After watching I Am Not Your Negro, as a current expat, I was not surprised that James Baldwin left the USA of the 1960s and 70s and went into a self-imposed exile in France. I reached out to fellow black expats and asked them a simple question: Do you feel freer outside of the US? I was taken aback by the overwhelming responses I received:
Second only to Brazil-and the Trinis will contest that Brazil even deserves first place- Trinidad’s Carnival was the most blatant celebration of black joy I’ve ever participated in. It was an ebullient exaltation of the epicurean and ephemeral.
We often dance without knowing the history behind the music, as if it was the music moving us from a time long ago rather than us moving to the music. However, if we lose our culture and history, we are enslaved once more. Thus, I’ve tried to capture the spirit behind the Congo dance of Portobelo so that we know, in this instant, why we dance.
There is plenty of blame to go around: The Democrats failed to speak to the fears of majority, dismissing them as inconsequential. The average white voter failed to realize that we minorities have been drowning in this Titanic of America with them, not on the lifeboats with the 1%.
Most people know that Panama has a canal...and that's about it. However, if you immerse yourself in the city for even just one day, I guarantee you'll fall in love. To help you plan your layover in PTY, here are my tips on how to spend 24 hours in Panama City...
I stood there shocked as he walked away, the realization of what just happened sinking in. It was not yet 8 a.m. in the morning and I had already experienced racism, sexism, paternalism, and classism all before I’d even had breakfast.
Today, with the murder of Alton Sterling, I scrolled through my timeline and again viewed the familiar disconnect as my white friends live in an America where the police serve and protect and my black friends live in one where the police harass and kill. That is our reality.
The fact that Panama celebrated and embraced its citizens of Afro-descent this month in a region that often hides or derides its African roots is noteworthy. Yet it's how the people themselves embrace their African roots through music, food, dance, and discussions that made this month exceptional!
If you haven't been to Bocas del Toro, Panama yet, it's likely that this little archipelago where the white sand beaches and clear blue seas create the backdrop for a perfect blend of indigenous culture and Afro-Caribbean vibes is on your bucket list. If not, it should be. Here is the ultimate insider's guide to where to eat, where to stay, and where to slay in #BocasdelToro
The exoticism of black bodies in the Caribbean has led to some of the black men preferring to date white women exclusively as their meal ticket to economic stability. It was in a local club in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica where I’d finally had enough of this...
I went to Kenya without any expectations- I wasn't looking to find myself, my roots, my people or any other romanticized notion of what Africa means for the diaspora... yet, I still learned things that changed me.