Yaoundé Super Moon

January 1st, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Random No Responses

Monday, November 14, 2016.

Locally grown culture is real.

Soil celebrity.

Edith Rose’s birthdate.

Full Moon Taurus.

Customs.

Place.

Space.

Music.

New Music.

Brymo

Yemi Alade

Davido

Elana

Dinner.

Lessons.

Night drive around Mont Fébé.

City lights.

Protocol is everything.

Immerse.

Embrace.

Time to Learn.

Spirit.

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Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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City Lights of Yaoundé. View from Mont Fébé. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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City Lights of Yaoundé. View from Mont Fébé. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Full Moon in Taurus over the city. Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon. #supermoon

 

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Pan African University, Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Pan African University. Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

 

 

December 10, 2016

December 11th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Destinations, Field Study Research, Random No Responses

img_0320Day 30. La Habana – Sábado.

December my birth month has begun with a bang, christened with kisses from Ocean, Rain, Sun. Kribi, Douala, Bwassalo, Douala, Paris, Miami, La Habana.

Straight up and down, the Universe says that big girls like me, get no shorts. Since none are needed, none will be given.

Which basically means that all big girls, eh all grown woman are clear about their needs, weaknesses and boundaries. Yes I be lady o.

And that lady over there, she’s my sister, so watch it, we are moving through this thing together!!

So Ms. December, off into the wild blue yonder you go. Those who care about your progress and happiness, will watch your back. As for those who do not –fuck ’em. Remember that unless you let them, they can’t touch you anyway.

Meantime queens are born in December, so carry on and proceed accordingly.

Douala-Paris-Miami

December 7th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Destinations, Mobile, Random No Responses

Day 27.
Until Goddess deems me worthy of a next time.
Paradise now resides in the precincts of my memories.
I have left civilization, only to arrive in Paris.
Where warmth is replaced by cold and darkness.
Natural sunlight is substituted with garish colors, chrome and fluorescent lighting.
I am now back in the cauldron of madness.
Fueled by the continuous feast of the fruits, ravenously harvested from The Motherland.
In route to Sodom and Gomorrah, I spend time thinking and waiting for my connection.
Thank you Cameroon, my experience was divine.

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Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes…

September 21st, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Havana Jazz Festival Tour, Mobile, Random No Responses
Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes…

Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes the other: 4 Days In La Habana #productive

 

 

Dialogo con mi Abuela

September 12th, 2016 by admin Categories: Conversation with mi Abuela, Cuba, Dialogo con mi Abuela, Herstory Indy Film Fest, Random No Responses
Dialogo con mi Abuela

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Atlanta GA: AARL – Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue, 30303

5:00 pm Saturday September 10, 2016.

“Dialogue con mi Abuela / Conversation with my Abuela” the latest production from Cuban independent film director Gloria Rolando and Imagenes del Caribe was screened for the Atlanta community.

A beautiful and thought provoking homage to Grandmothers and grandmother energy, the film was very well received by the engaged and well dressed audience.

We were all excited to see the newest independent film from Havana Cuba on the silver screen, in the recently constructed auditorium at the AARL. The atmosphere was low key and delightful.

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Centered around a 1993 cassette recorded conversation between Gloria Rolando and her Grandmother, Sra. Inocencia Armas y Abreu. Addressing the complexity of the human condition, the film vis a vis their conversation, explores the significance of class, ethnicity, complexion, social stratification, African descendent representation in public spaces, spiritual customs and historic reflections about politics in early 20th century Cuba.

Afterward the audience enjoyed an excellent conversation with Gloria. It was a very enlightening experience. Really glad that she could be in Atlanta again. More importantly this project illustrates the importance of documenting and maintaining family archives, history and customs.

Next stops are: Minneapolis, New Orleans, UC Irvine, UNC Chapel Hill.

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Public Space – the internet

August 20th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Field Study Research, Mobile, Public History Programming, Random No Responses

There have been vast improvements in Internet access in Cuba since the days of dial up service in 2011.

Many may say there has not been enough change in communication service.

Within six weeks of the announcement of the diplomatic normalization process between Cuba and U.S., immediately changes were seen in price, availability and accessibility of the illusive WIFI signal.

By July summer 2015, the WIFI signal had expanded beyond the confines of hotel lobbies, to plazas and public spaces in neighborhoods around La Habana and in every Province.

Access has broadened from primarily the tourism economy to everyone with access to a prepaid ETECSA password.

Limited seating on a ledge or holding up a wall, ETECSA WIFI offers the bare minimum accommodations in exchange for relatively strong prepaid internet access.

Even sitting on the curb in the heat of August, checking for shade and the best WIFI signal, if I had the chance to set up dual residence, I would do so in a heart beat.

Duces.

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IFCO Pastors for Peace Caravan 2016 – Atlanta

July 5th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, IFCO P4P Friendship Caravan Atlanta, Mobile, Public History Programming, Random No Responses

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Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Pastors for Peace caravan will arrive in Atlanta on Saturday, July 9. 

Join us this Saturday when we celebrate 27 years of solidarity with the Cuban people. 

