Category Archives: Mythology

Beasts of the Southern Wild has been the only movie to make me wail like a newborn.  This was not a sad, defeated wail.  It was a cry of pure joy.  I loved this movie and I care deeply about … Continue reading

Haiti, Mythology
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Humor me, please.  Here I will list my fears of the “Dark Island” (a play on the infamous “Dark Continent” references that were so prevalent in American literature & film).  And humor is the best way to deal with what … Continue reading

Awards, Gede, Haiti, memory is a muscle, Mythology, Research, Vodou, Writing
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So I’ve been married for 11 years. We are happy. We are safe. Our children laugh often. We laugh sometimes, when we get a moment to ourselves. Yes, we’re what’s considered heteronormal, at least from the outside looking in. But … Continue reading

Culture, love, Mythology
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My first online story was up in the September “Villians” Issue of Crossed Genres Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: The pang of hunger is bitter, sharp, hot – familiar even. I don’t sleep. My feet and right hip ache from carrying … Continue reading

Haiti, Mythology, published, sci-fi/fantasy, short story, Writing
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On the surface, I’ve not given much thought to Rihanna’s “Man Down” and Beyonce’s Global Girl Power crusade. But as I gear up to start another summer of the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project, I better spruce up on my … Continue reading

Culture, Ezili, Mythology, teen girls, Vodou
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This is the very first sentence in Octavia Butler’s Parable of Talents. In a future America where constitutional, political, and economic stability has unraveled at the seams, Lauren Oya Olamina is a tall black woman who births a new tradition–Earthseed–and … Continue reading

Culture, Mythology
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I LOVE to dance (I share a birthday with dance innovator and Haitiphile, the late great Ms. Katherine Dunham). But I am not a DAHncer. It’s only in college that I started taking dance classes—starting with ballet and modern. And … Continue reading

Culture, Haiti, Mythology, Vodou
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I was watching Globe Trekkers on PBS and the host was in a small village somewhere in Senegal where a group of young boys and girls were participating in a rites-of-passage dance and celebration. They were dressed in colorful beads … Continue reading

education, Mythology, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, teens, YA fiction
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This is the first of many musings on the not-so-prodigal daughter’s return to her native homeland. Griot is also a popular Haitian fried pork dish. But here, I mean Griot, the West African concept for a storyteller or djeli (though … Continue reading

Haiti, Mythology
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