African Americans & Cuba
“Skin color alone is not enough to bind a people together. We need to find
cultural ties. We have to find ways to make that happen,” said
Dr. Marvin Dunn, who authored “Black Miami
in the Twentieth Century.”
Understanding Afro-Cubans 2/4/2015 Miami Times
African Americans & Cuba in the News
To the Memory of Malcolm X: Fifty Years After His Assassination 2/21/2017 Black
Agenda Report: "Malcolm X was prominent among a large layer of Black
intellectuals and activists including W.E.B. DuBois, LeRoi Jones (later
known as Amiri Baraka), Robert F. Williams, William Worthy and many others
who welcomed and defended the Cuban Revolution, which was coming under
increasing US attack."
NY event celebrates life of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro 2/20/2017 The
Militant: "Hundreds of people packed the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz
Cultural Center here in Harlem Feb. 4 to celebrate the life and political
contributions of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who died Nov.
African Roots of Cuban Culture 2/17/2017 Center for Cuban
Studies: "This exciting trip takes you across country where you’ll see
much of the lovely island. Starting in the northeast, then traveling south
and west across the country to explore how African customs, religion and
people have contributed to la cubanía. You’ll meet artists, dancers,
musicians, as well as learn about Santería and other religious practices.
You’ll learn about the influence of religious iconography, and the
significance it plays in the country and how these elements have survived
throughout the years. You’ll meet and interact with scholars, artists,
researchers, and writers who have dedicated their work to researching
Cuba’s African roots and visit landmarks in Afro-Cuban history."
Black soldiers focus of Virginia War Museum display 2/15/2017 Daily
Press: "Take the Spanish-American War. The 1898 conflict in Cuba and the
Philippines lacked the grand scale of the two world wars that would
follow. Still, African-American troops distinguished themselves and
deserved a greater share of the praise for one famous battle. A new corner
display at the War Museum pays homage to those "Buffalo Soldiers" of the
Spanish-American War. Its centerpiece is a rare uniform tunic."
Talking about race: Davidson College professor discusses complexities of
ethnic issues in Cuba 2/8/2017 Grand Valley Lanthorn: "Spence Benson
said this colorblind, ‘raceless’ attitude was appropriated from the 19th
century and had been used to negate individuals’ experiences with racism
in the past. “That same ideology has been used to silence black activists
when they tried to speak up,” Spence Benson said. “How radical can
‘racelessness’ be if it’s been used to silence Afro-Cubans who spoke up
Residents of Harlem NY Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro 2/6/2017 PL: "Cuban
Permanent Representative at the United Nations Anayansi Rodriguez
expressed gratitude here for the tribute paid by New Yorkers to
revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Harlem. ‘The whole work of his life,
dedicated to forge that better world we believe is possible, multiplies on
you, in your firm solidarity with Cuba, and reaffirms our commitment to
being faithful to the legacy of Fidel,’ Rodriguez said at the event, held
at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center."
A Film Series Honors Black Women Directors 1/27/2017 NYT: "Like any
good revolutionary, [Sara] Gómez doesn’t mince words: When she discusses
patriarchy, she brings out the literal wrecking ball. She isn’t always
subtle, but her approach in “One Way or Another” is complex and
Cuba, America, Black Fine Lines, Magic Mind and the Real: The Spiritual
Renaissance of Jules Arthur in Cuba 1/7/2017 Huff Post: "As Cuba was
my number one destination, I just went on the journey of my dreams. Cuba
represents my thirst for historical crossroads that had huge impacts on
world history when people set out for new lands. To answer the question
“what was I looking for?” Cuba excites every nerve I possess about diving
deep into rich roots and culture. There is a notion that states artists
have a duty to speak about his or her times."
How Oscar Favorite ‘Moonlight’ Subtly Illuminates the Erasure of Miami’s
Black Cubans 1/6/2017 Remezcla: “Lotta black folks in Cuba but
you wouldn’t know it from being here [in Miami].” Juan is referring to the
fact that black Cubans tend to be invisible in Miami, and in the United
States in general, their voices and experiences drowned out by the very
vocal and largely white, anti-communist exile community."
PRESUMED CUBAN: African American Tourists Mistaken for
Afro Cuban 1/2/2017 African American - Latino World: "Interestingly
enough, once Cubans realized that I was not Cuban, whatever racism they
initially wanted to exhibit was immediately withheld. And the black Cubans
immediately saw me as a well-to-do American first, and a black man
Africa in the Americas: Tour Group Explores Cuba's African Roots 12/30/2016 NBC: "Since
its founding about a year and a half ago, DiasporaES has focused mainly on
Cuba— successfully taking several groups to the island under several of 12
permitted categories that have made it easier for more Americans to travel
Reflections from Cubans on Castro (2/2) 12/29/2016 Real News: "James
Early and Paul Jay discuss the potential role of independent trade unions
in Cuban politics and the future of relations with the US under President
Reflections from Cubans on Castro (1/2) 12/28/2016 Real News: "Street
interviews with Cubans and a conversation with the Smithsonian's James
Early about the future of the Caribbean island after the passing of Fidel
Castro and a growing US presence "
Danny Glover dialoga con jóvenes cubanos 12/28/2016 Cuba Si
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland visits Cuba and talks diversity 12/27/2016 Voice,
UK: “There’s this stigma in classical ballet that brown people don’t
belong” said Copeland. “And that the rich culture comes from Europe.
Americans have created a long history now in classical ballet, and I think
… we are not really appreciated or acknowledged, for as long as we’ve been
a part of it — including African-Americans.”
Danny Glover, James Early, la racialidad y la Casa 12/27/2016 La
Ventana: "Danny Glover y James Early desembarcaron en la Casa de las
Américas este martes para dialogar sobre las luchas de los
afrodescendientes en los nuevos escenarios en Estados Unidos. No obstante,
el intercambio, que duró poco más de hora y media, versó también sobre
otras temáticas relacionadas con la racialidad, los movimientos sociales
en el continente, la solidaridad Cuba- Estados Unidos, el progreso, los
derechos civiles y la lucha contra la discriminación y la pobreza en la
región. “Conocí sobre la Revolución Cubana a través de los sindicatos
donde militaban mis padres, un grupo de afrodescendientes que desde 1959
creían en la posibilidad de conectar sus luchas con las luchas de Cuba y
constituir la solidaridad entre mi país y el de ustedes”, refirió el actor
norteamericano, quien es uno de los más reconocidos activistas por los
derechos de los afrodescendientes en los Estados Unidos y de las minorías
en esta nación anglosajona."
Misty Copeland Goes To Cuba And Speaks Ballet With Other Black And Brown
Dancers 12/26/2016 Vibe: "In the end, the thing that resonates most
with Copeland is partaking in a space filled with black and brown bodies
that contort just like hers, if only for the pure love of it. “They’re
doing classical ballet here, and they’re doing it really well,” she said."
Cuba-Whats Propaganda, What's True? Racial Histories and Complex Pasts 12/21/2016 Kimberly
Miller - Academia: "Much to my dismay, as a black Marxist and strong
supporter of the Cuban revolution, I was met by liberals with a fusillade
of anti-communist criticism, dismissive anecdotes, accusatory rhetoric
toward Castro, as an apparent autocratic despot, a violent, anti black
charlatan, a homophobic dictator, and a clear oppressor. Being from south
Florida, I am quite aware of the vociferously reactionary mouthpiece of
the Cuban exile "gusanos" (pejorative for bourgeois Cubans who opposed the
revolution), community that has made a great effort to fund and back
initiatives of right-wing political agendas for several decades."
