Black History Culture : Our Haitian Brothers and Sisters

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  1. Fine1952

    Fine1952 Happy Winter Solstice MEMBER

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    who have help shape American History...



    POLITICAL
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    W.E.B. Dubois – Famous American Civil Rights Leader whose parents migrated from Haiti
    Toussaint Louverture “The Black Napoleon” – Black Freedom fighter who in 1803 would open the way for the First Black Republic in the World, Ayiti (Haiti). He died in a french jail before seeing a free Haiti, which in 1804 became the 2nd country in the Americas after the U.S. to become independent
    Jean-Jacques Dessalines – Leader of the First Black Republic in the World
    Alexandre Petion – Haitian Leader who would help the founder of Latin American Independence, Simon Bolivar (The country of Bolivia is named after him), by providing weapons and soldiers with the promise Bolivar would free all the slaves in places he liberated. The flag of Venezuela was actually sewed together in Haiti
    Henry Christophe – Famous Haitian King who build the Citadelle in Haiti which is a huge fortress representing freedom. As a young boy, he was one of many slave soldiers recruited by the French in then the colony of Saint Domingue (which would later become Haiti) to fight alongside the Americans in the American Revolution in 1779 against the British in Savanah Georgia. Today, there is a Statue in Savanah Georgia representing the little known fact of Haiti’s small contributions in U.S. History

    ARTS & CULTURE

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    Jean Michel Basquiat – Son of Haitian and Puerto Rican parents who was a graffiti artist in NYC using the tag SAMO who would later become one of the most successful, controversial and glamorous artists in the world

    Jacques Stephen Alexis – Haitian writer who is a descendant of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. One of his works is GENERAL SUN, MY BROTHER
    Ludovic Lamothe – A graduate of L’Institution Saint Louis de Gonzague in Port-au-Prince Haiti, he was sent to Paris to study music composition. He is one of Haiti’s most renowned classical composers


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    Wyclef Jean – Musician, singer and producer who founded the Fugees
    Praz – The other guy from the Fugees

    Won-G – Haitian American Rapper who has a video out with Paris Hilton. Wait…Not that kind of video (imagine the outrage of P.H. caught doing it with a black guy). This one is actually not rated X and is a music video

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    Edwidge Danticat – Famous Haitian American writer of such books like THE FARMING OF THE BONES and KRIC? KRAC?


    Quddus – Haitian Canadian MTV VJ / Model


    Dswald Durant – Haitian Poet who wrote “choucoune” which would later become the lyrics for the songs “little bird” by Harry Belafonte.


    Alexandre Dumas – French writer who is the son of a Haitian slave woman and a French soldier. His famous writings includes, THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

    Gabrielle Casseus – Actor in movies such as BLACK HAWK DOWN, and BEDAZZLED


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    Vanessa Williams – Not the singer, but the one who acts in SOUL FOOD the series.


    Tyrone Edmond – Famous Haitian model
    Jimmy Saint Louis – Famous Haitian actor / model. He was in THE BOURNE IDENTITY, TEARS OF THE SUN, and soon to be released THE GAMES OF THEIR LIVES where he plays the role of Haitian Joe Gaetzens (see sports below). {I have a cameo in this movie by the way, where I play the role of soccer players Eddie Pope and Robin Frazer J



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    Garcelle Beauvais – Born in Haiti and moved to NY. She would become a model than an actress on NYPD Blue

    Gary Dourdain – Actor from CSI Las Vegas. His parents or grandparents came from Haiti. Sadly enough, his older brother died in Haiti (there are questions as to whether he was pushed off a balcony, or simply fell) while on a visit there to research his Haitian lineage

    Marjorie Vincent – Daughter of Haitian immigrants who would become Miss America in 1991

    Raoul Peck – Haitian Film director who has many films in his credits. One of which is the famous documentary LUMUMBA: Death of a Prophet

    Josephine Premice – Haitian born American actress/dancer/singer. Some of her acting credits is THE JEFFERSONS, THE COSBY SHOW, A DIFFERENT WORLD…

    Dawn A Richards, model

    Rene Depestre – Famous Haitian writer of many books, one of which is THE FESTIVAL OF THE GREASY POLE

    Jacques Roumain – Famous Haitian writer and one of his most famous work is GOUVERNEURS DE LA ROSEE

    Jean-Jean Pierre – Haitian composer, musician, journalist, and playwright, who was profiled on the New York Times Public Lives segment in December 23rd 2004

    Ronal and Rony Delice – Haitian Brothers who are acclaimed fashion designers in New York City

    RELIGION

    Pierre Toussaint – Haitian born slave who is under consideration by the Vatican for canonization for his humanitarian work in New York

    Elizabeth Clarisse Lange – Freed slave who first migrated to Cuba then to Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore, she founded the first Catholic school for black children, the St.

