South Florida. She was someone that almost every musician and band leaders wanted to be in good harmony with. But all of a sudden, in 2004 she disappeared from the HMI world to pursue a career in religion. No explanation was ever given by Mrs. Blanc; she has never spoken about it or given an interview on her disappearance.
Haitianbeatz.com finally got Mrs. Blanc to open up...She answers the tough questions from HB...including why she left the HMI, he contribution to the industry...her upcoming project ...she answers question about COB....she answers questions about her critics...She answer questions on how many musicians and artists she has slept with for favors
HB- The last time we spoke, you were in a religious mode, you were a preacher, closely attached to your church…are you in the same mode now?
CB- First, thank you for offering a space for me to connect with the HaitianBeatz family and Haitian music lovers from all over the world. Yes, as human beings we are always evolving into higher levels of self. As a spiritually conscience person, I am still associated with the Christian faith and Church, even though I am not currently preaching in the traditional manner.
HB- Why aren’t you as committed as you were a couple of years ago?
CB- This is an interesting perception, since as evolving spiritual beings our presentation of who we are changes as we grow. But this does not lessen commitment.
HB- Some in the industry were very suspicious of you when all of a sudden you left the industry and you stated you have turned to God, they feel that you just wanted to find an excuse to take a break from the industry because of financial difficulties and to come back at a later date…any truth to that?
CB- I will not say that these people’s perception was not true. I cannot disrespect their level of interpretation. My motives to connect and to be fully committed to the Creator was what that moment in my life demanded. It was the beginning of my awakening. I have never viewed financial challenges as difficulties and anyone who knew me at that time is a witness that any challenge that was presented to me was instead a motiving force that caused me to overcome what was being presented.
HB- What was/is your contribution to the Haitian Music industry?
CB- In all humility I am pleased to have been a major contributor to the Haitian Music Industry. As a matter of fact, the words “Haitian Music Industry’ was first used in Tambour Battant Magazine. I confidently acknowledge that Tambour Battant Magazine, Tambour Battant Radio and the annual Haitian Music & Entertainment Awards helped shape a structure and a foundation for the Haitian Music Industry. However, the structure and foundation we helped shaped has not been that progressive since we left in 2003. Most bands and artists are still focused on ‘crossing over’, no band or artist has surpassed Tabou Combo and sold over 100,000 units, major events and concerts are still presented as oversized ‘bals’, and our music writers and producers are still not being paid royalties.
HB- Which artist, band concert and/or show had the most impact on you as someone who was very involved in the HMI?
CB- Wow…this is difficult to answer Moses, because each band, artist and even concert addressed a specific personality of Cynthia Blanc. There was a side of me that System Band addressed, a side of me that Sweet Micky addressed etc.
HB- What was the role of women in the early days of the HMI?
CB- When I entered the realm of Haitian music, women were not creators, executors or producers of music business entities. They were all performers and there were no savvy business women executives. I am happy that I was able to be the first to present that image and the first to operate in that role.
HB- Do you see any woman playing a significant role right now? What is your overall opinion of women in this HMI?
CB- The meaning of the word Significant is based on each person's reality. For me significant as it relates to one's role in the Haitian Music Industry means being a creator. And based on the information I have which may be limited, no I do not have knowledge of any women playing a significant role right now. I believe that there is still a need for women to be creative innovators as well as decision makers in this HMI.
HB- What is the legacy of Cynthia Blanc in the HMI?
CB- I trust that Cynthia Blanc’s legacy is a creator, contributor and servant to the formation and advancement of the rich Haitian music heritage.
HB- Do you still listen to Compas music if you do, what are you listening to now?
Absolutely and I love Mizik Mizik, Tabou Combo, Beethova Obas, Ti Paris...there are so many. Right now Mizik Mizik is what I’m listening to.
HB- There is an Award show in New York this coming weekend, were you invited?
I am so excited about this new endeavor. No, I have never been in communication with the organizers. They have not reached out to me and vice versa.
HB- If you were invited, would you have attended?
Absolutely! I would love to experience their contribution to Haitian music and I would love to serve their vision.
CB- I know putting an Award show, it’s not easy, what advice would you give this new group in New York if you were asked?
I would advise the team to work from the power of love, innovation unity and servant hood.
HB- Describe what happened at the end of the last Haitian Music Award, when you just disappeared?
CB- Actually, I was in a place internally fighting to not let my current self emerge. I was fighting to not grow and fighting change. I was dealing with a lot such as the affect my internal fight had on my physical body. A doctor put me on Zantac 75 because of what I was going through. Plus, the fact that I was hurt, betrayed and abandoned by my friends who were the core team of the HME Awards made it worse.
HB- Who abandoned you from your inner circle team after the last music Awards?
CB- The abandonment that I experience was from those who had become my friends who helped planned the 7th HME Awards. I do not want to reveal their identifies. However, I am grateful, because this put me in a position to face what was happening to be internally that led to my spiritual awakening. Now, I can see they did nothing wrong to me...leaving me holding the bag and dealing with issues is what I needed. Not understanding this, if I reveal their identities, it can attach stigmas to their names which is not my intent.
HB- What is your relationship now with the Vice President of the Haitian Music Award, Roselin Jean?
