Tenth anniversary edition of Haitian Reporter

May 2011 edition marks ten years of the BHRMay 2011 edition marks ten years of the BHRThe tenth anniversary edition of the Boston Haitian Reporter hit newsstands across the region on Wednesday, May 11. The edition carries a special section dedicated to the inaugural Boston Haitian Honors event, which will be held on Thursday, May 12 at the Boston Seaport Hotel. Honors will be presented to five outstanding community leaders from Boston's blossoming Haitian community to celebrated the newspaper's milestone and to mark the opening celebration in a long weekend packed with Haitian Heritage Month events.

You can download the full edition of the BHR May edition (PDF format) here.

On May 12th at the Boston Seaport Hotel, the Boston Haitian Reporter will commemorate its first decade in business by launching Boston Haitian Honors, an annual event recognizing exemplary community and civic leaders of Haitian descent who have demonstrated leadership, unrelenting commitment to community service and volunteerism.

The event is co-chaired by Senator John F. Kerry, Governor Deval L. Patrick, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Dr. Paul Farmer, who will attend the event and offer special remarks to the luncheon crowd, which is expected to draw roughly 300 attendees. Read more

Is this the authentic face of Toussaint L'Ouverture?

Toussaint L'Ouverture portrait by Girardin: Recently discovered, this portrait is believed to be the only historically accurate painting of the Haitian leader.Toussaint L'Ouverture portrait by Girardin: Recently discovered, this portrait is believed to be the only historically accurate painting of the Haitian leader.“Images are not arguments, rarely even lead to proof, but the mind, craves them, and, of late more than ever, the keenest experiments find twenty images better than one, especially if contradictory; since the human mind has already learned to deal in contradictions.”
— Henry Adams, A Law of Acceleration

If there is one important historical figure from the early nineteenth century who has been consistently misrepresented through imagery, it would have to be Toussaint L’Ouverture. One would think that as a minimum, someone of his ilk and significance to Haitian history and the overall contribution to humanity’s fight for equality, freedom and dignity, a proper physical representation of his figure would be easily accessible. However, that has not been the case.

As we know, images are powerful tools. Unfortunately, they are often conjured and perpetuated by the victors of history, and are thus prone to reimaging and propaganda. Predictably, the essence of Toussaint over the years has suffered a vast distortion and vilification that has been seared into our minds as we remember him as a figure that was either homely and diminutive, or at times ostentatious and imposing – perhaps misrepresentative of his legacy.

In March of last year, after Haiti’s tragic earthquake, a friend of mine, researcher, Mario Valdes, whom I had the opportunity to work with at PBS Frontline, emailed me a photograph of what may be the only historically accurate painting of Toussaint, shattering any and all previous notions I held about his physical appearance and affect. Read more

Final results of legislative races delayed as questions persist

The certification of legislative election results from last month's runoff election will be delayed after U.S. and U.N. diplomats raised questions over the victories of more than a dozen candidates, Haitian officials said Monday.

U.S. diplomats said last week they wanted a public explanation for how Haiti's election commission declared victories for 17 Chamber of Deputies candidates and one Senate candidate after they ended up with far more votes than they had when preliminary returns were announced April 4. Read more

Diner de Grace

Apr. 8, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Diner de Grace
Sunday May 8
5:00-10:30 PM
Missionary Function Hall
100 Temple Street, Somerville, MA 02145

Contact: 857-249-0196

5th Annual Inite Pou La Sante Health Fair

May. 7, 2011 - 10:00 am

5th Annual Inite Pou La Sante Health Fair
Friday, May 7
10 A.M- 2PM
The Voice of the Gospel Tabernacle Church
47-49 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

For more Information contact: Dana Farber Cancer Institute Office Phone: 617-582-4542

7th Annual Haitian Heritage Month/Flag Day Breakfast at Boston

May. 13, 2011 - 10:30 am

7th Annual Haitian Heritage Month/Flag Day Breakfast at Boston
Friday, May 13,
Event: 10:30 A.M.
Boston City Hall Plaza, 5th Floor

City Hall, sponsored by City Councilor Rob Consalvo

Legacy: Remembering the Past and Envisioning the future

May. 14, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Legacy: Remembering the Past and Envisioning the future
Saturday, May 14th
Event: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Northeastern University Curry Student Center Ballroom
360 Huntington Ave, Boston

Cultural event at Northeastern University showing Mirlande Butler to perform a special duet with Joe Jack, featuring Fritz Orvil and Melanj; Charlot Lucien. Poetry with Jeanie Bgart. Surprise appearances of artists, reflections by our distinguished honorees Carl Fombrun of Florida and Joe Jack. For more Information contact: Eritaj Foundation, Inc., Gabrielle Rigaud at (617) 297-7312.

