"I started writing just for fun one after another, but never realized that it would develop in me to be rather part of me." ~Jhonny Pierre, author
During Palm Beach County's Haitian Heritage Month Celebration kick-off event, I had the pleasure of meeting Jhonny Pierre. He told me a story of his aspirations and dreams of re-entering medical school to become a doctor. Check out his bio and his book. He deserves the support!_
LINK TO PURCHASE BOOK
My name is Jhonny B. Pierre, a Haitian-American citizen living in south Florida. I was born in Haiti and moved to the US in 1994. I am a reserved, a respectful, a funny young man, and sometimes a comedian. I love to help others; I love life, my Creator, family values, and love to write especially poetry. I finished high school, attended Palm Beach States College, Florida Atlantic University, then Windsor University School of Medicine. I completed my first two years there, and recently I had to let go because of financial difficulties. As I already completed the hardest part of my medical studies, I refuse to give up and I am trying whatever it takes to find my way back to complete what I had started.
I decided to convert my words or my vision of the world to poetry, and published them hoping that I will gain support to continue pursuing my dream. The book is called “Love and/in Poetry” which is based on love of relationship, family values, and love in general.
Please support my work which will also mean supporting my dream as the main goal to finish my education. I am absolutely confident that you will love the book as it can be used for many situations and occasions. Thank you in advance for your support and may the Lord blesses you.
The book may be found on:
Authorhouse.com (the best site to get it)
Barnesandnoble.com and so on…
Please like me on facebook at: Jhonny B Pierre
And follow me on twitter and instagram at: loveandinpoetry
I may be contacted as well at: email@example.com
And by phone at: (561) 306-9584 (as the best option)
Yes, I love food…who doesn’t? And especially Haitian food…it’s inevitable. As I arrived to the MOCA plaza in Miami, I saw the vendor tents and masses of people. I was excited to see the turn out, but I was so focused on getting food because I was starving! I saw one of my favorite members of the Haitian Culinary Alliance (HCA), Chef David Destinoble, cooking at his tent. I ordered conch fritters and papita. I never order fish anywhere I go, or fried food, but it looked so good and I was so deliriously hungry that I said, “I’ll take the conch fritters!” I’m so glad I did…it was SO GOOD, despite my guilt when 2 people asked me, aren’t you on a diet? (I am not, I eat super healthy regularly and talk about it way too much about it on Facebook, apparently). Not to mention it was only $5. My husband got fried red snapper and papita, which was also only $5. Good quality food and only $10 for lunch at an outdoor event is a super amazing price!
The next best thing was the chef cook off sponsored by Madame Gougousse. With a front row view as a photographer, I could hear, see and feel the pressure of the chefs as they created dishes in 45 minutes. The mystery ingredients were: cassava, yellow tail, chayote, corn meal (big grains) and pumpkin. Each dish looked amazing and I am sure tasted just as great! Every chef was absolutely a winner in my opinion, but the best dish went to Jovens Jean, an executive chef in Miami.
Super awesome bonuses:
Taste of Haiti was more than just Haitian food. It was the most organized Haitian event I’ve been to, ever. Everything ran smoothly, people were having fun and happy. There was even entertainment for kids to keep them busy! I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us. Thank you to every single person involved in this in every way from the sponsors, vendors and to each person who came to the event!
First tip I can give to get to Jacmel is hire an experienced driver or ask someone you know that has experience. It's not somewhere you want to try to drive yourself if you're not used to mountain driving and Haiti driving. Also, make sure the car you're traveling in can handle mountain driving. There are also professional companies that have buses that go to Jacmel as well.
Our experience in Jacmel
We arrived at the 2 story freestanding building at ACFFC - Art Creation Foundation for Children - with beautifully decorated in mosaics on the front, including the choublack (hibiscus flower) with inspiration from Haiti’s logo. We entered the little shop where the art is for sale to visitors with so much to look at…papier mache masks, ornaments, wall hanging, bowls and glass mosaic bottles. We were given a tour downstairs and upstairs where we saw the computer room, the pharmacy and the library. Art made by these children is everywhere…it’s absolutely beautiful. Aside from its aesthetic beauty, the beautiful children were sitting quietly waiting for their professor to come. We chatted with them and hung out for a little bit while we enjoyed the view of the city of Jacmel.
The city of Jacmel is covered in beautiful mosaic walls done by the children of ACFFC throughout the years. We got to drive around and see all of the different designs and creativity!
Carnaval in Jacmel
We were lucky enough to see Carnaval in Jacmel, Haiti...a kind of toned down version of Carnaval in the capital. During Carnaval every afternoon (around 2 p.m.), the city shuts down and everyone starts celebrating...it's pretty wild!
Bassin Bleu in Jacmel, Haiti
Bassin Bleu is a must see in Jacmel! Again, you will need an experienced driver and a local to help you get there...it's quite a journey, but so worth it!! There's lots of walking and climbing, including roping down a small rock. Don't worry, everyone's super helpful! I was definitely nervous to do it at first, too. Look at this amazing view.
