Summer soon come!
Finally, we can shake the chill of winter and dry off from the rains of spring! We now move into what is arguably everyone’s favorite time of the year and while in months past, Griots Republic has travelled with you far and wide, this month we stay a bit closer to home. Knowing you, our faithful readers are ready for some sun, sand, and culture therefore, GR would like to offer for your consideration the U.S.Virgin Islands (USVI). A short plane ride away from the east coast, lay St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John; three of the most wonderful places to catch some rays, afrocentric culture, food, and fantastic people.
Our trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands was well timed as the country was embarking on their Centennial, a celebration of the Danish West Indies becoming the United States Virgin Islands. The events surrounding the celebration attracted both residents and tourists and our photographer, Camara Clayton, had a field day capturing the people of the USVI.
While in St. Croix, we caught the Caribbean Dance Company in action and hard at work. So be sure to watch their video. We also talked with Chef Digby at his Cruzan restaurant about the art of cooking and his take on the “farm to table” trend. Also, one of the highlights of our time spent in the USVI was our conversation with Delroy Anthony, the St. John culture bearer, who has covered everything from African inspired art & history to herbal medicine with the GR Team. Since we are on the herbal medicine topic, we followed that up by highlighting and demystifying the superfood known as Moringa. We also spoke to Barrington Salmon and he shares some additional history and background about Water Island.
These are just a few of the things we have in store for you this month and we certainly don’t want to give it all away here. We’d rather leave some things for you to discover on your own. So grab your sunglasses and your towel and we will meet you on the beach.
Rodney Andrew Goode (Griots Republic Archivist)