Connecting the African diaspora one fete at a time. I had the honor of speaking with DJ Maga Stories, CEO of Afro Soca Love. Read all about him and how he was inspired to orchestrate events connecting all walks of the diaspora through a multi-sensory experience of love, soca and afro beats.
In 2015 I was undergoing major changes in my life. I was introduced to Caribbean Carnival as a means to distract me from my depression and pending divorce. I weighed almost 180 pounds. Throughout the past six years, the experience of Caribbean Carnival and its community taught me to love my body regardless of the scale, and has evolved into a major outlet to manage life stressors. Over time, I began to research and study Caribbean culture. In 2018, American Wines Matter (AWM) was born with the aspiration of spreading awareness of the Caribbean culture, encourage all people of varying backgrounds to enjoy carnival, and promote self-love.
AWM Mission Statement
To shed light on an African American woman’s perspective of discovering her roots embedded in Caribbean culture.
To capture the experiences of Caribbean Mas, J’ouvert, fetes and other activities in means that inspires others to embrace the culture, and to dispel many misconceptions of those that do not understand its historical roots.
To share current and developing knowledge through my experiences. To spread awareness and love of Soca and Caribbean Mas to all those interested, especially those who feel that they are not included because of their cultural backgrounds.
To provide guidance/mentorship to experienced/ inexperienced masqueraders and revelers with tips and tricks to make their experiences smoother and less stressful.
To function as a sounding board for various platforms that are making significant cultural contributions to black communities.
To utilize my credentials as a certified Physician Assistant to provide education about healthcare concerns specific to the black community.
To utilize my life experiences, gifts of intelligence, optimism and charisma to cultivate love of self in all women of varying shapes and sizes and to encourage them step outside their comfort zone to enjoy the Caribbean culture..
Come holiday season everyone wants to talk about coquito! But have you heard of Puncha Creama?
Instagram networking, I tell you. I have no idea how I stumbled upon Reyes’ Puncha Creama. After weeks of viewing her posts, I gathered up the courage to hit Monique’s DM and ask some questions. What started as an inquiry turned into taking in a story embedded in the love for her Trinidadian culture, and a desire to share it with her friends, family and loved ones. And so, I felt compelled to share with you. Read on!