Little Haiti

Immigration Reform
4:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Miami's Haitian Community Reacts To Immigration Executive Order

Pres. Obama addresses the nation on his executive action plan for immigration on Nov. 20.
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Across the street from a record shop on Northeast Second Avenue, Marie Salomon stands outside her Little Haiti variety store chatting with a customer in Creole.

She says people are coming by still upset about Pres. Obama’s immigration plan. She doesn’t really know the full details, but Salomon say she would like to see all undocumented immigrants included.

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Religion
12:04 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Haiti's First Cardinal Celebrates Mass In Little Haiti

Cardinal Chibly Langlois celebrated mass in Little Haiti Nov. 23. Earlier this year he was named the first Haitian cardinal in history.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Before Cardinal Chibly Langlois celebrated Mass at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti, he took it all in.

A banner with his likeness hung from a black fence.

Parishioners wore yellow T-shirts with a picture of his face on the front and on the back, a message in Creole thanking God for blessing them with the first-ever Haitian cardinal.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis named Langlois cardinal, making him the first Haitian in history to hold that post.

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Haiti
8:21 am
Mon October 6, 2014

The Baby Doc Divide: Why South Florida's Haitians Disagree On Duvalier

Notre Dame d'Haiti church in Little Haiti, where Miami's Haitian community discussed Baby Doc Duvalier's death over the weekend.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

From Stalin in Russia to Pinochet in Chile, there’s at least one thing we’ve learned about dictators: Despite the terrible things they often do, people’s memories of them can be fond as well as frightening.

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier – who ruled from 1971 to 1986 and died on Saturday in Portu-au-Prince at age 63 from a heart attack brought on in part by a tarantula bite – was no exception.

 WLRN spent the weekend listening to the divided opinion on Baby Doc in Miami’s Haitian community.

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Culture
7:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

What The Reopening Of The Caribbean Marketplace Means For Little Haiti

Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti.
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After being shut down for a little over a decade, the newly renovated Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti will bring life back into this tight-knit enclave.

The Marketplace opened in 1990 and closed just nine years later due to structural and financial problems. The Northeast Second Avenue Partnership was involved in the building’s renovation.

Executive director Joann Milord says one of the reasons the Marketplace shut down was the building's lack of air conditioning. That contributed to its physical breakdown --  mold grew and the building started to decay.

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Little Haiti
3:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Soccer Club Provides Outlet For Little Haiti Teens, Energizes Community

Little Haiti Soccer Club player Mikel Martineu plays against Coconut Grove during their soccer match Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Little Haiti Soccer Park in Miami.
Credit ANDREW ULOZA / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

For six years, Little Haiti residents have been waiting for Emmanuel “Manno” Sanon Soccer Park, known as Little Haiti Soccer Park, to live up to its promise for neighborhood kids.

Many believed the $36.9 million park, built in 2008 and named after a renowned Haitian soccer player, would host a year-round youth soccer program. A newly formed youth soccer league is looking to fill that void.

The only consistent youth sports program at soccer park is a pee-wee American football team, Little Haiti Optimist.

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Miami's CBGB
7:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Little Haiti Rock City" Raising Funds For 34 Years Of Churchill's History

Credit Little Haiti Rock City

Filmmaker Franco Parente first went to Churchill’s Pub in 1991. He was 17. He snuck in to see Young Turk, a Hialeah band just signed to Geffen Records.

“I remember being scared out of my mind from the car to the front door,” Parente recalls. “I knew to avoid that neighborhood and I couldn’t believe that they were doing a show there. [But] I had the time of my life and came back the following week.”

Now, Parente is documenting the 34-year history of the iconic Miami pub in “Little Haiti Rock City.”

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Little Haiti
10:20 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Notre Dame d'Haiti Church Holds Its First Mass In New Building

Notre Dame d'Haiti holds its first mass.
Credit Lisann Ramos

The new Notre Dame d'Haiti church in Little Haiti opened this past weekend. But fundraising for it began eight years ago.

For the church’s pastor, Father Reginald Jean-Mary, the process has been much longer than that.

"It began 35 years ago when Archbishop [Thomas] Wenski, [back then] Father Wenski, established this mission," Jean-Mary says. "Because at that time what you could say was that this was the 'church of the living stone' because of the people. Who built that church? The people."

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Little Haiti
8:14 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Migrant-Centered Libreri Mapou Seeks Tourist Dollars With Cultural Appeal

Hand-painted carved wood carved into the words “Libreri Mapou” illustrate an island landscape.
Chloe Herring WLRN

Behind Libreri Mapou's pink storefront, tall bookshelves cover every wall and ceiling fans make small red, blue and white Haitian flags wave. Small, dark sculptures of dancing people are on display. The small, Haitian bookstore sells titles in Creole, French and English written by Haitians from the island and its diaspora.

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Art Basel
10:08 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Haitian-Art Exhibit Represents Miami's Caribbean Flavor

Credit Courtesy of BloggingBlackMiami.com

Miami's massive art event isn't particularly known for showcasing the art of the African diaspora. Babacar Mbow, owner and curator of Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery, hopes to change that.

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Does Little Haiti's Cultural Scene Need To "Reintroduce" Itself?

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Last week, Jordan Melnick of Beached Miami posted an interesting interview with the organizers of a new event in Little Haiti dubbed "Sunday Stroll." The monthly event starts this Sunday, March 3, organized by the underground art studio and gallery Yo Space, and supported by Sweat Records and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Melnick interviewed Yo Space's founder, Yuval Ofir, who wants to introduce a wider audience to small, creative businesses established in the area:

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News
11:08 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Viter Juste, founder of 'Little Haiti,' Dies at 87

Viter 'Pere' Juste
Credit Carl Juste

"Little Haiti" has lost perhaps the man who could be called its father and the man who is credited for the name.

Viter Juste has died at the age of 87.

He was born in La Gonaive, Haiti in 1924 and after first going to New York, he and his family made their way to Miami in 1973.

He started with a house in Buena Vista and a record store in downtown Miami, "Les Cousins."

That led to creating the first Haitian newspaper for the growing community,  Haitian Florida and the Haitian American Community Association of Dade.

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