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Haiti is an incredible country; it’s like paradise. This is where you find all natural foods to eat and juices to drink. Haiti is located in North America. The Republic of Haiti is divided into 10 departments and 42 boroughs compounds of 140 communes and 570 communal sections. In the northern department, there is Cap-Haitien, in the south, there is Les Cayes, in the west, there is Port-Au-Prince, in the east there is Ouanaminthe.

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 Now Let’s Explore My Country And Our Foods

Compare to the United States and Haiti, Our Haitian food is very delicious and yummy. Our foods have a lot of vitamins and natural product in it. We made our rice with red beans, oil, salt, leek, and water. We made our salad with beets, onion, mayonnaise, and carrots. We made our plantain with water, and salt, it’s yummy etc…. Every Sunday, each and every family eat together. We also find an occasion to talk about the weeks and how everything was. In Haiti, before we go to school we always eat an healthy food such as; plantain with sauce, bovine liver, onion, and eggs. Haitian food tastes like heaven, and you also get some good vitamin too.

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Haitian Drinks

In Haiti, they have a lot good beverage such as Cola Couronne, Coca, Rhum Barbancourt, Prestige, Whisky, and Wine. Beer is one of several common alcoholic beverages consumed in Haiti, often drunk at festivals, parties, and occasionally down with a meal. We have lemon and papaya juice, they taste good and it’s natural juices; The drink is most popular in Haiti and is served regularly at social events and during the holidays.

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                                                                   Haitian Cremas

The liquor creamed drink called cremas is also drunk in Haiti. It is a popular beverage usually consumed as part of dessert or simply by itself. It has a sweet like flavor that you can taste. Cremasse is a sweet and creamy alcoholic beverage native to Haiti. The beverage is made primarily from creamed coconut, sweetened condensed and/or evaporated milk, and rum. The rum used is usually dark; however, white rum is used frequently as well. Various other spices are added for additional flavorings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, as well as various ingredients such as the widely used vanilla extract or raisins. It’s yummy, it tastes like heaven.

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Haitian Soups

Bouillon is a Haitian soup traditionally cooked on Saturday. It is made with sliced meat, potatoes, sliced plantains, yams, cabbage, and celery (other ingredient variations exist), and cooked as a mildly thick soup. They also called soup joumou soup of freedom. We make soup joumou, we eat soup joumou, we share soup joumou every New Year. We do it every January 1st of every New Year in order to remember our past, our struggle for freedom, and our ongoing fight to remain free.

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Haitian Desserts

Many types of desserts are eaten in Haiti ranging from the mild to sweet. Sugarcane is used frequently in the making of these desserts. A tropical version of an old French recipe, Blanc Manger is a sweet and creamy Haitian coconut custard dessert. It is very similar to Puerto Rican “tembleque” and can be topped with your favorite fruit cocktail or with whipped cream.  Pen patat is a soft sweet bread made using cinnamon, evaporated milk, and sweet potato. It is usually served cold from the refrigerator but it can also be eaten at room temperature. 

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Sugar Canne (Canne A Sucre)

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Haitian Arts

Haitian art is a complex tradition, it’s reflecting African roots with strong indigenous American and religious influences. Haitian art has Brilliant colors, naive perspective, and sly humor characterize, Haitian artists paint in fable as well; symbols is a great meaning for us. Many Haitian artists go in schools of painting, such as the Cap Haitian school, which features depictions of daily life in the city. Haitian art is so incredible, Haitian even create art with metal which is so nice and wonderful.

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                      Haiti Beach

Haiti is a perfect piece of Caribbean paradise, a stunning, sun-drenched setting straight out of the movies. Sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, this tropical getaway is filled with golden beaches and clear blue water, with stretches of sand winding idyllically for miles on the horizon. Haiti is a top spot to find some of the best beaches in the world.

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Labadee

Labadee, also spelled Labadie, is the port owned by the Royal Caribbean cruise line in the northern part of Haiti. A beach dominated by tourists and featuring private access, Labadee is renowned as the ideal beach resort. Peaceful waters and relaxing settings await anyone looking to spend time here. Guests can shop, with local merchants operating stalls all along the private resort, or can try out the longest over-water zipline in the world, the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line.

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Wahoo Bay Beach

Wahoo Bay Beach is part of a resort slightly north of the town of Port-au-Prince. It’s a romantic destination which provides the opportunity for adventures like kayaking, snorkeling and mountain climbing. Rent a chair and sit on the beach to soak in the beauty of the Caribbean waters and the surrounding green, lush mountains.

