Black Issues: Being Black

I am Black/African American. My culture stems from the collective experiences of various decentralized ethnic groups originating from West and Central Africa that were forcefully brought to the Americas as chattel. During years of dehumanization, deculturation, acculturation and assimilation my newly formed ethnic group constructed an identity unique to the locus of their captivity (USA)…

The “Old” Religion and the “New” Religion: Yoruba Orisha Tradition and Santeria

Santería is a syncretic religious practice that originated in Cuba among enslaved Africans. This uniquely formed African-based faith was created in order for the enslaved to surreptitiously maintain forbidden indigenous customs. The construction of Santería was instigated by the Transatlantic Slave Trade which initiated the necessity for an offshoot cultural identity. From the moment Africans…