My Beautiful Brazilian Portuguese Teacher Also Dances “Egyptian Style Belly Dance”!!!!

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So many of you guys know that I am learning Portuguese.  If you have been following for a while, you know that I utilize the services of the very beautiful and SUPPPeR effective Eliane Chalmeres of Viamão, Brazil -she’s the one on the far left-.  One thing I bet you didn’t know about this lovely woman is that she is part of a Belly Dancing crew out of Porto Alegre, Brazil and they are simply Amazing!!! 

This is Egyptian style Belly Dance style, and this crew met each other in Bellydance class with instructor Alessandra Forte.  They decided to form the group and put on events to show this area of Brazil the beauty of this peculiar style of dance.  For me, a person that loves cultural observation…to sit here and watch these Brazilian women dancing in an Egyptian style is absolutely breathtaking!! not to mention they are all very easy on the eyes.

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More background on the Lovely Eliane Chalmeres.  She is a teacher with three years of experience in esl.  But lately she has been teaching Portuguese to foreigners -Mostly Americans, like me- via Italki.com.  She teaches from Beginning level to advanced and even has a new class called “Português Superior”-which I am no where near ready for. It’s addressed to advanced students who want to improve their fluency talking about more complex themes.

If you by any chance want to meet this stunning woman and talk about possibly taking one of her classes-or perhaps to tell her how beautiful you think she is, or how well you think she dances- simply click this link!!! —–> Meet Eliane Chalmares

 

 

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Montreal!

Bishop The Eastside Nappyhead:

One of my best friends went to Montreal back in August, he took some amazing photos….I will bring in the new year with him out there!!!!! I decided to reblog his photo journal of the experience…Looks lovely, can’t wait to go!! quote of the post-“Hey, we all selfie sometimes.”

Originally posted on Plainfield View:

I didn’t take many pictures during my trip to Montreal, nor did I take the best shots. For one, the sky was overcast almost my entire time there, and it rained constantly. In addition to the weather, as exciting, artsy, energetic, and comfortable of a place as Montreal is – it’s not the most beautiful city. You have to work for shots in a rainy, overcast Montreal. Who wants to work on vacation?

That being said, I missed the Mayor’s community cookout, a local protest, a Muhlenberg meeting, and more while away, so I figure I should have something to show for it.

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Lake Champlain, upstate New York from my Amtrak window

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Lake Champlain

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Best. Store. Ever. Hadio on Mont Royal Avenue East. Here are some of their pins. I bought four T-shirts, with no clue Quebec had a 15% sales tax on clothing. Ouch.

DSC09842 Stand up chess players near the Place des Arts…

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Not My Baby! Violence in the Black Community from New Jersey to Missouri

 

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I am no expert, but i don’t think that the rate of police Killing young black unarmed men or women for that matter, has increased.  I think that through social media and the popularity of carrying camera phones is forcing us to start to re-examine our place in the Cosmos.  At some point we got a little too Hopey/changey and we started to forget about mass incarceration of black men.  We forget about the fact that we are still dying in the streets at alarming rates.  We forget about the rates of disease, unplanned parenthood, illiteracy, dropout rates, etc.  We are still at the top of almost every ‘bad’ list.

I remember exactly where I was when Obama won the election against McCain.  I danced in the street in the drizzly rain on Dayton St. in Newark New Jersey’s south ward.  I was ecstatic… I knew however that our problems in the black community were not simply going to disappear overnight.  What I didn’t realize was that we would have words like ‘post’ racial.  That is such a ridiculous word-what does it even mean to be ‘post racial??” Does it mean ignoring all the problems that make many people uncomfortable, but directly derive from the institution of ‘White Supremacy’-automatically putting my current state back on my level of competency, or just inability to make things happen for myself.

Im not trying to be pessimistic here but I mean, if we just take a look at comments made by some people at the bottom of most youtube videos that are based on black issues. It’s quite clear how the world still feels about African Americans.. .Now I for one, could care less about what other people think about me.  Im more concerned with how we can stand on our own two collectively to a point where opinions by others about our inner affairs are an after thought.  Two of the main things I believe that we must do to achieve that is to change the dynamic of the black family, and stop the violence within out community.  Without throwing any blame at a specific gender, we need to find a way to have children in healthy families with a mother and father at home.  We need for our children to grow up seeing a loving family to know how to emulate it.  We also need to start understanding that we are all human beings and taking another man’s life sends a ripple of pain and anguish felt by so many people.  The reason we decided to release this video now, is to attempt to show the other side of the equation, how a family is left hurt by these spur of the moment outbursts of violence, that unfortunatey plague our community.  