Haitian Carnival

The most festive time of the year in Haiti is during Carnival (referred to as Kanaval in Haitian Creole or Mardi Gras). The festivities start in February. The cities are filled with music, parade floats, and people dancing and singing in the streets. Carnival week is traditionally a time of all-night parties and escapes from daily life.This is a significant time for Haitian musicians for an opportunity to showcase their talents and expand their audience by performing for Carnival crowds. There is the carnival of flowers; they dress all the kids very pretty and make them walk on the streets. The carnival is celebrated with music, bands, and Parades. Parades have floats, sometimes with children participating in the celebrations. The floats typically have sound systems set up on trucks to play music to the crowds. Food stands to sell barbecued treats and rum are a popular part of celebrations. And everything is calm.

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Haiti Carnival Photo Gallery

Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Haiti

The Citadelle Laferriere is a magnificent mountaintop fortress originally built after Haiti gained independence, in order to provide protection against French invasion. It remains more or less in the same beautiful condition now as it did back then, and is, for Haitians, a revered symbol of their strength when faced with the threat. Located on the northern coast of Haiti, on the top of mountain Bonnet an L’Eveque, the Citadelle provides beautiful views of the surrounding green fields.

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Bassin Bleu

Bassin Bleu is a blissfully secluded waterfall on the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. Travelers can follow a trail to the basin and spend a day jumping from the waterfalls, swimming in the turquoise water and enjoying the cool cover of the lush vegetation. The privacy of the spot makes it feel like paradise.

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The Palace of Sans-Souci

Before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1842, the Sans-Souci Palace was home to famous former slave-turned-king Henri Christophe I. With its deep historical roots the palace evokes a sense of nostalgic beauty, and is often compared to the majesty of the Palace of Versailles in France. The Palace features many high-arched windows as well as decadent staircases.

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Saut-Mathurine

The largest waterfall in the area, Saut-Mathurine is an alluring cascade in the southwest region of Haiti. The Rivière de Cavaillon provides the source for the waterfall’s stream, and its aqua waters are easily accessible for paddling and swimming. The drive to Saut-Mathurine offers beautiful views of the country and the lush greenery on all sides.

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Haiti is an amazing country, Even though the people there have so little, their attitudes resonate a crazy amount of love and joy. It is truly inspiring to see that. The Power Of Haitian heritage and the strength of the Haitian people is tremendous. And Haiti holds a unique and rich role in the history of African Americans.

Haiti, Haiti, Haiti, the further I am from you, the less I breathe. Haiti, I love you, and I will always love you, always.

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RACE

I came from a country where race was not an issue. I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America. In America you don’t get to decide what race you are. It is decided for you.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche stated that, lots of folk-mostly non-black say Obama’s not black, he’s biracial, multiracial, black-and-white, anything but just black. But race is not biology; race is sociology. Race is not genotype; Race is phenotype. Race matters because of racism. And racism is absurd because it’s about how you look. Not about the blood you have. It’s about the shade of your skin and the shape of your nose and the kink of your hair.

What I’ve  realized is; Many blacks have a white person in their ancestry, because white slave owners liked to go a-raping in the slave quarters at night. But if you come out looking dark, that’s it. Don’t say “We’re tired of talking about race” or “The only race is the human race.” American Blacks, too, are tired of talking about race. They wish they didn’t have to. But shit keeps happening. Don’t preface your response with “One of my best friends is black” because it makes no difference and  nobody cares and you can have a black best friend and still do racist shit and it’s probably not true anyway, the “best” part, not the “friend” part.

I’ve always wondered why our diversity have to be different. lot of folk today don’t mind a black nanny or black limo driver. But they sure as hell mind a black boss. What is it that if you’re white you’re alright; if you’re brown stick around; if you’re black get back. Why does it matter?

So dear American Non-Black, if an American Black person is telling you about an experience being black, please do not eagerly bring up examples for your own life. Everyone in the world has suffered. Whether by race, gender, color etc…

Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black. Stop arguing saying I’m Jamaican, I’m Ghanaian, I’m African or I’m Haitian. America doesn’t care. So what if you weren’t “black” in your country? You’re in America now.

You say “I’m not black” only because you know black is at the bottom of America’s race ladder. And you want none of that. Don’t deny now. What if being black had all the privileges of being white? Would you still say “Don’t call me black, I’m from Trinidad”? I didn’t think so. So you’re black, baby.

We are all black. We are all beautiful. We all have color complexes. We all need to work together to rid ourselves and future generations of these Complexes. It should stop here. 

