Little Haiti

A Moving Art Installation featuring South Florida’s Black Residents is set to tour the streets of Liberty City and Little Haiti


MIAMI, FL - A South Florida photographer known for documenting Florida’s historically black neighborhoods is bringing her work back to the people she photographed  with a mobile photography installation.  Johanne Rahaman, creator of BlackFlorida, will unveil her latest exhibit, ‘From the South to the Southernmost- Liberty City to Little Haiti’ on a visible mobile LED screen truck that will tour these neighborhoods on Saturday, October 13, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Inspired by the relationships and familiarity to the people and the areas, Rahaman chooses to bring the exhibit to the streets instead of showing at an art gallery which can be considered to be “white spaces” and too “exclusive” for many.  This show is one of several more similar shows to follow in different neighborhoods.

The exhibition will feature images of community events Rahaman documented between 2015 and 2016 such as: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parades in Liberty City and the monthly ‘Big Night in Little Haiti’ community festival along with the popular Rara processions.  The mobile show will also incorporate a musical score using music Rahaman curated while photographing inside the homes, churches, businesses and streets.  “While the visual show engages, the music will entertain and drive the pace of the exhibit”, says Rahaman. “I prefer to collaborate with a DJ from the communities that I'm featuring, who will curate a playlist that compliments the story of that community.”  ‘From the South to the Southernmost’ will begin at NW 7th Avenue and NW 79th Street, criss-crossing the streets and avenues to 54th Street, then across 54 Street to Little Haiti

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‘BlackFlorida’ is a photographic archive showcasing the nuances of rural towns and inner cities throughout Florida.  BlackFlorida is also one of 43 projects awarded The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Knight Arts Challenge 2017.


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Master Class with Jeanguy Saintus of Ayikodans, Tuesday, June 24


Join Osundara Omo Yorùbá on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 5:30-8pm, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center for a free master class with Jeanguy Saintus of the legendary Ayikodans of Haiti.

Also featuring master percussionist Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele who will take participants on an ancestral journey, via the sacred rhythmic beats of West African percussion instruments.

Details on the Little Haiti Cultural Center:

212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL
(305) 960-2969



Delou Africa, Inc. and Community Builders HDC present 1st annual community Kwanzaa program and concert, 12/29/2013

Miami, FL__ Delou Africa Inc. is continuing to build on its mission of “Bridging Cultural Gaps” by expanding their annual community Kwanzaa program by partnering with a number of local organizations.  The 2013 program will include a traditional ceremony centered on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, followed by a variety of youth and adult performances, a keynote address, a community cultural reception (including light music, food and a Kwanzaa book giveaway) and a food drive (which will run for the entire month of December). Establishing community partnerships is key to expanding the cultural arts community in Little Haiti and beyond.
One such community partner is High Chief Styles director of the Osundara Yoruba Dance Theater and co-founder of Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation who will co-lead the Kwanzaa ceremony and states, “Our Culture is Our Business! Celebrations such as this provide a unique opportunity to educate the broader audience on the importance of preserving the cultural activities of our forefathers, and the impact these ancient cross-cultural traditions have on modern day religion, arts and culture.  I am extremely humbled to be part of such a powerful platform, as we continue our efforts to unite the Diaspora and introduce future generations to their African roots.”        
Donations for the Kwanzaa community food drive can be left at the Little Haiti Cultural center during the month of December.  All food donations will be distributed on January 1st at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.  
An inspirational message on Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics will be given by Keynote Speaker Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard-39th District. "I'm thrilled to take part in this year's Kwanzaa event," Senator Bullard stated.  He goes on to say, "This is an excellent time for our community to come together and celebrate in a festival that truly embraces the best of our culture and heritage."
The Kwanzaa concert will include: Urgent Inc’s Youth Production Group; Delou’s Youth Program; Chief Styles and the Orsundara Yoruba Dance Theater; Delou Africa Dance Ensemble; Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele; Ibrahima Dioubate; Nantambu Abdul-Ahota; Shandella Johnson; The Power of Color; Shamele Jenkins; and special invited guest artists.    
The Kwanzaa artistic designs of Ms. C. Moore's 2nd Grade Class at Broadmoor Elementary School will also be on display during the program.



Art of Life Film To Be Screened at Big Night Little Haiti Friday, December 20, 2013 [VIDEO]

Art of Life Movie
South Florida debut of the film, The Art of Life, Friday, 12/20/2013, 10p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Center
Moving the Lives of Kids Art Center (MLK Mural) is pleased to present the “Art of Life” as part of Rhythm Foundation and Little Haiti Cultural Center Big Night in Little Haiti. The film will be shown at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Theater located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137. 
The feature length film is the directorial debut of mural artist, and Executive Director of MLK Mural, Kyle Holbrook. The film screening will be followed by a special performance by Woffgang playing his original track from the score of the movie. 
Many young men and women living in neighborhoods across America suffer the absence of a path or a toolkit for survival. Sometimes that toolkit is there, but they just need a guide or an angel to show it to them. In the “Art of Life” the two lead characters Chay and Cheyanne, are looking for a way out of the suffocating pain and misery of their surroundings, but they need a plan. As both develop their artistic skills, their future prospects grow brighter, even if their present environment maintains its darkness. Will they be able to escape to the light? In this story, which blends the magic of cinema, animation, sketches, paintings and music, we learn that art is all around us, and realizing this could help make survival more vividly apparent to those trapped in the dark. 
This unique organic and artistic film features scenes shot inside a County Jail, in the middle of the marches during the G20 Summit, and on site during the production of several MLK Mural Projects around the world. “Art of Life” also features several original pieces by MLK Mural artists woven into scenes as animation.
Official website:
If You go: 
WHAT:           Debut of “Art of Life” film, followed by performance by Woffgang
WHERE:        Little Haiti Cultural Center
                       212 NE 59th Terrace
                       Miami, FL 33137 
WHEN:          Friday, December 20, 2013
                              10:00pm  – Midnight
Admission:   FREE

So So Much Sadness

It appears the remains of missing UF student Christian Aguilar may have been found in an isolated area east of Cedar Key. Aguilar’s friend and Doral Academy classmate Pedro Bravo and admitted to beating Aguilar and leaving him without medical care.

