What do we tell our Afro-Latino children now?
As we enter a new era in USA after the 2016 presidential election, many Afro-Latino parents may feel a sense uncertainty about what is to come and how it may affect their children. The reality is, we do not have control of what our children may or may not face in the future. However, we do have control on what we can do for them as parents so that they are better prepared for any circumstance that may make them feel uncomfortable about their ethnic background and identity in the next four years and beyond.
As we begin or continue conversations with our children, we must remind them that…
They are loved by many.
They are valued.
We will do everything in your power to make sure they are safe.
To never be afraid to tell you if they see, feel or hear prejudice towards themselves or others.
To stand up and speak up against unfairness.
To treat others with respect regardless of their skin color and ethnic background.
They are part of what makes the United States of America great.
This is their America even if someone says otherwise.
Love will always overcome hate.
Finally, inform them that before the right to vote, our ancestors fought and died so that today people of color can read. We must not take this for granted and read to educate ourselves about the past and present to prepare for a better future. Ultimately, we want what all parents want for their children…a better tomorrow.
Una vista al arte de Eddaviel
Anyiné Galván Rodríguez – 10.20.16
Desde la primera vez que vi una de sus ilustraciones “Afro-inks”, las imágenes de Eddaviel me cautivaron instantáneamente. A primera vista, el arte de Eddaviel expresa primordialmente temas Afro-Dominicanos como enfoque. Pero su arte va más allá. Aunque imperante, las expresiones Afro-Dominicanas en su arte van en conjugo con expresiones de los tres continentes que dieron forma a la cultura y étnica Dominicana: África, Europa y las Américas. Partiendo de la fusión de estos elementos de las raíces del pueblo Dominicano, Eddaviel explora lo mágico y religioso en sus “Afro-Inks” para dar la oportunidad a su audiencia que vayan en búsqueda de quienes son individualmente y como pueblo Dominicano, sea en el país o en el extranjero.
Eddaviel ha colaborado con otros artistas para promover el arte en República Dominicana. En los últimos años ha sido parte del movimiento muralista “Transitando” con el propósito de llevar diferentes ramas del arte a espacios públicos en el país. Además, a formado parte de otros proyectos como Muralizando RD, y Cabarete Music & Art Festival en donde imágenes de una mujer con afro toma un rol protagonista en su arte cuyo ha sido una sensación en el movimiento Afro-Latino. Actualmente, Eddaviel es parte de un movimiento emocionante de literatura especulativa llamada “Mentes Extremófilas”, en donde explora el género desde otros medios como el cómic y la ilustración.
Comparado con otros muralistas y ilustradores modernos Dominicanos, Eddaviel le da vida a lo mágico religioso a través de su arte.
Como recurso de inspiración, su amor hacia la literatura especulativa, fantástica, ciencia ficción y oscura ha servido como influencia para darnos un recreación de una fantasía Caribeña. Muchas veces resultan en un tema retro-futurista con tono Caribeño específicamente desde un lente Dominicano.
“Desde pequeño siempre he tenido mis raíces bien arraigadas”,
comentó Eddaviel durante nuestra entrevista explicándome como expresando la identidad del pueblo dominicano le ha impactado en su propia identidad como artista.
Entre los mitos y leyendas que de niño le contaban su abuelo y su padre, cuyas raíces vienen de la región sur del país, dieron paso a el principio de su desarrollo como artista y eventualmente sirven como base para sus tesis.
En el proceso de investigación de mitos y leyendas dominicanas, Eddaviel se encontró con un mundo mágico del cual no se ha podido escapar. Esta fascinación es evidente en su arte. Eddaviel lleva a su audiencia a ese mundo y los hipnotiza con fluidez. Su arte aporta una dimensión única al género de la fantasía y ciencia ficción representando al Caribe. Es como respirar aire nuevo para aquellos que buscan identificarse con arte Afro-Taina o Caribeña en la rama de fantasía y ciencia ficción.
Al final de nuestra entrevista, le pregunté a Eddaviel que quisiera que sea su legado como artista.
“…quiero que cuando la gente hable del arte de mi país, que quede que soy de aquí. Que mi arte si identifique con personalidad y transmita mi esencia como Dominicano”.
Su legado va en camino y sigue cautivando a las masas en República Dominicana igual que en otros países en donde el movimiento Afro-Latino de entre la nueva generación de afrodescendientes sigue floreciendo.
Pueden seguir a Edison Montero “Eddaviel” en los siguientes medios:
Wash day!!! Back to my Leave-in conditioner by Mixed Chicks for kids. I’m not a kid but my curls love the gentle moisturizing love of this product. No gel…no other products! Easy for a busy working chica like myself.
Step 1: Pary my hair in 4 and distribute product. Comb it out gently to maximize curl definition
Step 2: Wait 3 hours for it yo dry lol
Step 4: Style it to bring more volume to my curls.
