May is Haitian Heritage month and the celebrations are underway here in South Florida, which is home to a huge Haitian population.Several cities are hosting events to honor the rich culture and heritage of the first Black republic. The City of North Miami launched its festivities Monday with an opening reception held at the MOCA Plaza. This year’s theme for the City’s celebration is “Nou Se Ayiti” which translates to “We Are Haiti”.“History books say it all. We’ve been through a lot, but we are a people of great resilience. For that reason we come together every year to mark Haitian Heritage Month in May with all out celebrations,” said organizer Linda Julien.The City of Miami is also hosting a number of events to honor Haitian Heritage Month. Miami will kick off its celebrations Friday with an Ayisyen Mwen Ye art exhibit at the Little Haiti Culture Complex.The City of North Miami Beach also announced its Haitian Heritage Month festivities Friday with an opening ceremony of an exhibition which will be open for the entire month at the North Miami Beach Public Library.The screening of the film Toussaint L’Ouverture will be held at O Cinema in Miami Shores on Friday. The movie is about the successful revolt that led Haiti to its independence from France.Here’s a list of events scheduled in South Florida this Haitian Heritage Month:City of North MiamiMay 1: Haitian Heritage Month Opening ReceptionMOCA Plaza – 6-9 p.m.May 12: “Through the Eyes of Malfini” Art Exhibition OpensNorth Miami Public Library – 6-8 p.m.May 18: Haitian Flag Day CelebrationMOCA Plaza – 5- 8 p.m.May 27: Haitian Heritage Month Closing CelebrationMOCA Plaza – 6-10 p.m.City of MiamiMay 5: Ayisyen Mwen Ye Art ExhibitLittle Haiti Cultural Complex – 10 a.m.May 6: Tour of Little Haiti – Taste the CultureCaribbean Marketplace – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.8th Annual ZakafestLittle Haiti Cultural Complex 1-11 p.m.May 7: Little Haiti Soccer Cup FinaleLittle Haiti Soccer Park – 4 p.m.May 11: Haitian Heritage Month ReceptionHaitian Cultural Arts Alliance – 6 p.m.May 12: Day of ServiceToussaint L’Ouverture Memorial Garden – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Sant La GalaHard Rock Stadium – 6:30 p.m. – MidnightMay 18: Haitian Flag Day Celebration130 NE 62nd Street – 7:30– 10 p.m.May 20: 19th Annual Haitian Compas FestivalBayfront Park — 3 p.m.May 25: Poetry SlamHaitian Heritage Museum – 7 – 9 p.m.City of North Miami BeachMay 5: Haitian Heritage Month Exhibition Opening CeremonyNMB Library – 6 – 9 p.m.Miami ShoresMay 5: Screening of “Toussaint L’Ouverture”O Cinema – 6:30 p.m.
The Rugby Paper are reporting controversial Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is ready to hand Faletau’s current employers Bath a whopping €500,000 transfer fee to buy the 70-times capped Wales No.8 out of the final year of his contract in the west country.And the three-times kings of Europe are also said to be ready to offer the 27-year-old an eye-popping €1m a year deal to make the move across the Channel to the Stade Felix Mayol.Faletau picked up a knee injury against Toulon on Saturday in their 24-20 defeat to the French outfit that will rule him out of next Saturday’s rematch at The Rec.The Dragons are also said to be interested in bringing Faletau back to Newport and form a back-row partnership with Ross Moriarty.They are willing to make him the highest paid player in Wales, but won’t be able to match the wages being offered in France.Wales and Lions star Faletau retains strong links with his former club and was at Rodney Parade this month to watch the thrilling 32-32 draw with star-studded Ulster in the Guinness PRO14.Sources maintain Faletau is interested in rejoining the Dragons, who he left last year to link up with Bath.But they would have to pay a transfer fee if they are to get him this summer unless the west country club were willing to part with him, which is an obvious stumbling block.“Taulupe didn’t really want to leave the Dragons. If the then regime had offered him £20,000 more a year he would have stayed,” claimed an insider at the region.“His situation is akin to when Johnny Sexton left Leinster for France. Johnny didn’t really want to join Racing Metro and couldn’t get back quick enough to Leinster when the opportunity arose.“As a number of leading Welsh players have also found in the past, the grass isn’t always greener outside Wales.”Having already played over 70 times for his country, Faletau would be still eligible for Wales should he move to France where he would join Toulon-bound Ospreys and Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb.