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Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba Johnica Reed Hawkins This story originally appeared in the August issue of 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 […] Continue reading

The War of the Blacks

The War of the Blacks / Somos+ Somos+, Jose Manuel Presol, 17 May 2016 — If there is something shameful in our republican history, it is the events of 1912. Nothing much is being said about it, not even in the government’s current propaganda. It is mentioned, articles and books are published about it, although […] Continue reading

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] Continue reading

N.J. cop killer Chesimard living as a ‘ghost’ in Havana

Kelly: N.J. cop killer Chesimard living as a ‘ghost’ in Havana LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015, 7:22 AM BY MIKE KELLY HAVANA — More than three decades after she broke out of a New Jersey prison and fled to Cuba with a promise of political asylum from Fidel Castro, Joanne Chesimard finds herself ensnared […] Continue reading

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains BY RICARDO GONZALEZ REGONZALEZ49@YAHOO.COM 03/07/2015 2:00 PM 03/07/2015 7:00 PM For the first time in more than a century, black Cubans might have a real opportunity to gain the enfranchisement and equality for which our ancestors fought so hard — and were on the verge of winning […] Continue reading

Why Cuba will never send Assata Shakur to the U.S.

Why Cuba will never send Assata Shakur to the U.S. By Achy Obejas In May 2013, on the 40th anniversary of her arrest, Assata Shakur was suddenly and inexplicably named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, with an award of up to $2 million for her capture. She was the first woman ever put […] Continue reading

Interview with Dimas Castellanos

Interview with Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 11, 2013 Interview with Dimas Castellanos Marti, historian and journalist. From Havana, Felix Sautie Mederos Por Esto! asks: “Unravel the causes of the crisis our society finds itself in (…) The concept of race as a group of hereditary characteristics seems to lack foundation, as a social construction […] Continue reading

On Racism There is Still Much to Discuss

On Racism There is Still Much to Discuss / Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 8, 2013 This past March 23, the prize-winning essayist, critic and literary investigator Roberto Zurbano, who up until this moment functioned as the director of the Editorial Fund of Casa de las Americas, was dismissed from the position. This measure was […] Continue reading

Chesimard’s designation on terror list has no legal impact

Posted on Saturday, 05.04.13 Analysts: Chesimard’s designation on terror list has no legal impact By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com The FBI’s decision to put U.S. fugitive Joanne Chesimard, who lives in Havana, on its list of “Most Wanted Terrorists” shines a light on her case but has no legal impact on her or Cuba, according […] Continue reading

Cuba’s black secrets

Cuba's black secretsAndy JohnsonThursday, May 21st 2009 NINETY-SEVEN years ago there was an uprising in Cuba which in the end left more than 6,000 people dead. Many thousands more fled to the hills, precipitating a labour shortage. This led to the importation of millions of immigrants, many of them coming from the West Indian islands. […] Continue reading

US fugitives unsure Cuba thaw is good news

Posted on Saturday, 01.17.09US fugitives unsure Cuba thaw is good newsBy WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — William Potts calls himself the "Homesick Hijacker." U.S. authorities have another name for him: fugitive harbored by an enemy government – one of dozens of Americans hiding in communist Cuba. Almost 25 years ago, he smuggled a pistol […] Continue reading

Bounty hunt for US cop killer on Cuba

From The Sunday TimesMay 27, 2007Bounty hunt for US cop killer on CubaTony Allen-Mills in Newark, New Jersey SHE is a convicted cop-killer, an escaped fugitive and for part of her extraordinary life she was the glamorous godmother to a rap music legend. Yet an American police net is closing on Assata Shakur, previously known […] Continue reading