Like many holidays, Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery and is the result of merged customs and cultures. The holiday, as we know it today, contains elements of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.
One legend maintains that St. Valentine was a third century Roman priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s anti-marriage decree for soldiers. The brave Valentine secretly married soldiers until he was discovered and put to death.
Another version of the legend attributes Valentine’s Death to his efforts to free Christians from harsh Roman prisons.
Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960 Wikipedia
In the hit film Avatar, Zoe Saldana is the color blue. No sooner than the film, premiered the world wanted to know more about the lead female warrior character in the James Cameron film. People are learning that the talented actress, Saldana is Afro-Latina. Born and reared in the United States until she was 10 years old, her multi-cultural heritage includes her father being of Domincan descent and her mother Puerto Rican. She lived in the Dominican Republic until age 17. Believe it or not, some parts of the world are not aware of the Afro Latino or the identity of the Latino image bearing Black skin too. It is great that Zoe’s success is shedding more light on culture. What is also exciting is seeing her land a role in the film Colombiana as the lead. It makes a strong statement about the star power she brings despite many Latin American countries still struggle with Black as Beautiful in their heirarchal scale. Saldana embraces her physical identity as Black and her culture as Latin. She never let Hollywood’s typical ideal leading lady concept be a hurdle for her. She has simply jumped over the hurdles.
What do Zoe and co-star Michelle Rodriguez have in common? Find out at: http://www.multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/component/k2/item/113-the-other-latina-star-of-avatar-michelle-rodriguez.html
Read Dinner and Movie Review for Avatar: http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/dinner-and-a-movie.html
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by Crystal A. Johnson
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