Music to My Ears: Turn by Turn- Kcee

About the Artist:

Kcee is a singer from Lagos, Nigeria, who rose to solo fame after being part of a duo called KC Presh for 12 years. “Limpopo”, a song that reportedly took him only 40 minutes to record, is credited as being the single that put him on the map. Prior to “Limpopo”, he’d released several other songs that never quite made it big.

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Dia de las Trenzas (Day of the Braids) in Panama!

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I came across this at work today and had to share!

Each year, in Panama, the third Monday in May is “Dia de las Trenzas”, or “Day of the Braids”, and it’s just what it sounds like.

History:

It all started as a form of resistance back in 2012, after several high schools forbade students from wearing braided hairstyles. May is Panama’s month dedicated to commemorating la etnia negra, or the black ethnic group, and since then, Dia de las Trenzas has become part of the celebrations.

According to singer Yomira John, Dia de las Trenzas is celebrated “to reaffirm black heritage and the contribution of those of African descent to the culture of the country… braids establish a way to weave links of brotherhood between all Panamanians, regardless of color.”

My Take:

This was so cool to me because in countries all over the world, it’s been called into question at some time or another whether braided styles are appropriate in academic and professional environments.

Whether you’re in Panama, the US, Belgium, Jamaica, Nigeria or pretty much anywhere, you’ll find little curly haired girls that can tell you horror stories of when their mother, grandmother, or aunt would call them into their bedroom and tell them to sit on the floor to get their hair braided.

It is a part of our culture that links us.

So to have the appropriateness of something so foundational to who we are called into question over and over can be hard.

Having Panamanians of all colors and hair textures come together to celebrate braided hairstyles shows that they- and by extension, those that wear them- have a place in Panamanian society, which is beautiful.

Now if only I’d known ahead of time, I would have definitely partaken in the festivities!

There’s always next year 😉

You can read more about Dia de las Trenzas here (it’s in spanish, but google translate, ya’ll).

And check out this video as well! It won’t embed for some reason, but prepare for the cuteness:

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(my favorite part is, at 00:45, when the little girl says *smilimg* “I like them… I like them a lot… It hurt when my mom did them… it made me cry…” We feel your pain, girl!!)

-Charly

Knotty Thoughts: 17 things that will definitely happen when you work from home for the first time (Awesome Illustrations Included)

A couple weeks ago, I forgot I’d taken my laptop home over the weekend, and went to work without it.

When I got there and saw my empty desk, I explained what had happened to my manager, and because she’s awesome, she told me that it was no big deal; I could work from home.

Thus, this post was born! So here’s what’s 110% certain to happen the first time you work from home.

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Music To My Ears: Pitbull ft. Gente de Zona- Piensas (Dile La Verdad)

“Music to My Ears” is a series of recurring posts showcasing the music of artists from around the world.


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About the Artists:

Not going to go deep into this one for two main reasons:

1. Pitbull is a popular artist.

2. Gente de Zona is a group that’s lesser known outside of the Latin music community, but they’ve been around for close to 15 years. They achieved some mainstream success this past summer when the Spanglish version of Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” (which featured them, along with Sean Paul, and Descemer Bueno) hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It was great to see them get some recognition, but they are so much more than a group that just happened to be featured on a hot song along with a couple well-known artists. They’re extraordinarily talented in their own right, and will be getting their own post where I’ll share more about who they are, and what it is that makes what they do important.

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