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Monthly Archives: March 2005

A Tribute to Ossie Davis from Haiti Progres

For those that experienced his presence through films and other public appearances, he always portrayed the honest and the good in all us. He left us an incredible legacy… that of a sensitized man who championed the cause of the less fortunate…. It was in that capacity that he graced the Haitian people and the Haitian struggle when he hosted for the Haiti Support Network (HSN) the New York premiere of Raoul Peck’s film “Man by the Shore” on January 25, 1996. Along with his lifelong companion Ruby Dee, he joined other hosts of the evening including Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general, Michael Moore, the noted documentary filmmaker, David Dinkins, former mayor of New York City, and other freedom loving people in support of the Haitian cause…. There, Ossie spoke about his childhood interest in Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines and about the Haitian revolution as an inspiration for his own life and of the pride that he felt speaking about the first successful slave rebellion in the world. Ossie identified with Haiti and Haitians because he knew that injustice against and indifference to Haitians and Haiti meant the same injustice against and indifference to all people who fight for justice everywhere…. From Ossie, we learn that Haiti’s current struggle reflect the struggles against slavery and against world domination by the remaining “superpower.” The people of Haiti have lost a great friend, someone who understood our struggle,who lived our struggle, and who walked comfortably in our shoes as if they were his own.

Big News from Danny Glover

Danny Glover, star of the Lethal Weapon series and numerous other movies, has started a new production company: Louverture Films.

List of Famous People of Haitian Descent

He died in a french jail before seeing a free Haiti, which in 1804 became the 2nd country in the Americas after the U.S. to become independent Jean-Jacques Dessalines – Leader of the First Black Republic in the World Alexandre Petion – Haitian Leader who would help the founder of Latin American Independence, Simon Bolivar (The country of Bolivia is named after him), by providing weapons and soldiers with the promise Bolivar would free all the slaves in places he liberated…. The Audubon Society is named after him Jean Michel Basquiat – Son of Haitian and Puerto Rican parents who was a graffiti artist in NYC using the tag SAMO who would later become one of the most successful, controversial and glamorous artists in the world Jacques Stephen Alexis – Haitian writer who is a descendant of Jean-Jacques Dessalines…. Some of her acting credits is THE JEFFERSONS, THE COSBY SHOW, A DIFFERENT WORLD… Rene Depestre – Famous Haitian writer of many books, one of which is THE FESTIVAL OF THE GREASY POLE Jacques Roumain – Famous Haitian writer and one of his most famous work is GOUVERNEURS DE LA ROSEE Jean-Jean Pierre – Haitian composer, musician, journalist, and playwright, who was profiled on the New York Times Public Lives segment in December 23rd 2004 Ronal and Rony Delice – Haitian Brothers who are acclaimed fashion designers in New York City RELIGION Pierre Toussaint – Haitian born slave who is under consideration by the Vatican for canonization for his humanitarian work in New York Elizabeth Clarisse Lange – Freed slave who first migrated to Cuba then to Baltimore, Maryland…. Dr. Rose Marie Toussaint – One of only two women liver transplant surgeon in the world Joseph Laroche – Haitian businessman traveling with his french wife and kids on the Titanic which was somewhat of a choc to people to see a black man and his white wife traveling aboard a very expensive ocean liner at that time…. His wife and kids never made it to Haiti as they decided to return to France Dr. Carole Berotte Joseph – She is the new president of MassBay Community College in Massachussetts SPORTS Joe Gaetjens – Haitian born soccer player who scored amazing goal for the underdog U.S. in match against mighty England in 1950 World Cup of Soccer in Brazil…. William Joseph – DT for NY Giants Jonathan Vilma – LB for NY Jets Samuel Dalembert – C for Philadelphia 76rs Mario Elie – Former G for Houston Rockets Olden Polynice – Former NBA player Bruny Surin – Haitian / Canadian Track and field star WISH THEY WEREN’T HAITIANS Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier along with his father Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, combined to ruled Haiti under a brutal dictatorship for about 30 yrs. Papa Doc was the inspiration of Graham Greene in his book and movie adaptation of THE COMEDIANS.