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List of Famous People of Haitian Descent

Thanks to James L-C for permission to reprint the following list of famous people of Haitian descent. There were some surprises for me on this list. Anyone know of any to add? ~ed.


UPDATE: J.S. Alexis has emailed the following to the editors: “In your list of famous people of Haitian descent, you should add actor Sydney Poitier. His father was a Haitian farmer.”


POLITICAL


W.E.B. Dubois – Famous American Civil Rights Leader whose parents migrated from Haiti


Toussaint Louverture “The Black Napoleon” – Black Freedom fighter who in 1803 would open the way for the First Black Republic in the World, Ayiti (Haiti). 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 flag of Venezuela was actually sewed together in Haiti


Henry Christophe – Famous Haitian King who build the Citadelle in Haiti which is a huge fortress representing freedom. As a young boy, he was one of many slave soldiers recruited by the French in then the colony of Saint Domingue (which would later become Haiti) to fight alongside the Americans in the American Revolution in 1779 against the British in Savanah Georgia. Today, there is a Statue in Savanah Georgia representing the little known fact of Haiti’s small contributions in U.S. History


ARTS & CULTURE


John James Audubon – Was born in Haiti and would become a legendary, revered bird watcher and art enthusiast in America. 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. One of his works is GENERAL SUN, MY BROTHER


Ludovic Lamothe – A graduate of L’Institution Saint Louis de Gonzague in Port-au-Prince Haiti, he was sent to Paris to study music composition. He is one of Haiti’s most renowned classical composers


Wyclef Jean – Musician, singer and producer who founded the Fugees


Praz – The other guy from the Fugees


Won-G – Haitian American Rapper who has a video out with Paris Hilton. Wait…Not that kind of video (imagine the outrage of P.H. caught doing it with a black guy). This one is actually not rated X and is a music video


Edwidge Danticat – Famous Haitian American writer of such books like THE FARMING OF THE BONES and KRIC? KRAC?


Quddus – Haitian Canadian MTV VJ / Model


Oswald Durant – Haitian Poet who wrote “choucoune” which would later become the lyrics for the songs “little bird” by Harry Belafonte.


Alexandre Dumas – French writer who is the son of a Haitian slave woman and a French soldier. His famous writings includes, THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO


Gabrielle Casseus – Actor in movies such as BLACK HAWK DOWN, and BEDAZZLED


Vanessa Williams – Not the singer, but the one who acts in SOUL FOOD the series.


Tyrone Edmond – Famous Haitian model


Jimmy Saint Louis – Famous Haitian actor / model. He was in THE BOURNE IDENTITY, TEARS OF THE SUN, and soon to be released THE GAMES OF THEIR LIVES where he plays the role of Haitian Joe Gaetzens (see sports below). {I have a cameo in this movie by the way, where I play the role of soccer players Eddie Pope and Robin Frazer J


Garcelle Beauvais – Born in Haiti and moved to NY. She would become a model than an actress on NYPD Blue


Gary Dourdain – Actor from CSI Las Vegas. His parents or grandparents came from Haiti. Sadly enough, his older brother died in Haiti (there are questions as to whether he was pushed off a balcony, or simply fell) while on a visit there to research his Haitian lineage


Marjorie Vincent – Daughter of Haitian immigrants who would become Miss America in 1991


Raoul Peck – Haitian Film director who has many films in his credits. One of which is the famous documentary LUMUMBA: Death of a Prophet


Josephine Premice – Haitian born American actress/dancer/singer. 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. In Baltimore, she founded the first Catholic school for black children, the St. Francis Academy. Today, she is also being considered for canonization by the Vatican


OTHERS WORTH MENTIONING


Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable – Free Black Slave from Haiti who would become a very successful trader in America. In 1779, he established the first permanent settlement of the city of Chicago. He is known today as the founder of that city.


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. He was taking his family to live in Haiti when he died with many others on the sunken ship. We all know what happened. She along with their 2 kids survived. He didn’t. He was the only black man to die on the Titanic. 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. This game is still today one of the biggest upset in sports history. He would later die under mysterious circumstances in Haiti under Papa Doc (see below). In 1976 he was inducted into the United States Soccer Federation Hall of fame.


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. When Baby Doc left for France in 1986, it is estimated he took most of the country’s wealth with him. Today he lives broke in the South of France with his wife having taken most of the stolen money before leaving him


WISH THEY WERE HAITIANS


Danny Glover – American Actor and Activist who’s been working for the past decade to get Hollywood to make a movie on TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE. Unfortunately, Hollywood thinks the story is too black.


Jonathan Demme – Film Producer who just recently released THE AGRONOMIST a story of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique who died under shady circumstances


Lauryn Hill – Much love for you girl. Can’t wait for the FUGEES reunion concert this summer in Haiti. You bet I will be on the plane to PAP


Katherine Dunham – The Matriarch of black American dance, she spend many years in Haiti studying Haitian dances. She incorporates many Haitian dances in her works. If you found this instructive, let me know. If I am missing anyone from this list, let me know. My job is to promote my culture in a positive light and if you have learned something new, than I did a good job. Like we say in kreyol, “deye mon se mon”, which means behind every mountains is many more mountains – in short, the struggle continues.


Peace! J

167 Comments

  1. Marc Sauveur wrote:

    NAAHD is is working for the betterment of Haitians, please join forces with us in protecting our community’s future…

    Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
  2. lucien emmanuel wrote:

    the information was on point, as haitian living in the Bahamas such vital awareness is useful and the negative feedback concerning what it is to be a haitian is insulting to our heritage and forefathers that contributed so much. guess what the first black politician in the house of assembly was a haitian by the name stephen dillet who has a school named in his hour.

    long live haiti the land that thought blacks freedom!

    Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 5:38 pm | Permalink
  3. Tracey wrote:

    Thank you for writing this. This is very informative and shows that Haitian people can do anything that they set there minds to. And as young haitian or haitian americans need to stop messing around stay focused and handle your business in school. And do the best to make these haitian people proud who paved the way for us to do what ever our hearts desire.

    Big up to all the haitians that are representing us to the fullest!

    Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
  4. N.Pierre wrote:

    Um, I don’t mean to be a nit pick, but DuBois definitely wasn’t Haitian. His grandfather was white and his father was born there leaving soon after. His popz was a dead beat vagabond. I know ya’ll prolly get upset but if you put a cat in a garage, does that make it a car?

    Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    The struggle continues is right! As a Haitian, I am sadden by what I am seeing in my hood. Kids not going to school, cought up in gang activity, thirsting to live like yankees. Growing up, it was not cool to be Haitian; often had to hide my identity in fear of what others may think. It made me a better man, completing college, not getting cought up with the BS and now working for one of the greatest companies in the World. I walk with my head high. Don’t forget where you came from… the struggle continues.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  6. lori wrote:

    what about christopher columbus?

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
  7. Jean wrote:

    It is beautiful to say the least that our haitian people have found another avenue to highlight the accomplishments of us…..In addition to what I have come across I would also like to share with you a poet/rapper/actor/activist that has contributed to the elevation of our pride on many spectrums. MECCA aka GRIMO…You can get a lot of information about him at his website for those interested…www.meccaakagrimo.com
    Peace Love and L’UNION FAIT LA FORCE

    Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  8. Holding Fenelus wrote:

    this is a really cool web page. I was proud to see some of the names such as: W.E.B dubois’s parents were from haiti. I’m sure that there is more famous haitian people out there whose names are not recorded and why not you who is reading this note?

    Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  9. Gontrand Delmas wrote:

    I’ve never feel so pround in my life to say with a loud voice to say I am a haitian…
    I really apreciate your effort, I just you good luck and also which there more individual like.
    thank you much luck brother.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
  10. Gontrand Delmas wrote:

    I’ve never feel so pround in my life to say with a loud voice to say I am a haitian…
    I really apreciate your effort, I just which you good luck and also which there’s more individual like you.
    thank you and much luck brother.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 3:02 pm | Permalink
  11. Stuart wrote:

    Thanks for your comment, Gontrand. I’m very happy you found this site worthwhile.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 7:48 pm | Permalink
  12. How about more information on the influence of Haitian Culture on the city of New Orleans, L.A.? The Haitian influence was profound to say the least.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 10:01 pm | Permalink
  13. Jean wrote:

    We need to find a way to unite as Haitians. We need to create a network of professional that can help and support our future leaders.

    Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  14. Jean wrote:

    We need to talk to all our friends that are Haitians and start to make sure people understand that us as Haitians, we are here in this country to make this country great. We cannot allow our young children to feel embarrass about being Haitians…

    Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  15. Diana wrote:

    It is imperative that Haitians in the Diaspora are committed to the development of Haiti (political, economic, social and otherwise), and the current needs of the people there. As long as Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, the image of Haitians everywhere will continue to be negative. We, who are the first and second generations of Haitians abroad, must understand that it is blaspheme to rep the country and do nothing for the people. Your/our success lies on the backs of those who came before us, who fought for our (and the whole Black world’s) freedom from slavery and oppression, we owe it to them to have the interests of Haiti’s people today and in the future at heart. Haitians have got to be the proudest people in the world, I look on facebook and myspace and there are nearly a hundred group’s reppin Haiti- we need to put that pride to work for the best interest of our people at home and abroad.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 10:16 pm | Permalink
  16. Diana wrote:

    By the way… this sort of thing is Great! It needs to be expanded upon, I am sure there is lots more infornmation out there. Our children need to know these things.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 10:18 pm | Permalink
  17. esther wrote:

    PROUD TO BE A HAITIAN! WOULD NOT WANT IT ANY OTHER WAY…...........

    Friday, May 4, 2007 at 4:31 am | Permalink
  18. yves jean-louis wrote:

    i won`t say we are in this country to make it great but i `d say we are in this country because no other country want us to be too confortable in our homeland because we are the first black republc and the 2nd country to declare his independence after the usa .so haiti won`t be a good example for porto-rico,jamaica,martinique,turks and caicos ect…if you are from haiti you know better than me that a good government that can provides security ,amnisty,education,good welfare program,and help the peasants so they can stay in the country side haiti would be perfect for me to migrate back. i know one thing for sure haitian loves haiti not because of the panorama but because of our legacy, our history,sense of partage,the smile onthe faces,i love my country and i`m a proud haitian , ialways say i`m haiti to everyone that i met because i keep only REAL FREIND AND I TAKE ONLY OPPORTUNITY THAT NOT BASED ON MY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN NOR MY RACE. IF BY HIDING YOU ARE HAITIAN WORKS FOR YOU MAY BE YOU DON`T EVEN EXIST.

