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”

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…”

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”

A Miracle in his own right Saint Martin de Porres #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

La Vida En Black History Month ‪#‎BlackHistoryIsGlobal‬ Wedensday February 4th’s feature is for the first black canonized Catholic Saint Martin de Porres. Born in Lima, Peru in 1579, St. Martin de Porres mother was a free black woman from Panama and his father was of Spanish Aristocracy. A 15 year old Martin became a layContinue reading “A Miracle in his own right Saint Martin de Porres #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

“Pelo Malo” Speaks To Us All #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

‪#‎BlackHistoryIsGlobal‬ Todays La Vida En Black History Month message hails in the form of a film I just watched and had been hearing about for months. There are several themes coming up in Latino Cinema that have to deal with identity, relationships and how we see one another. In this award winning film by Venezuelan director,Continue reading ““Pelo Malo” Speaks To Us All #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

LaVidaEnBlack History Month #BlackHistoryIsGobal

Today’s La Vida En Black History Month Moment comes from Cuba and it is not a singular person but a tragedy that needs to be recognized and documented. See the film by Gloria Rolando, Raices De Mi Corazon El Partido Independiente de Color was the first independent black political party in the hemisphere, founded inContinue reading “LaVidaEnBlack History Month #BlackHistoryIsGobal”

Chica da Silva A La Vida En Black History Month Momen

The history of Chica da Silva is now a significant part of Brazilian folklore and age old controversy. It is said Chica was born to an African slave mother and Portuguese nobleman father in the diamond mining region of Tejuco, Brazil. As a young girl she was sold in the 1750’s to the household ofContinue reading “Chica da Silva A La Vida En Black History Month Momen”

El Negro Primero A La Vida En Black Black History Month Moment

In Venezuela, Simon Bolivar the great liberator of South America realized the vital role Black men played in the colonies quest for freedom from the Spanish Crown. One of Bolivar’s fiercest soldiers was El Negro Primero, Pedro Camejo. Born a slave, Camejo’s nickname was a testament to his bravery for Pedro was always the firstContinue reading “El Negro Primero A La Vida En Black Black History Month Moment”

La Vida En Black; El Negro Primero #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

Afro-Venezuelans were a vital part of the struggle for independence.  One of Simon Bolívar’s most famous lieutenants, Pedro Camejo, is legendary in Venezuela’s history as “El Negro Primero,” who was always the first to ride into battle. In the final battle of Carabobo, Camejo was mortally wounded but survived long enough to utter one infamous phrase: “General, vengo decirle,Continue reading “La Vida En Black; El Negro Primero #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”