Haitian singer Mikaben dies onstage in Paris

Haitian singer Mikaben dies onstage in Paris

A musical prodigy and Haitian icon, the 41-year-old collapsed while trying to walk offstage. He is survived by his pregnant wife, who said she has “no words.” Haitian singer Mikaben, whose real name was Michael Benjamin, died from a suspected heart attack or cardiac arrest Saturday after suddenly collapsing onstage during a performance in Paris. […]

Dominican Republic building border wall to stop Haitians fleeing chaos

Dominican Republic building border wall to stop Haitians fleeing chaos

As Haiti rapidly spirals into chaos, its island neighbour, the Dominican Republic, has responded with crackdowns on migrants and a military build-up the government claims will “guarantee border security”. But some fear those moves will only deepen long-existing xenophobia against Haitian migrants and harm both nations’ economies. On Sunday, Dominican President Luis Abinader announced the […]

Over 200 killed in Haitian gang violence in 10 days

Over 200 killed in Haitian gang violence in 10 days

More than 200 people have been killed in gang violence in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in the space of 10 days, United Nations figures reveal. Almost half of those who died were residents without ties to the gangs which are fighting for control of the Cité Soleil neighbourhood, the UN says. Locals say they are running […]

NY Immigration Coalition says no to city’s plans for Caribbean asylum seekers

NY Immigration Coalition says no to city’s plans for Caribbean asylum seekers

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) has denounced a plan by New York City to open Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers to support hundreds of asylum seekers, including Caribbean nationals, primarily Haitians, who are arriving in the city daily from Texas and other border states. New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced last Monday […]

The film world agrees the Martinique animated movie “Opal” is golden

The film world agrees the Martinique animated movie “Opal” is golden

By Stephen Weir If Alain Bidard makes it up to the Caribbean Tales Film Festival on September 23rd he probably won’t bring all his film festival trophies with him when his animated movie, Opal, is shown in Toronto.  There is not enough room in his suitcase for all the awards the Martinique producer/director has captured […]

Former Haitian senator, nephew assassinated

Former Haitian senator, nephew assassinated

A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was killed in an upscale neighborhood near Haiti’s capital and his body set on fire along with his nephew, Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant told media on Sunday. The bodies of Yvon Buissereth and his unidentified nephew were found Saturday afternoon in the […]

Haiti wants Jamaica to turn over suspect in president’s assassination

Haiti wants Jamaica to turn over suspect in president’s assassination

  Haiti wants a former politician accused in the brazen assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last July to be returned to the country from Jamaica. The country’s foreign minister has sent an official request to Jamaica seeking the return of former senator John Joël Joseph, a high-ranking Haitian government source confirmed to the Miami Herald. […]

Montreal didn’t have its first Black bus driver until 1973

Montreal didn’t have its first Black bus driver until 1973

  He was Haiti-born Jean-Baptiste Jean Like many Montrealers, Rachel Guénin has fond memories of her father dropping her and her sister off at the mall when they were young. The only difference is, unlike most dads, their father, Jean-Baptiste Jean, was driving the 161 bus. “That route would start at Rosemont and then it […]

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