All posts tagged: melanin

Gritaram-Me Negra! [They Shouted, Black Girl!]

**Tinha sete anos apenas, [I was only seven years old] apenas sete anos, [only seven years old] Que sete anos! [what seven years?!] Não chegava nem a cinco! [I wasn’t even five!] De repente umas vozes na rua [when suddenly some voices in the street] me gritaram Negra! [shouted, “black girl!”] Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! [Black! Black!…] “Por acaso sou negra?” – me disse (SIM!) [“Am I really black?” — I said, (YES!)] “Que coisa é ser negra?” (NEGRA!) [“What’s it mean to be black?” (BLACK!)] E eu não sabia a triste verdade que aquilo escondia. (NEGRA!) [And I didn’t know the sad truth that it hid (BLACK!).] E me senti negra, (NEGRA!) [And I felt black, (BLACK!)] Como eles diziam (NEGRA!) [Like they said (BLACK!)] E retrocedi (NEGRA!) [And I retreated (BLACK!)] Como eles queriam (NEGRA!) [Like they wanted (BLACK!)] E odiei meus cabelos e meus lábios grossos [And I hated my hair and my thick lips] e olhei vergonha da minha pele torrado [and I was ashamed of my toasted skin] E retrocedi (NEGRA!) [I retreated …

Cruises, Culture, and Responsibility

So I realize I haven’t posted in a good minute. My practicum, the last requirement for my degree, really took over my life; I’m not being hyperbolic. I wasn’t cooking very creatively, I wasn’t cooking much at all, and I just couldn’t breathe a second long enough to think to take photos of anything or post about anything. But now that’s all over and I actually got to take a vacation. That’s what this post is about–my cruise to Cozumel on Carnival. Naturally, my parents were a bit nervous about my going on this cruise given Carnival’s recent bouts of ship issues, but luckily the one I was on had no mechanical problems. There were some other problems… [Warning: this is a long post.] The morning the ship sailed I took my last final of grad school. I ran out of there in under an hour after furiously scribbling down answers. Since I live pretty close to the port we took a cab there and luckily got on board pretty quickly. It didn’t register at …