Chávez, Salsa and AfroVenezolanos

AfroVenezuelan group "Eleggua." Photo courtesy of newsamericamedia.org

AfroVenezuelan group “Eleggua.” Photo courtesy of newsamericamedia.org

In honor of AfroLatin@ Heritage Month, I want to pay tribute to two of my great loves: Salsa music and racial justice! Two dynamic personalities empowered a nation of AfroVenezolanos (AfroVenezuelans): Oscar D’León, one of my favorite salseros, and Hugo Chávez, the late president of Venezuela, who died at age 58 in March 2013.

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