Volume 6 - December Ethnicities Magazine

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December finally arrived, and this month brings for you the last issue of Ethnicities Magazine for this great year 2016. Please enjoy all the interesting topics we have in this issue for you about health, intersting and inspiring stories, about our afropanamanian gastronomoy and more.

I invite you to read it from page one till the end, I guarantee you that everything your read will benefit you and all those around you.

I want to specially thank our writers that every month send us interesting topics to share with Ethnicities Magazine readership.

Please enjoy it and share with your family and friends.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

People - Origins - Cultures and More

Behind a

Valuable woman,

there is always a

great story

Interview with

Norma Lewis, B.A.

Page 24

Tips to eat healthy

in December

By Veronica Hidalgo, B.A.

Page 5

New year’s resolution:

Build your Resilience

By Derissa Simmons, B.A.

Page 3

Empowered Woman,

a golden mom

By Anilu Candanedo, B.A.

Page 20

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CONTENT

Editorial Letter

By Keila Salazar Moreno, B.A.

New year’s resolution: Build your resilience.....................................3

By Derissa Simmons, B.A.

Tips to eat healthy in December..........................................................5

By Verónica Hidalgo, B.A. Nutritionist

How to choose the appropriate toothbrush for me?....................10

By Dr. Vania Barrow

Afro-Finger-Food......................................................................................13

By Chef Isaac Villaverde

New year New dress................................................................................17

By Ninna Marie Ottey, B.A.

Empowered woman, a golden mom................................................20

By Anilu Candanedo, B.A.

Behind a valuable woman,

there is always a great story

Interview with Norma Lewis, B.A.

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Behind a valuable woman, there is always a great story, Interview

with Norma Lewis, B.A................................................................24

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Brief History of SAMAAP.......................................................................30

By Prof. Verónica D. Forte

Discrimination is.......................................................................................32

By David Garcia Zamora, B.A.

There is good............................................................................................34

By Judith Rapley Waterman M.S.W.

Empowered Woman,

a Golden Mom

Anilu Candanedo, B.A.

A Jazz Festival for Violeta....................................................................37

By Dr. Alberto Barrow

R&B.............................................................................................................40

By Dr. Idania Dowman

Jean Decort507 New Collection......................................................43

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Tips to eat healthy in December

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Derissa Simmons, B.A.

Chef Isaac Villaverde

Veronica Hidalgo, B.A.

Prof. Veronica D. Forte

David Garcia Zamora, B.A.

Keila Salazar Moreno, B.A.

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Stephany Salazar, B.A.

EDITORIAL LETTER

Happy month of December!

This is the last month

of 2016, and there are a

lot of things for which we

must be thankful. First to

our Creator for letting us

get to this moment, having

faith that this 2017

will start and be full of enthusiasm,

energy, mental

positivity and a lot of

personal, professional

and business goals to

accomplish.

I thank everyone, our

readers, social network

followers, writers and our

sponsors from the bottom

of my heart for believing in

Ethnicities Magazine as a

digital media promoting

our african and indigenous

culture and roots of

Panama and worldwide.

This month we celebrated mother’s day in Panama, and for this edition, we have for you

the story of two extraordinary women, Norma Lewis, B.A., a woman who has received

awards from different national and international entities for her wonderful work and

great heart, and Lizette Luzcando Alzamora, an extraordinary mom, widowed very early

yet who managed to take her children forward. I want to especially thank Anilu Candanedo

B.A., who made this special coverage for Ethnicities magazine possible.

I want to wish you happy holidays and a 2017 full of prosperity, health and lots of blessings.

I leave you with this letter and all our previous editions we released in English. Enjoy and

share them with your family and friends.

A warm hug for you all!

ENGLISH VERSION EDITOR

Judith Rapley Waterman, M.S.W.

WEBMASTER

Keila Salazar Moreno, B.A.

Keila Salazar de Moreno

President and Editor in Chief

Ethnicities Magazine

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MAXIMIZING YOUR EXCELLENCE

Panama

Resilience is the conviction that an individual or

team has in successfully overcoming the obstacles

without thinking of defeat despite the results

that seem to be against them. In the end with this

exemplary behavior they emerge being able to

stand out in situations of uncertainty with highly

positive results. When a subject or group is able

to do so, they are said to have adequate resilience

and can overcome setbacks or even be strengthened

by them.

This capacity for resistance is tested in situations

of strong and prolonged stress: loss of a loved one,

prolonged temporary illnesses, affective abandonment,

failures, etc. Currently, resilience is a quality

that employers are looking for, since this ability to

face adversity by coming out strengthened and

achieving a state of professional and personal

excellence adds value to the person, their personal

or professional lives, and an organization.

Resilient people:

Accept reality as it is; have a deep belief that life

makes sense, have an unshakable capacity for

improvement. Identify the causes of problems to

prevent repetition, control their impulses, Have

realistic optimism, consider themselves competent,

empathic and innovative.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION:

BUILD YOUR RESILIENCE

BY DERISSA SIMMONS, B.A.

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR - MADE TRAINING SOLUTIONS

info@madetrainings.com

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The thinking style of resilient people is characterized

by being realistic, accurate and flexible.

They make fewer mistakes in thinking, such as

exaggeration or conclusions without evidence and

interpret reality more accurately than less resilient

people.

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What makes you more

resilient?

