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The Roots of Dominican Culture

January 5, 2022
By wesleyd SILVER, Lawrence, Massachusetts
wesleyd SILVER, Lawrence, Massachusetts
6 articles 8 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” - Rosa Parks

Bantu knots twisted,


Afros with lots of curls, 


Box Braids that reach the floor,

Afro Puffs,

This is all culture.


Headwraps and their diversity,


Dashikis and their flowiness, 



Yoruba Clothes in their elegance,

Boubou Clothes,
Kente Patterned Clothes with lots of color

Ankara Clothing.

This is all culture.

The Merengue that was built up from African and European Minuet,

The Bachata,

Salve and Gaga,

This is all culture,

The Taino Culture,

The West African Culture,

The Arawak Culture, 

This is all the culture that has built up to being dominican. 

Nappy Hair,

More Melanin,

Less Melanin,

Glowing skin,

You are the culture,

And it will never be stolen by some culture vultures. 

The author's comments:

As a dominican, I had put lots of my heart and soul into this poem. I am proud to be a dominican. 

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This article has 2 comments.

Afra DIAMOND said...
on Feb. 22 at 1:15 am
Afra DIAMOND, Kandy, Other
64 articles 6 photos 1470 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can’t ask other people to believe you and vote for you if you don’t back yourself."
-Jacinda Ardern-

"If I can make someone's day brighter, happier, better, that makes me happier."
-Ava Max-

"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

"A Bridge Has Two Sides."
-Elsa- (Fictional character- Frozen)

“I knew who I was as a girl but I had to find who I was as a woman.”
-Delta Goodrem-

Nice work getting this lovely poem of triumphalism on editor's choice!!! 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

on Jan. 18 at 9:18 pm
NicoleRV SILVER, Lawerance, Massachusetts
6 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Failure is a bruise not a tattoo"
-Jon Sinclair

Wow! As a Dominican I think this is so incredibly beautiful!