Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar, Dancing En Clave

#BlackHistoryIsGlobal Today’s La Vida En Black History Month message hails from Bayamòn Puerto Rico… A Boricua who influenced ballroom dance so much that his signature moves are now Latin dance competition standards, Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar was the original Mambo King. Crowned in 1952 as the “greatest Mambo dancer ever” by Tito Puente and LifeContinue reading “Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar, Dancing En Clave”

The Baby Catchers, Las Parteras, Doulas, Midwives… “Aminata Diallos” of the Americas

#BlackHistoryIsGlobal Today’s La Vida En Black History Month features the Baby Catchers, Las Parteras, the doulas, the midwives.   These women keep our people alive… they do the work of nurturing our women through the single most important event of their lives: dando luz a un ser humano or bringing to light another human being. OnContinue reading “The Baby Catchers, Las Parteras, Doulas, Midwives… “Aminata Diallos” of the Americas”

Chile’s Encomiendas = 40 acres and a mule…

#BlackHistoryIsGlobal Todays La Vida En Black History Month message comes from deep in South America. Chile’s first Afro-descendants were brought as slaves and soldiers in 1536, with the explorer Diego de Almagro. The African Slaves worked in farming and agriculture, mined gold and worked on construction projects. The quality of the slaves’ lives was soContinue reading “Chile’s Encomiendas = 40 acres and a mule…”

Maestra; Norma Guillard #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

  Today’s La Vida En Black History Month message comes from Cuba and is about a woman who as a teenage girl, helped a revolution teach her entire nation to read. Norma Guillard is a Social Psychologist and a former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign or La Campaña Nacional de Alfabetizaciòn. I amContinue reading “Maestra; Norma Guillard #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

Alberto Santiago Lovell, Afro-Argentine Wins Olympic Gold! #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

Today’s La Vida En Black History Month message is about an Olympic athlete.  He hailed from Argentina.  And came from a great boxing family Alberto Santiago Lovell (1912–1966)  won the Gold Medal in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  Just 20 years old, Lovell fought in the heavyweight category at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Lovell wasContinue reading “Alberto Santiago Lovell, Afro-Argentine Wins Olympic Gold! #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

A Love Letter to My Trini-Vene Tribe… #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

Today’s La Vida En Black History Month moment comes in the form of a love letter.  A love letter written through history, by our ancestors, by our Great Grandmothers and Great Grandfathers…today’s Post is dedicated to mi famila. Born in the “in between” time my Mummy, Josefa Machado was a bright daughter in the Luces family. Continue reading “A Love Letter to My Trini-Vene Tribe… #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

El Maestro Rafael Cordero, La Vida En Black History Month #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

Todays La Vida En Black History Month Message comes from Borinken… or the Beautiful island of Puerto Rico…  One of the most renowned Puerto Ricans of African ancestry was Rafael Cordero (1790 – 1868), a freeman born in San Juan into a poor family, his father Lucas Cordero worked in the tobacco fields and his motherContinue reading “El Maestro Rafael Cordero, La Vida En Black History Month #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

Chilean Encomiendas, like 40 Acres and a Mule…

#BlackHistoryIsGlobal Todays La Vida En Black History Month Message comes from deep in South America. Chile’s first Afro-descendants were brought as slaves and soldiers in 1536, with the explorer Diego de Almagro. The African Slaves worked in farming and agriculture, mined gold and worked on construction projects. The quality of the slaves’ lives was soContinue reading “Chilean Encomiendas, like 40 Acres and a Mule…”

Yanga’s Successful Mexican Revolt… La Vida En Black History Month

La Vida En Black History Month… #BlackHistoryIsGlobal During the Spanish colonial period in Mexico the indigenous people enslaved by the Colonists was greatly diminished by disease. In order to replace their labor shortage, the Spanish brought in African slaves to Mexico to toil the sugar fields and work the underground mines. Worth much more than the indigenousContinue reading “Yanga’s Successful Mexican Revolt… La Vida En Black History Month”

One step from the Danza… Miguel Faílde #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

La Vida En Black History Month Cuban composer and creator of the danzon; Miguel Faílde Pérez was born in Guacamaro, Matanzas, on 23 December 1852 – and died on the 26th of December 1921. The founder of the Orquesta Faílde was born into a musical family, where Faílde’s father was a Galician immigrant, and hisContinue reading “One step from the Danza… Miguel Faílde #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”