Emotional support, allowing yourself to feel intense

emotions without fearing or fleeing them, at the

same time being able to recognize when you need

to avoid feeling any emotion, Knowing when not to

run away from problems but to face them and find

solutions, taking time to rest and regain strength

and knowing what you can demand from yourself

and when.

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Developing resilience is a matter of cultivating good interpersonal

relationships, using constructive thinking,

acting when it is appropriate, trusting yourself, being

optimistic while remaining realistic

Learning to grow with your problems, using a sense

of humor and; finally starting to change the things you

want to change.

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Whoever refuses to first accept reality as it is can

never change it. You can either close your eyes not to

see it, which implies doing nothing or you can become

so angry you end up blaming the world, the fate

or the gods from all religions that you are incapable

of thinking. And if you cannot think, you will not solve

anything.

As we approach the end of this year it is very

important to focus on how our adaptability and

flexibility influenced the experiences of 2016 and

how strengthening this skill will improve the outcomes

of 2017. I urge you to work on being resilient

people during this 2017. If you already are, then

continue to develop it.

Think of resilience as Strength beyond Resistance

and for sure that will contribute to a 2017 full of

success.

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Please include this in your New Year resolution:

Work on my Resilience.

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HEALTH

Panama

TIPS TO EAT HEALTHY

IN DECEMBER

BY VERONICA HIDALGO, B.A.

NUTRITIONIST – DIETIST Reg.345

PANAMA HEALTH MINISTRY

vhidalgo9@yahoo.es

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Christmas holidays begin and with it the celebrations with

relatives, friends, co-workers, therefore the consumption of

food increases. To be able to go through December avoiding

overeating, we share with you some recommendations to

survive this month without compromising the weight.

MEATS

Prefer turkey instead of ham. It is necessary to

remove the skin since it has the largest amount

of fat. Turkey meat contains less fat than ham

meat. If you want to decorate it, you can substitute

canned fruits for natural fruits.

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CARBOHYDRATES

(potatoes and rice) and salads

Potato salad can be prepared without using

dressings and greasy sauces, which can be

substituted by low-fat mayonnaise. The potato

salad can be replaced by a garden salad (lettuce,

tomato, chili, black olives, red grapes, feta

cheese and a vinaigrette as a dressing) and this

would reduce the calories of your Christmas

dinner.

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CHRISTMAS CAKES AND

DESSERTS

To prepare the Christmas cakes and desserts, you

can use half eggs with yolk and the other half the

egg whites, you could also substitute refined sugar

with sweeteners like fructose, stevia, splenda instead

of regular sugar. Use olive oil or spray to grease

cake baking molds. Decorate your desserts with

fresh fruits and not with canned fruits.

With the need to eat a snack between meals, ideally

eat a portion of fresh vegetables, a handful of nuts

and peanuts or a fresh fruit of the season, which

can be combined with yogurts. This way we would

be consuming a healthy snack. Do not attend celebrations

hungry, you can eat a small healthy snack

to avoid overeating.

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HEALTH

The center of satiety is in the brain, which sends

the message to the organism that we are already

full; if you feel the need to repeat food, I advise

you to consume meat products such as turkey, or

salads and fresh and dry fruits first. Avoid repeating

carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, salads

or desserts.

WHAT FOODS CAN WE

COMBINE?

The typical Panamanian Christmas dinner can

be distributed as follows:

· 1/2 cup rice with buckwheat has about

190 calories.

· One serving of turkey (calculate using

the size of the palm of the hand) 310

calories.

· ¼ Cup of Potato salad. Around 110

calories.

·1 Piece of Christmas thread about 100

calories

·1 Piece of Christmas dessert 100 calories.

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After the Christmas party, if what we have is a hangover

and stomachache, it would be useful to consume

fruit juices, fresh fruits, vegetables or a chicken soup to

be able to replenish the body of minerals and vitamins,

in addition to consuming 8 glasses of water.

It is also recommended to increase moderately physical

activity to about 4 times a week 40 minutes, in

order to compensate consumption with energy expenditure

and manage to keep our weight.

For nutrition guidance you can contact Verónica Hidalgo-

Nutritionist Dietician Record 345.

Cel: 69484514.

Email: vhidalgo9@yahoo.es

Address: Larimar Holistic Therapy & Art. Bella Vista, Ph

Centrum Tower floor 3 local 2.

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Panama

HOW TO CHOOSE THE APPRO-

PRIATE TOOTHBRUSH FOR ME?

BY: DRA. VANIA BARROW

VaniaBarrow26@hotmail.com

HEALTH

Hello Ethnicities friend!

Maybe you have a favorite toothbrush that you buy whenever

you need to change it, or maybe you buy your brush depending

on the offer of the moment or even you are guided

only by the colors combination. This time to close the year

we will talk about how to choose the ideal toothbrush for

you; a toothbrush that fits your individual needs.

Brushing teeth plays a crucial role in oral hygiene. What is

sought with brushing is to remove food and plaque from

the mouth to avoid calculation and therefore irritation of the

gums.

FIRST STEP:

Toothbrush Bristles

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends

brush bristles be round and smooth. Using

bristles of medium hardness or firm promotes

the weathering of the first layer of the tooth called

enamel.

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HEALTH

STEP TWO:

The Head of the Toothbrush

To choose the shape and size of the toothbrush

head, the requirement is to make sure that it

reaches your backward teeth. Brush in front of the

mirror so you can see if the brush is reaching your

last molars.

