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Afro-Venezuelan, Yulimar Rojas, sets Triple Jump world record! #BlackAthletics #BlackGirlMagic
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Black Herstory. Great 25 minute video that celebrates Afro-Latinas.
#blacklatinas #latinegras #afrolatinas For video topic suggestions email me at [email protected] ! (Your identity will remain anonymous) Conéctate conmigo...
[02/23/20] John Stephens thanks for doing an excellent job curating AfroLatinidad. Give a big up to John fam.
Afro-Turks are a very old branch of the African Diaspora.
kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com Afro-Turks, African Turks, or Turkish Africans are people of African descent in Turkey. "Afro-Turk" is a neologism; they have been colloquia...
Promoting Garifuna Culture.
remezcla.com Siria Alvarez is igniting Garifuna pride through The Garifuna Market, an e-commerce shop that sells items that represent the Garinagu.
Interview with Afro-Puerto Rican novelist and educator, Torrey Maldonado. (Author of acclaimed children's book, "Tight.")
washingtonpost.com In his new book, a boy pressures his friend into making bad choices.
Black History Month & the Afro-Latinx Experience
aldianews.com The experience of Afro-Latinos is rooted in a blend of Black identity and Hispanic culture that makes for a diverse discussion.
Jose Luis Vilson, Dominican educator, speaks openly about anti-Blackness within the Latino community
level.medium.com Something about my Blackness forces some Afro Latinos to face their own, even if they’re not ready to embrace it
remezcla.com "The notion that this makes us safer is a big lie," said Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, to The Guardian in 2012. "We don't need to violate people's human rights or their basic dignity to make this country safer."
All-Black staff in agency in Brazil promotes Afrodescendant Pride.
blackwomenofbrazil.co Fashion student creates an agency focused on black protagonism Beyond simply featuring black models, every phase of the creations is produced by black people, including [...]
R.I.P. Ja'net Dubois :'(
popculture.com The Good Times family has lost one of their own, as TMZ recently reported. Ja'net Dubois, who [...]
salon.com Unused to the fake smiles innate to the gig economy, Cubans bear the brunt of Airbnb's emotional labor
The importance of Black History and Black History Month in the United Kingdom
metro.co.uk Black history is British history. Black History Month is not just a charitable act of diversity and inclusion.
Black History Pearls of Wisdom with Dr. Marta Moreno Vega!
These Latinx people are Black too, but our history lessons didn’t always reflect that
Honoring Afro-Colombian choreographer, Eleo Pomare. One of the greatest Black choreographers in 20th century Modern Dance.
thehistorymakers.org Check out this story from The HistoryMakers featuring Eleo Pomare
Celebrating Puerto Rican "BOMBA" music & dance!
Bomba is a musical tradition developed by West Africans along the coast of Puerto Rico dating back to the 17th Century. Check out more Eyewitness News - http...
Celebrating the DYNAMIC contributions to the upliftment of the African Diaspora of Afro-Panamanian (born & raised in Colon), Yvette Modestin!
Today in #BHM we uplift the work of Yvette Modestin, a writer, poet and activist who focuses on shedding light on the Afro-descendant experience in Latin America. #CenteringHER
Yvette was born and raised in Panama, and was named one of “30 Afro Latinas you Should Know” in the world.” She is Founder/Executive Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, and the Diaspora Coordinator of the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diaspora an international network of Afro descendent women. Yvette is also one of the editors and writers of the book, “Women Warriors of the Afro Latina Diaspora”, a book that was named in the top five Latino books in the country for 2013.
Unique experiences of being [email protected] in the U.S.
Struggles of Being Afro Latino
artsy.net As black artists create some of today’s most dynamic figurative paintings, a number of young and lesser-known painters are pushing the genre forward.
Reparations and the ADOS movement.
abcnews.go.com ADOS, American Descendants of Slavery support reparations and a black economic agenda but not without controversy.
Jose Francisco Pena Gomez, a three-time candidate for President of the Dominican Republic who rose from a childhood of extreme poverty to become one of the most prominent black political figures in Latin America, died on Sunday night May 10, 1998 at his home outside Santo Domingo. He was 61.
