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Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The first Cuban chef with a Michelin star, and the chef — and owner — of the private paladar where former President Barack Obama dined during his trip to Cuba, have something more in common than love […] Continue reading

Activistas analizan en LASA cuestiones que mantienen a los afrodescendientes marginados en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

Activistas analizan en LASA cuestiones que mantienen a los afrodescendientes marginados en Latinoamérica y el Caribe DDC | Lima | 2 de Mayo de 2017 – 16:51 CEST. El Comité Ciudadano por la Integración Racial (CIR) y la Plataforma Cubana de Integración participaron el lunes en el XXXV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Estudios […] Continue reading

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism? Javier Garcia-Bengochea Guest Columnist Privacy Policy It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige paraphrasing Mark Twain. It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative regarding […] Continue reading

In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say

In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS More than 30 Cuban activists, writers, academics and entrepreneurs, mostly of African descent, gathered at Harvard University for an unprecedented meeting to celebrate the achievements of the Afro-Cuban movement on the island and set the course for future work. […] Continue reading

Cuba sí, racism no!

Cuba sí, racism no! By Cate McQuaid GLOBE CORRESPONDENT APRIL 06, 2017 CAMBRIDGE — The Afro-Cuban painter Juan Roberto Diago came of age in the 1990s in the midst of a firestorm. The collapse of the Soviet Union devastated Cuban trade and the island’s economy suffered a teeth-jarring blow. Famine followed. Social unrest was inevitable. […] Continue reading

Free market Cubans make their case

Free market Cubans make their case YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 3 de Abril de 2017 – 19:01 CEST. Until 2003 Fernando Palacio oversaw the Intensive System for Medical Emergencies (SIUM), a very prominent position in one of the sectors most tightly controlled by the Government. Today he is the National Coordinator of […] Continue reading

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017 Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a place […] Continue reading

And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba

“And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba” / Cubanet I literally just saw a police officer ask a couple of kids for their identification and I’m pretty sure he did it because they were black. That’s just the life they were dealt. I have almost never seen the same happen […] Continue reading

Cuban rapper dedicates new song with biting lyrics to those fleeing

Cuban rapper dedicates new song with biting lyrics to those fleeing BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The immigration experience served as the inspiring force behind a new album by Bian Oscar Rodríguez, better known in the Cuban hip-hop scene as El B. He co-founded Los Aldeanos along with Aldo Rodríguez Baquero (no relation). The duo […] Continue reading

Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba?

Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba? August 23, 2016 By Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — I regularly read the articles written by my fellow writer, Elio Delgado Legon, who adds a touch of humor to this website for many of its readers. Personally, his greatest virtue, without him intending to do this, is to show the […] Continue reading

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

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in the classroom through rap. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba May 21, 2016 By Alberto N Jones HAVANA TIMES — The 1994 rafter crisis, changed the face of the Cuban emigration and the strategy of the United States government to puncture and weaken the Cuban government, when the predominantly white emigrants suddenly became black and brown. Surprised, the mass […] 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

Racist graffiti and swastikas in Havana

Racist graffiti and swastikas in Havana DDC | La Habana | 16 Mayo 2016 – 8:49 am. On Wednesday the graffiti between Línea and 11 was still there, in El Vedado. If it did not spark more controversy, this was due to its location difficult to see by most passersby. It read “Muerte a los […] Continue reading

Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba?

Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba? April 15, 2016 By Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — The United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, Cuba’s official media, tasked with covering (and criticizing) US President Barack Obama’s address in Cuba, made absolutely no mention of […] Continue reading

Que se avergüence el amo

Que se avergüence el amo Entrevista con el escritor Alberto Abreu sobre el tema racial miércoles, abril 13, 2016 | Jorge Ángel Pérez LA HABANA, Cuba.- Fue con Alberto Abreu con quien primero conversé después de que Elías Argudín, periodista negro del periódico Tribuna de La Habana, publicara el libelo: ‘Negro, ¿tú eres sueco?’ que, […] Continue reading

Obama and Cuban myths debunked

Obama and Cuban myths debunked YESENIA FERNÁNDEZ SELIER | Nueva York | 5 Abr 2016 – 12:30 pm. Without any shots, threats or military invasions, the US’s 44th president, Barack Hussein Obama, arrived in and departed from Cuba. Cubans all over were glued to their screens, engaging in the inevitable debate about his visit’s motivations […] Continue reading

N-word published in official Cuban press in reference to Obama causes backlash

N-word published in official Cuban press in reference to Obama causes backlash BY NANCY SAN MARTIN staff@InCubaToday.com President Barack Obama’s trip to the island, which was dubbed as “an historic opportunity to engage with the Cuban people,” resulted in a high-profile insult from the place he sought to embrace, reported the Western Journalism. “An article […] Continue reading

The Offended Swede

The Offended Swede / 14ymedio Reinaldo Escobar Posted on March 31, 2016 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 31 March 2016 — The poet and literary critic Victor Fowler Calzada published in Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez’s blog, “I had be to a Black Cuban Woman,” a protest and at the same time a call to solidarity in response to […] Continue reading