Diaspora

Life of a Vodou Drummer in Brooklyn

Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Above is a short clip from the documentary “The Other Side of the Water: the Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn.” The official synop goes as follows: The Other Side of the Water follows a group of young immigrants who take an ancient music […]

In Search of Kali Ma (part 1)

Finding places where people gather to worship Kali–the aspect of God that, among other things, severs your head–is not necessarily an easy task. While there’s nothing particularly secretive about Kali worship, diaspora communities who take Kali as their primary deity–the people you want to meet–aren’t necessarily interested in proselytizing to […]

SOUL FOOD, WANDERING, & RA UN NEFER

Always an uplifting experience, today I went for a walk down Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. My main purpose was to walk with a slight abandon while hoping to stumble upon either the Ausar Auset Society founded by my secret intellectual-man-crush, Ra Un Nefer, author of the very awesome Metu Neter […]