Haitian

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A Caribbean country in North America, Haiti is the land of the high mountains. If history is to be believed, French fondly referred to the country as the Pearl of the Antilles. This was primarily because Haiti was rich both in terms of natural beauty and accumulated wealth. In fact, it was the richest colony owned by the European powers of that time. Taking the legacy of the richness forward were its nationals, Haitians, as they are known as who contributed extensively to the country’s rich political, economic, art and cultural background through their personal endeavours. Interestingly, apart from national heroes, Haiti has served as the home of many migrant Haitians who have created quite a niche for themselves and their homeland in foreign countries. Did you know that the famous singer Usher, NBA player Blake Griffith, rapper Tony Yayo and actor Jamie Hector are all Haitian descents? Additionally, there have been numerous Haitian nationals, who have done their country proud through their works. Jean Michael-Basquiat was a highly prolific painter who infused African and Caribbean culture in his canvas. Haitian women have also made noteworthy contribution. Edwidge Danticat is an award-wining writer best known for her works, ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory’ and ‘The Dew Breaker’. Read this section to find more about famous Haitians.
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Wyclef Jean
(Haitian Rapper Who is a Member of the New Jersey Hip Hop group 'Fugees')
Wyclef Jean
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian musician, actor, and rapper. This Grammy Award-winning musician garnered national attention when his efforts to raise relief funds to aid the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake through his charitable organization Yéle Haiti were questioned as reports suggested that Jean retained the money for his own benefit. The organization has been the subject of controversy.

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Garcelle Beauvais
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Birthdate: November 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Marc, Haiti
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Andre Berto
(Two-time Former Welterweight World Champion)
Andre Berto
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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François Duvalier
(Politician, Physician)
François Duvalier
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: April 21, 1971

François Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1957 to 1971, he served as the president of Haiti. Over the course of his political career, Duvalier's regime became despotic and totalitarian. In 1964, Duvalier declared himself President for Life and remained in power until his death. Since his demise, several books have been written about his rule in Haiti. 

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Ovince Saint Preux
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Ovince Saint Preux
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Immokalee, Florida, United States
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Adonis Stevenson
(Professional Boxer)
Adonis Stevenson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Jean-Jacques Dessalines
(Haitian General)
Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: August 17, 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

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Bermane Stiverne
(Haitian-Canadian Professional Boxer)
Bermane Stiverne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plaine-du-Nord

Bermane Stiverne is a Haitian-Canadian boxer who reigned as the WBC heavyweight champion for eight months between 2014 and 2015. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the 2003 and 2004 National Championships as well as a silver medal at the 2005 Championships. An avid fan of basketball, Stiverne supports the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

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Jean-Claude Duvalier
(Former President of Haiti)
Jean-Claude Duvalier
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: October 4, 2014

Jean-Claude Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1971 to 1986, Duvalier served as the president of Haiti before he was removed from office by a popular uprising. During his presidency, thousands of Haitians were tortured or killed. His presidency was also marked by his notoriously lavish lifestyle, while many Haitians were left to battle poverty.

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Jahking Guillory
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Birthdate: May 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moreno Valley, Riverside County, California, USA

Jahking Guillory is an American rapper and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry since the mid-2010s. Beginning his career as a teenager, he played the leading role of Brandon in the film, Kicks. His role in the Netflix series On My Block also earned him much appreciation. Since then, he has appeared in many popular TV shows. 

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Michel Martelly
(President of Haiti)
Michel Martelly
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

Michel Martelly is a Haitian former politician. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the 41st president of Haiti. Also a singer and keyboardist, Michel was one of Haiti's most popular musicians for over a period of 10 years! He is renowned for his Kompa music and has released several studio albums like Anba Rad La and Tout Cé Mately.

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Henry Christophe
(President)
Henry Christophe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 6, 1767
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: British Grenada
Died: October 8, 1820
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Jimmy Jean-Louis
(Actor, Producer)
Jimmy Jean-Louis
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Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petion-Ville, Haiti
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Kaytranada
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Duckens Nazon
(Footballer Striker)
Duckens Nazon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Samuel Dalembert
(Basketball player)
Samuel Dalembert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Born in Haiti, Samuel Dalembert later moved to Canada and then to the US. Known for his 13-year stint with NBA teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings, he has also been in the news for wrong reasons, such as for being suspended due to late arrival and oversleeping.

