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Little Haiti District in Brooklyn's Flatbush Neighborhood

Shelley Vidia Worrell founded "CaribBEING" a local cultural institution back in 1999. It is a non-profit and cultural space that celebrates Caribbean heritage in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. She is a first-generation Caribbean American and Flatbush resident whose parents are both immigrants from Trinidad. CaribBEING started its journey when Shelly bought a shipping container and turned it into a pop-up art space. She calls this not a store or shop; it is a "miniaturized mobile museum".

Worrell used to work at Google as a Strategic Partner Development Manager, but decided to spend more time with family and thus she created CaribBEING. She is in charge of making visitors feel that they have been transported to the Caribbean. Every inch of her container has the feel of a breezy, beachside aura.

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Haitian Pastor in Brooklyn arrested in deadly fire

Luckner Lorient who has been a pastor at Eglise Baptist Clarte Celeste in Flatbush, was picked up at Miami International Airport on Tuesday July 26, 2016 as he returned to the United States from Haiti. The arrest came as a result of a deadly fire that took place back on Nov. 19, 2014, at 1434 Flatbush Ave., in a building owned by him. That particular building housed his church located on the ground floor but also some cramped apartments on the floors above. Two months before the fire, Luckner Lorient was fined by the city for subdividing the basement, second and third floors, with one subdivided apartment having 21 people living in it.

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New York Haitian Cop issued most Traffic Violations in 2015

It's either he has passion for doing his job or we are just dealing with an unsecure individual feeling that he constantly need to prove that he can do the job. A Haitian-American Police Officer in new York received the distinguished honor by his Police Department for holding the record in distributing the most traffic violations in 2015. Haitian-American Police Officer, Arnous Morin, who emigrated in United states in 2005 issued around 19,000 traffic violations to New York drivers, bringing over 1.2 million of dollars worth of fines to New York police Department. He is a relentless, ruthless New York Cop who issues summonses at a rate of one every 9 minutes.

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Dweynie Esther Paul, first Haitian American New York court judge

Here is another first with the Haitian Diaspora in New York. Attorney Dweynie Esther Paul has become the first Haitian American to be elected as a civil court judge in the State of New York

What do you think?

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Dweynie Esther Paul, first Haitian American New York court judge

Attorney Dweynie Esther Paul, a daughter of Haitian parents has been practicing in New York, NY for the last 11 years. Her specialized areas of practice include, Securities & Investment Fraud, Employee Benefits, Mediation, Arbitration, Bankruptcy & Debt.

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, she made history by becoming the first Haitian American to be elected as a New York State civil court judge. Her victory was unanimous. From now on, she will represent 2nd Municipal District, which includes Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill and Ocean Hill near Brooklyn (New York, USA). She feels herself heavily blessed to receive this honor and to have the opportunity to serve the whole community in Kings County. It is a moment of pride for the entire Haitian community and the great Pan African black community.

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West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in New York

Every year, on the Labor Day, the New York City celebrates West Indian-American Day with a Carnival. The West Indian community celebrates their national tradition and culture on the first Monday of September; this year it was on September 7th. The celebration aims to promote, develop and celebrate Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions with a weeklong display of festivities and a grand finale Carnival parade. On the Labor Day, many folklore and music shows that are significant to the Caribbean culture are displayed through the colorful parade in a joyful mood. Over a million people gather on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn for the event, which celebrates Caribbean culture with food and music.

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New York Attorney General investigating "No Haitians need apply" Ad

When Interim Healthcare Inc. decided to put their racist ad "No Haitians" in the local New York pennysaver newspaper, they did not think it would turn out this way. Not only they will have this in their record for ever, now the government is involved. New york Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that they are launching an inquiry into Interim Healthcare Inc. for discriminatory practices.

According to Attorney General Schneiderman, the ad violates federal and state civil rights law prohibiting discrimination in hiring on the basis of national origin. They are requesting the names of all employees involved in hiring nurses and nurses' aides, and also those responsible for making the ad. Mr. Schneiderman is also requesting for any complaints related to discrimination, harassment or retaliation against Interim Healthcare.

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Immigration Rights and Services Manual now in Creole

New York City to release Haitian Creole Immigrant Rights and Services manual

In acknowledgement of the Haitian immigrant community and their contributions to the building of New York City (NYC), Controller Scott Stringer has issued a Haitian Créole version of the Immigration Rights and Services (IRS) manual.

At a media event held at Flatbush Caton Market, Stringer announced the news in the presence of Haitian Council Member, Mathieu Eugene, and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte. Other Haitian and Caribbean civic and government representatives were also there.

The IRS manual is 70 pages of resources in areas of health, legal, social, and education. It also includes information on public benefits, voting, and civic participation. IRS is an important tool for Haitian immigrants newly arrived to the metropolis, and will be distributed to immigrant communities in five NYC boroughs.

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Three people killed in Fire as soup Joumou left unattended on a stove in Queens

Haitian independence day became fatal to a Haitian family in New York. A deadly fire broke out on December 31, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. on the ninth floor of an 18-story apartment building in Queens as the family was cooking their traditional Soup Joumou. According to the report, the fire started from the stove in the kitchen and quickly spread to the bedrooms, where two of the victims were discovered

Fifty nine year old Louise Jean-Charles, along with her husband Napoleon Michel who was 69 and 37-year-old Nadia Donnay were killed as a result of the fire. The report indicated that 150 firefighters responded to the fire and several were treated for injuries

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Creole ranked 10th most common foreign language spoken at Home in United States

The presence of the Haitian community in the United States is undeniable. Whether in politic, school or at the work place, it is hard to avoid our influence. A recent report just released has discovered that the Haitian presence and influence in the U.S. has in fact increased during the past 14 years in America.

According to the survey, the number of Creole speakers in United States has increased by 73 percent from 2000 to 2014. In 2000, Creole was the 14th most common language spoken at home. In 2014, it is ranks 10th.

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