Str8Jakket, the third MC on this song is an artist from Kansas City, Missouri.  That city maybe completely on the other side as St. Louis and Ferguson, but he is in the general area and can get a feel for the type of aggressiveness that makes Missouri the state with the highest rate of Black Victimizational deaths in the nation.  So it was only right and fitting that he be part of this experience.

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Biking in South Caribbean Costa Rica

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Words can’t quite express the feeling of freedom that I experience when I enter  this area of the world.  The Limón province in my humble opinion is one of the world’s great slices of nature.. Such a hidden hotbed of flora and fauna, from humungous spiders to howler monkeys, colorful frogs, sloths, hawks and eagles, coati, ocelots and what have you.  The jungle disappears into the sea in such a way there that it is often hard for words to describe.  I often find myself in awe of the jungle sounds and the sound of the water as they meet.  I decided to rent a bike and head to the sleepy town of Manzanillo, a few miles down the road from Puerto Viejo, where I normally stay.  Manzanillo is very small and doesnt have the touristy back pack vibe that Puerto Viejo has began to develop in the last few years with hostels popping up everywhere.

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The main road takes you directly to Manzanillo, and even further down to the Sixaola Border with Panama.  There is one long road, and at times can get a tad dangerous with all the cars in the street, but if you stay aware you should be quite alright.  Because of the humidity on a good many of days-you will sweat a lot, thus making it more appealing to those looking at it from a from a fitness perspective.  It felt like it took forever to get to Manzanillo on bike but it was well worth the wait; The views on this beach were amazing, and the privacy was priceless.  There is also the popular Maxi’s restaurant with afro caribbean food, but I ate at a place called  Cool and Calm Cafe that you can spot as soon as you bike in from town, it is another afro caribbean spot, and the food and natural shake are amazing there.  Good Reggae music, Good food, good vibes and conversation with all this beauty in the back drop is my personal heaven.  And its something that I think young couples should experience with one another- Ride your bike through the rainforest together and end up at a beautiful seemingly isolated beach…Go skinny dipping or something, then get some good caribbean food listen to reggae and ride back to your hostel or hotel or hammock by the beach.

 

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The African Unity Boat Cruise Is Back!!!

Negros Americanos once again will be performing on the boat, along with our lovely sistaz Blak Orfan…last year was completely marvelous, so many beautiful forward thinking, natural queens. You know what i’m all about!!! hehe. Anyway it would behoove you to be on that boat as a part of this experience. Be THeRe!NY Skyport MarinaCorner of FDR Drive & East 23rd St. Sunday, August 17, 2014 Boarding 7pm Time: 8-12am Midnight. For info for how to save money on group pay click this link right here-save some dinheiro 

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On Slum Tourism

So, I watch some of these slum tourism videos on youtube sometimes and often have to debate with myself on whether i agree with it or not.  There is the argument that funds from the tours go to building up some of these heavily visited poverty stricken areas.  That may be true, what also may indeed be fact is that it is a good way to completely understand more fully a city and country.  I get that and support it as well.  I guess what I have a problem with is just the passing through looking at other human beings as if they are animals in a zoo.  the “ooooo aaaaah” look how they live, pointing and whatnot.  It must be an interesting psychological situation to be  on foot in a favela, or a township in South Africa, or maybe somewhere in Southeast Asia.  You are placed eye to eye with some of the poorest of the poor people, but you are paying to be there, and you have the opportunity to leave while they are stuck there.