Lakou New York in Jacmel
Lakou New York is a beautiful mosaic boardwalk in a public area, perfect for getting some exercise or strolling around with your honey. It's right on the ocean and you can find vendors selling classic Haitian goods and snacks.
Hotels in Jacmel
Have you been to Jacmel? What's your favorite activity to do there?! Let us know in the comments!
Lots of contests going on this month for Haitian Heritage Month! Have some fun and win some prizes!
THE REAL HAITI - HAITIAN POSE CONTEST: Show us your best one in a photo!
Show us your best Haitian pose and win an original photo print of the San-Souci Palace taken by Diana from TheRealHaiti.com.
This is a $100 value!
We want to see those Haitian poses so please submit them to our wall now at: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealHaiti. You must submit it on our wall to be eligible! The one with the most votes will win the beautiful photograph below of San-Souci!
San-Souci Palace in northern Haiti is where I fell in love with this beautiful country.
The Sans-Souci Palace was the royal residence of King Henri (Henri Christophe) of Haiti, Queen Marie-Louise and their two daughters. It was the most important of nine palaces built by the king, as well as fifteen châteaux, numerous forts, and sprawling summer homes on his twenty plantations. Construction of the palace started in 1810 and was completed in 1813. Its name translated from French means "carefree."
Location: (Milot, Haiti)
This listing is only for the print of the photograph (FRAME IS NOT INCLUDED). Picture this photograph in your house! Show of your Haitian pride!
Contest ends 5/31/13.
100k JOBS HAITI - HAITIAN FLAG DAY: Photo contest
100K Jobs Haiti is honoring Haitian Flag Day! The flag will celebrate its 210th birthday on May 18th, 2013! 100K Jobs is marking the occasion with a contest to give you the opportunity to show and share your Haitian Pride! NOTE: IF you are a non-Haitian you have the option of sending us a photo of you working or having fun in Haiti! Please send a description of the photo!!!
Here are the rules:
1- Starting today May 1st, take a creative photo of you and the Flag.
2- Send the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
3- We will upload the photo to the 100K Jobs Facebook page
4- Once we upload the photo we will send you a link to email to all of your friends telling them to go to 100K Jobs Facebook page and first, Like the page, and then Like your photo
5- Photos will be accepted until May 18th at 5 pm. The person whose photo has the MOST LIKES will win a wonderful prize from Haiti. AND that person will have the honor of having the MOST Haitian pride. We will announce the official winner the night of May 18th. The prize will be sent by mail.
HAITIAN HERITAGE MUSEUM - Mr. or Ms. May 18: Creative project contest
Palm Beach County To Celebrate Haitian Heritage During The Month Of
Several events will take place to
celebrate Haitian Heritage Month again this year in Palm Beach County. The
month-long series of activities will begin on May 1st, at 6:00 PM, with
an Opening Ceremony and Reception at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice located at 301 S.W. 14th Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida
33444, featuring the well-known artist Jean Michel Daudier and Nicole Moreta
Dance Academy at Toussaint L’Ouverture High School. This initial event
will be followed by a number of cultural and academic activities at various
dates and locations throughout the county.
UPDATE: Here's a video from the opening ceremony/kickoff event!
Haitian Heritage Month commemoration recognizes the valuable contributions made by Haitians to the history of the World. It is a celebration of Haitian history and culture and an opportunity to share this culture with our communities. On May 18, 2013, Haitian flag-raising ceremonies will take place at the Delray Beach City Hall at 10:00 AM.
“Our goal is to build up the self-esteem of all Haitians in our community, share our wonderful history and culture with the communities where we live and highlight our contributions to the history of the world and the neighborhoods where we live,” said Bito David, the initiator of the celebration in Palm Beach County in 2003.
Other Haitian Heritage Month highlights include several cultural and educational events at various Palm Beach County Library branches, a traditional student essay contest sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation, a Photo Exhibit featuring prominent Haitian figures in Florida, a festival at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on May 18 and in Belle Glades, and much more. Visit
http://www.palmbeachschools.org/pao/creole/MwaEritajAyisyen2013.asp for more details.
The School District of Palm Beach County partners with Palm Beach County Library System and Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice to coordinate these events.
Haitian and Haitian American students represent the largest ethnic minority group from a single country in the School District of Palm Beach County with about 14,000 students. According to community activists, Palm Beach County is home to more than 90,000 Haitians.
Admission to all Haitian Heritage Month events is free and open to the public. A calendar of activities is attached.
For more information, contact Bito David (561) 644-6488 / email firstname.lastname@example.org or Major Joseph Bernadel/Jane Marcel (561) 654-1048 / email email@example.com or Marjorie Lear at (561) 233-2783 / email firstname.lastname@example.org.