Hi I love your content,I was wondering how can I use being West Indian/Afro Caribbean to my advantage.At times,I feel like it is a weakness along with my dark skin
Being Caribbean is Only an Advantage!!
Look, the honest truth is that someone with a Caribbean background can almost too easily pass as EXOTIC and tantalizing in wealthy circles.
All you have to do is learn how to work it to your advantage, and here's how to do it:
1. Make it your selling point: One of the first questions people typically ask me at events is "Where are you from?". My answer is always the same: "New York but my family's originally from Haiti". 99.98% of the time, my answer's met with genuine interest and a ton of follow up questions. Why? Because us Caribbean girls are a walking, talking, eating, breathing contradiction.
In these circle, particularly in America, there's a HUGE stigma surrounding African Americans for being ghetto, loud, violent, etc. It sucks. It's awful. However, the same cannot be said about Non-African American black people. We're not talked about much in the media so we're not stigmatized in the same way. In these settings, we're not called loud or distasteful, we're called mysterious and exotic.
So make it your agenda to share your cultural background as early in the conversation as possible! Make it one of the first things that comes out of your mouth. BECAUSE, you can follow it up by:
2. Romanticizing your culture through your story: Okay, story time: The first time I talked to Prince A, I spent the first 30 minutes of our conversation talking about my Haitian background. I told him about our rich history, our cultural values, our food, our traditions, literally everything. I crafted my entire persona around being the exotic, worldly Caribbean girl he's never experienced before. Long story short, he told me he was falling in love with me by our second conversation.
So don't be afraid to romanticize your culture through your unique story! Make it dramatic, make it appealing, make it suspenseful; make it completely original.
3. Turn your culture into a sensory experience: Don't just talk about it, make it fun! Show them pictures of your home country, talk about the sights, the sounds, the smells. Engage the senses. The first meal I had with Prince A was at a hole in the wall Haitian restaurant. Would he ever have been caught dead in that setting without me? Hell no. And the fact that I exposed him to a completely new world and filled his senses with every aspect of my background made him love me all the more. Several days ago he told me that every time he even sees the word Haiti his mouth waters and he thinks of yours truly.
So in conclusion, please never ever say something so silly again. As a Caribbean/West Indian girl you are an absolute prize. You NEED to start operating from that mentality. Same goes for all ethnic girls. Let your culture SHINE because with the right flare, it's nothing but an asset.
interrupting the bday celebrations to say st. vincent's volcano la soufriere on their largest island chain just erupted and the smoke rose to 10km in the air, and ash is falling heavily.
st. vincent is a very small island in the caribbean - much smaller than that of my own country and my country is like a dot on the world map - of only 100k+ citizens and at least 7,000 people were told to evacuate. this is the first eruption since 1979. st. vincent is a predominantly black country, and as of now i haven't seen any docs detailing how to help as yet from the people. all i can do is hope that we can boost this and send them our love and support.
(bonus video showing how high the smoke is in the air)
(credit to Jamaican Observer on twitter)
Edit: LINK TO GOOGLE DOC IN THE NOTES
a layer of volcanic ash has already started to cover the skies of barbados this morning, (10/04/2021), please boost!
here is a link for how to deal with ashfall for svg citizens and those in neighbouring caribbean countries, especially those in barbados and st. lucia.
“In 2009, a group of seven transgender women were charged and convicted under the law and ordered to pay G$7,500. They fought the conviction all the way to the CCJ, the court of final appeal in Guyana. In November 2018, the CCJ struck down the law after finding that it was unconstitutionally vague and “violated the appellants’ right to protection of the law and was contrary to the rule of law.”
In an explanatory note to the bill, the government states that it “signals the government’s commitment to fulfilling the human rights of all Guyanese. The Government rightly acknowledges and agrees with the CCJ that this archaic law, which is inconsistent with the Constitution of Guyana, has no social of legal purpose in a progressive society.”
Guyana inherited its prohibitions on same-sex intimacy from the British colonial era, as did many other countries in the Caribbean region. However, some nearby countries have decriminalized same-sex intimacy in recent years, including Belize (2016) and Trinidad and Tobago (2018). Barbados also announced plans to expand LGBT rights and recognize civil unions in 2020, although it has not formally committed to decriminalizing gay sex.”
It's been real cold lately and I wanted to capture the feeling I had at the beginning and end of my stay in the Caribbean last summer. "CR" stands for Caribbean, and "340" is a nod to the island I lived on 🌺
SUPER IMPORTANT, please sign+reblog to support road accessibility for small village in Trinidad and Tobago
Hey guys, so as some of you may know my family is from Tobago which is the smaller sister island of Trinidad. My dad is from Moriah village and his family home is on King Peters Bay Hill, where the only access to any of the homes is through climbing 192 steep, old concrete steps. I’ve done it a few times. It’s exhausting, not to mention dangerous to the people who live there, especially the elders. Ambulances can’t get up there in emergencies. The people of Moriah made a petition for Tobago’s government to replace the steps with a paved road. Please sign and share!! Click here to sign
Sandra Mason after she was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George, at Buckingham Palace on March 23, 2018 in London.
Barbados has elected its first-ever president to replace Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state, in a decisive step toward shedding the Caribbean island's colonial past.