MANUAL O

STEP THREE:

Toothbrush Brand

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Today, we can find

macies. It is impor

brushes; Manual o

your oral cavity. Ho

brushing with a reg

different movemen

recommend you to

Generally these to

for seniors, people

disability.

Stay away from unbranded brushes!

This is how it needs to be when it comes to your

toothbrush, you should make sure that it is of a

recognized brand of the main Associations or Academies

of Dentistry. This is a must, since there are

many manufacturers of toothbrushes that do not

follow the internationally established standards as

to the quality and material from which the brush

bristles are made.

From now on, weirdo toothbrushes

are a NO, NO!

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WHEN TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH?

ADA recommends brushing twice a day and flossing

once a day. Although the ideal would be to

brush after every meal.

R ELECTRICAL?

electric toothbrushes in phartant

to remember that both

r electric can excellently clean

wever, if you have difficulty

ular toothbrush because of the

ts that must be performed; I

try the electric toothbrushes.

othbrushes are recommended

with syndromes or some motor

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HOW TO KEEP MY TOOTHBRUSH

CLEAN?

After using your toothbrush, it should be rinsed with plenty of water to remove

traces of toothpaste and food. Then it must be stored upright to dry it in the air.

Remember that several are stored in the same container, toothbrushes should

not touched between one and other, in order to avoid diseases transmission

diseases, nor should be covered as this promotes the growth of bacteria.

Remember to change your toothbrush every 3 months, after a cold or when you

notice that the bristles have been weakened or bent by constant use.

This has been all about oral health for this 2016, we hope you liked the information

we have shared through this media. Please send us an email with your

questions or suggestions of topics and please visit your dentist for routine dental

examination and cleaning every 6 months.

Much love and peace in your hearts these holidays.

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AFRO PANA FOOD

Panama

For a good part of the Panamanians it is very easy to

recognize, explain and mention more of a traditional

Afro-Panamanian dish.

I have taken the task of doing my own survey and for

many months I have been asking people from different

social classes and with different stories, What is

Afro-Panamanian food? I invariably hear by answer:

rice with coconut, sous, bon, scovitch fish, icing glass,

among others of all the universe of recipes that we

have inherited from our more than 500 years of diaspora

since our ancestors were taken from Africa and

scattered by all mistakenly called “new world”.

AFRO-FINGER-FOOD

OUR CULINARY REVOLUTION

BY ISAAC VILLAVERDE

CHEF / EMPRENDEDOR

isaacvillaverdem@gmail.com

Being in contact with chefs from different countries

and cultures, I realize how difficult it is for our Afro-Panamanian

cuisine at conceptualization level, to be

competitive in a gastronomic world that is moving

towards healthy, low fat, without Refined sugar and

lots of chia and organic ingredients. Usually people

think about eating Afro-Panamanian food on their

“cheat day” or “pig” day.

Coby slider with tumeric mayonnaise.

All of the above generates mixed feelings in me.

On one side is the living memory that is repeated over

and over again in my head, from my grandmother

serving me a plate of rice with white coconut and four

plantain slices to accompany it with a large portion of

beans with pigtail for which used the leather of ham

Smoked leg that is eaten at Christmas and added the

whole bone of that ham to flavor the stew. Just remembering

my soul is happy.

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Golden fish Rundown.

The counterpart of these feelings is the reality of the

health of many of my relatives, from parents, grandparents,

uncles, cousins suffering of hypertension, diabetes,

obesity and many other chronic diseases, which

today I am more than sure, are related to Lifestyle and

food obviously.


As a chef I have a great responsibility, I want to honor

our history and our ancestors through the kitchen and

at the same time I would like to improve the quality of

our gastronomy, which not only fills our stomach and

makes our soul happy, but also makes our body happy

- in the medium and long term.

HOW TO ACHIEVE IT?

We have to rethink many concepts, research, practice,

unlearn and learn. All this is happening in front of

us at this very moment. A part of the Afro culinary

movement of this generation seems to be intermittently

looking for a way to become healthier, less

processed and with the same flavor.

Pork rib sous.

In my personal opinion, the future and competitiveness

of our culinary legacy will be to be open to

receive new information of validity, to experiment and

look for alternatives to what for hundreds of years our

peoples have conceptualized as “good food”.

This is where the concept of “afro-finger-food” takes

on a lot of relevance in allowing us to present our

food in smaller portions with fine finishes and for the

personal motivation of each chef of using ingredients

of much better quality.

I believe in the constant evolution of our consciousness

and in confronting what we believe as truths with

other realities to have a better focus. It is a personal

path that becomes a familiar path and why not in the

way of cultural growth for the community.

Only time will tell us that both “afro” can become the

“finger-food” and turn how healthy and full of flavor is

that union.

Mini shrimp empanadas with curry and coconut.

It will dawn and we’ll see.

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NEW YEAR

NEW DRESS

BY NINNA OTTEY, B.A.

notteymc@gmail.com

Receiving the New Year is always an

experience that excites us. From doing all

kinds of superstitious traditions such as

eating twelve grapes at midnight to the

bizarre ones like climbing on a chair and

lifting a suitcase to travel that year.

Dressing is also very important for these

dates, where we wear our best dresses to

have a new year full of success and prosperity.

Usually the colors used for these

holidays are red, white, black and metallic

ones like silver and gold. However, you

can also do something different without

cheating your own style.

