Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Photo 365-Day 134 “Big Head”

Photo 365-Day 134 “Big Head” Olmec Head in Xalapa, Veracruz. Made of basalt boulders, these structures are from the Olmec civilization. Many point to the features of the monuments as proof of a pre-Colombian African presence in Mexico. The monuments date back to 900 BC. The one showed here is 2.8 meters tall (a little […]

Photo 365-Day 133 “Butterfly Porn”

Imagine millions of monarch butterflies in one place. That’s exactly what you’ll see at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacan, Mexico. Butterflies come here from as far north as Canada to mate before returning to the north in March. Truly one of natures wonders. And yes, a million butterflies flapping is quite loud.

San Juan de Ulua

Photo 365-Day 132 “San Juan de Ulua”

Located in Veracruz state in Mexico, San Juan de Ulua is a series of fortresses and prisons, and even has a palace. San Juan de Ulua served as one of the “gateways in the Americas” where African slaves were imported. The structure serves as a museum today. A highly recommended tourist site. I learned a […]

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Elizabeth Catlett – A Harlem Renaissance Artist

As Africa goes through a renaissance, we mourn the lost of the last link to the Harlem Renaissance, artist Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett died in her home in Mexico on April 2nd at the age of 96. She integrated justice in her art work, often depicting powerful figures in history as well as everyday people, particularly […]

Colossal Olmec Head

Say Word: Olmec

Olmec (ˈɒlmɛk) — n , pl -mecs , -mec 1. a member of an ancient Central American Indian people who inhabited the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico and flourished between about 1200 and 400 bc — adj 2. of or relating to these people or their civilization or culture These colossal Olmec heads can be found in the present-day state of Veracruz, Mexico. The sizes of these heads range from approximately 1.5 – 3.5 meters high and can weigh up to 55 tons. Looking at the facial features of these colossal […]

King Peggy

All Hail a Female King – King Peggy of Otuam, Ghana

Come see the fascinating journey of King Peggy (you read right) from her job as a secretary in the U.S.A. to being the King of Otuam, a village of 7,000 in Ghana.

Snapshot — San Juan de Ulua in Mexico

A fort on a small island off the coast of Veracruz, Mexico, San Juan de Ulua served as the gateway to the Americas for the Spanish Empire. It was also a primary entry point for African slaves to the west. Construction of the fort began in 1565. African slaves were brought to Mexico by the […]

Say Word: Jarocho

Jarocho describes a person from the State of Veracruz, off the Gulf Coast in Mexico. The term was originally a derogatory one referring to someone of mixed race, particularly of African blood. The port of Veracruz served as an entry point for Africans during the Atlantic Slave Trade. Many Veracruzanos, or Jarochos (and other Mexicans) […]

Interview with Black Expat Magazine

We here love Black Expat Magazine. Black Expat does a great job of highlighting Blacks who packed their bags and tried a stint at living overseas. From teachers to entrepreneurs, writers to lawyers, the profiles of Black expatriates are varied on this e-zine. These stories serve as inspiration to those on the fence of living […]