    Friday, May 4, 2007 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  19. James wrote:

    To all of my Haitian people out there who are living in Haiti, USA or the West for that matter.
    Fear not, it takes only one day to the monkeys of our backs. And when that day comes? Haitians sons and daughters will no longer be yours. Remember,We are doctors, inventors, scientists, administrarors, leaders, entertainers, and so forth. So my Haitian people, keep hope alive, and the great spirit for a better Haiti.

    Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 9:21 pm | Permalink
  20. Sarah wrote:

    MY mother, father, and older sister are from Haiti I would love to know more about the culture and to maybe meet more Haitians where I live and I know nomatter what people say about me I will always be an American Haitian its in my blood.

    Monday, June 4, 2007 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  21. Marie Augustin wrote:

    I am a 34 yr old woman who came here at a very young age. I have always been proud to be from this wonderful country. I know right now we are poor. financially. look at all the richness being from our country provides. things that can never ever be bought. When I have the time, I research “us” . It is too bad that a country that, within it’s people have so much to say, so much history, it is hard to trace our ancestry. I believe within each family there is a long bloodline. Researching or families would put us in a good position to then see what we are and who were are as a whole. It is hard to come across information that is useful to our pride. Our bloodlines are rich, our spirits are rich. Within every family of people from Haiti, there is so much to learn thereby coming away with pride. I have time and time again asked my mom of everything she knows. That is my advice to my generation and the ones that come after. ask, seek, find the answers to your questions about “us”. We should be the proudest Brown people in the world. We should walk around like there is nothing we can’t attain. we are powerful. we need to use this. I find that being from Haiti is a mystical thing. there is no other brown nation like us, yet we can identify with many. I am of course speaking from my own point of view . I am of a biased opinion, towards my people.
    Thank you so much Stuart Maxwell for this. I have printed this page to place on my wall, so myself and my son can see what Haiti has produced. I look forward to seeing more of what’s in store here.

    yours truly,

    M. Augustin

    Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
  22. Stuart wrote:

    Thank you, Marie. I’m so glad that people continue to find this page and find it a source of inspiration. I want to thank James L-C once again, who compiled the original list.

    I regret that my schedule has kept me from updating this blog lately. I hope to post an account of my recent trip to Haiti’s Nord Ouest before long. In the meantime, your comments here are most welcome.

    Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 10:01 pm | Permalink
  23. Gregory G. wrote:

    You should add the names of:

    Entrepeneur and Fashion designer Patrick Tardieu see http://www.bgbogosse.com

    Writer Louis-Philippe Dalembert, autor of several books published in many languages, and recipient of several literacy awards in Europe. He attended College St Martial, Ecole Nomale, and Sarbone on a scholarship.

    Mario Ellie who won a total of 4 NBA championship rings with Houston and San Antonio. He was recently an assistant coach of the Golden States Warriors

    Roger Dorsainvil. He is the son of the haitian historian who spent almost his entire life in exile in Senegal during the Duvalier regime. He owns a Doctorate in physics from russia and has been conducting research and teaching at The City University Of New York

    Dr Messac, PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Teacher of nuclear Engineering at Notheastern Universty, and RPU.

    I could go on for ever.

    Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 11:46 am | Permalink
  24. Kat Di-Zhan wrote:

    Cassendre Xavier a.k.a. Amethyste Rah is a famous Haitian singer and author. Her website is http://www.cassendrexavier.com

    Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  25. Tonya wrote:

    Where is the name Roanld Agenor under the topic famous sports? He is the biggest professionals tennis player Haiti has ever had and he’s world famous. He is a former top 20 tennis player in the world. Visit his website at http://www.ronaldagenor.com Please add him to your list. Thanks

    Friday, August 24, 2007 at 11:22 pm | Permalink
  26. VENET SENATUS wrote:

    MY NAME IS SENATUS J. VENET, ARTIST AND COMPUTER GRAPHIC ARTIST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND LET ME KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. I WILL BE HAPPY TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm | Permalink
  27. Hermite wrote:

    My name is Hermite(Her-Meet)I was born in Nassau Bahamas by both Haitian Parents, but raised In Cap-Haitien, Haiti, I’m always proud to tell everyone I meet that I am Haitian, even though now I am an American Citizen I spent most of my times in Haiti, because I love that country very much, that’s where my heart is. Thank you so much for this information, there is another Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, I think, he was in the movie with Mo’Nique ( Phat Girlz) very good movie.

    Thx! :)
    Hermite

    Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 12:46 am | Permalink
  28. chill wrote:

    Hey! N. Pierre, W.E.B Dubois is Haitian by the law of the blood. You don’t have to be born in Haiti to be Haitian.

    Monday, October 1, 2007 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
  29. chill wrote:

    Subject: Stars d’origine haitienne

    Je vous transfère un email assez interessant que j’ai reçu d’une amie…Bonne lecture

    Nous ne produisons pas seulement la pauvreté et la misère, mais aussi des vedettes internationales… Haiti ne mourra jamais dans l’esprit de ses enfants…

    JMM
    Comédiens et personnalité du spectacle [modifier]
    Sidney Poitier, acteur américain dont le père est haïtien.
    Anthony Kavanagh, humoriste québécois d’origine haïtienne
    Will Smith acteur, producteur, chanteur, d’origine haitiano-jamaicaine (il le confirme dans le show “Russel Simmons one music beat”)
    Tyrone Edmond, modèle américain, née au Cap-Haitien.
    Garcelle Beauvais, actrice américaine, née à St-Marc.
    Denzel Washington, acteur et producteur d’origine haïtienne (confirmé dans l’émission “Hollywood stories” sur Paris Première)
    Les Wayans, acteurs, cinéastes, producteurs, ont des origines haïtiennes du côté paternel
    Gary Dourdan, né Gary Robert Durdin, acteur (Les Experts), a des origines haïtiennes
    Ben Quddus Philippe, présentateur sur MTV, dont la mère est haïtienne
    Jimmy Jean-Louis, acteur rendu célèbre par son rôle dans Heroes
    Marie-Anna Murat, journaliste et animatrice de télévision québécoise
    Toto Bissainthe, comédienne et chanteuse, née au Cap Haitien.
    claudine orval, comédienne québécoise origine haïtienne
    Cinéastes [modifier]
    Arnold Antonin, cinéaste et producteur
    Raoul Peck, cinéaste et producteur
    Chanteurs [modifier]
    Lenny Kravitz, chanteur, auteur, compositeur, dont la mère qui vient des Bahamas est d’origine haïtienne
    Missy Eliott, chanteuse, auteur, compositeur, a des origines haïtiennes (confirmé dans l’émission “Cribs”)
    André 3000 (né André Benjamin), chanteur, auteur, compositeur du groupe Outkast a des origines haïtiennes
    DJ Whoo Kid D..J. américain membre du groupe de rap G-Unit, de son vrai nom Yves Mondésire.
    Usher, le « prince » du R’n’B américain, de son vrai nom Usher Raymond.
    Tony Yayo rappeur américain des G-Unit, de son vrai nom Marvin Bernard
    50 cent rappeur du group g-unit, sont vrai nom est Curtis Jackson
    Wyclef Jean et Pras Michel, rappeurs américains membres du groupe Fugees.
    Gage chanteur de R’n’B canadien découvert par Corneille, est d’origine haïtienne et jamaïcaine.
    Alibi Montana rappeur français de son vrai prénom nickarson habitant la ville La Courneuve dépt 93 en France.
    Kery James rappeur français de son vrai nom Alix Mathurin.
    Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, le plus influent des rappeurs US, a des origines haïtiennes du côté maternel
    Téri Moise, née à Los Angeles de parents haitiens, chanteuse nu soul
    LL Cool J, rappeur, a des origines haïtiennes de par sa grand-mère
    Snoop Dogg, rappeur américain, issu d’une famille d’origine haitienne comme l’atteste son cri de guerre “Coté Bouzin Yo ?!!
    Dr. Dre, producteur et chanteur de rap, né d’un père américain et d’une mère haitienne (d’où son prénom Romel)
    Warren G, rappeur américain demi-frère de Dr. Dre (même mère)
    DMX, rappeur américain dont le père est d’origine haïtienne

    Hommes politiques et militaires [modifier]
    Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, métis qui serait le fondateur de la ville de Chicago aux États-Unis.
    Le général Alexandre Dumas, métis, père de l’écrivain français Alexandre Dumas.
    Michaëlle Jean, gouverneure générale du Canada, immigrante d’Haïti.
    W.E.B. DuBois, acti

    Meme quand on nous critique severement mais nous produisons aussi de bons fruits.

    Monday, October 1, 2007 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  30. FamOgouFeray/painter wrote:

    Thank you for such wonderful info. i never knew the existance of some of them until now. I will indeed share with others.

    AYIBOBO!!!

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 7:44 am | Permalink
  31. christie wrote:

    being an haitain, attending high school in the united states takes a whole a lot of courage. for the reason,at school they’re so many trash talking about haitains. it’s almost like it’s ok to be haitain at school as long as your the thug. which compel numerous students to say that they’re not haitain. however, i still don’t see this as an excuse to be ashamed of being haitian, nothing irritates me the most. why should care anyway, i’m haitian and i’m proud of it!!!!!

    Friday, November 23, 2007 at 2:38 am | Permalink
  32. Ernest wrote:

    Thank you for such valuable information. This is very informative. I never knew we have so many talented people. I will definitely share this information with my kids. Thank you once again, and keep up the good work.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
  33. Danielle Dyer wrote:

    Hello!! Thank you so much for this soulful, inspiring list of people of Haitian descent who have made an impact in the world.