    Francis Academy. Today, she is also being considered for canonization by the Vatican


    OTHERS NOTEWORTHY OF MENTION:


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    Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable – Free Black Slave from Haiti who would become a very successful trader in America. In 1779, he established the first permanent settlement of the city of Chicago. He is known today as the founder of that city.

    Dr. Rose Marie Toussaint – One of only two women liver transplant surgeon in the world

    Joseph Laroche – Haitian businessman traveling with his french wife and kids on the Titanic which was somewhat of a choc to people to see a black man and his white wife traveling aboard a very expensive ocean liner at that time. He was taking his family to live in Haiti when he died with many others on the sunken ship. We all know what happened. She along with their 2 kids survived. He didn’t. He was the only black man to die on the Titanic. His wife and kids never made it to Haiti as they decided to return to France



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    Dr. Carole Berotte Joseph – She is the new president of MassBay Community College in Massachussetts


    SPORTS
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    Joe Gaetjens – Haitian born soccer player who scored amazing goal for the underdog U.S. in match against mighty England in 1950 World Cup of Soccer in Brazil. This game is still today one of the biggest upset in sports history. He would later die under mysterious circumstances in Haiti under Papa Doc (see below). In 1976 he was inducted into the United States Soccer Federation Hall of fame.


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    William Joseph – DT for NY Giants


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    Jonathan Vilma – LB for NY Jets


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    Samuel Dalembert – C for Philadelphia 76rs


    Mario Elie – Former G for Houston Rockets

    Olden Polynice – Former NBA player

    Bruny Surin – Haitian / Canadian Track and field star


    WISH THEY WEREN’T HAITIANS
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    Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier
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    ...along with his father Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, combined to ruled Haiti under a brutal dictatorship for about 30 yrs. Papa Doc was the inspiration of Graham Greene in his book and movie adaptation of THE COMEDIANS. When Baby Doc left for France in 1986, it is estimated he took most of the country’s wealth with him. Today he lives broke in the South of France with his wife having taken most of the stolen money before leaving him

    WISH THEY WERE HAITIANS

    Danny Glover – American Actor and Activist who’s been working for the past decade to get Hollywood to make a movie on TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE. Unfortunately, Hollywood thinks the story is too black.

    Jonathan Demme – Film Producer who just recently released THE AGRONOMIST a story of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique who died under shady circumstances

    Lauryn Hill – Much love for you girl. Can’t wait for the FUGEES reunion concert this summer in Haiti. You bet I will be on the plane to PAP

    Katherine Dunham – The Matriarch of black American dance, she spend many years in Haiti studying Haitian dances. She incorporates many Haitian dances in her works. If you found this instructive, let me know. If I am missing anyone from this list, let me know. My job is to promote my culture in a positive light and if you have learned something new, than I did a good job. Like we say in kreyol, “deye mon se mon”, which means behind every mountains is many more mountains – in short, the struggle continues.
     
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    And We Must Mention

    The Honorable Right Governor General of Canada, Michelle Jean

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  3. Fine1952

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    Now here is a thought...

    since she represents Canada...would you consider establishing a list of Haitians who have helped to shape Canadian History?

    If not I will, I love to research you know that:roll:

     
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    I will take up the

    invitation, since my son is part Haitian Canadian it is good for me to be well versed in their accomplishments and contributions. Let me see what else I can find!
     
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    My List So Far Includes:

    First elected Black Mayor in Canada, Dr. Firmin Monestime

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    Barbara Alexandre, Actress, Poet, Singer and Entertainer from British Columbia

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    Martine Chartrand - animator, director, artiste,

    " ....in Âme noire/Black Soul (2001), her second short film, that she revealed the breadth and originality of her art. Abandoning drawing on paper and employing for the first time the demanding technique of painting on glass, Chartrand tackled the enormous subject of the history of Black peoples, depicting the Black Pharaohs of Nubian Egypt and the slave trade with the same brilliance, mixing on a single sound track the tribal music of ancient Africa and American jazz."

    Video link here :http://www.nfb.ca/film/black_soul

    Samuel Dalembert, center for the Philidelphia 76's

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    Joachim Alcine
    - WBA Championship Boxer
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    Dany Laferrière Author of How To Make love To A Negro Without Getting Tired
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    David Loiseau - Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, Ultimate Fighting Championship
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    Sarah Louis-Jean - dancer extraordinaire
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    Not a complete list, but a good start!
     
  6. Fine1952

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    Oh, so

    Samuel Dalembert – C for Philadelphia 76rs is Canadian?
     
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