My family and I went to the Fela! concert last night near the Coney Island boardwalk. The concert features members of the original Broadway Tony Award-winning production, Fela! It has electrifying rhythms from a live 10-piece Afrobeat band, singers and dancers. The lyrics of Fela Kuti, the founding father of Afrobeat, proved why he’s one of the world’s celebrated and revolutionary music legends.
Duain Richmond is a talented actor whom successful narrated the connection of Kuti’s life and his music. The atmosphere was filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Laughter, happiness, and excitement ran through everyone’s veins. I was truly amazed! The dancers including Rachel Oneika Phillips were outstanding! I couldn’t be more proud of my African roots!
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My family and I went to a Brazilian festival on Sunday at Hester Street Fair. We had an amazing time. There were delicious food and drinks, beautiful merchandise, talented Batala New York drummers and Samba dancer. Everyone at the fair was enjoying themselves. The environment was very welcoming. I always loved Brazilian culture due to its’ festivities, music and proud culture. My family is also from the Caribbean (Barbados and Panama) so attending Caribbean events were always a must. We ate amazing food from Beija Flor and had authentic Brazilian drinks such as Palma Louca and Guarana Antarctica soda. For pictures of the food and you can check my Instagram “Eats” stories and click right until you see the name of the restaurant.
There was a performance by Batala New York which is an all-women Afro-Brazilian drummer group. Everyone at the festival danced to the beat and even joined Batala New York’s performance. The Brasil Summerfest street fair was very engaging! We stayed at the festival till the end yet we didn’t want to leave. It was such an unforgettable moment. This year we plan on attending all Brazilian events, for more information follow my instagram: mostlikely_reese.
I was told by a friend to share my experiences on finding my cultural identity as an Afro American-Caribbean British female. I had many positive and negative experiences but continued to persevere for myself. In my youth, I spent continuous summers in Barbados. Despite being from America my parents weren’t. Now reflecting on those memories, it was a way for my parents to help me stay grounded and connected to not only their culture but mine. I continue to connect and embrace my family from both the Caribbean and British side and it has been sweet!
One of my experiences…
At a young age, I had a very hard time balancing my identity. With certain groups of people, I was only seen as an African-American. To them, I was nothing more regardless of my background or my parent’s dialect. To some people, it was more believable to be Caribbean than British because of my dark skin. This is an ignorant and thoughtless comment because it was far from the truth. Like America, people from other nationalities come in different shades.
In High School, I mostly listened to rock music. A dark skin girl listening to rock music didn’t fit their view of being “black”. It was always one thing after the other for them. I didn’t pay attention to the comments because not only was I happy but I was comfortable. I hung out with people that had the same music taste yet to many it was odd. Till this day we don’t fit the “norm” but we continue to unapologetically live our lives.
In conclusion, people should try to learn more about a person than just their appearance. Sadly, ignorance will always exist but you must continue to feel comfortable with yourself. Ignore those who rather judge you than get to know you.