Culture Covers • Rohanne Persaud | Grenada – Melanin Blogger for “The Curly Tales”

//Culture Covers • Rohanne Persaud | Grenada – Melanin Blogger for “The Curly Tales”

Culture Covers • Rohanne Persaud | Grenada – Melanin Blogger for “The Curly Tales”

“I LOVE our people! We are so vibrant and colourful with the things we say and do. The way we laugh with our whole bodies, the full volume of our voices and either the nearest piece of furniture or person being slapped in jest. It’s the way you can recognize another islanders SLIGHT accent while being out of the Caribbean and immediately slip right back into your colloquial dialect while chatting. It’s the way you can be thousands of miles away from home and someone can stop you on the train and say “Excuse me, are you from Grenada? …From Fontenoy? …Ms. Bain’s daughter?” To which all the answers are yes while being utterly stunned by how you can’t hide from your people.
The best part of the Caribbean community is that we really are the truest form of a community.

Our love for music, food, folklore and the way your waist won’t stay still when the DJ plays an old school Dancehall or he drops a wicked Jab Jab beat.   I have memories of my grandparents sitting with their children and my cousins in the living room telling us, muffled in laughs, Brer Anansi or Lagabless and Ligaroo stories. Meanwhile a pot of Oildown is bubbling on the fire, on a regular Saturday afternoon.  Our culture is rich and we love to gather and share stories and food with not a shortage of rum in sight. What’s not to love?
The way we dance is apparently inappropriate and is referred to as “twerking”.  While I can understand that a stranger witnessing us at a fete for the first time can be a bit shocked, my advice to them is to look at the joy on our faces. We can’t help but move with the rhythm. Seriously, try to stand completely still while soca is on…I dare you!
To be honest, I don’t care to change any one’s opinion. We exude our love of music, love of people and love of culture when we move. It shows, so show them, they’ll eventually understand and join in. “

Author: Jennifer Wilder

Jennifer Aria Wilder-Boynes is a passionate, heart-centered illustrator supplying art, fashion and decor around the world. Her original designs are saturated in influence from travel, culture, and well-being.

Jennifer concentrated on contributing to a global understanding and appreciation of Caribbean culture, traditions, lifestyle, and identities and how that extends to Africa. At Her Leisure celebrates the entire Caribbean region and its Diaspora. At Her Leisure brings Afro- Caribbean culture to diverse audiences both on and offline in addition to keeping the Diaspora connected with their cultural heritage.

Developed in the U.S. and designed from inspiration around the world. For life, travel and leisure through love, travel and wander!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Aria Wilder-Boynes is a passionate, heart-centered illustrator supplying art, fashion and decor around the world. Her original designs are saturated in influence from travel, culture, and well-being. Jennifer concentrated on contributing to a global understanding and appreciation of Caribbean culture, traditions, lifestyle, and identities and how that extends to Africa. At Her Leisure celebrates the entire Caribbean region and its Diaspora. At Her Leisure brings Afro- Caribbean culture to diverse audiences both on and offline in addition to keeping the Diaspora connected with their cultural heritage. Developed in the U.S. and designed from inspiration around the world. For life, travel and leisure through love, travel and wander!

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