Sandra Mason was elected late on Wednesday by a two-thirds vote of a joint session of the country's House of Assembly and Senate. In a statement, the government called her appointment a milestone on its "road to republic."A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, the nation of just under 300,000 had long maintained ties with the United Kingdom's monarchy.
But many Barbadians have long agitated to remove the Queen's status -- and with it, the lingering symbolic presence of imperialism over its governance. Multiple leaders this century have proposed that the country become a republic.
That will finally happen on November 30, the country's 55th anniversary of independence from Britain, when Mason will be sworn in.
A former jurist who has been governor-general of the island since 2018, Mason was also the first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals.
Barbados will drop Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state next year, government announces
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley called the election of a president "a seminal moment" in the country's journey.
"We have just elected from among us a woman who is uniquely and passionately Barbadian, does not pretend to be anything else (and) reflects the values of who we are," Mottley said after Mason's election.Several countries dropped the Queen as head of state in the years after they gained independence, with Mauritius the last to do so, in 1992. That makes Barbados the first country in nearly three decades to drop the monarch.
The Queen is still head of state in more than a dozen other countries that were formerly under British rule, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica.Wazim Mowla of the Atlantic Council think tank told Reuters the election could benefit Barbados both at home and abroad.
The move makes Barbados, a small developing country, a more legitimate player in global politics, Mowla said, but could also serve as a "unifying and nationalistic move" that may benefit its current leadership at home."Other Caribbean leaders and their citizens will likely praise the move, but I don't expect others to follow suit," Mowla added. "This move will always be considered only if it is in the best interest of each country."
Mottley said the country's decision to become a republic was not a condemnation of its British past."We look forward to continuing the relationship with the British monarch," she said.
It's a dangerous thing, when the seaside taverns are low on rum. Sober pirates can be unpredictable, creatures capable of all sorts of villainy. It's better to keep them well plied with some old fashioned spice. Every Tavern keeper knows it's a good day when you have a Rum Runner in your bay.
“Have a drink me lad, you're not you when you're thirsty.” - Anonymous Tavern Keeper
Night hags and other sleep paralysis beings in the folklore of the Americas.
The night hag or old hag is the name given to a supernatural creature, commonly associated with the phenomenon of sleep paralysis.
Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon during which a person feels a presence of a supernatural malevolent being which immobilizes the person as if sitting on their chest or the foot of their bed. The word "night-mare" or "nightmare" was traditionally used to describe this phenomenon.
Associated with this phenomenon, various types of witchcraft and occult religious practices exist in Latin American and Caribbean cultures, known in Spanish as brujería. Throughout the region, there are tales of witches visiting people in dreams and drinking their blood/life force
The soucouyant is a shapeshifting Caribbean entity who appears as an old woman by day. By night, she strips off her wrinkled skin & becomes a fireball that flies across the sky in search of victims.
The soucouyant can enter the home of her victim through any sized hole. Soucouyants suck people's blood from their arms and legs while they sleep leaving marks on the body. If the soucouyant draws too much blood, it is believed that the victim will either die & become a soucouyant or perish entirely, leaving their killer to assume their skin.
Pisadeira is a Brazilian entity that takes the form of a woman who, during the dead of night, steps on sleeping people's stomachs, especially if they have a full stomach, and leaves them with shortness of breath. She is associated with sleep paralysis.
An unidentified flying object (UFO) is any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified or explained. Most UFOs are identified on investigation as conventional objects or phenomena. Many say they are abducted by these in the night, causing them to have nightmares.
In Mexico, it is believed that this is caused by the spirit of a dead person. This ghost lies down upon the body of the sleeper, rendering them unable to move. People refer to this as "subirse el muerto" (dead person on you.)
La Lechuza—a Spanish word for a type of owl, especially the barn owl—is a legend popular throughout Mexico & the Southwest USA. As the story goes, an old witch shape-shifts into a giant owl, to take revenge on people and families who wronged her during her life. They also drink blood and give nightmares. La Lechuza lures her targets, often children or drunks, out of houses at night by crying like a baby. Various methods are claimed to protect against the her: tying seven knots in a rope & hanging it by the front door, throwing salt & chili powder at her, or praying to the Virgin Mary.
In many parts of the Southern United States and the Caribbean, the sleep paralysis phenomenon is known as a Hag, and the event is said to portend an approaching tragedy or accident. In some folklore stories she sucks blood. It is also called Ole-Higue, Old Hag, and Ole-Haig.
In Newfoundland, Canada, it is known as the 'Old Hag'. In island folklore, the Hag can be summoned to attack a third party, like a curse. In local culture the way to call the Hag is to recite the Lord's Prayer backwards.
In contemporary western culture the phenomenon of supernatural assault are thought to be the work of what are known as shadow people. Victims report primarily three different entities, a man with a hat, the old hag noted above, and a hooded figure.
The Loogaroo/Lugaru is an entity found in French Caribbean, Louisiana, Dominican & Haitian folklore. She is an old woman who is said to be in league with The Devil. She will have magical abilities only if she gives the Devil blood. She can leave her own skin and turn into a flame or ball of light. Among the Louisiana Cajuns it is known as the Rougarou and is more werewolf-like.
An Asema is a kind of vampire from Surinamese folklore. It is said to be a witch who lives among people during the day as an elderly man or woman. At night, the Asema takes off their skin and turns into a blue or red ball of light to fly while feeding on someone's blood or energy.