    I stumpled across your site after flipping to the first page of “The Count of Monte Cristo”. I never knew Mr. Dumas was of Haitian ancestry!This is awesome that you have this list and I would like to share with other Haitians just to uplift them. This shows that…

    We Have Been Making An Impact All Across The World. ET JUSTE COU NYA NAP BOULE TOUJOUR.

    From Asia to You,

    Danielle

    Buyeo, Chungnam Province, Republic of South Korea

    Monday, December 3, 2007 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  34. Makendal wrote:

    Pursue Your Haitian Passion
    by Makendal

    We live in a time where obstacles in the path of the journey of our life come like wolves in sheep’s clothing, and they sometimes/often times appear in our mirrors although we may not see or recognize their reflections. They appear as the voices in our heads or the voices from our peers, friends, family and mates.

    Our hopes and dreams and our desires when we started off as starry-eyed children in Haiti or here in the United States, these hopes and dreams were always changing, always mobile, sometimes infantile, but always we aspired to go higher, higher than our own one-story roof, further than the galri front yard, further than the front porch, further than la ville (downtown and capital).

    Years ago many had dreams of being doctors and lawyers, and some children, while playing lago kache, woslè and dominoes, they looked up at the stars and dreamt with eyes wide open of being astronauts. Others wanted to become surgeons and engineers, race car drivers, Olympic divers and soccer stars…they weaved their dreams upon their personal stars…and at an early age, kicked a ball around a school yard, read books on medicine, played doctor, ran bicycles like they were in the Indy 500…some sat on top of their roofs and dreamt of walking on the moon, circling Mars, seeing the earth from above, inventing life-saving medicines or become the most world renowned detective…their minds raced across countries and jungles escaping and fighting evil, fixing cars and building airplanes, being airmen in the Air Force…and of course, being President.

    But something always seems to happen…some obstacle always seems to rear its head within their vision…a voice always seems to drown out the sound of their wishes being made as their dreams are played out on the stages of their mind. Parents force them to stop thinking about being a chef, a cook and focus on being a doctor or lawyer. Parents and society team up together and deter them from even thinking about being a doctor or lawyer and focus on running the family business…or resigning themselves to believing the words that are echoed in their ears and minds constantly, jack hammered into their soul:
    Ou Pap Janm Anyen.

    If the ones who came before you are still doing things the old fashioned way…if they are not truly making a difference and if they are hurting more than helping the community when you know you can and will do more…PURSUE YOUR PASSION, no matter the obstacles.
    no matter if they own the city, no matter if they have the city officials, radios or television stations in their pockets…PURSUE YOUR PASSION and do…DO!

    The little Haitian girl with dreams of being an actress is told that she better learn how to be a good maid because that’s all she’ll ever be. And so, she steals glimpses of her role models on TV and dreams until one day her dreams get deferred somewhere between the outside tub where she washes her employer’s clothes and the inside kitchen where she cooks for her employer and has to wait until they are finished eating and no longer need for her to serve them before she can have her own meal. The little Haitian boy who was told that a musician is a vagabond…and will never amount to anything, will never be respected, his dream was also deferred…deferred by stereotypes and negativity, even jealousy.
    And although he could play a guitar very adeptly at age 6 and was writing music by age 8…although he dreamt of playing in his country’s palace for international dignitaries, and had dreams of Carnegie and Radio City, he followed the OTHER path that he was sent on and went to work in the family business…went to college and got his degree in something…started working for someone.

    Many have a passion for cooking, for fashion, for writing, modeling or dancing, law or medicine…maybe even art…yet are forced by various reasons and chains of events (pregnancy, money, loss of partner or family members, self-deprecation, marriage, divorce) to just “get a job” and make ends meet, not realizing that the ends are not really meeting mentally and emotionally. Their PASSION was created, fed by their dreams, hopes, desires and aspirations…and then starved by family and society until these same passions and dreams were deferred and finally locked away in some dusty trunk in the back of their mind.
    Later on in their years, they will let their thoughts open that trunk where they discarded their passions and dreams, and look at what could have been. But I say to you…why not pursue your passion? Why not shun what your family thinks is best if you feel, think, know, love and are happy with the inner you and what you THINK your inner you and you can accomplish what you set your mind to?

    Yes!
    Pursue your passion!

    Fulfill whatever academic necessities are required of you!
    Follow your path and your dream, so that when you rise like the sun and shine in the sky, you can look at the darkness that wanted to hold you and smile with pride!
    PURSUE YOUR PASSION!

    Just because you are poor or middle class…or your parents may be semi-literate and you come from a supposed poor nation…just because you are labeled as “moun monn”, “moun andeyo” or your adolescent years were that of farming, barefoot, tattered clothes, restavek…HERE YOU ARE NOW…with the same dreams still in your mind being weaved, dreams of going to college, being the first of 5, 10, 15 siblings of an entire family to walk through the doors of University…PURSUE YOUR PASSION!

    FOLLOW YOUR DREAM!

    Pursue it with intensity and tenacity like Dumarsais Simeus, the eldest son of peasant rice farmers from Pont Sonde in L”Artibonite, Haiti. He grew up working the land in Haïti to feed himself and his 11 siblings. In 1961 His family sold some land so he could fly to the United States to pursue a college education at Florida A&M University and an MBA from the University of Chicago…although society and life and negativity could have made him just continue in the footsteps of his parents and those around him, casting his dreams and his hopes and aspirations aside for that of status quo.
    No…he pursued his passion and let his passion be the catalyst that he needed to become the President and CEO of Simeus Foods, Inc providing food products for national multi-chain restaurants and large institutions like El Pollo Loco, Denny’s, T.G.I.F’s and Burger King in the United States and Canada generating $155 million a year.

    So the next time you have a Burger King burger, know that it probably was seasoned with the dreams and passion of a little boy from Pont Sonde , Haiti .

    PURSUE YOUR PASSION!

    Like the preacher’s son who was told to stay in the church, when his passion was in hip hop and music.Now, he’s a world ambassador for Haiti , and pursuing his passion, loving the moment and enjoying his life! Happy! And still telling people to pronounce his name correctly, not “Jeen” but Jean! Wyclef Jean!

    Pursue your passion to help others…to make a difference. Do not fall into the trap that anyen pap janm chanje (nothing will ever change).

    Pursue your passion and make a difference like Marleine Bastien did, organizing to help Haitian women and families in South Florida and becoming a household name not only in Haitian homes, but in government too!

    Pursue you passion like Edwidge Danticat…work for it, live for it, work for and with it!

    Pursue your passion, pursue your dreams, pursue your pen, your violin, your dance steps, your lyrics, your rhyme, your rhythm, your poetry, your culinary desires, your business savvy, your fashion designs, your communication skills…LIFE IS THE ARMY WHERE YOU SHOULD BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE!
    Be that chef!
    Be that lawyer!
    Be that dancer!

    Be that business owner, spa owner, restaurant owner, multi-million dollar real estate broker, singer, song writer, guitarist! Don’t let anyone, anything or any stereotype, status quo or past history….nor the color of your skin, no handicap or class notation stop you from aspiring to be YOU or accomplish what you have been dreaming about ever since you were a child, looking up at the ceiling at night before you went to sleep or day-dreaming in your backyard while playing marbles or staring out into the sea and skies.
    If you love to cook…THEN COOK! Become the chef that you want to be…never mind what Haitian society might think! If Emeril listened to negativity, there’d be no “Bam!” on TV, no Emeril…and we have Cordon Bleu Emeril’s in the making in Haiti…soon-to-be chefs who are turning maymoulin, legumes or lanbi into exotic meals…future Emeril’s and future Betty Crockers who will have their own food show on Comcast cable! As long as they, as long as YOU pursue your passion!

    Pursue it the same way that little boy many years ago pursued his jump shot and alley-oops…pursue it the way he pursued his dribbles and fakes…and do not let anyone tell you ke Ayisien pa jwe basketball, se futbol ke nou jwe…because if that were true, Olden Polyniece wouldn’t have been signed to the Utah Jazz , Samuel Dalembert wouldn’t have come from Port Au Prince to play for Seton Hall and be drafted by the 76’ers 1st round draft pick babyyy!

    PURSUE YOUR PASSION, never give up, the same way that Mario Antoine Elie never gave up trying and failing and trying and failing to get into the NBA…his passion was basketball, and he pursued it…pursued it in Europe until finally in 1991, Elie played his first NBA game, first for the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers before being traded to the Houston Rockets in 1993. He went on to pursue and feed his passion and won NBA championships with the Rockets first in 1993-1994 and again in 1994-1995, making some incredible three-point field goals and getting the nickname Super Mario and “Junkyard Dog.” doors will be closed, failing once, twice and a third time is a possibility…but the biggest failure is TO NOT PURSUE YOUR PASSION OR TO GIVE UP! William Joseph Defensive Tackle for NY Giants…pursued his passion! Jonathan Vilma Linebacker for NY Jets…pursued his passion!

    Ladies…you want to pursue dance or acting? Find out who Josephine Premice was! You’d be shocked and surprised that a Haitian woman, graduate of Columbus University , was on Broadway and Carnegie Hall several times and even appeared on The Jeffersons and A Different World!

    Pursue your passion even when your wife or husband tells you it’s a waste of time because when you think of it, TIME is yours and no one else’s! As long as you try…you’re not wasting. Thinking about it and NOT pursuing it, not attempting it, NOT doing it…THAT is the waste.

    Where would we be if some our people sat back in the community and decided NOT to start that music website? Where would we be if someone did not pursue the thought of having the one of the the United States ’ biggest Haitian festivals drawing thousands to its display of culture and music to honor our Haitian Independence and our Flag day?

    Where would be be if Musique En Folie in Haiti was just that…”folie” never pursued.

    What would our art be if our many artists like Tiga, Dambreville, Jean Rene Jerome, Wah, Turgo Bastien , Guy Syllien, Cadet, Florence Arboite, Kristo, Daniele Mangones, Myrthelle Chery, Arlene Magloire did not listen to the passion in their hands?

