Los Africans Y Simon; Luchando Para Independencia

La Vida En Black History continues today as Venezuela struggles with its sovereignty. Their fight today is not unlike their fight 100 + years ago… Afro-Venezuelans have continued to live in deep poverty and subjugation.  This Venezuelan African, prays for peaceful, and productive change. Black-Venezuelans played a decisive role in the struggle for the nation’sContinue reading “Los Africans Y Simon; Luchando Para Independencia”

First Black President of Mexico, Vicente Guerrero #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

Today’s La Vida En Black, History Month message is about Vicente Guerrero, Mexico’s first black president, and also Mexican version of Abraham Lincoln. In 1829 Presidente Guerrero issued Mexico’s own abolition of slavery decree (which was the cause a few years later to Texas slave holders seceding from Mexico). Vicente Guerrero was born in theContinue reading “First Black President of Mexico, Vicente Guerrero #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

Me Gitaron Negra! #BlackHistoryIsGlobal #MimiTVA

La Vida En Black History Month message today goes deep into the heart of Peruvian culture with the Heroine of Black Peru, Victoria Santa Cruz.  Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Gamarra was a poet, composer, choreographer, designer, and an exponent of Afro-Peruvian art. The daughter of writer / playwright, Nicomedes Santa Cruz Aparicio and Victoria Gamarra, their family was famous for their excellence in creative pursuitsContinue reading “Me Gitaron Negra! #BlackHistoryIsGlobal #MimiTVA”

Maestro Cheo Feliciano!

It’s important to know who we are, from whom and from where we were formed… by telling the stories ourselves, we see an example of how to live, how to inspire and how to honor our ancestors, Aguanile, Mai, Mai… MimiTVA Posting from the DMV… Cheo Feliciano’s smooth distinctive voice was loved and revered by salsaContinue reading “Maestro Cheo Feliciano!”

La Vida En Black History… Maestra Gloria Rolando

It’s empowering to know who we are, from whom & where we are formed… by telling the stories ourselves, we see an example of how to live, how to inspire and how to honor our ancestors, Aguanile, Mai, Mai… MimiTVA posting from the DMV Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando has been an inspiration to me for quite someContinue reading “La Vida En Black History… Maestra Gloria Rolando”

LaVidaEnBlack History Month 

It’s important to know who we are, from whom and where we were formed… by telling the stories ourselves, we see an example of how to live, how to inspire and how to honor our ancestors, Aguanile, Mai, Mai… Posting from the DMV, February 1, 2016 MimiTVA commits to post about different Afro-Descendants throughout Black HistoryContinue reading “LaVidaEnBlack History Month “

Sara Gòmez; The Documentary Gem of Cuba! 

#LaVidaEnBlack #TheBlacksideofHispanicHeritage  Sara Gómez (November 8, 1942 – June 2, 1974) was an Afro-Cuban filmmaker. She was born into a middle-class family in Havana and she was afforded an education in literature, piano and Afro-Cuban ethnography. She became a journalist before joining the newly-formed ICAIC in 1961, Castro a fan of film as art developedContinue reading “Sara Gòmez; The Documentary Gem of Cuba! “

La Reina de Azùcar y los Afro-Latinos

Ay Celia… I celebrate her this September – October in my La Vida En Hispanic Heritage Month posts and I would be remiss to not celebrate La Reina, So here ya go!  As a constant source of inspiration you never fail to impress, Celia you still reign supreme in a world where you were meantContinue reading “La Reina de Azùcar y los Afro-Latinos”

An Angel Formed Today

Trini-Vene Tribe, Today Today, March 15th ; I honor the making of our personal familia Angel, the woman who formed our being, the Madre We are blessed to call our own… I cannot begin to describe the level of blessing we all have had by being a part of her beautiful family.  I can howeverContinue reading “An Angel Formed Today”

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”