Selfie by Markette Sheppard (Facebook and Instagram).
I was so pleased to be on Great Day Washington on WUSA 9 (CBS Affiliate) with Markette Sheppard to share some quick tidbits about ways you can celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month at home! My cousin and I went shopping for the perfect snacks to include in the segment. You know we had to taste test them. See anything you recognize?
Red and Cream Soda Solo (in glass of course)
Jub Jub Candy
Did we have any of your favorites? We also had a DIY Caribbean Carnival headpiece that Markette tried on. The real costumes are thousands of dollars, so I thought you guys would appreciate one that cost less than 15 bucks! Like I said in the Carnival Headpiece Tutorial, hot glue guns aren't for kids (even if they say "low heat") so I brought paper versions that you can make with crayons and regular glue or glue sticks.
Everybody loved my Nicole and Madeline skirt! She keeps me looking fabulous, and helped me get the snacks too!
Eden and Dave came to hang out! They had a blast and even got a chance to try out the green screen over by the weather reporting area. The team over at Great Day Washington was so nice, and extremely helpful.
I didn't talk about the Anancy Festival or Tabanca Box, but there'll be video for the Tabanca Box and pics for the Anancy Festival very soon. The Anancy Festival is on the 26th at 3, and there are still a few (very few) tickets left. Check out the video, and let me know what you think!
How will you be celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month? First time hearing about it? What will you try to do next June? Tell us in the comments :)Add a comment
I met Aisha Thompson several years ago at the Anancy Festival in Washington, DC, and I am so excited to introduce her to you! Aisha Thompson is the President and CEO of Barnola, a company that makes hand-crafted granola snacks inspired by her childhood in the Caribbean.
With fifteen years of baking experience and the love and support of her family, Aisha blends flavors like nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon into treats that she sells online and at farmer’s markets. Get to know Aisha, and enter to win your own Barnolaa here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/349f6b1d15/?
Eva: Where is your family from in the Caribbean? How has that shaped who you are and your business values?
Aisha: My family is from Antigua, a beautiful little island best known for its 365 beaches. Growing up in Antigua I have a strong sense of family, friendship and community. Throughout my life, many of the folks we knew were business owners, entrepreneurship has always seemed very natural to me.
Eva: Who are the entrepreneurs in your family? Is there anything about being Caribbean that you find makes you uniquely qualified for what you are doing? Any special advantages? Drawbacks?Add a comment Read more...
Meet Joanna of JoannaE.com! She is a travel and lifestyle blogger who you can find on YouTube making us envious of her natural hairstyles. Joanna shared some of what it is like to have a Caribbean mom in this quick interview. Get to know Joanna and how she is influenced by her Trinidadian heritage.
Socamom: Tell us about yourself!
Joanna: I am the founder of JoannaE.com, a travel and lifestyle blog documenting my personal travels. I also offer travel, beauty, fashion tips and more. I take pride in my Trinidadian heritage and I am interested in Caribbean and world culture.
Socamom: Growing up, what was it about having a Caribbean mom that makes you different from your friends from America?
Joanna: I wasn't scared of my mother, but it almost seemed like my siblings and I were taught to respect our parents more than my friends were. I couldn't just say or do whatever I wanted. There was no question as to who was the parent, and who was the child. There was always order in the house.
Socamom: Tell us about a time that you realized that your mom was different from other moms.
Joanna: My mother didn't play when it came to school or work. She encouraged friendships, but if school or housework wasn't done, friends came second. My friends’ parents seemed to have a "let them live their life" attitude.Add a comment Read more...
My mom used to tell me stories of her uncle in Trinidad who was a tailor. He had clients and a machine, and was amazing at what he did. She would hold my hands and look at my fingers while she talked. She would tell me that even though my hands were, at first glance, miniature versions of my dad’s, my long slender fingers reminded her of her uncle’s.
In my mind, I could see his long thin fingers holding a needle and thread, guiding it through button holes and lapels, weaving it through the fabric with spider-like skill. Then a happy customer would gladly place colorful TT dollars in his hand. I pictured him folding those dollars into his palm with slender fingers that looked like mine. That was business to me – using your talent to make a living… to make a life.Add a comment Read more...
As we get ready for the Anancy Festival here in Washington, DC, we answer the question, "Who or what is Anancy?" New to Anancy? Get to know Anancy with these 10 books! Click here to register for the Washington, DC Anancy Festival.
This exciting collection of children's stories are humerous tales of the Caribbean folklore character 'Anancy'. From beginning to end, these stories are full of humour, suspense and fantasy. The opening story 'How Anancy Came About' sets the stage for exciting reading which continues throughout all 18 stories. Each story captures the fun and essence of growing up in Jamaica. ~ Amazon
"In Anancy’s Family Reunion, Anancy has been up to his old tricks, but a visit from family will change everything – or will it? This new and imaginative take on Anancy folklore will reintroduce a new generation of children to a character deeply rooted in African and Caribbean oral tradition." ~ Amazon
"Anansi brings stories to the world is a compilation of children's stories which originate from West Africa." ~ Amazon
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June Smith with her 2016 Business Woman of the Year Award at the Woman on Fire Awards.
