Category Archives: Culture

We celebrate Kwanzaa. For the 9th year in a row, we set up a table with the kente fabric, mat, unity cup, 3 ears of corn (for our 3 children. It used to be 1, then 2), basket of fruits … Continue reading

Culture, Kwanzaa

So I’ve been married for 11 years. We are happy. We are safe. Our children laugh often. We laugh sometimes, when we get a moment to ourselves. Yes, we’re what’s considered heteronormal, at least from the outside looking in. But … Continue reading

Culture, love, Mythology

I had my first online interview with fellow Haitian writer Katia Ulysse, sister to the wonderful poet, activist, and anthropology professor Gina Athena Ulysse. Katia did an excellent job of stringing my words together to come with a lyrical narrative. … Continue reading

Culture, Family, Haiti, interview, Writing

So this is what they call “VONA Withdrawal”. I returned this weekend from the Voices at VONA Workshops after school has ended for the year and the darlings are bouncing off the walls, the home is in slight disarray, and … Continue reading

books, Culture, education, Junot Diaz, publishing, VONA, Writing, ZZ Packer

On the surface, I’ve not given much thought to Rihanna’s “Man Down” and Beyonce’s Global Girl Power crusade. But as I gear up to start another summer of the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project, I better spruce up on my … Continue reading

Culture, Ezili, Mythology, teen girls, Vodou

For years, I attended the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Dance Africa Celebration on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a full 3 day film, street, and dance festival in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It’s what a good, self-respecting African or Caribbean outdoor … Continue reading

books, Culture, sci-fi/fantasy, WisCon, Wiscon35, Writing

This is the very first sentence in Octavia Butler’s Parable of Talents. In a future America where constitutional, political, and economic stability has unraveled at the seams, Lauren Oya Olamina is a tall black woman who births a new tradition–Earthseed–and … Continue reading

Culture, Mythology

Professor Henry Louis Gates’ PBS documentary Black in Latin America was an excellent portrayal (however brief) of Latin America’s long and complex history as being these in-between worlds that connect African culture and ancestral memory to Columbus’ and Europe’s vision … Continue reading

Culture, Haiti, Vodou

I’m currently writing science-fiction stories set in rural Haiti and one thing that figures prominently in my imagining Haiti’s future is deciding what traditions to keep and what to leave out. And what’s been coming up in my writing is … Continue reading


I LOVE to dance (I share a birthday with dance innovator and Haitiphile, the late great Ms. Katherine Dunham). But I am not a DAHncer. It’s only in college that I started taking dance classes—starting with ballet and modern. And … Continue reading

Culture, Haiti, Mythology, Vodou