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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

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

Renowned Cuban pro-reform economist fired as chill sets in

Renowned Cuban pro-reform economist fired as chill sets in 4:25 PM Thursday Apr 21, 2016 HAVANA (AP) ” One of Cuba’s most renowned advocates of economic reform has been fired from his University of Havana think tank for sharing information with Americans without authorization, among other alleged violations. The dismissal of Omar Everleny Perez adds […] 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

Cuba After Obama Left

Cuba After Obama Left BY JON LEE ANDERSON In the first hours after President Barack Obama’s address to the Cuban people last Tuesday, which he delivered on the main stage of Havana’s impeccably restored nineteenth-century Gran Teatro, several Cubans I know told me how moved by it they had been; some confessed to having wept. […] Continue reading

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race Kate LinthicumContact Reporter In recent years, Afro-Cuban intellectuals have started gathering in a cramped Havana apartment to discuss a topic long considered off-limits in Cuba: race. Fidel Castro’s communist revolution 60 years ago promised to wipe out racial divisions and level the playing field for […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Tourism Boom Still Fails to Benefit Some Black Cubans

Cuba’s Tourism Boom Still Fails to Benefit Some Black Cubans By Mel Abad (staff@latinpost.com)First Posted: Feb 12, 2016 06:00 AM EST After Havana and Washington recently patched its long estranged diplomatic ties, the city of Havana in Cuba is reaping the fruit of having economic ties with powerful countries like the U.S. However, according to […] Continue reading

Who Will Speak for Black Cubans on the Lack of Economic Opportunity?

Who Will Speak for Black Cubans on the Lack of Economic Opportunity? Renewing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba will open up financial prospects on the island, but racial disparities have long kept black Cubans on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. BY: DEWAYNE WICKHAM Posted: Dec. 23 2015 3:00 AM Havana: If […] Continue reading

The Bad Luck of Being Black in Cuba

The Bad Luck of Being Black in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 September 2015 — It was already duck on an extremely hot day without a hint of a breeze, when a white Mercedes Benz van with the blue top of the national police pulled up alongside Red […] Continue reading

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on June 28, 2015 Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 24 June 2015 – Abel Prieto rides again. Not as the author of two little novels whose names I cannot remember. Nor as the ex-president of a union of writers and authors more […] Continue reading

Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood

Cuba: Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 28, 2015 Iván García, 29 April 2015 — The first time that Yumilka, a teacher, felt discriminated against because of the color of her skin she was only four years old. “It was in the daycare center. I remember coming home crying. A […] Continue reading

El Crítico – Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba

El Crítico: Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba 02/06/2015 2:38 PM 02/06/2015 10:08 PM HAVANA During his years behind bars, Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga staged a 27-day hunger strike and refused to wear the prison uniform. Now, as the rapper known as “El Critico” returns to his music, he plans to do so with […] Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race. A recent rally […] Continue reading

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba November 6, 2014 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — My colleague’s post, Cuba: Reasoable Doubt or Blatant Racism?, reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend some time ago. At the end of our debate, she, a black woman who had suffered various forms of segregation from childhood, agreed […] Continue reading

Interview with Diario de Cuba Editor Pablo Diaz

Interview with Diario de Cuba Editor Pablo Diaz October 14, 2014 “You can’t do good journalism if you’re thinking in terms of Left or Right.” By Yusimi Rodríguez HAVANA TIMES — Diario de Cuba (DDC) was born at a Starbucks in Madrid in 2009. Its creators, Pablo Diaz (editor in chief) and a group of […] Continue reading

The Shades of Racism

Cuba: The Shades of Racism October 15, 2014 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — I thank Yasser Farres Delgado for having taken the trouble to read and reply to my post Where’s our common sense? The simple fact of debating about this regrettable reality is a way of pulling ourselves out of the apathy we suffer. […] Continue reading

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about race in Cuba)

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about race in Cuba) Oct 1, 2014 By Teresa Sanchez In the US the legacy of the “one-drop” rule continues to shape our language of racial categories—i.e., people with varying degrees of notable African ancestry are indiscriminately referred to as African American. In Cuba, however, […] Continue reading