Verses from the Diaspora

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:





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.1780886_824428387601065_810750812791252622_n




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.


Brazil and United States promote cultural exchange program between black public school students

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Brasil e EUA promovem intercâmbio entre estudantes negros de escolas públicas

Note from BW of Brazil: Historical and cultural connections, common slave histories as well as struggles against social exclusion, inequality and racism have just a few of the similarities that have provoked exchanges of dialogue between African descendants in Brazil and the United States. The leading economic and political position of the US in the world has exposed millions of black Brazilians to the history of African-American struggle and increasingly, African-Americans are becoming more aware of this struggle in the Afro-Brazilian population. Various sources show us that this dialogue between Afro-Brazilian and African-American organizations can be traced to at least the 1930s, accelerating in the 1970s with the influence of the Civil Rights/Black Power movements on the Movimento Negro Unificado and up to today with more black Americans visiting Brazil and the ongoing influence of black American culture on black Brazil. There is so much to learn from…

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Successful model Samira Carvalho speaks on the “ethnic” label and being black in the modeling industry

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Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s be clear about something. Brazil doesn’t have a shortage of black models. And, according to the comments this blog receives, the country is also not lacking beautiful black women. What is lacking though is equal opportunity for black models. If you haven’t heard, Brazil’s major fashion events have a routine habit of presenting Brazilian women to the world as if the country were somewhere in Europe. This despite the fact that the census shows that 51% of Brazilians define themselves as non-white. Samira Carvalho is a one of the few black Brazilian models (along with Emanuela de Paula and Laís Ribeiro) who has managed to find success in the fashion world. But don’t mistake it; this doesn’t mean she isn’t aware of how black women are perceived and treated in society, particularly in the fashion industry. Below are just…

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From the slave quarters to the tourist post card: “Remove your labels from my black body!”

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Note from BW of Brazil: Today, we wish to share a statement from a northeastern black women’s group known as Preta Simoa. On their blog, Preta Simoa describes itself as “Grupo de Mulheres Negras do Cariri. Somos mulheres negras empoderadas, atuantes e ativistas na região do Cariri, interior do Ceará”, meaning “a group of Black Women from Cariri. We are powerful, active and activist black women from the region of Cariri, on the interior of Ceará.” Ceará is a popular tourist destination located in Brazil’s northeast.

Although their message was created specifically for the Carnaval season that has since already passed, it remains relevant for several reasons. 1) Regardless of the time of year, the image of Brazil outside of the country is often associated with Carnaval. 2) The international spotlight will be upon Brazil for the World Cup in a little more than two months and will continue until…

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Colonel Carmen Amelia Robles


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.