    ...and those two little boys that were told they would never amount to anything in Haitian music and they were just a fad…that other young man that they told should go to medical school instead of music…how many years ago was that? Now T-Vice and Sweet Micky are accomplished household names with a long list of albums, sold out shows, festivals and carnivals! Would we even be dancing a konpa rhythm if not for the passion pursued by Webert Sicot and Nemours Jean-Baptiste?

    One little boy born in Haiti had a passion for spending his days watching birds. They would yell at him, “Sispann gade zwazo ti gason!”. James Audubon! The Audubon Society is named after him as well as one of the longest stretches of road in Europe !

    Fashion? Sewing? Couture? That’s not for boys! Right? Wrong! Just ask famous Ronal and Rony Delice, who live in NY and are top fashion designers now with worldwide acclaim!

    Could there even be a Haitian Heritage Museum in Miami, Florida if the not for the passion pursued by two young Haitians, Serge Rodrigue and Eveline Pierre, who had a vision, a dream and a blind eye/deaf ear to the signs and sounds that said “You Can’t”. Tmorrow there institution will be a standing, living icon and monument just like that of Daniel Fils-Aimé whose dream was to erect a monument in the city of Savannah, Georgia as a dedication to the heroes of Haiti and their participation and aid to American history and liberty!

    Robert Frost wrote a poem, “The Road Less Traveled” and it was one of the first poems I read in my youth. Find it…read it. The road less traveled, the road that many do not take because no one has trailblazed that road, the road that brings apprehension…TAKE IT…for it is most assuredly the road leading you to the destination of YOUR passion, filled with roadblocks and obstacles that you can and will overcome no matter what others tell you.

    Our forefathers had a passion for Freedom. if they didn’t…if they listened to the slavemaster…if they listened to France and Spain …if they believed that they were born to be slaves…if they did not listen to the voice of freedom in their ears, heart and soul…WHERE WOULD WE BE! So pursue your passion! Set yourself free a la maniere de Toussaint, Dessalines, Chrsitophe, Petion, Boyer, Boukman, Makendal, Marie Jeanne, Defile, Sanite, Cecile and Grann Toya!

    PURSUE YOUR PASSION! DREAM! Because you can make your dreams come true…if you believe in them!

    About The Author: Prosper “Makendal” Sylvain Jr., Multi-lingual Spoken Word Poet, Motivational Speaker presently resides in South Florida . Makendal performs at various venues and events in South Florida and across the eastern seaboard articulating and performing the beauty of his roots through poetry and motivation speaking/teaching. To contact him, email (makendal30@yahoo.com).

    Friday, December 14, 2007 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  35. Haitian ALl DaY

    Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink
  36. sabrina wrote:

    what happened to haitian scientists?

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
  37. Antoine Laurent wrote:

    Yet I am still not convinced that Sidney Poitier is a haitian or a haitian descent at all, as many, many haitians claimed. In my encounter with him, probably in the late 60 or early 70, during my tenure at United Artists Corp., a financing movie company, he never claimed or pretended to be of haitian origin, but only Bahamanian. Fritz Baron, my cousin who was also with that company longer, might be in a better position to confirm or clarify this matter for all HP readers. By the way, carrying a french name doesn’t mean is french or haitian. We all know the proverb” l’habit ne fait pas le Moine”. So are many other stars or actors Dubois, Dumas etc…,etc… Now they turn on to the flashy and spectacular stars as the Wayan brothers, Usher, Celia Cruz, etc…, etc… and claim them as haitians. They probably did it for fun or confusion, who knows?

    Yes indeed, there are a lot, a lot of Haïtians stars or celebrities which are still unknown, meanwhile they accomplished some good deeds in Haïti.
    Therefore, I salute and thank them in the names of all Haïtians.

    Unfortunately, we as haitians, have a tendency to claim, repeat or by hearsay, try to convince the public for rumors or street news and swear to be true or rreal. These news had never been researched or confirmed for anthenticity.

    Due to some hideous events,circumstances impede some people not stars to associating themselves with anything that is haitian.
    They should rather be in the forefront to disclaim and fight this stereotype attitude but they hid behind their light skin color or with their ease of masterizing a foreign language or simply shut up in the company of foreingners and pretended not being haïtians. We express no grudge towards them but only history will be the judge of that attitude or behavior.

    My primary questions to the haïtian celebrities or stars: How many stadiums, schools or hospitals they built in Haïti or carry their names? Zip..! They should follow the good example as Motumbo from Africa with his 30 million dollars hospital built in his home country, Oprah with her expensive school in So. Africa, the dominican baseball star, I forget his name, etc..,etc… What about our Samuel Dalembert, Mario Elie, Olden Polynice etc..,etc..,? None. Please enlight me if I am wrong.!!!!

    Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:41 am | Permalink
  38. true haitian wrote:

    we have more superstar from haitian descent. people like jay-z, his mother’s name gloria carter, and jay-z ’s name is shawn carter he put his mom lastname his father was haitian but didn’t raise him. people like beyonce her mother is haitian and her father is jamaican , rapper rick ross his haitian descent.denzel washington haitian and canadienne, ll cool j his grand mother haitian just to name a few. i want your to ceck for yourself.
    go to http://www.fr.wikipedia.org then go to the left side where it says rechercher then type any of this artist you will see all the information. don’t go to the english wikipedia because it won’t give you the true just go to the one i gave u which is the french one. we should always walk with your heads up because if u let other put their feet on your neck that’s when they gonna take you as shit. Me i fought a marocan guy before when he try to put my country down he tried to insult me i puh him hard since then he never talking shit about my country when he sees me there, maybe when he sees other haitian but not me.haitien nou toujou ap bay lot nation monte sou nou se nou ki pou fe respe haiti wi, si le yon neg ap pale kaka de pey nou epui nou rache mo a nan djol li ak yon per kalot lap toujou pran pye sou nou. ou pa we neg jamaica yo pa gen neg ki janm pale pei yo mal paske yo pa ranse ak moun peyi yo gen mize menm jan ak haiti mrn yo toujou pran poz yo kanpe ro men haitien toujou panse le li lage ol gen moun ki pral charite l yon bagay. menm si ou nan mize se pou ou toujou fre pa janm at pou ou bese tet devan lot nasyon. mwen as yon capois mwen fye de peyi mwen kote m ye pa gen kenn vagabon ki ka pale peyim mal paske se nan dessaline mwen soti mwen toujou sou kombat when it come to defend my country. i don’t play with that nou menm neg okap si tout haitien te fe tankou nou haiti te dwe plus lwen . se nou ki pou fe lot nasyon respekte nou gen neg la li toujou kenbe menm sistem andeyo a li pap achete yon bon rad pou l mete,anpil etranje konn ap gade epui yon gentan identifye ou haitien, why haitien so easy to identify. because nou toujou kenbe system rural haiti yo fe nou habiye, al lekol, epui pa janm bese tet devan lot nason kelkanswa peyi ou te nan mize se pou ou toujou keep your heads up. and don’t panic pa american or jamaican kap bay presyon someime se pe yap fe nou pe yo depi ou kanpe ou demontre yo ou kap frape yo to epui yap vin ba ou lamen.

    Monday, March 17, 2008 at 1:42 am | Permalink
  39. see the truth, google Haitian History: roots of leadership, and I love what you did with this, I’m gonna do the same to find the lineage of all those pioneers.

    Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 11:10 pm | Permalink
  40. EVELINE GENTILHOMME wrote:

    I really appreciate the infos you put out there for us proud haitians,thank you but Istill want to know are Lil Wayne, Gabrielle Union really haitians?

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  41. Kenny Cesar wrote:

    I will always be haitien because my mom and dad were born in haiti.

    Kenny cesar
    8 years old

    Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  42. Victor Nazaire wrote:

    the actual Governor general of Canada born in Haiti of Haitian parents.
    first black woman host of a TV show in Montreal, Canada.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 11:17 pm | Permalink
  43. Victor Nazaire wrote:

    Dr Monestime , medical doctor graduate in Haiti, became a Canadian medical doctor and MAYOR of Wawa in the province of Ontario.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm | Permalink
  44. you miss an haitian writer jean ricardy who wrotethe books dont blame the black cause the slavery system still exists and the other one the loss of vision of the modern world

    Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 7:04 pm | Permalink
  45. Lune wrote:

    Il y’a thiery Henry le reve francais du foot c un capois pur et dur

    Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  46. Kathy wrote:

    To True Haitian-
    Denzel Washington and Beyonce’s mother are not Haitian! We need to stop claiming these people just because they, or someone in their family, bare French last names. And second of all, if they were Haitian, they sure as hell ain’t claiming it, so why should we claim them. I am also sick and tired of hearing Haitians claiming Usher…he is NOT Haitian!

    Lastly, Wikipedia is not a trustworthy link. Anyone can go in there and change things.

    Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  47. Manuchca francois wrote:

    I hope you guys realize, what you are doing.I read nothing but great things but, we must first admit to ourselves.That the only way Haiti can ever be a great nation like any other country that is develope haitian will have to take a real hard look at themselves.let’s think about it for one second, we are always talking about what others have done .what have we done for Haiti, that’s the question. Have we done all that we could have done to make haiti a great nation or lip service.the sad truth lip service is what Haiti get over in over.let us as a nation look at ourselves hard in the mirror.To everyone that read this post:” What have you done for Haiti to make it a great nation beside lip service”,beside Haiti belly is full of lip service. to be proud is to admit Haiti is in a coma and badly need of a make over.
    love, peace, understanding.

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
  48. stop the lip service wrote:

    stop the lip service in do something

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
  49. Joseph wrote:

    Elizabeth Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, was never a slave. Her planter father was a practicing French Jew and her mother was his ex-slave.

    Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink
  50. Fine1952 wrote:

    Dawn A Richard, model on cover of latest “Creole Amour” magazine is Haitian.

    Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink
  51. S Cooney wrote:

    Another famous Haitian: CNN commentator/ Radio Show host Roland Martin.

