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I'm leaving for West Africa again this year.  I will leave in two days and spend the whole month of November there.  I kept a log here last year and will do the same this year.  I'm also opening up a keystyle log in the keystyle section of the forum with some rhymes inspired by the trip.  This year I'm bringing my camera phone and will try to include pics in my posts (I can upload my entries, updates at internet cafe spots while I'm there).   So check back here and holler at me with any questions, etc.  Appreciate any feedback. 

Short recap of my visit to "Roots Island" during last years trip.

Juffereh James Island  (Roots Island)



Back when I was in the 5th grade we watched the movie Roots in school.  Roots is a story losely based on the history of Alex Haleys family.  He begins with Kunta Kente, an African tribesman living in Juffereh, Gambia.  Kente is later captured and sold into slavery in America.  I remember the movie had a profound affect on me at age 11.  There was only one black student in my class and he was crying so much during the movie his parents were called to take him home early.  I think at first I didn't realize how special this movie was.  All the opening scenes in Africa I paid little attention too.  It wasn't until  seeing the conditions of the slave ship, until seeing how tightly packed the slaves were that I began watching in awe.



I remember the questions we asked the teachers after watching the first video of the series...

"Why were they having the slaves dance?" was one of them.  The teachers of course responded that they had to get exercise.

"Why did that woman jump in the water"..."because suicide was preferable to many over a life of slavery" they responded.

Then in the later episodes detailing life on the plantations, our teachers were asked, "why were the slaves nice, then suddenly mean to eachother.

The teachers explained that the stress of slave life they often took out that stress on each other.

I think the lasting affect the movie had on me after that day was it made me root for black people, it made me want to see blacks have success in life.  I did see some truth to the black nationalist claims of "post-traumatic slave disorder".  many scoff at this idea in America but I saw some truth to it.   The people I had met in Gambia were the most sensitive, softest, nicest people in the world.  Gambia's nickname is "the smiling coast".  When I got back to America I watched the movie again.  And Alex Haley must have noticed the same thing I did, because you see much more pleasant and well-mannered exchanges amongst the blacks in Africa.  More peace, ease and free flow in their interactions with one another.




« Last Edit: December 09, 2008, 11:47:04 AM by Infinite African West Coastin »
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 09:47:11 PM »
interesting i shall peep
 

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2008, 09:06:48 AM »
good luck wit your trip
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008, 11:54:05 AM »
Taking a wild guess here, your the white one?
 

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2008, 08:01:14 PM »
Orlando Magic?
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2008, 10:49:15 PM »
Taking a wild guess here, your the white one?

lol... bingo!
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"I didn't do nothing but make people money and I didn't leave nobody high and dry.  Any album (on death row) people are going to check for.  But it's time for Dre to worry about Dre.  I'm focused on the new Snoop Doggs, not like that but you know what I mean."

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2008, 10:50:46 PM »
good luck wit your trip

thanks.. I will need it, but I do feel that luck is on my side, I just have to do my part.
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"I didn't do nothing but make people money and I didn't leave nobody high and dry.  Any album (on death row) people are going to check for.  But it's time for Dre to worry about Dre.  I'm focused on the new Snoop Doggs, not like that but you know what I mean."

Dre -  Source 1996 cover

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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2008, 10:52:04 PM »
Orlando Magic?

you know I never even noticed that hat until you said that.  That was my friends hat, not mine.
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"I didn't do nothing but make people money and I didn't leave nobody high and dry.  Any album (on death row) people are going to check for.  But it's time for Dre to worry about Dre.  I'm focused on the new Snoop Doggs, not like that but you know what I mean."

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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2008, 10:32:19 AM »
Have fun im sure it will be a blast. My parents went over there before they had us kids and had fun. And my uncle just recently spent a month in Australia rented a like van type shit and drove all around. Yeah, traveling runs through my blood. I myself am a traveling performer!
 

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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2008, 06:46:23 AM »
I'M just checking in from africa, i'll post something later... peace
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2008, 05:21:19 AM »

Stay safe infinite  8)
 

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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2008, 05:29:12 AM »
11-8-08


The computers here wouldn't recognize my camera phone so I will have to post up the pictures when I get back and give descriptions of the things I was doing.

More later.. peace

« Last Edit: November 19, 2008, 05:37:48 AM by Infinite African West Coastin »
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"I didn't do nothing but make people money and I didn't leave nobody high and dry.  Any album (on death row) people are going to check for.  But it's time for Dre to worry about Dre.  I'm focused on the new Snoop Doggs, not like that but you know what I mean."

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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2008, 02:59:41 PM »
Infinite is the shit, keep at it dogg
 

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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2008, 07:09:26 AM »
I just got back into America yesterday.  I am working on getting my pics organized along with a journal of my trip.  I have nearly 200 pics and 100 short video's.  Here's just a couple of the pics, I will continue posting more throughout the month as I get organized...



1rst day in Senegal, dropped my bags off at a friends house, ate lunch



1rst day, hanging with some Rasta's at Senegal's historical Goree island





 
« Last Edit: December 04, 2008, 11:52:49 AM by Infinite African West Coastin »
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"I will make records as big or bigger than Death Row".   -Dre, Source 1996

"I didn't do nothing but make people money and I didn't leave nobody high and dry.  Any album (on death row) people are going to check for.  But it's time for Dre to worry about Dre.  I'm focused on the new Snoop Doggs, not like that but you know what I mean."

Dre -  Source 1996 cover

"Eminem will be bigger than Michael Jackson as long as he doesn't change."

