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You know who you are?<br />

Do you know what’s<br />

your purpose in life?<br />

People - Origins - Cultures & more<br />

Unveiling The Illusion<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris<br />

Barrow’s Book<br />

Will transform your<br />

mindset to some<br />

misguided inherited<br />

belief<br />

Pag. 25<br />

Together?<br />

Easy?<br />

By Judith Rapley<br />

Pag. 3<br />

<strong>Volume</strong> 4 - <strong>October</strong> 2016 | www.ethnicitiesmagazine.com


Editorial Letter...................................................................................... 2<br />

By: Keila Salazar Moreno, B.A.<br />

Together? Easy?..............................................................................3-6<br />

By: Judith Rapley, B.A.<br />

Panama is also Caribbean* ........................................................7-9<br />

By: Dr. Alberto Barrow<br />

Peter Williams’s Secret Part II................. .............................11-12<br />

By: Andrés Villa, B.A.<br />

Your Mouth: A Window to a Healthy Body...... .................13-17<br />

By. Dr. Vania Barrow<br />

Fall Winter 2016-17 Trend Report................... ...................18-24<br />

By: Ninna Marie Ottey, B.A.<br />

Unveiling The Illusion, Book written by Dr. Melida A. Harris<br />

Barrow ..........................................................................................25-32<br />

By: Keila Salazar Moreno, B.A. and Dr. Marcellues E. Hall<br />

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Panama is also Caribbean<br />

Dr. Alberto Barrow<br />

Alejandro Hilton’s History........... ...........................................33-34<br />

By: Keila Salazar Moreno, B.A.<br />

Importance of Headwraps......................................................35-36<br />

By: Selvia Miller Palmer, B.A.<br />

Did you know who Sarah Boone was?..................................... 38<br />

By: Keila Salazar Moreno, B.A.<br />

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Unveiling The Illusion<br />

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This month we have as<br />

an exclusive, the story of<br />

Panamanian Dr. Melida<br />

Harris Barrow, now based<br />

in the United States<br />

where she shares about<br />

her life and her new book<br />

which will be released<br />

December 2016: “Unveiling<br />

the Illusion”, I want<br />

to especially thank Marcellues<br />

Hall, who lives in<br />

France for his collaboration<br />

on this interview with Dr. Harris Barrow.<br />

Thanks to all our dear<br />

readers and followers of<br />

different social networks<br />

for the invaluable support<br />

we receive from you. We<br />

hope with the favor of<br />

God and of your loyalty to<br />

reach more people every<br />

day with the message<br />

that <strong>Ethnicities</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

has for you.<br />

In this publication, you’ll be able to find information about dental health by Dr. Vania<br />

Barrow, an interesting article by Dr. Alberto Barrow, a story with encouragement for couples<br />

by our new editor in contribution, Judith Rapley, Executive & Business Coach and<br />

Strategist in New York, and the ending of Peter Williams’s Secret by Panamanian writer<br />

Andres Villa, among the many other interesting subjects and profiles.<br />

As of November 2016, <strong>Ethnicities</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> will also open the compass of it’s vision to<br />

also address the stories of the aborigines of our country and other regions of the world<br />

through our online magazine.<br />

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We also want to announce that on <strong>October</strong> 9 we started our online radio show, where<br />

we will address themes about beauty, health, family, advice, life, culture, art, music,<br />

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What? It was lost?<br />

Here we were a week after our 5th year anniversary<br />

and his wonderful milestone fun-packed<br />

birthday celebration week.<br />

How could he be telling me that he had lost<br />

his wedding ring somewhere in this week’s<br />

festivities?<br />

I was so angry at him.<br />

Mad, in fact.<br />

How and when was it lost or misplaced? Maybe when<br />

he took it off on Tuesday to work on the truck and make<br />

sandwiches and salads? Maybe it was later that day<br />

when he had to wash the truck and had to get underneath<br />

to replace the propane. I was angry! I was hurt! And he<br />

was going to know it.<br />

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Now intellectually I knew a band doesn’t a<br />

marriage make but it was sentimentally and<br />

spiritually important to me. To us. This was a big<br />

deal. These rings had been exchanged in love<br />

as we were wed. They had been prayed over,<br />

blessed and presented on that beautiful ceremonial<br />

day we had just watched by video the week<br />

before on our anniversary morning.<br />

I didn’t speak to him without ice in my voice for<br />

2 days.<br />

I was no longer going to wear mine.<br />

Let him see how that felt.<br />

Yes, he tried to connect with me, just smooth things<br />

over and move on but I couldn’t. I needed some time<br />

with this milieu of female thoughts and imaginations<br />

running through my head. On day two, I didn’t even want<br />

to be around him. I wanted him to sleep in the doghouse,<br />

except we don’t have a house. Nor a dog. And we<br />

live in New York City. A homeless guy is the usual here.<br />

This time was well spent and utilized for me to come<br />

back to my full senses. After forty-eight hours of thinking<br />

about it all, in between all the things I had to and<br />

needed to do, after forty eight hours of being in my<br />

feelings, owning them and dissecting them, along<br />

with two sister girlfriend conversations, with better<br />

sense and some clarity I spoke to him about it all.

