This blog post was submitted by Kim “The Muse” Charles…just in time for Brooklyn’s West Indian (Labor) Day Parade.
Have you heard of Phoenix Refined?
Phoenix Refined brought the 1st Annual Haitian Masquerade Camp to New York City for The West Indian American Day Carnival to rejuvenate the numerous aspects of the Haitian Heritage by Teaching Culture through the Art of Masquerading. Our purpose with the Haitian Masquerade Camp is to use it as a platform to enlighten others about the rich legacy of Haiti through Cultural Affairs like Live Events, Conferences, Fashion Shows, Music, Art programs and more. This will therefore empower the Haitian Community & Teach cultural empathy and awareness through out the Caribbean Diaspora. Although the movement began in this manner it doesn’t just end there “We’re more than just a Masquerade Camp; We’re Haitian Cultural Ambassadors To The World!!!”
This Haitian Masquerade Camp was brought to life because of the lack of Haitian Representation in the Caribbean Community. We are the missing link to restoring our countries rich culture and history in New York City. Phoenix Refined believes in giving back to the community and so with that we are collaborating for our 2nd year with It Takes a Community to Raise a Child, a nonprofit learning facility, which addresses the students’, individual needs so that he or she may develop physically, spiritually, intellectually, socially, and morally; ITAC believes in educating the whole child. We play a role in the cultural education of these children and in the near future we hope to branch out further.
About The Founder Kimberly Charles
Having been mentored by fashion icons like former ESSENCE Magazine fashion editor Ionia Dunn Lee and noted celebrity stylist Spry Lee Scott, Kimberly Charles, the founder of Phoenix Refined, has been bred to infuse fresh, funky and classic style from the sidewalk to the catwalk. Due to her vivacious spirit she has been blessed to work with clients like Rhum Barbancourt, AfroPunk, America’s Next Top Model’s Anchal Joseph, Anya Rozova, Restaurateur B. Smith, Singers Cheri Dennis & Frenchie Davis to name a few.
Her hands on experience, under the guidance of her mentors, has further molded her mainstream rebellious ensembles and ensured her professional work ethic approach, as she developed her career as a Fashion Stylist. One of her Mantra’s are “You will always be a blossoming leader as long as you’re always willing to be a student.” Charles is an avid volunteer for organizations such as Hope Worldwide, Gen Art, Passport To The City & The M.L.K Concert Series.
In June of 2012 she focused her views on Her Haitian Ancestry and vowed to change the Lack of Haitian Culture Represented in the Caribbean Community. When Phoenix Refined debuted in 2012 there was no established Organization Representing Haitian Culture at the West Indian American Day Carnival. So with creating a Movement like this one it has had a Major effect on the Haitian Identity. We are prouder than we were yesterday & the joy that beseeches us is greater than words. This movement has changed people’s outlook on a previously downtrodden country. Phoenix Refined has aimed to show the Pride, Joy & Hope Of Haitian Culture.
This movement has become more valuable because it will continue to change the Moral of a Country and of a people who, like the Phoenix, are still rising from their ashes. In the future Phoenix Refined will cause the younger generation of Haitians & Haitian Americans to be re-introduced to their Language, Food & Culture.
Since The creation of Phoenix Refined we have been blessed to work with many non for profit organizations and expose others to the Haitian Culture. We have worked with inner city Schools Like Mott Hall Bridges Academy in conjunction with a group called Passport to the City +NoMadness Travel Tribe, Capra Care, New York Cities Haitian Consulate, Fabrice Armand’s Haiti Cherie Pride, Love & Commitment, The National Haitian Student Alliance, C2C’s Hope & A Future Benefit Concert, LaCaye Restaurant at BAMs Dance Africa Festival and Many More. Our Vision & Our Goal Is To Produce Proud Haitians & Haitian-Americans who are Proactive, Invovled & Aware Of Their Rich Culture. With Phoenix Refined The Proof is in the Pudding come & see for yourself.
With Phoenix Refined we are creating an environment where we bring the camaraderie back into the Haitian Culture and the Caribbean Diaspora as a whole.
With you as an active partner “Moving The Movement” you will encourage cultural empathy within the Diaspora. So Please Don’t Just Be A Spectator Be An Active PARTICIPANT!!! If you are interested in Volunteering, Donating or Partnering up with Phoenix Refined with please feel free to email Team Phoenix Refined via Bus. Line 646.926.0379 or Email PhoenixRefined@gmail.com
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