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Eyes Of Anahory  🔅A first-gen American Criola’s exploration of her family’s native Cabo Verde islands 🇨🇻 🔅Vision by ancestors 🔅Narration by @mea2cham

🔅international women’s day 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏿‍♀️
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In celebration of International Women’s day I wanted to highlight a few profiles that center Criolas!! Ready??
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The first time I saw consistent images of Cabo Verdean women, in our true variations and beyond just how stunning we look in bikinis was through Nos é Criolas (@nosecriolas). I stumbled across their profile and hit that follow real quick. I am thankful for the women who scour IG for our pictures, think up inspiring, motivational content, and translate captions in three (sometimes four) different languages cause they know we are literally all over the place so they just have to cover all their bases 😂😂 take a peek at their profile and follow if you want more melanin blessings your timeline. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#internationalwomensday #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #criola #caboverdiana #nosecriolas

🔅international women’s day 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏿‍♀️
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In celebration of International Women’s Day I wanted to highlight a few profiles that center Criolas!! Ready??
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The Cabo Verdean diaspora is STRONG let me tell you. As a community, we will rally from all corners of the globe in support of one another. The nonprofit organization Criolas Contra Cancer (@criolascontracancer) takes full advantage of our ability to rally and channels it towards toward people impacted by cancer (from what I’ve seen usually women and typically breast cancer). For my network that likes to know where your donation is going, CCC typically centers one single individual Criola, caretaker, or family story vs. mass, generalized fundraising - they present these personal stories and evidence of a fundraiser’s impact via their social channels so we can see how our contributions are helping CCC come alongside someone in need of support. Follow them if you’re interested in financially supporting Cabo Verdeans managing cancer’s effect on their lives
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#internationalwomensday #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #criola #caboverdiana #criolacontracancer

🔅international women’s day 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏿‍♀️
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In celebration of International Women’s day I wanted to highlight a few profiles that center Criolas!! Ready??
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Finally finally finally there is a formal organization building up the professional Criola community. Kriola’s Professional Association (@kriolaspa) is brand new and based in the Boston area (you might notice that they spell it Kriola - again our dialect has so many variations and they are all valid!). When I tell you I almost packed up and MOVED to Boston (again) when I saw this community launch. Girl. I will do anything these days to connect - in the meantime I’m excited to follow the association’s digital footprint and encourage the women I know to attend their events. These women have already announced a few local gatherings and an upcoming collaboration. Looking forward to seeing and hopefully supporting the KPA’s development in 2019. If you know a Cabo Verdean woman who is not me, pass this profile along to them! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#internationalwomensday #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #criola #caboverdiana

🔅A Criola Under the Cabo Verdean Flag 🇨🇻
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Nady again because, wow girl. Give us all of it. Tell us what we need to know about a young woman who carries the Cabo Verdean flag in both directions of the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @mea2cham
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#canonT6i #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #okayafrica #criola #caboverdiana #nosecriolas #capvertenimages #cap_vert_en_images #cvei #portraitphotography #documentaryphotography #africanphotography #pursuitofportraits #portraitpage #vsco #storytime #storytelling #history #communitybuilding #diaspora #myafrica #djuntamon
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🔅Matá Sodade
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Every criolu, who has been, knows the feeling of landing on Cabo Verde. Doesn’t matter the island. “E li ke terra” our heart reassures us. We feel the energy in our bones. For those of us just visiting, we also know the feeling of leaving and having to return to wherever we came. Goodness. The sodade is heavy, even for someone like me who spent my whole life in the US (in a few ways, Cabo Verde is both borrowed AND mine). In early February, after six weeks in CV, I came back to Florida with a heavy heart. Pam matá sodade I turned on my camera that I like to hide away and gently nudged the closest young Criolas I could find into a photo shoot - dipping into my aunt’s stash of Cabo Verdean goodies in her special maleta. Swipe to see what I mean. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @mea2cham
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#canonT6i #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #cvei #storytime #storytelling #history #diaspora #myafrica #sodade #kriolu #criolo #translations
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🔅Criolas Under the Cabo Verdean Flag 🇨🇻
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A group shot just to highlight the tiniest slice of the diversity you’ll find in a single family tree. Colonialism, mixing, movement - its all a wonder. These young Criolas represent the complexity and vibrancy of the diaspora and the Cabo Verdean identity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @mea2cham
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#canonT6i #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #okayafrica #criola #caboverdiana #nosecriolas #capvertenimages #cap_vert_en_images #cvei #portraitphotography #documentaryphotography #africanphotography #pursuitofportraits #portraitpage #vsco #storytime #storytelling #history #communitybuilding #diaspora #myafrica #djuntamon

🔅A Criola Under the Cabo Verdean Flag 🇨🇻
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Our reach is far as our diaspora has spread wide. But this flag, even with its contested red white and blue (the debate runs deep y’all - should we have changed our flag? What about Pan African red-yellow-green need to be updated? Are we ok with looking like a remix of the EU? The USA?), is what connects us pa nos terra, Cabo Verde. It calls, we answer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In February 2019, I shot three young Criolas (a pair of sisters and their cousin) under our flag in the closed patio of my aunt’s south Florida home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sitting here is Zoë. She’s being raised up under one my favorite not-officially-related-but-definitely-has-all-the-weight-of-being-my-blood Tia Milú. She’s reserved though self-assured. Brilliant and self-aware. She holds up the history and beauty of both Cabo Verde and Haiti on her person, adding yet another dimension to a generation of criolas navigating the entanglements of moving peoples over the ocean’s steady, carrying waves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @mea2cham
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#canonT6i #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #okayafrica #criola #caboverdiana #nosecriolas #capvertenimages #cap_vert_en_images #cvei #portraitphotography #documentaryphotography #africanphotography #pursuitofportraits #portraitpage #vsco #storytime #storytelling #history #communitybuilding #diaspora #myafrica #djuntamon

