Haitian diaspora

BRYAN CEREIJO / Miami Herald

South Florida celebrates Haitian Heritage month in May, spotlighting Haitian historical and cultural traditions. 

“A lot of people in South Florida, whether they are Haitian or not, it's an opportunity to learn more about the culture and to see the expressions of the culture," said Jacqueline Charles, the Caribbean reporter for the Miami Herald. "From artwork to music to dining.”

Florida has the most counties that celebrate Haitian Heritage month in the United States.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Michael Brun grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As a kid, he remembers the pulsing and intoxicating rhythms that washed over the neighborhood every weekend in the form of rara bands--musicians beating drums, blowing handmade horns, clapping and singing through the streets.

Markenson Germain sits on a rickety, pieced-together bench, devouring fork after fork of poul fri (fried chicken) sizzling over a bed of rice and beans, a staple of Haitian cuisine. He keeps his head down, smiling every so often as he fills up on the savory, delicately spicy dish.

Courtesy Daheli Hall

Daheli Hall, a Miami-raised actress and filmmaker, used her upbringing in the 3-0-5 to inspire a recent short film for Disney Channel.

Hall recently directed, The Exchange, a short film that largely centered around a Haitian-American family. Disney Channel debuted 12 short films for back-to-school that can be streamed on its website, YouTube and other mobile Disney platforms.

Europe and the U.S.-Mexico border aren't the only frontiers being crossed by migrants. Thousands of Haitians are being deported from the neighboring Dominican Republic, and one local group is trying to help some of those those left behind.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Five years ago today, Wyclef Jean – the Haitian-American hip-hop star whose 2004 hit song mused, “If I was President” – revealed in an interview with me that he was actually running for President. Of Haiti.