Best Of 2019 Haitian American

L’union Suite Haitian Excellence Best Of 2019: Black Girl Magic

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#SWIPE #HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹 “I was commissioned on the 17th of May as the first Haitian American Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Navy. — Born and raised in Haiti. Been in the service for 17 years. Being a foreigner, a woman, and a black woman, the obstacles were high. They say it takes a village to raise one, well my Haitian village got this one right. I give a lot of credit to the teachers in Haiti who invested their time educating kids like me with very low or no salary. — To the fathers,  mothers, "madansara" who worked so hard every day to pay school fees, keep pushing Thank you! My favorite childhood memories of Haiti are buying some "fresco" and ride the "kafoufey" bus listening to the whole album of King Posse. Love you Haiti, you will rise again! – Limalia Jean-Jacques — Currently, there’s less than 1% of female Warrant Officers in the Navy. | #lunionsuite #lunionfaitlaforce #usnavy #haitianamerican #blackgirlmagic

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#HaitianExcellence…..✨👑🇭🇹💖 NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health care system serving more than one million New Yorkers, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Haitian-American Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, MS, as Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive. — As chief nurse executive, she will lead initiatives to support patient-centered care and ensure patient satisfaction as the public health system embarks on its comprehensive, multi-year redesign to build a competitive, sustainable organization that will continue to offer high-quality and accessible health care to the people of New York City. Dr. Cineas’ appointment is effective March 11, 2019. — Source: nychealthandhospitals.org #lunionsuite #womensinternationalday #haitianamerican #haitian #haitiangirlmagic

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✍🏽 By @Anseyepouayiti: CELEBRATING HAITIANS – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Today we commemorate The Feminine League for Social Action. Founded in 1934, the League was one of first established feminist organizations in Haiti. It was founded in part in reaction to sexual violence against women during the U.S. occupation. — NAP SELEBRE AYISYEN – Jodi a se jounen entènasyonal fanm! N ap komemore Lig Aksyon Sosyal Fanm (“La Ligue Féminine d'Action Sociale”), fonde 1934. Se youn nan premye òganis feminis ann Ayiti. Li te fonde ak plizyè objektif, youn se te pou reponn ak vyolans seksyèl kont fanm pandan okipasyon ameriken nan. — #lunionsuite #womensinternationalday #haitianexcellence #womenshistorymonth #haitian

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#HaitianExcellence….. Clarelle DeGraffe wanted to be an engineer since she was 5-years-old. Little did the Haitian-born DeGraffe know that 29 years after she joined the Port Authority as a civil engineer, she would become the FIRST woman to lead PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) in its 57-year history. — In her new role, DeGraffe will carry out PATH’s mission of safely and efficiently moving nearly 300,000 passengers daily across the Hudson River. She will oversee implementation of PATH’s capital program, including the ongoing project to replace equipment and rebuild tunnels that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, oversee the completion of the remaining phases of Communications-Based Train Control, and take on the challenge of continuing to improve PATH’s reliability and focus on customer experience initiatives. — DeGraffe is a recipient of the 2008 Harlem Black Achievers Award, a 2013 Honoree in Professional Women in Construction and a 2018 recipient of a Congressional Certificate of Merit for her community service in Southeast Queens. — #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #portauthority #womenshistory #blackgirlmagic

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹 The Miami Herald’s series, “Cancer in Haiti,” has received The American Association for Cancer Research’s June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism (Large newspaper), the organization announced Tuesday. — Through their reporting, published in a four-part series in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Herald staff writer Jacqueline Charles and Herald photojournalist José A. Iglesias “shine a light on the lack of cancer care — including no radiation therapy — in Haiti, just 700 miles from well-resourced Miami,” the AACR said in its announcement. — Source: MiamiHerald.com #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #caribbean #haiti #pultizer #womenhistorymonth

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹✨⠀ Congratulations to our founder Wanda Tima (@mrswanda) on her new position as the US International Brand Manager for TRACE. — Founded in 2003, TRACE is a global multi-platform media and entertainment company that reaches 200 million viewers and listeners across 160 countries. Recognized as the leading youth media brand in Sub-Saharan Africa, TRACE owns and operates 30 digital and mobile services, 21 pay TV channels, and seven FM radio stations. — The platform hosts more than 400 concerts, web simulcasts with 360 degree immersive technology, talent search competitions and events across the globe each year. #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #tracetv #france #blackgirlmagic