Misty Copeland Visits Cuba, Where Brown Ballerinas Are The Norm 12/20/2016 Huff
Post: "“There’s this stigma in classical ballet that brown people don’t
belong,” Copeland said in a video interview with The Undefeated. “But
coming here to Cuba, it’s such a beautiful thing to know the long history
of classical dance here, and to see the diversity. And it’s kind of like
proving all of those people wrong."
Twin sisters make cigars to celebrate different shades of the AfroCuban
diaspora 12/20/2016 Miami Herald: "According to the sisters, most of
their business comes from black Americans. Tres Lindas Cubanas, which was
named after a Cuban song and translates to three pretty Cuban girls, also
serves as homage to the variety of shades of black women across the world
and the complexion of the three blends of cigars available through their
Cubans arrest U.S. human rights lawyer in Havana, activists say 12/17/2016 ABC
10 News: "When Motley was arrested, police officers also arrested punk
rock artist Gorki Aguila and Luis Alberto Mariño, a political activist
from the group Cuba Decides, according to the Human Rights Foundation."
The streets and scenes of Misty Copeland’s trip to Havana 12/16/2016 The
Undefeated: "I didn’t know what to expect when I stepped on that plane in
Miami and walked off when it landed in Cuba, but I do know that it was a
lot more than rum and cigars. It was the understanding that sometimes you
just have to slow down and cherish the moments. I hope you begin to do
just that with these behind-the-scenes images of Misty Copeland’s trip to
Guavas, plantains, rum 12/16/2016 The Undefeated: "In truth, we’ve
romanticized — and Americanized — what Cuban food is and what it ought to
be. If your expectation is to come here and eat roast pork, ham, and
cheese-filled sandwiches daily, you’re doing Cuba all wrong. Because in
Havana, Cuba’s capital city, there’s amazing ice cream, private home
restaurants—aka paladares—with salad bars and robust charcuterie, and
there’s great stuff to munch on in Barrio Chino de la Habana."
Misty Copeland 12/16/2016 The Undefeated: " The art and dance and
culture is so rich and deeply rooted in the Cuban people that’s it’s hard
to just pick one. I wasn’t really expecting to have such an emotional
connection and experience, but being at Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba and seeing
part of the company and a lot of the children, it kind of just brought the
trip full circle … to connect with the youth, to give them an example,
show them the experiences I’ve had through my life’s journey as an
African-American, and being a part of classical ballet."
Misty Copeland En Pointe 12/16/2016 The Undefeated: "The thing
Copeland is most vocal about is the lack of diversity in ballet. But being
in Cuba was a moment to not stand out. Copeland was surrounded in brown
diversity, a far cry from the stridently white world of classical ballet."
Castro paradoxes can’t be reduced to black, white 12/8/2016 Florida
Courier: By Rev Jesse Jackson Jr - "Castro was no saint; the Cuban regime
was repressive and wrong-headed about many things. But we shouldn’t view
Castro solely from the perspective of those who fled the revolution or of
the Cold Warriors and covert operators who spent decades who spent decades
trying to bring him down. We won’t understand the perversity of our own
policies if we don’t understand why Castro’s leadership is celebrated
across much of the world."
Fidel and African Americans 12/7/2016 Amandala, Belize: "This notion
that Third World revolutionaries and American civil rights activists were
allies in the same essential conflict—that racism and global capitalism
were part and parcel of a single oppressive system, presided over by the
United States—was a source of tremendous fear in Washington. And the last
thing anyone needed was for radical blacks to start getting ideas directly
from the Cuban guerrillas”."
Africa in the Americas: Tour Group Explores Cuba’s African Roots 12/4/2016 NBC: "When
the United States and Cuba first announced plans to restore diplomatic
relations two years ago, Kasara E. Davidson says she and her business
partner "hit the ground running" and used their combined 20 years of
experience with the island to start Diaspora Enterprise Solutions
Many Blacks applaud Castro legacy of racial equality 12/4/2016 Pittsburgh
Courier: "Some of those who fled to Miami “had looted Cuba … and exploited
the poor and the working class,” said Riddle, 70, who also teaches media
at a Detroit community college. “Now those are the same individuals who
have twisted the story to demonize Fidel Castro in death.”
African-Americans should stop lionizing Castro as champion of black
liberation 12/2/2016 Fusion: by Kimberly R. Lyle. - "My uncles passed
down their stories too. One uncle, once a successful chemist, was left
homeless and starving after the government punished him for seeking
permission to leave the country. Another uncle refused to work sugarcane
fields for free. Instead, he hid in the mountains until he could flee the
island. A cousin who left Cuba almost a decade ago expressed how angry he
was that he had to leave his own country to be a free man."
Reviewing "African-Americans should stop lionizing Castro as champion of
black liberation" by Kimberly R Lyle 12/2/2016 AfroCubaWeb: by
Alberto Jones - "Jose Marti, the father of the Cuban nation warned his
people with these prophetic words: Ignorance Kills the People. One hundred
and fifty years later, I read a hearsay laden article from another
born-again Cubanologist, Kimberly Lyle, who has received her information
from ultra-right wing Cuban Americans in Miami* and may have read an
article or two on Afro Cuba here and there. In addition, she pretends
ironically enough to write without basis about my home town Guantanamo!"
Revolutionary Road: Navigating Fidel Castro’s Polarizing Legacy 12/2/2016 The
Root: An extensive article featuring an interview with AfroCubaWeb
Alberto Jones. Touches on Cuban and Black Cuban relations with Black
Americans, as well as the justified execution of Batista torturers and
To so many Africans, Fidel Castro is a hero. Here’s why 11/30/2016 The
Guardian: "A great irony about the reaction to Castro is that many of the
same people demanding acknowledgement of his wrongs have never
acknowledged that their governments were on the wrong side of history, or
sponsored dictatorships in many developing countries."
Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante 11/27/2016 Black
Lives Matter: "As a Black network committed to transformation, we are
particularly grateful to Fidel for holding Mama Assata Shakur, who
continues to inspire us. We are thankful that he provided a home for
Brother Michael Finney Ralph Goodwin, and Charles Hill, asylum to Brother
Huey P. Newton, and sanctuary for so many other Black revolutionaries who
were being persecuted by the American government during the Black Power
era. We are indebted to Fidel for sending resources to Haiti following the
2010 earthquake and attempting to support Black people in New Orleans
after Hurricane Katrina when our government left us to die on rooftops and
in floodwaters. We are thankful that he provided a space where the
traditional spiritual work of African people could flourish, regardless of
his belief system."
Colin Kaepernick clarifies remarks on Fidel Castro 11/27/2016 USA
Today: "In the postgame press conference following the 49ers’ 31-24 loss
to the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick was asked about his remarks, which were
interpreted by some as a sign of support for the longtime leader of Cuba.
"What I said was I agree with the investment in education," Kaepernick
said. "I also agree with the investment in free universal health care, as
well as the involvement in helping end apartheid in South Africa."