I am so happy to introduce you to June Smith, mom, entrepreneur, and proud Jamaican. The is the CEO and founder of TAJJ Cosmetics, which launched nearly seven years ago, in order to address the lack of cosmetic products specifically for women of color. You can find June working on promoting TAJJ Cosmetics at trade shows. If you will be in Atlanta for Bronner Brothers, look out for her! In the meantime, get to know June in this interview.
SocaMom: Tell us about yourself, June.
June Smith: I am a mother to three wonderful, talented, and promising young sons, and currently reside in Toronto, Canada. I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and I am the CEO and Founder of TAJJ Cosmetics. TAJJ is an acronym of the first letters of my children’s names. I watched my grandfather, father and brother operate their businesses, and decided to follow in their entrepreneurial footsteps.
June Smith and her three sons.
SocaMom: What is it about being a Caribbean mom that makes you different from parents?Add a comment Read more...
When I started blogging several years ago, “Virginia Krebs” was a familiar name on RSVP’s to Caribbean Parenting in our area. I am pleased to introduce this author and mom to you and have her tell you what is special about having a Caribbean mom.
SocaMom: Tell us a little about yourself!
Virginia Krebs: I'm from the beautiful Island of Jamaica. I lived in Toronto, Canada, Frankfurt, Germany, and presently Washington DC. I speak English and German. I worked many years in hospitality, but decided to become a children's author after my son was born. Watching my son and seeing the things he enjoys doing with his dad have played a large part in influencing me to become the author of the book "Treasurable Moments with Daddy." Besides writing I enjoy traveling - trying new recipes - reading and getting to know people from different cultures.
SocaMom: What makes you different from your American friends?
Virginia Krebs: Caribbean moms enrich their children's lives with strong opinions about life and always offering wisdom whether or not you want to hear them. I know that these teachings play a great role in my life and help me to make good decisions. The one that stands out to me is "So ef yuh fren jump off a bridge yuh aguh jump aff too?” Meaning, if your friend jump off the bridge are you going to follow?
SocaMom: Tell us about a time that you realized that your mom was different from other moms.Add a comment Read more...
We want you! You are invited to join the Caribbean Book Club on Facebook. We read books about the Caribbean or by Caribbean authors, and discuss them in the group, on Google hangouts, or on Twitter. Our members either get review copies of books sent to them through the book club, or purchase on their own, and then join the discussion.
The book club has several authors who share their new works in the book club, and join in the discussions as well. For most Google hangouts, the author joins us and answers questions.
To watch some of our online discussions, click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbWnuot4UOOJCvSplJBDS8URt3Ez16ZJZ
We have some great selections coming up, and would love to have you join us.Add a comment Read more...
For the last 16 years, audiences in the Washington DC area have enjoyed great Caribbean films during the Caribbean Film Fest. This year it is held in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, June 10-12. The festival is co-presented by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and Africa World Now Project. There are ten films. Click through to see trailers and showtimes for each.
BAZODEE - Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Anita Panchouri is the doting daughter of an Indian businessman who is deep in debt. She's on the verge of dutifully marrying a wealthy suitor when she meets a romantic rasta singer, Lee de Leon (Soca superstar Machel Montano), who's drafted at the last minute to perform at her engagement party. There are sparks, and Anita decides she wants to be with him, just once, before she enters a loveless marriage for the sake of her father's future. But her designs on Lee don't go unnoticed, and the territorial younger brother of Anita's fiancé hatches a plan of revenge that could destroy her family and any chance at true love. Set in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago, BAZODEE is a Bollywood-style Caribbean musical about being true to oneself and honest in love at all costs.
Official Selection, 2015 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. DIR Todd Kessler; SCR/PROD Claire Ince; PROD Susanne Bohnet, Steven Brown, Ancil McKain, Lorraine O'Connor. Trinidad and Tobago/U.S., 2016, color, 90 min, digital presentation. In English. NOT RATED
Run Time: 90 Minutes
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The Anancy Festival is coming to DC, but everyone can celebrate! If you can't be in Washington, DC with us on June 26th, you can still get in on the fun! Join us for out Anancy Festival Twitter party on June 14th at 8 pm and tweet to enter to win an Anancy Festival party pack.
"How do I participate in the Twitter party?"
3. You can do 3 things to participate (1) Click "Reply" to answer a question. (2) Click "Retweet" to share someone else's comment or a question with your followers. (3) Click "Like" to show that you agree with or like a tweet. Make sure to include @socamomdc and #anancyfestdc in your tweets so that everyone can see what you have to say.
"How do I know if I won?"
We will tweet you if you win. Check your notifications on Twitter for instructions on how to claim your prize! We only mail prizes to addresses within the 48 contiguous United States. Void where prohibited. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. RSVP is not required to participate and win a prize.Add a comment
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