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.
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.
Daniel Tilias and Herode Laurent, founders of the Tap Tap Garden, the largest urban garden in Haiti, in the heart of the notorious Cite Soleil slum. The garden grows saplings to reforest Cite Soleil and serves thousands of kids who come to learn about the environment. (Felipe Jacome)
These pictures just brighten my day. Courtesy of Washington Post
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the deadly earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing over 300,000 people and nearly leveling an entire country’s infrastructure. The country continues to grapple with rebuilding itself even after over $12 billion in aid was pledged by over 50 countries, 80 percent of which has been distributed, according to the United Nations.
In 2014, photographer Felipe Jacome began taking portraits of Haiti’s change makers, taking a closer look at local leaders and grassroots organizations trying to bring change to their communities, often with very little resources in the face of tremendous hardships.
Joshua Colas of White Plains New York is a chess champion, a prodigy whose ambition is to become one of the world’s best players. At age 12, Joshua became the youngest African-American chess master in history and this past weekend, he won the national chess championship for the second consecutive year.
In order for Joshua’s to achieve his goal of attaining the highest rank in chess, the family is asking for financial help. His family is running an Indiegogo campaign to cover the requisite tournament fees and travel costs. So far, they have raised just over $7,000 — but they only have until next week to raise a lot more. You can click on this link to donate.
As excited as I am to see this story being covered on so many media outlets, I do think the media should start referring to Joshua as the youngest Haitian-American future grand master since both Joshua’s parents were born in Haiti. I’m going to keep an eye on this story and hope we can help Joshua attain such an inspiring goal.
This years edition of Art Basel Miami played host to a number of the world’s most successful artists represented by local to internationally renowned galleries from across the globe. Art Basel 2014 was the usual mix of bright colors, exquisite art, music, fun and a lot of food. With so many events going on at the same time, its impossible to see them all, so I’m happy to have friends who can attend and share their recap pictures and videos.
Scope Miami Beach International Contemporary Art Show was one of Art Basel’s most popular shows and according to BiancaCSalvant,
The energy at this year’s Scope Miami Beach International Contemporary Art Show was fluid and alive. People gathered from all over the world to display different forms of art. And I think that’s the most important thing to remember when attending an art show of such caliber — the exhibit will be different.