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Black Ethnicity Month 2017 in Panama

Africa en América -el Concierto

We want to share some of the key events for this year’s Black Ethnicity Celebrations in Panama:. Yes, Mes de la Etnia Negra: Continue reading

The Fourteenth Panama Jazz Festival Dedicated to Violeta Green

Many of you are eagerly awaiting this year’s Panama Jazz Festival- the fourteenth to be exact- which is scheduled to take place next week from January 10th to January 14, 2017.  This year we’re excited to announce that the Jazz Festival will be dedicated to the inimitable Violeta Green, probably the best female Jazz vocalist of Panama.  The festival will take place at The Ciudad del Saber on the former grounds of Ft. Clayton.

Since we blogged about Violeta Green several years ago when we were writing about Lord Cobra and other West Indian Panamanian Jazz and Calypso artists, we’ve decided to re-print the article here entitled,  Violeta Green and Lord Cobra- A Meeting of Three Worlds.  Inform yourself by reading the article about the dynamic life of a remarkable woman.  The video will also fill you in on her life. Continue reading

Joined in Unity to Preserve our Silver Cemeteries

Opening the ceremony at Corozal Cemetery Gazebo was Carmela Gobern.

Opening the ceremony at Corozal Cemetery Gazebo was Carmela Gobern.

Frances Williams Yearwood tells us all about CGM Cemetery Preservation Foundation.

Frances Williams Yearwood tells us all about CGM Cemetery Preservation Foundation.

Mr. Louis Emanuel, poet

Mr. Louis Emanuel, poet

Tee shirts and caps for sale as part of CGM's fundraising program.

Tee shirts and caps for sale as part of CGM’s fundraising program.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Isaiah 52:7

As the Christmas celebration commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, approaches, we take a moment to give thanks to the Lord for answered prayer. Continue reading

Los Pana-Zona by Luis E. Cubilla -A Book Review

Los Pana-Zona book cover

Los Pana-Zona book cover

When Luis Cubilla contacted us to announce that he was almost finished writing his book about growing up in the Canal Zone- more specifically Gamboa or Silver Santa Cruz- we could understand his excitement and enthusiasm.    Continue reading

Presidential Pardon for Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey Image

Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Marcus Garvey

To all our readers, subscribers and supporters, we have been asked by our friend, W.B. Garvey, descendant of Marcus Mosiah Garvey to circulate the following petition initiated by Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey, Marcus Garvey’s son, forwarded to him from Liberty Hall in Jamaica, “asking for people to add their support to the efforts seeking a posthumous presidential pardon for Marcus Garvey from President Obama. The text of Dr. Garvey’s letter is below, and we attached the draft letter (*see at the end of post below) which was suggested by him, slightly modified by W.B. which you may use as a template. As noted, he asks that letters in support be sent to Melissa Chastang at the law firm of Akin Gump in Washington D.C.  

According to W. B. Dr. Garvey will be speaking at a news conference in Washington D.C. this coming Wednesday to gain support for this effort before President Obama leaves office. “While posthumous pardons are rare, they are not completely unknown,” said W.B., “and now is the time to add our voices to those in support.” We are in complete support of this petition to exonerate the late Marcus Mosiah Garvey and lift all blot of shame from his name and legacy. Please read carefully the following letter by Dr. Julius Garvey.
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