The BelTiFi "Pretty Young Girl" Committee stands together to enhance the personal advancement and the professional development of young Haitian-American women in New York. Our aim is to promote female empowerment and civic engagement in the Haitian community. As a unit, we plan to open up the gateways to professional success and establish beneficial relationships with other young Haitian-American women and enable mentoring opportunities with prominent Haitian-American professional women. Through using contemporary methods of interaction such as events, programs, the arts, creative workshops, and collaborations, our mission will set a new standard of the traditional Haitian women.
Be able to exude confidence
Enlighten those around you
Lead those who are willing to follow
Transform dreams into realities
Involve yourself in community outreach
Fearless woman of power
Instill change and promote empowerment
Full interview with Wynnie Lamour!
"A Bèl Ti Fi is someone who goes through life practicing the idea of Mindfulness; a woman who is able to genuinely listen to others in order to more fully engage in herself more fully and intimately..."
BTF: Who is Wynnie Lamour?
WL: Wynnie Lamour is an educator with a focus on Language & Communication. She has spent the last several years teaching Haitian Creole in the New York City metro area to a wide array of language learners, including non-profit professionals, public school teachers, and entrepreneurs. Her experiences growing up in Brooklyn as a Haitian-American have provided her with a unique perspective as an educator, allowing her an ease that comes when one is equally comfortable in both cultures and languages. Wynnie has a BA in Linguistics from Cornell University and an MA in Urban Affairs from CUNY Queens College. Both degrees have allowed her a flexibility to blend effortlessly into many different sectors.
Wynnie's philosophy of teaching is rooted in the idea of "Mindfulness", which promotes community and connectedness, while establishing a sense of pride and respect for both the Haitian language and culture. Wynnie's most recent work includes a translation of an excerpt of the Franketienne novel "Dezafi" published May 2013 by Transition Magazine (Issue 111 "New Narratives of Haiti"), a publication of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
BTF: Tell us about the Creole Institute and how you got involved?
WL: The Haitian Creole Language Institute was a long time in the making. I learned English as a Second Language and grew up in a multi-lingual home. This instilled in me a love of languages that I fed with continued language courses throughout my education, culminating in a degree in Linguistics. Merging my love for education and language led to a series of workshops and classes that focused on teaching Haitian Creole to those who had an interest in the language. Ultimately, the Institute was founded as a way to create a dedicated space where one can learn more about a language that deserves not just more respect and prestige, but also its own platform in order to continue growing and influencing.
BTF: What do you want your students to take away from in addition to learning the language?
WL: I would like my students to realize the depth to which they can take the language. I have such a variety of students, who come to HCLI wanting to learn (or improve on) the language for many different reasons. But, I still find many who are shocked at the complexity of the language. Kreyòl has its own flavor that one must be willing to adopt in order to truly learn and continue to use the language.
BTF: What do you love most about teaching?
WL: I have always been a great learner. For me, conscious and mindful learning have always been a huge part of my life experiences. Showing others how to also become mindful learners and helping them to engage more fully in a topic that has perhaps been difficult for them in the past, is a very fulfilling experience. The saying is "learn one, do one, teach one". Teaching is truly the ultimate step in becoming connected to, not just language, like our focus here at HCLI, but any subject.
BTF: Any challenges? If so, how did you overcome them?
WL: The biggest challenge I have faced in founding HCLI is within the Haitian community itself. We, as Haitians, face a daily battle with our very own language, often viewing it in a less respectful light or declaring it "unfit" for use as a complete form of communication. Many have questioned why I would want to perpetuate a language "that's not really a language" or how can I teach something "that can't be taught"? or my favorite "Who would want to learn Kreyòl?" The list goes one and the only way to overcome this particular form of discouragement is to continue to plow ahead, and not to allow anyone to disparage what we do at HCLI in any way. We will continue to forge partnerships and pushing forward with our mission of shifting the image of a language that deserves as much attention as any other.
BTF: What's next for you and the Creole Institute?
WL: HCLI will be rolling out a series of courses in the next few weeks that will cater to the Introductory Kreyòl student, as well as continue to offer small-group conversation classes that focus on all aspects of Language Learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening). We will also continue to focus on providing translation services to a variety of organizations and producing other literary works.
BTF: How do you define a "Bèl Ti Fi"?
WL: A Bèl Ti Fi is someone who goes through life practicing the idea of Mindfulness; a woman who is able to genuinely listen to others in order to more fully engage in herself more fully and intimately; a woman who is able to pursue her interests without fear of judgment from others; a woman who is connected to those around her in fulfilling ways.
Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York
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Book it! is Bel Ti Fi's newly established feature for the communication sector. In the wonderful company of Bel Ti Fi's quarterly bulletin, Ti Fi Talk! show, and Bel Soleil radio show, Book It! will be an additional interactive way to connect you with some of the most talented authors that write about all things Haiti! Featuring book reviews, Q&As, author talks, debut spotlights and book club meetings to discuss these great works. Book It! reviews will be shown on our website and social media outlets. If you're interested in getting considered for review or coverage please email us at Beltifi.inc(at)gmail(dot)com! We launch Bel Ti Fi's "Book It!" today with the release of our Fall Read and encourage you to join us!
Our Fall Read!
"Claire by the Sea Light" by Edwidge Danticat
From the best-selling author of Brother, I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.
Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life.
But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another. Embracing the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life, it is Edwidge Danticat’s most spellbinding, astonishing book yet.
Bel Ti Fi brings "Back to School" basics with a twist! Devoting the entire week of September 23rd to highlight educators and special events dedicated to increasing awareness in law, books, education, and entertainment. This will include fun Q&A's, Twitter Parties, and coverage for special events.
TODAY we speak to two Haitian-American educators from 3:30PM-4:30PM!
Tweet with @beltifi_inc on "Monday's with @MidwinCharles!" Use Hashtag: #IPLD2013
30 Minutes with Midwin! A live Twitter Chat with Attorney, TV Legal Analyst CNN/HLN, and Founder of law firm MC & Associates, @MidwinCharles as she discusses her upcoming event below! TODAY, Starting at 3:30pm, ask Midwin anything and win a chance for free entry for the event on September 26th.
Register here: http://t.co/JlGtaMq6Xb
Students can register at email@example.com for a special school rate.
Please include in the subject line "IPLD2013 Students." Must register by Tuesday, September 24th.
Facebook Chit Chat with Calune Eustache today at 4:00PM on her upcoming event"The Espwa Benefit Fete" on Sept. 26th, dedicated to raising funds for “The Breakfast Program” in order to provide more nutritious meals for the children of two schools in Dubre, Haiti.
The only male in a family of three older sisters, one of whom is his twin, certified relationship Expert and Coach Stephan Labossiere is a man on a mission to help men and women experience more successful and authentic relationships. He knows firsthand how challenging the male and female dynamic can be and strives to bridge the gap of communication between the sexes. Stephan has learned early on to take the time to understand and embrace the inner workings of a woman’s mind. Stephan has worked as an entrepreneur for the past ten years and, most recently, has served as a Life Coach and a relationship consultant to married and dating couples. He also works with single people seeking guidance in the world of relationships. As a motivational speaker, Stephan conducts speaking engagements with topics such as personal and spiritual growth, financial stability and relationships.How To Get A Woman To Have Sex With You…If You’re Her Husband is his first book in a series aimed to break down the barriers and turn the battle of the sexes into nothing more than a pillow fight with a mutually pleasing ending. Stephan originally hails from Miami, Fl and currently lives in Atlanta, Ga.
1. As a Certified Relationship Expert & Coach, what issue do you find yourself coaching couples on the most?
The biggest issue I find is a lack of effective communication. Even when people "talk" they are not always listening and being receptive to each other. Nor are they being completely open and honest which leads to a lot of confusion and misunderstandings.
2. What advice can give you to women about "properly" getting the attention of a man they are interested in?
I always tell women to smile more and make good eye contact. Even striking a conversation and giving a compliment is good. Ultimately I encourage women to be approachable. You don't have to be the one that asks for his number or anything like that. Just allow him to see you are interested and then it is up to him to close the deal.
3. What is some advice you can give men and women on courting in this hi-tech day and age we live in?
Make time to connect without all the gadgets. It gets very easy to text and use technology to communicate but actually speaking to someone when you are trying to get to know them is best. There is nothing wrong with using technology but don't get consumed by it.
4. What is the biggest factor in having a successful relationship?
Honesty is the biggest factor. Lies only create more lies. If something is wrong and you lie to me about it then you set the relationship up for confusion and frustration. If we can learn to be more honest with each other we can avoid a lot of unnecessary issues that lead to a lot of negativity.
