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Ismael Rivera (1931-1987)  Known as “El Sonero Mayor”, he was a renowned composer and singer who popularized bomba y plena music during the 1950s and ‘60s. His songs promoted Black pride in Puerto Rico and Latin America, such as “Las caras lindas” and “El Nazareno.”

Ismael Rivera (1931-1987) Known as “El Sonero Mayor”, he was a renowned composer and singer who popularized bomba y plena music during the 1950s and ‘60s. His songs promoted Black pride in Puerto Rico and Latin America, such as “Las caras lindas” and “El Nazareno.”

Pedro Albizu Campos, JD (1891-1965)  One of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated leaders for independence, he was the first Boricua to attend Harvard University. He also led the Nationalist Party and struggled for his homeland’s sovereignty all of his life. He died after suffering years of radiation experiments in U.S. prisons. Read more about Albizu Campos,

Pedro Albizu Campos, JD (1891-1965) One of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated leaders for independence, he was the first Boricua to attend Harvard University. He also led the Nationalist Party and struggled for his homeland’s sovereignty all of his life. He died after suffering years of radiation experiments in U.S. prisons. Read more about Albizu Campos,

Homemade Snicker Cups - Erren's Kitchen

Homemade Snicker Cups - Erren's Kitchen

Dominga Cruz Becerril (1909-circa 1970s) Born in Ponce and died in exile in Cuba, Cruz Becerril rescued the Puerto Rican flag  left on the ground during the Ponce Massacre of 1937. A lecturer in a tobacco factory, inspired by Latin America freedom movements, joined the Nationalist Party in the 1930s. She is credited with giving the party’s leader, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, his moniker – “El Maestro”. Cruz Becerril also transformed the women’s wing of the movement into a trained fighting…

Dominga Cruz Becerril (1909-circa 1970s) Born in Ponce and died in exile in Cuba, Cruz Becerril rescued the Puerto Rican flag left on the ground during the Ponce Massacre of 1937. A lecturer in a tobacco factory, inspired by Latin America freedom movements, joined the Nationalist Party in the 1930s. She is credited with giving the party’s leader, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, his moniker – “El Maestro”. Cruz Becerril also transformed the women’s wing of the movement into a trained fighting…

10 Afro-Puerto Ricans Everyone Should Know | La Respuesta

10 Afro-Puerto Ricans Everyone Should Know | La Respuesta

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (1970-Present) Novelist, Playwright and Essayist, she is a Puerto Rico contemporary writer who won her country’s National Prize for literature for her short story collection Ojos de Luna in 2008 and was chosen as one of Latin America’s 39 best writers under 39-years-old at Bogota39 in 2007. She is also the author of “Negras: Stories of Puerto Rican Slave Women”. Arroyo Pizarro works and writes extensively on the LGBTQ movement in Puerto Rico.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (1970-Present) Novelist, Playwright and Essayist, she is a Puerto Rico contemporary writer who won her country’s National Prize for literature for her short story collection Ojos de Luna in 2008 and was chosen as one of Latin America’s 39 best writers under 39-years-old at Bogota39 in 2007. She is also the author of “Negras: Stories of Puerto Rican Slave Women”. Arroyo Pizarro works and writes extensively on the LGBTQ movement in Puerto Rico.

10 Afro-Puerto Ricans Everyone Should Know Part of "Caja de Memoria Constancia" art installation by Adrián 'Viajero" Román

10 Afro-Puerto Ricans Everyone Should Know Part of "Caja de Memoria Constancia" art installation by Adrián 'Viajero" Román

Celestina Cordero (1787-1862) and Rafael Cordero (1790-1868) These siblings are “the parents” of public education in Puerto Rico. They were the children of former slaves who bought their freedom. They established free schools in San Juan where education was a right so their classrooms were mixed with pupils from both the elite and marginalized. Celestina founded the first school for girls in 1820. Rafael is currently on the path towards official Sainthood in the Catholic Church.

