african diaspora

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Dinah Veeris, Master Healer and creator of Den Paradera 

Dinah Veeris gives insight regarding the African involvement in plant-based medicine and healing traditions. Slave healers cultivated some of the most powerful and resilient healing communities on this planet. The very essence of survival, resistance, and communal preservation are the same pillars that guide Dinah Veeris in her work to preserve the traditional medicinal plants of Curaçao.

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A very personal reaction/musing regarding the death of Fidel Castro. 

He played a key role in anti-colonial struggles across Africa, improved conditions in some key ways for the people of Cuba, and also lived as a specter of terror, a murderer of his own people. 

I don’t care if he rests in power or peace or at all. 

I want the good things he brought about to endure and the evil he has done to be healed and made right where possible.

I feel no solidarity with white Cubans whose wealth was redistributed. I feel all solidarity with Afro-Cubans everywhere. I feel solidarity with the families whose relatives were imprisoned and killed for their sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, and dissenting opinions. I want Cuban society to confront its alive-and-well anti-blackness, cis-sexism, and homophobia. I don’t want Cuba to go back to what it was before Castro. I want Cuba to move forward from him.

#SkinBleaching. No, your eyes are NOT playing tricks on you… These are the SAME people.

  • Sammy Sosa (Dominican)
  • Vera Sidika (Kenyan)
  • Dencia (Nigerian & Cameroonian; founder of Whitenicious skin bleaching cream)
  • Vybz Kartel (Jamaican)
  • Nomasonto “Mshoza” Mnisi (South African).

Many attribute their success and/or popularity as musicians, models, etc, to their lighter, bleached skin. They Our entire society believes this as truth. Often times people admit to bleaching with no shame or regret. This is a psychological health problem. There is no beauty, success, or wealth seen in blackness. This is a physical health problem. It is KNOWN to cause cancer. This is global. From Africa, to India, to Asia, in the Caribbean, and the Americas. The media we are exposed to here in the west is the SAME media that is spread throughout the African diaspora, throughout the eastern hemisphere. All we see in success is fair skin. Even in our homeland.

It’s not just here. Colorism is everywhere. White supremacy is GLOBAL.

‘The Black Panther Party - Speech by John Hulett / Interview with Stokely Carmichael / Report from Lowndes County’, Socialist Workers Party, United States, 1966.
This pamphlet is about the first Black Panther Party in Lowndes County, Alabama that inspired the more well known BPP to form in Oakland, California.

C: SOME Africans feel that they are superior to Africans Americans. And SOME African Americans feel that they are superior to Africans. I wish people would stop using what a FEW people have said to them as an excuse to HATE on other black people or victimize themselves. We can’t let a few bad apples destroy the unity that our communities need to continue building.

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Pattie LaBelle and Celia Cruz sharing the stage.

Diaspora in action.

African Influence in Salvador

Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, was the first major port and the capital of colonial Brazil for almost two centuries. The city lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay of Todos os Santos. It was built on two levels with administration buildings and residences constructed on the hills; forts, docks, and warehouses on the beaches. To this day the city is still divided into upper and lower cities. From 1500 to 1815 Salvador was the nation’s busiest port. A significant portion of the sugar from the northeast and gold and diamonds from the mines in the southeast passed through Salvador. It was a golden age for the town; magnificent homes and churches resplendent in gold decoration were built. Many of the city’s baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped paving bricks have been preserved as part of Brazil’s historic patrimony. In Salvador, more than anywhere else in the country, the African influence in the makeup of Brazilian culture is readily visible, from the spicy dishes still called by their African names (caruru, vatapa, acaraji), to the ceremonies of candomblé which honor both African deities and Catholic holidays, to the capoeira schools where a unique African form of ritualistic fighting is taught. Its population is around 2,250,000 inhabitants.

Location: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Photographer: Celso Marino