Art work of Haitian artist Marlie Décopain (based in New York). I love her incorporation of the Haitian aesthetic in this digital format! Ayibobo!!!
Visit her blog: http://marliedecopain.tumblr.com
You can buy her artwork and home goods at http://www.popiphi.etsy.com.
African Restaurant Week (NYC)
This fall, for the first time in New York City (NYC), food lovers get an opportunity to enjoy prix-fix three-course meals at several high-caliber African restaurants, between Sunday October 13 and Sunday October 20.
A food and wine tasting party at Taj Lounge (48 W 21st Street, Chelsea, NYC) from 2PM-8PM on Sunday, October 13. A variety of African wines and cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs Pierre Thiam, Brian Hayford and Chekh Cisse and A. Cisse will be illustrated at the event. This event will include food, wine, music, networking and philanthropy. Advance discounted $30 tickets are available for purchase online at www.beuevents.com;
o A variety of other food and wine events betweenOctober 14 and October 20 at six participating locations:
o “AfroBeats & Dinner” on Monday, October 14, from 4PM until 7PM, at Amarachi (http://www.amarachi325.com/) located at: 325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY;
o “Africa & Food” on Wednesday, October 16, from 6PM until 10:30PM, at LeSouk Harem (http://www.lesoukny.com/) located at: 510 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY;
o “African Food and Wine meets Brooklyn” on Thursday, October 17, from 5PM until 10PM at Bedvyne (http://www.bed-vyne.com/) located at: 370 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, NY;
o “African Cuisine & Culture Party” on Friday, October 18, from 10PM until 2AM, at Buka located at: 945 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY;
o “A Taste of Senegal” on Saturday, October 19, from 2PM until 7PM, at Jollof (http://www.joloffjoloff.com/) located at:1168 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY;
o “Pan-African Literature Salon”, a reading event featuring three renowned African and Haitian literary authors, on Sunday, October 20, from 4PM until 7PM, at La Caye (http://www.lacayebk.com/) located at: 35 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Complete NYARW details, including a full list of participating restaurants, prix-fixe menus, chef bios and special events are available at: www.beUEvents.com. The site is updated frequently to reflect new restaurants and events. Search #NYARW on Facebook and on twitter to get up to the minute details on new events, chefs and restaurants added to the NYARW roster.
So you’ve learned to trill your “r” in the Spanish word for parsley. They don’t care. ¿dónde está tu país?
You were born in the Dominican Republic; everyone in your family–dating back to 1929–has a lot of Dominican in them. You call yourself Dominican. You feel Dominican. You speak like a native-born Dominican. They don’t care. ¿dónde está su casa? Naciste dónde? ¿When? Ten years ago? They tell you that’s just not good enough.
Dominican. The word is written in blood, your blood. The word filters through your veins, delivering borrowed memories to your heart. Si usted nació aquí antes de 1929, you’re so good to go, you can stay. If you were born in the Dominican Republic, say way back in 1928–that would make you 85 years old. At 85, no one expects you to have any babies. If you’re 85 and up, you’re safe. You can breathe now.
¿Hablas kreyòl ayisyen? Good, because now you have been elected maestra de vocabulario for children who don’t know the other place and don’t speak the other language. They’d never set foot on the other soil. They have to learn the other ways quickly. Here’s the vocabulary you have to teach : Dominican. Illegal. Immigrant. Citizenship. Revoked. Stateless. Homeless. Crisis. Paradise. Lost. Big concepts for children to learn, but you have to start teaching your lesson. You have to use every strategy you know. Teach them to make connections: Text to self; text to world; text to text: Haitian. Not. Illegal. Teach the children why the word Antihatianismo has been in their common core for a long, long time. Teach them before putting them to bed at night When morning comes, maybe they’ll think it was all just a dream. A dream from far away. Far like paradise. A dream that must be forgotten. Fast.