I am an eclectic mixture of everything. I love to travel, think, and laugh. This blog is a collage of everything I love, like or find interesting. Caribbean born girl raised out in Brooklyn. I love life and I love myself completely.
Sisterhood of the Good Death - Bahia, Brazil
Bahia - Brazil. Sisterhood of descendants of slaves who resisted slavery.
In the Brazilian state of Bahia, about an hour by car from the better-known city of Salvador, lies the historic city of Cachoeira, where the Irmandade de Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte, Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death, holds their annual mid-August festival. Don’t let the name fool you; there is nothing macabre about this celebration. A unique testament to the strength and endurance of the African Diaspora, Boa Morte is a festival of deep cultural, social, spiritual and religious significance, a joyful expression of life, faith and happiness.
The Sisterhood is said to be the oldest organization for Women of African Descent in the Americas. It is a vestige of African Secret female societies, and began more than 150 years ago in pre-abolition era Brazil. Brazil had more than four times as many Africans imported to its shores as the United States, with the majority entering the country through Bahia.
The Other Side of Carnival (there are 2 previews, film begins at 2:50)
The Other Side of Carnival (2010) is a 45-minute documentary that explores Carnival’s social and economic impact on Trinidad & Tobago. With more than 60 interviews from professors, medical staff, police officers, government officials, students, tourists, every day locals and more, The Other Side of Carnival is able to highlight that while Carnival is an exciting occasion, it is a festival that creates turmoil, which is not widely visible…or is it just simply ignored? Known as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, this documentary captures the roots of Carnival and how far some go to keep the original idea alive, and how others attempt to integrate change.
“Racism is not dead. It’s not. And that’s why this film is so important. To understand American society today, it starts with these kinds of stories, and the fact that they haven’t been dealt with yet. There’s work to be done. There are apologies that need to be sought and apologies that need to be offered. And that’s on a political level and a social level and an individual level and a communal level.” - Lupita Nyong’o
THIS!! PREACH LUPITA PREACH!!!
The racism that reared it’s very ugly head after her Oscar win is proof that is not dead in any way, shape, or form.
You stay killin ‘em, Lupita! Proud of you!
The racism concerns me as much as the Xenophobia. Some black folk are not happy she got all that attention and even won the Oscar more so because she comes from another place. I think McQueen wanted to make a radical film devoid of all that white saviour narrative. I think he was trying to be subversive when he brought in external actors. I think white folk would have shut down if he had given the lead roles to African American actors.
I’m glad that Lupita immersed herself in that role and became well versed in the history. Her statements show that she came out with a better understanding of things, she knows whose side she’s on, We are one people, when the system dehumanises one black body, it dehumanises all of us. All of us.
I wish more black people would take time to study what happened after the slaves left the ports and why things are the way they are. Only then will we understand what needs to be done.
Everything you said is on point and very true especially: “We are one people, when the system dehumanises one black body, it dehumanises all of us. All of us.” Thank you for saying it, I hope more people can realize this.
When Lupita received that award she said that it was ironic that her joy was coming from a place of pain that unlike her Patsey had to live that life.
I remember that during her time on the talk show circuit she shared a very poignant anecdote. She said that at that at one time they were shooting this scene, where she had to be whipped and it took make-up 6hrs to prepare her back, at the end of the day, she asked the make-up girl not to take off the ‘wounds’, she figured it would be easier to leave everything as is and, sleep on her belly and then next day, spend 2 hrs in make-up instead of 6 hrs. When she got to the hotel room she found it difficult to sleep, every night had been a struggle since she’d began shooting that film but, staying off her back that night made every thing seem so much worse. And she started crying, she couldn’t stop. And then she thought of what Patsey had endured. And slowly began to quiet down.She had to clam down because she realised Patsey’s had lived that life and never got a single day off from the harsh existence of her reality.
Lupita gets it. There are Africans who have never tried to fully realise what slavery meant, much in the same way post colonial children who don’t know and do not wish to know about the colonisation. In a nutshell they’re africans who care nought about Slavery, Colonisation, Apartheid or even neo colonisation. They are so apolitical they do not understand the political as well as socio-economic impact of white supremacy. On the other hand there are Africans who get it. And Lupita really got it.
Initially I was upset when the mumblings began because, on one hand I was fixated on the idea that she symbolises the face of Africa, that face that imperialists do not want the rest of the world to see; wealthy, well educated, poised, articulate, well travelled, stylish. So one hand her victory was going to be a huge victory for Africa. And then of course people started asking questions; why didn’t McQueen select an AA actor to play the role…how can she who comes from another land tell a story of this land…is she being well received because she is a particular type of black etc.
I understand where these kind of concerns are coming from and in some regards indeed there is work to be done. However, we must find it in ourselves to celebrate her victory because her victory is for all of us. It imbued us with a sense of renewed possibility. We are a people who are very much in bondage and we need to focus on starting/continuiing to build our lives, be it; our understanding of each other, knowledge base, relationships, careers, ambitions.
African Americans also need to realise that in as much as there are some brothas/sistas from the motherland who do not understand why things are the way they are, by the same token there those who do. And we honour our brothers, whose roots are now firmly embedded in the diaspora because your presence speaks of the indomitable spirit of your ancestors.You represent our best, our brightest and our strongest. Your travails and triumphs are truly the stuff of folk lore.
Let those who have eyes and ears be inspired by your story. We salute you for Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Al Hajj Malik El Shabbazz (Malcolm X) MLK jr, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Medger Evans, Rosa Parks, Betty Shabbazz, The Black Panthers, Maya Angelou, Tony Morrison, Alice Walker et al, Oprah, FLOTUS, POTUS, Dr Rice, Dr Rice, Gen Powell, Angela Bassett, Michael Jackson, Ed Moses, Juan Carlos, Michael Jordan, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Tupac Shakur, Shonda Rhimes the list is long and endless. We also salute the broken because we know why things are the way they are.Your lives are a testament of what the black body has been forced to endure. I can only pray that we’ll continue to work at bridging the gap so that one day we may stand as one.
Lupita’s victory was for all us.
SVG Liming - Palm Island Snorkelling
Snorkelling with turtles and coral at the Tobago Cays near Palm Island in St Vincent & The Grenadines.
Absolutely BELIZE !
(Belizian Top Photography)
See you soon!