Negra Como Soy: JBalvin African Grammy Discussion (AUDIO)

Negra Como Soy: JBalvin African Grammy Discussion (AUDIO)

This week, Jhendi joins Doni and Dr. Rhonda to talk about the controversy of JBalvin at the African Entertainment Awards USA in 2021.

Join us to learn about the details of the nomination, what reggaeton is, JBalvin’s reaction, and how the music industry responded to the event.

“If you are in Colombia, you will understand what Afro-Latino music is, and how it is, basically. And so his music is basically 100 percent reggaeton, and apparently the argument is reggaeton has some Afro beats in it and the ancestors used to listen to something similar and I mean there’s a huge, huge disagreement around that,” Jhendy says.

“The argument here [about JBalvin and his music] was that ‘This guy has nothing to do with Afro-Latino music, so why is he nominated?'”

Definition of reggaeton:

reggaeton /ˈrɛɡeɪtəʊn/

noun — a form of dance music of Puerto Rican origin, characterized by a fusion of Latin rhythms, dancehall, and hip-hop or rap.

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ABOUT Negra Como Soy, a segment of the “Destinations with Doni” Podcast

There’s the story of who we are as individuals, what we know and walk with, and the story other people create in their minds about who you are. We’re here to set the story straight… Negra, como soy: I’m Afro-Latina is a show that explores the intricacies and flavors of the AfroLatin experience throughout the Spanish colonized world.

We understand that the direct translation is “black like me,” in the feminine. Again, often life is about interpretation, and we’re here to help expand those interpretations, in this corner of life at least Join Doni Aldine and Rhonda Coleman as they celebrate foods, dance, clothing, language, and customs of their own cultures and others from the diaspora.

Doni Aldine, MBA, is a globally mobile Afro-Latina and first-generation American (U.S., Trinidadian and Costa Rican Adult Third Culture Kid) who, by age 19, lived in & identified with seven cultures on five continents. As Editor-in-Chief for Culturs Global Multicultural Magazine, Aldine is passionate about creating community for cross-cultural populations. She has extensive global experience in communications, media and marketing for organizations both large and emerging. She has presented around the globe as a keynote, at conferences, at major universities & in major media outlets as an expert focused on communications, entrepreneurship, marketing, branding & cross-cultural identity. Aldine also developed university curricula for global culture identity and is on faculty in Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University.

Dr. Rhonda Coleman, DAOM is a cross-cultural Third Cultural Adult. She grew up in New Orleans, LA bu t and identifies as Afro-Honduran. Dr. Rhonda is a doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Registered Trainer of the NADA Acudetox Protocol, columnist for CULTURS Global Multicultural Magazine, public speaker, and active organizer promoting health equity. She currently teaches Nutritional Health and Acudetox at Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine; and runs a private practice, Blacupuncturist, in Tucson, AZ.


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