CB-- Roselin Jean is awesome person. Once I created and established the HME Awards, Roselin was very supportive. I trust that my relationship with Roselin is on good terms. Our last conversation was well.
HB- How much was your budget for the last HMEA and how much did you end up spending?
CB- If I remember correctly the expense budget was approximately $350,000.00. At the end we were in the red for $149,000.00 because of unexpected costs with the venue etc.
HB- Beside the Haitian Music Awards, what other project did you work on in the Haitian community?
CB- In addition to the annual Haitian Music & Entertainment Awards, we manifested the annual Haitian Businessperson Achievement Awards, the annual Scholar of Excellence Awards, the annual Soiree Des Legends, Tambour Battant Magazine and Tambour Battant Radio. I also created Momentus Solutions which was very instrumental in addressing issues that affected the South Florida Haitian Community and was very instrumental in assisting Political Candidates.
HB- Who inspires you beside God?
CB- I am inspired by Queen Auset who is the original Black Afrikan Goddess of Kemet (Ancient Egypt) and also Queen Hatshepsut who was the 1st female Pharaoh and the Queen of the 18th Egyptian Dynasty.
HB- Do you have any funny or interesting stories to share with us during your experience with the HMI?
CB- Oh yeah, there are so many….like the time we lost the script 24 hours before the event, and you Moses come to me letting me know and my reply was “what do you want me to do”?!!! “Write another one”!!! And you got to work. Or two days before the event I fired half of the staff. Lol Crazy I tell you, crazy!
HB- Are there any women from the early scene that you feel have not been adequately recognized in the Haitian community?
CB- Certainly, Farah Juste is the 1st to come to mind.
HB- What is something we should know about you that we probably don't know?
CB- I am very childish and humorous. I’m a big kid!
HB- You are the first person in the HMI who actually wrote a book about your HMI experience, you wrote that book, when you stopped producing the Haitian Music Awards. What was the hardest chapter to write? Why?
CB- I would say the hardest chapter I wrote is when I had to revisit and present what happened after the 7th HME Awards in 2003. It was hard because I had to relive the hurt, betrayal, and abandonment, I experienced from my friends who were the core team of the HME Awards.
HB- Many of your critics have stated you are manipulative and seductive…is that true?
CB- I believe that is their interruption of who I was…I will not judge it but include the root of manipulation and seduction is drive, determination, courage and commitment…it’s all love but presented in a different way.
HB- You acknowledge in your book that you used to seduce sleep with men in the industry to get your way or get favors for your projects…can you give some names and numbers? And have you regretted such behavior?
CB- In essence I did to men what they set out to do to me. I become them to them. I caused them to experience themselves. No, I do not regret anything, for I have made no mistakes in my life. Every behavior is an experience that should be cherished as you progress to the next level in your human reality.
HB- Have you dated anyone in the HMI, if yes who were they?
CB- In all due respect to their identities, I will choose to describe them if you allow. I have dated popular, attractive, most wanted, internationally known, confident and musically brilliant. Ou sezi Moses! lol
HB- What new things are in store for you in the near future?
CB- The Rebirth of the Haitian Music & Entertainment Awards in 2012!
HB- Is there any advice that you wish someone had given you when you were starting in the HMI?
CB- Yes, establish a strong spiritual foundation so that you do not become what you see.
HB-- Was there a particular low moment that you remember in the early days when you started in the HMI?
CB- Most would call this a low moment, but for me when I first started, the boycotting and sabotage I received from the men and music veterans was motivation I needed.
HB- What’s your biggest ambition for the future?
CB-To take care of the world from Haiti within me.
HB-Any final thoughts?
CB- I congratulate and celebrate you and everyone else who is working to honor our rich musical heritage. And GET READY WORLD, THE ORIGINAL MOST PRESTIOUS, ANNUAL HAITAIN MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS HAS EMERGED! It’s ON! Nap Kite’l Mache! For more information on our next event go to :
ABOUT CYNTHIA BLANC
Moluna Cynthia Blanc, affectionately known as La Reine Cynthia (born October 12, 1970) is a globalist entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist of Haitian issues who is best known as the creator of the Haitian Music & Entertainment Awards, which she produces annually.
Cynthia is an inspiring representative of authentic Haiti to the planet. Through her self-expression, mindset, business endeavors and activism, she displays Haiti’s spirituality, resilience, beauty, culture, independence, love, and business acumen to the world.
An entrepreneur since she was eight years old, Cynthia started working on Miami’s heavily political Haitian radio at the age of 19. In 1996, she created and launched the annual Haitian Music & Entertainment Awards along with Tambour Battant Music Magazine, causing her to be internationally-recognized as a pioneer and leading force in Haitian music, and viewed as one of the music industry's most consistently successful and progressive entrepreneurs. Her vast contributions in the music & entertainment industries prove that anything is attainable through perseverance and determination. Just as Dick Clark, Don Cornelius, and Emilio Estefan are institutions of the music genre they represent, so is Cynthia Blanc for Haitian music. She joins these veteran promoters - making her contribution to Haitian music as she continues to raise the level of excellence with each of her exciting and entertaining productions and endeavors.
Among many Awards and Government Proclamations, Moluna Cynthia Blanc received the "Arts & Culture" Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for her dedication to the promotion of Haitian culture and heritage. She has been interviewed and featured in various news and media articles.