I realized I had been afraid.<br />

I was afraid of what people would say. For those gossips and<br />

nosy people who had seen him with a ring and now wouldn’t.<br />

As a single woman, in today’s society that’s what I typically had<br />

used to determine if a man was married given most men’s dubious<br />

behaviors today, so now how would other women be able<br />

to know he was taken? Even though he, like most of my male<br />

friends seem to say that a man with a wedding band somehow<br />

seemed to attract more of some women’s attention. What<br />

a thing huh? But that’s another conversation for another time.<br />

During that time there was so much I thought and over-thought.<br />

Did he lose it accidentally, or on purpose?<br />

If so, my imagination running wild asked, what<br />

does that mean?<br />

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What did this all mean about us?<br />

About him? About me?<br />

As we took some time to talk about it, I expressed that<br />

I was angry, disappointed, hurt and afraid. He apologized.<br />

I spoke to how important the rings and us wearing<br />

them were to me. What it had meant at the beginning<br />

of our lives together when he had brought me such<br />

a beautiful engagement ring. One that I knew he had<br />

invested a lot to purchase, and just in the style that he<br />

knew I liked. And I had done the same with him.<br />

He listened.<br />

But then my usually non-talkative husband also shared<br />

how that was so different for him and how although<br />

he was sorry and respected the intensity of its<br />

meaning to me, he felt that it was an object of that symbolism,<br />

not the source or object of the emotions or the<br />

strength of our marriage. He could not say that it shared<br />

the same weight for him but that he had adorned it and<br />

worn it mainly for me. And with or without it, he was the<br />

same man and husband. And I was his same wife.<br />

Yes, he certainly felt bad about the loss but in an uncomfortable<br />

honesty that I didn’t really like hearing it, I had to<br />

listen to his point of view, trying to do so without judgment.<br />

He acknowledged my feelings. I thanked him for<br />

apologizing. He made me know again that not wearing a<br />

ring did not change his integrity, his love, his respect, his<br />

honor of me or our marriage. Yes, he apologized yet another<br />

time wanting the conversation over and everything<br />

forgotten. Not so fast.<br />

I let him know that no matter what he said or would say,<br />

it didn’t control how I felt about the situation immediately.<br />

The rest of my feelings about it were mine to manage,<br />

not his to fix or take away. He appreciated that release of<br />

responsibility. And then we moved on. Warmer and with<br />

much better understanding, with more love and more<br />

respect.<br />

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In this one more lesson of life and marriage here are<br />

at least three things I learned or was reminded of<br />

that I share with you for your consideration:<br />

1. Feelings are real.<br />

But they are only feelings. Temporary. Feelings, no matter how<br />

intensely we feel them are not facts. Just responses to statements<br />

or realities. We each have our own responsibility for our own emotions.<br />

No one makes us do or feel anything. They don’t have that<br />

much power.<br />

2. Love unconditionally as our Father loves us.<br />

For those days although I love my husband, I didn’t like how the<br />

result of the loss, or in my opinion, his carelessness caused me<br />

to feel. I didn’t like him or the situation but I still loved him. In the<br />

same way, not having a ring hadn’t caused him to love me nor not<br />

having or wearing one, wouldn’t cause him to stop either. So I love<br />

him unconditionally as my brother in Christ, even if I don’t always<br />

like him for the moment as my mate or I am mad at him as my<br />

friend.<br />

3. Don’t put any earthly relationship, or object, before each<br />

other.<br />

Yes, intellectually I did know that the ring is only a symbolism,<br />

albeit an important one, but was I prepared to put all stakes in it?<br />

Was I prepared to put the symbol before the essence? This second<br />

point was one of the first, and perhaps best advice, I received at<br />

our engagement. Don’t put anything or anyone before each other.<br />

If I had that person or that thing, and not him, would my life be better<br />

or worse? Would I be happier or not? Which one mattered more<br />

to me? Which would I not want to live without? When I pay attention<br />

to this, of course he and our happiness together always win.<br />

So there is a ring to be replaced but now with a<br />

different meaning and a different symbolism of<br />

our growth together after five years of marriage,<br />

as well as five years of each of us growing up<br />

individually too. I have always said that in a relationship,<br />

besides God, there are three people,<br />

both human beings, and the “being” that is the<br />

relationship. It too grows not only with time but<br />

with the experiences and lessons learned.<br />

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In full acceptance of accountability for<br />

the loss, he will replace it, I will get to select<br />

it. Who knows? Maybe a tattoo would<br />

be a better choice for a chef who has to<br />

wear these thin, tight, powdered gloves<br />

often. But, I’m keeping both mine. I love<br />

my rings and what they both still mean<br />

to me. Maybe one day I’ll share the story<br />

and lessons I learned when my jeweler<br />

and I both lost two of my wedding ring<br />

diamond stones. Twice.<br />

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“Panama is a country that confused me. People are so different<br />

