Carlos Russell, who was born in Panama’s former Canal Zone in 1934, is a retired professor and accomplished poet who has been active in both Panamanian and Afro-American history. During the years he spent in New York, Russell worked with community leaders like Louis Farrakhan, and organized Black protest movements like New York City’s Black Solidarity Day, a day of protest against racism in the U.S. that was first celebrated in November 1969. Russell has also served as Panama’s ambassador to the UN, and is the recipient of the Vasco Núñez de Balboa Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a Panamanian citizen…
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reblogging because he’s family. well, that and he knows what he’s talking about.
Lol honestly I miss sitting on the subway and watching the people next to me through their reflection in the window across from us and planning my escape for when one of them whipped out a knife and tried to take me home with them.
I can pass for Black as much as Dominican/Spanish.
But fuck if I’m rocking my Afro and from time to time don’t get treated differently in Spanish businesses. I feel like every time I’m in a Heights business that I don’t normally frequent I have to walk in with a Spanish word on the tip in my…
sometimes i just want to cry from happiness knowing i’m not alone in this. its so petty and ridiculous and yet necessary. and i play a variation of this in panama. wonder what that would be like now that i’m natural.
bambi makeup! how about try like a lighter brown? or even mix white with it. my best friend is dark skinned and she did that when we did that style on her eyes. and it still looked bambi like and adorable. just a suggestion :3