Refleksyon is a Haitian video/audio podcast where hosts Nike Valeus & Pascal Brun discuss trail blazing cultural topics alongside featured guests in order to tackle defining a unified Haitian identity, the role of the Haitian diaspora in building the new Haiti, and much more!
Welcome to the second season of Refleksyon! We've got a whole new lineup of great guests on this exciting season with revamped production quality and amazingly inspiring stories that will help blaze the trail of redefining the modern Haitian. Join us on this episode as we delve into the intricacies of the global music industry and discuss the history of Haitian music culture with three time Grammy award winning producer, Michael Brun.
After our last episode we discussed the current state of Haiti at the end of 2019, and encouraged all Haitian diaspora to recognize their pivotal role in rebuilding the future of the new Haiti. We got some interesting messages from listeners and viewers as a result of the discussion about what it means to be Haitian. Some of those statements include (among many others): "even if you have Haitian ancestors, holding a foreign passport means you have no right to call yourself Haitian" or... "If the diaspora wants to make a real difference, the only thing they can do is move back here". We also received many messages from members of the Haitian diaspora saying "I live in [city abroad] and my heart lies with Haiti, I want to do anything I can to help my Haitian people..."
In this episode, we dive deeper into understanding where the polarity in these statements of identity come from, their validity, and how inclusive thinking will bring us closer to a brighter future.
Haiti needs to pave a clear way forward. Who's responsable to make it happen? We ALL are! @nikevaleus, a talented Haitian film producer based in Canada, and I have teamed together to start a once weekly video podcast called Refleksyon. We'll be covering important topics that have been long ignored like defining a unified Haitian identity, the role of the Haitian diaspora in building the new Haiti, and much more! Refleksyon is a LIVE show hosted on instagram and we encourage your participation and questions. Join us every Wednesday on instalive at 8pm EST to reflect with us and pave a way forward for the future of Haiti. Remember: Our beliefs determine our actions, and our actions determine our future. Let's shape our beliefs together to build a beautiful future for our country and the world!