Black Radicals Owe a Great Deal to Fidel Castro 11/26/2016 The
Root: "Don Rojas, a longtime activist who was a former press secretary for
Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, a Marxist revolutionary
politically inspired by Castro, remembers this era well in an email
comment this afternoon: “His concrete support to the liberation struggles
in Southern Africa will go down in the annals of history as one of the
most amazing demonstrations of solidarity in modern history.”
Fidel Castro was an unwavering champion of racial equality 11/26/2016 NY
Daily News: "Okay, the media failed supremely in not realizing Americans
could elect an empty-headed, knee-jerk liar as President. But, still, I
say the greatest media shortcoming of the past half century was not
recognizing that Fidel Castro was the most dedicated and powerful
proponent of racial justice the world has ever known."
Black America and the Passing of Fidel Castro 11/26/2016 Alternet: by
Bill Fletcher, Jr. - "For any Black American who knows anything about the
history of the Western Hemisphere, both Cuba and Haiti have a special
significance. Haiti, of course, for successfully ousting the French in
1803 and forming the second republic in the Americas; a Black republic.
Cuba, in 1959, kicked out the USA, the Mafia, and a corrupt ruling class
that had enforced racist oppression against most of the Cuban population."
Ohio State students will travel to Cuba 10/28/2016 Johnstown
Independent: "As part of a four-week course next May called "Cuba: Race,
Revolution and Culture," 15 to 25 students will reside with Cuban families
in the capital city of Havana and study Cuban culture firsthand. A group
of Ohio State theater students is making a trip to Cuba this December.
"This trip will be transformative for our students," said Tiyi Morris,
associate professor of African American studies and one of the trip's
Power of the Black Pen: Afro-Latin Activism in a Digital Age 10/14/2016 Afromodernidades: by
Emmanuel Harris II, Ph.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington -
"While a few of the Afromodernidades entries are re-posts, such as
articles by others that speak to issues relevant to Cuba, many of the
entries or profound investigations up to 2000 words in length with
references, quotations and a solid theoretical foundation. Without
question Alberto Abreu Arcia’s writings merits reading, analysis and
inclusion in Afro-Hispanic debate. As we await the publication of his
forthcoming book, ¿Puede ser negra la nación? Literatura, raza y
modernidad en la Cuba del XIX, we are privy to insight and uplift from
Cuba by a Cuban in this digital age."
Film explores Afro-Cuban history 10/5/2016 Golden Gate Express: "At
the end of her exchange with the audience, Rolando recommended people
engage in real conversations like she had with her grandmother. “In the
present, there is too much technology separating people. I don’t know how
people fall in love,” Rolando said, eliciting laughter from the audience.
“Get close to your elders. It is the biggest treasure you have in life.”"
Miami-Set ‘Moonlight’ is a Heartwrenching Exploration of Gay Black
Masculinity With Echoes of Cuba 9/30/2016 Remezcla: "As he teaches
Little about life, we learn that Juan is of Cuban descent – an Afro-Cuban
character at the heart of a film concerned with what it means to a black
Tulane hosts ‘Dialogo con mi Abuela’ filmmaker 9/26/2016 Student
Printz, Tulane: "One particular comment about the grandmother of an
audience member and her family’s history led to Rolando answering that
this “tribute to her memory in Santa Clara” can be felt universally. She
described the memories of her grandmother, the smells of the kitchen and
how everyone can be reminded of his or her own grandmother. It is for this
specific reason that this is an incredible documentary. Not only does it
bring some of Cuba into the lives of its audience, but it also brings the
sentiments of the audience’s attention with the relative universality of
the positive memories of a grandmother."
Through a Lens That's Black by Trevon Facey Cuba Through a Lens That's
Black by Trevon Facey Cuba Through a Lens That's Black by Trevon Facey 9/19/2016 YouTube
Days in Cuba With Usher 9/17/2016 YouTube / Complex News: "Complex
News' Nadeska Alexis spends 4 days with Usher in Havana, Cuba ahead of the
release of his 8th album 'Hard II Love.'"
Usher Wants to Do Something He's Only Played at Before: Confess 9/17/2016 Complex
News: "Trailed by flashing camera bulbs and the crowd’s screams, he
maneuvers through the ragged streets of Regla, a poor community a short
ferry ride from Havana, with his entourage. His own songs play faintly
from a blue portable JBL speaker carried by a member of the team. Grace
Miguel, Usher’s wife and former manager, says it’s just a thing they like
to do: blast music from a portable speaker, even when going out to a
restaurant. It’s famous person behavior—a little like marrying your
manager. The time is 7:00 p.m. on this warm April day, and Usher’s making
a surprise appearance at a block party in the neighborhood."
the African Heartbeat in Cuba 9/2/2016 Essence: "Cuba is a land of
contradictions. It's a nation that is largely defined by the descendants
of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those influences are often
denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer Johnica Reed Hawkins
traveled to the island to explore the African history, traditions and
customs that are integral to Cuba's identity, bringing to light the
undeniable impact of black culture on one of the world's most beautiful
and fascinating countries."
Seminario de Emancipación Emocional 9/1/2016 Afromodernidades: "Con
el apoyo de representación de estas organizaciones fue posible que la
Sección de Identidades y Diversidad (SERES) de la Sociedad Cubana de
Psicología realizara durante dos días 18 y 19 de agosto de 2016 un
seminario con la dirección de la Dra. En Psicología Cheryl Grills ex
presidenta de la Asociación Internacional de Psicólogos Negros de Estados
Unidos que muestra toda su experiencia en la metodología de trabajo sobre
sanación mental y su puesta en práctica para ser aplicada en Cuba en la
Cuban-Americans blast 49ers' Kaepernick for wearing Fidel Castro T-shirt 8/31/2016 Fox
News Latino: "In Miami, Jose “Pepe” Hernandez, co-founder of the
anti-Castro lobby group Cuban American National Foundation, said to Fox
News Latino: “His actions were, at best, tremendously ignorant and
The History Behind Colin Kaepernick's Shirt of Malcolm X and Fidel Castro 8/31/2016 Latina: "While
the two never met again, there's no doubt that this was an extremely
powerful meeting of the minds. The fact that Kapernick decided to wear a
shirt of these two seemingly different leaders coming together and
admiring each other's work toward racial equality is super symbolic and
When Malcolm X Met Fidel Castro 8/30/2016 Slate: "San Francisco 49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has recently decided not to stand during
the national anthem, wore a Malcolm X hat and a T-shirt featuring images
of the leader meeting with Fidel Castro at a press conference where he
explained his protest."
Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a
Celebration of Slavery 8/28/2016 The Intercept: "Almost no one seems
to be aware that even if the U.S. were a perfect country today, it would
be bizarre to expect African-American players to stand for “The
Star-Spangled Banner.” Why? Because it literally celebrates the murder of
Celebrado en Cuba seminario de emancipación emocional de afrodescendientes 8/28/2016 Negra
Cubana: "La Sección de Identidades y Diversidad (SERES) de la Sociedad
Cubana de Psicología realizó el 18 y 19 de agosto de 2016, Fe del Valle”
de la Federación de Mujeres Cuba, un seminario para 42 personas
afrodescendientes cubanas. El mismo conducido por la Dra. en Psicología
Cheryl Grills, ex presidenta de la Asociación Internacional de de
Psicólogos Negros de Estados Unidos, tuvo como objetivo la sanación mental
de las personas asistentes al mismo. En el nutrido grupo de activistas
estuvieron representadas diferentes organizaciones como la Cofradía de la
Negritud, el Grupo Afrocubanas, la Alianza Unidad Racial, el Capítulo
Cubano de la Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente, la Red Barrial
Afrodescendiente, entre otras, debatieron materiales e hicieron prácticas
con herramientas de sanación buscando soluciones al impacto psicológico
sufrido por la discriminación racial de tantos años."
