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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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

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

Caribbean Designers Slaying in the Diaspora

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The Caribbean and its diaspora has produced some talented barrier breaking individuals in every aspect of life you can think of and fashion design is one of them. This industry is filled with immensely talented designers from the Caribbean diaspora that are making major strides in this very populated field. The Caribbean is undoubtedly known for setting trends. What makes these designers very special is that they use their very rich heritage as the base or backbone from which all other high fashion pieces emerge from. For them it’s much more than just clothes it’s an experience and a story to be told every piece having its own story.

Azede Jean-Pierre

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Azede Jean-Pierre’s brand embodies freedom one important word that comes to the mind when one thinks about the spirit of my Haitian brothers and sisters. From a tender age Jean-Pierre got into sketching which eventually blossomed her into the eclectic inspiring designer she is today. Jean-Pierre’s line has a bohemian feel with a touch of structured fits that can be paired and worn to a business event or work. She even had the former First Lady Michelle Obama has worn pieces from her collection, now how dope is that! Her line also consists of strappy linen dresses, spring vibes colors and patterns. This line offers a little bit of something for the different types of everyday woman. Jean-Pierre combines her talent with philanthropy by recently partnering with Haitian business owners in order to design free uniforms for 12 schools within the island. She is expected to work with local artist to produce these uniforms and is expected to come into effect for the upcoming school year 2017-2018.

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Joelle Jean Fontaine

Joelle Jean Fontaine’s brand ‘I Am Kreyol’ is all about empowerment strength and bond. From her biggest inspirations mother and grandmother who had a career as a seamstress in Haiti was the fuel that Jean Fontaine needed to create this unapologetic clothing line. Jean  Fontaine and her mother have formed a force that creates clothing that infuses the traditional feminine aspect with fabrics and patterns that can be traced back to her rich Haitian heritage. Fontaine’s bold pieces such as bell sleeves and peplum tops are conversation starters that influence individuality of each and every one that has ever experienced this clothing line.

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Davidson petit-Frère

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Is a menswear designer who infuses his colorful Haitian heritage with modern silhouettes and the art of being a gentlemen to produce suits that encompass much more than just fashion. His suits bring a forceful fresh take on menswear that evokes power and commands attention. Petit Frere fell in love with suits from watching his dad and wearing suits himself due to his Real estate career. Social Media along with learning the art of tailoring play a major role in leading Petit Frere to launch his own clothing brand ‘Musika Frere’ along with partner Aleks Musika. Since then their brand has been worn by a number of celebrities such as Jay Z, Kevin Hart and Stephen Curry.

Samantha Black

Samantha Black is a fashion designer of Jamaican decent that got major recognition from being featured on Project Runway S11 and Project Runway All-stars S4.  And yes I was rooting for you, you were my favorite woot woot! Her perspective on colors and patterns and fabric goes deep beyond the surface. Pieces from her clothing brand SammyB are minimal yet thought provoking and sassy and edgy all at the same time. Black has shown her bold pieces at NYFW and has dresses celebrities such as Lala Anthony and Keri Hilson.

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Marie Jean Baptiste

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Jean Baptiste created a clothing line called Rue107 that boldly represents her upbringing in the beautiful island of Haiti. Jean Baptiste is a true representation of what it means when the saying goes we can only hide who we really are for so long. In this case from a tender age Jean Baptiste knew who she wanted to be but we live in a society when playing it safe is the way to go. Baptiste fell out of that que and it was then that she found her true purpose and that was Fashion designing. In 2011 she created her online clothing store that have dressed the likes of Queen ‘Bey’ Beyoncé  and Nicki Minaj just to name a few. Rue107 consists of vibrant statement street styles pieces that marry nostalgia with new experiences.

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Thanks for reading but before you go feel free to share your idea on these designer and also if you have any that you would add to the list.
Xo
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Manguuhhh *Mango*

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So its almost Mango time when the mango tree start to bear and di blossom inna everybody yaad. Being in the States now specifically where I live its not that easy to find an abundance of mango like it is back home. I only come across one type of mango. But if you are like me and believe that mango is the holy grail of all fruits then you know yearly I go to the ends of the earth to find perhaps a few juicy ‘East Indian’ or ‘Fine skin/Blackie’ mango.
What I love about mango is its versatilities. It can be eaten whole ofcourse ripe or ‘turn’ as Jamaicans would say meaning half ripe, roasted and as a puree among many other ways.

Roasted Mango

Ingredients:

🔸1 *turn* half ripe mango

🔸2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil

🔸 2 tablespoon of brown sugar

🔸Himalayan pink salt (just a pinch)

Cooking instructions:

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2. Peel and pit mango, slice into sections, place mango slices in a baking pan.

Step 3. Drizzle the virgin olive oil evenly on each mango slice. Do the same with the pink salt and the brown sugar.

Step 4. Roast for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mango slices start to brown around the edges.

Step 5. Ready to eat!

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Yum Yum 😋
Enjoy
Xo