Sharing knowledge.... I will never claim anything without doing my own research. Ever since the rise of more people in the spotlight such as @ibeyi2, @laolunyc and @princessnokia who honor their Yoruba roots... I have also seen a rise in Puerto Rican people claiming the Yoruba culture. However, this claim is not completely accurate for Puerto Ricans specifically. I'm not saying that there are not any Puerto Ricans who are of the Yoruba people, but I will say if you are really attempting to trace your roots it takes more than assuming your roots are the same as everyone elses because of similarities. I love that Yoruba traditions are reflected in the spotlight more than it has been especially in a nod to my fellow Cuban friends. To my Puerto Rican friends and family though dig a little more deeper and study where our slave routes came from in Africa.
While our islands (Cuba and Puerto Rico) are close there is a complex history to be studied and just because these individuals are now in popular culture it does not mean EVERY AfroHispanic or African individual is of the people of Yoruba... you could be #Carabali #Igbo etc... or from other regions in the #IvoryCoast #Ghana #Mali #Senegal other than #Nigeria etc.
The sources are out there. .
I challenge those in our communities to do more research in tracing their roots. .
This information is from
The book in reference is by
Professor Joseph Dorsey
Associate Professor of African American Studies at Purdue