Find Out How These Afro-Mexican Women Are Preserving Their Heritage

December 6, 2016  |  

We know the diaspora is real. But some of us fail to realize just how far-reaching it truly is. But there’s one group of woman who are not only acknowledging the reach of Africa but are also working to preserve their cultural roots.

The global news site, AJ+featured this group of Afro-Mexican dancers called the Obatala dance troupe. The women in the group learned all of their dance steps, which originate in the northeast region of Africa, from YouTube. Their lead dancer, Anai Herrera spoke not only of the importance of celebrating their African heritage but also about the freedom and importance of taking pride in their Blackness.

Check out their story in the video below.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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