Victoria Santa Cruz- Me gritaron negra/ They called me black (woman)- Poem with english subtitles


I just had seven years, just seven years Not seven years, I wasn’t even five Suddenly, some voices in the street Shouted at me: “Black!” Black, black, black,black, black black! Am I black? I said to me Yes! What does it mean being black? Black! I didn’t knew the sad truth that it hidden Black! And i felt black Black! Like they said Black! And I recoiled Black! As they wanted to Black! And i hated my hair and my thick lips And i looked with sadness my dark skin and I recoiled Black! and I recoiled Black, black, black,black, black black! And the time passed by Always bitter I continued carrying in my back My heavy burden And it was so heavy I straightened my hair I put powder on my face And in my loins always resounded The same word Black, black, black,black, black, black! Until one day that I recoiled I recoiled and was just about to fall Black, black, black,black, black, black! So what?! Black! Yes! Black! I’m! Black! I’m black Black! Yes! Black! I’m black From now on I don’t want to straight my hair I don’t want to! And I’m going to laugh at those Who think, according to them, that To avoid us some bad moment Call black people “people of color” And what color?! Black! And how good it sounds Black! And what a rhythm it has Black, black, black,black, black, black! Finally! Finally I understood! Finally! I don’t recoil anymore Finally! Finally! I’m sure on my way Finally! I go on and wait Finally! And I bless the skies Because god wanted that ebony is my color And I understood Finally! I have the key Black, black, black,black, black, black! I’m a black woman!

35 thoughts on “Victoria Santa Cruz- Me gritaron negra/ They called me black (woman)- Poem with english subtitles

  1. Victoria Santa Cruz was one of the most respected artists of the Afro Peruvian Arts. She passed away on 2014 but her legacy and contribution to the Afro Peruvian Culture in music, dances, and lyrics are amazing.

  2. The subtitles are sexualised.
    She doesn't say "I am a black women'. She says 'I am black'.
    This is the type of 'power' that we know from whites: Rewriting history in attempts to make it more than it is.

  3. So back then, Afro-caribbeans called themselves black but now they call themselves afro-latino and not black!! Why?

  4. Thank you for posting this Alicia. It is empowering and relatable to us Blacks in the Americas and Caribbean. She reminds me of Maya Angelou.

  5. No dejo de ver este video. Me encanta. Descansa en paz maestra!!!

  6. Espectacular interpretación de una grande Victoria santa cruz!

  7. Esto se debería enseñar en todos los colegios para terminar con la discriminación

  8. Woow just wow..the ending is so powerful..she kinda reminds me of nina Simone. I love how her latino roots and African roots are equally celebrated here. She didn't snuff out the side that is considered better by society..finally someone who truly embraces everything that makes them unique. I am not Latina and 4 some reason I understood her..i felt my ancestors thru her..plus I read the subtitles😂but I could still feel her passion and truth

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