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I lived in what you could classify as a slum in Panama, but that happened because of circumstance and what i thought were my best options for survival at that the time in a foreign country earning low wages.  I lived 10 months in a condemned, roofless, power stealing, mold producing, rat infested building in the neighborhood of Calidonia.  I was with a woman who I loved and respected as an equal, and all of the people that I associated with in that neighborhood were treated as equals in a real way, whether i agreed with what they did or not.  When I saw tourists come around there I got the feeling that the same respect wasnt shared.  Mainly because I could understand their english and could here the things they would say.  Always laughingly gesturing, and culturally ignorant the world is almost viewed as their oyster of entertainment.  My experiences living there and dealing with foreign tourists who didn’t know that i could understand them left a sour taste in my mouth for what could be called “slum tourism”

 

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Cuba Develops Four Cancer Vaccines, Ignored by the Media

Bishop The Eastside Nappyhead:

wow, after losing someone very dear to me and seeing how many other people suffer from cancer, its very odd that the US media never covered this. I would have at least liked to know it was an option. It seems like this product was first put on the market in Argentina and developed by Cuban and Argentinian scientists. Im anxious to hear more about it

Originally posted on JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba:

Source:  Cubainformacion

cimavax-vaccineThe fact that Cuba has already developed four cancer vaccines undoubtedly is big news for humanity if you bear in mind that according to the World Health Organization nearly 8 million people die from that disease every year. However, the mainstream media have completely ignored this reality.

In 2012, Cuba patented the first therapeutic vaccine in the world against advanced lung cancer, called CIMAVAX-EGF.  In January 2013, the island announced the second cancer vaccine, known as Racotumomab.

Clinical tests, carried out in 86 nations, revealed that though these vaccines do not cure the disease, they do reduce the tumors thus improving the quality and expectancy of life of the patients.

Vaccines developed by Cuba’s Molecular Immunology Centre

vidatoxThe Havana-based Molecular Immunology Center is the creator of these vaccines. The center had already developed the Meningitis-B Vaccine in 1985, one of its kind in the world. Later there…

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Negros Americanos Gives Out Scholarships!

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I don’t know if you lovely readers remember the post that I wrote about the “For the Field” show that we did back in April.  This was a show that we put together at Hugo’s bar in Plainfield, NJ.  Thanks to the beautiful individuals that came out to support we were able to raise 600 dollars for the 2014 graduate going off to Universities.  So We were able to give 100 dollar book scholarships to six astute graduating seniors, which definitely makes a difference in the life of an incoming freshman.  We will continue to raise even larger amounts, to give away money to deserving recipients.  We thank all the people that come out to our shows, without you guys these types of things couldn’t happen! Bless.

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mc enigma giving a speech before giving out the scholarships! He’s quite the character

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Thanks for Supporting Negros Americanos! Vol 1.

So I decided to do this post to give thanks to all the lovely individuals supporting Negros Americanos!  We couldn’t exist without you!  This is just Vol. 1, so I don’t want anyone feeling left out if their picture wasn’t uploaded here, hopefully there will benough photos to have this be an ongoing series on the blog.  We have here in this group of very beautiful people such a global mixup.  There are photos here from BrazilPanamaAustralia, Jamaica and different states in the US, from Brooklyn to New Mexico.  What is absolutely necessary, in this music industry frontier, is to have grassroots support from the people.  That even though we have no major backing, Negros Americanos is able to move such beautiful people and continue to rock stages and drop videos and build a name for ourselves, so once again we wholeheartedly appreciate that and show gratitude.

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The 2nd Annual Afro-Latino Festival is Right Around the Corner!!

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Last year was the First Annual Afro Latino festival in the history of New York, and I would imagine one of, if not the first in the entire country. It had to take a place like Brooklyn, A town that sweats with culture, to facilitate something like this. As well as the genius minds of Mai-Elka Prado (afro-Panameña) and Tania Molina (afro-Hondureña). These two ladies realized the importance of celebrating the beautiful and vast cultures that exist within the spectrum of Afro-Latinitad, and they deserve the full credit and respect for what they have accomplished in their still very young lives. At the first annual we were surprised that we got to perform, just because we are not actual “Afro-Latinos”, rather “African-American” or whatever it is we are calling ourselves now a days. Why the seperation? Because we were taken and distributed in different countries around the world and speak different languages? We are all black and Negros Americanos is about facilitating that togetherness.  Here you can learn about Afro Latino culture, represent your country, meet cool and interesting people, not to mention very nice looking as well.  You can eat different foods and shop from the many vendors representing different regions and cultures.

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