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Woye! Caribbeans are known to be the most prideful yet loyal and hospitable people. They are also known for their carefree lifestyles, good music and food.

The majority of my friends and I are first-generation Caribbeans and love to trade jokes on the antics our relatives provide us. Like when we received “licks” (when you behaved badly or were “out of order”); or how when our parents are upset, they become “vex” and probably tell you  “two big women don’t live in the same house” (sorry, that’s personal).

Family events are called functions and when you are ready to party, you say “Ah goin tuh fete.” While visiting relatives, you must eat their food or at least take home a week’s worth of food or they will feel insulted. Most Caribbean homes either had or still have plastic cover chairs and those beaded curtains that separate the kitchen from the living room. Speaking of the living room, that’s the one room in your home you are not allowed to go in.

So, as you prepare to start to s*ck teeth like us, take off your shoes and get comfortable.  Here are some things that make us Caribbeans “big up” or laugh at ourselves.

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