Back-to-School Jamboree

Aug. 27, 2011 - 10:00 am

Boston Public Schools presents: BACK-TO-SCHOOL JAMBOREE

FREE BACKPACKS with school supplies for the 1st 1,500 BPS Students!

For more information contact b2sjamboree@boston.k12.ma.us | 617-635-9660 or -9661

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation 2011 Annual Event

Sep. 13, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Special Guest Speaker Paul Farmer, Founder of Partners in Health.

Master of Ceremonies, R.D. Sahl.

RSVY by August 30 to pfanning@sbhfhaiti.org

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation 2011 Annual Event

Dec. 13, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Special Guest Speaker Paul Farmer, Founder of Partners in Health.

Master of Ceremonies, R.D. Sahl.

RSVY by August 30 to pfanning@sbhfhaiti.org

In Remembrance of Lenord Fortune, “Azor”

Lenord "Azor" Fortune (1965-2011)Lenord "Azor" Fortune (1965-2011)The old saying is Tanbou frappe, Haitien kanpe —or “when the drum’s struck, Haitians stand!” That’s been the case for us throughout the many years that Racine percussionist Lenord Fortune, or “Azor”, used his talents in music to carve a national and international path for Haiti’s roots tradition.

The Island does not lack for talented percussionists but Azor - like his renowned predecessor, “Ti Roro”- could make the drums talk, sing, scream, shout and - sometimes, even whisper. His amazing ability with a hand drum was only matched by his astounding talent as a vocalist.

His videos were celebrations of the sounds, colors and movements of the African in Haitians. He set his scenes on Haiti’s lush mountains and its vibrant waterfalls and sung the trials and tribulations of his native land in plain-worded truths. He was a rarity among his kind – a “tambourineur” who was as comfortable in an “all vocals” acoustic setting and equally at peace with the best of Haiti’s electric music traditions. Read more

Diaspora groups launch national listening tour in Boston

On July 14, a group of leaders from the Haitian diaspora launched a national listening tour in Boston. The Haitian Fund for Innovation and Reconstruction (HFIR) based in New York, Konbit for Haiti out of Florida, the Lambi Fund from Haiti, and Oxfam America headquartered in Boston with offices in DC - collaborated with the Boston Haitian Reporter – to convene a working meeting. The goal was to hear the diaspora perspective on issues that can be addressed through coordinated
advocacy.

Participants engage in brainstorm about advocacy priorities on July 14.Participants engage in brainstorm about advocacy priorities on July 14.

About 25 local community leaders, entrepreneurs,human rights advocates and young professionals gathered to discuss priorities in setting an advocacy agenda. The group eagerly provided their input on the major sectors that need to be bolstered and prioritized, from education and governance to the justice system and infrastructure. Read more

Evictions Report: Government adds insult to injuries of displaced

The Haitian Government is violating the rights of Haitians more seriously than the non-governmental organizations (NGOS). During recent weeks, destroying the camps of the internally displaced people has become something normal. And now the Mayor Jean-Yves Jason of Port-au-Prince has evicted 514 families that were living in the Sylivo Cator soccer stadium, without respect to their rights or their dignity.
A protest by civil society organizations against the presence of MINUSTAH on July 28, 2011.A protest by civil society organizations against the presence of MINUSTAH on July 28, 2011.
This is yet another time that the Haitian Government has violated the International Convention on Human Rights, which recognizes the rights that all victims of natural catastrophes have to live with dignity.Mayor Jason of Port-au-Prince declared: “The government doesn’t owe people anything, the 10,000 gourdes ($500 U.S.) the government gives is charity for them to restart their lives.” That is the kind of declaration we might expect to hear from the mouths of NGOs, not from those who govern - those to whom we have given a mandate to govern us.

Of the 514 families that were living in the stadium, there are 124 (about 600 people) that the Mayor agreed to relocate in another space. However, the other nearly 400 families were left in the streets with only 10,000 gourdes and no other assistance to find an alternative. Read more

Fils-Aime to represent Boston in national poetry slam

August issue on stands now!August issue on stands now!McKendy Fils-Aime first started writing poetry “like any high school kid does” – after being dumped by his high school sweetheart. Now, almost 10 years after his high school debut, he is one of five members of the Boston team at this year’s National Poetry Slam in Cambridge.

Born in New York City to Haitian parents, Fils-Aime moved to New Hampshire when he was young and attended local high school, where he first began exploring the medium of poetry.

“I said to myself, ‘I really like writing poetry, and I think I should start taking this more seriously,’” Fils-Aime said of his first experiences with writing.

During the rest of his high school career, he began to hone the craft of spoken word poetry, concentrating on his delivery and performance style. He then began to enter poetry readings and local “slams,” which he continued doing when he got to the University of New Hampshire.

