Saturday morning when I landed in Haiti for my very first Kanaval experience, I posted pictures and videos on my instagram page to share the experience with all my fellow Haitian Americans who couldn’t make it to Haiti for the annual event. As I drove into Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince to meet with Haitian television host and Plezikanaval owner Carel Pedre, everything from the traffic to the restaurants were packed as locals and tourist prepare for a beautiful Valentines night with their loved ones and prepare for three nights of Kanaval festivities.
Like any other Carnival spelled Kanaval in creole, safety is always a concern, but as I pulled up to the city of Champ des Mars on Sunday night to make my way to Carel’s Plezikanaval stand which was covering all the ins and outs of the the three day event, hundreds of armed police officers, security and emergency rescue teams standing throughout the ares definitely made me feel secure and ready to partake in all the excitement of Kanaval.
Anyone who know me personally know I am a huge Tupac Shakur fan. I was introduced to Tupac’s music when I moved from Turks and Caicos to American in 1994. Tupac is and forever will be my favorite artist.
If you’re a Tupac fan you know he was angry and pointed a lot of fingers at different people following his 1994 shooting in New York City’s Quad Studios. Shakur penned a track titled “Against All Odds”, where he name-drops several of his adversaries including Nas, Mobb Deep, Jimmy Henchman, and Haitian Jack, real name Jacques Agnant.
21 years after the fatal shooting in New York, Haitian Jack decided to speak about the shooting and insinuated Jimmy Henchman’s involvement.
More great news for Haiti Tourism growth.
JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), the largest airline at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), today announced three new seasonal, non-stop flights from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass (MVY).; Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) (subject to receipt of government operating authority); and Sacramento, Calif. (SMF). JetBlue will provide the only non-stop routes from Boston to both Port-au-Prince and Sacramento.
The new service to Port-au-Prince service will launch June 17 and operate through September 5, 2015, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays (subject to receipt of government operating authority). The Haiti service will complement JetBlue’s existing daily flights from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and twice daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Demonstrators burn tires in the street during an anti-government march in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Several thousand protesters marched through Haiti’s capital to demand lower gas prices and the ouster of President Michel Martelly. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
If you’re one of the many traveling to Haiti this week for carnival in Port-au-Prince, it is important you are aware about the current anti government protest going on throughout Haiti. I’ve been speaking to different people and according to friends and family currently living or visiting Haiti, it’s not the safest place to be unless there’s some type of resolution before the start on carnival in Port-au-Prince on Friday.
On February 8th, more than 300 guests attended Mimi’s Boutiq 4th annual Fashion Show at Newport Beach Side Hotel featuring designers La Belle Couture, Djenane Desrouleaux, Eccoci, Kaltural, Swimwear by Adjanie Muller, Louca Bell Collection, Onyx, Le Tron’ King Divo, Risque Dukes, Adjanie Muller, Classy Lady Creationz, Beware Swimwear, Catou Wear, Marly Haiti and Martine Valcin. The show, led by Haitian-American model Tico Armand and Haiti’s Chokarella host Carel Pedre included performances by Arly Lariviere, Ada and Francki Amour.
While the guest, DJ’s, media and Haitian socialites mingled and watch the show from their seats, I had a VIP ticket to cover backstage and danced, snapped social network photos, partied and saw all the good, bad and ugly about producing such a large show with over 20 models and two electrifying host .
Here is an inside look of everything off the runway. If you were following my snap chat (username lunionsuite) during the show, you saw what model behavior really mean when the music came on and the runway lights were off. I will post the pictures of the designers lines soon, keep checking the site for updates.