Our Caribbean Lives Matters within the Caribbean community by showcasing our beautiful our culture here in Central Florida and Worldwide with cultural events, diverse cultural cuisines, to our people in the community that are given back. We can also voice our opinions and views on how we see things in the community and make changes.
Celebrating Haiti's Independence Day (January)
Haiti: The Greatest Teacher of The All! January 1st is Haiti Independence Day. Beyond the turpitudes of her foes, the history of Haiti is filled with hope, glory, valor, and valiance of a people who fought for freedom and liberty. Haiti’s misunderstood reality stems from her brutal past as a former French colony—A place where Black slaves had led the only successful revolution in history, which on January 1st, 1804, gave birth to the first black republic in the world. The history of the Haitian people is an unprecedented event that should be remembered and celebrated by lovers of freedom and liberty worldwide. Unfortunately, the world's view of Haiti has been biased and misconstrued, as her major contributions to humanity are......CLICK TO READ MORE!
Celebrating Cultural Events with The Orlando Caribbean Festival
Mr. Adner D'Haiti (and yes, that is his real name!). One word that can be used to describe Caribbean people is the word passion, which is evident in how proudly the diaspora represents their heritage. Mr. Adner D'Haiti is one such individual who is actively in pursuit of promoting pride throughout the Caribbean community of the Orlando area. He is the man behind the scenes of the annual Orlando Caribbean Festival, tasked with the overall success of the event. Adding to the pressures of putting on a good show is that coming off a successful event in 2015, expectations are the things this year will be bigger and better. Beyond Karibbean Friends was able to get a hold of the always busy promoter and pick his brain about the upcoming Orlando Karibbean Festival and learn more about the man. ......CLICK TO READ MORE!
Celebrating The Culture of A Pannist
For those who don't know, what exactly is steel pan, Beverly Williams shares a little insight about this artform that has become an international instrument that many are playing worldwide. The steel pan, also known as the "steel drum", is a tuned percussion instrument created in the 1930s in the lovely twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. The pan is circular, looks like a bowl, that has "dents" in it that play different notes. You play it with wooden mallets, which us natives call "sticks" that have rubber ends. Before the steel pan, it was "Tamboo Bamboo" bands made of descendants of African slaves hitting the ground with bamboo, jamming with bottles with spoons and metal lids. It's sometimes played solo or with a whole band of different pans. You know... the entertainers on Caribbean cruise ships or that sound of music you hear in the background of travel commercials to "the islands"? Yep, ......CLICK TO READ MORE!
Celebrating The Culture of Our Jamaicans
In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month in June, we are honored to feature Xavier Murphy, who has been a community leader and a pioneer in the South Florida area for many years from launching his web-based communication for the Jamaican Diaspora (Jamaicans.com in 1995), which has become the world’s leading website covering news, travel, culture, and politics in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and the 3rd largest Jamaican website online. It is also the 1st Caribbean website to launch an iPhone app. Xavier has been very active in the South Florida community and served in a leadership capacity for many organizations including the President of the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals. We celebrate Xavier Murphy as our “Men of Kulture 365 “Jamaican” Ambassador in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month (June) ......CLICK TO READ MORE!