Bishop’s Travels

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Don’t for one second think that you can’t pull yourself out of your slump.  Don’t let people tell you that your ideas aren’t going to work because they aren’t conventional.  More importantly, don’t think that because you don’t come from money, you can’t see the world.  Those of us who call the Negropolis home realize that we have been trapped in a never-ending maze of poverty, despair, and vices that lead to destruction.  For many there is no escape in sight, however if you dare to dream outside the box you can find your way.  I too was in that same maze, and I am back here only temporarily as I along with mc enigma prepare to take over the Universe.   I (Bishop the Eastside Nappyhead) had made the decision that I wanted to move out of the United States with mc enigma to learn Spanish and  assemble a hip hop/alternative group called Negros Americanos. A group where we would be the first African Americans making original music in English, Spanish, and Portugues.  Learning Spanish was critical in the attempt at closing the hatred gap that is ever widening between blacks and Latinos. If we learn their language too, we can better communicate and spread the message that we aren’t so different. We chose Panama because of it’s high black population.

This blog captures some of those moments, as well as travels I have been a part of after our year in Panama, also the formation of the Negros Americanos crew and their rise to the top.

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33 thoughts on “Bishop’s Travels

  1. This is truly an inspiring journey you are on. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. much thanks for saying that…….Just the thought that there are people out there that can be inspired by me is therapeutic…so appreciate every person that personally lets me know that bless!

  3. Chenelle B

    I just stumbled onto your blog and so far I think you are CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY! But I love it! =) You just up and moved to Panama with no prior knowledge of the culture or language? You are so bold and inspiring. It’s also helpful to know there are other black people with interest in the Latin culture. Im also in the process of figuring out how to learn Spanish, but I don’t think I’ll just move somewhere lol. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I like this. Uniting Brown people. Respect.

    • yo thanx a lot for finding your way down to my blog man…..it warms my heart bro….I like what you doing over there as well

      • Oh no doubt my brother. Definitely in support of you yo. Trying to think if I know of any venues you can bring your talents to in my area. Keep pressing and doing your thing son.

  5. Icc

    Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading about your experience. Looking forward to the sequel!

    • hey I just saw this message irma…Thanks so much for reading….The sequel is actually here on the blog its called whats the music scene like in panama. once again thanx for showing interest

  6. What teaching test did you have to take? What are the credentials, and did you have trouble finding work?

  7. hey Ann…so basically I took a class with this company called Oxford Seminars to get the certification…Once we got it we thought that they were going to place us with work and that never happened. They said that we had to fly out and look for work..Every blog I read said finding work was going to be easy. That is because all of the blogs were written by white men. And for them finding women, and work in a place like Panama is a piece of cake..But for a black man that looked like me. It was difficult. It took me 3 months to find a job. And I didn’t have a return ticket and only had about 50 dollars left in my pocket. So, Lets just say i danced in the streets. I have a college degree, but you don’t need it. Just be fluent in english as a first language. and try to get a TEFL/TESOL cert, through a school like Oxford seminars. and try not to be what society deems as an ‘aggressive looking’ black male…thanks for your interest….are you going to be making a move like that?

  8. New follower! Glad I found your blog!!! Feel free to follow me if interested… bronzeflowerchild ; )

  9. I got you!!! Thanks so much for following!!!!

  10. EJ

    Great love story. I have been there. Your heart will heal and you will be open, one day, to love again. I love hearing a Black man be honest about loving hard. Thanks for that.

  11. Rookienotes

    What did you study in college?

    • I studied history at NJCU (New Jersey City University) then right after i graduated I moved to Panama…without a real plan and nothing set up….and made my way accordingly lol now I’m back in the matrix….and you?

  12. Rookienotes

    Haha. I studied sociology and history and then moved to Spain.

  13. Cool idea centered around peace and respect!

  14. You are not in Panama anymore? Cuba might be a good place for venture as well.

    • hey thanks man…no I’m in Jersey…But…I always go back and forth to Costa Rica…and Brazil and Colombia are next on my list….well the whole world is…I def want to get to CUBA!!!!!

      • In Colombia be sure to hit Cali if you are looking for some Afro roots. In particular during Feria de Cali where they really celebrate these roots. Love Colombia and Brazil. Been a long time since I been on the E coast but I wet to undergrad in New Paltz up the 87 a bit. I think its the 87.

      • I was looking at that post on your blog……its looks great…I want to go to Cartagena, I know a lot of ppl there…Cali seems cool but Im such a fan of coastal areas

      • That will be fun too. Que le vaya bien!

  15. Nixon R. Arauz

    This is absolutely beautiful my brother! We should exchange information to talk more! I am currently working on my dissertation and I want to write about the Afro-Latino experience and their access to health care services in Latin America.

    I was just in Costa Rica, and during my stay I went to Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, and Limon.

    Email:nra2115@columbia.edu

  16. Hey there! I haven’t had a chance to read all of your post, but I’d like to share a bit of my story. I’m a young, African American professional, and my job is sending me to Panama City for a month this year. I have TONS and TONS of questions and I wanted to see if I could run some things by you as you are also from the US and black. I really would like to catch up with you and ask you a few questions about how things are there. I’m really excited about coming and my Spanish isn’t HORRIBLE (although sometimes I think it is). Would it be possible for us to connect via email? Any assistance that you may provide to me would be very helpful.

    Kindest Regards,

  17. kbeezyisviral

    Salute, for the acknowledgement! You are doing what I plan on starting in a few years. Keep following your dreams.

  18. toy

    Lead here because of the article on being locked up abroad. Waiting on the rest of the story. Relocating to Panama to learn Spanish is something I am considering. Living vicariously through this blog

  19. Good article. You are correct that the perspective one has when being an expat often depends upon one’s race.

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