Emotional Emanipation Circles in Cuba 8/28/2016 Community Healing
Network, Inc.: August 2016 Training of Emotional Emancipation Circle
Facilitators in Cuba led by Dr. Cheryl Grills.
Activistas antirracistas de Cuba y EE.UU unen esfuerzos 8/22/2016 Genesis
Cuba: "La huella del racismo no puede ser borrada, pero se aprende a vivir
de manera más plena si se adquieren herramientas para lidiar con la
discriminación, afirmaron especialistas en el seminario Emancipación
Mental, desarrollado en esta capital. Casi un centenar de activistas
antirracistas de Cuba y profesoras y profesores estadounidenses,
participaron en las dos jornadas de taller, organizadas por la sección
Seres, de la Sociedad Cubana de Psicología y el capítulo cubano de la
Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente de América Latina y el Caribe
Reportaje Cultural, Manuel Rivero Glean 8/20/2016 AfroCubaWeb: "Seminario
Emancipación Mental, por la Dra. Cheryl Grills, presidenta de Black
Psychology Association (BPA), La Habana."
Activistas antirracistas de Cuba y EE.UU unen esfuerzos 8/20/2016 IPS: "“Entregamos
la información necesaria para que las personas que lideren los círculos de
emancipación mental puedan comenzar su trabajo, pero necesitamos
contextualizar las actividades para lograr que sean familiares y parecidas
a la vida en Cuba”, precisó la ex-presidenta de Asociación Americana de
Psicólogos Negros. “En lugar de utilizar frases, video clips, películas,
música y ejemplos de la prensa de otras naciones, todo versará sobre la
realidad de este país”, dijo en referencia al texto entregado, que aún no
está totalmente traducido al español. Detalló a la Redacción IPS Cuba que
han realizado “experiencias similares en Inglaterra, Sudáfrica, Estados
Unidos y otros lugares, donde se recupera la historia del racismo y, a su
vez, se rescatan las contribuciones de la población negra a la sociedad”."
Valoran en La Habana el decenio afrodescendiente 8/12/2016 Radio
Habana: "Asistieron representantes de organizaciones sociales, quiénes
valoraron el curso de este decenio afradescendiente, donde participó
Cheryl Grills, profesora de sicología en la universidad de Los Angeles en
Estados Unidos e integrante de asociaciones negras estadounidenses. Cheryl
expresó satisfacciones por su presencia en el encuentro que calificó de
fundamental sobre la valoración racial en Cuba, aspecto que tiene sus
específicas situaciones en el mundo actual."
Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba 8/2/2016 Essence: "As
Cuba's doors open up, I know many Americans will want to come for the
cars. But I hope they come for the culture—the Afro-Cuban culture."
Cuban poet Nancy Marejon speaks on Black culture on the island 8/2/2016 SF
Bay View: "She talks about Cubanismo and African pride, she talks about
contemporary Cuban painters, musicians of the past, Jazz, and more."
Talkin’ with author Devyn Benson about ‘Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished
Revolution’ 8/2/2016 SF Bay View: “Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished
Revolution” by author and professor Devyn Benson is an impressive study on
the history of racism and Black organizing in Cuba prior to the 1959
revolution and right after it. This book is very important because there
are very few that I have come across in the U.S. that document Black
history on the island as well as exchanges between the Afro-Cuban and U.S.
Secrets From One Woman's Round-The-World Search For Good Hair 7/26/2016 Forbes: "Begley
Bloom: Tell me about Maritza Lopez, whom you met in Cuba. She sounded so
inspiring. Do you seek out women like her whenever you travel? Walton:
When I’m planning these international excursions, the first thing I do is
search for and reach out to non-profit organizations (with a focus on
women and children) in the area, as well as natural-haired women in the
area. Other than a strong desire to turn up and party with other curly
girls, it’s just damn smart to roll with folks that know how to navigate
whatever new and strange city you might find yourself in. I found Maritza
after connecting with a group of Afro-Cubans on Facebook."
Sometimes, the Diaspora Needs to Have a Seat and Listen 7/11/2016 Ebony: "If
we are not careful, our voice can be used to legitimatize what is
essentially imperialism in countries we claim to care about. Rather than
demand to lead, we have to take our marching orders from the people on the
ground themselves and use our access and privilege to help them shape
their country and their future."
Compañía neoyorquina de danza actuará en Cuba 7/6/2016 PL: "La
compañía Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble, radicada en Nueva
York pero de origen cubano, se presentará en esta capital y en el oriente
del país, anunciaron hoy aquí. Como parte de su temporada de verano,
realizará un programa completo con artistas de la danza folclórica en
Santiago de Cuba, localidad de donde proviene su directora Danys "la Mora"
What does the Fourth of July means to Black America? 7/3/2016 AfroCubaWeb: by
Arte, de Cuba a Nueva York 7/1/2016 Vistar: "Harlem-Havana Music and
Cultural Festival es la nueva puerta que— a través de la música, las artes
visuales, la danza, el cine y la comida criolla— muestra a Cuba y su
cultura en Estados Unidos. Previsto del 15 al 21 de agosto, el evento, en
su primera edición, llevará a artistas cubanos hasta Nueva York, y los
hará protagonistas de varios espectáculos."
La nación cubana y el racismo 6/30/2016 AfroCubaWeb: "Consternada,
luego de leer un artículo acerca del racismo en Cuba, en cual un grupo de
estudiantes y profesores de la Universidad de Morgan State, en Baltimore
que recién visitaron la Isla, constaron la dolorosa realidad que
investigadores, académicos, activistas y otros; hemos estado planteando
fundamentalmente desde el inicio de los años 1990 y es la existencia
precisamente de ese racismo, informado ahora por voces foráneas."
Harlem and Havana Connect in Culture Festival 6/26/2016 Cuba
Journal: "The Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival will bring Cuban
artists to New York in August for a week of performances and other events
– followed by a similar cultural exchange in Havana in February. New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Representative Charles Rangel, a longtime
Cuban Embargo opponent, have been working for years on developing cultural
exchange ideas between the US and Cuba. A contingent of American artists
with Harlem connections, including Smokey Robinson, are slated to travel
to Havana for a similar showcase of cultural exchange in February 2017."
First Annual Harlem-Havana Cultural Exchange Is Coming To NYC This August 6/25/2016 Gothamist: "The
movement to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba is coming to
Harlem this summer: from August 15-21, the first annual Harlem/Havana
Music & Cultural Festival will bring Cuban musicians, artists, dancers,
chefs, educators, and more to New York as part of Harlem Week 2016."