-Dre, Rolling Stones mag 1999 Em cover

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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2008, 11:07:40 AM »
Thats really cool man.
 

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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2008, 05:19:07 PM »
Africa...the only place in the world where people hack off each other's hands:



Note that whites never do shit like this.
 

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« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2008, 05:36:55 PM »
^^^ you got to be fuckin kidding. the holocaust..........plus all that shit with Bosnia and Serbs of whatever, WW1 and 2......... and aint nobody instigating that shit. or caused that shit indirectly. now on the other hand.......we know who are the real culprits to the bullshit going down over in Africa. from hotel rwanda to South Africa ( eye mean what more evidence do you need to prove that you motherfuckers are the physical manifestation of the devil himself) you crackers went to South Africa and had the nerve to keep Mandela locked up??? and got the  nerve to act like you belong there. fuck out of here
 

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« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2008, 09:47:11 PM »
I'm going to be making ongoing modifications to this thread.  I resized all the photos, they were much too big before.
« Last Edit: November 30, 2008, 08:53:19 AM by Infinite African West Coastin »
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"I will make records as big or bigger than Death Row".   -Dre, Source 1996

"I didn't do nothing but make people money and I didn't leave nobody high and dry.  Any album (on death row) people are going to check for.  But it's time for Dre to worry about Dre.  I'm focused on the new Snoop Doggs, not like that but you know what I mean."

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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2008, 10:21:59 AM »
^^^ you got to be fuckin kidding. the holocaust..........plus all that shit with Bosnia and Serbs of whatever, WW1 and 2......... and aint nobody instigating that shit. or caused that shit indirectly. now on the other hand.......we know who are the real culprits to the bullshit going down over in Africa. from hotel rwanda to South Africa ( eye mean what more evidence do you need to prove that you motherfuckers are the physical manifestation of the devil himself) you crackers went to South Africa and had the nerve to keep Mandela locked up??? and got the  nerve to act like you belong there. fuck out of here

Wow, sounds like you got really angry for a change at hearing someone actually express "racism" towards your people (which, contrary to what you believe, doesn't happen enough these days).

I don't know if whites "belong" in Africa, but things sure were better when we ran the place. Also, considering that blacks tend to be more anti-semitic than whites nowadays, it's odd you'd criticize us for the Holocaust.
 

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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2008, 06:23:15 PM »
Pics from my first day in Senegal on Goree Island.  Goree Island was one of the first settlements built by the Europeans in West Africa.  The Porteguese were the first to make use of the island in the 14th century.  Later the Dutch captured it, and gave it its name.  But over the last few hundred years it has mainly been a possession of the colonial power of Senegal, the French.

Slavery is dramatized in great detail on the island.  Although it has been disputed that the tales are greatly exaggerated by the 1,000 or so locals who live on the island and benefit off its tourism.  Studies have shown that it was a major settlement and trading post, however human slaves were only a minor commodity on the island compared to the other goods being transported, such as beeswax, hides and grain. 

However it has been so well-preserved over the years, in comparison to other European settlements in Africa, that it is still considered one of the  best locations to visit for people seeking to better understand the history of the slave trade.  The slave house located on the island is very well-preserved as you can see in the following picture...



^^^The top floor is said to be where the slave masters lived, while the bottom level is said to be where the blacks were divided up by groups.  Then in the back is the place they call "point of no return" where they say the slaves were tragically shipped off to America, and "goodbye Africa".



This is the ferry ride over to Goree island, behind me you can see the whole width of the island off the coast of Senegal, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.



This is one of the beautiful local girls on the island.  The locals are known as some of the nicest people you will find, many of them have lived their whole life and never even been off of the island.  The small island has it's own economy, some people have homes deep inside bunkers that were originally built by the European slave masters to defend the island from other competing European Nations.



Here is just some of the beautiful artwork they create for sale on Goree island.



This is a canon that was built around the 17th Century and used by the slave traders in defending the island from other European rivals.



Here's a Rasta spot we found on the island where we sat down for some tea (ataya).


...The first day I was just happy to be there, and get as far away as I could from the stress and monotony of American life.  Even after an 11 hour plane ride I still couldn't sleep for the first day and a half in Africa.  I was just so eager to get out and start seeing a different life.  I was pretty close to euphoria during my first couple days in Senegal.

The first thing I did was went for a walk. I walked to the beach and I looked off into the ocean and tried to realize how far I was from America.  At the time it felt America was very close, but with every day that passed America became farther and farther away as I looked off into the ocean. 





« Last Edit: December 04, 2008, 11:40:44 AM by Infinite African West Coastin »
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"I didn't do nothing but make people money and I didn't leave nobody high and dry.  Any album (on death row) people are going to check for.  But it's time for Dre to worry about Dre.  I'm focused on the new Snoop Doggs, not like that but you know what I mean."

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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2008, 10:24:14 PM »
tight pics bro...definitely looking forward for more pics...+1 8)
 

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« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2008, 05:58:05 AM »
tight pics bro...definitely looking forward for more pics...+1 8)

thanks brother... I noticed a sharp spike in my karma, I am up to -455!
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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2008, 11:22:58 AM »
tight pics bro...definitely looking forward for more pics...+1 8)

thanks brother... I noticed a sharp spike in my karma, I am up to -455!

make it -454.....good shit homie.
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« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2008, 12:08:50 PM »
If i could rep i would, nice pics man i would like to travel over seas and dammmmn that island look small.