Here are five ideas for these holidays to

be the best dressed of 2016 into 2017:

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ELIE SAAB


ELIE SAAB

HIPSTER GIRL

The eighties still influence

the way we dress. It’s a style

that young girls love because

we love to show the rebellious,

creative and feminist

side that we have inside.

However, this time I want to

show you a more nerdy and

at the same time, super bold

version of the hipster girl way

to receive the year 2017. If

you ever watched movies like

Never Been Kissed, Pretty

in Pink or 10 Things I Hate

About You where the teenage

theme is highlighted, specially

the senior year and the

prom dance theme, you will

see that this particular style

has much inspiration from

them.

MARCHESA

INNER DIVA

New Year’s Eve is the perfect

opportunity to let shine your

inner diva and wear dresses

that highlight your feminine

beauty and sensuality. Dare

yourself to be the Diana Ross

of the night or the Beyoncé

that you always wanted to

be. Feel free to use dresses

like the ones from the 1970s.

Don’t forget to look good in

your sparkly and shiny dresses.

A little sheer or showing

skin ain’t bad. White, black,

gold and silver are the basics

of the night and are a home

run!

LITTLE PRINCESS

The classic cocktail dress

cannot be missed. Whether

you attend a family dinner

at a restaurant or you stay

home and want to get dressed

up for the occasion, this

is the perfect dress. Besides,

we are all princesses of our

castles. It can be a preppy

style of lighted colors like

fuchsia, turquoise or green.

Or it can also be a long dress

with sheer skin or pastel

colors. If you want to give it a

unique touch, add a romantic

and ethereal hairstyle and

make-up look. This will help

make your princess style

look even more fairytale. Like

Cinderella at the ball.

CHRISTIAN DIOR

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TRIBAL CHIC

FEMME FATALE

Be that mysterious woman,

whose eyes invite others to

discover her sensuality. If this

relates to your personality,

undoubtedly, this is the right

style for you. Make a twist by

focusing on the mysterious

and magical parts that every

woman has. These will also

help you to be the center of

attention of every male in the

room. The black, the lace,

openings in the side, are all

keys to achieving this look.

Even now that the 90s are

so fashionable, you can try

to achieve the pajama dress

look with a t-shirt inside,

just like Rachel from the TV

series Friends. It will help you

to give a fresh and youthful

touch to your definition of

Femme Fatale.

MARCHESA

I cannot stop talking about

the tribal style. It is part of

our roots! Even if is not a

predominant trend in 2017,

the tribal style never fails. It’s

fun and has different ways

to wear it even for for a gala

party. In an earlier edition

called Be Bold! Be Afro-chic!

I explained how to bring the

afro-chic style for big events.

Do not hesitate to put it into

practice. For nightly events

like disco parties or in hotels,

you can add a little but not

too much sparkle or glitter

with it. Be bold but classy.

Try to use strong and intense

colors, as well as fabrics with

super different prints and at

the end you can coordinate

the mix ‘n match like a pro.

These are my recommendations

as to how to be in

the spotlight this New Year.

Remember, the most important

thing is to trust yourself to

be the star of the night. Do not

wear something just because

it is fashionable. The style

and your identity are always

priority. I hope you have an excellent

culmination of the year

and that the next one comes

with great prosperity.

Be the afro

princess sexy

diva of your

own castle!

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STEAL JEAN


Panama

EMPOWERED WOMAN:

A GOLDEN MOM

BY ANILU CANDANEDO, B.A.

anilucandanedo@gmail.com

A family. Loving Mom and Dad, two children. A perfect life, he chose her to

be his life companion. Together they had two children. The loves of their

life. She was his everything and He was everything to her, and one day without

expecting it, he died, at age 42, after being together for 20 years.

Suddenly all doubts came to her: what I do? how I will raise my children

alone? how I will keep them? how I will overcome this if I the half of my life

died.

And so she has done, Lizette Luzcando de Alzamora, widowed young, she

has two small children whom she is taking forward, thanks to the fact that

she is a woman who has made a firm decision, take her children forward.

After making an inventory

of things to do, and putting

together her action plan, her

determination was clear,

her children will continue to

study at the school where

they have been. It would

have to get the way to do

it, cut some expenses here

and there, but the education

of the small ones would not

be negotiated.

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INSPIRING STORIES

No impossible roles were imposed. And

she has concentrated on being a mother

who is there 100% for her children, so that

when children experience feelings of sadness

and nostalgia, of their father’s absence,

her presence and affection can make

them able to overcome situation.

She is seen in school activities, meetings,

acts and although there are days when

the burden becomes so heavy, that she

has had to seek for medical help to lower

pressure. Of course, she is always aware

that her children don’t have any needs and

that they do not miss any of their commitments.

During this holidays, people usually speak

of success cases, where the mother has

already raised their children and these

become professionals, however, today

we want to greet all those mothers who

like Lizette, are starting this work, and we

want to encourage them to move forward ,

without prejudice and stigma.

Super moms exist, but it’s a little difficult job to

cope with. If be aware of everything, be strong

and unshakable. It is also worth not being perfect,

as long as you do everything the best you

can that’s in your hands. Being healthy is more

important, than complying with everything, learn

to listen to your body too and allow yourself, to

take a break.