Shaq Shoots for Diplomacy in New Role as Sports Envoy to Cuba 6/25/2016 Cuba
New York Gov. Cuomo Announces Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival 6/24/2016 Billboard: "Cuban
musicians, visual artists, dancers, filmmakers, chefs and educators will
be highlighted during this years Harlem Week from Aug. 15-21. They include
saxophonist César López and his Habana Ensemble, and pianist Jorge Luis
Pacheco, a young lion who was selected by Wynton Marsalis to perform with
the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra during the New York big band’s trip
to Havana in 2010."
Harlem Havana Music Festival - Press Conference June 24 2016 6/24/2016 YouTube
surprised?: Baltimore Tourist Says Racism Exists in Cuba 6/19/2016 The
Real Cuba: reprint of the Afro article in this right wing publication -
"Myra Queen, who knows what discrimination looks like having grown up in a
segregated section of Baltimore during the 1950s and ‘60s, said she saw
subtle patterns of racism play out during a recent trip to Cuba. Queen,
66, said she noticed during her weeklong trip that most of the staff
waiting on her in restaurants were White. So were the people behind the
counter at her hotel, despite the island’s large Black population."
Afro-Americans encounter racism in Castro Kingdom 6/17/2016 Babalu: Babalu
Blog belongs to extreme right terrorists.
‘Codigo Color’ at SF Black Film Fest: Cuban doc explores colorism and
cultural ignorance on the island 6/16/2016 SF Bay View: "After a
discussion, Alberto was disturbed to find out his son and friends knew
nothing about the history of racial relationships in Cuba before 1959.
They’d heard all the slogans – racial discrimination being abolished – and
all the rhetoric about Cuba becoming an equalitarian society and so forth
but apparently had never heard real anecdotes told by real people who
lived in pre-revolution Cuba."
Baltimore Tourist Says Racism Exists in Cuba 6/16/2016 Afro: “It’s
important to take Black journalists to Cuba because the stories we find
are the stories that too often seem to be ignored [and] overlooked by
White journalists when they get there,” Wickham said. “It’s not mean
spirited, it’s that their life experiences don’t drive them toward those
Tom Joyner Foundation Leads Delegation of HBCU Presidents on Mission to
Havana, Cuba to Explore Global Exchange and Research 6/13/2016 Black
News: "Tom Joyner, chairman of the Dallas-based nonprofit that helps
support historically black colleges and universities, led a historic trip
to Havana, Cuba where he led a group of HBCU presidents who explored
global exchange and research opportunities for students and faculty in
US fugitives say Cuba has reassured them they are safe 6/10/2016 Washington
Times: "Charles Hill, a black militant wanted in the 1971 slaying of a New
Mexico state policeman, told The Associated Press that Cuban government
contacts had recently reassured him he was at no risk of extradition.
Nehanda Abiodun, another black militant wanted in a 1981 armored car
robbery that left two police offers and a security guard dead, told the AP
she had recently received a similar promise."
A deserving homage for Ali 6/7/2016 AfroCubaWeb: "Ali knew that Cuba
is the only place on earth, where the intractable, corrosive inner city
malady derived from poverty, illiteracy, drugs, violence and deaths can be
reversed through education, culture and the perfect environment, which
precludes a genetic recessive factor."
Morgan State University Sends Delegation to Cuba 6/1/2016 Afro: "Kendra
Hawkins, a journalism student at Morgan State University, is eager to see
what awaits her in Cuba. She is set to travel to the country, once
forbidden to most Americans, on June 4."
Cuba 2016 5/29/2016 Charisse L'Pree, Ph.D.: "In May, I was honored to
accompany a delegation from the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)
to Hominis 2016, organized by the Cuban Psychological Society in Havana.
The trip was an amazing!"
How to CUBA 5/25/2016 CurlyNikki: "I don't usually share how I put
these trips together because (1) there's no formula, and (2) I have a
flare for the dramatic. But as this epicness comes to a close, I thought
I'd do y'all a solid and provide you with a how-to manual of sorts."
Fidel Castro & Cuba: Thorns In Side of US Imperialism 5/24/2016 Black
Agenda Report: "The United States has a long and duplicitous history when
it comes to not only attempting to assassinate the character of Fidel
Castro, but also his life. The US government’s unsuccessful attempts at
both forms of assassination can easily be deemed as an evil obsessive. The
United States (via the CIA) has tried to assassinate/murder Fidel Castro
over 600 times. This number is startling due to the fact that the CIA has
been so utterly unsuccessful in their nefarious attempts to eliminate
Castro. However, it should not be surprising that they tried to
assassinate this leader, since they have successfully (and
extra-judiciously) assassinated countless humans, including government
leaders throughout the globe. This diabolical track record goes back many
On Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach, Black Tourists Are Second-Class
Citizens 5/24/2016 Miami New Times: "The goal seems to be to rob
African-Americans blind, lock up as many of them as possible, and
occasionally use some for police target practice. (Remember the 2011
killing of Raymond Herisse, in which 12 officers fired more than a hundred
rounds, four others were wounded, and no one was charged?) If Memorial Day
weekend were treated like a convention coming to town, Miami Beach would
get hotels to block off rooms and give visitors discounted rates. The
city, the county, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, and
commercial airlines would kick in money to help support the event.
Government officials would work with the event promoters to provide comped
rooms to celebrity entertainers and comped ballrooms for panels and
events. Meanwhile, in cities like New Orleans and Toronto, government
officials are rolling out the red carpet for events that cater to a
predominantly black clientele."
CurlyNikki in Cuba 5/22/2016 CurlyNikki: "So there you have it folks,
next time you want in to a closed society...just knock on the door."
Unspoiled: Life Without Limits 5/22/2016 CurlyNikki: "As an African
American from Ferguson, MO, I feel like I have a responsibility to
empathize with those that are oppressed, excluded or disadvantaged, no
matter where they are all over the world. This is why I can recognize the
humanity in the Muslim family in India, the Palestinians in the West Bank
and the Cubans surviving the harsh reality of embargo."
Afro Cubans: We Are Many 5/22/2016 CurlyNikki: this site with 5
million monthly views and 660,000 FaceBook followers, interviews
Rolando, filmmaker, and Martitza Lopez, of the
Red Barrial Afrodescendiente.
The Morgan State University Choir to Sing in Cuba 5/21/2016 Cuba
Now: "Specializing in U.S. gospels and spirituals, the choir will perform
from May 25 to May 30 at the Tomas Terry (Cienfuegos) and La Caridad
(Villa Clara) theaters and at the White (Matanzas) and the Lecuona halls
of the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana, Cubasi reported on May 20.
During the concerts, the U.S. group will share the stage with Cantores de
Cienfuegos and the Villa Clara Provincial Choir and with the Chamber of
Matanzas and Entrevoces choirs."
Lawyer: Fugitive loyal to Cuban revolution 5/19/2016 Along the
Malecon: "In late March of 2016, Huck Magazine published a lengthy article
that contained numerous inaccuracies regarding Mr. Hill, an
African-American human rights activist who was forced to flee the United
States in 1971 due to political repression. Mr. Hill has since resided in
Havana as a guest of the Cuban government. The Huck Magazine article so
egregiously mischaracterizes and misstates Mr. Hill’s positions that we
are necessarily compelled to immediately enter into litigation against
Huck Magazine for fraud, libel and false light. Neither Mr. Hill nor his
undersigned attorney were duly notified by Huck Magazine of their intent
to publish this article."