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Permalink
  52. True haitian wrote:

    Roland martin is Haitian descent 4 real go to youtube.com type roland martin he was in a conference i beleive it was in new york when he mentioned he was haitian descent. just type it roland haitian descent in youtube u will see the videos where he was saying that.
    Haitian people is a great nation men nou gen kelke moun nan nasyon nou an ki really ignorant or nou te ka di yon seri neg ki swa dizan al etudye nan gro university paret damn pase yon seri moun ki pat gen chans pou yal lekol. se sak fe peyi a pap ka ale pi lwen neg sa yo tro selfish they want everything for themself se yo kominote sevi ak yo pou yo kraze peyi. depi neg la gen jwen yon million nan etranje a yo pa care sa peyi a devenir just pran yon mile dola ba ti pep nan mize al kreye dezod epui se konsa wi ou we nou nan eta nou ye a. se se Haitian yachte pou lajan yo. My point is haitian need to stop being damn pa kite lajan pran nanm nou pou n kraze peyi nou. PRoblem haitian an yo toujou panse al maron nan lot peyi se pou te gen lwa pou transmet tout moun ki fe yon dezod pou tounen lakay pou al juge epui lot yo tap mache sou lod paske yo patap gen kote pou yo al kache, pou mwen menm i think haiti pap janm change paske 3/4 pep la damn menm si yo al lekol yo toujou rete damn mantalite haitian envlope tout moun fe yo fe tenten. se sel haitian yo pa respekte paske they don’t keep their heads up. neg la ka kon li men li toujou paka panse . i don’t know i am sick and tired with some haitians. Don’t get it wrong i am proud to be haitian but some haitian bay problem 4 real.

    Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 12:33 am | Permalink
  53. True haitian wrote:

    kominote internasyonal

    Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 12:35 am | Permalink
  54. LUCIEN ROGER wrote:

    This is a very good idea to put that as a memory of history.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
  55. Vala MonestimeBelter wrote:

    Correction of Victor Nazaire’s Wednesday, October 15, 2008 note – corrected statement: Dr Monestime , medical doctor graduated in Haiti, became a Canadian medical doctor in 1951 and in 1963, was elected Canada’s first Black MAYOR in MATTAWA, Ontario. A book on Dr. Monestime has been written by historian Doug Mackey, called “Where Rivers Meet”. For further info please see http://www.pastforward.ca

    Monday, May 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  56. TONY LOUIS wrote:

    I’M A HAITIAN PRODUCER I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA,BUT MY BEST TIME WERE IN HAITI. I LOVE MY COUNTRY!

    Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 3:26 am | Permalink
  57. francois Donnat wrote:

    I’m proud to find this list tonite, I wish you all the best, I’m in Arizona I wish to have more name like: Professor Rodney Montreuil,Pere Gerard Jn-Juste, Richardson Donnat and some others name

    Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
  58. pierre wrote:

    I know!

    Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
  59. sheri wrote:

    Do u have a son named noe donnat. I see that u live in arizona. I remember him saying something about his fathers name being francois.

    Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  60. lilly wrote:

    OMG I am so proud of this site and the content written on this site keep up the good work. I would like to add Ralph Gilles the maker of chrysler 300,Daniel Edouard an Haitian-American boxer ,and also Joachime Alcine ,and Adonis Stevenson both Haitian-Candian boxers

    Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Permalink
  61. Querline wrote:

    Maxwell is Haitian. His mother was born in haiti…Wikipedia.org look up maxwell the singer of pretty wings bio…

    Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Permalink
  62. jules wrote:

    was joe dumars haitian former nba players , guibert arena currently playing for the wizzard ,prince marke d from the fat boyz rapper group in the 80. great job of inspiring the up coming ones break that fear not because you from haiti you cant make it great examplethanks for a positive search great job

    Friday, November 27, 2009 at 4:15 am | Permalink
  63. stephenson w.hudson wrote:

    my name is steven! For short.
    I’m 63 years old. ‘ve studied U.S.History.
    American Government,U.S.Politics and The Constitution of The United States Of America. I thank God for your service of enlightenment
    It is my prayer that God will continue to bless you in this service. Your’s Truly S.W.H. January 17th, 2010

    Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink
  64. afiht wrote:

    Henry Christophe was actually born in Grenada migrated to Haiti at an early age and later become its leader.

    Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:54 am | Permalink
  65. Ed wrote:

    Henry christopher although he grew up In haiti; he was born In the island of Grenada. According to historian Christopher was very rebellious at a young so he was traded to Haiti for more severe and brutal treatments. As he arrived In Haiti he became a changed and well liked boy by his master. He later on became a freeman.

    Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink
  66. Fine1952 wrote:

    In light of the recent devastation to this historical country, this is a brillantly crafted webstie…

    Thx 4 Sharing…!

    Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  67. MAYE wrote:

    67. Yes Sydney Poitiers is of Haitian descent. He mentioned it in one of the books he wrote. He is born of a Bahamian mother and a Haitian father. He was born in the US but raised in the Bahamas. See one of his biographies at http://www.belfim.com/bio.php/3694; others mentioned it as well.

    Monday, February 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
  68. MARK wrote:

    I THINK YU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB BY PUTTING THOSE NAMES ON THE NET. IN MUSIC TONY YEYO, RICK ROSS,JAY-Z “ACCORDING TO AN INTERVIEW FROM HIS FATHER SIDE/ BEYANCE ” FROM HER MOTHER SIDE”

    Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 12:31 am | Permalink
  69. Eric Wryte wrote:

    One of Robert Nester Marley, aka Bob Marley, wife is a haitian living in jamaica.

    Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink
  70. Eric Wryte wrote:

    Tony yayo, the rapper, is also haitian.

    Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
  71. Cherish wrote:

    I am Haitian as well, hoping to become famous like these people listed above. I’m only 19 yrs old, so i guess you can also consider me part of the Haitian youth.This list has inspired me to work harder towards my goals. Awhile back i hated mentioning my heritage, then i grew to except it. But now i am embracing every aspect of my nationality. Sooo… Thank you

    Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Permalink
  72. stumax wrote:

    What a lovely thought, Cherish. Thanks for commenting, and best wishes to you as you pursue your goals.

    Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  73. Cherish wrote:

    by the way it’s Vanessa A. Williams

    Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  74. Cherish wrote:

    thank you

    Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  75. CETOUT wrote:

    EXCELLENT PAGE. LET’S ALSO ADD THE FIRST BLACK MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IN THE BAHAMAS STEPHEN DILLET; THE PRESENT GOVERNOR GENERAL OF THE BAHAMAS SIR ARTHUR FOULKES; WHAT ABOUT MICHAELLE JEAN CANADA’S GOVERNOR GENERAL

    Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink
  76. CETOUT wrote:

    THE FIRST PERSON FROM THE ISLAND OF GRAND BAHAMA TO BE DRAFTED TO THE NBA. MAGNUM ROLLE.

    Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:36 am | Permalink
  77. CETOUT wrote:

    nice page

    Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  78. im doing a report on haiti

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
  79. JorgeVJIMENEZ GARCIA wrote:

    I am a proud QuisQueyan thinker like some of the great haitian you listed. I propose a Strategic DOMINICAN HAITIAN Alliance to recue, liberate and rebuild the island strenghtening both nations under one common patria and identity, QuisQueyan.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
  80. JorgeV JIMENEZGARCIA wrote:

    The Strategic DOMINICAN HAITIAN Alliance will then make it posible to design and implemente with the people, the Smart Binational Development Council
    Vision QuisQueya 2020.

    Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
  81. JorgeV JIMENEZGARCIA wrote:

    Please participate with us, the best and brightess QuisQueyans mind for the benevolent of the island, november 18-20 in washington, DC in a hight level congress to seal an agreetment and save the island, Together with can do it, Dom Rep and Haiti. jvJG

    Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
  82. I’m proud to know all of that today and I will let my kids now samething that they’re haitian be proud of it thanks

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  83. I’m pround to be Haitian.
    Fye deske se Aysien mwen ye…..
    epi boulllll

    Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  84. This Website is important.It allows a Nomenclature who feel the lack about the famous People of Haitian

    Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  85. It’s all the same to me

    Friday, November 26, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink
  86. It’s not my opinion upon the violence in Haïti

    Friday, November 26, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  87. Greg Simeon wrote:

    Good morning,merry xmas,happy new year and God bless.I
    thank ev1 for their info; I really apreciated these comments and I
    hope this continue on.What i do know,haiti will prevail under those
    circonstancies:love,respect,communication and side to side and no
    selfishness.White, black,rich and poor have to become one.I’m not
    famous but i’m very pround to be haitien.Brothers and Sisters let’s
    find this path so we can move the country to a new and safe
    direction… love you all.

    Friday, December 24, 2010 at 5:52 am | Permalink
  88. j. Pierre wrote:

    I DR. dubois was Haitian American. The reason is because
    his father was a white man from Haiti moved to the states and
    married with an African American lady; that’s how we had DR.
    Dubois, and even today we are still having that family in the
    island.

    Friday, December 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  89. Proud is not an enough word to describe my emotions when i think of how highfalutin i am, to be the first black independence nation in the world. I walk the street with such a swag and confident,trust, knowing that people are looking at me and saying they goes that Haitian. My joy at home, school,work, and any where I go i am speaking my native tongue with a smile like “WHAT”. And to read it on the web knowing the world is reading about me… I am Haitian.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 6:12 am | Permalink
  90. jaen Michel wrote:

    i hope one day we all can come together
    and not to be shame of being Haitian
    no matter how much they put us down with out us the state of Louisiana might still be a French state , the french use to travel back and fourth from haiti to new orleans that wy we creol and new orleans speak creol same food both know about voodo ( thanks to the Haitian revolution in 1804 the french sold state louisiana dont forget 750 of us help the Arimerican againts the Bridish in Savannah Georgia , Jean-Baptist-point du Sable who discovered the city of chicago
    the man know all that but they tell you , so you can stay dividated

    Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  91. ok for realll i realize some of you people are dead now. Really it just took me five hours to read this whole entire page non stop but actually this is really good keep up the good work but i’ll never read it again and true haitian ur not a true ur a fake sooo stop righting im the new shariff in town.And forreal join the web site its really cool it will get some of u junckies of ur but welll it will get u to do something else beside this and im doing a research project in school on haiti its prritty sweet

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  92. Brandon wrote:

    There have been a lot of valuable contributors to the world coming from this little country and amazing culture….however I do think I need to point out a few errors….Concerning Bahamians….It is a known fact that there is a large Haitian Diaspora in the Bahamas, however not everyone in the Bahamas is of Haitian Descent or even linked to the island of Haiti…..Lenny Kravitz is not Haitian or of Haitian Descent….His Mother, actress Roxy Roker, is a descendent of the islands of Acklins and Eleuthera and are connected to the Rokers, Johnsons, Hannas, Heasties and Tynes but she was born in Miami, Florida. Lenny’s father is Jewish. On the other hand, Magnum Rolle is a full Bahamian…Rolle is the largest title in the Bahamas and was found on the island of Exuma….the origin of the title Rolle is out of Germany thru to the British isles and into the Bahamas….however in his bio he is descended from freed slaves who would’ve been off of Lord Rolle’s plantation in Exuma.

