When I heard there was to be a city-wide celebration of Haitian culture in New York I expected it to be fun, what I didn’t expect was for it to touch my mind, body and soul.
On November 14th 2012, I attended my first Soul Cycle class and loved it. I am an avid sports enthusiast. Biking, running, swimming, hot yoga… you name it, I enjoy it. I was always fond of exercising but never knew how to integrate it into my overall well-being. Twelve years ago I topped the scale at 250 pounds and was asthmatic...
Life happens. Throughout it we stand alone. Not isolated; after all those of us who are lucky have love ones to share in our joy and a support system to shoulder the burdens and comfort us through the tears. However in our most private moments, when everything is still, we need something to keep us anchored; something to stop the emotions from running getting lost in our mental maze and escaping to engulf us from the inside out. And that my friends, is where and why the spiritual journey begins.
REYNALD DORSAINVIL, FORMERLY KNOWN AS K-DANS’ DJ REY, HAS COME A LONG WAY. WHILE HIS INTENTIONS OF OPENING A CARDIAC CENTER IN HAITI AND EDUCATING OTHERS ABOUT CARDIAC HEALTH IN HIS NATIVE LAND ARE CHARITABLE, WE HAVE TO WONDER IF THEY ARE REALISTIC AND IF HE IS QUALIFIED TO LEAD THE WAY. HERE HE TELLS HIP’S SHADINE MÉNARD HOW HE INTENDS TO HELP HAITI’S HEARTS BEAT HEALTHIER WITH REY HEARTCARE FOUNDATION.
Each Alvin Ailey Dance Theater performance is equally enchanting yet different. Its complexity is such that I have chosen not to review (recommended reviews are listed below), but rather to share how the art and the brilliance of its execution is truly a spiritually and mentally engaging experience.
Many in the Haitian community shy away from talks of depression or sum it up with expressions such as “santimantal”, “tèt li pa la” or sometimes we ignore it completely. Those suffering from depression, especially in Haitian communities, are often times too scared of being stigmatized to admit what they are feeling. Chances are we’ve all known someone who has dealt with some form of depression. In order to battle a disease, you must know about it. Here are some facts about depression, symptoms to help you recognize it and possible solutions so that it doesn’t take your life or the lives of those you love.