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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

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 Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure. By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 23, 2016 HAVANA — President Obama spoke of his Kenyan heritage. He talked about how both the United States and Cuba were built on the backs of slaves from Africa. He mentioned that not very long ago, his parents’ marriage would have […] Continue reading

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom By Chris Arsenault HAVANA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As warming relations with the United States bring new money and tourists to Havana, some black Cubans like Miguel Campuzano Perez say racial inequalities are widening and they are being left out of a potential capitalist boom. Cuba’s economy […] 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

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

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

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

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

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

Cuba – The Experiences of Someone My Color

Cuba: The Experiences of Someone My Color August 5, 2014 Jorge Milanes Despaigne HAVANA TIMES — When I was a teenager, I used to hear people repeat that there was no racism in Cuba. At school, teachers would insist we all had the rights, duties and opportunities. This is what I believed when I studied […] Continue reading

At Repression’s Ground Zero

At Repression’s Ground Zero / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on April 23, 2014 The first time I set foot in that scary place called Villa Marista, similar to Lubyanka Prison in the now fortunately disappeared Soviet Union, it was by my own will. I accompanied Manuel Cuesta Morúa to see Investigator Yurisan Almenares, in charge of […] Continue reading

A Cuba for All Colors

A Cuba for All Colors March 6, 2014 Ernesto Perez Chang HAVANA TIMES — Alexis graduated from a Cuban tourism school. He studied to become a chef for years and graduated with honors. In a number of competitions, his teachers praised his dexterity and good taste, as well as his cleanliness and ability to improvise […] Continue reading

Race and Identity

Race and Identity / Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 17, 2014 It’s just been born and in a few hours they will register the baby with its brand new name. A few days will pass before the parents get the birth certificate and then the so-called “minor card.” Without an identification card you can’t receive […] Continue reading

All Rights for All Families

All Rights for All Families / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Posted on November 5, 2013 The “National Meeting of LGBT Families with Sons and Daughters” will take place 16-17 November, 2013 at the National Secondary of Buenos Aires, located at Bolivar 263 in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. The meeting will bring together […] Continue reading

Race as a Challenge to Cuba’s Educational System

Race as a Challenge to Cuba’s Educational System October 3, 2013 By Esteban Morales* HAVANA TIMES — Before the start of Cuba’s 2013-14 school year, ministers and officials from the country’s education ministries met to evaluate the situation of the country’s learning institutions. If you asked me, I would say that the Cuban revolution’s two […] 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

Change in Cuba: Less Costly Than Clinging to the Past

Change in Cuba: Less Costly Than Clinging to the Past December 6, 2012 Esteban Morales interviewed by Dmiti Prieto HAVANA TIMES — Esteban Morales is one of Cuba's most outstanding academics. An economist and a specialist on hemispheric policy, he is a grey-haired, tall, bearded black man with an air of being a taita, or […] Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Racist Grandson

Raul Castro's Racist Grandson / Juan Juan Almeida #Cuba Juan Juan Almeida, Translator: Unstated RaulitoI do not mean to criticize children for being children, nor grandchildren for being grandchildren, I will just talk about a sector that just because we haven't heard of them, that doesn't mean they are not full of it. Today I'm […] Continue reading