    Friday, May 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  93. po polismada wrote:

    I have heard that Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954 from parents of haitian origin. I would like to know if it a fact. She never talked about that!!!!!

    Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  94. Elias J Eliavon wrote:

    No matter what i’m proud to be Haitian.

    Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  95. LOVINCE, DERINET wrote:

    i would like to see Mr FRANCOIS, Capois in the list of fanous as well.
    But thank you for the work.

    Lovince.

    Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  96. bobby fle wrote:

    I have no clue what this is… or why its so long… :P
    say, as long as I’m here, could you guys tell me the importance if Haiti in this world? its for an assignment.

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  97. Larsen wrote:

    Im proud to be haitian, nice work

    Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink
  98. Abdias Basile wrote:

    i am so happy to see those who are Haitian i am so proud of y’all

    Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  99. Marc-Andre Estimable wrote:

    Where is Michaelle Jean? How come Wyclef Jean is on the list and she is not?

    Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
  100. Rose Saint Elien wrote:

    This information was very helpful. I came across this info while doing a search on FAMOUS Haitians as to educate my children and some Haitian American youths about some facts that are not being spoken aloud about who we are and what we can achieve. Thanks again.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  101. GOLDEN BOY wrote:

    just being real folks;i mean “PROPS” to the GREAT HAITIANS,that has played a major roll in BLACK HISTORY and BLACK LEADERSHIP; but really and truely,me personally dont respect anybody that has abandoned there country and and moved to a foreign,changed there birth citizenship to be a citizen of another country and yet still you wants to (BIG-UP)or HONOR the country of your origin in a foreign land;thats like celling your birthrite..i see people like that as trators and should not be respected at all…because if you so love your country and wants to represent your country then really and truely you should do that in your country of origin..If you dont respect the country that you’ve migrated to and became a citizen of,then you should not be there…feel free to mail me if yu “catch wat am say’n” @ tel_it_like_it_is77@yahoo.com

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
  102. jefray wrote:

    I googled Danny, Katherine, Lauryn and Jonathan and found out that they are not Haitians, so im a lil bit confused.

    Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
  103. I want the truth wrote:

    Really? Many of the folks here are not mentioned. Not everyone with a Fench first name or surname is Haitian. As a Haitian I am baffled at the NEED TO CLAIM OTHERS. In our island we did the same. Claiming to be Dominican or at least half. In Florida, claiming to be Jamaican when we first got there, in NY claiming to be half some other west indian islander. Wikipedia IS NOT RELIABLE! I’m sorry but Lil Wayne? Did anyone see how he was comparing Katrina to our tragedy? I’m 17 and tired of the lies. The manipulation of wikipedia (anyone could edit) We are strong, we are smart, we are beautiful, we are Haiti! Give us the youth the truth. We deserve it. I researched some of the people being claimed such as Beyonce (grandmother was straight French never went to Haiti) the same way I caught everyone’s lies such as Jay Z being Haitian; is the same way the world will catch us lying (by researching) You want us to have great self esteem? Tell us truths cause it hurts to be lied too. Even if we didn’t have famous people, I would still love being Haitian. Thanks for reading and good night. ***PLS STOP THE MISEDUCATION. The same way we are watching them, they are watching us.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink
  104. Jean Wilner Guerrier wrote:

    Haiti c’est un petit pays aux histoires profondes,morfond dans la misere et le sous developpement a cause de l’inconsistence de ses dirigeants!

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
  105. Jean Wilner Guerrier wrote:

    Haiti

    Tout differe autour de toi pour en devenir noir, c’est le soir tout noir. autour de ton calvaire point de samaritains pour te tendre la main, c’est le soir tout est noir. un jour comme aujourd’hui ton soleil aura luit tu recrouveras ta liberte.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  106. tanejah kennedy wrote:

    sidney poitier’s father was not a haitian he was a bahamian farmer and i know this because my grandmother and his father were neighbours in cat island witch is in the bahamas no haiti his father was born in cat island as well as his mother

    Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  107. Proud Haitian wrote:

    I never felt so proud in my life. I didn’t know until today that there were so many famous haitian peoples. I’m really proud of my country… It’s sad when I see some haitians students in high school feeling ashame that they are haitian. They just don’t know what they are worth… But the only thing that make me sad is that, trough all the peoples who wrote, none of them wrote in creole. That make me really sad. Kreyol la se pa nou, se kilti nou, se sa nou ye, fok nou ba li enpotans li merite a. Paske zanset nou yo pat janm wont pale kreyol… Beside that, I’m really happy to learn that so much haitians peoples love their country despite of the situation of our sweet Haiti.

    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  108. Yolande Louis wrote:

    I am Haitian, I don’t need to be associate with any celebrity to make pride of my heritage, although I give two thumbs up for the guine Haitian celebrities, but I do I have a problem when we try to claim Oprah Winfrey as Haitian. i don’t even think that Oprah cares about regular black folks never mind trying to pass her as Haitian. Please stop it, we can do without her. We’ll be okay.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink
  109. Tanya wrote:

    Im Jamaican and I LOVE HAITIANS!!! though haitians might think otherwise, You are my brothers and sisters and You out there will ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. I will never forsake nor disown you or any haitians. If you are happy it makes me happy, if you are sad it makes me sad, I share your fears, your worries your success, I will never ever forget haiti, nor turn my back on any of you….I LOVE YOU ALL.

    Friday, May 18, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  110. Chloe wrote:

    1) Only DuBoi’s father was Haitian. The mother was native to the US.

    2) L’Ouverture should not be listed as “The Black Napoleon” because Napoleon was a genocidist, and a barbarian. L’Ouverture was NOT.

    3) Vanessa Williams has volunteered for Haiti. However, she (the Soul Food actress) is NOT Haitian. She is simply an activist for Haiti. Not everyone who cares about Haiti MUST be Haitian.

    4) Katherine Dunham was an African-American “matriarch”. Not simply “Black American”...could be anything. She studied to preserve African-American dance and traveled the diaspora to document the connections between African-American dance and particularly the dance of Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Brazil. She also spent much time in Haiti and documented there as well, though the connections she documented are primarily in Brazil, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.

    I know Haiti needs encouragement right now, but the people are strong and lists like this are nothing compared to the legacy Haiti already has in the heart of Black people, especially African-Americans. It seems Haiti is despised in the caribbean, though I think it’s due to ignorance and jealousy.

    Still, if people are going to make lists, it needs to be accurate. I get tired of going through lists like this and seeing desperate claims to claim everyone and their grandmother as Haitian. Haiti doesn’t need Dourdain or Oprah (SHE’S NOT HAITIAN, GET IT???) to feel good about being Haitian.

    Haiti has an incredible and STRONG legacy that trumps any achievements any actor, tv personality, or rapper can create for him/herself. Feel good about being Haitian for the accomplishments of the ancestors – and use that knowledge to empower Haitians to overcome the obstacles consistently and deliberately set in its place!!!

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4:41 am | Permalink
  111. Chloe wrote:

    And to #45/Lune, Thierry Henry is from Gwada and Matnik heritage! His parents are of Guadeloupe and Martinique, NOT Haiti. Just because a Black person has a name that sounds French or is French, that does NOT make them Haitian. Learn history and expand your mind and learn that the French were NOT ONLY IN HAITI.

    What kind of generation is Haiti raising today?? The ignorance and insecurity is incredible!

    Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 1:31 am | Permalink
  112. Mimi wrote:

    Do not forget Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the founder of Chicago. He was born in St Marc Haiti in 1745. His father was French and his mother an African Slave.

    Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 7:42 am | Permalink
  113. michelle my bell wrote:

    not suprise they claim opra

    Monday, June 4, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink
  114. michelle my bell wrote:

    back in 1984 haitien claim michael jackson and lionel richie

    Monday, June 4, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  115. michelle my bell wrote:

    pround to be haitien but if you are a famous african american they claim you like you got to be haitian low self people dont you see they only claim the top celebrity beyonce opra jay z 50 cent usher if lady gaga was black they claim her to i know haitien they pround to be ignorant dont foget justin buever that mean black people can have the rest

    Monday, June 4, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink
  116. Bec wrote:

    I had it rough being light skin and Haitian. Ppl would ask me if I’m mixed or tell me I’m Lying! I’m proud to say I’m Haitian I never would deny it and so glad to see other Haitians doing good and making a good name for us! I love Haiti !

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  117. Boyo MG wrote:

    Thanks for your website, it’s been really helpful

    Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  118. Diana E. Griswold wrote:

    I am trying to find some information on my grandparents of Haiti. She was a important person in Haiti, if anyone can help. Her Name was Lise Alfred Zenny, married to Gabriel Zenny. My grandfather is from Batroun which is now Lebanon.

    Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink
  119. Victoria wrote:

    Vanessa Williams is a singer and an actress…. they’re the same person

    Monday, July 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink
  120. Pierre F. Lherisson wrote:

    The true axis of evil[The western colonialist powers] has embarked itself on a cascade of wide range hostilities against Haiti ever since the successful Haitian revolution uprooted slavery in Haiti in 1804.
    The Colonial powers believe that Haiti had set a bad example for their economic interests. The spectrum of this hostility include but not limited to denial of diplomatic recognition after the revolution,relentless and ruthless bad press,systematic embargoes,countless political and military interventions,regime changes,political assassinations,kidnapping,forced exiles,brain drain,usurpation of La Navase etc

    Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  121. Chantal wrote:

    “Haiti’s small contributions to America”—ever heard of the Louisiana Purchase?” It wouldn’t have been possible without Haiti—the first truely free country in the Western Hemiphere.