Since his debut on the slam circuit, Fils-Aime has performed in the last three National Poetry Slams, for the Manchester, NH team in 2008, the Worcester team in 2009, and the Manchester team again in 2010. This year, he decided to take his craft to the bigger Boston slam clubs and made the Boston team, which will compete in Cambridge for the 2011 National Poetry Slam on August 9. Read more

Rachelle Villarson’s commitment to service inspires peers

Rachelle Villarson, at the 2011 Women of Power luncheon in Boston.Rachelle Villarson, at the 2011 Women of Power luncheon in Boston.
Last week’s National Urban League conference in Boston featured many nationally reknown figures from Soledad O’Brien, Henry Louis “Skip” Gates to Rev. Al Sharpton and Bill Gates. Many Bay State officials welcomed conference attendees including Gov Deval Patrick, Mayor Thomas Menino, several state representatives, administration leaders and members of the Boston city council.

However, one key group that helped to ensure the smooth operations of the conference was the hard-working volunteers. And one dynamic leader responsible for recruiting, training, coordination and execution for volunteers for several main events was Rachelle Villarson. Villarson, who was born in Brooklyn and came to Boston as a teen, is a finance supervisor at Partners Healthcare. She was appointed to the board of Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPN-ULEM), as co-chair of the community service committee last summer. She hit the ground running. Read more

AFROPOLITAN CRUISE "All Black Upscale Sorre"

Sep. 3, 2011 - 11:00 pm

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4 Levels of Entertainment :: Cash Bar|21+ Proper ID Read more

Boston Caribbean Carnival

Aug. 28, 2011 - 12:00 pm

The parade begins Saturday August 28 at noon, from Martin Luther King Blvd into Warren St. and ending in Franklin Park. J’Ouvert begins at 5am from Blue Hill Ave and Morton Street for the true jump up crowd.

Miss Haiti Pageant hosted by the Mezzi Foundation

Aug. 27, 2011 - 7:00 pm

On Saturday August 27th, the Mezzi Foundation Inc will be hosting its first annual Miss Haiti Pageant in Boston. Established in 2009, the Mezzi Foundation Inc is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the social, educational, and economical development of underserved Haitian youth living in Haiti. The funds raised will support our fourth humanitarian trip to Haiti.

For more information contact Cassandra Prophete at reachmezzifoundation@gmail.com

Friends of the Orphans Donor Appreciation Event

Jul. 30, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Friends of the Orphans has partnered with the Red Sox to host an incredible
night at Fenway Park! Join us and our current donors as we share our hopes of
spreading our mission throughout the Boston area to transform the lives of MORE
orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the
Caribbean. The event will feature a special guest speaker, Elzer Sabillon, of
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and
Sisters”) Honduras, followed by a special opportunity to watch the Boston Red Read more

Institute of Justice & Democracy in Haiti Office Opening Celebration

Sep. 14, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Join the Institute of Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) on Sept 14th to celebrate the establishment of its Boston-based headquarters

For more information, contact info@ijdh.org Read more

19th Cambridge Carnival International

Sep. 10, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Cambridge Carnival International is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. The festival, in its 19th year, is considered a Cambridge Institution as it is the largest festival in Cambridge, attracting over 150,000 people. The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures. Participants can be seen as revelers masquerading through the streets in dazzling handmade costumes, dancing to the beat of the Carnival. Read more

New Covenant Church of Cambridge Youth Revival

Jul. 25, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Join the New Covenant Church of Cambridge in Waltham to attend our annual Youth Revival week that will take place from Monday, July 25, 2011 to Sunday, July 31, 2011. Services will begin each night at 6:30 pm.

The guest speaker for this occasion will be Evangelist Pierre André Laurent of Florida. There will also be a free workshop on Saturday morning, July the 30th from 10am to 1pm, we will be discussing Moving Forward in Christ. A light lunch will be served. Read more

Poetic Escape Featuring Arthur Collins

Jul. 27, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Poetic Escape – Featuring Arthur Collins

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. - - $5.00 before 10:00 p.m.
Open mic at 9:30pm followed by feature poet

DJ Damir will be in the building spinning the best in R&B, Neo-Soul, Old-School, and Hip-Hop

For more information, contact poeticescape3@gmail.com, 617-549-2700 Read more

AFAB's 15th Annual Fundraising Dinner

Oct. 15, 2011 - 6:00 pm

The Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB) 15th Annual Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon located at 61 Rockwood Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

For more information, contact AFAB, 617-287-0096

Healthy Families Ensure Healthy Communities

Aug. 6, 2011 - 9:00 am

Healthy Families Ensure Healthy Communities presents a domestic violence prevention forum. Read more

State of Black Boston

Jul. 25, 2011 - 8:30 am

The State of Black Boston (SOBB) is a comprehensive research project and a call to action. SOBB is both a compilation of data and stories about issues that are pertinent to the City of Boston and a collection of ideas and strategies for resolving continuing racial gaps and acknowledging assets and advancements in the Black community. Read more

A Legacy of National Disunity

Patrick SylvainPatrick Sylvain

Fighting for power at the expense of the nation is nothing new in Haiti. A paternalistic state that has thrived on totalitarianism and corruption, Haiti’s history as a cohesive political nation was short lived.

