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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

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

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

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

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

Human Rights – Are There False Ones?

Human Rights: Are There False Ones? YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 28 Oct 2015 – 3:32 pm. Our official journalists are so busy reporting human rights violations in the US that they have forgotten to cover those violated in Cuba. Before Friday October 23 I thought that human rights were a source of […] Continue reading

Black Woman – Double or Triple Discrimination?

Black Woman: Double or Triple Discrimination? / Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent Posted on October 7, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent, Havana, 31 July 2015 —In Cuba there is a myth that says that there is no racism here because “all the races and cultures melded together forever in a happy synthesis.” Nonetheless, in […] 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

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

Gangs in Havana, Crime Gains Ground

Gangs in Havana, Crime Gains Ground / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on August 23, 2015 The landscape could become very similar to those found in Central American countries where the issue is out of control Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana 20 August 2015 – Hector arrived in Havana at the end of 2005. He […] Continue reading

The slow thaw of US-Cuba relations

The slow thaw of US-Cuba relations By Judy Robbins, Special to the BDN Posted May 24, 2015, at 6:48 a.m. One might perceive change is happening apace in this new era in U.S.-Cuba relations. But in the five months since the declarations of presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that diplomatic relations between the two […] Continue reading

U.S. and Cuba face off on human rights in Washington meeting

U.S. and Cuba face off on human rights in Washington meeting BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 03/30/2015 3:55 PM 03/31/2015 8:59 PM The latest round in the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement got under way Tuesday when the two countries met in Washington to discuss the potentially divisive issue of human rights. The State Department described the meeting as […] Continue reading

U.S. and Cuba to face off on human rights in Tuesday Washington meeting

U.S. and Cuba to face off on human rights in Tuesday Washington meeting BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 03/30/2015 3:55 PM 03/30/2015 7:54 PM The latest round in the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement gets under way Tuesday when the two countries meet in Washington to discuss the potentially divisive issue of human rights. A State Department spokesperson said […] 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

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/23/2015 7:00 AM 01/23/2015 9:57 PM U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson hosted a group of seven dissidents for breakfast Friday as part of an American commitment to keep human rights front and center in its evolving relationship […] 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

‘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

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:00am EDT (Reuters) – Cuba’s experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island’s racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages built up over centuries. Under President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro […] Continue reading