some dope stuff going on on twitter right now…

twitter user @thecityofjules decided to start discussing afro-latinx history as she “[was] inspired to tweet about AfroLatinx contributions for Black History Month because so many Latinx publications fail to represent us. I logged into my social media and looked at how white washed a lot of Latinx publications are, and was frustrated.

as language learners, the language itself is not the only the thing that’s important to engage - the histories and cultures of the places where our target languages are spoken are equally significant and i figured this might interest some of you as you dive deeper into your spanish language study.

i only posted a partial list from the initial thread so check out the other figures mentioned here and jump into the #BlackLatinxHistory hashtag that was created to expand on the conversation in one place to learn more!

que disfruten mucho!

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Festival of San Benito: Venezuela.

Tradition tell us of a battle fought in the Venezuelan Independence when the patriots where loosing the fight and had to retreat because they had lost their flag-bearer. Demoralized and disheartened, they thought the battle was lost, until an image of the Black Saint, San Benito de Palermo appeared. The Patriots took the image and won the plaza; from then on, San Benito de Palermo became the Patron Saint of the village.

Every December, on the 29th, the townsmen dress up as their Patron Saint, paint their faces in black and form a colorful army of men women and children. They go from very early in the morning to late at night carrying an image of the Black Saint, marching and detonating black powder with their trabucos all over town. (The trabuco is like a small flintlock musket). At midday, the army gathers around at the plaza in front of the church to receive mass. The children, specially, love this festival, you can see many of them dressed up in costumes, dancing and celebrating all day long. 

SOURCE: http://venezuelanalysis.com/images/6041


Afro-Dominicans in Dominican History (Part 1, top to bottom)

José Francisco Peña Gomez (1937-1998), former Dominican Presidential candidate; former leader of the Dominican Revolutionary Party

Salomé Ureña (1850-1897), Dominican poet, advocate for women’s education

Sonia Pierre (1963-2012), Haitian-Dominican human rights advocate

Gregorio Luperón (1839-1897), Dominican military and state leader


The legendary Zouk band, Kassav’, perform “Soleil”. This cut is taken from the 1988 Bleu Caraibes compilation, “Tropical Dance”.

This is so futuristic I can’t believe it’s from 88! so good

Today January 22rd, join us for our monthly salsa/bachata social #mambomayhem conveniently located in Atlantic Station at Ikonic Atlanta!!!! General admission is just $10 and we start at 8:30pm with our beginner class and then at 9:30pm the dancing starts and doesnt end until 2am!!! #FuegoYHielo #fyh #ikonicatlanta #iamikonic #salsa #salseros #mambo #on2 #bachata #bachateame #bachateros #chacha #latindance #latindancer #dance #dancer #dancers #danceatl #dancelife #danceislife #danceordie #gwepaaa #socialdancetv #atl #atldancers #atlanta #atlantadance #atlanticstation #atlantadanceworld #thelifeoffu #forfuqssake #afrolatin (at Ikonic Dance)

by Capable People | I Never Felt Fear While In Company of Music | As far back as I can remember, music has been there for us. The times when the world was a farce [sic] and for the moments when fear was not the way out…music kept my company, and I never felt fear. Thanks for the music that is provided by…
Never hide your music in the dark.
#jamiaca #uk #puertorico #diaspora #newyorkcity #jazz #reggae #afrolatin #love #panafricanism @solmonk1#ife #yoruba #music #djs #celebrate (at New York, New York)