ITS CARI BACANAL, BALTIMORE STYLE

Chanah Watson

Channah Thomas, youngest member of the Pan Masters Steel Orchestra (Washington D.C.

Booty

One of the newest T-Shirts at Baltimore Carnival, 2016.

Trinidad cap

Trinidad and Tobago, bling on a hat.

Guyanese T-Shirt

Guyanese T-Shirt.

The new Caribbean

Standard in the Caribbean: mixed races.

New Caribbean 2

Wearing mud, at Carnival.

 

If you see a woman in a bathing suit, wearing fishnet stockings, and she is not on the beach, it must be CARNIVAL!!!

Curry chicken, curry goat, conch, mauby, ginger beer, sorrel, salt fish, poan, black cake, Chinese (chiny) cake , tennis roll. If you are familiar, you know, if not, you missed it.

In this culture, “wine” is not what you drink, it’s what you do with your body, when the music hits you, having consumed some “sauce” (liquor), the convulsions of the body become more eye popping.

One of the more amazing features of Caribbean culture, is the conversion of the steel drum, to a musical instrument. African people forcefully migrated, through slavery, across the Atlantic river, to the Caribbean islands, and South America, lost almost everything, except their will to entertain themselves.

They could not use cotton, or sugar cane to make music, but working with oil and tar drums in Trinidad and Tobago, gave birth to the creative utilization of the steel drum to make music.

For Baltimore MD. a Caribbean Carnival is relatively new, 35 years; however the momentum is catching fire, and CLIFTON PARK, has become its annual home. This page is my account.

GREAT BLACKS IN WAX CELEBRATE 33 YEARS

 

It has been a while since East Baltimore, Md. has anything to celebrate, especially on one of the main streets, NORTH AVENUE. Once a thriving business district with merchants, and peddlers of wares mixed in; now, a simple tributary, to get from one side of Baltimore to the other.

After Sears Department store left, others took flight, even the commercial banks took a hike. The cemetery at North and Greenmount has stayed put, can you guess why? That is often reflective in a black community, the thriving institutions are the Police, the Court House, and the undertaker, and they are doing well on North Avenue.

Some 33 years ago, a young couple thought of celebrating pride among black folk, and started THE GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM. Beginning with their own apartment and a few wax figures, Elmer and Joanne, worked a steady hand to find a permanent home for their wax figures, and finally made it to 1601 East North Avenue.

It is now 2016, Elmer left the world some time ago, but Joanne called upon her ancestral strength, and continued to guide her ship through ” the middle passage”. The Great Blacks in Wax is going to be as large as a strip mall, and this month has begun the celebration. Take a look.

Mary Carter Smith

In honor of Mary Carter Smith, famous Griot from Baltimore.

Kuji books

Celebrating the black press

Counting

Teaching black kids another language

My daddy

A lesson for black fathers.

Douglas by Shaw

Frederick Douglas, painted by Shaw

New Wax Museum

The upcoming new Great Blacks in Wax Museum, for 1601 E. North Avenue, in Baltimore, MD.