Pa Janm Pedi Espwa

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Pafwa lavi ka difisil, lavi ka trete ou vreman mal jiskaske ou rive panse pou’w touye tet ou, men sel sa map di’w; pa janm pèdi espwa. Lit ou ladan jodi a se menm lit sa ki ap devlope fòs ke wap bezwen pou demen le moman yo vin pi difisil pou ou. BonDye pat kreye tout bagay nan lavi sa pou yo te fasil, pafwa ou sipoze pase tout etap difisil yo pou’w ka rive kote’w dwe rive a. Batay la difisil se vre, men depi’w lite avek fos wap reyisi. Bondye pa tap janm mete yon bagay difisil nan lavi ou, si li te panse ou pa tap ka sipote’l.

Ou nan batay sa pou yon rezon, e wap genyen viktwa pou yon rezon. Ou pa ka abandone kounye a. Rezon ki fe ke ou poko ka genyen viktwa, se paske wap eseye batay yon batay ki pa pou ou, men pou BonDye. Lavi’w ka pa fasil jan’w ta vle’l la, moman yo ka vreman difisil, men toujou sonje, lavi toujou gen yon moman ki difisil; e yon  moman ki fasil. Jèn Fi, Jen Gason, granmoun, menm si’w nan batay sa lontan, menm si lavi a paret tou nwa pou ou, menm si tout fanmi’w, zanmiw vire do ba ou; ou pa gen peson ki pou ede’w, se’l sa map diw; tout bagay gen pou fini, (il y a toujours une fin à chaque combat).

Jodi a kapab pa jou pa’w la, demen kapab pa jou ou pa’w la, semen sa kapab pa semen pa’w la, mwa sa kapab pa mwa pa’w la, ane sa kapab pa ane pa’w la, le sa kapab pa le pa’w la. Men lè ou mete konfyans ou nan Bondye, lè ou kite’l gide ou, lè wap lite avèk li, wap genyen viktwa nan tout bagay. Tout bagay ap posib, menm sa ki ta paret enposib la, ap posib.

Batay sa pa pou ou. Dieu voit votre lutte, continue à lui parler et écoute sa direction. BonDye we tout pèn ou yo, li we tout mize’w yo. Pa kite soufrans ou yo fe’w pedi espwa. BonDye konnen tout bagay e li renmen’w tou.

Power To The People

 

We are the people that hold this country together. Together, immigrants and whoever your title as an American, African American, Haitian American, Italian American, we are together as one people.

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The Declaration of Independence stated that; all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.

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In America, everyone is created equal whether you’re black, white, yellow, orange, green, pink, etc… if you’re a human being and you’re breathing there’s nothing different from you and I. When Haiti, Germany, Africa, Vietnam, went through a problem, we went through problem. We will not let a racist president divide us. “If anybody wants to go home, then all of us have to go home.” Mayor Ras Baraka

“We are American whether we are descendants of Toussaint Louverture, we are Americans whether we die in the Vietnam War, the Korean war or the first World War. We are American and there is nothing Donald Trump can do about it. We shouldn’t be scared to do certain things in this country because of our race, ethnicity or gender. We are American whether we are Africans, Haitian, Asian, German, Italian, we are American whether we came here 30 years ago or last night.” The only people in this country that aren’t immigrants are native American.

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History has made us American. Everybody on this planet is from Africa. Yes, we are immigrants and immigrants built America. We came here against our will and if you are mad that we here you should have never brought us here in the first place, you should have never let our parents believe that America can give their kids a better future. We deserve to be treated like a human being, to be served like human beings, in this day, in this society by any means necessary.

“Now – with the US withdrawing TPS for Haitians, Salvadorans and others who are struggling like everyone else . . . I ask for your support in our demand to extend TPS provisions . . . and I also urge my sisters and brothers of the Haitian community to unify with all of our sisters and brothers, here in the US and throughout the planet who are under attack by the injustices and aggression .”

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You Can Overcome It

Sometimes life can be good, but sometimes life can be bad too.                                                     Life can be even painful, life can be hard, at the same time it can be easy. But life is what you make it. 

What is your purpose in life?

Your life has a purpose. You can’t just sit there being depressed and you’re not even trying to do anything about it. You have to get up and move on from that place. You have to keep going, you have to let go of everything that holds you back. You have to find a better place. Your story is important, you have a story to tell the world and every time you miss the chance to do so, someone will do it for you. 

You were born to make an impact, you were born for greatness. You are called for greatness, claim your birthright. Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win. You are a champion. I believe that sometimes you might feel miserable however, you don’t have to live by it. You are not what happened to you. You are who you choose to be. There is more to life than just living, but you have to know your purpose, the reason why you’re living.

