We are raising money to save the Gaga of La Ceja, a sacred African Spiritual event in danger of extinction.
A Gaga is an african spiritual expression that manifests itself mainly in the bateyes of the Dominican Republic during Easter of the Catholic calendar. La ceja, like other bateyes are a village where sugar cane plantation workers and their families coexist.
Due to the descendants of the Gaga leaders converting out of the religion, this gaga has remained in an organizational limbo. The survival of this year's gaga is in question because of the lack of community funds available to carry out these traditions and rituals.
As community activists & organizers The AfroLatinx Diaspora and Blactina are joining forces. We are taking our fights in the defense of black bodies within the AfroLatinx American Diaspora out of social media into an international & real world mission field.
The money raised will help finance the mobility of the community elders to attend this years event. It will also enable spiritual leaders to provide the basic necessities to carry out the Gaga. Creating a budget for water, food, transportation, music,and ritual materials. These funds will also help the Admins of Blactina & The AfroLatin Diaspora with the traveling expenses for their participation & in helping curate this Years Gaga. The deadline for the necessary funds is Mach 30th.
"As a NYC native who grew up around some Dominicans who denied their blackness, I am extremely excited to not only have the opportunity to travel and participate in the celebration of blackness within a Dominican context, but also hype to speak to the elders and help in preserving these traditions." - Nydia
Nydia is the founder of Blactina Media LLC which amplifies the voices of afrolatinx and Caribbean people in film media and the written word. Blactina has been featured in the New York Times and Oprah’s online magazine. Through the success of the Instragram community Blactina has fostered relationships with Twitter and People Chica. Nydia is a filmmaker by trade and has has films in the Cannes Film Festival and produced two films and a webseries.
Mavelyn is the current executive administrator of The AfroLatin Diaspora social media platform, and the founder and creator of The Redefining Melanin project. With over 10 years of experience as an educator, community organizer, and Activist. She has helped @TheAfrolatinDiaspora become the largest Social media platform leading the conversations centered around the celebration & defense of blackness in Latin America. This Social Media Platform has gained the notoriety of magazines like Essence, Remezcla, and People Chica. Along with the solidarity and approval of organizations such as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and The Afro Latino festival NYC.