And today, Haiti cannot be fully considered a viable political nation, despite having a constitution, a parliament, a judiciary and an executive. Haiti’s peril is due to not only the refusal of the West to compensate for its carnivorous colonial past and lingering market-driven need for dominance, but also to its own self-imposed post-slavery military culture and the divergent political views linked to the colonial affiliations of our founding fathers. Read more

Important to coordinate advocacy

In the 18 months since the earthquake, the Haitian community has remained fervently involved in Haiti’s recovery and reconstruction. Diaspora leaders, Haiti scholars and human rights advocates have held numerous conferences, community meetings and forums. Throughout these efforts, the need for deeper diaspora involvement in long-term policy advocacy continues to permeate the conversation. It has become apparent that the voice of the estimated 1.5 million Haitians need to be heard where policies are developed in key U.S. power centers such as Washington DC. Read more

Fashion show supports non-profits’ work

Mothers Care members at the I AM KREYOL showcase in August.Mothers Care members at the I AM KREYOL showcase in August.On June 26, acclaimed Boston designer Joelle Fontaine organized a fashion benefit to raise funds for Boston Mothers Care and Physicians for Haiti at the Red Fez in Boston’s South End. Both local non-profits, established in response to the January 2010 earthquake, continue to work in Haiti to support communities through long-term rebuilding efforts. Donations received from the benefit , for instance, will help Boston Mothers Care fund their latest project to bring clean, accessible water to Colminy, a small town outside of Saint-Marc, a coastal city 40 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince.

“This event has gotten us one step closer to meeting our goal of having a water well in Colminy,” said the co-founder Ines Palmarin. “It [also] gives us more exposure, to a different community - the art community.” Read more

Boxer fights to represent parents’ homeland in the 2012 Olympics

Jeanpierre Augustin training in South BostonAfter the Haitian earthquake last year, Jeanpierre Augustin welcomed three family members into his family’s Lawrence home – survivors of the earthquake that killed 13 other relatives of the Augustin family. Jean-Pierre knew he had wanted to box for the past five years, but, after the quake, he knew for sure that he wanted to box for Haiti … in the Olympics.

The 25-year-old light heavyweight boxer, originally from Boston, is on the track to an Olympic appearance in London next year, where he will don red and blue.

“For a country that has nothing at all, if I can bring some light to it, that would be a good thing,” Augustin says.
The road to the Olympics, however, is an unsure one, requiring self-discipline and travel to intercontinental tournaments and foreign rings. Read more

Man charged in ‘04 cold-case murder

Shabazz Augustine was arrested and charged last month.Shabazz Augustine was arrested and charged last month.A Dorchester man accused of suffocating a 26 year-old Malden woman to death in his Savin Hill apartment during a envy-driven argument— and then dumping her body in the Charles River in 2004 — was ordered held without bail this morning during his arraignment in Dorchester District Court.

Shabazz Augustine, 32, cowered out of view behind a door in a Dorchester court as the family of the victim, Julaine Jules, strained for a view at the suspect. Augustine, a dental hygienist, was arrested Thursday at the Kool Smiles clinic in Roxbury where he works by a team of Boston Police officers.

The arrest of Augustine after seven years stunned the victim’s family— which learned of the break in the case from Boston Police and the Suffolk County DA’s office yesterday. Prosecutors say that Augustine was upset after learning that Jules — whom he had an apparent romantic connection to— had been spending time with another man in the days before her disappearance. Read more

No bail for man charged with killing Julaine Jules

Shabazz Augustine: Charged with murdering Julaine Jules and dumping her in Charles River in 2004.Shabazz Augustine: Charged with murdering Julaine Jules and dumping her in Charles River in 2004.
(Updated June 30, 5:10 p.m.) — A Dorchester man accused of suffocating a 26 year-old Malden woman to death in his Savin Hill apartment during a envy-driven argument— and then dumping her body in the Charles River in 2004 — was ordered held without bail this morning during his arraignment in Dorchester District Court.

Shabazz Augustine, 32, cowered out of view behind a door in a Dorchester court as the family of the victim, Julaine Jules, strained for a view at the suspect. Augustine, a dental hygenist, was arrested Thursday at the Kool Smiles clinic in Roxbury where he works by a team of Boston Police officers.

Jules was a pretty, Haitian-American woman who worked as a secretary at the Children’s Museum at the time of her death. She was missing for more than a month before her decomposed body— wrapped in plastic garbage bags— surfaced on the Cambridge side of the Charles River on Sept., 19, 2004.
Julaine JulesJulaine Jules
The arrest of Augustine after seven years stunned the victim's family— which learned of the break in the case from Boston Police and the Suffolk County DA’s office yesterday. Prosecutors say that Augustine was upset after learning that Jules — whom he had an apparent romantic connection to— had been spending time with another man in the days before her disappearance. Read more