Category Archives: Black Ethnicity Day Celebration

U.N. International Year for People of African Descent

With increasing insistence our readers have reminded us of the ever more urgent interest on the topic of Black Ethnicity especially in regions such as our Central and South America and the Caribbean Basin which, recognize it or not, the United States forms a part of.  In fact, there is a great deal of interest on this subject coming from not only Black people but from all quarters and all races that we have had to take full notice. Continue reading

Afro-Centric Fashion

This beautiful model is from BHF Contemporary African Fashion Magazine.

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Today we are seeing a healthy and positive trend within fashion circles in that the theme of Black Ethnicity is clamoring to define itself and stand out and be noticed as a people with a rich culture, art and history. Continue reading

The Silver People Law- An Important Update

This is a view of Corozal Cemetery looking from the "Silver" side over the fence to the "Gold" side, American Battle MOnuments (USA).

Some ancient graves at Corozal Cemetery are in very sad condition.

It is with true and deepest admiration for our Silver People forefathers that we have been inspired to take on the important task which now seems possible. I humbly admit that it was the God of our forefathers who clearly engineered this entire struggle today. However, I am not afraid to speak out and tell the truth that it was God who ordered me to “go fix them all,” meaning to recover, safeguard and restore our ancestral burial grounds in Panama. Continue reading

Music, Dance and Black Ethnicity in Panama

The beautiful Panamanian Pollera in its different variations. Image thanks to Anelsalas at wikipedia.

In studying Black Ethnicity in Panama, where much of this little known history and culture has only very recently been treated with the seriousness it deserves, we invariably get into discussing music and dance.

We, at the Chronicle, especially, have a dual pleasure in probing the two obvious artistic expressions that have evolved from the two most prominent Black groups, the Afro-Antilleans and the Afro-Coloniales– the English/French and the Spanish.  We’ll briefly discuss the Spanish Black musical expression first. Continue reading

The Evolution of Panama’s Black Ethnicity Day Celebration

Some groups of teachers and students proudly display their Etnia Negra fashion.

As the month of May approaches, we want to divert our attention momentarily from our chronicle and focus on the coming Black Ethnicity Day Celebrations here in Panama.

Although the undeniable presence of the Black African race has been genealogically, culturally and linguistically evident in Panama since before it became a Republic, it is only recently that real attempts have been made to recognize it in a significant way. Continue reading

Panama’s 2010 Census Promises to be Interesting for Persons of African and Indigenous Descent

Image translates to read, “As the Canal is Enlarged,
We Will be Counted in 2010”

by
Lydia M. Reid

This year’s Census will be conducted on Sunday May 16, 2010 beginning at the hour of midnight May 15 and ending officially at 7:30 PM on May 16, 2010. The entire operation is governed by the Contraloría General de la República, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censo. Continue reading