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#HaitianExcellence 👑🇭🇹 Dr. Ruth Celestin, a nationally recognized, award-winning board certified plastic surgeon at Celestial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Celestin is also very proud of her family’s rich Haitian heritage and is fluent in both French and Haitian Creole. — Dr. Celestin earned her B.A. degree with High Honors from Rutgers University where she also earned membership in the Phi Bet Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota honor societies.  She went on to attend New Jersey Medical School where she earned her medical degree. — Dr. Celestin is proud to serve in the United States Air Force Reserve Medical Corps as a flight surgeon at the rank of Major. A diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Celestin has been recognized as the Best Plastic Surgeon for Breasts in Best Self Atlanta Magazine in 2014 and 2015 as well as Liposuction in 2016. — #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #plasticsurgeon

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Over the course of 3 days, more than 250 people poured into it the halls of Florida International University in Miami, FL to attend session at Black Professionals Network’s Annual Black Professional Summit October 17-20. — The Black Professionals Network, is a social learning organization with the mission to develop motivated and goal-oriented black professionals into industry-ready leaders for the organizations and communities they serve. — Now in its 5th year the conference featured prestigious black professionals from Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce to Erika Bennett, Global Head of Social Marketing for YouTube Shows and none other than our L’Union Suite Founder, Wanda Tima, who was a featured speaker on the “Power Up” Panel. — The “Power Up” Panel included Wanda Tima, Caesar Chukwuma, Loreal A. Arscott, Aaron T. McKinney, Alexis Brown, and Rachelle Jean Louis. The founder of the Black Professionals Network is Haitian American Kenasha Paul.  Way to go Ayisyen! — Source: Black Professionals Network ✍🏽 Blogged by @chiefexecutiveprincess #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #blackexcellence

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This weekend, L’Union Suite celebrated a new milestone launching our first ever radio show! — On Sunday, LS, @saraithemc, with the generous support of various sponsors (John D Graphics, Griotfest, Flashionable Inc. Altidor Inc. & The Wire 985) successfully hosted over 80 guest at Sports Club at Celine for the re-launching premiere of @thesaraiantoineshow powered by L’union Suite. The show which is geared towards advancing and highlighting Haitian & Caribbean creatives in Orlando kicked off with a bang! — Our networking mixer that took place the day before featured a panel discussion on “ Branding” with some of the hottest Haitian creatives ( @marcthedreamer @thefixorlando @shirleydor_ @haitianswhoblog @justgerdy) in Orlando. Jammed packed with gems and insight into the marketing and branding world, the panel had the attention of almost everyone in the room. — This is just the beginning for Central Florida and the L’Union Suite team. You can check out the show hosted by Orlando’s very own @saraithemc each and every Sunday from 6pm to 7pm Est by tuning into The Wire 98.5 FM. or by downloading app to access the show anywhere! — All Photos 📸 @flashionable.inc 🇭🇹🇭🇹 #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #orlando #haitian #branding

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#HaitianExcellence 🇭🇹🇭🇹 Two Haitian sisters, Maika & Maritza Moulite who are the authors of debut novel: “Dear Haiti, Love Alaine” was picked to be featured as one of American BookSellers summer/fall 2019 indies pick. — It is a contemporary young adult read that gives audience a look into Haitian history and culture from the Haitian American point of view without losing the richness and reality of the culture. It’s always refreshing to see our fellow Haitians excelling in different genres, careers, and goals while always including their roots along the way. — Blogged by Kathiana D @kathiprimetime 📸 @maikamoulite | #lunionsuite #haitianexcellence #haitianamerican #haitianauthors #caribbean

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#HaitianExcellence……. 🇭🇹👩🏽‍⚖️👏🏾 Federal Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph biological parents, Sufrine and Georges Joseph, left Haiti for a better life in the United States in 1969, the year she turned 1. Years passed before they were able to return to get Nancy and her seven older siblings. During that time, the older kids went to live with an aunt, but Nancy was placed in the care of Uctorieuse Destin. — Nancy Joseph joined her parents in New Jersey in 1976 and became a citizen in 1987 as a college student. Then she went on to graduate from law school at Rutgers and today is a federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee. — Destin, who raised Joseph from age 1 to 8, immigrated to the U.S. in 1981. She was a permanent resident but did not become a citizen. Until now. Destin, 92, passed her citizenship test and was invited to the naturalization ceremony on March 28 in New York where she lives. She knew Joseph planned to attend but had no idea that this grown-up girl she raised would preside at the ceremony. That was a surprise. — "When the proceeding was called to order and I rose to the bench, mom literally froze in place," Joseph said. "Everyone was standing and I said please be seated. Everyone sat except my mom. She went catatonic for a few minutes and literally froze with a smile on her face.” — Continue Reading: Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 📸 U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #newyorkjudge