    On the list of people ” wish they weren’t Ayitien… add Petion and Boyer. Respectively, one plotted the assassination of General Desalination (mesi Papa) and the other agreed to pay France the “Independence Debt”. Not surprising: both men were. mulatto sons of France.

    Add to same list the coup d’etat people including:
    Raoul Peck
    Wi-clif Jean (née Wycleff)
    Michel “ti-simone / sweet Micky’s Martelly and his cousin “RAM”

    Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
  122. Nadens wrote:

    Nice Job on the list. Ayiti Nou La!

    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink
  123. Kenesha Johnson wrote:

    Johnathan Vilma plays for the New Orleans Saints not the NY Jets. Thanks for the article.

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
  124. Christina wrote:

    ‘YES’ I love Haiti and my mother is Haitian and is true these story and one day Haiti will be more powerful then U.S.A.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
  125. Beverly Freeman wrote:

    100 Men 10 Houses
    Lambi Sustianable Village
    Novembr 10-17,2011

    “For the mountains may be removed and the hills ma shake,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10

    Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink
  126. Junette i wish them good luck wrote:

    Lol

    Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  127. freder wrote:

    hola soy dominicano y me llena de satifacion ,este articulo porque siempre lucho por el respeto a un pais y sus gente haitiana,tienen que mover el orgullo por su pueblo.viva haiti!!!!!!!

    Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  128. jessica goolsby wrote:

    thelouvertureproject.org gave me lots of information for a western hemisphere project

    Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink
  129. alanna wrote:

    Well I am a Haitian decent but I came to this website because I no nothing about hati or my people so yo speak so that my story

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  130. Mz.JamaicanBlend wrote:

    Beyonce needs to get real. My mom is a real Haitian she has a Haitian birth certificate. My dad and I are Jamaican (I was born there). Just because my mama is Haitian that don’t make me Straight Haitian. Get fucking real. Beyonce you are black as hell. I may give you creole or Cajun. But not haitian.

    Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
  131. ricardocenemat wrote:

    no matter what i m 509 4 life

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink
  132. thank you for sharing, i really wish all haitians, here and abroad would really look into their heritage some times,rather than spending their whole day chatting on facebook or else…. that is good insight specially for the you as it may be an inspiration for realizing their dreams…. and for those already successful and famous that never make any attempt to mention their heritage, shame on you… the situation of this nation has pittied me since i move back some five years ago … but guess what, just because your nails grow doesn’t mean you have to cut your fingers or chap your hand off… thanks again.

    Friday, March 15, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  133. Dr. LaRon Doucet wrote:

    Homer Plessy and scorns of the Louisiana Creoles are of Haitian decent and most families kept in contact with relatives until the 1940’s. It is well known that many French Creole scholars, educators etc from Louisiana are of Haitian decent. Homer Plessy is the person from the famous Plessy versus Ferguson case. It must be noted that Plessy did not speak English as well as he spoke French and Creole which was his real language. Many of the older Creoles in Louisiana did not speak English at all.

    Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  134. Louis wrote:

    Hey Stuart, great job. We need people like you to dig for information pertaining to Haitians, their attributes their cltures, and particularly any event started before independences still today. I read someone mentioned that Henry Crhistopher was not Haitian. This may be true. The point the moderator was accentuated is that: was those who are haitians, haitians decent, anyone who shapes by any events that has something to do with haitian.

    I don’t see anything wrong with it. Due to many negative publicities in the early 1980s regarding Haitians, many who has haitian connection, disownwed their connection for the fear of the taboo the American society had associated the Haitians with.
    I am Haitian and proud to be so.

    Jean Jacques Dessaline, was not born in Haiti, yet, it gave us independence. Rumor has it that Dessalines may have come from the Sudan because of it real dark skinned and his hight. Bookman, Jean Francois and Biassou; those individuals who started the “Bois Caiman” ceremony that led to the swearing of the Haitian revolt, Bookman was a native of Jamaica.
    Rumor has it that Francois Duvalier not to be a Haitian born, yet, he was one of the hard-ass (for the lack of better word)Haitian president.

    Late Dominican president Toujillio who masacre 15,000 haitians was known to have a Haitian grand mother. He usually put on make up before he goes out in public to camaouflage his dark complextion

    98 eight percent of dack and light skinned Dominicans are mix with Hatians blood. What is your beef?

    For your information, Haiti at one time was a great power in the Americas.

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
  135. anthony etienne wrote:

    sidny poiter grandfather is Haitian his father was born in cat island of Haitian decent the Bahamas governor general now his parents are Haitians not decent are haitians

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 1:15 am | Permalink
  136. Mackintosh wrote:

    Dr. Yvette Bonny: est la premiere dame a avoir reussi une greffe de la moelle osseuse. Elle est une Haitienne vivant au canada. Ses réussites exceptionnelles en médecine l’ont hissée au plus haut sommet de sa profession, accumulant distinction sur distinction :

    1977 – Prix « Madame Pédiatrie » pour la personne la plus appréciée du département de pédiatrie à Maisonneuve-Rosemont;
    1986 – Prix d’Excellence de la Communauté haïtienne de Montréal dans la catégorie médecine;
    1993 – Prix Hommage et Mérite de l’Association des Médecins haïtiens à l’étranger (AMHE), pour sa contribution au rayonnement de la profession médicale et de la communauté haïtienne;
    1993 – Prix des « Médecins de Cœur et d’Action » de l’Association des médecins de langue française du Canada;
    1995 – Hématologue de l’année pour sa contribution particulière à l’enseignement et la recherche en hématologie;
    1996 – Femme de mérite, Catégorie Sante du YWCA ;
    1997 – Citoyenne d’honneur de la ville de Montréal;
    1998 – Prix Sylvio Cator, modèle d’énergie et de réussite;
    1999 – Chevalier Honneur et Mérite, Gouvernement d’Haïti;
    1999 – Professeure (1999-2000), Département de Médecine de l’Université de Montréal;
    1999 – Ordre Honneur et Mérite au grade de Chevalier du Président Préval à l’occasion de la semaine de la Diaspora;
    2000 – Médecin de Mérite des 20 dernières années (Actualité Médicale);
    2000 – Prix du Millénium femme, Santé, droits humains;
    2004 – Professionnelle de l’année (Prix Jackie Robinson) « Montreal Association of Black Business Persons and Professionals »;
    2004 – African Canadian Achievement Awards;
    2006 – Prix de reconnaissance du CNDP (Conseil des Médecins, dentistes et Pharmaciens) de l’hôpital Maisonneuve –Rosemont;
    2007 – Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec ;
    2008 – Membre de l’Ordre du Canada;
    2012 – Médaille de Jubilé de Diamant de la reine Élisabeth II.

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  137. Im a famous coach in Oak park IL,International soccer player.

    Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  138. Catalina wrote:

    @ Kathy: Beyonce’s mothers side is indeed from Haiti! Just Google it! And she herself claims Creole…Yet in an interview with a Haitian Tv news guys,she finally did say that her grand parents came from Haiti in the mid/late 50’s. Tina doesn’t speak French nor Creole because her own mother didn’t teach it to her,because she herself were being teased at school! She claimed that she wants to learn Creole,but doesn’t have the time! BS! Then again,I can’t fault her on that,she’s lacking in the education & speaking department,seeing that she just received her GED last year! Although I’am no fan of hers for many reasons,one being that she says she wouldn’t claim Haitian ect….

    Monday, July 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
  139. tank wrote:

    louisianna creole not haitian kreole we confused dont claim them they never move to haiti

    Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink
  140. louna wrote:

    It’s crazy what I have come to understand by reading all these comments…
    First of all I’m a 100% haitian not mixed , I’m wat u called a MARABOU D’AFRIQUE.
    Our heritage is beautiful and I’m proud to be haitian ; some of these comments are educational others are destructive criticism
    For some people answer just to answer don’t even make sense I bet these smart people didn’t read before posting a comment . Pls read first don’t sound uneducated and childish, some just want to lie til their pants cut fire.
    Now to reply to the last comment by tank on 09/13/13.
    Pls, part of Louisiana history is due to the mullato Haitians , they were born from Slave African mothers and french plantation owner fathers ; therefore they got send to France to study when they get back they created architectures similar to the french in Haiti mostly in jacmel and places like new Orleans when they travel there . Creole language was created because my ancestors couldn’t understand french so creole is a mix of french Latin Spanish the language of the Zimbabweans over the years they added English words to it. Now due to slave trading creole got transfered from one island to another such as Dominica Guadeloupe Martinique , Louisiana to name a few.

    In 1492 Haiti quiskeya boyo was found by Christopher Columbus at the time were habited by red skins indians so he thought he was in India surname the country pearl of the islands and also Hispaniola. After the Indians died of hard labors and fevers they went to Africa and get my ppl but kept the Indian name til today HAITI. In 1804 we became the first country of black ppl INDEPENDENT. Thanks to our first leader jean jacques Dessalines. I may not know about now but I love and study my history I remember it all by dates from 1492-1804. La citadels palace in north of Haiti were built a short while after our independence . Guess with wat? With the blood and cements of the french and others that wanted to enslaves us. We were feared through all colonies they wouldn’t dare come to our country and call us negros and mistreated us cause some heads would have been cut. Yea I said it!
    All these little islands that got their independence in some years in the 1900’s Cuz they were done getting abused not Cuz they fought for it can just be quiet because all of u r ignorant and jealous .
    It doesn’t matter that some Haitians claimed rich folks around the world nor do they know their history well all that matters is the fact that we are proud to be on top first black , creole country independendent . It’s an honor to be haitian…

    Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink
  141. Kam Kam wrote:

    w.e.b. duBois’ paternal grandmother is from Haiti… the link starys and stops there

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
  142. ogoun fe wrote:

    Please place Jean Jacques Dessalines on top of Toussaint. Dessalines is and will remain the greatest freedom fighter on the universe. He defeated tyranny and evil. He Moses of all black men.
    p.s. Toussaint could become the governor of the St. Domingue Island (Haiti and Dominican Republic thanks to Dessalines military genius

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  143. ovide val wrote:

    you all forgot about ELVIS DUMMERVIL… played for the Denver broncos now for the Baltimore Colts had a signing bonus of like 33 mill… was the highest paid player ever..I think.

    Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  144. Maria wrote:

    Your information about author Alexandre Dumas is off
    If you want a reference read The Black Count by Tom Reiss
    There are 2 Alex Dumas one father and one son or Jr
    Alex Dumas father was the son of a Saint Domingue slave Marie Cessette and a French Marquis Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie. Alex father changed his name from Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Paillertrie to Alex Dumas after turning his back on his aristocratic family just in time to save him from Madame la Guillotine. He eventually became a general in the French army
    married a French woman Marie-Louise Elizabeth Labouret daughter of a military gaurd commander and they had children. One of whom is of course the famous author Alexandre Dumas (son) he is the son of a half Haitian half white French aristocrat and a white French woman.

    Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink
  145. Maria wrote:

    Adding that made Alex Dumas father formerly Thomas-Alexandre dumas Davy de la Paillertrie Count and upon his father Le Marquis death Alex Dumas fahter a Marquis himself. So the author Alex Dumas son the grand son of a Marquis and if France had not had that revolution he would also be a mixed-race aristocrat.

    Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink
  146. Similien wrote:

    What is the fuss about Sidney Poitier or Beyoncé! Many people do not want to claim their Haitian Roots for whatever reason. Haiti was once a rich country and still is. Due to poor governance, greed and strife amongst the people the country suffers. I was born in The Bahamas in 1966 to Haitian migrants from St. Louis du Nord and Ans-afleur. I am proud to be associated to Haiti by blood and so are all of my siblings who are born in The Bahamas. Many famous last names in The Bahamas are rooted deep in the grounds of Haiti such as the Dorsetts no matter how they spell it, the Dillets, the Foulkes, the Poitiers, the Parcs or Parks, the Mitchells, the Davies, the Mortemores or mortimers, the Francis, the Charltons, the Turnquests, Theophilus, the Josephs, the Oliphants, the LaFleurs, the Martins and I can go on…..so many people in our southern islands had mingled with Haitians and had fun and frolic with them and are now ashamed to claim it, why! You prefer to align with the British, the Canadians or the Jamaican and when your family tree is traced then what? Are you ashamed! Be proud of who you are, do not claim others and know that God placed all of us here to honour or heritage and our lineage. I am proud of my late father and my mother who is much alive today! To the Almighty I lift my hands. Then I owe it all to my Haitian parents for my success and strides that I have made. Yes, I am a product of Haiti and will never, ever forget the land of my parent’s birth and will teach my child the language at all cost. Haiti will reign again when its people look to God and not to man. Cheers to Haiti!

    Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  147. Similien wrote:

    I am from the Petithomme, Destin, Similien, Lafrance, Jean, Pierre-Louis and Martin clans and I am proud. Most of my extended family live in the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland and Belgium and a few in London. Many are not interested in interacting with you for many feel that should a family search for any of them then that individual is either in need of financial support or some assistance. Well, I earn success on this planet and thank God for it. I would be pleased to meet any of my family members both far and near should they wish to interact – limits abound and it is not a must. Narrow-mindedness has no place in a technologically advance world…meet the folks!

    Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  148. WillisLal wrote:

    You have a great website here,I will start reading more.Please visit blog,I have a great article about the last king of Rwanda in Africa,I’m trying to inform people of this matter because his presence in the area would bring peace to the great lake region in central Africa.Thanks

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink
  149. stenio paul wrote:

    1qusten pls my MOTHER was born in HAITI CAP HAITIAN and my FATHER was born in FRANCE and I was born in the BAHAMAS after 1973 wat am I ….

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
  150. Lisa wrote:

    TO: Jafray!! Its unfortunate that some youths of today, dont take the time out to read information thoroughly, it clearly states,”wish they were haitian” My advice to you, pay attention to what you read, before putting your foot in your mouth. Correct yourself before correcting others. Your comment is read by millions of viewers. TO: Golden Boy!! Educate and Empower yourself before making a statement thats read by millions. Many people in the world have fled their country of origin because of violence, poverty stricken, disease ridden, plague ect. Before birth, nobody has the opportunity to chose what country to be born in. TO: I want the truth!! Educate yourself cause rumors are a part of every day life. Only Yourself is responsible for educating You. If you dont believe something to be true, research. Dont soley rely on the internet for answers, visit your local library. Wikipedia can not be edit unless its hacked. If it was hacked, it will be announced to the public and removed from the internet immediately. My experience with Wikipedia has been 100% accurate.

    Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink
  151. Haitian American:PhD in Leadership Education,writer and Inventor.

    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
  152. Thank you for the info about the Brother’s and Sister’s from Haiti.

    Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink
  153. LuckyJ wrote:

    This a great post. Many people that comments on this blog are very intelligent,educated and did a great research. Then again; there’s a lot who has no idea about Haiti’s history and it’s people talent. I myself is Haitian, I was born in the Bahama, raised in Haiti and I grew up in the U.S. I am very proud of my Haitian Ancestors, except the dictators like the Boyers, Duvalier and etc. Haiti it’s people are reach mentally, physically, spiritually and most of all resilient. All these celebrities and low life uneducated Haitians that are ashamed of being Haitian can go burn in hell just like those who’ve done so much even to Haiti and it’s peoples. We all know why Haiti is in the situation it is in today. Our history speaks for itself. We have a rich and very disastrous history, but we are still standing. The reason why. It’s because our resilience would not let anyone discourage us and we have have the Almighty on our side. God is on our side, that’s why we’ve struggle will never end. What we seem to forget is that money is evil, and all these so- called super power countries economy is made out of evil doing. Haiti’s struggle today is because of France, U.S, England, Spain. The robbed our country then hired bunch of evil dictators to still from the country even more. All those countries that has stolen and Haiti and oppressed its people God will have no mercy on them. I love being Haitian, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. No matter how bad white American society and brainwashed the masses. Haitian for life. We was the first Black freedom fighter in the world. Freedom was not handed to us like the these other little islands nations around the world. My Haitian ancestors and Haitians today have made great contributions around the world. North America, Europe, Latin America, South America, Africa and every else in the world. Especially in the U.S, Latin America, South America and Europe/France. That’s why we are the most hated Blacks, our accomplishments/Resume speaks for itself. No other country can endure our struggles and meet our accomplishments. Now Dumbinicans have the balls to disrespect us! Are their serious? They seem to forget who we are and what we are capable of. Them brainwashed, miseducated, lazy ass hypocrites. Haitians 4 life!

    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 1:15 am | Permalink
  154. el b. wrote:

    U call praz the other guy!!!! It was pras and Luaryn that founded the group NOT wyclef He also wrote.and produced….why mention him.if u.gonna diss him..give him his props isn’t.this what this is all about???.smh

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
  155. Ronald wrote:

    Blake Griffin( plays professional basketball for the los Angeles clippers) is haitian.

    Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
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    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
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  158. Pachuco wrote:

    W.E. Du Bois was Haitian. William Du Bois’s paternal great-grandfather was an ethnic French-American, James Du Bois of Poughkeepsie, New York, who fathered several children with slave mistresses.[5] One of James’ mixed-race sons was Alexander, who traveled to Haiti, and fathered a son, Alfred, with a mistress there. Alexander returned to Connecticut, leaving Alfred in Haiti with his mother.[6] Alfred moved to the United States sometime before 1860, and married Mary Silvina Burghardt on February 5, 1867, in Housatonic, Massachusetts.[6] Alfred left Mary in 1870, two years after William was born.[7] William’s mother worked to support her family (receiving some assistance from her brother and neighbors), until she experienced a stroke in the early 1880s. She died in 1885.
    But, Vanessa Williams on the contrary has American roots dating back to pre-civil war(she did research herself and is published online).

    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  159. stumax wrote:

    You can subscribe to this page’s comments using this RSS feed: http://journal.thelouvertureproject.org/archives/list-of-famous-people-of-haitian-descent/feed/

    Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink
  160. Pepe wrote:

    I happen to love Haiti and some Haitians, but after reading this site it looks as if you have the same problems we black Americans have; a self hatred, a suspicion of light skinned blacks, a desperation to attach yourselves to successful blacks who ignore you, but still have no pride in yourselves and your culture. You have so much to be proud of; I love the idea that blacks in Haiti won their freedom. Never learned this in school. For nothing else, you have much to love and be proud of. Hold your heads up for this and no need to pluck celebrities, doctors, lawyers, etc. from the ether. Your ancestors earned it for you.

    Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  161. tank wrote:

    louna if you so pround. why you here ppl tell me. by the way i was born in leoganne voodoo town

    Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  162. tank wrote:

    ki te mele moudame avec sa ou ap di les nous gin problem avec haitien paraille nous. nous blie kote nou sorti .no body ignorant or jealous ok its call opinion

    Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Permalink
  163. irene alexis wrote:

    Andrise casimir known as queen valencia is a singer sing and dance salsa, haitian roots, gospel abd blues she is a songwriter dancer choreographer and actress Haitian descent live in the east village NYC

    Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  164. Mary Lanier wrote:

    my grandparents were from Haiti never been there but would love to know more.

    Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:26 am | Permalink
  165. Marie-Yolene wrote:

    you have forgotten to include in your “WISH THEY WERE HAITIANS” Ms. Lavinia Williams. She was an American born dancer who move to Haiti together with Katherine Durnhamm. She had a well-known dancing school located on the “Champs de Mars”.

    Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  166. alex wrote:

    Hi I’m an italian book author. For my new story I need to know if in New York there are some famous haitians buried in a cemetery. I know Pierre Toussaint but his grave is in St. Patrick church, Jean Michel Basquiat (you can add in your list) at Greenwood cemetery… anyone else?
    Thank you in advance
    Alex

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:23 am | Permalink
  167. jerry wrote:

    In other words, the world would have been little diminished had there been no Haitians.

    Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

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