What Obama’s Trip to Havana Revealed about Race in Cuba and the U.S. 5/5/2016 AAIHS: "The
symbolism of a black U.S. president eating at one of Havana’s few
black-owned restaurants and talking about Afro-Cuban access to the new
economy should be celebrated. Missed, though, was the opportunity to
reestablish coalitions and activism between people of African descent in
both countries. Instead, debates about which country had been most
successful in battling racism abounded. Similar to previous interactions
between Cuba and the United States, this event showed how both countries
invoke celebratory histories that reinforce national racial mythologies,
rather than the controversial present. During his speech in Havana’s Gran
Teatro, President Obama momentarily departed from the rhetoric of U.S.
exceptionalism to acknowledge our shared history of racial oppression.
“Cuba, like the United States, was built in part by slaves brought here
from Africa” and that “we both have more work to do to promote equality in
our own countries [and] to reduce discrimination based on race,” Obama
said. Because U.S. diplomats rarely publicize aspects of the country’s
continued racial inequity, this part of Obama’s speech was refreshing and
a humbling gesture to his Cuban hosts."
En La Habana, Emory Douglas, el pintor de los Panteras Negras 4/30/2016 Jiribilla: "Entre
las personalidades que prestigian la segunda edición del Festival del
Cartel, que se desarrolla durante esta semana en la Capital, se encuentra
el diseñador afroamericano Emory Douglas (Michigan, 1943), figura
destacada dentro de la lucha por los derechos civiles de los negros en los
Colorism and Privilege: An Afro-Cuban American in Havana 4/28/2016 Fem: "In
Cuba, the Communist Revolution is often portrayed as the “great
equalizer,” not just economically but also in respect to race relations.
In many ways, this has been true: people of all racial and ethnic
backgrounds have access to education, jobs, transportation, healthcare,
and other social services. Regardless, there are traces of racial
hierarchy and a colonialist mentality which are deeply entrenched in Cuban
Chucho Valdes to play at the White House on International Jazz Day 4/28/2016 Cubarte: "The
icon of Cuban Latin jazz, Chucho Valdes, will perform at the White House
with prestigious world-class artists as Sting, Aretha Franklin and Herbie
Hancock, as part of the celebrations for the International Day of Jazz in
the United States. The event, to be hosted by US President Barack Obama
and First Lady Michelle, will take place on April 29 and will be
broadcasted the following day on ABC under the name "Jazz at the White
House," as well as in the websites of the United Nations, UNESCO, the
Department of State and the Casa Blanca in "streaming"."
En La Habana, Emory Douglas, el pintor de los Panteras Negras 4/27/2016 Cubarte: "Entre
las personalidades que prestigian la segunda edición del Festival del
Cartel, que se desarrolla durante esta semana en la Capital, se encuentra
el diseñador afroamericano Emory Douglas (Michigan, 1943), figura
destacada dentro de la lucha por los derechos civiles de los negros en los
Estados Unidos. Desde su llegada a La Habana el pasado lunes, ha sostenido
encuentros con representantes de la plástica nacional y visitado algunas
de las muestras inauguradas como parte del programa del mencionado evento.
Asimismo, fue recibido por la presidencia de Casa de las Américas,
institución en la que este jueves a las 4:00 pm quedará inaugurada la
exposición Emory Douglas, el pintor de los panteras negras, con veinte
carteles de tema político realizados por él a partir de los años sesenta
del pasado siglo."
Why Beyoncé's Yellow Dress Is So Much More Than A Piece Of Clothing 4/27/2016 Refinery
29: ""[Oshun] has been a victim of abuse, neglect, and loss, which is the
reason so many women whom have experienced those actions worship [her].
When she seeks out revenge for those who have hurt her– and her children–
she is unpredictable in her methods and temper. She can show herself
laughing, dancing and joyous, all while unleashing a wrath on those who
cross her. It only makes sense that Beyoncé would allude to Oshun's
imagery and personification in an album that is intended to conceptualize
a woman's journey of self knowledge and healing, specifically that of a
black woman's journey. Oshun symbolizes just that.""
Some Thoughts on Cuban Resistance to US Ideological/Political War 4/26/2016 Black
Agenda Report: “The question is, will Obama’s visit to Cuba provide Cubans
the opportunity to make headway against the cultural war, or will it allow
the US to make inroads? Or are both these scenarios on the horizon?”
This Beyoncé 'Lemonade' Meaning Theory Involving the African Goddess Oshun
Is Mind-Blowing 4/25/2016 MIC: ""Y'all think Beyoncé was just
breaking windows, twerking and playing in water. No, she was portraying
Oshun, a Yoruba Orisha," Facebook user Tasha Robinson wrote in a post
Sunday. "Sensual, sexual, beautiful Goddess [and] deity who is a healer,
gives life, growth, luxury, change and prosperity. That was the message of
Lemonade. Love, change and prosperity." "
Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' featured a slew of amazing cameos — here's a guide 4/24/2016 Mashable: "Twin
sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz of the music duo Ibeyi."
#Usher en La Casa de la Musica de Galiano #Habana #Cuba #Humildad 4/22/2016 Lolo
Usher en #Cuba habla de la riqueza cultural y energía de los #cubanos 4/22/2016 Cubanos
por el mundo: video
Harlem in Havana Helped Popularize Afro Cuban Music and Dance in North
America 4/21/2016 Harlem in Havana: "Although the best talent from
Cuba has long been forgotten in the states, Afro Cuban culture still has a
strong hold on American entertainers. Many U.S. troupes today incorporate
this rich blend of Latin, African and European cultures into their
repertoires. But, there is still much to be discovered about how the Afro
Cuban craze landed and took root in American soil. Six years ago, Leslie
Cunningham, a Durham-based documentary filmmaker and the granddaughter of
Tampa millionaire showmen Leon Claxton, created The Harlem in Havana
Project, a transmedia project in honor of her grandfather's epic Black and
Cuban traveling revue that braved racism, segregation and immigration laws
to become popular in the 1940s through the 1960s."
Usher Heads Back to US after Singing and Dancing in Cuba 4/21/2016 Prensa
Latina: "According to his Twitter account, he posted that in the Plaza de
Regla 'we were all rapping, dancing, and singing. Great to see such
Usher dice adiós a La Habana luego de cantar y bailar con los cubanos 4/21/2016 Cuba.cu: "Cuba
muestra su amor grandemente! íLa energía fue tremenda ayer! Gente trepando
en los árboles, en los techos, e inundando las calles mientras corrían.
Las artes y la cultura aquí son tan auténticas y refrescantes! Los amo
mucho", subrayó el intérprete de Yeah."
Smokey Robinson Jr: “Crecí escuchando jazz cubano” 4/21/2016 Vistar: "William
"Smokey" Robinson Jr., leyenda norteamericana del Rock and Roll y el R&B,
aseguró que le encantaría grabar con músicos cubanos al declararse amante
y conocedor de la música hecha en la Isla. “Yo crecí escuchando jazz
cubano”, confesó el cofundador de la disquera Motown Records y miembro del
Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll en 1987. Smokey se encuentra por
primera vez en Cuba, donde advierte muchas posibilidades para las
colaboraciones musicales. “Estoy aprendiendo sobre Cuba, es mi primera vez
y si depende de mí no será la última”, afirmó."
