Black and Cuba Scene Study: Africa is a Part of Our Being

Director Dr. Robin J. Hayes highlights an interview with Carlos Lloga on what it means to be AfroCuban.

Want to learn more? Click HERE to watch Black and Cuba in full, or check out BlackandCuba.org if you are an educator looking to screen the film at your institution.

Artist: Manuel Couceiro Prado

Manuel Couceiro Prado was a painter and the founder of the Grupo Antillano (1978-1983), a group of Cuban artists who were trying to establish the African and Caribbean context of Cuban national identity. He was radicalized against Batista in 1952 and was a founding member of the July 26th Movement.

As a post cuban revolutionary artist, Prado channels the instability of his times into his artwork. This can be seen In his work Untitled, where life like figures are exaggerated into each other, founding a feeling of insecurity.

Examine Prado’s artwork and  check out the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba. The film provides much needed information on the Cuban Revolution, which has shaped and influenced Prado’s artwork. Knowledge on the Cuban revolution is vital to understanding his works of art.

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Above, to the left is the oil on canvas painting “Untitled” / “Sin título” (Manuel Couceiro, Untitled / Sin título, oil on canvas, 107 x 152 cm., ca. 1970.)

To the right is the artist Manuel Couceiro Prado.

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Members of the Venceremos Brigade raising fists before completing the travel challenge.

Members of the Venceremos Brigade raising fists before completing the travel challenge.

“Venceremos, my favorite word in Spanish, crossed my mind. Ten million people had stood up to the monster. Ten million people only ninety miles away. We were here together in their land, my small little family, holding each other after so long. There was no doubt about it, our people would one day be free. The cowboys and bandits didn’t own the world.” – Assata Shakur

In July a group of Black Lives Matter activists visited Cuba with the 46th Contingent of the Venceremos Brigade. Included in this group was Progressive Pupil’s own, Shannon Shird, Outreach Director for Black and Cuba and former Community Outreach Specialist in our New Leaders for Social Change Program, Anita Moore, Chapter Coordinator and Community Organizer with Black Lives Matter, and Amity Paye, the BYP100 NYC Communications Co-chair.

Check out this illuminating feature reflecting lessons they learned in Cuba around race, class and gender and how to leverage that wisdom for our growing Movement for Black Lives nationally and internationally.  Read the full feature on the blogs of BYP100 and Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

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Watch Lee Daniels’ The Butler

TEACHERS: Will you be educating your students on The Civil Rights Movement or on racism this fall? Do you need fresh discussion topics, readings, assignments, etc.? Look no further than Black and Cuba’s complete syllabus guide!

Watch Lee Daniels’ The Butler and then watch the award winning documentary Black and Cuba. The Butler “tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.” Watching both of these films will create a deeper appreciation  of the progress made on civil rights as well as a greater understanding on the parallels of racism in the United States and Cuba.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Black and Cuba go hand in hand as vital sources for your course. Find even more lesson plans in our complete syllabus guide today!

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Black and Cuba Scene Study: Monument to the Maroons

Director Dr. Robin J. Hayes discusses the historical and cultural significance of the Monument to the Maroons.

Want to learn more? Click HERE to watch Black and Cuba in full, or check out BlackandCuba.org if you are an educator looking to screen the film at your institution.

Watch Selma

TEACHERS: Will you be educating your students on Black Radical Tradition this fall? Do you need fresh discussion topics, readings, assignments, etc.? Look no further than Black and Cuba’s complete syllabus guide!

Watch Selma and then watch the award winning documentary Black and Cuba. Selma is a powerful examination of one of the key moments of the Civil Rights movement and of the man who sacrificed to ensure the movement endured. The March from Selma to Montgomery (1965) is an instance of Black Radical Tradition. Pair it with Black and Cuba to better understand the influence of Black Radical Tradition in regards to the countries of the United States and Cuba.

Selma and Black and Cuba go hand in hand as vital sources for your course. Find even more lesson plans in our complete syllabus guide today!

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Read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English and is one of the first of its kind to receive global critical acclaim. The book follows the protagonist, Okonkwo, and his descent from leader of his village to an outcast.

Read Things Fall Apart and watch the award winning documentary Black and Cuba. Achebe makes the downfall of Okonkwo to be synonymous with the arrival of white men and the Christian Church. The death of Okonkwo is symbolic to the oppression of blacks by whites. This same oppression can be seen in modern day Cuba.

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Black and Cuba Scene Study: Missing Link

Director Dr. Robin J. Hayes describes the the travelers’ motivations for journeying to Cuba.

Want to learn more? Click HERE to watch Black and Cuba in full, or check out BlackandCuba.org if you are an educator looking to screen the film at your institution.

Derrick Bell’s After We’re Gone: Prudent Speculations On America In A Post-Racial Epoch

Professors and Teachers: Derrick Bell’s After We’re Gone: Prudent Speculations On America In A Post-Racial Epoch is a must have for teaching your students about African-Americans and Racism in America. Use our complete syllabus guide to help plan out your classes!

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Black and Cuba is now featured in the University at Albany library!

Black and Cuba is now featured in the University at Albany library!

Buy your own copy at http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/buydvd and watch the award-winning documentary at http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/watchnow today!

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