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How to Be a (Haitian) Vegan in 2018

25 Mar

IMG_1644     Okay my cyber-confidents- I pray that I don’t lose the five friends I have after reading this post. I kid, I kid! In fall 2016, on Thanksgiving Day, I made a drastic decision that forever changed my life mentality and physically: I became a vegan. Out of the 365 days of the year, I chose the hungriest and heartiest day in America to do so. No I didn’t become a vegan because I watched “What the Health” or follow other social media trends.

One of my close friends, Babatude, is an Orthodox Christian, and he fasts majority of the year. Usually, he fasts every Monday and Wednesday, the day after Thanksgiving to January 7th and the entire period of Lent. In 2015, I tried fasting with him, simply to give up a few things of my “addictions”. So for a month, I fast from any animal products. I loved it! I paid attention to everything I ate and I read the label to anything before I ate it. During that time, I researched the benefit of being a vegan. In January of last year, I decided to fully commit to veganism; which consist of eliminating all animal products from my diet. So far, it has been one of the best rewarding decisions I have ever made.

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My Life is Mine

18 Feb

IMG_1664A couple months ago I was on Facebook, lurking. Someone shared a video of one of my favorite feminists, Tracee Ellis Ross. I love anything Tracee Ellis Ross related: her style, jokes, TV shows, etc. Normally I wouldn’t watch anything on social media that is longer than two (2) minutes, this particular video was over 10 minutes. But because it was about Ms. Ross, whom I admire so much- I decided to watch it entirely. It was a video she was a guest speaker at Glamour for “Women of the Year”. For over 10 minutes she expressed how people always make her feel like she hasn’t done anything in her life because she isn’t married nor have any kid: something that strikes home for me. Ms. Ross listed a few of her accomplishments such as, starring on Black-Ish, winning awards and is on the cover of many magazines. No matter how much she has done, someone always feels like her life doesn’t have any meaning- solely because she is a single-woman. She even elaborated on how people would tell her it is not too late to adapt.

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My Epic Year

31 Dec

img_2563At the beginning of the year, we like to claim the year is going to be our year. Claim it in the name of JESUS! By declaring it, we hope to achieve bigger goals, starting a new diet or even becoming a better person. Some of us actually do keep up with these resolutions; however, to others- they all are forgotten by the first week of February.

The 2016’s year  was epic for me, positively and negatively. I have gone through so many journeys; it’s almost impossible to believe that it has only been 365 days. This year, I directed one of the many scripts I have written. It is one of my favorites- also a project that hits home whenever I talk about it. This year, “4:53” was born. It is a film focusing on Haitian mothers. I wanted to create a world where women are valued and strong. This film main goal was to show the rest of the universe how bold and capable are Black women. Though it has been a rough journey, I cannot wait to finish this project in the upcoming year.

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When Nights and Days become One

8 Mar

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At the beginning of the year, I promise that I was going to do monthly-posts, I am keeping that promise; boy I did not expect February to be that hectic. The month was over before I could even imagined- the good thing, I overcame it so no complaining.

I enjoyed February, and I hope you did, as well.  I started pre-production of my film on the first week of the month- meaning, holding auditions, meeting up with my cinematopher, scouting for locations, finding an editor and casting the rest of the crew. All this had to be done within a month. I was nervous, I didn’t think I was going to be able to handle it all, since this was my first, ever film that I am directing, producing and let alone it was written by me.  With the way things are going right now, I am very happy.  We are scheduling to start shooting the last week of March, as nervous that I am- I cannot wait.

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