Adventures of a HAWT Caregiver & Dope Pop – Sit & Sip

Rassii recently visited Trinidad to take care of some business. One day my phone rings.

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Rassii: What you want from Trinidad? (called while in the store)

Me: Ohhh, I’m good. (pause) (pause) Actually, some curry powder and tamarind balls.

Pop: (who is ear hustling) 1824 or 1787.

Me: 🤨

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Well pre-social distancing, the special delivery of the 1787 Angostura Caribbean Rum arrived just in time for Jeopardy. It’s aged 15 years and is serious yummylicious business. I‘m sure Rassii is now on Pop’s good list forever and ever, amen.

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Pop: We’re having a sit and sip. Don’t be quaffing. 😳🤣🤣🤣 (One of those Scrabble words. Meaning to drink (something, especially an alcoholic drink) heartily.)

The bonus at that time was my brother Greg visited from Brooklyn (we surprised Pop). It was the first time Greg visited me and he slid in quite comfortably, even navigating himself around the neighborhood via walking (Because that’s what New Yorkers do.). His visit was a breath of loving and fun, fresh air, full of great convo, belly laughs, and sit and sips.

Cheers all from me, Pop, my brother Greg (1 of 3), and my super dope “Bison”, “Showtime”, “Frat Brother”, and angel on earth Rassii! As we navigate these times, may you and yours have relaxing and engaging sit and sips. Cheers!

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I am so grateful for the love and support of family and friends. It means a lot to me and most of all to Pop.

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Love up on the sick and shut in and caregivers, especially during these concerning times. While visits may not be an option due to the suggested “social distancing”, calls (especially video calls) from a friendly voice could be what is needed at the moment or offering to pick up groceries/essentials and/or a little something special. A nice card is always a surprise welcome nowadays. Also, acknowledging caregivers is so important to their spirit. Loving and encouraging words can go a long way to soothe the sometimes weary heart. Be safe. Be well. Peace! #CaregiversMatter #BeDoLove #PopIs90YearsOldYoung

#1787AngosturaRum #Trinidad #TrinidadAndTobago #Yummyliciousness #HowardUniversity #Howarding #ShowtimeMarchingBand #KappaKappaPsi #TauBetaSigma #BisonLove #BisonPride #Bison4Life #BisonStrong #InTruthAndService #BleedBlue #TheMecca #HUYouKnow #ImSoGladIWentToHowardU

🎶I Know You Heard Me on the Radio. TRRUUUE!!!🎶 – Special Sam “The Man” Burns Tribute

Please join me and DJ Paul Howard aka Saeed on DC’s WPFW-FM’s “Inside Out LGBT Radio Show” for a special 2-hour tribute to DC’s Godfather of House Music, Sam “The Man” Burns. Tune in today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 1p-3p EST. DMV experience the magical musical vibes live on 89.3FM and all can stream us at http://www.wpfwfm.org.

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During the show call in to share your thoughts on house music and/or your favorite and fondest Sam memory at 202-588-0893. Please share and spread the word.

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DJ Paul said it best when he reflected on Sam, “Whenever I saw him, he would always say how proud he was of me. He was a giant, but he walked amongst us like a normal human being.”

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Thank you for the love and support. Send us good vibes. Please join us and enjoy! Make it a safe and beautiful day and week. Be great. Be courageous. Be Bold. BeDoLove! Peace! #WPFW #InsideOutLGBTRadioShow #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose #JuicySweetSpot #LivingOutLoud #LGBTQLivesMatter #HouseMusic #HouseMusicAllNightLong #IllHouseYou

Adventures of a HAWT Caregiver & Dope Pop – Liverwurst Anyone?

Pop: (a few weeks ago random) I want a liverwurst sandwich on pumpernickel with Muenster cheese, tomato, and mayonnaise.

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Me: 😳🤔

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Any other caregivers receiving interesting requests? I was most perplexed about the Muenster cheese. Pop says it helps to cut the taste of the liverwurst. I think it also helps to cut the taste of the pumpernickel.

