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!

Although I’m not transgender I am demigirl agender and am struggling with my gender and how to present it to everyone else in the world. This day is so important for everyone to be represented and to feel happy, handsome, and beautiful in their skin! Since I am agender I am okay with all pronouns. They/them He/him She/her

Edit: totally changed im not demigirl or okay with she/her pronouns. I’m nonbinary transmasculine they/him only
During the war years Spain sought, with considerable success, to divide Cubans along racial lines by portraying itself as the defender of white “civilization” and the rebels as black barbarians pursuing the goal of an Africanized, Haitianized Cuba. Once the rebels had been defeated, Spanish policy changed direction, making an open bid for Afro-Cuban support by gradually repealing the caste laws. Spanish officials did not act spontaneously but, rather, under pressure from a well-organized civil rights movement based in the social clubs, mutual aid societies, and civic organizations of the Afro-Cuban middle class. Under the leadership of journalist and political activist Juan Gaulberto Gomez, in 1887 these organizations formed an islandwide Directorio Central de las Sociedades de la Raza de Color to coordinate the civil rights struggle. Between 1878 and 1893 Afro-Cuban activists obtained government edicts outlawing restrictions on interracial marriage; segregation in public education and public services; and the keeping of official birth, death, and marriage records in volumes separated by race.

Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000

 By George Reid Andrews

from the chapter: The politics of Freedom

I just want to stress that although there wasn’t a mirrored Civil Rights Movement [as it was in the U.S.] in Latin American countries, there has always been Civil Rights MovementS throughout the regions. Afrodescendants have always fought for justice, human rights and right to life, but each country/region had their own historical processes. Very important to be aware of that. 


I watched this film recently. Young directors with first time actors. I thought it was great. Shot in Buenaventura Colombia.


Ventos de Agosto

brazilian film. i’d love to watch this…

Red de Mujeres Afro-latinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la DiásporaEncuentro Diaspora AfroWhere and When I Enter, the Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute and the Afrolatin@ Projectinvite you to attend a panel discussion

6-8:30 PM


Altagracia Balcácer Molina (Dominican Republic)
Paola Yañez Inofuentes (Bolivia) 
Nedelka Lacayo (Honduras)
Yvette Modestin, Moderator (Panama) 

Opening Remarks: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute


  367 BEDFORD AVE. @ SOUTH 6th

J-M-Z Train to Marcy Ave. 

Reception: Live Performance by Mai-elka Prado of the Del Sonido Collective; Poetry reading by Monica Carrillo to follow.

Come hear activists from the Network of Afro-latinamerican, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora women as they share their experiences and discuss their work to raise the visibility and improve the lives of women in their communities. It has been well documented that when women are empowered, communities prosper. They will also provide an interim report on their progress as collaborators in the MY World / World We Want 2015 campaign. With the launch of the International Decade of People of African Descent and the Sustainable Development Goals both in 2015 this will be a timely discussion.

I’m Marie, 17 yrs old & Brazilian/German. (afro-latin/white)

As a kid raised in a primarily by white people populated country such as Germany, I grew up hating my appearance. I had no clear role models and started using skin whitening products with 14, because the women on TV were pale and blonde and had blue eyes. I hated being tan and I wanted to be pale. I had clear “physical” aspirations. I straightened my hair every day and used caps to hide it. 

To me as a teenager, labeling myself was extremely important. I didn’t know whenever I was black or white because I was considered too white to be black and too black to be white. I felt like I didn’t exist. I had no identity. Which made it difficult for me to accept who I was as a person. Being biracial for me was terrifying, because you don’t really have a voice and your negative experiences are belittled. Suddenly hating your skin and heritage isn’t a bad thing because you aren’t part of the community anyway. That’s how I felt most of the time. And no one ever told me thinking that way was wrong.

I’ve become more accepting of myself and what I stand for after joining this site. I finally like looking in the mirror.