An Angel on the Other Side of the Border, by Marylin Laurent

When we met in Caribbean Literature 101, he was the first to smile at me. “Hola, mama!” he said, his eyes searching my face. Then he introduced himself—Angel. As he waved a hand, I replied as politely as I could, yet my tone was annoyed and dry. “I don’t speak Spanish.” Waiting for the teacher, Prof. Ganz, I’d just spent too much time arguing with a Panamanian guy who claimed to know for seguro that I, myself, was also from Panama, as if I did not know or had forgotten where I came from. In my opinion I looked pretty Haitian, with caramel skin and kinky hair, though chemically…

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A Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, by Suze Guillaume

Opening words at the Tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee on February 11, 2015, @ Miami Dade College (North Campus) Today I am honored to pay my respect to two phenomenal women. Today we celebrate the lives of Maya and Ruby, not because they are gone but because their work and words will live on forever. Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee created opportunities for little black girls from all over the world to succeed. I get chills knowing that these two beautiful women were activists, poets, play writers, and actors. Dr. Maya Angelou (Marguerite Ann Johnson) was an American author and poet who died on Wednesday May 28, 2014, at…

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Katia D. Ulysse reads “Take a Picture”

Listen to Katia D. Ulysse read her story “Take a Picture.” Katia D. Ulysse was born in Haiti, and moved to the United States as a teen. Her writings have been published in numerous literary journals, including the Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Calabash,Peregrine, and Smartish Pace, among others. Her work has also appeared inThe Butterfly’s Way and Haiti Noir. Her first children’s book, Fabiola Can Count, was published in 2013. Ulysse lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter. When she’s not reading, writing fiction, gardening, or teaching, she blogs on VoicesfromHaiti.com. Drifting is her first book of fiction.    

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Chocolate Temptation

Chocolate brownies are popular around the world. They originated in the U.S and, even though there is no exact date for their creation, the recipe was first printed in 1906. Since then, a number of variations have been made, and now you can find more than 100,000 kinds on the internet. This moist and delicious chocolate dessert is considered a cookie bar, rather than a cake, because brownies are eaten with our fingers, like cookies, whereas cake requires the use of forks. Brownies can be eaten on their own or with ice cream on top, accompanied by a hot/cold beverage. Brownies were an accident, according to Betty Crocker’s…

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One Moore Book, member of the Children’s Book Council

I’m proud of my publisher! One Moore Book happily announced today that they’re the newest member of the Children’s Book Council, a nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers dedicated to supporting and informing the industry. This membership increases opportunities for OMB as a diversity publisher, giving access to industry advocacy, national reading lists, industry partnerships and many other benefits. You can find a list of members HERE I’m thankful for the part, however small, I’ve played in making One Moore Book what it is. My trilingual children’s book, I am Riding, was published by One Moore Book in 2013, as part of the Haiti Series, a collection of six stories that feature…

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A Father First, by Hector Duarte Jr.

The restraining order only mentions her name, nothing of the twins. What better afternoon to show up and surprise them with their favorite birthday lunch? Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Michelle likes hers as is: white bread, lots of peanut butter. Nichelle’s always been pickier: wheat bread with just a slather of spread and three slices of banana descending from the top left corner down to the right. “Like Tic Tac Toe,” she once said. Today you prove their mother wrong. Now it’s time to show actions speak louder and all the other shit she’s been sharing on Facebook lately. Lame portraits with the new man. A pathetic…

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