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After some recommendations and an okay find (see below), I took matters into my own hands by tapping into my cheffing skills. Found some really good liverwurst at the Amish Market in Annapolis. Pop was impressed with the liverwurst and my sandwich skills. He gave the thumbs up. At first I wasn’t going to have a sandwich (especially since I’m not a fan of pumpernickel) but I tasted his and couldn’t resist. It was delish. Forgive me. I’ll return soon to tell the brand. Let’s me truly know all liverwurst is not made equal.

Why do I say that? After at first calling a couple of my go to delis (Deli City Restaurant on Bladensburg Road in DC and Parkway Deli in Sliver Spring, MD) and receiving help from my Facebook friends (WOW! I was surprised at how many folks love liverwurst.), I found New York City Deli in College Park that carried liverwurst. Pop said the sandwich was good. After tasting theirs and the Amish Market (far better) liverwurst, they don’t compare in taste and texture.

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Still want to get to Binkert’s which has “the best in German meats.” Thanks Tim. https://www.binkerts.com/ And, Chutzpah Deli, which is a Jewish NYC in Fairfax. Thanks Angel. https://chutzpahdeli.com/after-breakfast. Enjoy! #CaregiversMatter #Yummyliciousness #Liverwurst #IChefToWriteAboutIt #AmishMarket #IPrayToEatFoodILove

Adventures of a HAWT Caregiver & Dope Pop – 🎶My Funny Valentine…🎶

Ladies and gentlemen, I present a love day serenade 🎤 to you, you and YOU of our Pop, Enric Quentin Boxill’s beautiful whistling rendition of “My Funny Valentine.” Sit back and relax as you melt with joy. Trust! Enjoy! And, Happy Love Day! Especially to all the loving caregivers. 😍

View the video here: https://youtu.be/04ErjEO8uj4

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Backstory: Pop does daily random acts of whistling, humming, singing, and giggling (usually laughing at 45). It’s most endearing and like music to my ears when I hear him from another room. This was recorded at about 7amish this past Tuesday. He’d been whistling that morning way before and continued way after. Pop’s mother was an amazing whistler. I’m not too bad myself. Perhaps we’ll do a duet next time. 😁

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Pop says, “Have a good day. Be safe. Don’t work too hard. Love!” #MorningPopTalk #CareGiversMatter #BeDoLove #NinetyYearsYoung #Whistling #MyFunnyValentine

Adventures of a HAWT Caregiver & Dope Pop – Cello!!!

Remember the young man who magnificently played the cello and made you take notice at Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding in May 2018? I know I do. And, so did Pop so much so when he saw in the newspaper that he was to perform close by, Pop requested to attend the concert.

Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – February 1, 2020

Last weekend, Sheku Kanneh-Mason (the 3rd of 7 gifted musical children) performed a moving Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. As an encore he played Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry.” We’re so grateful to have experienced the beauty of his talent. Not only that, it was equally beautiful experiencing his passion in his movements and bringing some much desired “color” and edge to the space with his white African print shirt and Bob Marley selection.

Thank you Sheku for being a gift by being YOU and bringing a beautiful and vibrant face to this musical world. Looking forward to seeing you again hopefully in the near future.

This was my first time seeing Sheku and the BSO perform in person. To you reading this, there’s so much to be explored and enjoyed that’s off the beaten path and so therapeutic. Be open. Seek and explore. Breathe. Exhale. Love!

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” —unknown #BeDoLove #SupportTheArts #FindYourZen #OffTheBeatenPath #LivingOutLoud #StringsAreMyThang #BirthAndLiveYourSOULfullPurpose #ShekuKannehMason #ClassicalMusic #Cello

Nice recent interview – https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/royal-wedding-cello-prodigy-hopes-to-inspire-classical-musics-next-generation/2020/01/21/4cde51e2-3962-11ea-9541-9107303481a4_story.html

🎶I Know You Heard Me on the Radio. TRRUUUE!!!🎶 – How to Make a Difference Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Update: If you missed this amazing and VERY INFORMATIVE show, you can find the recording at:

*https://archive.wpfwfm.org/mp3/wpfw_200107_140000lmpab.mp3

*Archive page at http://www.wpfwfm.org

*Subscribe on iTunes at WPFW – Inside Out

Shout out to my HU boyeee and ally Clarence who showed me much love by paying the show a visit. It truly meant a lot.