from city to city, and even within the same cities, that I seemed<br />

to be constantly changing country. My time in Panama went<br />

faster than in the other countries. The 15 days I spent were not<br />

enough to know all the regions of the country, but enough to get<br />

an idea of the wide range of cultures that coexist in the place”.<br />

That is the description offered by a traveler, after a recent visit to<br />

Panama. A very simple description. But one which suggests the<br />

complexity regarding the character and nature of my country,<br />

seen from the human groups that form part of it. This could lead<br />

one to suppose or at least suspect, that Panamanian society<br />

could be defined as a great crucible, a cultural mosaic.<br />

Well yes, indeed<br />

Some people still do not know it, but there were many nationalities<br />

that converged to our Isthmus, by virtue of the emigration of<br />

their men and women who came to participate in the construction<br />

of the Panama Canal, a historic event that would shape our<br />

face as a nation. Let me share with you a little bit, especially if<br />

you are approaching for the first time the knowledge of who Panamanians<br />

are. What I want to focus on in particular here is its<br />

Caribbean roots.<br />


The first migration of Afro-Antillean to Panama, one of the many<br />

ethnic groups who were part of the kaleidoscope we are today,<br />

occurred in the mid-nineteenth century, with the California Gold<br />

Rush, which began in 1849. The consequent attraction of wealth<br />

highlighted the need to facilitate the trips between the east and<br />

west coasts of the United States. This raised the urgency to build<br />

an inter-oceanic railway in Panama as the narrowest point in the<br />

Americas, but the problem faced by the engineers of the railway<br />

company was that Panama did not have the amount of workforce<br />

to provide workers for the construction of railway.<br />

This was just about the same time that there was a crisis of<br />

overcrowding in the Caribbean causing labor shortage. These<br />

two combined situations, the need for workers in Panama and<br />

unemployment in the West Indies, explains the influx of Afro-Antillean<br />

to this area of the Isthmus.<br />

Between 1850 and 1855 about 45,000 Jamaicans arrived for the<br />

construction of the railroad. Between 1880 and 1889 manpower<br />

was imported from Jamaica, this time 22 thousand workers for<br />

the French Canal project.<br />

After 1880, banana cultivation in Central America expanded and<br />

the United Fruit Company was established in Bocas del Toro<br />

(Panama) and Puerto Limon (Costa Rica) and the Chiriqui Land<br />

Company. This raised again the need to bring manpower from<br />

Caribbean.<br />

A third event that would cause the Afro-Caribbean immigration<br />

to Panama would, actually, be the attempt of the French to build<br />

a canal as a path of water across the isthmus. By then African-West<br />

Indians had demonstrated their stamina and element<br />

of being good workers in the construction of the railroad as was<br />

seen in their performances in the projects in Bocas del Toro and<br />

Puerto Limon.<br />

Samuel Gutierrez, a prominent scholar of architecture in Panama,<br />

has said: “The golden years of the French Canal exert a great<br />

influence on the city that see its population swell with the rising<br />

tide of new immigrants. In the Historic Center, the plethora of<br />

buildings will occur in 1880, with the expectation of the works of<br />

the Canal. This period leaves its mark on the main artery of the<br />

city, or “Frenchified” sectors like the old Plaza de la Independencia.<br />

Areas beyond what were the novecentistas limits of the Colonial<br />

City are also addressed. The mansard and fittings appear<br />

similar to the architecture of New Orleans or those of former<br />

French colonies of the Caribbean “<br />


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After the French began excavations in another failed attempt<br />

to build the canal in 1881, the Americans took the opportunity<br />

to complete the project, with the help of thousands of workers<br />

from Caribbean islands of Anglophone and Francophone.<br />

Between the failed attempt of Ferdinand de Lesseps in 1904<br />

and 1912, additional workers recruited from the Caribbean<br />

islands were also incorporated, 45,107 workers were employed<br />

during this period; 44.1% came from Barbados, 12.3% of<br />

Martinique, 4.6% Guadalupe and Trinidad 3.7%.<br />

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West Indian workers were subjected to humiliating situations.<br />

They were forced to perform the most difficult jobs. Excavations<br />

were all done by West Indians. Landslides, dynamiting, yellow<br />

fever and malaria claimed many lives. The annual report of the<br />

Department of Health of the Canal Company, indicates that by<br />

1913, 11,943 white employees had died and 44,711 black workers.<br />

The conditions which in many cases subhuman, were not accepted<br />

in full by all workers. Many of them were erected as<br />

leaders and pioneers of serious reactions to the offense. On the<br />

basis of their courageous struggles and detached sacrifices they<br />

made gains and achieved some benefits for the community. This<br />

situation faced disappointment when the West Indian builders<br />

reached Panama Canal actual levels of social paroxysm, which<br />

was expressed in the development of a segregationist system in<br />

the canal strip, which was under American dominance until the<br />

end of the twentieth century.<br />

More than 20,000 West Indian workers perished during excavations<br />

under the command of the French. By 1914, after titanic<br />

efforts where the Panama Canal was inaugurated, many workers<br />

decided to return to their home or emigrated to the United<br />

States. However, a significant proportion decided to settle in the<br />

isthmus, especially in the city of Colon, which directly and indirectly<br />

remained linked to the activities of the waterway. Those<br />

who decided to stay, and their descendants, were numerous<br />

enough to achieve considerable impact on Panamanian society.<br />

We see it consistently since then until today.<br />

That was the magnitude of the mark<br />

of the Caribbean in the Isthmus, from<br />

the very early stage of the formation<br />

of Panama as a national entity, rich<br />

with its own personality.<br />

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In that airtight room almos<br />

