About Negra With Tumbao

Who am I? I am a native Detroiter, a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, Dragger of Filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER. Oni Yemaya and the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. I have been known to shake what my mama gave me. I am the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.



  • Trenita Hodge

    Thank you for your writing. I never acknowledge the bull shit written about our black entertainers. But this is what I want to write you about.
    Yesterday my spirit guide told me to dress in all white to go town. I did all I had to do and some special work for the UNIVERSE then started my returned for home. I sat on a bus for about a half an hour listening to religious music. I was upset but didn’t say anything because when your mine is free from bullshit and you try to free others they attack you. I just sat the my spirit wanted to scream but I didn’t. Finally I got to my stop and got off the bus I couldn’t get into my gate fast enough. The thing is as soon as I enter my gate a song of the ANCESTORS came out my mouth. I was singing in a language I don’t understand and dancing to African rhythm. My dogs seems to understand what I was saying but for me it was coming from my heart. I finally enter the house and I was speaking to the spirits around me and to all that was in hearing of my voice about freedom and mental slavery. I put my grocery away and started doing my work. I am an artist.
    This is not the first time I have done this it been happening now for about ten years. The thing is I don’t know what to make of it and what to do with it. May you can help me find me. 3nita

    • Thank you for writing me… I’m not sure where you live but I would definitely try to find an ilé where you are to at least get a reading. That’s your first start, baby girl. Please keep me posted. You can always email me. ????

  • Some of the best entertainers were black so stay cool and ignore any comments.

  • ????Thank you

  • Yolanda Marie Pierre

    So glad that we’ve crossed paths. I am also a daughter of Yemaya. Your article, “Everybody Wants To Be A Bruja….”, bears truth and is much appreciated!

  • LaShanta Roquemore

    Breath of fresh air. I am glad I stumbled across your
    site! Look forward to diving in head first 🙂