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.

A Quick Look at All-Women Rap Trio Las Krudas Cubensi

Image of Krudas Cubensi courtesy of Hip-Hop Congress.

Image of Krudas Cubensi courtesy of Hip-Hop Congress.

Out of a woman-formed and led artists movement in Cuba comes Las Krudas – a rap trio, formed of 3 Cuban women.

Krudas is a derivation of the Spanish word “cruda” meaning crude, raw, unrefined, real; Cubensis is a Latin word for those of native Cuban descent. Cruda is precisely what these women are: they are raw, unrefined, and real. They celebrate and defend diversity, while actively engaging in a counter culture. Las Krudas practices what they preach.

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The Cultural Embargo

cuban hip hop

Originating in the poverty-stricken black and Latino population of the Bronx, NY in the 1970s, American hip-hop set the groundwork for the formation of Cuban hip-hop.  AfroCuban hip-hop groups, such as Anonimo Consejo, RCA, and Obsesión are based in a mainly Black, urban movement of the 1980s. These groups are similar in terms of style and content to early American political hip-hop, including Public Enemy and NWA. AfroCuban hip-hop is culturally critical and socially conscious, focusing on police harassment, racial profiling, and prostitution.

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