I love it when LatiNegrxs Project members write about their experiences. Jelisa Robinson has a new essay up about travel, global blackness, and where she encounters Afrxlatinidad:
“Like Langston, I ponder the ways in which Latinegr@s are represented in music. I believe that Latinegr@ pride is imperative because of the beautiful contributions that folk of African descent have made to not just Latin America and the U.S. BUT the world. Why are we being pushed to the margins politically, socially and economically? Let us think about that…Where would we be without the African@ soul in Samba? The Moren@ flavor in Son Jarocho and Cumbia? The Negr@ spice in Bachata? But where would we be without the activists, political leaders and non-profit pioneers that don’t get the same shine as artists?
And why did I use the words “spice”, “flavor” or “soul” as a way to describe Blackness?
Those words “flavor” and “soul” were words that I’ve heard all my life to describe Afro-Americans. “I got soul” and “I have a little flava” were regular phrases uttered by white folk after using “Black” lingo. They were also used by Afro-Americans in my life to distinguish themselves. It wasn’t just about the music or the food, having “soul” and “flava” is a way of life. That “soul” and “flava” seems, at least in my encounters, to be transdiasporic. Emcompassing all folk of African descent including my Latinegr@ brothers and sisters…
One of my most reblogged Tumbles is the first page of this 1985 translation/essay (published in the Black Scholar) by Carmen Alegría on Langston Hughes relationship with Nicolás Guillén, poet, labor organizer, and member of the Cuban Communist Party. African American and Latinx/Latin American solidarity has a long history and Jelisa’s not afraid to asking questions about what she sees and what it all means.
Proud to be AfrxBorinken and a member of the LatiNegrxs Project….
What is the LatiNegrxs Project?
The LatiNegrxs Project is an award-winning project started in 2009 as the formal US focus on Black History Month (February 1-28/9) was upon us. The core of The LatiNegr@s Project’s mission is anti-oppression and supports equity in access and representation for LatiNegr@s everywhere. At the same time, we acknowledge that being LatiNegr@s in the U.S., we address a bulk of concerns experienced in the U.S. and write in a space that is English-dominant as our team and followers are a blend of English-dominant and multilingual in varying degrees. This space is inclusive of the vast languages LatiNegr@s worldwide communicate in and we welcome submissions or contributions from these languages.
We actively seek to promote the narratives and perspectives of LatiNegr@s worldwide. This means that although differences of opinions may arise within the collective, as a group and as an anti-oppression project, we are actively against any harm, violence, or injustice based on physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, or sexual identities, abilities, or preferences. We promise transparency-in terms of our privilege(s), our position on the issues, and our accountability process.
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