It Runs In The Family, My Cousin!


Meet Gorretti Pina, she is an author  and designer in Lisbon, Portugal and also my cousin. Her brother who passed away a few years ago, was also a great and renowned artist. Yes, the arts run in my family – both parents side. So, even if I wanted to, I could not escape it. She has written two books, poetry and fiction and is making her mark across the portuguese world. I hope to see her showcasing her collections one day in a major runway show.


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10150758_246813958837296_1294825589036787063_nWith Anibal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal at Palacio Nacional de Belem

10458961_10204159759142565_4240754066147088639_oTV show in Lisbon, Portugal

I Am Me, African!

I am caucasian but in the eyes of many, “you are white”, they say …

Silently I tread, smiling I march.

I cannot point fingers at anyone, so I sit still because let’s face, it takes a special deftness to be or feel something that you are not. How can you convey a state of being to someone?

As human beings, we act and behave differently. We are not the same. We don’t have the same DNA. We are individuals.

Perception does not always denote being, so I smile. They don’t get it. So, I keep going. And when my African roots unintentionally manifests itself, verbally or through dancing, many react and do a double take, as it unhurriedly becomes apparent to them… yet bewildered and bashful, in a quite whisper they ask, “are you white?” Grinning, I move on.

I know who I am. Half of me belongs to the world and the other half, to me. I am me. I am my own creation, a blend of color, life and dreams. I am white. I am african. I am million other things the word cannot define. I am the “whisper” that defines us. I am the hip-vibrating hips when I hear the drums playing. I am the spice I grew up eating. I am the color of my flags. I am a person. I am me.

Happy African Women’s Day my beautiful country women. You are every race and hearts in this one continent of ours, Africa.

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P.S. My niece Marta wrote this beautiful piece in portuguese, she speaks and writes perfect english, on her Facebook page in observance of African Women’s Day today, I love it so much that I decided to translate it and share it with you.

Breathe, It is Paradise

IMG_5000Breathe and exhale. Say amen and dream. Take your temperature and stay cool. It is the sun. It is the cloud. It is the palm tree. It is the serene sound of tranquility. It is the quietness. Silence. It is the sea. It is the sunset. It is the red sunset. It is the sun on the horizon. It is heaven. Relax. It is paradise in the middle of the ocean. It is the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe in the golf of Guinea in Africa, Lonely Planet and CNN travel destinations for 2014. And oh, did I say that’s where I come from?! Indulge!