Haitian Flag Day

Haiti or Ayiti is the first country to become an Independent Black Republic from the successful 1804 Haitian Revolution slave revolt. Haiti is located in the West Indies and is part of the island called Hispaniola shared with the Dominican Republic.
In honor of Haitian Flag Day, here are 6 facts about the Haitian Flag 

1. The haitian flag was sewn together on this day May 18, 1803 by a woman called Catherine Flon in Archaie pronounced Ar-kai-yeah. 

2. It is said that the symbols used on the flag are of the Vodun Religion. A very popular religion within the country. The red and blue are said to be the colors representing the God of war, Ogou. 

3. If you look at the coat of arms, the symbols used represents that of the Vodun temple.

4. In 1804 the generals and leaders of the Haitian revolution decided to adopt the flag with the colors blue and red going across horizontally. The blue and red represented mulattoes and blacks and was a way to unify the people as one.

5. Haiti, meaning land of the mountains was given its name by Emperor and military leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines and to date is one of Haiti’s founding fathers. After the successful slave revolt,  crowned Emperor Dessalines adopted a new flag on May 20, 1804. The flag had only two colors, black symbolizing death and the red symbolizing freedom.

6. During the period 1915-1934 when the U.S. occupied the island it was actually the U.S. flag that was being flown in Haiti(not surprisedšŸ˜’).  However, on the day marked May 18 of every year the strong-willed Haitian people would proudly put the Haitian flag in front of their houses. The determination and fight of the Haitian people is beyond what words can explain.

“L’Union Fait La Force”

Happy Haitian Flag Day 

If you would like to donate to Haiti here is a legit gofundme from Tariq Nasheed’s page click here 

Also be sure to look out for the 1804 Movie by Tariq Nasheed. Watch the trailer here

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Muse: Azede Jean-Pierre

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oday I’m musing the amazing fashion designer, Azede Jean-Pierre who hails from the beautiful island of Haiti *related article here*. Her self-titled label embodies freedom, one important word that comes to the mind when one thinks about the spirit of my Haitian brothers and sisters.

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From a tender age Jean-Pierre got into sketching which eventually blossomed her into the eclectic inspiring designer she is today. Jean-Pierre’s line has a bohemian feel with a touch of structured fits that can be paired and worn to a business event or work. She even had the former First Lady Michelle Obama in pieces from her collection, now how dope is that!

Jean-Pierre combines her talents with philanthropy by recently partnering with Haitian business owners in order to design free uniforms for 12 schools within the island.

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On her recent trip back to Haiti she jumped at the opportunity to mentor local artisans and entrepreneurs guiding and offering her insights. She also showed appreciation and making these talented people aware that there is indeed an international market for them.

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Jean-Pierre also connected with a number of influential people and organizations that do a great deal for the country and its people.

With education being the key to sucess and Jean-Pierre’s design skills matched with local artists. It was safe to say the stance was pretty clear and that was to create school uniforms for the underprivileged. 

I know that this initiative is going to help out a lot of parents and children. I mean speaking from personal experience when you look good you feel good and ultimately will create a state of mind for learning.

Jean-Pierre is expected to work with local artists to produce these uniforms and is expected to come into effect for the upcoming school year 2017-2018.

I am really here for this and I absolutely love that she is using her talents to give back and not just signing a check like some would do. She’s not afraid to get down and dirty. There is no assistant doing the work, Pierre is and she is facing and interacting with her people and I admire her for that. You go girl!

Enjoy
Xo

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