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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

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

Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality

Posted on Wednesday, 05.15.13 Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality BY JON B. PERDUE Twitter@jonperdue OSLO, Norway At the time of Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba in 1959, “separate but equal” was the norm in much of the Western world. Castro won plaudits from early supporters for banning the practice of separate facilities […] Continue reading

Havana bling

Havana blingRory Carroll 12 April 2008 06:00 From the ample girths and gold jewellery you could tell the Fuentesfamily was doing well, and from the determined way in which its fivemembers strode into the shop you could tell they were about to do evenbetter. They had come for a Wanjiu pressure cooker and Daewoo washing […] Continue reading

To save communism, Raúl experiments with consumerism

To save communism, Raúl experiments with consumerism This article appeared in the Guardian on Monday April 07 2008 on p21 ofthe International section. It was last updated at 00:15 on April 07 2008. From the ample girths and gold jewellery you could tell the Fuentesfamily was doing well, and from the determined way in which […] Continue reading

Rap Calls for ‘Revolution Within the Revolution’

MUSIC-CUBA:Rap Calls for 'Revolution Within the Revolution'By Dalia Acosta HAVANA, Aug 14 (IPS) – In makeshift studios, Cuba's hip hop movement keeps on recording music that goes to the heart of the country's troubles, in spite of the indifference of record companies and the media, and the negative response of society, which is perhaps afraid […] Continue reading

A barrier for Cuba’s blacks

Cuba A barrier for Cuba's blacksNew attitudes on once-taboo race questions emerge with a fledgling black movementMiami Herald Staff Report HAVANA — Six-foot-two, brown skinned and with semi-curly hair, Denny walked confidently into a government warehouse for a recent job interview. Sitting across from the white manager, he rattled off his qualifications: high school diploma, […] Continue reading