Bad things are always going to happen in life. People will hurt you, but you can’t use that as an excuse to hurt someone back or to move on. Life can’t be always bad.                        Sometimes things must change so you can change!                                                                      Sometimes mistakes happen so wisdom can be earned.                                                              Sometimes you must overcome heartache so you can follow your heart.                                Sometimes you must break a little so you can have a peek at yourself and see how great you are! 

When you can accept some difficulty with smile and patient for sure, you will overcome and enjoy the victory more than usually. You can overcome anything. Anthony Williams once said that; what you can become depends on what you can overcome. Stop explaining why you have a problem. Explain why you overcome it. Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.                     

  You can do it and you will overcome it!

Stop Telling People Your Business

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Stop Telling People Your Business

Never tell your problems to anyone. 20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them, barely 1-6% care but they can’t help you. 

You already know that you can’t go through life without having no problems, or living in a bubble. You have to, at some point open up to some people but not all types of people. Some of them are happy seeing you where you are now because they can’t get what you have. Stop telling family and friends your business because they might use it against you later on to hurt your feelings. No matter what you will always have problems, everything can’t be perfect. The best way to solve your problem is talk to God and he will show you the way.

No one have to know your private life, You need to know that no one is entitled to an explanation about your life. No one is entitled to know why you have chosen what you’ve chosen. No one is entitled to anything from you. No one owes you anything, so they don’t need to know nothing about you. It means that no one else is living for you, sisters and brothers. Because no one is you. Each person is living for themselves; their own happiness is all they can ever personally feel. 

Mikey D once said; when people do things for you, it’s because they want to -because you, in some way, give them something meaningful that makes them want to please you, not because anyone owes you anything. No one has to respect you. Some people may even be unkind to you. But once you realize that people don’t have to be good to you, and may not be good to you, you’ll learn to avoid those who would harm you. For you don’t owe them anything either.

No one owes you anything. You owe it to yourself to be the best person possible. Because if you are, others will want to be with you, want to provide you with the things you want in exchange for what you’re giving to them. Some people will choose not to be with you for reasons that have nothing to do with you. When that happens, look elsewhere for the relationships you want. Don’t make someone else’s problem your problem.

Once you learn that you must earn the love and respect of others, you’ll never expect the impossible and you won’t be disappointed. Others don’t have to share their property with you, nor their feelings or thoughts.

If they do, it’s because you’ve earned these things. And you have every reason to be proud of the love you receive, your friends’ respect, the property you’ve earned. But don’t ever take them for granted. If you do, you could lose them. They’re not yours by right; you must always earn them. 

 

 

 

Love Yourself

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” Jake Moskowitz 

Loving others is easy. Loving yourself is the hard part…. However the only way you can love yourself is when you accept the fact  that only when you first learn to accept and cherish your own essence that you can find the peace of mind to be truly present for your loved ones — and for your own life.

Caring for yourself make you confident and it also give you the ability to be strong, without  which you are of no use to anyone. To be more self-confident, begin by acting like it.

Maxwell Maltz once said ‘Nobody is born with limitless self-confidence. If someone seems to have incredible self-confidence, it’s because he or she has worked on building it for years. Self-confidence is something that you learn to build up because the challenging world of business, and life in general, can deflate it.

To Boost your self-confidence you have to love yourself first, no one will love you more than yourself, accept the way you are. No matter what you do people will always criticizing you, whether you’re doing good or bad, however sometimes those people might be your own family. 

It’s sad how some people are so jealous and intimidated by you that they only have negative things to say when they know absolutely nothing about you.

Stop worrying about what others think about you.  Dr. Seuss once said Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

You don’t need nobody to love you, you don’t need nobody to be proud of you, as long as you love yourself and you’re proud of yourself. Some people will never see you in a different way. You are beautiful just the way you are inside out, you are strong, you are powerful. Just be you, you don’t have to change yourself for nobody. Walk with your head up.

Accept the fact that people might say hurtful things to you but it’s okay, because you already know you’re worth and what you deserve, also believe in God. 

“If people want something to be wrong about you— they are going to make things wrong about you. That is why it is my belief to never try and prove anything to anyone. Real diamonds belong to people who know how to spot a real diamond; they don’t belong to people who need to be convinced that they are real diamonds. It’s the idiots who need to be convinced of something that they cannot already see.” C JoyBell

Don’t be afraid that they won’t love you if you don’t act the way they might want you to. Just because we respect someone or think their life might be more exciting than ours doesn’t mean God created us to be just like them. Sometimes we have to ignore the people in our lives so we can hear the voice of God.