No politician openly acknowledging African ancestry has ever been elected president of any Spanish-speaking Latin American nation in this century, though a few of mixed race have held power. But Mr. Pena Gomez came extremely close to achieving that feat, and even without occupying his country's highest office came to be known throughout the hemisphere as an eloquent spokesman for and defender of political, social and racial equality and justice.
''He was a great man, one of the very few people I have known who at critical moments put democracy ahead of his own personal interests,'' Robert Pastor, the director of the Latin American and Caribbean program at the Carter Center in Atlanta who knew Mr. Pena Gomez well, said yesterday.
Mr. Pena Gomez was born on March 6, 1937, in Valverde to parents of Haitian descent. As an infant, he was orphaned when Rafael Trujillo, the military dictator of the Dominican Republic, ordered a massacre in which more than 10,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the border area were killed and additional thousands fled across the border.
''I am a human being who has experienced many vicissitudes,'' Mr. Pena Gomez said in an interview in 1996. ''I was born in an era of conflicts. I have two sets of parents and two families. One is by blood, and the other is the result of cohabitation. But both are dear to me.''
By the time Mr. Bosch was elected President in 1962, Mr. Pena Gomez had emerged as a protege. Mr. Bosch was ousted by a coup in 1963, however, and that led to a civil war and, in April 1965, an American invasion of the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Pena Gomez took his oratorical skills to the streets and the airwaves to head the opposition to that intervention, which led to Joaquin Balaguer's becoming President and the P.R.D.'s being cast into the political wilderness for 12 years. Repression was intense throughout that period, and Mr. Pena Gomez eventually had to leave the country.
Taking refuge in France, he studied political science and constitutional and labor law for two years at the University of Paris. Earlier, Mr. Pena Gomez had earned a law degree from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and had also studied political science in courses at Harvard University and Michigan State University.
In 1982, Mr. Pena Gomez was elected Mayor of Santo Domingo, which automatically made him a strong contender for the presidency. But his party passed him by in 1986, with some of its leaders arguing that it would be impossible for a black man, especially one of Haitian descent, to defeat Mr. Balaguer, who was Foreign Minister at the time of the 1937 massacre and was notorious for his disdain for blacks.
The P.R.D. lost to Mr. Balaguer anyway, and in 1990, Mr. Pena Gomez finally won the nomination. He finished third in a vote marred by widespread accusations of electoral fraud after a campaign that was full of racial innuendo, but he vowed to try again.
In 1994 he won his party's nomination for a second time, but had to contend with what electoral observer groups described as race baiting and vote fraud that was even more blatant. The widely questioned final official results showed him losing by 30,000 votes, and though many political observers expected Mr. Pena Gomez to order his followers into the streets to challenge the tally, he chose restraint and negotiation.
His first bout with cancer followed soon afterward. But the disease went into remission after treatment in the United States, and, with Mr. Balaguer barred from succeeding himself, Mr. Pena Gomez finished ahead of two strong competitors in the first round of a special presidential vote in 1996, receiving 47 percent of the vote. But he fell short of the majority that he needed to avoid a runoff, and was narrowly defeated by Mr. Fernandez in the second round.
Shortly thereafter, the cancer reappeared, and Mr. Pena Gomez spent most of the rest of his life shuttling back and forth between Santo Domingo and New York, where he underwent medical treatment.
In January, a factional dispute led him to jump back into the political arena in hopes that his personal popularity and fiery oratory would enable his party to make gains in the voting on May 16.
Surviving are his wife, Peggy Cabral, and eight children and stepchildren. (Nytimes)
Black History Month 2020.
A POWERFUL interview with Dr. Marta Moreno Vega. Dr. Moreno Vega is a living encyclopedia and "exploratorium" of ALL ASPECTS of the Global African Diaspora. When she speaks we, her students, listen----in awe and reverence!
africasacountry.com New York City's Caribbean Cultural Center seeks to “document and present the creative genius of African Diaspora cultures.”
"Wildman of Rhythm." Biography of the great Benny More. (In English). (Y)
amazon.com Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence "An important and highly entertaining book that tells the story of the great and troubled Cuban singer Benny More. Helps roll back the curtain that often comes between American audiences and their appreciation of the great...
dailykos.com The ongoing need in Puerto Rico, as well as the plight of Latino immigrant children in cages, briefly made headlines again this week. Not because of the continuing earthquakes on the island, or for ...
nytimes.com The island has a long history of encouraging residents to identify as white, but there are growing efforts to raise awareness about racism.
dailykos.com It is fitting to open Black History Month by exploring the long history of relationships between and among the indigenous people of this land with African Americans. Many tribal nations, especially ...
