History on Caribbean Celebrations

​Hey lovelies hope everyone is having a great week so far😊.

So I’m back with another carnival post….Yes I love carnival and its still carnival season😁. Carnival in some people’s eyes is all just about wearing the prettiest outfit and bomb ass makeup.

 Carnival in the West Indies in recent times is dying mainly because of its commercialization. I see rappers coming to carnival to shoot their video in the midst of it all like wtf 😒…..using carnival as a prop… They have no clue what carnival is about. All they see is women in feathers. 

Another major breakdown of Carnival culture is that everything is so sexualized. Thousands of years ago woman and men walked the Earth naked and it was who they were and it was understood. Today if people as much as see a cheek showing that woman is going to be belittled. 

Carnival in the Caribbean and our African ancestors/traditional practices.

1. For those who don’t know, carnival is indeed of african roots. Our ancestors created carnival through a major celebration that they would practice after harvesting. Some of these Africans that were kidnapped and brought to the Caribbean did the same celebration after sugar cane harvesting was over.

2. Dress

 Here’s why the feathers are so important. They have been used by our ancestors and African culture for thousands of years. They represent our ability to travel to another realm, overcome illnesses, bad situation, to be reborn, rise above trial and tribulations. It also represents spiritual growth. 

    

3. Characters

The various characters such as stilts figures and Jankunu are exactly that of our ancestors and is still to this day being practiced. I personally love the Jonkunu. I always look foward to it. However in recent times it is so commercialized to the point where its now a photo op instead of I’m enlightened and appreciative by the meaning of this.

4. Dance

 Our dance and style of parading is of our ancestors themselves. If you notice, we march and parade about in circles. That’s most of what we do. This is in fact a very ancient tradition where our ancestors would parade in circles with their costumes, masks and headdresses on throughout their villages to bring forth positive energy, good fortune and heal problems. The music is also a big part of carnival and African traditional musical instuments are key in producing amazing carnival music.

Im doing this because another major carnival celebration is just around the corner, Crop Over. For those who don’t know Crop Over is celebrated in Barbados and is held in the month of July. It is important that we understand what this celebration is all about. 

Of course you know I had to show my fav in her Crop Over costumes for the past couple years.

Crop Over 2015

Crop Over 2013

Crop Over 2011

Before you go feel free to share your thoughts below☺.

Xo

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Haitian Flag Day

Haiti or Ayiti is the first country to become an Independent Black Republic from the successful 1804 Haitian Revolution slave revolt. Haiti is located in the West Indies and is part of the island called Hispaniola shared with the Dominican Republic.
In honor of Haitian Flag Day, here are 6 facts about the Haitian Flag 

1. The haitian flag was sewn together on this day May 18, 1803 by a woman called Catherine Flon in Archaie pronounced Ar-kai-yeah. 

2. It is said that the symbols used on the flag are of the Vodun Religion. A very popular religion within the country. The red and blue are said to be the colors representing the God of war, Ogou. 

3. If you look at the coat of arms, the symbols used represents that of the Vodun temple.

4. In 1804 the generals and leaders of the Haitian revolution decided to adopt the flag with the colors blue and red going across horizontally. The blue and red represented mulattoes and blacks and was a way to unify the people as one.

5. Haiti, meaning land of the mountains was given its name by Emperor and military leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines and to date is one of Haiti’s founding fathers. After the successful slave revolt,  crowned Emperor Dessalines adopted a new flag on May 20, 1804. The flag had only two colors, black symbolizing death and the red symbolizing freedom.

6. During the period 1915-1934 when the U.S. occupied the island it was actually the U.S. flag that was being flown in Haiti(not surprised😒).  However, on the day marked May 18 of every year the strong-willed Haitian people would proudly put the Haitian flag in front of their houses. The determination and fight of the Haitian people is beyond what words can explain.

“L’Union Fait La Force”

Happy Haitian Flag Day 

If you would like to donate to Haiti here is a legit gofundme from Tariq Nasheed’s page click here 

Also be sure to look out for the 1804 Movie by Tariq Nasheed. Watch the trailer here

Xo

 Stress Relieving Strategies

​ This thing called stress is a serious thing and can do alot of harm to the body. In today’s society it’s seen as something that we should just accept and carry on. Controlling stress involves taking into consideration your thoughts, what you put into your body and your everyday interaction and routines. Dealing with stress is easier said than now….I know! However, with a constant effort of exercising certain habbits it can be achieved. Here are a list of stress controlling strategies I include in my everday life.