blacker than he, had sat on<br />

very well the ritual, but wha<br />

room.<br />

“You are special, I know. It’<br />

famous. I do not know whe<br />

woman prophesied as he f<br />

him.<br />

Then she put his hands ov<br />

language other than Englis<br />

was inside of her and trust<br />

allowed him to emerge uns<br />

When the woman regained<br />

you the spirit that visited m<br />

cial.”<br />

And with much fear she as<br />

bring him anymore.<br />

She wanted to know why?<br />

son, he would be revered b<br />

Since that time both read i<br />

he, had had a secret.<br />

“Hello Peter!”, said a black<br />

his musings. He was amaz<br />

his cap, hurried on getting<br />

houses.<br />

The brawl was great. Carol<br />

ter and then they ended up<br />

bors had to separate them<br />

that two women were fight<br />

the neighborhood.<br />


t in darkness, a fat and inky black woman,<br />

the edge of the bed. He did not remember<br />

t he said. But first he made his mom leave the<br />

s noticeable. You’re a black man who will be<br />

ther for good or bad, it is not clear.” The black<br />

ell prey to strange convulsions that frightened<br />

er his head and began to speak in a strange<br />

h or Spanish. It seemed that someone else<br />

ed in her great gift. A secret that until now had<br />

cathed from all the crimes he had committed.<br />

consciousness she said: “...this commanded<br />

e. He has never done this, but ... you’re speked<br />

him to leave and asked his mother not to<br />

The witch only managed to say that like Samy<br />

his people and would be lost for a woman.<br />

n the Bible the story of the strongman, that like<br />

man who crossed his path, waking him from<br />

ed to be recognized and sinking further into<br />

lost among the alleys that were by the wooden<br />

la the other morning, that they had seen Peter<br />

named Selma, in that house just two streets<br />

d her, curiosity did not leave her alone, she<br />

tunity to check the betrayals of Peter. So she<br />

ore about this woman who dared to dispute<br />

a began by inquiring of Selma if she knew Peinsulting<br />

and attacking each other. The neighas<br />

they rolled through the courtyard. The news<br />

ing for the love of the famous thief ran around<br />

Carola did not live in peace. The memory of Peter tormented her,<br />

squeezing her chest. It was so old and deadly as jealousy.<br />

This time she felt it. She could sense his arrival. She let him come<br />

in and turned on the bulb that was hanging from a cord from the<br />

ceiling.<br />

She threw at him a glass that broke at his head, before he had even<br />

said a word.<br />

“Goddamn!”, he shouted. She threw another object that crashed in<br />

Peter’s shadow. Now the scream was from the thief dripping blood<br />

from his head. Carola was confused, but she knew throwing it was<br />

not right. Solicitous, she went to comfort her beloved who was injured.<br />

“You are a wicked woman, Carola. I do not know who you think you<br />

are. I visit you because I like you. Your scent fascinates me. Yes,<br />

you’re the one I like the most but your jealousy is unbearable. Now<br />

this? Hitting me in the head? No! Enough! It’s too much”- starting to<br />

leave where he had just entered. Through the window.<br />

Carola kept him submissive, stitched the blood of his head and then,<br />

once again, they stranded in burning union. But the black woman<br />

was able to read Peter’s body language, who would never come<br />

back. That would be the last night. When she felt his predisposed<br />

lean to disappear as usual, she said: “I know your secret Peter, and I<br />

know you will not come anymore. But you’ll pay.”<br />

Peter came out smiling, without fearing what Carola had said. They<br />

were just blubbers. How could a jealous black woman know his secret?<br />

It was the same as before. He kept moving in the shadows.<br />

The words of the black policeman were etched in her mind tormenting<br />

her- “You think you’re the only bitch he has. You’re one of many.<br />

The police would not believe what she said about Peter’s secret.<br />

Fools! Those cholos did not know their Ethnicity still held secrets<br />

that traveled with them on the slave ships.<br />

When she heard the cries of the people, she imagined the news. This<br />

struck her in the soul as well as the sound of sirens patrols within<br />

their ears. Surely she knew that everything was related to Peter.<br />

She ran and in the corner of the yard, in front of Selma’s room, she<br />

saw that black policeman stop by the inert body of the famous thief.<br />

He was the only one of the guards who was shot to surprise at the<br />

shadow. Their eyes met with hatred. His reproach revealed the secret,<br />

and hers, for having believed.<br />


HEALTH<br />




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Believe it or not, your mouth can tell a lot about you<br />

and your habits. It can show if you have nutritional deficiencies<br />

or systemic diseases such as diabetes, AIDS<br />

and Sjogren’s syndrome which initially manifests in the<br />

mouth. According to the American Academy of General<br />

Dentistry, 90% of all systemic diseases produce oral<br />

manifestations.<br />

The mouth is full of bacteria. Some belong to the normal<br />

flora of the mouth and others are associated with<br />

tooth decay and gum disease. We already know from<br />

last month’s article that gum disease or periodontitis<br />

can lead to tooth loss and is also related to other health<br />

problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke<br />

and bacterial pneumonia. Besides, pregnant women<br />

with periodontal disease are at increased risk of children<br />

with premature birth and low birth weight.<br />

Your mouth as infection source<br />

We have already established that your mouth can<br />

reveal a lot about your general health. However, if you<br />

have any disease in your mouth and a weak immune<br />

defense system bacteria can pass into your bloodstream.<br />

I’ll explain how!<br />

Usually bacteria from your mouth does not enter<br />

the bloodstream. But when performing invasive<br />

dental treatments as simple as dental cleaning or<br />

flossing, if you have gum disease, that can serve<br />

as ports of entry to microorganisms. Medications<br />

or treatments that reduce saliva flow such as<br />

chemotherapy, radiotherapy and antibiotics may<br />

also alter the normal balance of bacteria in your<br />

mouth. This imbalance compromises the natural<br />

defenses of your mouth allowing bacteria to enter<br />

your bloodstream.<br />


If your immune system is healthy, the presence of<br />

bacteria in your blood does not cause major problems<br />

and your defenses quickly gets rid of them preventing<br />

infection. On the other hand, if your immune<br />

system is weakened by disease or cancer treatment,<br />

oral bacteria in your bloodstream (bacteremia) can<br />

cause disease elsewhere in your body.<br />

Due to the association between periodontitis and<br />

systemic diseases (affecting the entire body) prevention<br />

looms as a major subject in maintaining the<br />

general health of our body.<br />

1.<br />

Brush your teeth carefully in the mirror after each<br />

meal. If that proves too inconvenient, then do it at<br />

least twice a day, in the morning and at night before<br />

bedtime. Remember that the most important<br />

brushing is the night because this is the time where<br />

salivary flow decreases, which sweeps the bacteria<br />

and food debris and has antifungal, antimicrobial and<br />

digestive properties among others.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

4.<br />

Clean between your teeth once a day and complement<br />

with a mouthwash. These should be your allies<br />

in daily oral hygiene.<br />

Select products approved by the Panamanian Dental<br />

Association or the American Dental Association<br />

which guarantee safety and efficacy.<br />

Also, remember to eat a balanced diet and limit snacks,<br />

as these may increase the risk of dental caries<br />

and periodontal disease.<br />

5.<br />

Remember the importance of visiting your dentist.<br />

Organize a schedule of annual visits to make it easier<br />

for you, one can be on the date of your birthday and<br />

the next six months later.<br />

6.<br />

Dental prophylaxis (cleaning) in the dental office are<br />

the only ones that can remove the stone that accumulates<br />

over time inflaming your gums, making them<br />

sensitive and bleeding.<br />



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+507.6834.4243<br />


HEALTH<br />

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Do not you be shy with your dentist!<br />

Let him/ her know if you notice changes in your mouth such as:<br />

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These alterations may be associated with sudden<br />

changes in your health, or connected to chronic and<br />

systemic diseases.<br />

Bad breath<br />

Pus in the gums<br />

Inflamed gums<br />

Longer teeth<br />

loose teeth<br />

new spaces between your teeth<br />

Changes in your prosthesis adjustment<br />

9.<br />

If you smoke or drink or if you are pregnant or considering<br />

becoming pregnant, you should pay special<br />

attention to your mouth and inform your dentist, so<br />

that he or she takes the necessary measures. It is widely<br />

studied that smoking and drinking are associated<br />

with different types of cancer, not only with oral<br />

cancer. On the other hand, hormonal changes during<br />

pregnancy worsens gum problems, so taking care of<br />

your mouth is important for you and your baby. Do<br />

not become someone who has to say she lost a tooth<br />

with each pregnancy!<br />

So now you know, a healthy mouth for a healthy<br />

body!<br />

If you have any questions, comments or would like<br />

to suggest a topic for future editions of your <strong>Ethnicities</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>, please contact us.<br />