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Jean Louis
(Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer)
Jean Louis
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 5, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 20, 1997

Jean Louis was a French-born costume designer who worked predominantly in Hollywood. In an illustrious Hollywood career that spanned more than four decades, Louis designed outfits for almost every Hollywood star including Rita Hayworth, Lucille Ball, and Judy Garland. Jean Louis is also credited with designing Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress worn at President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration.

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Edwidge Danticat
(Novelist and Short Story Writer Known for Her Books: ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory’, ‘Krik? Krak!’ and ‘Everything Inside’)
Edwidge Danticat
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Apparently, Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, known for books such as Breath, Eyes, Memory, had begun writing to escape the bullying she faced because of her Haitian ways after she moved to the U.S. as a young girl. Although her parents wanted her to study medicine, she took up French literature.

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Jacques Agnant
(Music executive known for his connection to Tupac in the early 1990s)
Jacques Agnant
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Listed In: Business People
Birthplace: Haiti
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Died: April 15, 1912
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Skal Labissiere
(Basketball player)
Skal Labissiere
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Alexandre Pétion
(President of Republic of Haiti)
Alexandre Pétion
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 2, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: March 29, 1818
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Zach Auguste
(Basketball player)
Zach Auguste
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Zach Auguste is a Greek-American basketball player who has won two Greek League titles so far. He also won a Greek Cup as well as a Slovenian Cup in 2021 and 2022, respectively. He currently plays for the Slovenia club, Cedevita Olimpija.

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Dutty Boukman
(Early leader of the Haitian Revolution)
Dutty Boukman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1767 AD
Birthplace: Senegambia
Died: November 7, 1791
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Junior Galette
(Football player)
Junior Galette
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Faustin Soulouque
(Emperor of Haiti)
Faustin Soulouque
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Birthdate: August 15, 1782
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petit-Goave, Haiti
Died: August 3, 1873
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René Préval
(President)
René Préval
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: March 3, 2017
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Pierre Desir
(American Football player)
Pierre Desir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Simone Duvalier
(Haitian first lady)
Simone Duvalier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Léogâne Arrondissement, Haiti
Died: December 26, 1997
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Melissa St. Vil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haiti
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Laurent Lamothe
(Tennis player, Diplomat, Politician)
Laurent Lamothe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
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Cady Lalanne
(Basketball player)
Cady Lalanne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Mia Love
(Politician)
Mia Love
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: nowrap New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.
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Olden Polynice
(Basketball player)
Olden Polynice
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Vladimir Ducasse
(American Football player)
Vladimir Ducasse
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Gosder Cherilus
(Football player)
Gosder Cherilus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haiti
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Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(Former President of Haiti)
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port-Salut, Haiti

Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a Haitian politician who served as the country's first democratically elected president. He was removed from office during the 2004 coup d'état and was later forced into exile. He returned to Haiti after seven years amidst rumors that blamed the US for orchestrating the coup against him. A former priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide taught liberation theology to many.

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Antenor Firmin
(Anthropologist)
Antenor Firmin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Died: September 19, 1911
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Stephanie Villedrouin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
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Raquel Pélissier
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Marie-Cessette Dumas
(Enslaved woman)
Marie-Cessette Dumas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1714 AD
Birthplace: Hait
Died: 1786 AD
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Michèle Bennett
(First Lady of Haiti (27 May 1980 – 7 February 1986))
Michèle Bennett
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port‑au‑Prince, Haiti
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Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pétion-Ville, Haiti
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Dadi Nicolas
(Football player)
Dadi Nicolas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Yanick Etienne
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Listed In: Singers
Birthplace: Hait
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Jeffrey Julmis
(Sprinter, Hurdler)
Jeffrey Julmis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité
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Birthdate: April 11, 1758
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Léogâne, Saint-Domingue
Died: August 8, 1858
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Jacques Roumain
(Writer, Politician)
Jacques Roumain
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 4, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: August 18, 1944
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Jean-Pierre Boyer
(Politician)
Jean-Pierre Boyer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 15, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: July 9, 1850
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Marie-Louise Coidavid
(Queen regnant)
Marie-Louise Coidavid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1778
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bredou, Ouanaminthe, Saint-Domingue
Died: March 14, 1851