We want to send a message that empowers all

those mothers so that, courageously, they move

forward and remember that, whatever the case

is, they also have the right to have a life, to take a

break with friends and have some coffee, to go

to the beauty salon, all this will help you recover

from the loss and have optimal mental health;

you need to feed your soul, to have healthy

emotions. Spending time with yourself, will allow

you to have a full life, without guilty feelings, so

encourage yourself to break a little with your

routine.


Happy Mother’s Day to all those who have committed to take their children

forward, women like that, have won heaven. My mother has earned it! Congratulations

to all the Mothers who have been brave, who with love and fortitude have

taken seriously the upbringing of their children; I think it’s a lesson learned from

their own moms, which makes me think it’s a chain reaction of a Mama ancestry

that has the same value as GOLD ... or more!

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BEHIND A VALUABLE WOMAN,

THERE IS A GREAT STORY

Interview with Norma Lewis, B.A.

BY KEILA SALAZAR MORENO, B.A.

INFO@ETHNICITIESMAGAZINE.COM

SALUD

WHO IS NORMA LEWIS?

WHAT ARE YOUR ROOTS

AND WHAT DID YOU

STUDY AT COLLEGE?

I was born in the city of Colon Rep. of Panama,

the third born of a single mother with ten

children.

My roots is that of Bajan descent. My grandparents

were born in Barbados.

I lived a humble life as my mother struggled

working as a domestic help on the Canal Zone

to put food on the table.

Seeing my mother’s hardship, I vowed to stay

in school. I graduated from high school, many

days with an empty stomach. I then decided

to leave the city where I was born and relocated

to my mother’s relative in Paraiso Canal

zone, Uncle Roy Cumberbatch and his loving

wife Lucille Cumberbatch (both now deceased)

who took me in as their own.

This decision to relocate gave birth due to

my education. I then registered myself in the

University of Panama. Later I relocated to the

U.S and decided to continue in the nursing

field. I completed that, which led me into the

area of gynecological studies and infertility. I

continued in that field which led me to work

with one of New York’s top Infertility Specialist

in Advanced Fertility of New York, Dr. Hugh

Melnick. I’m so grateful to him for the knowledge

I achieved in that field.

Photos: Stephany Salazar

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PERSONALITIES

MERITS RECEIVED?

Thank God I’ve been blessed with many such as:

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Photos: Stephany Salazar


WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO

BE YOUR GREATEST ACHIE-

VEMENT?

To have reached a point where I can be a help

to my family and my passion of helping children

less fortunate.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU

DISCOVER YOUR PASSION?

From age three to age fifteen I lived with my

father and a stepmother who were very cruel

to me physically and mentally. Just like in the

storybook, once my stepmother began having

children of her own I became a Cinderella. I

attended school, but at home I worked throughout

the day very seldom being able to join

other my age outside to play. I finally ran away

at fifteen in the pouring rain, still wearing my

school uniform, to seek my real mother. As I

sat on a stoop where my mother once lived, I

decided from that day that I would help children

less fortunate and do my best so other

children would never go through what I had

been through.

Therefore I will confirm that I knew my passion

and God given calling at age fifteen.

Photos: Stephany Salazar

SHARE WITH US ABOUT AMIGAS FRIENDS OF CHILDREN,

FOUNDATION, HOW AND WHEN IT WAS FOUNDED, WHAT’S

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF IT?

This passion first birthed when I was fifteen,

finally materialized in 2003 as Amigas

Friends of Children, Inc.

I boast with pride about this organization. I handpicked

each member, ensured they were of Panamanian descent,

who I knew had a given heart, also coming from humble

beginnings and now were all professionals willing to give

back to society. Our board of directors all reside in the U.S.

However since 2009, we’ve formed an Amigas chapter in

Panama with other hard working members.

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PERSONALITIES

This organization is a not for Profit organization with 501cs

status. Our mission is to help children less fortunate who

live in shelters or orphanages, most coming from single

mother homes. To date we have helped eleven children

centers throughout the Republic of Panama and one center

in Brooklyn, N.Y.

We rely on friends and supporters to contribute to the various

programs we’ve developed.

Godparent program: Where $240.00 is given annually by

a godparent to the child he or she has selected as their

godchild.

We have a scholarship program where a scholarship is given

to a child with good grades from our centers based on

The Board of Education of Panama’s standards (MEDUCA).

A contribution of $360.00 is given for grade school and

$460.00 at the high school level.

Donations for repairs or enhancements to centers within

our means. We also donate clothings and toys where needed.

Thanks to our contributors and their kindness for sharing our vision of helping children less fortunate.

We presently have a project now in progress introducing English as a second language to the

children in the centers we help. We’re also hopeful in the near future to introduce the art of music

through musical instruments.

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HAT

WHAT’S YOUR INSPIRATIONAL

QUOTE?

Share what you’ve learned, share what you

know, give what you can. Our future generation,

as well as children less fortunate, will appreciate

it.

WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO OUR

READERS AND WHAT ADVICE DO

YOU HAVE FOR YOUTH?

So many in this world have information to be

shared yet remain silent. We need to take a

good look at ourselves and think of our future

generation. We make history. History doesn’t

make us. Start sharing knowledge with our

young ones. They are our future leaders.

My message to our world’s youth is never underestimate

your potentials. Never doubt your

dreams. Dreams can become a reality. Strive

towards your dreams and fulfill your God-given

potentials

HOW CAN OUR READERS

CONTRIBUTE?

