#DearCaribbean Blog Carnival Guide & Review

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De customs man at Piarco tell me dat de only ting dey does tek from Guyana is pineapple an’ plantain. — Thoughts of a Minibus Traveller

Mas. Jouvayists from Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti, Curacao, Canada, the diaspora and Nigeria. Making multi-directional crossings from and to Venezuela, India, Nigeria, Flatbush and Crown Heights, T&T, Grenada, Harlem, these repeating islands of the Caribbean.

Some sweet sweet love letters to the region. Dear Caribbean: Thank you for my big headOn being the daughter discovering the home of her descendants. Love note to the Caribbean.

Meditations on Caribbean feminisms. Feminists that don’t yet know they are feminists. The risky location of being an Indian feminist in the Caribbean. The liberatory potential of Vodou.

Ruminations on Caribbean Identity. Pineapple an’ plantain only. I am Your Daughter Too.

Home. Always Home. Again and Again.

Ukranian Lessons on Regional Integration (one of the most shared e-mas submissions published on the CODE RED blog).

Ol Mas meets Queer Caribbean Sexuality. Leslie, the lesbian doll.

The art of play. Play yaself!

Meet a Caribbean woman from Haiti, Guyana or the Bahamas. Listen to the voices of Caribbean men from St. Kitts and Nevis and Guyana.

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Poetry. Trujillonomics. Caribbean Crossings, In Motion. Basseterre Woman.

Writing. Like fine wine. Exquisite.

Art. Photography. Images.

e-mas is LOVE: radical, political, Caribbean, queer, poetic, renewing. 

Like true Caribbean people many of the jouvayists turn up on Caribbean time so quite a few entries just came in.  Giving thanks to Carla Moore and Feministing for using their wide reach to give the e-mas a boost.

If this guide was a bit too dizzying you can visit the e-mas page where you can read/watch/listen/view all the posts in the order in which they were submitted.

Use #dearCaribbean on twitter to keep the vibes flowing.

One Love.

Photo credit: amina. olayiwola

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CFP: Caribbean Blog Carnival

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CODE RED for gender justice is hosting a Caribbean Blog Carnival throughout the entire month of January!

The theme is To the Caribbean, With Love.

Here’s how to participate:

1) Write an original post based on the theme or share something you’ve written before which you think fits.

2) Share your post with us on facebook, twitter, via email [redforgender at gmail dot com] or even in the comments below.

3) Be sure to leave a link to this post on your post letting users know about the carnival.

4) We’ll share them as they come in and collate them on our blog when the carnival closes.

5) Use the hashtag #dearcaribbean

6) Visit the e-Mas Caribbean Blog Carnival page for real-time updates & new submissions

Any blogger from the multilingual, multi-ethnic Caribbean and its diaspora can participate. We welcome a diversity of voices, approaches, ages, styles, sub-themes including:  gender, sexuality, race, love, dis/ability, economic crisis, activism, art, politricks, tech & media, your dreams for the region etc.

Don’t yet have a blog but a carnival neva miss you yet?  We welcome guest posts and will post them here once they respect our submissions guidelines.

Still confused about what a blog carnival is? Think of all the usual ingredients of a Caribbean carnival and try to replicate those with words, images and/or sound.  The theme is broad enough that you can guh to town pun it!

Full disclosure: the inspiration for this blog carnival came from “Why I still deh hey..” on the Thoughts of a Minibus Traveller Blog.

Edited to add: Vidya, who inspired this call for submissions,  has reminded me that not all Caribbean countries have carnival:

“Just thinking that since Carnival is mostly in the Anglo Caribbean.. a TT thing, that some of us might not understand and I do not know if there are other things like cook up rice, or callaloo.. well even those things are not across the Caribbean.. “

He’s right.  There’s no carnival where I come from either. So how about some letters To the Caribbean, With Love?