• OCTOBER 2015 – Les Variétés de Sabine


_EN GUISE D’EDITORIAL: Top 10 Rags-to-riches success stories of all time
_IDEES DE LECTURE: L’Initiatrice de Margaret Papillon

Les Variétés de Sabine

Sabine Jean Jacques is an accomplished event planner/producer who has built a name for herself and her company, Les Variétés de Sabine, in the Haitian Event Industry officially a year ago. Sabine has over fifteen years of personal experience way before attending professional classes in Long Island N.Y. from 2008 to 2009. Now, she is recognized as one of the top Haitian planners in South Florida.

Sabine’s gifts of organization, attention to details, creative imagination, concept design and contagious enthusiasm have earned her a reputation for unparalleled excellence as an event planner and designer. Sabine will execute your concepts flawlessly while maintaining a pleasant, calm and helpful demeanor to ensure an amazing experience for you and your guests.

Sabine has acquired a love for planning weddings, parties and sometimes organizes and promotes her own public event. Special events are a lot like staging an interior of a room, both involve a great deal of planning and creating, both involve the pressure to impress, and if something happens, you need to be able to improvise and come up with solutions. Sabine takes pleasure and pride in the fact that each wedding and event produced by Les Variétés de Sabine is unique and customized to the clients’ expressed tastes and desires.

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  • SABINE JEAN JACQUES, Owner & Public Relations
  • REGINALD DELALEU, Marketing & Public Relations



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Is there any pride left in being responsible for ourselves rather than depend on others to sustain us like parasites?

The dream is not so impossible when others have realized it before us. If there is one thing we don’t have to be ashamed to grab and emulate, it is the wonderful examples that spring around us every day.  

No physical handicap should keep us from flying high; the role-models are numerous there as well.

Then, let’s get rid of the hang-ups that tie us and be the whole persons we were meant to be.

Top 10 Rags-To-Riches Success Stories Of All Time

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. These inspiring figures had less than a lemon to start out with – and are now known for their sheer tenacity as they climbed to the top.

1. Henry Ford

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Henry Ford – Image Credit: hemmings (dot) com

Henry Ford was a farm boy who went on to revolutionize transportation industry in America. Ford was very interested in mechanics from a young age, when he dismantled and reassembled a pocket watch at the age of 15 his father had given him. A self-taught watch repairman who graduated to being an apprentice machinist, Ford started his personal experiments on gasoline engines which was the beginning of his vast Ford empire. And his net worth, as per Forbes in 2008, is a cool $188.1 billion.

2. Walt Disney

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Our childhood would have been dreary without this genius of a man. Walt Disney was also another boy brought up in a farm – and used to draw pictures for his neighbors for money. He used to be the cartoonist for the school newspaper, Disney went through the jobless phase where no one hired him, and his brother had to help him out with his job search. He went from rags to riches by starting out with advertisements and going on to animating his own cartoons.

3. Ralph Lauren

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Born in a strict Jewish family with a house painter for a father, Ralph Lauren grew up with big dreams. He used to sell ties to his classmates to earn some cash, and he mentioned in his yearbook that he wanted to be a millionaire. His interest in ties went on help his put his foot through the door of bigger achievements in the fashion world. When he was signed on to design the clothes for ‘The Great Gatsby’ in 1974, he was catapulted into the fame which he commands today.

4. Steve Jobs

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This Apple founder is now a household name. Jobs was given away for adoption by his biological parents and he became interested in electronics after his foster dad showed him the joys of technical tinkering in their garage. He had to drop out of college, because his education was costing his foster parents a lot. He used to return Coke bottles for money and live on free meals at the Hare Krishna temple. A hippie who used to trip on LSD, Jobs went from a technician in Atari, Inc. to becoming the CEO of Apple Inc.

5. Richard Branson

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Branson went from being a dyslexic kid who performed badly in school to a British business magnate with a net worth of 4.6 billion. There was a time when Richard Branson started his record business from the crypt of a church – and now he is the fourth richest citizen of the UK. This entrepreneur is an example of how one can be eccentric and yet rake in the moolah. He had his finger in many pies – record label, airways and telecom.