Donations can be made towards the program

of choice, either the scholarships, godparent or

as Friends of Amigas through monetary contributions

to our mailing address -Amigas Friends

of children, Inc. P.O Box 30111, Brooklyn, N.Y.

11203.

For contributions in Panama, contact us at amigasinc_orfanatos@yahoo.com

I was that little girl beaten day

after day, insulted day after

day, scared day after day but

I too had a dream. Look, now

my dream is now a reality!

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Panama

BRIEF HISTORY

BY PROF. VERONICA D. FORTE

vforte12samaap@gmail.com

The West Indian Museum of Panama was

inaugurated on December 22, 1980 as a

tribute to the Caribbean immigrants who

came to Panama for the construction of

the railroad and the Panama Canal. This

museum was established in the building

formerly known as the Christian Mission

Church which was founded in 1910. This

museum, as most of the museums in

Panama, is administrated by the Historical

Heritage of the National Institute of Culture

(PH – INAC).

The budget allotted by the Government

was never enough to adequately maintain

the museum. Out of this concern the

idea of forming the Society of Friends

of the West Indian Museum of Panama

(SAMAAP) arose. SAMAAP is a non-profit

civic association fostering a community

interest in the project of the Museum as

well as the promotion of the Caribbean or

afro-descendant culture in Panama.

SAMAAP was founded on March 24, 1981 and its

Board of Directors is renewed every two years. The

annual activities of the Organization include the Great

West Indian Fair on Saturday and Sunday of Carnival,

activities in honor of the Black Ethnic Group during the

month of May, the commemoration of the anniversary

of the Panama Canal in August, various activities

raising funds in the months from October to December

and the celebration of the anniversary of the Museum

on December 22nd. The Museum offers guided

tours of the exhibit and in August carries out activities

related to the construction of the Canal like photo

exhibitions, lectures, contests with the participation of

students from the primary and secondary schools.

SAMAAP has been working closely with the West Indian

Museum of Panama and the Panamanian community

for 35 years.

CULTURE AND ROOTS

President: Prof. Veronica D. Forte - Cell. 6754-4929

West Indian Museum of Panama - Tel. 501-4130 / 501-4131

Location: Intersection of 24th Street East and Justo Arosemena Avenue, Panama City.

Near the 5th of May Metro Station

Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

General admission: Adults: B /. 1.00 / Children: B /. 0.25 / School groups: B /. 5.00

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CULTURE AND ROOTS

Olive Senior the author of the

book “Dying to Better Themselves”

and her interpreter

Arcelio Hartley, during the XII

International Book Fair 2016

On August 19, 2016, Dante Savage,

a 13 years afrodescendent youngster

along with is family, is promoting

his book in the Stand SAMAAP y la

Negritud during the XII International

Book Fair.

On August 17, 2016, SAMAAP members

and friends attended the presentation

in the West Indian Museum by

Olive Senior, Jamaican author of the

book “Dying to Better Themselves.”

Find all details about Olive Senior in

Ethnicities Magazine January edition.

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Mexico

DISCRIMINATION IS

BY DAVID GARCIA ZAMORA, B.A.

TRANSLATIION: DAVID GARCIA ZAMORA, B.A.

PHOTOS: DAVID GARCÍA ZAMORA

david@garciazamora.com

Welcome to DiscriminaciónEs (DiscriminationIs), a permanent column in all forthcoming

issues of Ethnicities Magazine. This column’s purpose is to create awareness regarding

every single way in which our behavior, wittingly or not, excludes others.

Latin America’s fractured history has abetted

tremendous social inequalities amidst its

630 million inhabitants, in which a precious

few are treated much better than most.

Regarding this matter, the UN states that

“these issues relate to distinctions, exclusions,

restrictions or preferences that either

directly or indirectly have a negative effect

on a person’s rights or equality of opportunities.

It includes the responses and solutions

offered by the State. Discrimination can be

on the basis of race, colour, ethnicity, gender,

language, religion, political opinion, national

or social origin, age, disability, economic

position, sexual orientation, etc.”

Picture this: you board a cab and the driver

casually strikes up a conversation with

you. Ten minutes go by and the cabbie tells

you that in fact he’s an attorney, and puts

himself at your service for legal consultations.

¿What thought crosses your mind at

this exact moment? What most of us would

think is: if he was a competent lawyer, he

wouldn’t be manning a taxicab! Well, here we

would be discriminating him for occupational

choice, without even taking into account

the circumstances that placed him in this

position.

CREATING AWARENESS

I stress the et cetera as some types of

discrimination are far more subtle than

others, thus rendering them inconspicuous

and unable to be detected by the offending

party... which is you. And me. And whoever

lacks the insight to identify these behaviors

that seem completely normal —common

sense, even— but which harbor animosity

toward felllow human beings.

I’ll usher in this column with a type of discrimination

so pervasive that it usually goes

under the radar: occupational choice.

In our perspective of the social order we

not only classify people by their choice of

work activity but also apply a ranking to it,

in which certain occupations are considered

more valuable/important/transcendent than

others… this results in occupational-choice

discrimination.

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CREATING AWARENESS

Now imagine that your sister is introducing

his steady boyfriend to your family. He is a

successful entrepreneur who owns more

than 30 hot-dog carts in the city and whose

monthly income far exceeds your family’s

salaries put together. However, your sister

is a doctor, you’re an accountant, and both

of your parents are college graduates. It’s

almost a given that sooner rather than later

most of your family will adopt condescending

attitudes towards this hard-working,

honest individual who —according to your

particular criteria— will be forever at fault for

not following the accepted path of a college

education.... which is not intrinsically unsuitable,

but acutely undervalued in conventional

social perception.

