Friday, January 12, 2018

Memorial Sculpture in Savannah Honors more than 500 Haitian Soldiers

In Savannah in 2007
A Memorial Sculpture was Dedicated to the
Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue.
The monument honors more than 500 Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War's bloody siege of Savannah
In 1779, more than 500 recruits from Saint-Domingue (the French colony which later became Haiti), under the overall command of French nobleman Charles Hector, Comte d'Estaing, fought alongside American colonial troops against the British Army during the siege of Savannah.

This was one of the most significant, foreign contributions to the American Revolutionary War. This French-colonial force had been established six months earlier and included hundreds of soldiers of color in addition to white soldiers and a couple black slaves.
Despite stories to the contrary, slave Henri Christophe could not have served as a drummer boy as he was 22 years old at the time. He would later become the King of Haiti.

Anderson Cooper Defends Haiti From Trump’s Insults

Anderson Cooper Fights Tears
As He Defends Haiti From Trump’s Insults  
CNN anchor says Trump could learn from the dignity of Haitians.

CNN news host Anderson Cooper gave an emotional send-off to the people of Haiti in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on immigration from what he called “shithole” countries. 

The comments from Cooper and Trump came one day before the eighth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that left over 100,000 people dead. Trump had been discussing a potential deal with a team of senators that would have restored protections for immigrants from Haiti, African countries and El Salvador, the Washington Post and others reported Thursday night. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked senators. “Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump reportedly said. “Take them out.” Cooper denounced the statements on his CNN show Anderson Cooper 360, calling them ignorant and racist. At the end of his show, Cooper got emotional when discussing his dealings with Haitians.
“I just want to take a minute to talk about Haiti, one of the places the president referred to today as a ‘shithole’ country,’” he said. 

“The people of Haiti have been through more… They’ve fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.” 

Cooper spoke of learning math from a Haitian immigrant (Yves Volel) and then visiting the country as a journalist to cover the devastating 2010 earthquake.
“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it, they look you in the eye. They don’t blink,” Cooper said, adding:
“They stand tall and they have dignity. It’s a dignity that many in this White House could learn from. It’s a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from as well.”

Source: CNN

NY Daily News Cover 1-18-18

Haiti Earthquake of 2010

Haiti Earthquake of 2010

Monday, January 8, 2018

Taste of Haiti: 5 Places for Kreyol Food in Brooklyn

Taste of Haiti
5 Places to Try Kreyol Food
in Brooklyn
Writer at Edible Brooklyn
If reading about the spicy-tart Haitian condiment called pikliz in our fall travel issue inspires you to try one of the borough’s many Haitian restaurants, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of five favorites to get you started.

Thousands of Haitians live in Brooklyn; here are five kitchens serving them a taste of their West Indian home.

1. Immaculee Bakery
    1411 Nostrand Ave., East Flatbush; 718.941.2644
This tiny takeout bakery specializes in pate (pronounced pah-tey), a Haitian Kreyol word originally derived from the French term for pastry. Similar to Jamaican patties but with a thicker, denser crust and a squarer shape, pate are filled with everything from ground meat and peppers to guava paste and cheese. They’re perfect with a bottle of Immaculee’s housemade vanilla-spiked lemonade.

2. Kreyol Flavor
     2816 Church Ave., East Flatbush; 718.856.2100
Kreyol Flavor is brand new to a stretch of Church Avenue lined with West Indian shops and restaurants, and most diners here create a heaping platter from the many well-spiced stews in the steam table. Most come with your choice of white rice, rice and red beans or the mushroom-flavored black rice called djon djon, plus fried plantains and a cold side like beet and corn salad. 
Shown above: a stewed mix of greens, chayote and vegetables called legume, made here with lima beans and crab, and underneath, okra stewed with goat. To the side is a cup of the spicy house pikliz.

 3. La Caye
     35 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene; 718.858.4160
La Caye — whose name is a riff on the Haitian Kreyol term la kaye, meaning home — serves refined versions of the Haitian food the partners in this two-year-old spot grew up eating at home in Brooklyn. That includes chiktay, a flaky smoked fish spread spiked with Scotch bonnet chilies, a grilled conch dish called lambi boucane, and the seafood creole shown above. 
There’s also live music, a backyard, a lengthy wine list and multiple fruity flavors of house-made sangria. Better still, La Caye has a beautiful storefront spot just across the street from BAM.

4. La Tranquilite l’Impressioniste
    9117 Avenue L., Canarsie; 718.531.8767
Beyond traditional stews and platters served with rice, La Tranquilite makes fritaille, the Haitian term for a multitude of fried offerings like the pork confit called griot, and accra, the Haitian fritters made from the yam-like tuber called malanga
On Sunday mornings, La Tranquilite is also a go-to spot for the bright orange soup joumou, a creamy bowl of puréed pumpkin made with vegetables, poultry and tiny strands of short spaghetti or another small pasta.

5. Venus Restaurant
     670 Rogers Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens; 718.287.4949
On weekends diners often double-park next to Venus’ brightly painted mural, hanging out till their order (perhaps stew turkey, the Haitian meatballs called boulette, or fried whole fish whose crispy crusts are seasoned with Scotch bonnets chilies) is ready to go.
Entrees change daily — you have to wait and see what’s written on the white board when you arrive — but most come with rice, salad and Venus’ excellent Haitian macaroni gratin, which is a little like mac and cheese baked with a spicy, creamy pink-orange sauce.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Orestes Bouzon * Cuban Artist

Orestes Bouzon 
Orestes Bouzon was born in Havana Cuba, February 20. Painting has been a natural form of expression since early childhood for Bouzon.
As a young child, Bouzon articulated his feelings best on paper and his life began to revolve around his visions.
Bouzon was accepted in to San Alejandro School of Arts in 1980. While attending San Alejandro, Bouzon began to see the beauty in the art of life and has developed a sensitive, yet dramatic style.
His ability to capture light through the use of vibrant colors and to express varying moods and feelings in his paintings is extraordinary.   
Orestes Bouzon' Paintings

Orestes Bouzon
A fine Cuban Artist
Video created by UNIKOCarle-Miami

Sunday, December 31, 2017

La Compagnie Créole: Bonne année

La Compagnie Créole
Bonne année

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jour et Nuit

Nuit  &  Jour
Night  &  Day

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017