Hey chicas! I tried my #bumbleandbumble Curl style Gel-oil! Although different from my usual leave-in conditioner styling, I really liked it for curl definition when rocking an up-do style/ponytail/pineapple. My ponytail looked fresh for two consecutive days. Best of all? I got some length and it did not super shrink my coils. #teamnatural #afrodominicana #afrolatinanatural #naturalista #naturalhair #naturalcurls #teamnatural #browngirlmagic #negra soy #AfroLatinaSoy™ #AfroLatinaSoy #curlyhair #kinks #coils #yoamomipajon #diosanegra
Today I had the amazing pleasure to meet these beautiful ladies in the naturalista community. From travel tips to advice about monetizing your brand, the #femmeinbloom tour brunch was awesome and super informative! @ownbyfemme @heygorjess Thank you for stopping by in Chicago!!! A big plus of the brunch?! I got to meet a fellow AfroLatina with roots in Panama blogger @jovanni_cd 😍❤ #afrolatina #femmeinbloom #naturalista #afrolatinanatural #naturalcurls #curlyhair #chicago #ownbyfemme #curlsfordays
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By: AfroLatina Natural
It is important for us women to identify our Tribe.
As women, to reach our best selves, it is important to search for our life’s purpose, follow it and fulfill it. However, finding your purpose, let alone fulfilling it, may not be an easy task. It is a work in progress at whatever stage you may be in that journey. As women, there are many factors that may help or sidetrack us from staying on track. Often times, we fail to realize that there are key people in our journey that will help us stay on the right path to reaching our best selves and follow our life’s purpose. Whether you are 16 in the midst of high school, 22 fresh out of college or 30 starting true adulthood, it is highly important that we as woman IDENTIFY who are the people in our TRIBE.
You may be asking yourself: “What do you mean by “tribe”? I have my family… That’s my tribe! I have my close friends… That’s my tribe! There is no need to identify my tribe. I know who they are.”
It seems like an easy task but identifying your tribe is a lot more purposeful than just naming all the people in your support group or circle of close friends and family.
Not everyone that is in your family or close circle is part of your tribe. That does not mean that they do not play a significant part of your life. They do and they are necessary to your ultimate emotional well being. Close family and friends love you and care for you but they may not necessarily be part of your tribe. There are specific people in your circle that you MUST begin to identify as your tribe if you are on your journey to fulfilling your purpose.
Whether you are on the verge of finding your purpose or on the journey to fulfilling it, there are people that unconsciously or consciously guide us in that trajectory. Once you begin to identify your tribe, slowly you will start to see how things may begin falling into place that will facilitate clarity and assistance in your life’s purpose. Your tribe may begin small, grow with time and shrink again. What you must always keep in mind when identifying your tribe is you must focus on quality rather than quantity.
Below are 3 questions that may help you identify your tribe:
People who genuinely appreciate your accomplishments
Some people may care for you but they don’t necessarily appreciate your light. They don’t appreciate when you shine. It does not mean that they are bad people or don’t love you. They may be dealing with so many other challenges or insecurities in their own lives that it is difficult to appreciate your accomplishments. You can’t fault them for that. Start reflecting on how people react to your accomplishments, big or small, and take note. As women, we have great intuition. Use it and identify who genuinely celebrates your light.
Who brings you peace?
People that bring peace to your life may be someone you talk to everyday. It may also be a family member, a former mentor, an old time friend that you may not be in contact with on a regular basis. However, in some inexplicable way, when you come in contact, sit down for coffee or simply talk on the phone after several months of not chatting…this person brings you internal peace. You feel a sense of happiness, joy and trust when you bond with them. As you begin identifying these people try to label the emotions that they ignite in you. If most of the emotions are closely related to joy and peace, you may be on the right track to narrowing down the people in your tribe.
Who truly knows your worth?
This is by far one of the easiest steps to really narrowing down your list to identify the people in your tribe. The people that truly know your worth are some of the most important people in your tribe because they know your potential. If they have not told you already, you can openly ask these people in some shape or form, “What qualities do you value in me?”. If they are able to explain at least a few of your true qualities that they value in you, you may be on the right track. “You are a great friend” does not suffice. They must be able to have depth to their answer on the qualities that make you shine. People that know your worth are are not only aware of what positive elements you bring to their life but also what you have to offer the world around you. Ultimately, they will open up paths for you to find or fulfill your purpose.
As you begin identifying your tribe, you may or may not decide to share with the people on the list. That is a personal decision that you can make once your have solidified your list. Nonetheless, once you have identified your tribe, it is imperative you let them know through actions and words that you value them and you are invested in continuing to develop your connection with them.
Find your tribe. Follow your passion. Find your purpose.