How Afro-Cuban conguero, Chano Pozo, revolutionized Latin Jazz!
ebony.com He was born in poverty, worked as a shoe-shine boy, lived the thug life, walked around with a bullet in his back, and flashed a gold tooth. But the Afro-Cuban Luciano Pozo y Gonzalez, AKA Chano Pozo, was a master percussionist and entertainer in his native land, who traveled to the United States, an...
Celebrating Enedina Marques, the 1st Black woman to earn an engineering degree in Brazil. (1945).
blackwomenofbrazil.co In 1945, in a field dominated by white men, Enedina Marques became the first black woman to earn an engineering degree in Brazil By Marques [...]
buzzfeed.com Dear Hollywood, get these people into your projects immediately.
Black History Month. Celebrating Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa. 1st Afro-Latino to earn a medical degree in the U.S.A.
(PS. The misprint in the article reads "1980." Dr. Barbosa graduated from the University of Michigan in 1880).
wearelatinlive.com First Puerto Rican and one of the first people of African descent to earn a medical degree in the U.S. He was valedictorian of his class, a member of Puerto Rico's first Senate, established PR's f...
remezcla.com The late journalist Gwen Ifill is being memorialized on a new U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp.
remezcla.com GarifunaRobics is "a mixture of fitness and culture,” as he puts it.
Honoring Solange "Sonia" Pierre! She gave her life---physically, mentally and emotionally----so that thousands of Haitian-Dominicans and dark-skinned Black Dominicans in general, could stand tall and proud in the Dominican Republic.
Highlighting Black Dominicans for Black History month! Destroying narratives that Dominicans are not black Instituted by Trujillo and reinforced by Balaguer.
Sonia Pierre was 13 when she organised her first five-day rally against the poor conditions in the bateys, the rural migrant camps for Haitians working in the Dominican Republic. She was arrested, but generated sufficient public attention to ensure a pay increase for the workers.
Sonia, who has died of a heart attack aged 48, was born in a batey herself and raised in a tiny barrack. Her parents were Haitian migrants who had crossed the border in the 1950s to work in sugar plantations at the invitation of the Dominican government, then under Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship.
In 1983, Sonia formed her own organisation, the Movement of Dominico-Haitian Women (MUDHA), in an attempt to combat sexism and anti-Haitian prejudice and to develop primary health and family planning services and educational programmes. Angered by the Dominican government's continued refusal to grant full citizenship rights to the children of Haitian migrants. Civil registrars claimed that her own migrant parents were illegal residents and that her birth documents had been forged. As a result, Sonia was often called Solange Pie (her Haitian name).
In 2001, MUDHA and two US law firms presented the case Yean and Bosico v the Dominican government to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In 2005, the court found that the government had discriminated against two Dominican-born girls of Haitian descent by failing to provide them with birth certificates on grounds of their Haitian ethnicity. This was a landmark ruling which called for governmental reparations and an apology to the girls. The Dominican supreme court later rejected the ruling.
Sonia's open denunciations of Dominican government policy made her a constant target of criticism and threats, but also won her close support from a broad range of international organisations. 2003:Amnesty International award, 2007 Robert F Kennedy human rights award & 2010, Michelle Obama presented her with an International Women of Courage award. (The Guardian)
Mauricio Baez, Dominican who fought for & organized Haitians in the Dominican Republic, and was assassinated by Trujillo's secret police while in exile in Havana, Cuba.
May he rest in Power!
mailchi.mp Last month, we had the pleasure of participating in the Hispaniola in Revolt Panel in NYC that highlighted social movements on the island past and present (want the full video here). The biggest takeaway was that every time Haitians and Dominicans have successfully joined together, it's been with ...
Black History Month. Afro-Latinos.
embracingdiversity.us As the celebration of Black History Month continues, I talk about Afro-Latinos and baseball’s color line to honor black Latino baseball pioneers.
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