1. Reduce Commitment 

There is alot of pressure that comes with commitment especially when its coming from people that you love. Can you do this for me? Can you send me that? Can you take care of this for me? It all can be overwhelming and because I dont want to hurt anyone’s feelings, I’d cave in and say yes. You have to decide if this is worth your time and energy. If not that’s just clutter that you don’t need in your life.

Its ok to say No

I have learned that it is ok to say no. Somethings you just cant do and thats okay. You have to take care of yourself and this is the first step that leads to me time….Invest in yourself!
2. 

I usually take at least 10 minutes out of my daily routine to take a breath.

 Inhale deeply (on your tippy toes)….Exhale (hmmmm relax flat on you feet)

Meditate for at least 5 minutes to declutter your mind from negative thoughts and ultimately the body is rid of any negative energy. My fav ❤

3. Himalyan Salt Lamp 

Salt lamps are not your regular household lamps. These lamps have negative ions that are released in order to neutralize radiation from electronics such as microwaves. Salt Lamp also prevent any static buildup within the home. Himalayan Salt lamps cleans the air, increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain and this helps me to sleep like a baby.

4. Stop Procrastination

This is never good. Being indecisive causes alot of stress because the only thing that’s being done is just stuff piling up on each other. Nothing is being done because you cant decide and at the end of the day youre just stressed out. I started to take care of things as they arise and this has reduced my procrastination tendencies.

5. Plan

My planner has come in very handy. Before I would say I’m going to buy or do something and when the time comes I could not remember and I used to get so frustrated and stressed. But now I write it down and whenever I go out I dont have to try to remember what I needed to get. Great for scheduling events and keeps you one step ahead. Invest in a planner

 6. Eat healthy/ Exercise

So I’m so flawed when it comes to this ugh however, I have cut beef and pork out of my diet. It was really hard 😩. Pork and beef just sit up in your body causing alot of mood swings and depression. I try to eat at least 1 servings of fruit per day and add as much green as I possibly can. Recently I’ve been loving quinoa and been eating alot of fish. I work out atleast 2 times a week lol babysteps. 

7. Take a Bath

This helps you to calm and relax. Actually I learnt that being horizontal in the water helps with your mood. Our bodies relate the the calmness, positioning of our bodies along with the warmth of the bath to the womb and this eases our body and mind. I also add bath salts, essential oils, sometimes natural bathbombs and herbal mixtures to my bath. Similar article here

8. Drinking Tea

In Jamaica we drink tea for everything under the sun😂 lol. The ritual of making the tea and drinking it is a great way I use to relieve stress. Herbal teas contain amino acid that produces a calming nature in the body and awakens the mind. It’s aroma helps to foster positive energy leaving you with a soothing feeling.

Before you go I’d love to hear from you; what are some stress relieving strategies that you use in your life?

Xo

Dexta Daps ‘Owner’ Short Film

Yuh see due to how mi nuh able 😁😩 make mi start out by saying: This program is rated X and is intended only for viewing by adults, over the age of 18.

Recording dancehall artiste Dexta Daps released the visuals to his single ‘Owner’. Now, Dexta daps is well known for his hit single ‘7eleven’  and his very impressive eggplant 😂…..(don’t ask me for the pics…..but you can google it😏 interested parties)

The visual to the single ‘Owner’ has the dancehall community shook! The short film is about 8 min long. It was shot in Toronto, Canada and directed by Callawgrove Entertainment. Mr Dexta Daps already had the hearts of every woman from his leaked nudes but now he just refueled that lust and let me be the one to inform you men out there; your woman is not safe! 😂😂😂

The video started off with Dexta daps in the pool, then it shows this woman getting naked and soon after joins him. They began to have from the visuals very passionate sex in a number of positions.

He fuses R&B, Dancehall and Rock in that order to create an insane masterpiece. Dexta Daps is such an underrated artiste and this single shows the variety and greatness of his talents.

If you havent seen the video here it is.

Xo

Editor’s Picks

​African art holds alot of meaning in the villages and communities that curated them. The precision, technique and mastery of these crafted items were and still are innovative and before their time. 