Galería de fotos: Obsesión y Usher en Regla 4/20/2016 Negra
Cubana: "La agrupación cubana de rap Supercrónica Obsesión recibió en su
peña en el poblado de Regla al cantante y actor estadounidense Usher,
quien por estos días visita La Habana. Integrada por Magia y ..eltipoeste…
este grupo, símbolo del movimiento cubano de hip hop, celebra mensualmente
este encuentro a nivel comunitario al cual se unen artistas de la zona.
Regla es además el cuartel general de Obsesión y donde reside
Usher Travels To Cuba And Doesn't Invite Us 4/20/2016 Essence: "The
singer took off earlier this week after a quick stop in Miami and was
greeted by tons of fans when he arrived."
USHER en la Lanchita de Regla (+ TODAS LAS FOTOS DE USHER EN CUBA) 4/20/2016 Cubanos
por el Mundo: "El popular intérprete Usher, de visita en Cuba, ha subido
imágenes y videos en la red social Instagram. En una de estas fotos USHER
viaja a Regla, histórico pueblo al otro lado de la Bahia de La Habana,
conocido por el santuario de la Virgen de Regla, sincretizada en la
religión afrocubana como Yemayá."
Usher visita peña de hip hop en municipio Regla 4/19/2016 CubaDebate: "El
músico Usher Terrence Raymond IV, conocido simplemente como “Usher” se
encuentra en Cuba como parte de la delegación del Comité Presidencial para
las Artes y las Humanidades de los Estados Unidos. El artista oriundo de
Tennesse, visitó junto a otras personalidades de la cultura de su país el
Instituto Superior de Arte y en la tarde fue hasta el municipio regla, al
este de la Bahía de La Habana, para asistir a una peña de hip hop del
grupo cubano Obsesión."
Usher y Dave Matthews recorren La Habana 4/19/2016 On Cuba: "La
Habana recibe nuevas celebrities: los habaneros quieren tomarse fotos con
Usher y Dave Matthews, pero esta vez, estos músicos norteamericanos
dejarán esperando a la multitud pues no los verá actuar en un escenario.
Ambos están en Cuba para reconocer el país y retornar a Estados Unidos con
información sobre cómo podrían Cuba y su país desarrollar más lazos
Comenzó en Cuba Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y
Afroamericana 4/13/2016 Sierra Maestra: "A la actividad inicial de la
reunión asistieron parte del Cuerpo Diplomático africano en Cuba; Gabriel
López, jefe del Departamento Ideológico del Comité Provincial del Partido
Comunista de Cuba; Manuel Falcón, vicepresidente del Consejo de la
Administración Provincial; Tania Fernández Chaveco, directora provincial
de Cultura; Rodulfo Vaillant, presidente del Comité Provincial de la Unión
de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC), y otros directivos de
instituciones, y artistas de varias manifestaciones."
Cuban documentary screened on campus 4/8/2016 Loyola Maroon: "“We
wanted to talk about race, but also about life and color. We wanted to
laugh at the irony of racism,” O’Reilly said. O’Reilly said that everyone
in Cuba is mixed. No one is completely white, and O’Reilly uses his film
to point out how ridiculous it is to discriminate in Cuba."
The Long Read: The story of Charlie Hill, an FBI fugitive in Havana 3/25/2016 Huck
Magazine: [Hill contests the accuracy of this story - "It's been over 43
years since Charlie Hill went on the run from U.S. authorities, making his
way to Cuba where he's been hiding ever since, and the thawing of
relations between the two countries plays on his mind. His little known
story is one of revolutionary spirit, of murder, of adventure and of pain.
After a series of meetings in Havana, award winning writer Carlos Álvarez
Rodríguez tells us Charlie's story."
The Black Lives Matters Founders are among the World's Greatest Leaders 3/24/2016 Fortune: "Modern
social movements often fizzle after their moment in the national news
(Occupy Wall Street and to a lesser extent the Tea Party come to mind).
But Black Lives Matter has steadily gained momentum since its founding in
2013, when activist Alicia Garza coined the phrase and fellow activist
Patrisse Cullors made it a hashtag. Alongside Opal Tometi, they created
the Black Lives Matter network, which has grown to 28 local chapters, each
fighting a range of racial injustices like police brutality and racial
The Cuban Embassy’s First Secretary Miguel Fraga in a candid Block Report
Radio Q&A 3/22/2016 SF Bay View: "At Merritt College, the birthplace
of the Black Panther Party, on the 74th birthday of its co-founder, Huey
P. Newton, the African American Studies Program fittingly hosted a talk by
the recently opened Cuban Embassy’s First Secretary Miguel Fraga, where he
spoke on Cuban-U.S. relations. In an interview following the Fraga led
discussion, he and I continued to talk about Cuban-U.S. relations, but we
were able to extend the conversation to talk more directly about the
embargo, the U.S. government’s relationship with Haiti, Venezuela and
Bolivia, the U.S. government’s funding of Radio Marti, and the dissipation
of the radical Latin American bloc of nations that are opposed to U.S.
aggression and hegemony in the region and in the world."
Will Afro-Cubans & African-Americans Be Able To Benefit From Improved
U.S./Cuban Relations? 3/21/2016 News One: "During a special simulcast
with the Tom Joyner Morning Show and TV One’s NewsOne Now, Roland Martin
spoke with Devyn Spence Benson, author of Antiracism in Cuba, and
businessman Troy Nash about the importance of President Barack Obama‘s
visit to Cuba and what improved U.S./Cuban relations could mean for people
Obama's Visit to Cuba: Dangers and Benefits to The Cuban Revolution 3/21/2016 Real
News: "One of the very first things that Raul Castro said is that if the
embargo were moved today, Cuba would still have tremendous internal
difficulty through its own fault. So Cuba has been involved in deep
reflection and debate of looking at the differentiation between the party,
the state, the government, and the people. It has been involved in a lot
of self-critical reflection of the irony of having educated one of the
world's most educated populations by all of the [inaud.] of the UN and the
independent bodies on their children scoring high in math and science, and
great cultural production. A major country in the world on biotechnology
and cancer vaccines, and all of this."
What Cuba Can Teach America About Race 3/21/2016 Daily Beast: "Where
the American blues was mournful and plaintive, són was defiant and
menacing. Folks of color in America embraced it and grew. Ask Dizzy
#Obama fue a una Paladar en Centro Habana #Cuba? 3/21/2016 Lolo
For black Cubans, Obama visit a source of pride 3/20/2016 AP: "“It
was only an African-American man who’s been able to loosen things up,”
said Orlando Vila, the 50-year-old chief of a self-employed crew of
workman repairing a state-run warehouse in Old Havana. “He’s faced the
realities of life and now people here are expecting a change, too.”