1st Annual Boston Haitian Honors

May. 12, 2011 - 11:30 am

Boston Haitian Honors
Thursday, May 12
Event: 11:30-1:30 p.m
Seaport Hotel
1Seaport Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 0221 Read more

POTO MITAN: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Apr. 26, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Neoliberal Globalization and the International Aid System Affects on Issues of Gender in Haiti
Tuesday, April 26
Event: 6:30pm
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA

Professor Mark Schuller from CUNY will screen his documentary film, Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy.
Joining the filmmaker for discussion will be: Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti Read more

An Evening with Haitian-American Writer & Novelist

Apr. 29, 2011 - 7:30 pm

The Abbot Academy Association and the English Department present:
An Evening with Haitian-American Writer & Novelist
Friday, April 29
Event: 7:30 p.m.
Cochran Chapel
5 Chapel Ave.
Andover, Mass.

Cultural event raising hope and support for Haiti. Proceeds will be donated to the Li-Li-Li reading-out-loud program for children displaced by the 2010 earthquake and to Partner's In Health. This a free and open event to the public. Suggested donation: Adults, $10; Students, $5

Hitting the streets for Haiti's health

Walk for Haiti 2011Walk for Haiti 2011The 8th annual Urban Walk for Haiti
was held on Saturday, April 2 at St. Paul’s Church Courtyard in Cambridge. The annual fundraiser benefits Partners In Health’s work in Haiti. Festivities included a special performance by Afro-diaspora female group Zili Misik. Read more

Martelly's election: Shades of populism and authoritarian rule

Patrick SylvainPatrick SylvainOne could consider Michel Joseph Martelly’s recent election a sequel to Graham Greene’s The Comedians.

It seems as though everything in Haiti is either a comedy or tragedy; the political emergence of a popular singer known for his superficial and sexually explicit lyrics is more than anything, akin to a stage comedy, a momentous farce. Michel Martelly, despite his lack of political experience and training/education, is now expected to serve as Haiti’s Head of State, and lead a nation in a perpetual state of crisis, lacking institutions and qualified civil servants.

BHR 4-11BHR 4-11For the past few decades, the derision of ethics, justice, education, and national character could only produce a political candidate that mirrors the ideals of the society at large. Martelly’s ascension to power is a by-product of the society’s ills and entrenched crises, but it is also the repudiation of Préval’s failed presidency and politics of silence that displeased and alienated the already disenfranchised population.

Leading up to the election, much of the population, at least those who voted, carried pictures of Aristide while simultaneously sporting the number “8” (to symbolize Martelly). In any logical realm, those two figures would be incompatible (despite their populist driven campaigns).

As a matter of fact, Aristide and Martelly represent politically antithetical points of view. After all, Martelly openly supported Aristide’s ouster from power in both 1991 and 2004. Also, he is a strong supporter of the re-establishment of the military that Aristide banned from operation. The intersecting point between these two charismatic figures however, is the fact that populism resides strongly in the realm of Haitian popular representative democracy. Read more

"Gerthys Roots"

Apr. 18, 2011 - 1:00 pm

"Gerthys Roots"
Monday April 18th
Event: 1:00PM
Loews Cineplex /AMC
175 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts Read more

Visions for Haiti: Perspectives from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and UMass Boston

Apr. 19, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Visions for Haiti: Perspectives from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and UMass Boston
Tuesday, April 19
Event: 2:30 pm
Umass Boston Campus Center Alumni Lounge

A community forum at the University of Massachusetts Boston. University alumnus and Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Senior Advisor Patrick Gaston will make a presentation on the fund’s work. Alix Cantave will discuss the university’s efforts, in collaboration with an international consortium of colleges and universities, to rebuild higher education in Haiti.