🔅A Criola Under the Cabo Verdean Flag 🇨🇻
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Our reach is far as our diaspora is spread wide. This flag, even with its contested red white and blue (the debate runs deep y’all - should we have changed our flag? What about Pan African red-yellow-green need to be updated? Are we ok with looking like a remix of the EU? The USA?), is what connects us pa nos terra, Cabo Verde. It calls, we answer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In February 2019, I shot three young Criolas (a pair of sisters and their cousin) under our flag in the closed patio of my aunt’s south Florida home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sitting here is Sasha. Is it just me or can everyone feel the weight of Sasha’s personhood in this photo? Let me confirm that every shot, each pose she gave (and I captured) was deliberate and direct. Sasha is not afraid to stare down a camera. What more should I expect from the young girl who is always first on the dance floor - cheeks glittering, body shaking, hips twisting and grooving to the sounds of Cabo Verde and her family cheering her on in a chorus of ‘opa’s!’ and ‘go girls!’. I was therefore not surprised that when I asked her to “tell this lens everything you need someone to know about you as a criola”, this was her response. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @mea2cham
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#canonT6i #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #okayafrica #criola #caboverdiana #nosecriolas #capvertenimages #cap_vert_en_images #cvei #portraitphotography #documentaryphotography #africanphotography #pursuitofportraits #portraitpage #vsco #storytime #storytelling #history #communitybuilding #diaspora #myafrica #djuntamon

🔅A Criola Under the Cabo Verdean Flag 🇨🇻
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Our reach is far as our diaspora is spread wide. This flag, even with its contested red white and blue (the debate runs deep y’all - should we have changed our flag? What about Pan African red-yellow-green need to be updated? Are we ok with looking like a remix of the EU? The USA?), is what connects us pa nos terra, Cabo Verde. It calls, we answer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In February 2019, I shot three young Criolas (a pair of sisters and their cousin) under our flag in the closed patio of my aunt’s south Florida home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sitting here is Nady. She’s in her early 20s and LIVING her best life as a medical student in China. This photoshoot was only the second time I’d met her given her school schedule and the fact that she’s a criola living in flipping China. She navigates her complex, dynamic reality with grace and confidence - fluent in three languages and three contexts, flowing between American English, Cabo Verdean Criolu and Mandarin Chinese. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @mea2cham
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#canonT6i #caboverde🇨🇻 #capeverde #okayafrica #criola #caboverdiana #nosecriolas #capvertenimages #cap_vert_en_images #cvei #portraitphotography #documentaryphotography #africanphotography #pursuitofportraits #portraitpage #vsco #storytime #storytelling #history #communitybuilding #diaspora #myafrica #djuntamon

🔅 Djimms in 45sec
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I asked Djimms a few rapid fire questions, just for fun and mostly to keep him in front of the camera longer - this behind the scenes operator would rather stay that way. •✅Catxupa vs Canja
•✅Super Bock vs Estrella •✅Ildo Lobo vs Cesaria
•Samba vs ✅Kizomba
•Hip hop vs ✅R&B
•Sampadjudo vs Badiu (this is a loaded, trick question given language politics. He answered brilliantly by saying Salgadim - I interpret this response as reflective of his loyalty to Sal and the people, whoever shows up and whatever they speak)

#shotoniphone #caboverde🇨🇻 #sal #espargos #portta5 #businessowner #travelphotography #documentaryphotography #storytime #storytelling #history #communitybuilding #rapidfire #catxupa #canja #ildolobo #cesaria #barefootdiva #samba #kizomba #hiphop #rnb #language

🔅 Fora do comum ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Like anywhere in the world, it is easy to get swept up in the drudgery of daily life in Espargos. Wake up, work, almoze, work again and then back to bed. For some nuance, you might swing by a local watering hole like @portta5bar to greet friends and unwind. Sal is lucky to count Djimms (@skt_salgadim), 1/3 owner of Portta 5, as someone who has established a vital staple offering comforting, grounding familiarity while in just a year has also proven it is fora do comum (out of the ordinary) by providing so many opportunities for dynamic, authentic engagement and connection in the local community (see previous post for examples).
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#shotoniphone #caboverde🇨🇻 #sal #travelphotography #storytime #storytelling #history #kriolu #criolo #translations #localhotspot #wateringhole #portta5 #foradocomum

🔅 for Super Bock, for community
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Djimms is a business owner, an advocate, and a figure of influence in Espargos and the larger Sal island. He is a trained graphic designer who partnered with two friends to open up @portta5bar, a vintage home with 70+ years history transformed into a design bar and local gathering spot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
At Portta 5 you might come for the Super Bock but stay to enjoy the art Djimms commissioned through his Ghetto Urban Art initiative, the Roda de Samba and feijões, the retelling of Sal’s history by the oldest tour guide on the island, the community organizing against police/neighborhood violence, a stop on an international author’s book tour, or any number of the programming the Portta 5 trio has cooked up “so pk nos e dod na bzot” (just because we are crazy about you - a slogan that doubles down on their love for their city)
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#shotoniphone #caboverde🇨🇻 #sal #espargos #portta5 #superbock #businessowner #travelphotography #documentaryphotography #storytime #storytelling #history #communitybuilding

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