10 Things I Love About Being a Caribbean Woman
1. Diversity: The Caribbean is home to a wide range of nationalities and cultures, creating a rich mixture of color and distinction. Jamaicans are the descendants of African slaves, European settlers, Chinese and Indian immigrants combined with Arawak and Taíno natives.
2. Family gatherings: Family reunions, week long festivals, and annual vacations are a great way to celebrate a special occasion with relatives in JA. Events like Reggae Sumfest and Sting bring together people from all over the island. It’s a family affair will all day performances, food vendors, and sponsored attractions.
Caribbeans who live abroad invite family members for birthdays, weddings, and graduations. All you need is music, food, and refreshments to have fun with loved ones. West Indians are great entertainers.
[Bob Marley – Funky Reggae Party – Legend Remixed]
3. The accent/slang: Everybody wants to speak Jamaican! West Indians have the coolest phrases and the wickedest accents. Funny men like Eddie Murphy, The Waynes Brothers, and Cedric the Entertainer have referenced the Jamaican patois in multiple stand up comedies.
Learn Jamaican patois here:
yea mon = yes man
dun kno = you already know (done know)
wha gwan = what’s going on
seet deh = see it there (in acceptance)
bless rasta = blessings brother
way up = that is what’s up
4. Bob Marley: The King of Reggae Robert Nesta Marley publicized Reggae music and Rastafari to the world. His influential music allowed him to tour the world alongside The Wailers and I-Threes. His legacy lives on today through his children and collection of hits.
5. The Fashion: We can wear whatever we want in 75 to 90 degree weather. You only need one set of clothes year round. Caribbeans tend to wear bright colors and festive attire to represent their loud personalities. Caribbean Fashion Week is an annual event that curates the hottest trends from rising designers out of the West Indies.
- [Kingston Style – Caribbean Fashion Week ]
- [Large Up –The Mesh Marina]
- [Large Up – Major Lazer Watch Out For This BTS ]
[Major Lazer x Busy Signal – Watch Out For This (Bumaye) feat. Flexican]
6. Bacchanal: A Bacchanal is an upbeat party with friends, drinks, and a good time. Carnival in Jamaica and Trinidad are especially popular throughout the tropics. Tourists travel from far and wide to visit islands all over the Caribbean during the spring and summer months. Parties, fiestas, fish-fries, and wet fetes encompass the tropical ambiance.
[Sean Paul Full Frequency album release – Manhattan, NYC]
7. Food: Jamaican food is a staple worldwide. Dishes like Ackee and Saltfish, Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas, and Beef Patties are signature to Caribbean culture. Franchised food is no comparison to authentic Jamaican cuisine from mom and pop’s kitchen.
8. Caribbean Men: Caribbean men are multi-cultural, multi-faceted, and all around dreamy. The tall dark and handsome type for sure! Reggae icons like Damien Marley, Lenny Kravitz, and Daddy Yankee are considered modern day Caribbean Sex Symbols.
9. Movies: Dancehall Queen, Shottas, Third World Cop, Rockers, Marley, One Love, Bashment, Smile Orange, The Harder They Come, the list goes on… Some of the best soundtracks chronicling reggae music come from stand out films made in Jamaica. The lastest indie film Better Must Come featured reggae band and dub poetry group No Maddz.
10. I am Jamaican: I am proud to be a Caribbean blogger and personality. I attribute some of best characteristics to my heritage, language, and nationality. Even though I was born in the United States, I was raised by two Jamaican parents in a West Indian household. I have strong ties to my roots and go to visit Jamaica annually.
Há uma história por trás de cada pessoa – There is a story behind every person
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