2015 Mr. or Ms. May 18th Of Haitian Heritage Museum

Haitian Flag Day is approaching and to celebrate our rich Haitian heritage and culture the Haitian Heritage Museum has opened its annual Facebook Contest, “Mr. Or Ms. May 18th Of Haitian Heritage Museum,” on April 19th ! The contest will be closed on May 18th at 11:00 a.m (EST) and the winner will be announced at  12 p.m. What better way to celebrate the Haitian Flag  Day by being crowned the winner of Mr. or Ms. May 18th Of Haitian Heritage Museum.

How to enter the contest ?

It’s simple ! Show your love for the Haitian culture by uploading a creative picture, a minute video, poem or short story expressing your enthusiasm about Haiti one your Facebook Page. You must tag the Haitian Heritage Museum on the Facebook photo that you post so that it can also be shared on HHM’s page. Once posted on our page and you will officially be added in the contest.

**Only the votes from the Haitian Heritage Museum page will be counted

How to vote ?

The contestants with the most likes for their entry will be the winner. Make sure you spread the word ! Tell your friends to vote for you by liking your posts !

What are the Rules?

  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.
  • Must live in the continental US.
  • No profanity, nudity and/or inappropriate content
  • All entries must be original
  • You must be a fan of HHM’s social media platforms
  1. Follow us on Haitian Heritage Museum’s Facebook Page
  2. Follow us on Mr. or Ms. May 18th Of Haitian Heritage Museum’s Facebook Page
  3. Like us on Haitian Heritage Museum’s Instagram 
  4. Like us on Haitian Heritage Museum’s Twitter
  • Contestants must subscribe to HHM’s newsletter.
  • Contestants cannot be affiliated with HHM in anyway. This means volunteers, board members, community affiliates, etc.

Prizes are valued over $1,000

IMPORTANT***We reserve the  right to disqualify any contestant that does not follow the above rules at any point of the competition

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Photo : Wanda  Gilles, Editor of The Haitian American Facebook Page~ 2014 Mrs. May 18th of Haitian Heritage Museum

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4 Powerful Haitian Women on the rise

Nowadays, no one can truly spend a day without checking their personal social media platforms. It being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or blogs. That’s where we share our personal thoughts, upcoming events, breaking news and more. Can we even imagine a world without them anymore ? Seriously, try picturing it ?

So, why not turn to social media platforms to promote Haiti?

Four famous Haitian women started their career using social platforms. They utilized blogs, Instagram and other platforms  as tools to educate others about Haiti, but also to share about their Haitian heritage and their own accomplishments .

As you learn more about the path of those women, you may also fall in love with Haiti.

Paola Mathé

MathéeeeeeRecently featured in the article Young People Use Gorgeous Instagram Pics To Show There’s More To Haiti Than Poverty , Paola Mathé comes out as an enthusiast activist of her Haitian heritage. Mathé writes in her blog Finding Paola, and  posts frequently on Instagram and Twitter. She voices the reality of Haiti, a poor and a beautiful country that is developing .

Mathé is also the owner of a head wrap collection , called Fanm Djanm meaning  strong woman in creole. She explained that Fanm Djanm is more than a collectio but a  movement in an interview in Ayiba magazine. She said, “I named the line Fanm Djanm, because I wanted the Creole word to be known around the world and also to prove to Haitian people that you can be sophisticated, educated, and worldly – all while wearing a headwrap.”

Whether through Finding Paola and/or Fanm Djamm, watch out for Paola Mathé as she rises through success promoting about Haiti!

Sandra Florvella-Pierre

SandraIHWSandra Florvella-Pierre is the administrator of the thriving and successful Instagram (@haitian_businesses) and Facebook account Haitian Businesses, which promote Haitian businesses and of course the paradise hot spot, Haiti.

Discover more about Sandra in her biography.
“My name is Sandra Florvella-Pierre,  I’m a wife, mother of 2 , entrepreneur and a proud Haitian. I grew up in Cap Haitien, Haiti and left the country at age 15. While living in Florida I obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration at Lynn University, Boca Raton Florida. I have been working in local government administration for over 13 years. I truly enjoy my family and I’m proud follower of Christ.
Everyone who knows me personally, will tell you that I’m always there helping in some way or another. That’s one of the reason why I was inspired to start the page Haitian Businesses. The goal is to be the bridge who connect our businesses together. We have so many talented individuals among us and the lack of information have prevented us from learning about each other. When it comes to promote Haiti and it’s beauty that’s something every Haitian owe to the country. As Haitians if we truly live by our motto ” L’Union Fait La Force” we can accomplish unimaginable things not only for ourselves but for Haiti.”

 Karen Civil


Marketing guru, Karen Civil made hot news in November 2014 when she donated $ 41000 to build the Live Civil Playground in collaboration with Sow a Seed and Project Play World. The playground is being constructed using environmentally safe materials to create a sustainable environment in Haiti.

Civil is a Haitian-American. She started as a blogger and interned at prestigious radios and music trademark in New York, according to an article on Kreyolicious. Civil is now a powerful influencer in the music industry. She has worked with a lot of musicians such as Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga to name a few. Learn more about Civil in her website Karencivil.com and Livingcivil.com.

Kat Cherie


Kat Cherie (better known as Kreyolicious) is the founder of the website http://Kreyolicious.com. She started the brand to showcase a positive image of Haiti and Haitian culture. The site won the Best International Blog and Best Blog Post Series honors at the 10th Annual BlackWeb Log Awards, and was nominated for the Best Kept Secret Blog award at the 2015 Bloggies. Kreyolicious is one of many projects. She’s also the founder of Haitist, a digital portal that promotes Haiti travel and tourism.

