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“Do not wash your hands to sweep the ground.”

It’s a Haitian proverb that has a special place in the way I structure my life. That proverbial logic can also be the center of police brutality conversations. Actually, I don’t know if it’s a Haitian proverb, but I’ve first heard it in Haiti.

Education, in the black community, is a grave problem. One might even conclude that our credulity has caused us to be manipulative. It saddens me to see African countries at war for no apparent reason. Ninety-Five percent of the Haitian population is African descent, but still facing a lot of social and economic problems. Wouldn’t you think a country with 95% Blacks could be able to compromise? No. …


Friendships Will Never Be The Same Without You

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Maybe you knew. Maybe you didn’t know. *Zafè Lòm Se Mistè. However this letter reaches you, know that it hasn’t been 24 hours yet and your absence is already too stabbing to endure.

Sometimes in life, you don’t ask questions. Whatever life throws at you, you catch them. You catch them not because you want to, but because you have to. Ken? I have not cried yet, but my muscles are twitching.

Oh, I posted a picture on SawPanse Instagram last night. I figured if you didn’t have anything to do, that’s what you would have been doing. On a side note, I know SawPanse.com was your long-time cherished project, I will keep it going. Your dream to entertain and to push Haitian artists to an international level will probably stay alive. It saddens me that you didn’t have a chance to see any real changes in the Haitian Movie Industry.


And More Problems Besides Police Brutality

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After I obtained my citizenship, I was eager to vote as an American citizen. I voted in Haiti when I was 18 and felt like it was the same duty for me in America. We honor our civic responsibilities not only for ourselves; but for our kids, our country, and those who aren’t able to. When I went to do my voter registration card, the clerk told me I had to register as a Democrat because I’m black. Then, I became a Democrat by default.

The Need for a Transitioning System

I wrote about a transitioning system for black people coming from other countries in “I’m not African-American, I’m Haitian” article on Medium.


Hart told me “I’m not African-American, I’m Haitian,”

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Around 12 years ago, I used to be a janitor. Hart and I were under Smith’s supervision. Lack of self-confidence made Smith an arduous supervisor. Hart was white. He had endured many frustrations as he worked under Smith, who was African American. One day, Hart turned his frustrations about black people. Another coworker, who was also white, winked at him to let him know that I was around. He then retorted “Jean isn’t African-American, he’s Haitian.”

That’s how Hart introduced me to racism in America. I had never dealt with racism before I moved to America. Ninety-five percent of the Haitian population is black. …


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Since last summer, I’ve been experimenting on how small startups operate offline. I’ve relaunched TopKreyol Magazine in the idea of avoiding any online presence.

Until now, it has been challenging because we are living in a social media era. If it’s not online, it doesn’t exist. As well, a majority of people spend most of their time online.

The major online-platforms are all war zones. Big corporations are leading the wars by investing millions in advertisement. It’s intimidating to know that some companies pay $100’s of dollars a day on Facebook ads. …


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At the moment, I couldn’t be doing anything better than organizing an event that is also a platform for local entrepreneurs and small business owners. It has always been one of my main motives to organize such a majestic event. A business expo is the right way for anyone to expose their businesses. It’s a place where exhibitors can connect and make sales on the show floor.

méli mélo is a variation of local products and services that you wouldn’t find anywhere else altogether. It’s a classification of different type businesses.

méli mélo should be one of your marketing tactics if you’re looking to expose your business to a larger and variant market. …


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The world is more connected than ever. Social media rules everything around us. It’s the closest we’ve ever been as conscious beings. Every 5 seconds we have to check what’s going on with our friends on social media and the world. According to a research study, Americans check their phones more than 80 times a day. It changes severely how we live and interact with others.

Everything we consume has its good and bad.

Our quest of happiness makes us often neglect the bad side. Connection isn’t a bad thing as long as it has values. Simple case; I have 5k friends with no existing values on Facebook. …


“When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die” — Jean-Paul Sartre

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In my early thirties with a few experiences under my belt, I have some impeccable views about the United States. It is considered a rich country while holding on a regressive operating system. The American economic system was built to segregate the lower and middle class from the equation.

The American economy was built on credits. It means that it takes longer and cost more to own something. …


unless you know what you’re getting yourself into

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Your background is pretty rich. You’re confident that you have what it takes comparing to other success stories you read online. You feel like you are unlike anyone else, and all you have left to do is to dive in.

Well, — to become an entrepreneur, you’ll need a lot more than dreams and confidences. You’ll need a load lot more than talents. Trust me, not being able to pay your bills on time is not easy to process.

“Becoming an entrepreneur is the heaviest weight one can carry on his shoulder.”

Success isn’t a duplicable blueprint. Mark Zuckerberg success is out there, yet no one seems to be able to replicate it. There’s that feeling that some units of his success blueprint are concealed. When you really think about it, it’s not all out there. …


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There’s nothing wrong with working on side projects while holding a full time job. It helps to keep up when work is boring. It energizes your aspiration and challenges your talents. It kills time and helps you to spend your time in more productive ways.

Some of us have only after 5PM until bedtime and weekends for ourselves. We feel obliged to the next day because we sold our time to our employers. I‘m not going to lie. My focus span gets off track when I’m working on side projects. Some days, I go home and feel lethargic. …

About

Jean Edouard Gustave

Front-End Designer by day. Dreamer by night. Writing about real life issues in the simplest ways. www.jeanegustave.com

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