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Crioya Global Movement, AfroLatino Travel and Panamerican Shipping are collecting Brown Dolls for Children in Panama!

Please spread like wildfire, representation and imagery matters!

One of the events in NYC that we will be collecting doll donations is:

AfroLatino Festival

Saturday, June 28th

12pm-6pm

Right outside the Q train Parkside Avenue stop 

LINK to donate if cannot donate dolls: http://www.gofundme.com/browndollspanama

Proyecto Mas Color is a campaign to promote the awareness of the lack of representation of Afro-Latinos and other minority groups in Latin American media.

"My name is Victoria Arzu and my sister Sophia and I are the founders of Proyecto Mas Color, an awareness campaign. We are petitioning Univision and Telemundo to include Afro-Latinos in their daily programming. Please take a look at our video… http://youtu.be/xoynWkeColI

And please sign our petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/univision-telemundo-include-more-afro-latinos-in-their-daily-programming ”

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NEGRO: Finding Identity - Rosa

"That idea of colorism what we’re really talking about is…anti-black prejudices that run rampant, I think within the Latino community but I also think within the African-American community, if we look at the history of race and ‘light-skinnedness’…Black to me is also a consciousness, it’s a politic, so people look at me and be like ‘why you calling yourself Black?’ well you have to understand what Black is, what does Black mean?, Black is not African-American, we’re talking about a global Black or African Diaspora, but it’s  important to also say that as a Latina, at some level i may have a privilege that other darker sisters don’t enjoy and we have to be mindful of that as well."

Self-identified, Black Puerto Rican activist, Rosa Clemente discusses her awakening to ethnicity and race and how education leads the path to liberation.

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We are Afrodescendants; this is a term which recognizes our ancestry. We are descendants of the people of African origin who were brought to Latin America and the Caribbean enslaved. We are descendants of the people who came deprived of their freedom, people with culture, traditions, languages, customs and dreams. From these people we descend, not from slavery itself. The inheritance [of slavery] is not ours – it belongs to slave owners and their descendants. Slavery is the inheritance of those who trade in human pain and treat human beings as merchandise; these people believed that in breaking [slaves’] bodies they would subjugate their souls. But they were not successful, because human beings arrived in Latin America and the Caribbean, human beings with personal and collective histories – people landed here. Although in the gaze of every captain, in the gaze of every slave buyer, they were seen as merchandise, people arrived in Latin America and the Caribbean. People who were enslaved, but before all else, the one thing that defined them was that they were people, human beings whose very humanity was denied.
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http://www.eclac.org/mujer/noticias/paginas/9/39909/EnglishRedAfro.pdf

Exactly why I do not use nor condone the use of the word ‘slave’ to describe a human being. And it always seems to be Afrodescendants described as slaves although the indigenous people were also enslaved. And I wish other supposed “scholars” and “academics” in this area of study would let go of this dehumanizing and colonial habit/practice. I had one exchange with a white woman in this area of study and her flippant response was “it’s just semantics.” That response deserved a big fat WELL DUH. Semantics by definition: the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. There are a number of branches and subbranches of semantics, including formal semantics , which studies the logical aspects of meaning, such as sense, reference, implication, and logical form, lexical semantics , which studies word meanings and word relations, and conceptual semantics , which studies the cognitive structure of meaning.

Words are semantics, semantics are words. Words have meaning. Deconstruct what words imply and represent. ‘Slave’ has never and will NEVER represent my ancestors.  

The NYT on the politics of (Afro) race in Mexico

Waiting for a ferry boat to cross the river in Oaxaca. 
Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times. October, 2014.

The New York Time’s, Randy Archibold, reports that Mexico is planning to do something it hasn’t done in decades: its census will ask if people consider themselves Black.

"That Mexico is even considering asking about black identity represents a leap in a country where race is rarely discussed publicly, and where bigotry and discrimination, both blatant and indirect, is commonplace."

 

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DreamTown follows three impassioned Afro-Ecuadorian players as they pursue their dreams to make it professionally by learning to play barefoot in the dirt fields of their village to the heights of international soccer stardom. These players are not only hungry and passionate about the beautiful game but make great sacrifices along the way in hopes to save their families and uplift their community! DONATE HERE   DreamTown has 8 days left to raise the funds that will bring this 6-year underdog true-life story to the world. It’s about bringing the underdog to the forefront and showing how when people believe in themselves they can reach their goals. Anyone that has ever been discounted knows what it’s like. Director Betty is an award winning filmmaker and this film has earned the NALAC, HBO/NALIP Documentary Award given to Latino Filmmakers who present issues of social change with uncompromising honesty and quality. Check out more information on the film and this innovative way to raise funds called Kickstarter: http://tinyurl.com/dreamtownfinalcut    We’re raising $35,000 to bring DreamTown to a final cut. We hope you’ll consider making a pledge! Whether it’s $5, $25, $100, $1000 or more, your contribution demonstrates to the world enthusiastic support for this project, in our case for the love & power of the game!   Kickstarter operates on one main principle: lots of donations – big or small – from many people equal a big win! So we need to keep up the MOMENTUM!

The afrolatin@ forum is pleased to partner with the public media station WNET on a new initiative, “Latino Americans of New York and New Jersey,” a multimedia project that includes a special 30-minute program about the lives of local Latin@s, to air on the stations Thirteen, WLIW21, and NJTV this fall. The program will premiere on the same night as the landmark PBS series, “Latino Americans,” on September 17, 2013.

You can help represent the lives, achievements, culture and rich diversity of AfroLatin@s by going to thirteen.org/share to share your story. About what? It could be about you, your family, culture, history, traditions, favorite meal or any part of your Latin@ identity. Share your personal story along with a photo or video. The program will feature some of the submissions; all will be available on the web site, including the story of the afrolatin@ forum.

The modern black community has complained time and time again about discriminating lending practices of banks and lending institutions in this country, but who is going to do something about it? We hoped bringing light to the story, achievement and life of Maggie Lena Walker might inspire someone in the community to stand up and…