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Please tune into INSIDE OUT LGBT RADIO SHOW today, Tuesday, January 7, 2pm-3pm EST as we discuss the topic of “How to Make a Difference Supporting the LGBTQ Community.” Tune in from the DMV at WPFW 89.3 FM or stream live ANYWHERE from your computer, phone or tablet at www.wpfwfm.org.

While, we’ve witnessed incredible change and progress in how the District of Columbia’s LGBTQ community is supported, there is still much work to be done. My guest is Sheila Alexander-Reid, who is the Director of The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs. Please join us for a discussion on the successes as well as the areas of concern to the community (i.e., youth homelessness, housing vouchers, seniors, transgender rights) and how the office is and how you can be a difference.

Thank you for the love and support. Send us good vibes. Please join us and enjoy! Make it a safe and beautiful day and week. Be great. Be courageous. Be Bold. BeDoLove! #WPFW #InsideOutLGBTRadioShow #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose #JuicySweetSpot #LivingOutLoud #LGBTQLivesMatter #RespectMeDC #MayorsOfficeOfLGBTQAffairs

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🎶I Know You Heard Me on the Radio. TRRUUUE!!!🎶 – How to Make a Difference Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Please tune into INSIDE OUT LGBT RADIO SHOW today, Tuesday, January 7, 2pm-3pm EST as we discuss the topic of “How to Make a Difference Supporting the LGBTQ Community.” Tune in from the DMV at WPFW 89.3 FM or stream live ANYWHERE from your computer, phone or tablet at www.wpfwfm.org.

While, we’ve witnessed incredible change and progress in how the District of Columbia’s LGBTQ community is supported, there is still much work to be done. My guest is Sheila Alexander-Reid, who is the Director of The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs. Please join us for a discussion on the successes as well as the areas of concern to the community (i.e., youth homelessness, housing vouchers, seniors, transgender rights) and how the office is and how you can be a difference.

Thank you for the love and support. Send us good vibes. Please join us and enjoy! Make it a safe and beautiful day and week. Be great. Be courageous. Be Bold. BeDoLove! #WPFW #InsideOutLGBTRadioShow #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose #JuicySweetSpot #LivingOutLoud #LGBTQLivesMatter #RespectMeDC #MayorsOfficeOfLGBTQAffairs

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The Relevant Teachings of “The Twilight Zone” As We Move Into 2018 (2020)

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REPOST: This is a repost from December 31, 2017. But, still relevant as I’m watching the marathon and we move into 2020.

I’m believing more and more that God sent our angel of truth Rod Serling as a profound messenger of our doom if we don’t get our moral compasses in check. That we as human beings indeed aren’t the only ones residing in this Universe. And, we will be conquered as we’ve already been conquering each other. I am convinced Serling was channeled through to deliver important messages and crystal ball moments of art imitating life. Talk about being obedient to one’s soul induced calling. Thank you Serling for being present to your gifts and being unafraid of being diagnosed with a huge case of the weirdos. Thank you for being a muse for me and all writers with inspiring to live, breathe, and bring to life the imagination of our SoulFULL Purpose.

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I live each year for “The Twilight Zone” marathons, usually falling around New Years Eve (now on SyFy until Tuesday morning) and the 4th of July. The Definitive Collection is on my wish list (hint hint), especially since I hear the episodes airing on television are not all in their entirety due to making room for those pesky commercials. Sure the psychological thrillers are quite bizarre, quirky, and frightening yet entertaining, which makes the beauty of these touched by an amazingness collection of unexpected twists works of arts. However, there are two lessons of life, this series that came about in the ’60s teaches us even as we go into 2018. 1. Many of the episodes focus on a moral code. This based on how to treat people. How to respect and love one another. 2. That we better get our heads right as our world continues to experience catastrophic shifts in its structure and existence.