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FALL WINTER 2016-17<br />



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<strong>October</strong> has arrived, and in the other hemispheres of the world<br />

the color of the leaves begins to change, the wind becomes<br />

cooler, and the clothes you find in the stores become heavier.<br />

While in Panama we don’t have the four seasons, doesn’t<br />

mean we cannot be aware of what’s happening in the fashion<br />

world for the autumn-winter season.<br />

Before the globalization started, people distinguished<br />

the tones of the clothing for fall-winter with cold and<br />

dark colors. Nowadays there’s no ‘dress code’. The<br />

designers and fashion industry are more willing to expand<br />

the market in their awareness of what’s happening<br />

with the young consumers. Younger generation<br />

don’t follow any fashion rules. They create their own<br />

style and identity, become the trends, and see colors<br />

and textures as timeless.<br />

The approach for this season is quite bold. There<br />

are very bright and metallic colors. There’s lace and<br />

differents cuts that give variety to the looks from the<br />

catwalk.<br />


These are some of my favorite styles for this season<br />

that you can incorporate in your closet:<br />




GLAMOUR 1980s<br />

Having seen in past seasons<br />

strong inspiration from the ‘70s<br />

and ‘90s, the ‘80s are finally making<br />

a comeback! Brands such as:<br />

Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Dolce & Gabbana,<br />

Marco Da Vincenzo, Just<br />

Cavalli, and Adam Selman rocked<br />

an ‘80s glam style approach with<br />

lots of shine, mix ‘and match, acid<br />

colors and predominant shoulders.<br />

Note also a macro trend that<br />

will undoubtedly extend into the<br />

next seasons due to the disappearance<br />

of great artists such as<br />

Prince and David Bowie.<br />




ELLERY<br />



WOMAN<br />

This medieval style is a mini-trend<br />

that is returning, with some Victorian<br />

twist to make it modern for<br />

the XXI century. It’s a style completely<br />

inspired by the Italian Renaissance.<br />

The empire waist, wide<br />

and lantern sleeves, some corsets<br />

and the velvet patterns are some<br />

of its features. Seen in brands<br />

such as: Chanel, Gucci, Lanvin,<br />

Veronique Branquinho, Luisa Beccaria<br />

and Vanessa Seward. Even<br />

though it’s not a dominant style,<br />

don’t lose track of it. While Games<br />

of Thrones exists in our lives, this<br />

trend will prevail.<br />

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When I talk about the working woman<br />

style, I’m talking about suits.<br />

Not the typical suits of the ‘70s and<br />

‘80s when the woman starts working<br />

on high working positions and came<br />

out with suits from dad’s wardrobe.<br />

The designers are always reinventing<br />

the suits with cuts to fit, well,<br />

any kind of figure. We can see some<br />

modern styles like Edun’s suits with<br />

yellow vertical stripes and a blue<br />

vest. Another example of a modern<br />

suit is the Trussardi with a dress suit.<br />

Also brands like: Max Mara, Tibi, Sies<br />

Marjan and Calvin Klein made some<br />

creatives approaches for the working<br />

suits.<br />



TIBI<br />

EDUN<br />



Yes, Grandmas are in! Since two<br />

season ago, the granny style is a great<br />

proposal for the young generation.<br />

A contrast that has become almost<br />

a permanent inspiration style for the<br />

autumn-winter. Taking as fashion<br />

muses the famous grannies were: Iris<br />

Apfel, Anna Piaggi and Debra Rapoport.<br />

Large faux-fur coats, leopard,<br />

flowers, carpet patterns fabrics are<br />

some of the characteristics of this<br />

trend. It’s one of the greatest approaches<br />

made by Gucci’s creative director<br />

Alessandro Michele. Other brands<br />

include: Rochas, Miu Miu and Blumarine.<br />

Marc Jacobs does it with a<br />

gothic look.<br />

GUCCI<br />

GUCCI<br />




FENDI<br />


Metallic colors are in full swing, a<br />

peculiarity for the autumn-winter season.<br />

The colors ranges from gold and<br />

silver and finishes with blue, green<br />

and pink. They are completely bold<br />

looks that can go very well from a day<br />

outfit to a night event. This modern<br />

austere proposal came from those<br />

such as Fendi, ladylike style forties<br />

like Dolce & Gabbana, Just Cavalli,<br />

Tommy Hilfiger, to the neo-flappers<br />

style at House of Holland catwalk.<br />


DENIM<br />

Denim is a classic must-have at<br />

every fashion runway and never fails<br />

as fashion proposal in any season.<br />

Some designers remained in the “now<br />

kinda boring ‘70s style” but it’s being<br />

displaced little by little by the eighties.<br />

Others simply made variations on the<br />

denim. You can find it on runways like:<br />

Chanel, Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren and<br />

Bluemarine.<br />


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his is another classic that will not go<br />

away, only that this time, it’s injected<br />

with a highly ‘80s style. It is a<br />

mini-trend that belongs to the 80’s<br />

glamour mentioned before. Be sure to<br />

have in your wardrobe a black leather<br />

jacket, because it is a basic piece that<br />

never goes out of style. Marc Jacobs,<br />

Saint Laurent, Valentino, Alexander<br />

McQueen, Coach and Just Cavalli are<br />

incorporated into this trend that is<br />

bringing more over the next seasons.<br />





This is a mini-trend that is slowly disappearing<br />

from the catwalks, because<br />

of being part of the 1970’s trend.<br />

However, we can still find interesting<br />

outfits to take inspiration of this<br />

Western style. Brands such as: Ralph<br />

Lauren, Fausto Puglisi, Trussardi, Fay<br />

and Just Cavalli did their own twist<br />

approach of this mini-trend. Some<br />

are masculine and other have a more<br />

feminine style.<br />

FAY<br />



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No,the choker is not going anywhere.<br />

