Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival 2017

Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival: The Spirit Awakens on Friday, August 11 through Sunday,August 13, 2017.

Carnival is unequivocally the universal event that brings together everything that is remotely connected to the Caribbean. From authentic food, music and dance you name it, it’s there in its entirety. Since its inception back in 2005 headed by Chairman Theo Jack, Jr., Jacksonville Carnival has seen thousands of carnival revelers year after year with a conquering army parading through down A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard, boldly representing who they are and where they are from. Roll call!


“We Jammin Still!”


This year’s staging of Jacksonville Carnival will take place at a new venue, the Metropolitan Park 2, over the course of 3 energy filled days. The park will be transformed into Carnival central and let me be the one to break this to you; yuh nuh want miss dis! Jacksonville is kind of the underdog of the many carnivals staged here in America and we are aiming to be bigger and better this year. Many may not know but Jacksonville has a Caribbean population of 13000, according to the Census and we need everyone to come out in their numbers and support.


Fete Life: “Worst Behavior!”


There will be a series of 5 invigorating events: Como Fete, MEGA GLO, J’ouvert, Last lap and Brunch Fete. Be on the look out for the infamous J’ouvert which involves paint, powder and oil drenched all over your body; come on who can say no to this event. It is a favorite of many and some sees it as a ritual that must be done in order to be carnival ready.

“It’s Carnival! Everybody take a jump…take jump…take a jump up now!”


Another favorite you don’t want to miss is Carnival Saturday which consists of the road march. It is jammed packed with high tempo music, a huge parade and beautiful costumes, some of them ranging 50ft tall. The parade comes to an end in front of the judges, at festival at the park. The festival includes, food, crafts, music, with live entertainers, both and international.


Carnival Tabanca!


First Coast locals, Soca Junkies, carnival revelers and visitors alike, we need yall to come out and lose yourselves in the rhythmic sections, high energy music, authentic Caribbean street food for an experience of a lifetime.
And remember, the science of the wine is all in the spine! So First Coast get ready because the Jacksonville Carnival take-over is in full effect.

For more information, please visit our website
http://www.jacksonvillecarnival.com
Xo


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Summer Protective Hairstyles

Ok let’s face it. It is impossible for me to style my hair every morning all while tackling the everyday challenges of life. Every Sunday I wash my hair and do some kind of protective styling to last the week max. I follow a bunch of protective hairstyle pages and influencers one specific one is @sashabasha, she is a beast when it comes to protective styling. I often go to her page for ideas.

The goal of protective styling is to basically style your hair in such a way that the ends of your hair is tucked away and protected. I love protective hairstyles because they are very convenient and stylish and they cause minimal to no damage to my hair. Protective hairstyles should never be limited. The mere twisting of the hair carries out the same preserving functions that we aim for.
Here are my top 5 protective hairstyles I am obsessing over for Summer 17.

Faux Locs
@fabulousbre

These are really popular on the social scenes and you can see why…..They are beautiful and can be done using various different techniques. The style is typically achieved using wool of some type of kinky hair wrapped around a braid.


Flat Twist

@christian_byshe

Created with a two strand technique, these stylish twists add chic to whatever look you are trying to achieve. This style is great for natural hair as well as transitioning hair. It is beginner friendly, very simple and easy to achieve.


Short braids


Long hair is so overrated. These braids are super cute and edgy. With all the beat that summer brings having long braids resting on your neck and back doesn’t seem like a good idea. They don’t cause heaviness and tension as opposed to long braids. Key to always remember is to ensure the edges are oiled and hydrated at all time.


Halo Braid


@kersti.pitre

I love these halo braids with a tribal twist to it. The braids and beads on the side add a sprinkle *more like a shower* of black girl magic to this style☺. It gives off a very elegant appearance.


Feed in Braids and Beads


I’m obsessed! This style is otherwise known as invisible braids because of the seamless technique used to achieve this style. The way the style is approached, it’s almost always impossible to tell where the additional hair is added. Of course this removes tension from your edges which is very important….gotta protect the edges.


Marley Twists (Rope Twists)

These gorgeous twists are simple to install and last for at least 2 months. Known to many in Jamaica as rope twists, they allow a different take on the braid trend and are very chic and versatile. Once again ensure that the edges and roots are hydrated to prevent itching and promote longevity of the style.

Protective styles are important because it allows low manipulation of your actual hair thus preventing breakage. The end game is to really preserve and protect the hair from any kind of damage and in turn, foster growth and overall, a healthy head of hair.

I’m going to challenge myself to do at least 3 of these styles for the summer.

What are a few protective styles you can’t wait to try this summer?

Xo

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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

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

Air Purifying Plants

​Hey lovelies, hope everyone is having a happy Sunday✨

So, alot of us are actually living and working in areas that have poor air quality. Infact, indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top 5 environmental risk to public health and can be cause from poor ventilation down to the very material of your furniture. 

….Yeahh this ish is no joke 😩

Poor air quality typically causes headaches, eye and nose irritation, nasseau, dizziness and your sinus just out of control like wth……However, thank God for good ole mother nature blessing us time and time again.

 In my home I have the bamboo plant, snake plant and the aloe vera plant. Here are my top 5 air purifying plants to have in your home.

1. Bamboo Plant or Lucky Bamboo

2. Aloe Vera Plant

3. Snake Plant

4. Palm Plant

5. Peace Lilly

Care

These air purifying plants require no direct sun light. They can be placed near a window area that receives lots of light and not so much direct sunlight. Please do not overwater, they are resiliant so dont worry they dont die easily.

These amazing plants not only cleans the air but they also are beautuful and reduces stress levels by uplifting your spirit everytime you look at them.🌵🌱

These lovely plants can be found at your local Wal-Mart, Home depot or Etsy Store 

What plants do you have in your home?

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