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See my halo how it grows! It’s been six months since I combed out my locks. My hair continues to amaze, surprise, frustrate and delight me. I’ve done so much with my hair in the past six months I can’t figure out why we continue to socialize our daughters to dislike their hair in its natural state. Every time I see a little black girl with processed hair I want to weep for both her and her mother. Why deny your child the chance to experiment, create, change and make mistakes with her hair on its own terms? Also it’s time we subvert the language of othering people who choose to wear their hair in its natural state, as if processing is the norm and your hair the way you were born with it is abnormal. #naturalhair #afro #blackwomen #identity #blackhair #natural
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Rehearsal for Freedom Morning Come - a conversation between the enslaved people who gathered outside the Treasury Building to hear the Governor read the Emancipation Proclamation. In the history of civil disobedience/ non-violent direct action this moment is recorded as one of the first, as the enslaved shouted down the governor with cries of ‘pas de six ans’ - no six years - against the announcement that there would be a six year period of apprenticeship instead of full freedom. The play will be performed on Friday August 1st at 6a.m. in front of Treasury Building. #trinidad #theatre #idakeda #enslavement #colonialism #freedom #civildisobedience #emancipation
The first question shouldn’t be “are you taken” but “are you interested.”
Contrary to popular stank male belief, a woman being single doesn’t endow you with magical woman-getting properties.
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#tbt -Fire Pass in Moruga, Trinidad, April 2011. After a 60 period of prayer and fasting pujaries show their devotion to the Divine Mother Kali - the Hindu goddess of Time and Change - by walking across hot coals and through fire #trinidad #travel #hinduism #spirituality #kalipuja #fire #culture
#tbt Rumba Aché at Fiesta del Fuego on the streets of Santiago #cuba #travel #rumba #drumming #caribbean #culture #rhythm
this was too fucking amazing to not reblog, so I made it black and white.
Do y’all understand the importance here?
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Last year Wole Soyinka came to Trinidad and for a couple days they assigned me to follow him around on emancipation day. We talked about everything, or rather I mumbled a bit and he talked and I tried not to drop and roll about on the floor screaming ‘I’m talking to Wole!’ Soon after we took this picture he slipped out of the VIP room and sat by himself watching the proceedings. Anyway time for the speech I’m trying to get him to the stage without the whole of the Savannah stopping him. But he is such an Esu man he escaped on his own and by the time I found him, he was liming with the drummers backstage. #wolesoyinka #80 #happybirthday
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I need to make this a t-shirt….
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One of the things I love the most about Cuba is the visibility of traditional African religions. There are Babalawos on every corner, shops of religious artefacts, Santeros in their Iyawo year dressed fully in white. Cuba’s Afro-spiritual landscape is diverse - Santeria, Lucumi, Palo, Abakua, Ifa - and fully engaged with by all levels and members of the society. We could learn a lot from Cuba in Trinidad where there is still so much shame and fear associated with African spiritual expressions. #caribbean #africa #religion #travel #spiritualtourism #cuba #orisa #yoruba
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