What President Obama's Visit to Cuba Means for Cubans of African Descent 3/19/2016 Huff
Post: by Devyn Spence Benson "U.S. black travelers to Cuba, like many
foreigners, typically visit the island for 10 days or less, both in the
1960s and today. A week is not long enough to decode the dynamics of race
and racism. Unlike the widely publicized Black Lives Matter movement,
Cuban activists and scholars lack regular access to television, print
news, and social media that might amplify their voices and political
opinions. Therefore, visitors don't always see the ways Afro-Cubans
continue to be left behind. During their short vacations, many won't
notice how Afro-Cubans are discretely barred entrance into tourist hotels,
or have limited access to good-paying, front-of-the-house jobs in major
Harlem in Havana Project - E-News - March 2016 3/15/2016 Harlem in
Havana: "I am so excited to share updates for the film project about
Harlem in Havana. Six years in the making, the film will be completed by
the end of 2016. Our goal is to launch the film in early 2017, exactly 50
years after Harlem in Havana’s last bally! "
5 places black people can move if Donald Trump wins the presidency 3/2/2016 The
Grio: "President Obama gave us life when he opened up the doors to Cuba
last summer after a 50-year embargo. We’d been dying to get in and get our
tour on like Bey & Jay. Although the country is still recovering
economically, the culture is rich, and proud black people are plentiful.
But word on the island is that blacks aren’t reaping the benefits of all
the new money flowing in. Let some black Americans come through and set up
shop. We can start a new revolution…"
Ballet Schools of Cuba and the United States Consolidate Exchanges 3/1/2016 Cuba
Now: [Where are the exchanges around black culture?] - "The Cuban School
of Ballet Fernando Alonso and the Ruth Page School of Dance in Chicago
will strengthen this year their educational and cultural exchanges,
asserted recently the director of the U.S. center Victor Alexander
ÌFÉ Synthesizes Ancestral Powers with Contemporary Dancehall 2/29/2016 Noisey: "Last
year, Otura traveled to Cuba to complete his initiation into Ifá, part of
the Yoruban tradition brought to the Caribbean from Africa. Religious
practices like Yoruba were nearly wiped out by slavery, colonialism, and
good old proselytizing from the West, but in the Caribbean, there’s a
growing movement to revive the faith. Otura is a black American who came
to the island, learned Spanish, and adopted a tradition on the decline.
It’s an effort to reclaim roots that most people of African descent in
America have been almost entirely severed from. These elements are all on
display in the video we’re premiering today, which is directed by Luis R.
Vidal and Otura himself and draws visual inspiration from his faith."
Capital District's 'People To People' Delegation Reports On Cuban Visit 2/19/2016 WAMC: "Amani
Olugbala is a Black Lives Matter organizer who came to Albany from
Brooklyn 10 years ago. She was impressed with the Cuban people, admires
their activism, and feels the U.S. shouldn't punish the nation for
deciding to govern itself. "Cuba is an example of international solidarity
for young people, who are like learning about Malcolm X, Fidel, kickin' it
together, sharing ideas and learning from one another. I feel like all
those examples are just - and - people about Cuba knowing about Black
Lives Matter, without access to the same kind of internet materials that
we have here, I think it's just a strong statement in solidarity, and just
keep up the work that is necessary and is continuing.""
Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust, por tercera vez en la feria
internacional del libro de La Habana 2/19/2016 Claustrofobias: "Unas
de las razones que me motivaron a participar en las ferias, fue cuando
vine a Cuba por primera vez como turista y visité la feria en la Cabaña.
Quedé impresionada con la cantidad de personas que hacían largas colas
para comprar libros. En Atlanta, donde vivo, eso no se ve y menos para
comprar libros. Las colas son para conciertos de música o algún evento
deportivo, no para libros." Declaró Grace Lynis creadora del proyecto
Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust para Claustrofobias, de Atlanta, EE.UU,
mientras las personas se interesaban por las nuevas e interesantes
African American Museum traces the influence of Cuban art 2/16/2016 Newsworks,
Philadelphia: "A little-known artistic revolution in Cuba almost 40 years
ago is now featured at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. A
group of Cuban artists banded together in 1978 together as Grupo
Antillano, to make work highlighting African ties to Cuba."
'Black and Cuba': Nine Students Who Fought Racism with Books 2/3/2016 NBC: "The
new documentary "Black and Cuba" follows a group of nine Yale graduate
students who felt more like outcasts than a part of their elite Ivy League
community. Bonding over feelings of alienation, they formed a black
resistance reading group to discuss books on the movement against racism
throughout the African diaspora and were further inspired to take a field
trip to Cuba in 2002 to see firsthand "how revolution lives" on the
Bucket-list item for African Americans: Experience Cuba 2/1/2016 USA
Today: "Black Cubans are a racial minority, according to the Central
Intelligence Agency’s World Fact Book, whose 2012 estimate puts Cuba’s
population as 64.1 percent white, 9.3 percent black and 26.6 percent
mestizo. The latter is part-European, especially Spanish, and part-Native
American. Still, by some accounts, black- and mixed-race people comprise
two-thirds of the population. And, elements of the country’s African
heritage are many and varied. “Cuba is not African-influenced. Its core
root is Africa,” said Dash Harris. The USA-educated Panamanian-American is
a co-founder of AfroLatino Travel offering curated tours and local guides
at select Latin American and Caribbean destinations."
Bucket-list item for African Americans: Experience Cuba 1/31/2016 USA
Today: "Older African-Americans likely remember reading about Cuba in
their youth: Fidel Castro’s revolution got a lot of ink in black
newspapers in the USA, said Jackie Jones, an associate professor who
chairs the multimedia program in the School of Global Journalism at Morgan
State University in Baltimore. These journalists “were looking at a
country that had a lot of promise of addressing issues of race, which had
some resonance with the civil rights movement in the [United] States,”
Jones said. And, although a “racial nirvana isn’t there,” Jones calls the
island nation “simultaneously troubled and vibrant.”"
CÓDIGO COLOR. MEMORIAS (2015), de William Sabourin O’Reilly 1/28/2016 Cine
cubano - la pupila insomne: "Camagüey- El documental Código Color.
Memorias, del realizador cubano-norteamericano William Sabourin O’Reilly,
tendrá una presentación especial el próximo 30 de enero, en el Salón
Platino del Multicine Casablanca de la ciudad de Camagüey. Proyectado en
diciembre de 2015 en el 37 Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano y en la
ciudad de Santiago de Cuba, el audiovisual propone explorar el complejo
tema de los prejuicios raciales, a partir de hechos ocurridos en la década
del 50 del pasado siglo."
Tío Tomás’s Cabin: Marco Rubio and White Cubanidad 1/14/2016 Latino
Rebels: by Jason Nichols, Lecturer in African American Studies - "Last
semester I had a young man turn in an assignment in which students were
instructed to write to a current presidential candidate. This particular
student had been outspoken and one of the more socially aware and
progressive students in the class. He has a leadership position in a
Latino fraternity, and often attempted to find commonality between the
plight of African Americans and people of Latino (Latinx) origin."
Cuba After the Thaw Worsening Inequality for Afro-Cubans and Women 1/12/2016 Boston
Review: by Devyn Spence Benson - "But he [Roberto Zurbano] mentioned one
unexpectedly positive effect of U.S. tourism, explaining that the uptick
in African American travelers had already changed the dynamics of
street-level policing. Havana cops were easing off their notorious
harassment of black youths out of fear they might be North American
tourists. “It’s a small detail, but for us it’s important. Because the
authorities’ perceptions of blackness will keep changing as African
American tourism grows.” It is an example of the kind of unanticipated
effects that the coming years may bring."