Thirteen Haitians to Watch in 2013

Michaelle Solages (Photo via The Haitian Times)

The Haitian Times highlighted 13 leading figures of its community in the New York metro area, including politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals and artists, reported Manolia Charlotin.

The first of the “13 Haitians to Watch in 2013” is Michaelle Solages, the first person of Haitian descent to be elected to the New York State Assembly.

Entrepreneur and academic Yve-car Momperousse has developed the beauty line Kreyol Essence, using products for hair, skin and body from Haiti such as Haitian castor oil.

Midwin Charles has gained visibility as a media commentator of such high-profile court cases as Travyon Martin’s, and is the founder of the boutique law firm Midwin Charles and Associates, in New York.

Charles, an experienced litigator who’s handled complex cases, has been a legal analyst and frequent contributor to CNN, HLN and WBLS. The American University alumnus has carved a prominent niche for herself, contributing to the national debate as a respected talking head on signature legal cases and hot topics.

Moses St. Louis (Photo via The Haitian Times)

The list ranges from Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, the first woman of Haitian descent to serve as Deputy Manhattan Borough President, to YouTube sensation Vladimir Calixte a.k.a. “Haitian V,” or entrepreneur Dina Simon, founder of My Haiti Travels.

Other Haitians to watch for in 2013 are Councilman Mathieu Eugene, the first Haiti-native elected to the New York City Council, who’s up for re-election this year. Former 1199 SEIU labor union organizer Moses St. Louis, who also managed popular Haitian band Phantom, and has shifted gears from political organizing to media and entertainment.

St. Louis founded HaitianBeatz.com, one of the fastest growing entertainment websites in the community. With a focus on promoting Haitian culture with concerts and multi-themed social events, St. Louis knows how to draw an audience. This year, St. Louis plans to launch HaitianBeatz-TV.

Restaurateur Elle Philippe, jewelry designer Garvey Lundy, humanitarian Fabrice J. Armand, and publisher Gladymir Leveille complete the list. The only non-Haitian included is Councilman Jumaane Williams, of West Indian heritage, who is praised as one of the community’s leading advocates in City Hall.

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