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Samantha Leyva, the miss who fights for Afro-Mexicans

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Diversity in the miss world?

Across the (miss) world, many countries have been dominated by Europeans. Because of this it is often difficult to show the ethnic diversity of the population through the media. The beauty criteria that derives from what is shown in the media is always present. The media often conditions the appearance of those who represent the country on television and in the cinema’s.

So you can imagine that if we would rely on only the media of these countries, that are mostly composed of non-European aesthetics you would think that they are the only representation of their countries population. 

However, this is not the case. A particularly enlightening case of this type of situation is found in Mexico. Anyone who knows the Mexican Tele Novella’s that flood the African television channels would fall from the clouds when they see the real population of this country.

In these Tele Novellas, the presence of a population with the pronounced Melanin features is not denied. However, it is often relegated to marginal roles, such as domestic servants. One can therefore imagine the denial of the existence of the Afro-descendants in Mexico, which was nearly 2 million in 2015. But there was a young woman who was determined to fight this denial of the Afro-descendants in Mexico. And she does it with tools that are unusual, to say the least.

Samantha Leyva for a miss photoshoot.

Samantha Leyva for a miss photoshoot.

A woman determined to fight

Samantha Leyva was elected to be Miss of the State of Guerrero (Mexico) in 2016. Later in that year, she was elected Miss Mexico’s second runner up. This was truly a revolution for Mexico for they included the Afro-descendants in it’s census only last year. As mentioned, Samantha Leyva is not a simple marketing product installed by more conscious people seeking to use its visibility to get their message across. She is a woman determined to fight.

Her beauty queen journey was a struggle. Mainly because of being elected in a country where the black beauty is even more marginalized than the beauty Métis or merindian. In this venture, Samantha faced criticism of those who did not consider her to be ‘feminine’ enough.She also had to face those who claimed she was elected for politically correct reasons and not for her beauty. One of the organizers of Miss Mexico would have told her that “You would be in the top five simply because you are different”.

These criticisms no longer seem to affect the young woman. “We’ve all been used to a type of beauty,” she said.The young woman wants to show her country, that one can have African physical traits and be beautiful. Samantha Leyva’s activism also goes beyond the borders of her simple country.

“one can have African physical traits and be beautiful”

Samantha Leyva for a miss photoshoot.

Samantha Leyva for a miss photoshoot.

 

 

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    Let’s talk to Prince Dynast Amir – African DNA

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    The super multi-talented, African American and former sales man has found his roots in several countries on the African continent. This is nothing new, Amir has been connected to the motherland earlier but we like to shed a light on his journey once more and as he calls it highlight: The search for Uhuru. The search for Uhuru is a platform that is created to build a bridge between the Black Diaspora Wordwide and the Beautiful African Continent through art, travelling tours, vlogs and culture.

    “The search for Uhuru is a platform that is created to build a bridge”

    Everything in his life sparked after this, even his 7-year old son is named after the Malian King of Kings Mansa Musa. A fantastic, great and wise man.

    39 year old Amir, born and raised in Sacramanento California has an amazing story that happened to kickstart his passion of connecting two worlds.

    “I played football and ran track at the University of Georgia. I actually studied Agri-cultural Business and got my degree. After that I sold insurances, I did sales for Santos as well. I had a great life and was living my best life and I loved travelling with friends at the time. Partying and having fun and seeing different parts of the world. 10 years ago Tanzania , Zanzibar and I fell in love.” Amir tells Melanin Wonder.

     

    Amir planned to travel every December and he could combine it with work. He has visited South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal and many more countries as the travel mogul he has become. The main focus became Nigeria.

    I was invited to go to Brazil once, this now like 10 years ago, wow! For some reason the whole trip to Brazil got cancelled. It’s like the Gods planned it because another friend of mine asked me to join him to Tanzania. I was like, let’s go. That is when I literally fell in love in with Africa. I enjoyed the hospitality, the people and the food is amazing! 

    Dynast Amir found out his roots are in the countries: Nigeria and Sierra Leone via African Ancestry. When you find out your roots then you are eligible to get a passport in Sierra Leone. You can travel through west Africa visa free. If you are Nigerian why would you not want your Nigerian Passport.

    It has become a passion. To connect to African diaspora. The search for Uhuru platform is for anyone that is interested. Anyone can join the travelling groups to Africa too. Dynast also runs a YouTube channel where he documents his journey, to inform the people. It is also to engage

    Dynast is a multi talented man because he also Writes! He wrote a  childrensbook which is available on Amazon.  I just got inspired to write a book one day and so I did it. That’s all that I can say about that haha. The YouTube channel is all about having conversations, talking about crypto and occasionally  politics.

     

    Dynast: “My first tour, was a tour to Nigeria 2019 during the well known Osun festival. To bring awareness to the Ororuwo kingdom. I did several tours, I bring people to Nigeria every Osun festival. Everyone can join the tour, this is global. But usually people of African descent like to join the tours of all ages.”

    My roots were from the Ororuwo Nigerian Kingdom, they welcomed me and we talked. They were so happy to see me. They consulted the orishas, it was approved that I become a prince of the Ororuwo Kingdom. They initiated me and that is how I became Prince Dynast Amir. It is a real privilege. 

     

     I feels like I lost something and I have now found what was missing.

     

    Native Americans now, I don’t really agree. We have been so far disconnected and we form own identity.

    Youtube: Search for Uhuru

    Find Dynast on the web too!

    Instagram – Dynast

     

     


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    RiRi honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.

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    RiRi Rihanna honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.

    The singer was honored Monday in her native Barbados during its presidential inauguration, which served to mark the country becoming a republic. Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the crowd: “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions and to do credit wherever you shall go”.

    Barbados formally cut ties with the British monarchy by becoming a republic almost 400 years after the first English ship arrived on the most easterly of the Caribbean islands.

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    Jaden Smith is opening his first restaurant to help serve homeless people free vegan meals

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    Jaden Smith is opening his first restaurant to provide homeless people with vegan meals for free.
    The activist, 22, has already been helping feed disadvantaged communities since the launch of his I Love You food truck in the Los Angeles Skid Row area back in 2019.
    Speaking about his new project with Variety, Jaden explained that anyone can order from the eatery but if a customer is not homeless they’ll have to pay ‘more than the food’s worth so that you can pay for the person behind you.’

    Jaden Smith is set to open his first restaurant to provide homeless people with vegan food for free (pictured in January 2020)
    The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith told the publication: ‘It’s for homeless people to get free food.

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    Angel Rich the Melanin Wonder named to be “The next Steve Jobs” by Forbes!!

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    Angel Rich “The Next Steve Jobs”

     

    Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management skills, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people (and growing) downloaded it to their smartphones and tablets within just two weeks of its launch.

     

    Melanin Wonder Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Way to represent her Melanin self!

    She briefly worked as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies.

    She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory.

    Remarkably, the app has been named the “best financial literacy product in the country” by the Office of Michelle Obama, the “best learning game in the country” by the Department of Education, and the “best solution in the world for reducing poverty” by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition and the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition. Angel has won more than $50,000 in business grants with her efforts.

    Her company’s Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries and is rapidly approaching 1 million downloads.

     

    Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to existing contracts. She also has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.

    In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well

     

    Download the Credit Stacker app from the iTunes App store here, visit:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/creditstacker/id1130346776

    Download the Credit Stacker app from the Google Play app store now, visit:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.capital.creditstacker

    Follow Melanin Wonder Angel Rich on Facebook and visit www.facebook.com/wealthylifers

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