This wraps up a week of photos about NY Labor Day Carnival. On Saturday I witnessed an amazing young lady, 15-year-old Tashima Martin, school everyone on what it is to play mas. Her portrayal was African Spirit. Tashima took to the stage almost in flight. She handled her relatively large costume like it was a skirt around her waist and a pair of wings. I don’t know how long she’s been playing mas, but it was amazing to watch this costume take on a life of it’s own and command the stage. The photo doesn’t do justice. Mas is alive and well in the hands of young people like her.




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