In fact, the new maxichokers<br />

are just in with more bold<br />

finishes. Perfectly coordinated<br />

with the 1980’s glamour maxitrend.<br />

The ‘90s can still be seen in<br />

some catwalks, but if you want to<br />

be on vogue, try some of this style.<br />


The cross bags reinvented themselves.<br />

The designers placed them<br />

on several catwalks and we can<br />

not leave them behind.<br />

PRADA<br />

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If you like high heels and platforms,<br />

this trend is perfectly made for you.<br />

This shoe style had moved away from<br />

the designers presentations for some<br />

time, but they are doing a great comeback<br />

in brands such as Balenciaga,<br />

Marc Jacobs and Maison Margiela.<br />




ROCHAS<br />


Photos credits: voguerunway.com<br />






I invite you to know more about Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow,<br />

the author of this great book coming out soon!<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow, Universal Peace Ambassador<br />

of Panama appointed by the (French-Swiss Circle of Peace<br />

Ambassadors) & President and Chief Executive Officer of Panama<br />

World Trade and Investment Foundation (PWTIF), was<br />

born in Panama City, Panama (19th Street Rio Abajo). She is<br />

a dynamic and much sought-after motivational speaker who<br />

addresses large audiences worldwide in schools, businesses,<br />

prisons, universities, and church congregations. She has taken<br />

her message about personal and professional leadership development<br />

and Humanitarian Rights to local and international<br />

venues, the internet, TV and radio talk shows.<br />

She’s dedicated to creating business opportunities for the next<br />

generation’s ground-breaking young entrepreneurs across the<br />

globe. She has proven herself to be a phenomenal logistical<br />

craftsman of business minds, enabling today’s aspiring youth<br />

leaders and businessmen in the Caribbean Islands, Latin America<br />

and Africa with the necessary instruments to expand their<br />

customer base, solidifying their brand in a competitive market.<br />

Dr. Harris Barrow launched her Love, Truth and Peace Global<br />

Initiative in August 2015, addressing Social, Economic, and<br />

Financial Challenges pressing our nations. She created a<br />

platform for Young Global Leaders, Organizations, Businesses,<br />

Schools, Governments and Individuals to implement innovative<br />

solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges through<br />

networking, collaboration, and partnership in efforts to maximize<br />

success. Her mission is to inspire, motivate and instill<br />

the importance of Leadership and Economic Development and<br />

to aid individuals in reaching and exceeding their goals and<br />

dreams.<br />


In 2014, Dr. Harris Barrow embarked on another<br />

mission to lobby the Chamber of Commerce,<br />

Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) for<br />

the establishment of a Caribbean/African Pavilion<br />

at EXPOCOMER . She was successful and was<br />

granted the rights to be the sole promoter and<br />

Administrator of said pavilion. As a result, when<br />

EXPOCOMER 2015 opened its doors on March 11,<br />

for the first time in the 33 year history of the event,<br />

there was a pavilion dedicated to Caribbean and<br />

African businesses, a significant milestone.<br />

ETHNICITIES <strong>Magazine</strong> Editor-In Chief Keila Salazar Moreno conducted this interview with Dr. Harris Barrow<br />

on one of her recent visit to Panama.<br />

EM: Can you please let us know who is Melida<br />

A. Harris-Barrow?<br />

It’s funny, but if you had asked me that question a few years<br />

ago, I would not have been able to answer that question.<br />

Because I was in a different state of mind. The state of mind<br />

I had back then, more so the environment, energy, everything<br />

was defined for me. I was not able to think for myself; I did not<br />

have the ability to be who I wanted to be. Years ago, I would<br />

have said I am a motivational speaker, titles and other things<br />

of this world but nothing about me.<br />

Today I simply say, “I am that I am.” I am greatness because I<br />

come from a source of greatness.<br />

It is in nature that God meets with man, no title is needed to<br />

establish your greatness. There is a level of consciousness<br />

and understanding between man and nature. Yet, man will<br />

tell you without a title you have not fulfilled the requirements<br />

necessary to be considered what it is that you want to be. For<br />

example, it does not take a Master’s of Arts Degree for you to<br />

become an artist. The moment you begin to draw freely upon<br />

your imagination, pulling from the inspiration of the universe,<br />

you are an artist. You do not become an artist so that you can<br />

learn to draw. On the contrary, you are an artist and that energy<br />

is what you draw from and why you draw.<br />



Dr. Harris Barrow partners with organisations around the world such as the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable<br />

lihoods, Managing Director, Dr. Marcia R. Brandon by bringing awareness to the youth in agribusiness opportunities in Jam<br />

Barbados and Grenada.<br />

EM: Please tell me the story behind this<br />

successful woman? What did you have to go<br />

through?<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow: I am successful because I have<br />

discovered who I am. I have discovered humanity’s greatest<br />

illusion, which is mental Indoctrination of the world we live<br />

in. Success to me is accomplishing God’s goal for me, it has<br />

nothing to do with material things. Once you discover who you<br />

are, you will become successful. Because you will have an understanding<br />

of why you are on this earth. Helping people reach<br />

and reconnect with God is my purpose and my success.<br />

Success is not final! There should be no end to the milestones<br />

we cross in our life’s journey. Yet, when success for your life is<br />

not defined by your own standards, success can be a limitation.<br />

Because the truth is, there are no limits. The only limits<br />

are those self-imposed in our life. Although, this can only be<br />

recognized when you understand the true meaning of being<br />

successful. Your meaning of being successful to you and for<br />

you, alone.<br />

EM: What fears did you have in the p<br />

how did you overcome them?<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow: There is a quote by<br />