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The serendipitous beauty is when I awaken with joy during the marathon at the uncovering of an episode I’ve yet to see. I woke this morning with my first episode being a new one for me. It was “A Piano in the House”. It’s about a sadistic and hated theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune, who buys a player piano that has the power to reveal the souls and innermost thoughts of all who hear it. He spoke profoundly about the “hidden faces” we all have. I also call it when we send “our representative” out. This is by hiding the vulnerabilities of our true character for fear of being anything but in control and in power. As it was revealed that Fitzgerald married his wife not for love, but to bully and humiliate her. Finding out later that he feared and envied people as he operated from the hurt little boy of his past. A painful and hurtful way that many operate not only damaging self, but also the spirits of those we claim we love. Another new one I just saw is “The Mirror”. It’s about a leader whose a tyrant. Yeah! Reality as we live and breathe today.

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Rod Serling is a genius with his creation and writing of the majority of the series. And, being easy on the eyes, with his almost clenched mouth narrative delivery is purposeful and perfect. He was a young 50 years old when he transitioned in 1975. To think he was 35-40 years of age when he was the writer and narrator for “The Twilight Zone”. It is noted that “Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the “angry young man” of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues, including censorship, racism, and war.” –Wikipedia. Check out this cool Serling Interview. http://youtu.be/q8sT6nz7VUM

Two other profound episodes I love and can also be seen on Hulu or YouTube:

“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” In 2009, Time named it one of the 10 best Twilight Zone episodes. It showed how easily, when in a panic, we can turn on each other rather than support and ban together. The aliens saw this and created paranoia and panic by turning off the electricity, and concluded that the easiest way to conquer the planet is to let the people become their own worst enemies as they turned on each other. They also discussed the fact that the Earth is “full of Maple Streets” and the aliens plan to move from one to the next creating havoc and destruction.

“The Midnight Sun” is how the Earth falls off its orbit and starts moving closer to the sun. In Serling’s opening narration he says “And all of man’s little devices to stir up the air are now no longer luxuries – they happen to be pitiful and panicky keys to survival.” Ending with the closing narrative of “The poles of fear, the extremes of how the Earth might conceivably be doomed. Minor exercise in the care and feeding of a nightmare, respectfully submitted by all the thermometer-watchers in the Twilight Zone.” In this episode, there is no more nighttime, people are fleeing NYC to Canada, and it’s the hottest day EVER! And, while seemingly all a dream, later in the episode the earth has changed its orbit and now there is no more sun, it’s snowing, people are fleeing to Miami and they are pending a freeze-out. HELLO!!! GLOBAL WARMING!!! HELLO!!! You see the similarities. This was also captured in the episode “Third From the Sun”. Imagine seeing both of these doomed filled episodes back to back. Even Serling was in touch with the Earth’s pending doom if we don’t heed the signs. Floodings, earthquakes, tsunamis, ice melting in the coldest corners of the earth, losing track of our seasons. Global warming is real.

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Mood shift! What’s so cool to see is celebrities (we’ve known and loved, young, handsome, and beautiful). Although I always feel for William Shatner when he’s being terrorized by the pug-nosed monster on the wing of the plane on “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. He really should have taken that sedative. And, when Talky Tiny went gangsta and pushed Telly Savalas down the stairs… DAYUM Kojak! Other actors like Burt Reynolds, Robert Duvall, and Robert Redford looking like he was no more than 20.

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Yet, even with all 156 (Serling wrote 92 of them.) episodes which were created from 1959-1964, (Real talk alert.) I’m reminded that Black representation is extremely rare. And, on the rare occasion when a Black actor pops up on the screen, it’s an “OOOHHH! AAAHHH!” treat. Although I read that Rod Serling was a champion for diversity and wanted to include Black actors more. But not surprising that the network powers that be at CBS would control Mr. Serling in this regard. “I Am the Night-Color Me Black” is about one morning where a man is about to hang for the killing of one of his bigoted neighbors. And, the townspeople find themselves thrown into an unending night.

