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The Museum of African American History Needs Your Vote! Apr. 14th, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

The Museum of African American History is one of 25 historic sites in Greater Boston selected to compete for a grant. One million dollars is available for historic preservation and the site with the most votes is guaranteed to receive a grant.

When you vote for the Museum, you help to save a vital part of African American history: the Abiel Smith School. Vote to repair the leaks and foundation of the school, the first building in the nation built solely to house a black public school.

Vote once a day everyday!

Make sure to register to vote for the Museum of African American History today.

Want to help? Help us by forwarding this message to your friends, family, and colleagues!
Thank you for your time and please visit us at MAAH.org for more information.

Awareness: Save Historical Black Houses | CableVision Editorial Apr. 12th, 2009 @ 07:40 pm

Save the Freeman Houses

September 17, 2008

Not far from Harbor Yard in Bridgeport's South End stand two structures that appear derelict but are of historic importance. They are said to be the oldest homes in the state constructed by African-Americans. In fact, it was two sisters who built them, Eliza and Mary Freeman, all the way back in the 1840s. They're all that is left of a once vital seaside community known as Little Liberia.

For several years the Freeman Houses have been owned by a nonprofit called Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD). Speaking for the group on News 12's Our Lives program, Maisa Tisdale said ABCD has researched and protected the buildings, but plans to renovate them have been stalled by an ongoing legal problem with the city over property taxes.

The city, which claims the right to tax nonprofits that own real estate but aren't using it, says ABCD owes $116,000. Because the agency has not paid, Bridgeport recently moved to take title of the properties and then foreclosed on them. A court ruling supported the city's action.

But fearing demolition, ABCD appealed that ruling and was granted 90 days--that's until November--to find a resolution. The good news is that the city, according to Mayor Finch, agrees that preservation of these homes should be a priority. But of course money as always is the problem.

We hope a settlement can be arrived at. This region--way beyond Bridgeport--is replete with preservation activists and fund-raisers who could step in and help here. And soon, we hope. According to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the structures are rapidly approaching the point of no return. Too much valuable history and heritage are at stake to neglect them any longer.

Visit TheFreemanHouses.com to learn more and help!

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African Ethnicities Enslaved in Santo Domingo Mar. 8th, 2009 @ 09:28 am
People should never forget their origins, those who do lose the essence as a people or nation; destroying the very core of what defined them as a nation, country or ethnic group.
As a tool for our people to know our roots, where we come from and who where our ancestors is the reason for this piece of work; taken from many valuable documents and reliable sources

From various sources it is known of the arrival of enslaved Africans of various ethnic origins into what is today the Dominican Republic(Santo Domingo). One of these sources is the man in charge of logistics for the plantation of Hernando Gorjon, of which was realized on December 1547.

In this document appears the names and surnames of various slaves that belonged to this plantation. Other documents such as the ones relating to the downfall of Osorio in 1505 and 1506 contain the name of rebellious slaves (maroons) which where captured or killed by authorities.

It was very common that people brought from the African continent got baptized with the name of their masters but the surname would be respective to their ethnic group or port of origin. However it must be mentioned that many times these surnames wouldn’t always be an exact match of the ethnic group of the person, but rather the port of origin.

A good example of this is the so called “Minas” which where not of one ethnicity. In reality they received this surname because of the Fort Mina established by the portugeses in the gold coast (Ghana).

The Geographic location and possible origins of some of the enslaved Africans.
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I really wish this community wasn't so dead.

Ad Age Article: Afro-Latino Youth Can Be Gateway for Marketers- Nov. 22nd, 2008 @ 01:09 pm

The Right Effort Can Reach Two Markets and Then Some

Posted by Rudy Duthil on 11.12.08 @ 11:14 AM


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I had the pleasure of waking up to an e-mail from a friend containing a piece from the uber-liberal Village Voice. The article had to do with a trend among young Latinos (mainly of Dominican, Puerto Rican and Cuban descent) in the New York City area who lead highly acculturated lives that identify very intimately with African-American culture due to their Afro-Latino backgrounds. This intense acculturation has had a profound effect on many different facets of their young Afro-Latino lifestyles, spanning from their wardrobes down to the way they communicate.

Much like their African-American counterparts, Afro-Latinos have the ability to set trends for other cultures as well as their own.

If you take a deeper look into the Afro-Latino culture of New York, you would be able to see that many of today's youth, both multicultural and general market, take cues on their overall style from the Afro-Latino authority figures in these communities.

A few names that come to mind when I think of Afro-Latino icons in New York:
  • Mainstream rap artist Jim Jones, aka Joseph Guillermo Jones II. He's of African-American and Puerto Rican descent. He's also a member of Harlem rap quartet The Diplomats.
  • Rap artist AZ, aka Anthony Cruz. He's of African-American and Dominican descent.
  • Multi-platinum-selling rap artist Fabolous, aka John Jackson, of African-American and Dominican descent.
I believe these men have been able to have such a profound impact on America's multicultural youth, both African-American and Hispanic, because they can relate to both sides of the spectrum. This target demo embraces its Latino roots, but also identifies strongly with the African-American culture here in the U.S. It is reflected by their circle of friends, which will almost always include both Hispanics and African Americans. They also share their culture with their friends through conversation, food and other cultural experiences such as nationalistic pride festivals/parades and musical events.

