by Arida Wright…….. Cayo Hueso is what Key West was named by the Spaniards. It means small island of bones. Amidst all the folklore of Indians, pirates, wrecks-a-shore, ghost stories, hauntings, Africans in slave ships and Bahamian settlers comes the mystery of how Key West, being just a little dot on the map, sitting in the middle of the ocean where a majority of its residents make their living, survives killer storms.
by Arida Wright © 2017……. ‘Tis The Season Jesus is the reason For the season But once again Santa takes center stage So songs of Silent Night Are used to sell diamonds On Black Friday Cyber Monday So much emphasis on shopping When many of us Would rather spend our time worshipping, Focusing Singing songs of praises, celebrating Arms raised I do not understand All the emphasis On a man who is a fictional character And a real Jesus Is the reason for the season [continue reading…]
by Arida Wright……. A landmark vote was passed at the BVRAC (Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee) meeting held December 7, 2017 at City Hall. The BVRAC was established in 2008 by the City Commission. Their duties are to recommend to the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) projects within Bahama Village best suited for the use of redevelopment trust funds and to review applications from individuals and organizations eligible to receive TIF (Tax Increment Finances) funds.
by Arida Wright ….. Sea Dancing Toes in sand inching into water Seagulls squawking Pelicans soaring Fish swimming Flies landing Ants parading Trees swaying Divers diving Beautiful sunshine Worshippers linger Puffy white clouds Waves to jump over Seaweed floating Flip flops Bikini tops Bottoms lounging lazily in chairs Cruise ship sails in Heads hiding under umbrellas We’re all sea dancing at the beach on Sunday Together Picnic tables full of food Barbeque grills with blazing flames Different dialects spoken out here Different skin colors out [continue reading…]
by Arida Wright……. Marilyn Kay Femi Manners, a/k/a “Femi” returns to Key West bringing her unique style of teaching traditional West African dance at the Coffee Mill. She is well known here being featured at Mallory Square Sunset performances, Coffee Butler and the Key West Junkanoos, dancer for cruise ships arrival on city dock, Fantasy Fest parade, Caribbean Queen Junkanoos weddings, Conch Republic Kickoff parades, parties and memorials. Last year I was so impressed when she taught a traditional African head wrapping class and hosted [continue reading…]
by Arida Wright……. A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida.
by Arida Wright……. The intro on Corneil McIntosh’s Facebook page reads: “creator.innovator.believer.” His Facebook followers total 2,758. He has 12.1k followers on his personal Instagram page. An article written by “Bruce A.” of richcelebs.com describes him as, “an American entrepreneur, actor, director, producer, film maker and the founder of one of the most popular urban musical companies in the world.”
by Arida Wright……. Celebrity in Town Actor Malik Yoba served as the 2017 Keynote Speaker and Ambassador for the 3rd Biennial Key West Africana Festival (KWAF) held June 22 – 25, 2017. He is known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the Fox police drama NY Undercover and the cultural classic movie, Cool Runnings. Malik Yoba has a long list of theatre, tv and film credits but what I didn’t know is that he is also a singer and a passionate [continue reading…]
by Arida Wright……. A few months ago I attended a Black Poetry Celebration hosted by the Key West Poetry Guild and after reading an original piece, they invited me to come to their monthly gathering* at the library and I finally did. Walking through the door I was pleasantly surprised to see my poetry teacher Ms. Flower Conroy who motioned me to sit by her.