Carole Boyce Davies’ Sisters Outside: Tracing the Caribbean/Black Radical Intellectual Tradition

PROFESSORS AND TEACHERS: Carole Boyce Davies’ Sisters Outside: Tracing the Caribbean/Black Radical Intellectual Tradition, is an academic source that is essential to understanding the Black Radical Tradition, as well as how it intertwines with Cuba. You can use our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba to integrate this source into your classroom!

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Robin Kelley’s Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

TEACHERS: Robin Kellye’s Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination is a critically acclaimed book that is essential to understanding the Black Radical Tradition and the mindset of revolutionary Cuba. Incorporate it into your classroom using our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/CollegesandUniversities

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Alejandro de la Fuente’s Race, National Discourse, and Politics in Cuba: An Overview

TEACHERS: Alejandro de la Fuente’s Race, National Discourse, and Politics in Cuba: An Overview is an academic source that is essential to understanding the Cuban Revolution and post-revolution Cuba in terms of race. Integrate it easily into your classroom with our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

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Jafari Allen’s ¡Venceremos? The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba

EDUCATORS: Jafari Allen’s ¡Venceremos? The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba is a ground-breaking book that is essential to understanding the post-revolution Cuba in terms of issues of race, gender, sexuality, and so on. Integrate it easily into your classroom with our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

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Dr. Christina Greer’s “Let’s Think About Cuba,”

Dr. Christina Greer’s article in the New York Amsterdam News, “Let’s Think About Cuba,” discusses the current issues surrounding the US embargo of Cuba.

Read it here:http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2015/jul/09/lets-think-about-cuba/

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Amiri Baraka’s Cuba Libre

TEACHERS: Black radical Amiri Baraka’s groundbreaking 1966 essay Cuba Libre is a must-have for your class on Cuba and African Americans/Afro-Cubans this fall! Integrate it easily into your classroom with our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

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Today at 2pm EST: Black and Cuba Director Featured on New York’s WBAI

Hayes Photo 2014 10Dr. Robin J. Hayes, director of the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba will be on New York City’s WBAI today Tuesday April 14 at 2pm EST to discuss the film and “Feeling a Foreigner” on the Artsy Fartsy Show.  Listen live or download here.

“Black and Cuba” Now Streaming on Vimeo on Demand

The Harlem Chorus, narrators of Black and Cuba, following the Black studies tradition

                            The Harlem Chorus, narrators of Black and Cuba

The award-winning documentary Black and Cuba is now available for streaming.  The film follows street smart students who are outcast at their elite university, band together and adventure to Cuba, whose population is 60% Black.  Black and Cuba’s release comes on the heels of President Obama’s announcement that the US will thaw relations with Cuba and ease travel restrictions to the island.  See the film and see Cuba for yourself.  This weekend only, the filmmakers are offering a limited number of 10% discounts to subscribers in order to express their gratitude for your support.  Go to Vimeo on Demand and use the promo code SHAKUR15. 

Juan Almeida, a Cuban Revolutionary

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The stylized monochromatic features of Argentinian Ernesto “Che” Guevara have become the face of the Cuban revolution. It’s a face you will find on clothing, murals, lunch boxes, and never more than a mile from any college campus. As a mascot Guevara has become a fashionable and easy way for the world to simplify and often dismiss Cuba’s politics and much of her modern history. It is romantic to imagine Che and Fidel Castro storming down from the mountainside waging a two-man war on capitalism and oppression but it is not the truth. Countless Cubans died and fought for the nation that they have today and premier among them was Juan Almeida Bosque.

Bosque was born in Havana on February 17th, 1927, into a world of poverty and racism. His desire to succeed and improve economic and social plight lead him to study law at the University of Havana where he met fellow classmate Fidel Castro in 1952 and became an active member of what we would come to know as the Cuban Revolution.  A year later Almeida was arrested with Fidel and his brother Raúl  for participating in an assault on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. They were all granted amnesty in 1955 and exiled to Mexico.

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The Raw Ones

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 being not the norm. Las Krudas practices what they preach.

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