From those four powerful women, we can learn that social media platforms are tools that cannot be overlooked as a major source of Information.

By Jade Pierre, Digital Marketing Intern


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Save the date for the 4th Annual Mr. or Ms. May 18 Contest


Are you the next Mr. or Ms. May 18?

By Jade Pierre


The winners of  Mr. or Ms. May have been confident individuals , who have showcased their love for Haiti in HHM contest through the organization’s social media platforms, but also in their own personal work.

You can see the smiles of the strong and enthusiastic ladies that have won the title of Ms. May 18 of Haitian Heritage Museum in the picture above .

From left to right , here are the winners of Ms . May 18 of  Haitian Heritage Museum:

Mrs. Wanda Gilles, 2014

Jessica Jean-Louis, 2013

Diane Pierre – Louis, 2012

The contest is back by popular demand!

The Haitian Heritage Museum returns with  its 4th  Annual Mr. or Ms. May 18 Contest.

The contest will start on April 18th and end May 18th as we celebrate the Haitian Flag Day. The constants will have to showcase their enthusiasm about the Haitian culture in HHM’s social media platforms.The winner will be crowned Mr. or Ms. May 18.

The rules and prizes will be out the day the contest starts . Be on the lookout as the contest opens on April 18, 2015.

We are kicking things up a notch this year and it’s going to be spectacular !

Save the date for Mr. or Ms. May 18 !

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Black History Month also includes Haitian History

BHMFebruary is a month dedicated to the black history which also includes Haiti’s History.


African Americans and Haitians American share the Africans as a common ancestors but also many individuals of Haitians descent impacted the history of  America.

History tells us that  black history was created to celebrate the accomplishments and events  achieved in the black community.

Let’s debrief on how and why the event was created.

Black History Month was implemented in 1926 to remember individuals and events that marked African American history. Carter G. Woodson introduced this occasion as the ‘Negro History Week’ in 1915 and later partnered with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The event was then held in the second week of February in 1926. Inadvertently, the week also celebrated the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederic Douglass.

Both man greatly impacted the African American history. Abraham Lincoln known as the Great Emancipator because he issued the emancipation proclamation and supported the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery throughout the United States. Let’s not forget Frederic Douglass who was a social reformer and a leader of the abolitionist movement.

February is the perfect month to celebrate the achievements, which happened in the black community.The celebration shifted from being celebrated to one week to a month as the Civil Rights movements enlighten all Americans on the black community contributions to history. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially acknowledged African history month.

The Haitian history has many important events that contributed to the black history. If we looked at some breakthrough events of Haiti. Notice that Haiti is the first black republic in the world . This historical event influenced a lot of rebellions in the U.S  and abolitionist movements.The involvement of Haitian individuals also lead to the discoveries of new territories for the U.S. For example , an Haitian American  pioneer, Jean Du Sable founded Chicago.

Photo of Haitian Ancestor , Toussaint Louverture


As we celebrate black history , let’s follow the words of President Gerald R. Ford and  “Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

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Top 5 Exhibitions During Art Basel Week

5 Exhibitions to visit during Art Basel week    

By Jade Pierre

The Haitian Heritage Museum receives multiple art supporters during Art Basel  Week . In our art  exhibitions we share Haiti’s history, culture and traditions through the eyes of an Artist. Our attendees experience the Haitian culture first hand. This year, International Haitian Artist , Charles Jean Pierre will  hold  an exhibition entitled “Haiti Contemporary- Les Jacmeliens IV”.


Charles Jean Pierre, International Haitian American Artist

HHM IS  excited about Art Basel and would like to invite you guys to visit our Top 5 exhibitions during Art Basel week.

Our Top 5

1. Cernuda Art Gallery


If you a fan of cuban culture , this  is the place to  visit during Art Basel Week.  Cernuda Art Gallery, which is famous for Cuban art  will be having an  exposition on “ Cuban Masters and Cuban Contemporary Art” with 18 artworks of famous artist Wifredo Lam. The exhibition will be held from  December 2nd to 7th.

For more information : http://www.cernudaarte.com/

2. Institute of Contemporary Art


It’s a brand new addition to the design district. It would be a shame not to check the new point of view this museum is bringing to the design district.

For more information: http://littlehaiticulturalcenter.com/

3. Brisky Gallery


This gallery will have daily exhibitions on Black Art in America from December 3rd to 7th.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the differences and similarities between the African  and Haitian Culture.

For more Information: http://www.briskygallery.com/

4. Marine Stadium

marine stadium

Art can also support great causes. To celebrate  Miami  Marine Stadium , there will be a pop art exhibitions  with 23 artist  exposing their works. The money from the paintings will be towards the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium.  Help out  and  support this great cause.

For more Information: http://www.marinestadium.org

5. Lyric Lobby Gallery


This gallery is also known as “The Historic Lyric Theater” will  have an exhibition called “A man Among the people: A purvis Homecoming”  at The Historic Lyric  Theater Cultural Arts Complex .

For more Information: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/event/a-man-among-the-people-a-purvis-homecoming/22225

Learn more about HHM: www.haitianheritagemuseum.org

Link to donate to HHM for Give Miami Day

ON November 20th Donate to Haitian Heritage Museum

Give Miami Day is a unique, 24 hour online giving event on November 20th
that allows individuals in our community an opportunity to build a greater
Miami by making a charitable gift to local nonprofits. HHM is participating
and we need your influential support to help us meet our fund raising goal
of $10,000. This is a tremendous opportunity to raise funds for our
community programs, as the Miami Foundation will match every dollar donated
to HHM.

Click here to give: https://givemiamiday.org/#npo/haitian-heritage-museum-corp