Currently, there are roughly 18 Caribbean Carnivals held across the United States (pre-covid, of course) and I have found on many occasions the cultural experience to clash with American values and perceptions.
More than bikinis, beads, and feathers.
To a lot of people not familiar to the culture we may automatically gravitate to Carnival as being a definition. But the culture is so much more than that.
African without memory.
As soon as the Joshua Butler scandal came to light, people started to look left and right and ask: How do we keep another White Chocolate from happening again? Below depicts my lens and experiences in light of the four8 Interview.
The Evolution of AWM
September 18 marked the 2nd year anniversary of AWM. In light of current events, its important to reflect on AWM has been and where it is going.
AWM Spotlight: Shujaa Smith
Today we catch up with Shujaa (pronounced shoe-jah) Smith, the co-founder of RBG Carnival. Read about his journey and intersection of culture and cause.
Carnival and Healing Trauma.
I honestly think that I can count on one hand how many black women I know that have NOT been a victim of child or adult sexual abuse/assault. This entry is a recount of my experiences with child sexual abuse and how Carnival has worked on healing fragmented pieces of my identity as a black woman.