Miami Herald: Martelly is winner by 3-1 margin

The Miami Herald reports today that Michel Martelly will be the next president of Haiti. Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles says sources tell her that Martelly has defeated rival candidate Mirlande Manigat by a 3-1 margin. Developing story.

Money, Power, Respect: Economic Development in the Caribbean Region & Community

Apr. 1, 2011 - 9:00 am

Money, Power, Respect: Economic Development in the Caribbean Region & Community
Friday, April 1
Event: 9-4:30 pm
Harvard Law School

Featuring speakers from the UK, Dominica, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Vincent and more! Featuring Homemade Rum Cakes and Live Steel Pan Entertainment!! FREE and Open to the Public! REGISTER NOW at http://hlsorgs.com/hcla/conference/conference-registration/

9am-12pm: Registration, Hauser 103
9:30am-10:30am: Continental Breakfast, Hauser 105
10:30am-11:45am: "Political Stability and Interactions with the United States", Hauser 105 Read more

"Rebuilding Health & Education in Haiti: How Can Students Get Involved?"

Apr. 9, 2011 - 8:00 am

"Rebuilding Health & Education in Haiti: How Can Students Get Involved?"
Saturday, April 9
8:00AM-4:00 PM
Boston University School of Medicine
Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118 Read more

Partners In Development Annual Celebration

Apr. 3, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Partners In Development Annual Celebration
Sunday, April 3
Event 2-4:00p
Ascension Memorial Church
31 County Street
Ipswich, MA Read more

Harpoon Helps Haiti

Apr. 7, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Harpoon Helps Haiti
Thursday, April 7
The Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA

Drink Harpoon; Help Haiti. The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is hosting a private tasting. Price is $10 for admission. All proceeds go to benefit SBHF and their work in Haiti. Admission price includes all-you-can-taste beer, entry into a Harpoon raffle for cases of beer, t-shirts and other prizes. Plenty of parking is available at the brewery. E-mail amueller@sbhfhaiti.org for more information.

Dartmouth Men's Soccer Team vs. Haitian National Soccer Team

Apr. 8, 2011 - 7:00 pm

The Dartmouth men's soccer team host the Men's National Team of Haiti
Friday, April 8
Event: 7 p.m.
Hanover New Hampshire
Burnham Field
South Park St
Hanover, NH 03755

This event is to benefit Partners in Health relief efforts in Haiti. The Haiti National Team is traveling to Dartmouth, New Hampshire. Read more

Harvard Men's Soccer vs. Haiti National Team

Apr. 10, 2011 - 3:00 pm

Harvard Men's Soccer Host Haitian National Team
Sunday, April 10
Event: 5-8:00 pm
Harvard Stadium
65 N Harvard St
Allston, MA 02134

Fundraiser for Haiti Earthquake Relief. Free BBQ starts before 3 pm. Free T-shirts for the first 400 attendees. Other Promotions and free stuff all for a great Cause. Tickets: $10 for general public, free for Harvard undergraduates, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the game will be going to Partners in Health for relief efforts in Haiti. For more information go to: GoCrimson.com on the event.

Medford Caribbean Festival

Mar. 26, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Medford Caribbean Festival
Saturday, March 26
Event: 5-8 p.m.
McGlynn Elementary School
off Riverside Ave. on Freedom Way Medford, MA Read more

One Year After The Earthquake

Mar. 29, 2011 - 7:00 pm

One Year After The Earthquake
Tuesday, March 29
Event: 7-9 pm
Union Hall
First Religious Society
27 School Street
Carlisle, MA Read more

Hurry up and wait: Presidential results due on March 31

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Haitians wearied by long years of poverty, corruption and natural disasters are settling in for a wait to find out who they have elected to lead efforts to rebuild the earthquake-devastated capital, improve education and create some optimism for the future.

The choice faced by voters in the presidential election Sunday was between Mirlande Manigat, a longtime political fixture as a former first lady and senator, and Michel ``Sweet Micky'' Martelly, a popular singer who has never held public office.

Preliminary results are not expected until March 31. Read more

Wyclef shot in Haiti as polls open for election

Wyclef Jean was shot while campaigning for Michel Martelly in Haiti today, according to a report from Al Jazerra. The report says that Wyclef was injured in the hand during an early morning incident in Port-au-Prince and is in stable condition. Today in election day in Haiti. Developing story. Read more