Times)
“Baobabs have endured for centuries as essential cultural symbols. But increasingly, they are threatened by climate change, urbanization and a growing population”…
“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” 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,” 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,” 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 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.”
“A Haitian Slave Turned Emperor Brings Celebration and Controversy to Brooklyn,” by Jeffery C. Mays
August 18, 2018
“But the naming of Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard — along Rogers Avenue between Farragut Road and Eastern Parkway — and the neighborhood designation were not without complications.
Some felt Little Haiti was redundant because the area had previously been christened Little Caribbean by another group. And the street co-naming was delayed because of Dessalines’s controversial history…”
Between Hate, Hope, and Help: Haitians in the Dominican Republic by Aida Alami.
Monday, August 13, 2018
“Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola, the largest in the Caribbean after Cuba, but the peoples on either side of the island rarely mix thanks to decades of political tensions and mutual fears fed by a history of wars, massacres, and other atrocities. Some are hopeful that the Dajabón market is a testament to these neighbors’ capacity to get along. But as politicians have manipulated racialized anxieties and fears that defy economic logic and business interests, the strain between the two countries has only intensified.”
‘Columbus Day is the Celebration of Genocide” by Cacique Jorge Baracutei Estevez.
Monday, August 13, 2018
October 12 is when the United States celebrates Christopher Columbus making landfall in the Caribbean in his 3 caravels. A ‘cacique’ (chief) of the Taino, the first indigenous people of the Americas Columbus encountered, gives his take on why the observance of this day is unacceptable.