6. John Paul DeJoria

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Born to Italian and Greek immigrant parents, this billionaire had to sell newspapers when he was nine to support his family. He has lived in a foster home, been part of a street gang and jumped through a number of jobs. With a loan of $700, he began what is now known the world over as the Paul Mitchell line of hair products. He went on to own 70% of The Patron Spirits Company, the world’s ultra-premium tequila brand. If this is not a rags-to-riches story, we do not know what is.

7. Oprah Winfrey

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Born to a housemaid and a coalminer, Oprah definitely did not grow in the lap of luxury. Living the life of poverty, where she used to have to wear dresses made out of potato sacks and was molested by relatives. She entered the world of media after getting the job of a news-reader in a local black radio station. After she got her first talk-show in Chicago, there was no looking back for this TV personality.

8. J.K. Rowling

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Born in a lowly English family, Rowling battled depression, suicidal tendencies and poverty to become one of the most loved British authors in the world for her hugely popular Harry Potter series. Highly imaginative as a kid who thrived on stories, she drew from her surroundings and the people in her life as inspirations for the books which have now become one of the biggest movie franchises. From her humble beginnings, she has gone on to become one of the most powerful women in the United Kingdom.

9. Daymond John

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A black boy growing up in Queens – one would not have pegged John as a potential entrepreneur who would go on to become the CEO of the hip-hop clothing brand FUBU. But that he did, with an entrepreneurial instinct that he honed from his school days. Selling popular wool hats at half their market price, he mortgaged their house for future business expansion. It paid off well – and he now is one of the most influential motivational speakers in America.

10. Chris Gardner

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This is the man whose life has inspired the Will Smith-starrer ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’. Physically abused by his stepfather as a child and placed in a foster home, Gardner’s woes did not leave him even as he grew up to marry and be a father. As shown in the movie, Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising his kid. It was the strength of the lessons he learnt from his mother that he went from rags to riches by tenaciously building himself to be the CEO

There is no disadvantage these personalities did not suffer on their journey from birth to where they stand today – but sheer tenacity, confidence and hard work led them to the inspiring figures they are today.


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“L’initiatrice” de Margaret Papillon


Haïti, années 1970-1980 – Thierry Brouard est un adolescent qui, à dix-sept ans, a gardé encore toute son innocence ; ce que son père, Peter Brouard, a du mal à digérer. En effet, ce dernier, dans sa tête de macho invétéré, trouve le fait absolument inadmissible. En général, dès que ses fils atteignent l’âge de 15 ans, il prend l’initiative de conduire ceux-ci dans des maisons closes pour les dégourdir, les déniaiser, comme il aime à le répéter. C’est ainsi qu’il avait toujours procédé pour ses aînés, poursuivant ainsi une longue tradition familiale vieille d’un bon demi-siècle.

Mais, pour le benjamin, le refus de ce rituel est total, car il est follement amoureux de Christelle, sa girlfriend, belle comme le jour, et ne rêve, secrètement, que de perdre sa pureté dans ses bras.

Suzanne Brouard, sa mère, appuie pleinement la position de son fiston, au grand dam de son mari.
Pour contourner le problème et vaincre les réticences de son rejeton, Peter Brouard, exaspéré par l’attitude jugée peu virile de son fils, fait venir de province, Louloune, une jeune fille en fleur, de condition modeste, à qui il confie la lourde tâche d’ouvrir à Thierry, le réfractaire, le monde merveilleux de la volupté charnelle.
Mais, comment Louloune allait-elle s’y prendre pour accomplir ce tour de force alors qu’elle-même était à peine nubile ?
Ces adolescents, vivant dans une Haïti au temps de la dictature du patriarcat, où le machisme faisait loi, s’en sortiront-ils ?L’initiatrice, une histoire magistrale sur l’adolescence où les sentiments nobles occupent leur vraie place. La grandeur d’âme s’étale ici dans toute sa dimension la plus humaniste.L’initiatrice, une œuvre aussi sur l’amour et l’amitié. Une chronique pleine de minis drames, mais non moins… farcie de petits bonheurs… qui deviendront… grands.


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