Potluck meal and dinner talk.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

6:30 to 9:00 pm

 Friends Meeting House

701 W. Howard St. Decatur Ga. 30030

Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7673,-84.306494,17z

 Although some travel and trade restrictions have been eased this year, the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba is still in effect.

 Eight caravan travelers will speak about the important role that U.S. citizens can play in lifting the blockade and the travel ban against Cuba. 

 Senora Gladys Abella, a leader of Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Habana will be the  keynote speaker.

 Sra. Abella was a contributor in the creation of the The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Center in Habana.

 Please bring a dish to share and make a donation for the caravan’s expenses.

 We need eight beds for the caravanistas.

Email us if you can host one or more guests in your home on the night of July 9. 

In solidarity.

AtlantaPeaceCaravan@cinnamontraveler.org

Atlanta4Cuba@yahoo.com

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Diaspora Journeys Project – Cameroun 2016

June 21st, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Mobile, Random One Response
Diaspora Journeys Project – Cameroun 2016

The Measure: May 21, 2016 

Because we live our lives in the here and now, everything no matter how strange, everything seems like it is just so absolute, simple, plain, normal. But what is normal though, or plain, or simple?

Getting to Africa is not easy. Which I guess matches how getting from Africa to U.S. was not easy either. 

Get this, do that, buy this, take that, go here do this, change that. Too much is required just to get back. Final destination Douala, Cameroun.

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The Measure: June 8, 2016

I have seen Cameroun Afrika and my gracious, she is BEAUTIFUL. 

Culture. Heritage. Traditions. Jengu. 

The Cinnamon Traveler Journeys Project.

Third day home.

Attended local NPU meeting, but had to leave the scene early.

Jet lag is a beast.

Ivory tower wars are vicious.

Factor into all equations that every 2 in x number of people are liars.

Water seeks its own level.

The journey was incredible.

 

 

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The Measure: June 21, 2016

By the way, I found my calendar.

It was inside my laundered canvas travel bag, which was hanging on the back of my dining room chair. Don’t ask.

The week that I left for the Cameroun, this is the We’Moon calendar affirmation poem.

The poem perfectly captures the energy of wanderlust and the life of the committed traveler.

We arrived on the continent on May 25, 2016 African Liberation Day.

The poem matches my journey.  

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Nothing is a coincidence. 

 

“How Miraculous that I Have Fire in My Pocket”

Forget the computer I turned off as I left the library,

the cellphone I can set to buzz instead of ring,

the motion sensor light-switch that came on automatically

in the bathroom, the copier that reproduced my pages. Forget

Blackberries, iPods, YouTube, water-filters, flash-drives, 

the Subaru ready to run like forty horses. Forget

DVDs, CDs, mp3s, tiny packages of instant green tea.

Consider I can flick the flint on the ridged steel wheel.

Consider the flame that rises with the butane.

Hunker amidst sticks & dry pine needles; consider

instantaneous blaze, combustion like a tiny sun,

friction, heat, patience, food, endurance, shelter. Consider

dark matter that comprises more than we could ever light

with all our soft skulled organs set to skillful brilliance. 

Every day we set our small miracles against the world.

Every time we hold our breath and intentionally pause.

Every element, monitor, pump, bite, bit; every

shoelace, buttonhole, zipper, hood, loom; every

satellite, remix, website, basket, firelight; every

moment we wake up and crawl out of our caves to gather

so much more than it is possible to ever carry home.

@Mara Eve 2008

Signed,

Incredibly blessed and still amazed.

Hotep.

All love and soul power.

Alafia.

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The Journeys Project 2016 – 2017 Schedule.

Details available via email research@cinnamontraveler.org or tel. 404.915.6701.

  • August 2016 – CUBA Live! Photo Journalism Field Study  Afro Cuban Culture and Traditions Project
  • December 2016 – Doula Cameroun, Ngondo Festival Jengu Journeys Project 
  • December 2016 – CUBA Live! 32nd International Festival Jazz Plaza
  • February 2017 – CUBA Live! 26th International Book Fair, Feria del Libro de La Habana
  • June 2017 – Bimbia, Douala, Kribi, Jengu Journeys Project

 

Cameroon – Architecture

June 9th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Featured, Field Study Research, Public History Programming, Random 5 Responses
Cameroon – Architecture

The Measure:

Douala Cameroun

A limited introduction to the local architecture.

Dika Akwa Palace.

Built in 1985 by legal anthropologist, Prince Dika Akwa nya Bonambela (1933 – 1995).

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The landscape is vast.

Cameroun is filled with opportunities to fully explore the boundaries of your photo lens.

Looking for the next time when we can do it together.

Africa, I have seen her, she is beautiful.

Next Advance: Fall 2016, Douala and Kribi.

 

June 8, 2016

June 8th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Public History Programming, Random No Responses
June 8, 2016

Today is Iya’s natal earth day.

Africa, I have seen her and she is beautiful.

The Measure: June 5, 2016 Daybreak across the horizon. #Afrique

The Measure: June 5, 2016
Dayclean
Sun across the horizon.
Air time over the continent.
#Afrique

 

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Reconnected to known traditions and ancient cultures. One world.

 

Douala Cameroun