Plantains represents the hard work and positivity my grandmother had during her journey to the United States from Belize. My grandmother came from Belize City, Belize in 1992 during the Rodney King riots. My grandma flew from Belize to find a better life with her two sons, my dad and my uncle. While she was on her flight, my grandma described to me how she saw the airport on fire and how she could feel the heat irradiating from the airport. The plantain represents the positivity my grandmother had during my upbringing after I was born eight years after the riots ceased. Every time I would visit my grandma, she would make plantain for dinner no matter what the main course of our dinner was and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my childhood. My grandma would always serve plantain to me and my brother and she would relate stories about her life experiences. Most of my grandma's stories were thoroughly entertaining and have influenced how I carry myself as a young adult today.
– Geonn Taylor