Williamson that says: “Our deepest fear is not th<br />

inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are pow<br />

measure. It is our light, not our darkness that mo<br />

We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorg<br />

ted, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Y<br />

of God. You playing small does not serve the wo<br />

nothing enlightened about shrinking so that othe<br />

won’t feel insecure around you.<br />

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We we<br />

make manifest the glory of God that is within us<br />

some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our ow<br />

we unconsciously give other people permission<br />

same. As we are liberated from our own fear, ou<br />

tomatically liberates others.” This is how I overc<br />

The obstacles I faced, were due to lack of knowledge. I was<br />

tired of going around in circles. During that period of my life,<br />

I was not in sync with God. But now that I am, things are<br />

flowing as He intended them to be. I realized, man cannot<br />

define success for me. Their success is an illusion,<br />


Liveaica,<br />

Dr. Harris Barrow organized a Business Conference in the Bahamas and led a delegation from Panama<br />

Pacifico Agency, Board of Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce of Industries & Agriculture.<br />

ast and EM: What does Dr. Melida A.<br />

Harris Barrow love doing the<br />

most and what do you feel from<br />

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I cannot live in fear because God is not a God of fear. In order<br />

to fight fear, you have to know who you are.” One of the antidote<br />

I used is Courage. Fear and courage are intertwined.<br />

Getting through fear is a skill that anyone can learn.The<br />

problem is that most people cling to their fears, because it’s<br />

part of who they are. If you aren’t ready to face your fears, you<br />

probably won’t transcend them.<br />

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the<br />

triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel<br />

afraid, but he who conquers that fear — Nelson Mandela<br />

the bottom of your soul is your<br />

mission on earth?<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow: What I like<br />

to do the most is inspire, motivate, encourage<br />

and teach others to be what God<br />

created them to be. I want them to know<br />

they are great. They do not have to look<br />

all over, they were born great. I like to help<br />

people find who they are. All that was not<br />

given to you was not the truth. So, I love<br />

to give people the truth and watch them<br />

manifest in it. To watch them go from<br />

being in bondage to discovering the light<br />

within themselves, learning that they were<br />

not who man said they are. My mission is<br />

to reconnect them to God and watch the<br />

transformation.<br />



Panamanian Leaders and Young Entrepeneurs.<br />

EM: What’s the name of your book? What inspired<br />

you to write it, and how many have you<br />

wrote?<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow: The name of my book is called<br />

“Unveiling the Illusion” and this will be my first book. I was inspired<br />

to write this book because I wanted to share my experiences<br />

with the world before leaving this earth. I do not want<br />

anyone to go through what I went through, and you don’t have<br />

to. Teaching people how to protect themselves spiritually is<br />

very important to me. This world will destroy you if you allow<br />

it. God has already prepared us for this challenge but we need<br />

to become conscious of his message.<br />

I want the world to really open their eyes to what’s really<br />

happening. This is a book to introduce to you, the powers<br />

and knowledge that you already have. You do not need to<br />

seek what is already there. This was an opportunity for me to<br />

highlight a few things that can change lives, that has changed<br />

my life. The world is a very vicious place and when you have<br />

learned to survive it, that is an amazing thing.<br />

EM: Can you give us an in<br />

will be about?<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow: Th<br />

unveiling the illusion of psycholo<br />

communities across nations by<br />

It illustrates the truth of current c<br />

light and empowering them to m<br />

cated decisions, while also addre<br />

Financial Challenges pressing ou<br />

It will equip, nations and people<br />

they need to improve, create, bui<br />

environment so that they can eff<br />

.<br />

With a positive attitude, we can b<br />

tions shaping our perceptions of<br />

what we think, so we have to be<br />

the energy we push out into the<br />

moment we open our eyes.<br />


Dr. Harris Barrow & Tshibangu Mukumbay PhD. 2016 DR Congo Presidential Candidate<br />

sight of what the book<br />

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gical conditioning affecting<br />

reversing people’s’ mindset.<br />

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Social, Economic, and<br />

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with the knowledge and tools<br />

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ectively lead to a better future<br />

alance the feelings and emowhat<br />

we see in life. We are<br />

very aware of our attitude and<br />

universe every day from the<br />

EM: What message can you give to people that haven’t<br />

recognized who they are? Can you provide some<br />

consolation being that they are those going through a<br />

similar situation that you had?<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow: I encourage people to come out<br />

of darkness and into the light to embrace love, truth, and peace.<br />

God is the source of Love. So I seek God to find truth. That<br />

is when knowledge started to flow within. When the knowledge<br />

was manifested, it brought understanding and wisdom,<br />

which revealed ME. That is how one achieves peace.<br />

In order to experience love, truth and peace we have to go<br />

back and knock on the door of our humanity. It is imperative<br />

that we get our humanity back that is what we have lost because<br />

of man’s illusion.<br />

“Racism is an illusion that exists only when you believe it. The<br />

antidote to that belief is to know who you are. Discovering<br />

yourself through the understanding of who you were created<br />

to be, is the greatest weapon against racism. No man is inferior<br />

or superior to another. We were all created in the likeness<br />

& image of God, with unique gifts and abilities to contribute to<br />

this world.”<br />

by Melida A. Harris Barrow<br />


References:<br />

Thank you, Dr. Melida A. Harris B<br />

ling the Illusion”.<br />


Dr. Harris Barrow was selected to speak at the 2016 Jamaica Stock Exchange Group (JSE)<br />

Topic: “Building and Deepening Caribbean -Panama Commercial Relationship”<br />

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh85UhYyPQM<br />

When will your book be available and where can<br />

we purchase a copy?<br />

Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow: The book will be available December<br />

2016. You will be able to purchase the book on Amazon,<br />

Barnes & Nobles and Ebooks. Or you can contact: Dr.<br />

Melida A. Harris Barrow at melidabarrow14@gmail.com, Tel.<br />

507-832-0191 (Panama), or 954-253-4656 (USA).<br />

Ambassador Dr. Harris Barrow has earned the reputation as<br />

a Distinguished Leader among Heads of States, Clergy and<br />

Dignitaries of the world.<br />

Can you share some test<br />

have been impacted by u<br />

their life?<br />

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discover that my illusion was a<br />

never become my reality, nor did<br />

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self-esteem and my self-image<br />

that I worthless and unable to a<br />

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me. Hiding inside of this broken<br />

to become that person. I started<br />

face my pains, and eventually, g<br />

that it was not over when I mad<br />

would only be over and the end<br />

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Attorney at Law / Entrepreneur