Well, whether you’re a fan or not of TZ, my prayer is that as we move into 2018 we can all LIVE coming from a space of who we truly are and not from what we want others to see or perceive ourselves to be. Succumbing and LIVING our truths and purpose. Operating with love, compassion, and respect. Understanding that the healing of past wounds is important to reviving a loving and exuberant spirit. This all includes me with being courageous and risking in living a transparent, authentic, and loving life. With the importance of cultivating safe spaces for a pure and wonderful existence, whether with those I create for myself and others to BE! DO! LOVE! Wishing you all and me peace, clarity, love, and joy in 2018 and beyond. Namaste! ONWARD! #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #BirthAndLiveYourSOULfullPurpose #HealingEqualsFreedom #SuperSoulSunday #SupportTheArts #TheTwilightZone

 

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Chat About Black Actors in TZ – http://twilightzonewor.fr.yuku.com/topic/3793/Black-Folks-On-TZs

 

A Piano in the House – https://youtu.be/NBEza8h2qm8

“The Mirror” – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mirror_(The_Twilight_Zone)

Full Episode – https://youtu.be/OxRpfV9oKXQ

“Living Doll” about Talky Tina – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Doll_(The_Twilight_Zone)

Full Episode – https://youtu.be/YMf7D6tl5Y0

 

“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monsters_Are_Due_on_Maple_Street

Full Episode – http://youtu.be/jlHSD6uo7Mk

 

“The Midnight Sun” – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Midnight_Sun

Full Episode – http://youtu.be/BetX2wfnRJs

 

“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_at_20,000_Feet

Full Episode – https://youtu.be/LYVqMVXd1ak

 

“I Am the Night-Color Me Black” – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_the_Night—Color_Me_Black

Full Episode: https://youtu.be/W93Y9s9Wz-Y

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Adventures of a HAWT Caregiver & Dope Pop – Play Dates

If you know a caregiver (who doesn’t nowadays), pay them visits. Offer to do something fun with them alone so they can exhale or by including their loved one(s). If you’re the caregiver, release the shame, pride, or the savior “woe is me” mentality. Be gentle with yourself. Remember, you’re not alone in this. You’re not the only one. Invite trusted loved ones to support you during this time. It may require you to expand and extend your net as those you hoped aren’t available.

Moments of fun should be allowed to flow, lighten up, and heal. Request it. Receive it. You deserve to experience joy and pleasure in the midst of it all. Your loved one deserves it. And, your tribe deserves being a gift to you and yours. It truly is the circle of a love-filled and purposeful life. And, I’m so grateful for my tribe who have and continue to be there beyond the lip service with actually being there and showing up. A gift and example.

A couple of months ago Pop requested a Scrabble game. While I’m not a big Scrabble player, I honored his request. Yesterday when mentioning he has a Scrabble play date that included yummylicious Christmas leftovers and Pineapple Jalepeno Margaritas:

Pop: Wait a minute. I haven’t played in a while. That was for me and you to play. People can get really serious when they play.

Me: Pop it ain’t that type of party.

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Pop: I ain’t scared.

Well my Howard University Bison sisters came to the rescue. Ardella and I also hadn’t played in a while. Zoe gets it in with her mom so she was able to help with the rules. And, with the daily hours of reading, crossword puzzles, and word scramble 90 year-old Pop does, his vocabulary is extensive. Hence him playing “gladden”, “quint” and “en”. Who in the world knows that “en” is a word?!? 😳 Pop won by a point over Zoe. Me third. Ardella forth. While departing, Ardella declared she’s going to learn some words for the next Scrabble play date. Perhaps I should too, as I pause to appreciate the beautiful gifts of life. And, not wanting to get clobbered (oh that’s a good one) by Pop and Zoe the next time. In the meantime, here’s to wishing you Fun, Laughter, Peace, and Love to you now and ALWAYS! WORD! 😉 Ase #CareGiversMatter #Scrabble #Wordsmith #MyTribeIsDope #BeDoLove #BisonLove #BleedBlue #HowardUniversity #AintNoPartyLikeAnHUParty #InTruthAndService