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#HaitianExcellence….. Clarelle DeGraffe wanted to be an engineer since she was 5-years-old. Little did the Haitian-born DeGraffe know that 29 years after she joined the Port Authority as a civil engineer, she would become the FIRST woman to lead PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) in its 57-year history. — In her new role, DeGraffe will carry out PATH’s mission of safely and efficiently moving nearly 300,000 passengers daily across the Hudson River. She will oversee implementation of PATH’s capital program, including the ongoing project to replace equipment and rebuild tunnels that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, oversee the completion of the remaining phases of Communications-Based Train Control, and take on the challenge of continuing to improve PATH’s reliability and focus on customer experience initiatives. — DeGraffe is a recipient of the 2008 Harlem Black Achievers Award, a 2013 Honoree in Professional Women in Construction and a 2018 recipient of a Congressional Certificate of Merit for her community service in Southeast Queens. — #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #portauthority #womenshistory #blackgirlmagic

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#Womenshistorymonth Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Haitian and Bahamian-American Noesha Noel is currently a freshman BFA dance major as well as a BA mathematics major at the University of Florida. — UF Arts reports, In 1954, modern dance pioneer José Limón choreographed The Traitor. Limón was inspired by the sociopolitical climate of the late 1940s and early 1950s when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) started to investigate artists in the entertainment industry for communist ties. The Traitor was performed at the University of Florida in Dance 2019: Past / Forward under the supervision of Dante Puleio. — Historically, The Traitor calls for a cast of eight men and has been exclusively performed by all men until this restaging. In this cast, the two main characters, the Leader and the Traitor, are both portrayed by women, Jeena Prasertlum and Noesha Noel. Four out of the six follower roles are also women. — Source: https://arts.ufl.edu: UF dancers embody iconic Limón work and make history 📸 @suzannamars| @noesha.noel #lunionsuite #haitian #haitianamerican #thetraitor

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Haitian mothers do not play about missing church on Sundays!!! — A jury has awarded Haitian Miami hotel dishwasher Marie Jean Pierre $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her. When she started the job, she notified her employer from the beginning that she couldn’t work on Sundays due to her religious beliefs. Pierre was later fired for alleged misconduct, negligence and “unexcused absences,” according to the lawsuit. — According to #sunsentinel, Pierre, a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami, sued Virginia-based Park Hotels & Resorts, formerly known as Hilton Worldwide, for violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in 2017. The jury found for Pierre and the award was filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Miami. Pierre, a 60-year-old mother of six children, is a member of the Soldiers of Christ Church, a Catholic missionary group that helps the poor. “You can’t discriminate when someone has a religious belief,” said Pierre’s Miami-based lawyer, Marc Brumer. — Hilton issued a statement about the verdict saying they are disappointed in the jury, plan on appealing and demonstrate that they remain a welcoming place for all guests and employees.” — Continue reading on Sunsentinel.com @sunsentinel #lunionsuite.com #hatian #haitianamerican #miami

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Three nights of television recently rocked the black community when Lifetime detailed approximately three decades of well-known allegations of predation, exploitation, & abuse by R&B artist R. Kelly. Conversations and debates about the intense six-part series are still evolving, as people digest the stories shared by Kelly’s survivors. — Thank you to Haitian American Vanessa Beletic for being on time with this very powerful message. “As a director, it’s sad how few projects come across my desk having to do with social issues. I just stopped to think about it. Exactly zero have come my way — until the one you’re about to watch here. The truth is, most artists won’t “go there” and take a stand or get vulnerable, especially when it comes to something as tough as sexual assault. But Aijia has done just that, writing “For You,” a song about speaking your truth against all odds.” -Vanessa B — Watch full video on Lunionsuite.com #lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitian #sexualassault

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