They Called Me Black

Victoria Santa Cruz / Poet, Activist.
1922 – 2014

Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Gamarra was an Afro-Peruvian choreographer, composer, and activist. Known as “the mother of Afro Peruvian dance and theatre.”

Victoria Santa Cruz received a scholarship to attend the Université du Theatre des Nations in Paris where she was educated in costuming and choreography.  She created unforgettable costumes for the play “The Altarpiece of Don Cristobal” and made a triumphant return to Peru. In 1968 she founded the Teatro y Danzas Negras del Perú, / Black Dance Theatre of Peru, inspiring a new and diverse period in Peru for the study of black culture.

Her choreography became a part of the fabric of Peruvian culture so much so  that her talented group represented the nation at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.  Victoria won numerous prestigious awards including Best Folklorist at the Primer Festival y Seminario Latinoamericano de Televisión en 1970.

She was a special guest of the Colombian government at the Festival de Cali  in 1971. There she notably recognized that the black roots of Cali did not come from just one country of origin but from several African nations, so much like the various slaves brought to the Americas.

Santa Cruz’s name became synonymous with the cultural identity of Peru.

“Me Gritaron Negra”

 

Her poem “Me Gritaron Negra

They Screamed “Black” At Me, became a beautiful badge of honor for Afro-Latinos everywhere.

“Me gritaron Negra!”
(They Called Me Black)

Tenía siete años apenas,
Maybe I was seven years old
apenas siete años,
Maybe seven years
¡Qué siete años!
What seven years old
¡No llegaba a cinco siquiera!
I wasn’t even five yet…
De pronto unas voces en la calle
When the voices in the street
me gritaron “¡Negra!”
Screamed “¡Negra!”
“Black Girl!”

¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!
Black! Black! Black! Black!

¡Negra! ¡Negra!¡Negra!
Black! Black! Black!

¿Soy acaso negra?, me dije
I thought, Am I? Am I really Black?

¡Si!
Yes!

¿Qué cosa es ser negra?
What does it mean to be black?

¡Negra!
Black!

Y yo no sabía la triste verdad
And I didn’t know the sad truth.

Que aquello escondía.
That black was hiding
¡Negra!

Y me sentí negra,
And I felt the black

¡Negra!

Como ellos decían
Just like their screams
¡Negra!

Y retrocedí
And I regressed
¡Negra!

Como ellos querían
Just as they desired
¡Negra!

Y odié mis cabellos
And I hated my hair…

Y mis labios gruesos
And my thick lips…
Y miré apenada mi carne tostada
I was ashamed of my toasted skin.

Y retrocedí
And I regressed…
¡Negra!
Y retrocedí…
And I regressed…
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Neeegra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!

Y pasaba el tiempo, y siempre amargada
And time passed by, and I was always bitter.
Seguía llevando a mi espalda mi pesada carga.
I carried this heavy load on my back.
¡Y como pesaba!
And how heavy it was!
Me alacie el cabello, me polvee la cara, y entre mis entrañas siempre
I straightened my hair, I powdered my face, and deep down inside of me

resonaba la misma palabra…
I heard the same resounding word…

¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Neeegra!

Hasta que un día que retrocedía,
Until one day I regressed,

retrocedía y qué iba a caer.
regressed until I was going to fall.

¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra ¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!
¡Negra! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!

¿Y que? ¿Y que?
So What? So What?

¡Negra!


YES!

¡Negra Soy! ¡Negra! ¡Negra!
Black I am!

Negra soy!
I am Black!
¡Negra!

Sí ¡Negra! Soy ¡Negra!
Yes. I AM BLACK!
Negra…

¡Negra!
Negra soy
I am Black

De hoy en adelante no quiero laciar mi cabello.
From this day forward I do not want to straighten my hair.

No quiero
I do not want to!

Y voy a reírme de aquellos, que por evitar
And I’m gonna laugh at those who try to avoid…

Segun ellos…
According to them…

“Que por evitarnos algún sin sabor.” Llaman a los negros,
It is “Bad taste” (to) call black people,

“Gente de color”
“People of color”

¡Y de que color!
And what color is that?

NEGRO. NEGRO!
¡Y qué lindo suena!
And how beautiful it sounds!

NEGRO. NEGRO.
¡Y qué ritmo tiene!
And what rhythm it has!

NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO
NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO
NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO
Al fin!
Finally!

Al fin comprendí
Finally I understood.
AL FIN
FINALLY!

Ya no retrocedo.
I do not regress.

AL FIN
FINALLY!

Y avanzo segura.
I move forward with pride.
AL FIN
FINALLY!
Avanzo y espero.
I move forward and wait.
AL FIN
FINALLY!

Y bendigo al cielo…
I thank the heavens above…
porque quiso Dios que negro azabache.
because it is God’s will that I am black, like a precious stone.

Fuese mi color
It was meant to be my color.
Y ya comprendí.
And now I understand.

AL FIN!
FINALLY!

¡Ya tengo la llave!
I have the key!

NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO
NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO
NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO NEGRO ¡Negra soy!

I am Black!

Young Ecuadorian girl, Aisha Yakira, recites a popular poem by Victoria Santa Cruz, a (Peruvian) artist.

 

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Would You Choose Polygamy Or Monogamy?

Polygamy Verse Monogamy

This has been a practice amongst the Melanin Rich Afrikans and adopted by many religious groups, from Islam to the Mormons, for centuries.

Many today are willing participants and ignorant victims to the social disconnect created by the growth of technology and commercialized immorality. These digressions have had some consider reverting to the practice of their ancestors and religious beliefs on polygamy.

The meaning behind a polygamist relationship is Nation Building,

as one polygamist shared.

Despite it’s unpopularity with those who are not familiar with the true values and practice of polygamy and those who struggle with monogamy, the logic and benefits stand on their own.

There are those who believe men naturally desire to be with multiple women. These beliefs foster questions that are answered in the show above “Polygamy Verse Monogamy“.

This show highlighted an open panel of men and women, current and former polygamist as well as antagonists who shared their knowledge and experience. Please take a moment to watch it in it’s entirety.

Have you ever been cheated on?

Do you believe men naturally desire to be with multiple women?

Do you believe there is a benefit to Polygamy?

Would you consider polygamy?

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What If…You Caught Your Man Having Sex?

What if…

You come home from a hard days work, but you rushed because you missed your husband or boyfriend, and you could not wait to see him. You get home immediately receiving an eerie feeling. Something is not right. Through the silence you hear the sound of rough sex emanating from the bedroom!

Your world is spinning, your are instantly overwhelmed with fear and anger. The adrenaline takes over and without hesitation you rush to the bedroom. Prepared to confront your wildest thoughts you KICK OPEN THE DOOR! There he is! Sexually assaulting this large “booty“! Shocked you are, with the thought of murder on your mind, you are left in awe to find that it is not a woman that he is having sex with…!

What do you do?

 

 

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What if…you discovered that your boyfriend/husband was secretly having sex/masturbating with a anatomically correct, life-size silicone “Sex Doll“?
Is that considered cheating? Would the relationship be over?
How long would it be before you felt comfortable being intimate with him again? Would you join in…or introduce it into the bedroom?

Would this be acceptable? What would that do to the relationship?

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What If…Your Man Wore A Weave?

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You and your boyfriend or husband were play fighting (wrestling), and his “fade” fell off?

What would be your next move…?

 

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