The Untold History of Afro-Mexicans, Mexico’s Forgotten Ethnic Group

When people think of the diverse ethnicities that make up Mexico, Afro-Mexicans are not often the first that spring to mind, given that their 1.2% minority status among the Mexican population (according to a preliminary 2015 census) has been systematically overlooked for centuries. However, their cultural and historical contributions in Mexico cannot be ignored. Here’s the untold story of Afro-Mexicans. History of Afro-Mexicans Contrary to what many people realise, Mexico was a slave trading country in the 16th century, having a population of around 200,000 principally West African slaves that outnumbered the Spanish…

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The black people ‘erased from history’

More than a million people in Mexico are descended from African slaves and identify as “black”, “dark” or “Afro-Mexican” even if they don’t look black. But beyond the southern state of Oaxaca they are little-known and the community’s leaders are now warning of possible radical steps to achieve official recognition. “The police made me sing the national anthem three times, because they wouldn’t believe I was Mexican,” says Chogo el Bandeno, a black Mexican singer-songwriter. “I had to list the governors of five states too.” He was visiting the capital,…

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Cherokee Nation Views COVID as Impetus to Increase Domestic Production

Source: by Carmen Davis, Executive Editor | Dec 30, 2020 | Infrastructure, Innovation, News “We determined that never again will Cherokee Nation be at the mercy of the government of the United States. We are actually engaged in constructing domestic production of masks here in Cherokee Nation,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said during the Native Business Virtual Summit. “We are also looking at COVID, not as some opportunity to exploit but an opportunity to do better in the future,” shared Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. during the Native Business Virtual Summit live broadcast. Federal…

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THE BAY’S BLACK AND BROWN FAMILIES ARE DEALING WITH A SERIOUS CHILD-CARE DILEMMA DURING PANDEMIC AND CALIFORNIA FIRE SEASON

By JR Valrey  Childcare is one of the least talked about, paramount issues that Black parents are facing, during 2020’s COVID pandemic year, and throughout California’s ever intensifying fire season, which has had over 2.5 million acres throughout the state go up in flames within the last month. With distance learning being mandated at schools across the nation until further notice, and the plentiful California sun being blocked out for weeks because of the smoke from the still burning, enormous California, Oregon, and Washington fires, there’s no telling when life…

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SAN FRANCISCO’S POLICE COMMISSIONER MALIA COHEN SPEAKS

by JR Valrey Former San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen has just been appointed to head the San Francisco Police Commission this month, by Mayor London Breed. This is a very critical time in the nation’s history, where relations between the Black and Brown community as well as the activist community, and the police are at all time lows. Just in the last couple of weeks, San Leandro police officer Jason Fletcher became only the second officer in California, in a decade, to be indicted. He was charged with voluntary manslaughter…

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Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Prodigy, Danny Gonzalez, Dead at 22 After Shooting

Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Prodigy, Danny Gonzalez, Dead at 22 After Shooting The world of boxing has lost a rising star. Floyd Mayweather shared the heartbreaking news that his prodigy, Danny Gonzalez, passed away. “R.I.P champ gone but never forgotten,” Mayweather captioned his Instagram post on Tuesday, Sept. 8. According to law enforcement, the athlete was shot and killed on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in Moreno Valley, Calif. He was 22 years old. Related video: Floyd Mayweather to pay George Floyd’s funeral costs Floyd Mayweather To Pay George Floyd’s Funeral Costs NBCU Scroll back up…

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Mississippi AG drops case against Curtis Flowers, a Black man who was tried 6 times for same crime

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office is dropping its case against Curtis Flowers, a Black man who was tried six times for the same crime by a white prosecutor. The case drew national attention last year as it went before the U.S. Supreme Court after it was the subject of “In The Dark,” a popular investigative podcast. Flowers, accused of killing four people at a furniture store in Winona in 1996, has maintained his innocence for more than two decades as his case went through an unprecedented number of trials, the…

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards: Hurricane Laura was worse than Hurricane Rita

Greg Hilburn Monroe News-Star Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday Hurricane Laura was probably worse than Hurricane Rita 15 years ago, apologizing to anyone who thought he diminished the impact of the storm that slammed into the Cameron coast with 150 mph winds. “It was never my intention to convey the damage was anything other than horrific,” said Edwards, who had apparently received some negative feedback. “It was every bit as bad as (Hurricane Rita in 2005) and probably worse where it struck; very catastrophic.” Edwards also said Laura cut a wider swath…

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Master P to Pay Funeral Costs for 3-Year Old Girl Shot and Killed In Louisville

Louisville, KY — Rapper and entrepreneur Master P has reportedly extended financial help to the family of Trinity Randolph, a 3-year old girl from Kentucky who was shot and killed with her father at their home. Master P, who has been known for his philanthropy in Louisville for a decade now, says that he will pay for Randolph’s funeral costs. He has also expressed his sadness that a little girl has died without having the chance to fully discover her talents or professional calling.   “This a 3-year old innocent girl…

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Here’s what we know about the chaos that unfolded Tuesday near a Washington Park home

Elliot HughesSophie CarsonAshley Luthern Milwaukee Journal Sentinel After a chaotic saga unfolded Tuesday centering around two missing teenage girls and a Washington Park home suspected of being a sex trafficking hub, Milwaukee police said Wednesday there is no indication the girls were ever there — or that the house was used for such activity. The girls, ages 13 and 15, were found by one of their mothers more than three miles away, police said, and have since been reunited with their families after interviews with investigators. The developments come after…

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