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chieve anything, but deep in<br />

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of me when I gave up.<br />

The impact Dr. Melida A. Harris-Barrow has had in my life<br />

as my mentor has been phenomenal! She came into my life<br />

when I had just launched my life coaching business and in a<br />

little less than six months she had taken my mindset and faith<br />

to the next level. She instilled in me the real values of Love,<br />

Truth and Peace which became the foundation of my business.<br />

Through her spiritual teachings, I was able to connect<br />

deeper within myself, uncover more about myself and thus<br />

unleash the inner power that had been held within for so<br />

long. In addition, she nominated me an Honorary Doctorate<br />

of Philosophy in Humanities. I will always be grateful. She<br />

will always be my mentor, spiritual mother, family and friend.<br />

Thanks for everything ma!<br />

Lakisha Ross<br />

President<br />

Mindset Over Everything<br />

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This is Alejandro Hilton, a musician with interest in<br />

music from an early age. Since he was 11 years old, he<br />

was influenced by Michael Jackson, The Police, Beastie<br />

Boys, The Cure, NWA, OPP, Bob Marley, and many others<br />

developing an interest from then in playing instruments.<br />

Since a drum set would be too expensive and noisy, he<br />

started playing the guitar.<br />

In the early 2000’s, he started playing with his first blues<br />

band, where they did tributes to Eric Clapton, BB King<br />

and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In this band “La Vibra (The<br />

Vibe)”, he recorded his first album “Primogénito (first<br />

born)”, but in 2007, the band split, and he started his<br />

own solo project.<br />

As a solo artist it was hard, due to the fact that ev<br />

body knew him as a bass player, and nobody knew<br />

composed songs on the guitar but little by little he<br />

ted recording his own songs. His first solo single<br />

“Antro de Rutina” in 2009. For it’s release he orga<br />

a student contest with a prize of $300.00 for the m<br />

king of its video. Because of this video, the conce<br />

making an animated series called “Un Rasta Astro<br />

y Los Perturbadores Cósmicos (An Astronaut Ras<br />

The Cosmic Disturbers)” was developed. The sing<br />

that followed were “Rockero de Acero (Steel Rock<br />

“No lo puedo evitar (Can’t Help It)”, “Para qué? (W<br />

for?)” and many others. Single by single and while<br />

king in a non profit foundation, he promoted his s<br />

the media, until he started working with North Am<br />

band promoters, like Skid Row, among others.<br />


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In 2014, he started touring South America, visiting more<br />

than 50 cities in Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Chile,<br />

Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Nicaragua,<br />

promoting these singles, with the goal of recording a<br />

new album. However, in the middle of his recording<br />

sessions, he decided to release the single “Anochecer<br />

(twilight)” recorded in Bocas del Toro, Panama, which<br />

he had the chance to promote with a small tour through<br />

Germany and Amsterdam in 2015.<br />

When he saw that nobody bought CD’s (compact discs)<br />

anymore, he decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign,<br />

to make his new album in an USB format. He<br />

finally got it made in Hong Kong, with 12 songs, 3 videos<br />

and a tour guide for musicians with stories and pictures<br />

of his tours.<br />

If you’d like to watch videos or download music you<br />

can click on these links:<br />

• www.reverbnation.com/alejandrohilton<br />

• www.soundcloud.com/alejandro-hilton<br />

• www.facebook.com/alejandrohilton2.0<br />

• www.twitter.com/hiltonalejandro<br />






Headwraps have been used by Africans since early 1700 century. It is believed that<br />

this practice goes back to before the days of slavery and were used by men to show<br />

their level and social status and women to prove they were prosperous and spiritual.<br />

The headwrap was difficult to obtain so it was usually worn by the rich black men and<br />

women.<br />


The headwrap usually covers the hair completely. Women tend to ensure the headwrap<br />

with a knot at the base of the crown to leave the neck bare. One of the cultural reasons<br />

why they did this was to highlight their facial features and make them striking for anyone<br />

who wanted to look at their faces to do so, rather than down their bodies.<br />


African headwraps come in many bright and bold colors to highlight the faces of women<br />

who use it. In West Africa, headwraps are known as GELES in Yoruba or ICHAFU<br />

in IBO, NIGERIA. Today, women still use African headwraps as an expression of their<br />

cultural identity and to boast of their spiritual strength.<br />


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The African headwrap has become a staple<br />

of African attire, as the black dress is in<br />

Western culture in our closets. There are<br />

a variety of wonderful headwraps used<br />

in special events, which have become a<br />

fashion statement for black woman. Now<br />

the headwrap is a garment for women of all<br />

status that they may use as an expression<br />

of their cultural identity.<br />


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The colors in African culture have many<br />

meanings.<br />

GREEN: Means renewal and growth; also represents the<br />

cycle of life.<br />

BLUE: Represents the presence of God and the omnipotence<br />

of the blue sky and the purity of spirit.<br />

RED: A symbol of passion, political determination, fights<br />

and defense. For ASHANTI red has protective powers.<br />

BLACK: Denotes serenity and spiritual union with our ancestors<br />

and involves a spiritual awareness.<br />

GOLD: Represents serenity and status.<br />

YELLOW: Represents fertility and vitality.<br />

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Sarah Boone (1832-1904) was an African American<br />

inventor who on April 26, 1892, obtained the rights<br />

to US patent for improvements on the ironing board.<br />

Sarah Boone’s board was designed to improve the<br />

quality of ironing sleeves and women’s garments. The<br />

table was very narrow, curved and made of wood. The<br />

shape and structure allowed adjusting the sleeve so<br />

that it could be ironed on both sides.<br />


Sarah Marshall Boone was born in Craven County,<br />

North Carolina, near the town of New Bern in February<br />

1832. On November 25, 1847, she married a freed<br />

slave named James Boone with whom she had eight<br />

children. The Boone family left North Carolina to go<br />

to New Haven, Connecticut before the outbreak of the<br />

American Civil War where they settled in a house on<br />

30th Street Winter.<br />

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