5. PDA (Public Displays of Affection): Thumbs up or thumbs down?
For me personally it's a thumbs up. I'm not trying to be restricted in my desire to express love to you wherever we are. Granted we have to be mindful of where we are and it this specific display can be inappropriate (too sexual) for children. Other than that I am going to kiss, hug, and caress anywhere I please : ).
6. What are some characteristics that you personally look for in a woman?
Personally I look for a woman that has confidence, knows how to handle her business, good sense of humor, keeps herself up, truly embraces love, and has a relationship with GOD.
7. What would be the ultimate Valentine's Day date that a woman could plan for you?
I am very simple. So just time alone away from everything. A great meal and a lot of love.
My Haiti Travels (MHT) is a boutique concierge firm that coordinates high-quality travel services to Haiti for leisure and business purposes. Their representatives liaise with hotel/resort establishments, restaurants, and professional tour guides to provide unique experiences tailored to each client’s specific needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Their clients receive customized travel packages, and exemplary services, all facilitated by reliable professionals right in Haiti. All vendors and associates have been fully vetted and evaluated. Their goal is for all friends of Haiti to truly experience and enjoy Ayiti and all its glory.
At My Haiti Travels you are family and your trip is designed as such.
For general questions and information please contact them at: Info@myhaititravels.com
Also, check out their website: impactweekhaiti.com
Be Sure to check out the BelTiFi Buzz section for our exclusive interview with My Haiti Travels Founder and Managing Director Dina Simon!
Today as we celebrate our Flag Day, we venerate the proud heroines that walked along with the leaders of the Haitian revolution. We give voice to their courage, their resilience, and their pride. We, their daughters, stride to follow in their footsteps.
Click below to read our full article by Carmel Balan, Community Affairs Chair!
LET NO ONE CLIP YOUR WINGS!
Bel Ti Fi cordially invites you to the "FLIGHTS OF FANCY"
During our three years of metamorphosis, we have transformed a dream into a reality. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, join us as we acknowledge Haitian women that will guide you to fly towards the next destination of your personal and professional development.
Dedicate your Saturday with a day full of LAUGHTER, LESSONS, and UnLIMITED possibilities. Ladies and Gentleman bring your daughters, God-daughters, nieces, sisters, friends, family, and colleagues. We encourage EVERYONE to come out and support.
The luncheon includes: a monologue series, power panel discussion, award ceremony, and networking.
See the links below for our PSA’s for our personal transformations!
SATURDAY, March 24, 2012
Doors open promptly at 11AM
ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE
180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, New York 11201
Premier Series of Monologues: OF BUTTERFLIES and BONDS: The Lifecycle of a BelTiFi Butterfly
Panel topics of discussion include:Self-confidence,Relationships,Inter-generational Relationships,Career Planning,Education,Entrepreneurship,Financial Literacy and more…
Rodneyse Bichotte (District leader female 42nd district Brooklyn)
Dr. Patricia Marthone, M.D. (Director of Business Development and Operations for a series of Office Surgical Based Practices & Clinics in NYC)
Midwin Charles (Managing Principal, Midwin Charles & Associates LLC andTV Legal Analyst)Honorable Judge Sybil Elias (First Haitian-American Judge of New Jersey)
Kherlyn Veillard-Marcel (Budget Director, Open Society Institute)
Cassandre Pierre Charles (Integrated Marketing Director, ESSENCE)
Mildred Antenor (Media Commentator, Public Speaker, University Professor)
Jasmine Attikese (Planning Manager, Time Warner Inc.)
Tai Henriquez (Contracts coordinator, Grand Central Publishing)
Carline Dumerlin-Folkes (Early College Liaison at City University of New York and Co-author of Miss University)
Jessica LaForest (Associate producer, CBS)
Melissa Bernier (Attorney and Counselor at Law at Bernier Legal, LLC)
Nadine Fontaine, Esq. (Assistant Director at Eqip. Systems Inc., President-elect of Metropolitan Black Bar Association)
Bel Ti Fi of the Months will be presented with a Certificate of Recognitionhttp:
Catherine Edouard Charlot- CEO of Himane Inc. and featured in O Magazine
Vicki Sylvain- 1199 representative, Executed the created of thousands of Survival Kits for Women in Haiti
Regine Roumain- Executive Director Haitian Cultural Exchange
Mona Scott Young Executive Producer of (VH1’s LOVE AND HIP HOP reality show)
*Fabiola Desmont- Currently on the ground in Haiti, Director of the Restavek Organization (LIVE Skyping with her)
See Fabiola here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqR7aMrsjKQ
For more information email Beltifi.firstname.lastname@example.org