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”

Ganga Zumba, Mighty Chief!

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, in Black History Month Ganga Zumba was the leader of anContinue reading “Ganga Zumba, Mighty Chief!”

Jaime Hurtado González; Ill Fated Afro-Ecuadorian

Jaime Hurtado González (1937-1999) Politician, Activist, Social Justice champion,  Jaime Hurtado González was the first black man to run for president of the Republic of Ecuador. Known as the the voice of the people González was a strong advocate of the disenfranchised groups of color within Ecuador. As an elected congressman in 1999 he was running for President with a strongContinue reading “Jaime Hurtado González; Ill Fated Afro-Ecuadorian”

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”

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”

The Priestess Who Launched the War of Independence! #BlackHistoryIsGlobal

This La Vida En Black History Month message hails for la isla de la primera vista, Hispaniola’s french side, Haiti! And I went in search of a Lady I present to you, Cécile Fatiman.   Cécile Fatiman was a great Vodou Priestess when in 1792 she lead the ceremony in Bois Caïman which launched theContinue reading “The Priestess Who Launched the War of Independence! #BlackHistoryIsGlobal”

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”

Gurl Ya Ain’t Play-in’ Ya Good! , Do Good and Good Will Always Follow You!

I woke up today and realized, a dream has come true. I woke up today and said Thank you God for this day, I have so much to say, I have always had so much love to share but today is a result of love given, spent and returned .. without condition, without barriers, withoutContinue reading “Gurl Ya Ain’t Play-in’ Ya Good! , Do Good and Good Will Always Follow You!”