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.
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.
I am so excited to introduce Bien Abyé Fall/Winter designs to my readers. I love the “Navy Is The New Black” concept and the hint of yellow, rich fabrics, deep tones and Intricate detailing makes the pieces fresh and exciting.
Bien Abyé which means “well dressed” is a ready to wear collection encompassing a French style that is sophisticated and chic with a Creole influence. Inspired by the elaborate structures of Gingerbread house architecture and its ornate latticework design details, the collection is created using unique silhouettes, romantic elements, and vibrant colors to highlight the inner beauty and elegance of a woman. Bien Abyé designs in vignettes that deliver a concise offering of S7VEN styles for a women’s wardrobe that will not only make her life easier, but most of all, more fabulous.
Haitian-American Seattle Seahawk linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis who didn’t play in the Superbowl yesterday due to an injury shared this message with his fans prior to the game 6 hours ago.
I couldn’t have asked for a better rookie season. To be taught by a great group of men, it has allowed to me to grow into one myself as I continue my path. This is a special team with the best collection of individuals moving at a single beat. I wish I was able to bottle these experiences we’ve had with each other to share with the world. To show people, when a group of individuals come together from different walks of life and truly fight for and deeply believe in one another the accomplishments can be everlasting. The world has only seen glimpses of it through their eyes but unfortunately, something like this has to be felt not just seen. Though each of our careers will end one day on the field, the bond we’ve created through the blood, sweat, tears and heart we’ve given each other will continue to flourish. If only I could fully explain in words how much this team as meant to me through my path to better myself for others each day. Though I won’t be able to put my jersey on with you guys today because of my injury, the strength of this team and the #12thman strengthens my shoulder each day and fuels the fire for next season. Thank you!
The Newport Beach Side Hotel will be the next location for the 4th Annual Fashion Show by Mimi’s BoutiQ, an online Boutique that, according to owner Merline Thermora, “caters to everyone” and sells clothing that is “comfortable, chic and fun to wear.” The Fall Fashion Show, which will take place on February 8th, at 7:30pm. The show will be hosted by model Tico Armand and Carel Pedre with special performances by Arly Lariviere, Ada and Francki Amour. The show is an extension of Mimi BoutiQ’s already successful run of fashion shows in Miami and most recently New York.