Celestina Cordero (1787-1862) and Rafael Cordero (1790-1868) These siblings are “the parents” of public education in Puerto Rico. They were the children of former slaves who bought their freedom. They established free schools in San Juan where education was a right so their classrooms were mixed with pupils from both the elite and marginalized. Celestina founded the first school for girls in 1820. Rafael is currently on the path towards official Sainthood in the Catholic Church.

10 Afro Puerto Ricans everyone should know

10 Afro Puerto Ricans everyone should know

Jose Campeche y Jordán (1751-1809)  Considered Puerto Rico’s first major, “homegrown” visual artist, Campeche was a mulatto whose father purchased his freedom from slavery. He was a self-taught painter who is known for his portraits of the island’s elite and paintings of religious iconography.

Jose Campeche y Jordán (1751-1809) Considered Puerto Rico’s first major, “homegrown” visual artist, Campeche was a mulatto whose father purchased his freedom from slavery. He was a self-taught painter who is known for his portraits of the island’s elite and paintings of religious iconography.

Marta Moreno Vega, PhD (1942-Present)  A cultural activist, institution-builder, filmmaker, and author. She was born and raised in El Barrio, New York and heads the Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute. She is the director and producer of the upcoming film “When the Spirits Call” about espiritismo and santería in Puerto Rico and the author of a memoir “When the Spirits Dance Mambo.”

Marta Moreno Vega, PhD (1942-Present) A cultural activist, institution-builder, filmmaker, and author. She was born and raised in El Barrio, New York and heads the Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute. She is the director and producer of the upcoming film “When the Spirits Call” about espiritismo and santería in Puerto Rico and the author of a memoir “When the Spirits Dance Mambo.”

Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD (circa 1948-Pres.) Clinical Psychologist, Comas-Díaz employs a critical, feminist, and antiracist lens in her writing and community work. Born in Chicago and raised in Puerto Rico, she is the second wave of feminism and the resurgence of the independence movement. She coined the term “LatinNegra/o” offering a more intersectional and holistic identity for afrodescendientes Latina/os.

Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD (circa 1948-Pres.) Clinical Psychologist, Comas-Díaz employs a critical, feminist, and antiracist lens in her writing and community work. Born in Chicago and raised in Puerto Rico, she is the second wave of feminism and the resurgence of the independence movement. She coined the term “LatinNegra/o” offering a more intersectional and holistic identity for afrodescendientes Latina/os.

Arturo Schomburg (1874-1938)  An intellectual leader in the Harlem Renaissance and activist for Puerto Rican independence, he dedicated his entire life to chronicling the contributions of afrodescendientes around the globe. His archives, which include slave narratives, literature, art, and other historical artifacts led to the creation of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and Art, later the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

Arturo Schomburg (1874-1938) An intellectual leader in the Harlem Renaissance and activist for Puerto Rican independence, he dedicated his entire life to chronicling the contributions of afrodescendientes around the globe. His archives, which include slave narratives, literature, art, and other historical artifacts led to the creation of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and Art, later the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

A color blind mentality is often used to invalidate the ‘colored’ Boricua experience. For my grandmother and the vast diaspora of dark Boricuas, we remain resilient against those who attempt to make us feel inferior.Chequéalo →

A color blind mentality is often used to invalidate the ‘colored’ Boricua experience. For my grandmother and the vast diaspora of dark Boricuas, we remain resilient against those who attempt to make us feel inferior.Chequéalo →

Faces of P.R.: Leyendas!

Faces of P.R.: Leyendas!

Zoulou's hair style in South Africa in 1879 . "Coiffures d'hommes Zoulou Afrique du Sud", 1879 . "Zulu Dandies Hairstyles - South Africa 1879” .

Zoulou's hair style in South Africa in 1879 . "Coiffures d'hommes Zoulou Afrique du Sud", 1879 . "Zulu Dandies Hairstyles - South Africa 1879” .

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