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Artiste: Victoria Santa Cruz

Poem: Me gritaron negra (They called me black (woman))

Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Gamarra was an Afro-Peruvian choreographer, composer, and activist. Known as “the mother of Afro Peruvian dance and theatre.” Along with her brother, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, she is credited as significant in a revival of Afro-Peruvian culture in the 1960s and 1970s. They both came from a long-line of artists and intellectuals. For her part she is said to have had “Afrocentrism” influences in her view of dance trying to discover “ancestral memory” of African forms. She helped to found the Cumanana company.

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Legendary Black History Moment: On January 30, 1995, the American Music Awards had aired. Many had performed along with Prince (pictured here) but lets talk about this shady moment (one of his best). This group of ppl backed with Quincy Jones, Nona Gaye, and many others, were singing ‘We Are The World’ by Michael Jackson at this very moment. Prince refused. Nor did he show up to the rehearsal. He was so angered by the fact Michael was concerned about third world countries starving when theres “just as much hunger here at home”, he went home and wrote a B-side called ‘Hello’ about children in America starving. Now, thats not even the good part. Pictured here is when Quincy Jones put the mic to Prince’s mouth testing him to see if he’d sing along while Prince was just standing there idling and Prince offered back his Tootsie Pop. Pure savagery.

I LOVE ME.

I love being a black girl with glasses.

I love being a black girl who’s loud.

I love being a black girl who’s smart.

I love being a black girl who’s not afraid to voice her opinion.

I love being a black girl who’s conscious.

I love being a black girl who’s beautiful.

I love being a black girl who’s thick.

I love being a black girl who’s witty.

I love being a black girl who’s supportive.

I love being a black girl who’s not afraid to wear weave.

I love being a black girl who’s not afraid to wear her natural hair.

I love being a black girl who’s not afraid to date outside her race, BUT still support and love black men.

I love being a black girl who’s ancestors made it across the middle passage.

I love being a black girl who’s okay with being vulnerable.

I love being a black girl who’s not afraid of being herself.

I love being a black girl. ✊✊