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The power of a mother’s voice: the sinking of the San Pablo in Limón, 1942
Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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The power of a mother’s voice: the sinking of the San Pablo in Limón, 1942

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - March 28, 2016

My mother, Norma, loves telling me the story of how my grandmother saved my aunt’s life one night in 1942 by simply calling her name. As a…

Costa Rica’s La Chola, Beyoncé, Sarah Baartman and representations of black womanhood
Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Costa Rica’s La Chola, Beyoncé, Sarah Baartman and representations of black womanhood

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - February 22, 2016

[caption id="attachment_88773" align="alignright" width="450"] Natasha Gordon-Chipembere/The Tico Times[/caption] I love being able to look back on memories of first encounters and document how my perceptions changed with…

La Cruz de Caravaca: A signpost from the past
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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La Cruz de Caravaca: A signpost from the past

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - January 18, 2016

I have always wanted to write a travel blog or even a book about my observations in the countless airports I have encountered over the years on…

Finding La Negrita: A story of coming home
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Finding La Negrita: A story of coming home

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - December 28, 2015

In January 2013, I was given a grant to conduct research in the Costa Rican National Archives on the vague topic of slavery in colonial Costa Rica.…

A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - December 7, 2015

See also: Claiming my Afro-Latinidad On two separate occasions over the last year, I have been asked for information about what life may have been like in…

Claiming my Afro-Latinidad
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Claiming my Afro-Latinidad

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - November 23, 2015

I was born in Brooklyn, New York several moons ago to a Costa Rican mom, newly immigrated, and a Panamanian dad who were sorting their way through…

From a corner: Being Afro-Latina in Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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From a corner: Being Afro-Latina in Costa Rica

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - November 10, 2015

Recently, on a Skype call to my Tica mother in Brooklyn, New York, I was happily surprised to hear a new story about her childhood in Puerto…

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