April 4, 2016 ~ Issue 7
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Afro-Latina ~ A woman with roots from any Latin American country
that is of, relates, or celebrates African a

Es Mi Cultura spreads awareness of the wonderful contributions Afro-Latinas are making to further advance our presence. Each month this newsletter spotlights Afro-Latinas and all their sabor, provides links to various articles and personal stories penned by, about, or for Afro-Latinos, along with book features, and additional information.
While this newsletter is aimed towards Afro-Latinas— we need to see people who look like us. Es Mi Cultura is for readers of both genders, all races, cultures, and backgrounds.

The House of Panama is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose main purpose is to participate in the activities of the "House of Pacific Relations"; to present to the public the traditions, music and culture of the Republic of Panama; and to contribute to foster and cultivate a spirit of understanding, tolerance and goodwill between all the national groups residing in the city of San Diego, California.

The House of Panama is the first Panamanian cultural house in a museum setting outside of the Isthmus of Panama. We are one of 33 National Groups under the umbrella of the House of Pacific Relations, International Cottages, Inc., which is part of beautiful Balboa Park, in San Diego, California. We are supported by donations as well as the hard work of our members who volunteer at each and every fundraiser.

The House of Panama asks for your support to reach our goal to raise $295,320.00 to build the first of its kind International Cottage dedicated to Panama in the United States. All the funds will go to the design and construction of the House of Panama Cottage Museum. Every dollar counts!
Donate to the House of Panama Cottage Museum
House of Panama board members: Elsa Siebert, Dorotea Lindsay (Founder & current President), Juana Conliffe, and Yolanda Burgess. 
"With over 25 years of existence, the House of Panama is still going strong. The House of Panama Board, members, and supporters have focused all efforts to build an International Cottage in Balboa Park. Our mission is to get the full support of all Panamanians throughout the world to become members of this unique organization."
Afro-Latin Publishing ~ "Our company designs, writes, and publishes books and greeting cards that positively portraits the life of afro-descendants communities worldwide. We are committed to publishing work that contributes to the advancement and education of the black community at large."
"As many Black people in Latin America (Afro-Latinos), I grew up always receiving greeting cards with images of people that did not represent me or anyone I knew in my community... that's the main reason why I started designing my own greeting cards back when I lived in Honduras. I've been drawing and sketching ever since I can remember, I love it, it relaxes me!" ~ Isidra Sabio
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Afro-Panameña Sahsha Campbell-Garbutt is a Mother, Wife,
Writer, Author, Life Coach, Wellness Advocate.

She is also the founder of Life and Light Wellness, a firm that incorporates inspirational writings with holistic wellness for the spiritual, mental, and physical elevation of people. The child of two Panamanian parents, this Afro-Panamena is CPR/AED certified and helps her clients attain their physical wellness goals holistically as a Personal Trainer and their personal goals as a Life Coach. Her approach is simple: To attain long lasting results in any venture, the work must be done from the inside out. Sahsha’s gentle, yet forthright “no short cuts” approach to healing incorporates meditation, self reflection, physical activity and addressing, for example “positive distractions” so her clients can utilize their time wisely to achieve their overall goals. In addition to her devotion for wellness, she’s a long-standing member of the Screen Actors Guild. Sahsha’s writing has been published in MindBodyGreen, Huffington Post, Atlanta's Creative Loafing, and Lennox and Parker Magazine. Sahsha is Co-Author of the best selling book, “20 Beautiful Women, Volume 3” and her book, “Life and Light: 111 Motivations and Messages”,will be released fall, 2016.

"Life and Light Wellness is designed for your elevation, inspiration and motivation. I firmly believe that in each and every one of us lies an undiscovered well of Divine health and immense purpose. My goal is to help us reach those plateaus. I AM, like you, on a delightful and insightful journey to myself. Along the way, I’ve rediscovered my love for writing, speaking and fitness while reacquainting myself with commercial acting, vegetarianism, and all things aligned with my destiny. I AM sharing my experiences with you so that you may grow with me, and we may grow together." ~ Sahsha Campbell-Garbutt 
"Afro Soca’ is the new hybrid of African and Caribbean sounds that has been taking over dance floors on both sides of the Atlantic. The style lives at the intersection of afrobeats and soca, as heard in genre crossovers and collaborations like Runtown, Wizkid & Walshy Fire’s “Bend Down Pause” and Olatunji’s “Oh Yay.”

In this new mixtape, DJ Jam Central lays down an extensive journey into the cross-continental sounds of ‘Afro Soca’ for the first installment of LargeUp’s Mix Series. Speaking to LargeUp on the early origins of the genre DJ Jam Central mentions:
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The Afro-Latina/o T-shirt available here.

Stories of Us by Jelisa Jay Robinson 

Directed by Florinda Bryant, Stories of Us is a collection of stories that dig deep into the intercultural conflict between African Americans and Latinos, African diaspora identity, and Afrolatinidad. This scrapbook of experiences, histories, and feelings takes its audience through African roots in Mexico, the time you told your brother you were dating a “black girl,” and that moment you were proud of your heritage, combining to reveal people of color trying to navigate each other’s worlds and build one together.

April 21–May 8 2016
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street 
Austin, TX 78701

Penned  By, About, and For Us!

11 Examples of Light Skin Privilege In Latinx Communities 

Confession of An Afro-Latina

Meet Hip-Hop's Next Big Thing Nitty Scott, MC

At Least 24% of Hispanics Identify With African Roots

What Does It Mean To Be Afro-Latino

Africa's Only Spanish Speaking Country 

Pelé: Birth of a legend 

For Black Cubans, Obama's Visit Is A Source of Pride

Behind the Blog: Janel of Ain't I Latina

Dascha Polanco Explains The Existence of Afro-Latinas

How Afro-Latinos Deal With Natural Hair

Blacktino: A Hilarious Teen Comedy About Being a Nerd of Color 

The Afro-Brazilian Queen of Samba

An Emerging Entry In America's Multiracial Vocabulary: Blackican 

One Black Brazilian Filmmaker We Must Remember 

Afro-Dominican & Proud: A Conversation With Anyine Galvan Rodriguez 

Erika Hernandez on How Her Career Change Led to a Life of Purpose

What Does it Mean to be Afro-Latino?

Dayme Arocena on Why Music Will Help Mend US-Cuba Relations

The Marvel Comic Featuring Puerto Rico's Taino Culture

Nigerian Animator Brings Diversity to Kid's Cartoons In Brazil 

Afro-Latinas Don't Fit Neatly In A Box
"The narrator of Letters to My Mother  is a young Afro-Cuban girl who, when her mother dies, must live with her aunt and cousins. Dependent on them and their goodwill, she’s deeply wounded by their taunts about how dark her skin is and their attacks on her behavior in general, including her choice not to straighten her hair. When not at home, she must endure constant, casual racial prejudice. To keep the memory of her mother alive, and to remind herself that she was once unconditionally loved, she writes letters telling “Mami” what she is suffering and feeling. Composed wholly of these letters, this powerful, moving novel tells how the heroine comes of age. Is her inner strength sufficient to overcome her pain and the bigotry of the people in her life?

When it was originally published, Letters to My Mother was attacked for exposing the problem of racism in contemporary Cuban society. Nevertheless, this illuminating, thoughtful work went on to win major awards."

Es Mi Cultura is published every first Monday of the month by Tamika Burgess. Tamika is a Afro-Panamanian, NYC- based writer, blogger, and copy editor. Learn more about her by visiting

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