Being the target of this type of discrimination

leads to some major backlashes,

as I will show in two real examples of stall

owners in what could be any Latin American

central market. This first person sells almost

two tons of fish a day, which endowed him

to relocate his family to an upscale neighborhood.

However, when his teenage son

invited his newfound “friends” to play in his

enhanced videogame rec room, they ridiculed

him on social networks for his “fish-stenched

house”. Which —granted— is not far

off the mark. But this mockery betrays a

maneuver of social exclusion elicited by this

family’s way of making a living.

An even more drastic example comes from a

family that makes its living selling disposable

plastic bags, also at a central market stall.

The couple decided to buy a whole block

at a lower-middle-class suburb, where they

built a mansion and hence were immediately

acknowledged as the local fat cats. Feasibly

they decided on this after considering the

predicament of the fish seller, a good friend

of theirs.

I’m positive that, at one moment or another, we’ve all

been guilty of discriminating by occupational choice. It

is a deeply entrenched attitude, particularly in an underdeveloped

subcontinent where rising above ourselves

implies aspiring to previously unattainable lifestyles or

that were reserved for the elite.

In my graphic novel Aerolíneas Latinoamericanas I

evidence occupational choice-discrimination through

various characters, among them:

Rubilio Suazo, a Honduran man who is compelled to

open a laundry at home which will enable to care for his

sick mother.

Emilio Aravena, a former Chilean bureaucrat who after

being dismissed strains to make a living by carving artisanal

religious figurines.

Mako Jativa, a young Colombian who had grown accustomed

to being socially accepted while serving as

deputy for a civil engineer is now shunned for working as

a mason.

Yanay Guañuna, a Peruvian student ostracized (in an

indigenous university, no less) for having been raised in a

family of waste-pickers.

“THE MOST ONEROUS CHALLENGE IN BECOMING

A BETTER PERSON IS THOROUGHLY QUESTIONING

WHAT WE CONSIDER TO BE ‘RIGHT.”

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UNTIL NEXT MONTH; THRIVE IN MUTUAL RES-

PECT, ALWAYS .

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LOOKED DOWN ON?

TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT ON TWITTER: @DIS-

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THERE IS GOOD!

BY JUDITH RAPLEY WATERMAN M.S.W.

PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE COACH/STRATEGIC CONSULTANT

JMR COACHING & CONSULTING SERVICES

TRANSFORMATION FOR LIFE

www.judithrapley.com

So last week, I was sitting reflecting on the year like many

of us during this end of year season doing my yearly review,

and whooo….believe it or not, I had a quick panic attack.

WHY, YOU MAY ASK?

Because I thought about that twenty-five item personal

and professional list I had constructed ambitiously

at the end of last year, not resolutions mind

you but major “goals” of which I had only accomplished

five.

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RELATIONSHIP

HOW DARE I BE SUCH A SLACKER, I

THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT?

WHAT HAD I BEEN DOING ALL YEAR?

Believe me, for those who know me, a lot. Yet my

reasonable, sensible mind had to kidnap that other

one, and go over and remember all the many other

things not on that list that I had accomplished, and I

then began to woo zaa and breathed easier.

At that moment, I was reminded of another recent

experience. So there I was this lovely morning on the

ship of my first cruise. As I sat there enjoying breakfast,

I eavesdropped on the conversation of this very

beautiful, positive lady also eating breakfast with

her husband at the next table. First I heard her say-

“Great coffee”. Then- “Delicious omelet”. Next- “Look

at the ocean, what a lovely blue”. Her husband got up

to get them both juice, she asked for a half glass and

when he brought it back, what did she say? “Perfect!”

Said with a smile!

So many of us based on our upbringing, perfectionism,

ambition and diligence are always looking for

what is not good, good enough or bad. Our brains,

our training, and our personalities steer us in that direction.

Oftentimes it is with good intentions perhaps

looking for what needs to be fixed. We do mean well

by wanting to make things better. Yet for many of us,

this at times, carries over from our professional lives,

to our constant critiques of everything and everyone.

Others, our relationships, our children, parents, even

ourselves.

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We are encouraged and I encourage us today to be intentional

in our search, our focus, our language and our commentaries.

Let’s look for and at whatever is perfect and whatever is good.

At least the parts that are. On these things, let us fix our eyes,

comment and meditate. Believe me, as I write this and have

caught myself already five times today, I do recognize this is

not easy to change immediately. Just be intentional and keep

re-committing to it each day and each time a negative critical

thought is formed in your mind.

My brief encounter with this lady and my encouragement to

you when you go to open your mouth today about your spouse,

your children, yourself or your life, is summed up in the last

comment I heard when her husband broke off a piece of her

bran muffin and she asked him: “Is it good?”

LOOK FOR WHAT IS GOOD.

IT IS THERE!

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SOCIETY

Panama

A JAZZ FESTIVAL FOR

VIOLET

BY DR. ALBERTO S. BARROW N.

albertobarrow1@gmail.com

There was a time when the name Violeta Green was

synonymous with Colon city. The same can be said

of Lord Cobra. This is stated in a text that was published

more than a decade ago in the book PIEL OS-

CURA PANAMA: Essays and reflections on the edge

of the centenary, which authorship I shared with the

late Dr. George Priestley.

