Students at Brooklyn International High School will be able to take advantage of a French elective in addition to an after-school French-language program. (Photo via French in New York)

Teaching French to Native Speakers

African, Caribbean, Education September 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

A French language program works with students in select public schools who are native speakers – many of them from Haiti or West Africa – to help them improve their language skills.

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen the bond between Haiti and the U.S. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Spreading the Word on Haiti Via a Flea Market

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Environment, In the News, Social Services September 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Constant Bernard started the Haiti 155 nonprofit to strengthen social and economic ties between Haiti and the U.S., reports Amsterdam News. On weekends, he’s actively promoting the cause – alongside the handbags and sunglasses of his stand at a Brooklyn flea market.

Musician Val Jeanty by Richard Louissaint, one of four artists whose work is featured in the "Haitians from the Diaspora" photo exhibit. (Photo via Haiti Cultural Exchange)

Photo Show Captures Haitian Diaspora

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Immigration August 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

A Brooklyn gallery in partnership with the Haiti Cultural Exchange is hosting a photo exhibit featuring images of the Haitian diaspora in New York shot by four Haitian-American photographers, reports Amsterdam News and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Luis Ramos (bottom right), founder of the Mobile Indigenous Library.

Shopping Cart Library Pushes Books and Heritage

Caribbean, Culture, Latino, Traditions August 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Luis Ramos has a set of wheels that move with him from borough to borough – wheels in the form of a shopping cart that houses the Mobile Indigenous Library, which he hopes helps people connect to their native roots, reports Manhattan Times.

Masks from carnival celebrations in Puerto Rico were on display at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, as part of a series on Caribbean culture. (Photo via Hunts Point Express)

Unmasking Puerto Rico’s Carnivals

Bronx, Caribbean, Culture, History, Puerto Rican July 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

As part of a series on Caribbean Carnival in the Bronx, Puerto Rican masks were on display as panelists discussed the significance the masks have on carnival celebrations on the island, reports Hunts Point Express.

Ilu Aye intertwines African and Caribbean sounds. (Photo by Shanice Carr via Hunts Point Express)

Afro-Carib Group Evokes Sounds of Home

African, Bronx, Caribbean, Culture July 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

The African diaspora influences of music group Ilu Aye kicked off a series of Caribbean-themed events in the Bronx, to the delight of fans who, reports Hunts Point Express, praised the band for their combination of different sounds and reminding them of home.

(Photo by Sally Nnamani via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Immigrant Black Women on Hair and Fitting In

African, Caribbean, Culture, Immigration, In the News June 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

What role does hair play when it comes to assimilating in as a black immigrant woman in the United States? A Feet in 2 World podcast gathers answers from women from African and Caribbean countries.

Haitian Flag Day

Brooklyn Haitians Honored for Country’s Flag Day

Caribbean, Culture, Video May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

An Haitian Flag Day awards ceremony in Brooklyn honored members of the community for their contributions, accompanied by the pulsating beats of Haitian dancing and drumming.

Members of the Caribbean community worry about the increasing susceptibility of young people in East Flatbush to gangs. (Photo by Tom Giebel, Flickr Creative Commons License)

West Indian Youth Join Gangs to Fill Void at Home

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Crime, Social Services April 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

Carib News finds community members worried that Caribbean youth have started turning to gangs as a result of a lack of attention and comfort at home, where working parents do not always have the time or resources to provide the care their kids need.

A scene from "Stones in the Sun." (Photo from Woch Nan Soley via Haitian Times)

Haiti Film Captures Voices ‘Left Unheard’

Caribbean, Culture, In the News April 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

The Haitian Times sits down with Haitian-American filmmaker Patricia Benoit at a recent festival screening of her film, “Stones in the Sun.” The director strives for a complex portrayal of the people of Haiti – starting long before the earthquake.

“The photos are very feminine and elegant, but still very sexy,” said Desiree Browne.
Photo: Rubén Henríquez

Dominican Pin-Ups ‘de Pura Cepa’

Caribbean, Culture, Dominican, Latino March 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The “Pin-Up de Pura Cepa” photo exhibit in Washington Heights presents Dominican women posing in the pin-up style of the 1950s and 1960s, reports Manhattan Times. Some attendees themselves dressed in pin-up attire.

Powerball jackpot winner Pedro Quezada and his wife Inés Sánchez. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario-La Prensa).

One Lottery Ticket, Many Winners

Caribbean, In the News, Latino, Metro Area, South Asian March 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

After Pedro Quezada won the $338 million Powerball jackpot, El Diario focused on his Dominican background, while Desi Talk concentrated on the Indian native who owned the store that sold the winning ticket.

On Nov. 6, 2012, Michaelle Solages became the first Haitian elected to the New York State Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Michaelle Solages via The Haitian Times)

Thirteen Haitians to Watch in 2013

Caribbean, New York February 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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.

(Screenshot of video from

Communities Have a Ball for Obama’s Inauguration

Caribbean, In the News, Latino, Politics, South Asian January 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Local media outlets offer their perspective on Barack Obama’s second inauguration: From the large presence of Latino personalities, to the first “Indiaspora Inaugural Ball,” to the Haitians who helped re-elect Obama.

(Photo by Marc Aberdeen via Flickr Creative Commons)

Parang Music Festival Brings Caribbean Roots to Brooklyn

Caribbean, Culture November 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Trinidad & Tobago’s Parang music, a sort of Christmas caroling, has its roots in Spanish parrandas, reported Carib News. Nowadays, it has evolved into new musical forms called Chutney Parang and Soca Parang.