They have the ability to identify with your average African-American teenager, as well as their Hispanic counterparts, because they are and should be considered cultural hybrids.

They take their Hispanic backgrounds and put their own twists on the other half of their culture, AA, and produce trends that are all their own; mix that in with the influence that hip-hop has on a global scale, and you have the youths flocking in droves to whatever trend this group sets.

If you take a ride through almost any Hispanic or African-American neighborhood in the Northeast, from Philadelphia to Boston, you may happen to see kids of all Hispanic and AA backgrounds running around with skull belt buckles, wallet chains hanging from their back pockets to their front belt loops, and skull-and-crossbone prints all over their T-shirts and hoodies. This is the trend that was started by Jim Jones and his Diplomat friends, and once they began to appear in recent rap videos with this attire, all of a sudden clothing designers began to send out their lines of apparel with the skull-and-crossbone print on them to major retailers.

These cultural hybrids possess the power to mold American culture. It is already happening in key urban pockets. Keep an eye out -- it will be spreading very quickly.

Note to marketers: Molding American culture is a capability that more companies should take notice of, especially in these tough economic times. The Afro-Latino has the power to affect two cultures at once (and then some). So marketers that go after this target demo will in essence be "killing two birds with one stone" in terms of reach. This would make them the ideal target consumer for those clients seeking to launch campaigns against a Hispanic target that can have some legs and then carry over into either an African-American or general-market-targeted program, all the while using the same creative concept.

The Healing Force Receives Coveted International Bunche Medal Sep. 17th, 2008 @ 09:03 pm
The Healing Force, a popular Christian family act represented by Indie Extreme, has been awarded the Bunche Medal for "bridging and celebrating African-American and African culture with spirit-affirming universal values, sparkling creativity, and stunning music, dance and traditional story-telling."

The international Bunche Medal was crafted in 2003 to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the first U.S. citizen and the first person of color in the world to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The medal has been given since 2003 to individuals who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of finding peaceful solutions to social problems through cultural education and enlightenment.
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» Afro-Mexicans and Barack Obama
By Jeremy Schwartz
Saturday, February 02, 2008

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican media have crowned Barack Obama the "black Kennedy" and interpreted his strong candidacy as a signal that the United States is finally entering the age of racial enlightenment.

Obama has created a buzz in the country's blogosphere and among the chattering classes, who see him as the embodiment of the American dream.

But despite the public accolades, Obama's candidacy has also opened a window on to Mexico's own uneasy race relations and mainstream society's treatment of the poverty-stricken and largely ignored Afro-Mexican community.

"For Mexico, there aren't any blacks; they don't exist," said Israel Reyes Larrea, coordinator of an Afro-Mexican civil association on the coast of Oaxaca state.
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» Bolivia's African King
Bolivia's African King
• Julio Pinedo was interviewed by Andrés Schipani in La Paz.

Monday December 10th 2007

More than 30,000 poverty-stricken Afro-Bolivians feel overlooked in a country that recently approved its first ‘multiethnic and pluricultural’ constitution. But now, for the first time since they arrived in Bolivia as slaves in the 16th-century, attitudes to them seem to be changing. Julio Pinedo is one of the many African Bolivians who make a living growing coca, but he has discovered that he is a direct descendant of Bonifaz, a tribal king from Senegal, and is now being crowned the first Afro-Bolivian king in 500 hundred years

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» Black..but not??
K onda?? ^_^

Soy afro-peruano y blanco. Tengo la piel ligera y no me parezco como un chavo negro de NINGUNA MANERA.  I mean, the only reason people know that I'm black is because I tell them. I have white features and latino features but no african. It makes me identify with being exclusively peruvian more so than being afro-peruvian just because people don't know that I'm black. Does anyone else feel this way? Thoughts??

Thanks guys,

» Afro Latinos on TV

American Latino will be debuting its 6th season this weekend and one of the segments will cover Afro Latinos.

Here is the schedule:

Please check it out and lets discuss come Monday!.
Peace yall

» Castro has us held hostage
I was reading the Part 4 of the Miami Herald series, which deals with Afro-Cubans. She was discussing how the Revolution has failed in so much as there is still racism in Cuba. The biggest problem facing Afro-Cubans is that they are not allowed to bring up racism. It's a taboo. In fact, Afro-Cubans have been arrested for even mentioning racism. There is now a growing civil rights movement, but it is mostly underground for fear of retaliation.

I've always been on the wall when it comes to Castro. To me, he brought a lot of good to Cuba and gave a lot of Cubans chances that others would have never had. However, something always stank about his form of communism, and I'm starting to realize what it is. The Revolution never finished, and Castro doesn't seem to want to progress. He seems content with how things are going, or more like he just doesn't give a damn.

The quote that struck me the most in this article:

"Black Cubans are afraid of a return of the people in Miami," Moore said. "They are afraid of a restoration of the U.S. influence. The last link Castro has to the black population is based on those two fears. The third is: They are afraid that the social advantages the revolution brought in terms of health, education and even political participation will be abolished if American influence and white influence are reestablished."

I'd have to agree. My fear has always been that sooner or later America was going to end up back in Cuba. I have a fear that the White Cubans would return and racism would be even worse than it is now. I think somehow we need a new revolution.

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