Three construction workers died and one is still missing in the partial collapse of the parking garage at the West Campus of Miami Dade College in Doral. The five-story structure was set to open in December. OSHA and other authorities are investigating. Classes have been moved to other locations.

Coral Reef High School student Christian Valdes died unexpectedly due to meningoccocal meningitis. Parents have been notified and asked to seek medical care for their child if symptoms arise.  Health authorities advise this death is not to be confused with recently reported deaths due to fungal meningitis.

Let’s pray for everyone impacted by these situations. Amen.



African Dance and Drum Festival at Little Haiti Cultural Center Aug. 3-5


The 3rd annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida presented by Delou Africa Inc. is set be a high-spirited three-day event that will heighten the awareness of African culture through captivating traditional African dance, drum, music and history. The festival takes place on August 3-5, 2012 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

One of the many highlights of the festival is the “Bridging Cultural Gaps” concert on Saturday, August 5th at 7:45pm that will feature Delou Africa Dance Ensemble, Delou Fatala, and a special collaboration from world renowned artists that hail from Haiti, Cuba, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and The Republic of Guinea.

The concert will end with a Dundunba celebration. Following the concert Dr. Charles Davis Founder of Chuck Davis Dance Co. and the African American Dance Ensemble will be presented the 2012 Delou Africa Inc. Cultural Community Outreach Award. The award ceremony will conclude with a raffle drawing that will include 2 round trip tickets to South Africa and other prizes.

The 3rd annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida is under the artistic direction of Delou Africa Inc.’s and Delou African Dance Ensemble(D.AD.E.), Executive Director Njeri Plato-Dioubate and also Ibrahima Dioubate who is the company’s Griot and musical consultant. "It is a joy to see people from all walks of life children and adults coming together to experience the rich traditions of African Culture through dance, drum, music and history. My dream has become a reality” states Njeri.


If You go:

3rd Annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida August 3-5, 2012
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami FL 33137
Presented by Delou Africa, Inc.
Tickets at or call 305.978.3866


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Arrangements for Former Edison gridiron star Jasper Howard finalized; UCONN establishes funds in his memory

Arrangements For Howard Finalized; Funds Established In His Memory
Arrangements have been finalized for Jasper Howard as well as the establishment of two funds.

Arrangements have been finalized for Jasper Howard as well as the establishment of two funds.

Oct. 22, 2009

STORRS, Conn. - Funeral and viewing information for University of Connecticut football student-athlete Jasper Howard, who passed away on Oct. 18, has been finalized. In addition, two funds have been established by the UConn Division of Athletics for those who wish to express their support.

The viewing will take place on Sunday, October 25 at the Richardson Funeral Home (305-634-4528) on 4500 NW 17th Avenue in Miami, Fla., from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Monday, October 26 at the New Birth Baptist Church (305-685-3700) on 2300 NW 135th Street in Miami, Fla., beginning at 11:00 a.m. Apostle Johnny L Kemp, Overseer and Presiding Bishop of MEC Ministries, Inc. will officiate.

The service will be streamed live at To view, select view live services and at the next page, select view the live broadcast via Streaming Faith.

The UConn team, coaches and staff will travel to the funeral via charter aircraft back and forth on Monday.

In the wake of the tragic loss of Howard, the University of Connecticut Division of Athletics has initiated two funds.

"The Jasper T. Howard Endowed Scholarship" will be annually awarded to a UConn football student-athlete who plays at the cornerback position and who best displays the outstanding leadership qualities which Jasper embodied.

Contributions to this scholarship are tax deductible to the extent permitted by the IRS.

Interested donors should make checks payable to "UConn Foundation-UCADF", indicate "Jasper T. Howard Scholarship" in the memo line, and direct gifts to:

Jasper T. Howard Scholarship c/o UConn Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 150430 Hartford, CT 06115-0430

"The Jasper Howard Fund" will assist Jasper's family with expenses such as funeral costs, travel to attend the memorial service and support for Jasper's soon-to-be-born child, in a manner consistent with NCAA guidelines.



Contributions to this fund are not tax deductible.

Interested donors should make checks payable to "Jasper Howard Fund" and direct gifts to:

Jasper Howard Fund c/o People's United Bank 2075 Hillside Rd. Storrs, CT 06268

The University has been and is working closely with the NCAA to coordinate appropriate ways people can provide financial assistance to honor Jasper's memory. To be consistent with NCAA guidelines, contributions cannot be sent directly to the Howard family.

Information about a public memorial service will be forthcoming.

The University is grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and caring thoughts, and expresses thanks to all who have a desire to honor Jasper's memory through these two funds.