This is a short story about a girls identity as an African-American-Filipina and her encounters with the wider Filipino community. This video challenges Filipino race and identity issues and calls for an acknowledgement of the African-Filipinos as well.
Author and poet Tony Polanco discusses his passion for sharing Afro-descendant stories and his own experiences as an Afro-Panamanian.
His poetry book “Verses from the Diaspora” will be released this November and it sends the message that “Black is Beautiful”.
Check out the “Verses from the Diaspora” Book Release Facebook event happening Nov. 15, 2014 for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527334740839871/?pnref=story
THE THREE QUEENS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
in 1878 three former slave ladies on St. Croix led an insurrection against the Danish Government for improved working and living conditions. During this action a major portion of Frederiksted was destroyed by fire. This revolt is known today as “FIREBURN” and the ladies are renowned as “Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda” – The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands.
Three former slaves that led a labor revolt in the Danish Virgin Islands, now the U.S. Virgin Islands, are honored with this fountain located on a hill above the city of Charlotte Amalie. Bronze sculptures of the women known as Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda are subject of this fountain.
The women are shown standing back to back forming a triangle. All three women are wearing long dresses, aprons and long sleeved blouses. The woman on the left carries a lantern in her right hand. The central figure holds a harvesting tool in her right hand and a torch in her left. The woman on the right holds a torch in her right hand.
Colombia has the third largest black population outside of Africa and the second largest in Latin America, after Brazil. The black population officially is 26% of the population, experts put it at 36-40% or 11 million. Afro-Colombian populations can be found in regions such as Choco, Buenaventura, Cali, Cartegena, San Andres Island, and throughout the country.
Faces of the African Diaspora: Peru
Colonel Carmen Amelia Robles, an Afro Mexican woman who was a leader in the Mexican Revolution. Legend has it that she participated in many battles and that she would shoot her pistol with her right hand and hold her cigar with her left.