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Morning Pop Talk – Parang/Happy Boxill I Mean Boxing Day

Pop: 🎶Goooood Morning! Happy Boxing Day.🎶 Not, Happy Boxill Day. But, Happy Boxing Day. But, Happy Boxill Day too.

Me: 😳😆 Pop, What is Boxing Day?

Pop: It started in England. In Trinidad it’s a holiday where people wore costumes and steel bands played similar to carnival. I don’t know if they do that anymore. (See a description of Boxing Day below that’s related to slavery.)

Pop: On Christmas Day people would come around playing guitars and singing Christmas carols or other music. (Me: Parang. ((See description and must see video below.))) For Christmas even as children we would have wine or really good port wine. Although I didn’t have anything to drink yesterday. (Pop is still salty that he didn’t have a drink yesterday since he’s on an antibiotic.)

As Pop would say, “Have a good day. Be safe. Don’t work too hard. Love!” “Oh, and Happy Holidays!” #MorningPopTalk #CareGiversMatter

PS: Santa gave Pop an iPad for Christmas. He loves to play games like Solitaire, Mahjong, and Bridge. Although I doubt it, maybe he’ll read from it. I think he prefers the feel of the newspapers and books. Any other games you think he may like?

PSS: My bucket list is to visit Trinidad for Christmas. I love love love string instruments to now include the cuatro. I looked up Boxing Day. And, there are various and conflicting theories regarding its origin. One is below. Also, below is a nice video on Parang. So interesting and rich in history. Trinidad continues to amaze me as a very diverse country. Chinese, Indians, Venezuelans…

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“There’s not one agreed-upon origin story for Boxing Day — the deeper you dig, the greater the confusion. What we know for sure is that the holiday originated in Britain, back in medieval times.

Common theories all involve some variation on the theme of giving to those less fortunate. Some believe the term “Boxing Day” comes from the practice of the rich donating a wooden box of Christmas leftovers to their servants and apprentices — who would work Christmas Day, but have December 26 off to celebrate with their families. It could also refer to collection boxes set up at churches, their contents distributed to the poor on December 26 — the day of the Feast of St. Stephen, a Christian martyr known for acts of charity… In Caribbean regions that were once under British rule, the charity box exchange on December 26 wasn’t between aristocrats and employees — it was between slave-owners and their slaves. Boxing Day was likely the only day off from forced labor that slaves received all year. Among their descendants, December 26 has become a dance party, a day of artistic expression, and a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture… The Boxing Day street parade in Trinidad & Tobago is J’ouvert, which in this case is the opening party of the larger celebration of Carnival.” — https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thrillist.com/amphtml/travel/nation/what-is-boxing-day

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A Celebration of Parang: The Indigenous Sounds of Trinidad & Tobago https://youtu.be/yVNGLIQfL3A

Parranderos

https://youtu.be/phgXXU91jtU

“Parang is a popular folk music originating from Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago that was brought to Trinidad and Tobago by Venezuelan and Colombian migrants who were primarily of Amerindian, Spanish, Mestizo, Pardo, Cocoa panyol, and African heritage, something which is strongly reflected in the music itself. The word is derived from two Spanish words: parranda, meaning “a spree or fête”, and parar meaning “to stop”.

In Trinidad, traditional parang music is largely performed around Christmastime, when singers and instrumentalists (collectively known as the parranderos) travel from house to house in the community, often joined by friends and neighbours family etc. using whatever instruments are at hand. In exchange for the entertainment, parranderos are traditionally given food and drink: pasteles, pastelle, sorrel, rum and Ponche Crema (a form of alcoholic eggnog).” — https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parang

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