Binga Basket

This is a traditional beautifully woven handmade plate by women. It is typically made from fiber such as seaweed or Iala palm grass which are intricately woven, creating a number of different ethnic patterns. These add a rich traditional afrocentric feel to your home. Buy here

Agaseke

The Agaseke is a Rwandese traditional woven craft by women, from mother to daughter. The mother hands this to the daughter at her wedding as a sign of peace and love. It is also associated with secrecy. Due to the agaseke being covered only the person receiving this gift get to know the secret. These are absolutely beautiful and they are my favorite. These are true convesation starters….a must share story. Buy here

Morrocan boucherouite rug

The Morroccan Berber tribe have for centuries a tradition of making fine hand-woven rugs and carpets. The rugs consist of rich colors, woven symbols, etc. They believe in the positive energy of Baraka to ward off evil energies or spirits. When a rug is crafted, it often has symbols woven into it to infuse protective powers in the carpet. Buy here

Bogolan Cloth 

The Bogolan or ‘mud cloth’ is a beautiful hand-woven fabric hailing from Mali. This fabric is traditionally dyed with fermented mud. The Bogolan is often filled with symbols that reveal something secret about the intended meaning, and the language of the cloth was passed down from mother to daughter. Buy here 

Bogolan Pillows

Bogolan originating from Mali is used to create a number of items from the obove mud cloth to pillows and seat covers. Pillows are such an easy item to change out throughout the year. To add a more afrocentric look and feel to your home, these Bogolan pillows are perfect. Buy here

Burkina Fasco Fan

These stunning fans are hand made in Burkina Fasco, Africa. Buy here

Xo

Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey 

​Jamaican born national hero, Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey is one of the greatest human beings to have ever lived. He founded  the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League and the Black Star Line ship. A ship that is aimed at the return of African back to the homeland.

His Pan-African philosophy and ideals inspired Africans​ everywhere and created a global movement called Garveyism; a proud member of a movement, I joined my second year in college. His movement can be seen in primary schools all the way to the Rastafarian belief system. 

Here are 10 Marcus Garvey quotes for days that seem overwhelming and needs a sprinkle of black magic. ✨✨

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”

“Liberate the minds of men and ultimatley you will liberate the bodies of men.”

“The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

“God and nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always the great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and eternity our measurment.”

“If we as a people realize the greatness from which we come, we would be less likely to disrespect ourselves.”

“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”

“Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.”

“Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.”

“Whatsoever things common to man, that man has done, man can do.”

“Remove the kinks from your mind, not your hair.”

Before you go let me know which one is your favourite and if you have any you would like to add to the list ☺

Xo

Met Gala 2017 Recap

Hey lovelies, hope everyone is having a good day so far.

So, the holy grail of fashion events went down lastnight…..Yes, the Met Gala! It is a major annual fundraising event geared towards benefitting the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. The yearly celebration is themed and celebrities and attendies alike are expected to wear a representation based on their perception of the given theme. 

Co-Chair at Met Gala, Pharellel Williams and Wife- Comme Des Graçons

This year’s theme was Comme des Garçons by designer Rie Kawakubo. The 74 year old Japanese designer is known for designing risktaking, eye cathing make you look twice pieces. 

The attendees at this years ball really dissapointed me especially some of the big stars. The invitation says dress ‘Avant Garde’ and some of the pieces I saw lastnight was a 👎…..like you made no effort you could have just stayed home.

Here is a list of my top hot and hmmmm from lastnight’s star studded event.

Hot….🔥🔥🔥

Tracee Ellis Ross- Comme Des Graçons

Lala Anthony- Thai Nguyen Altelier

Janelle Monae- Ralph & Russo

Zendaya- Dolce and Gabbana Atla Moda

Priyanka Chova- Ralph Lauren Trench Coat Dress

Rita Ora- Marchesa 

The stunning Lori Harvey – Dolce and Gabbana

The undisputed island gal who stole the night as per usual, Rihanna – Comme Des Graçons

Men

Maxwell – DSquared2

Couples

Future- H&M 

Cassie and Diddy- Aura Tout Vu + Rick Owens

Now to the Hmmm…..😒😒😒

Bella Hadid – Alexander Wang

Kim Kardashian- Vivienne Westwood

Wiz Khalifa- Thom Browne

What were some of your hot and hmmm looks from last night?

Xo

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