It was said at the time that in the 60’s, when Panamanian

television was testing its wings in national

production (at that time it was generally of a higher

quality) we can remember with nostalgia the very

particular voice and phraseology of Violeta Green,

who with an extraordinary versatility, could represent

an exquisite interpretation of a piece of Jazz, often

of Blues, and end their number with a ballad of any

of the great Latin American composers like Ernesto

Lecuona, Rafael Hernández or Avelino Muñoz.

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A recent press conference published by a local

panamanian newspaper, La Estrella [August 12,

2016] reveals that the artistic director of the already

world-renowned Panama Jazz Festival, Danilo Pérez,

shares his opinion that I advanced in my reflection of

2003. “Green had a voice of extraordinary versatility.

She used to play jazz, blues and made a break to

a Latin American ballad or a calypso with amazing

ease, “says the press release. “I’ve never heard anyone

who has that versatility,” said Danilo Perez. “She

had a very special voice and she was part of a very

important movement in Panama that is the Afro-Panamanian

Jazz, created by Victor Boa, Clarence

Martín and other musicians of that size,” added the

teacher.

Violet had that virtue. Aside from being physically

large (she was more than six feet tall) she had a

dynamic artistic talent. With all her greatness, however,

she was always a humble person especially to

her grateful public, making it a heavy, even greater,

weight in my estimation. Violeta Green transcended

the arts of our country, and not infrequently.

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Violeta was the focus of pride not only for one but

two generations of Afro-Panamanians. In fact, along

with teacher Clarence Martin, another giant who has

also gone to glory, and many other composers and

performers who were children of Caribbean immigrants.

Violeta Green gave the Panamanian Jazz its

own tone. That is why we are so pleased that the

14th. Edition of the Panama Jazz Festival to be held

from January 10 to 14, 2017 will be dedicated to

that great Panamanian. It will be a festival for Violet.

Congratulations.

* Director of the Panama Afro Observatory “Dr. George

Priestley “.

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Panama

Hello again, in this opportunity we

will talk about R & B, these acronyms

mean:

BY DR. IDANIA DOWMAN

Idaniadowman@yahoo.com

MUSCI & MORE

R= RHYTHM

B= MEANS BLUES -

SOUL, INSPIRATION.

This African American musical stream is product of the fusion between Blues, Jazz

and Gospel, in its beginnings it was called RACE RECORDS (Recordings of Race),

this genre was introduced to the United States by Mr. Jerry Wexler of the Billboard

magazine in 1949 and he changed this name since it was quite offensive.

Basically it’s said that there is Classic R & B (has influence of Jazz, Blues and Gospel)

and Contemporary R & B (has influence of Rap, Pop and Disco).

The classic R & B is a style that is characterized by the use of a torn voice

that expresses melancholy or a voice accompanied by a guitar that expresses

the feeling.

But due to the interesting musical fusions that were taking place at the time

of the 50’s, other genres such as Soul were born, of which we’ll talk about

in another edition... but already in the 80’s Disco music was present and its

musical influence is greater, it opened doors to success to stars like Michael

Jackson, George Michael among others.

Then comes the time known as the cider or sidereal explosion of musical

fusions, the 90s, with this genre is born a very remarkable industry where

contemporary R & B takes possession and shines with great exponents such

as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and others that appeared... but this fusion

does not end here, it continues this rhythmic crossing so that the union of

Contemporary R & B with current urban genres like the rap of today, becoming

almost a pattern that these R & B songs have a touch of rap and vice

versa…

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MUSIC & MORE

A few famous Classic R & B exponents we can mention

are Etta James, The Temptations, The Supremes,

Dinah Washington, James Brown, Ray Charles,

Arethe Frankline, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay ...

Examples of famous contemporary R & B exponents

are Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Backstreet, Janet

Jackson, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys.

PANAMANIAN CHARACTER OF

THE MONTH ... .DORINDO ELAM

CARDENAS

He is a young prodigy at the piano, began his steps

at the young age of 3, being his tutor and professor

his sister Wilda Cardenas... he did not really liked this

instrument, he liked the drums, but he Piano was

what he had at home ... she was the one who transmitted

to him that passion for the piano that is now

his way of expression and passion ... Later he studied

at the National Conservatory, enters the world

of Jazz through several musicians and teachers of

this genre in Panama, Spain and the United States ...

Today music is his hobby, but just as in his regular

profession he likes to do well, as he said in his own

words * I consider myself a perfectionist, although I

know that does not exist *.

Musical styles he likes are Jazz, Latin Jazz, Timba,

Afro-Caribbean rhythms, R & B, classical music

(Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and others).

He consideres himself a very familiar person, his

free time is exclusively for his family... Today he is

the musical director of the group Idania Dowman &

The Emotions.

Some of the Professional Achievements:

Post Doctoral Research - University of Texas, United

States.

Doctorate in Engineering (Ph.D. - Sc.D.) - Barcelonatech,

Barcelona, Spain.

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) - Polytechnic

University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

Degree in Electromechanical Engineering (P.E.- Ing.)

- Technological University of Panama.

Postgraduate in Higher Education - University of the

Americas UDELAS, Panama.

International Certification Studies (CFPS-NFPA)

-United States.

Bachelor of Science - Instituto Fermin Naudeau -

Secondary School, Panama ..

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