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Shadow and Act (A cinema of the African Diaspora): Raising funds: Disadvantaged Black students at Yale visit Cuba in documentary “Black and Cuba”
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Shadow and Act (A cinema of the African Diaspora): Raising funds: Disadvantaged Black students at Yale visit Cuba in documentary “Black and Cuba”

image001 1Raising funds via Indiegogo, the documentary “Black and Cuba,” directed by Robin J. Hayes, professor at The New School, follows a group of disadvantaged African American students at the prestigious Yale University, who take a field trip to Cuba to see “how revolution lives,” and to get inspiration in order to pursue their own black resistance reading group.

Approach to discussing race
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Approach to discussing race

image001UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18 2012 (IPS) – Robin J. Hayes has always been one to break boundaries. Most recently, she is doing so with her latest documentary film, “Black and Cuba”, which explores how African-Americans and Afro-Cubans can learn from each other about community-building and public debates on racism in their countries.

In new film, Yale students of color seek revolution in Cuba
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In new film, Yale students of color seek revolution in Cuba

robin-hayesStudents of color at elite universities are fed up with on-campus racism and lately they’re taking their defiance beyond the ivory tower. Before this month’s “I, Too, Am Harvard” went viral there was last fall’s #BBUM or “Being Black At Michigan” and now there’s, “I, too, am Oxford.” They all belong to a rich tradition of student activism around race and inequality. Yale University is entering the mix with the release of a new documentary film, “Black and Cuba.” Shot in 2002 when the United States was muscling up for war in Iraq, nine graduate students, mainly of color, left their isolation-among-privilege in New Haven for Cuba. They went looking for revolution. Did they find it? Colorlines talked with filmmaker Robin J. Hayes, now a professor at The New School in New York City and founder of civic participation nonprofit, Progressive Pupil.

Afro-Latinos come in all colors
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Afro-Latinos come in all colors

[caption id="attachment_22918" align="alignleft"]francisca-marrero-cabrera-de-roblesFrancisca Marrero Cabrera de Robles[/caption]In my Puerto Rican household in Brooklyn, New York I was called ‘la prieta’ (dark one). Then I met my prim-hermano (first cousin-male) Mark and realized the range of color within my own family clan.

AfroDescendientes: Roberto Fonts: Coraje
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AfroDescendientes: Roberto Fonts: Coraje

[caption id="attachment_22710" align="alignleft"]image543607Roberto Fonts, Emprendedor e innovador.[/caption]Han pasado 34 años desde el éxodo masivo de los balseros cubanos llamados marielitos. La mayoría de los 125 mil balseros cubanos que arribaron a los Estados Unidos en improvisadas balsas eran afrodescendientes, cubanos de raza negra, entre ellos Roberto Fonts, quien tenía 22 años en ese entonces.

Roberto Fonts: Courage
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Roberto Fonts: Courage

[caption id="attachment_22708" align="alignleft"]image543607-copyRoberto Fonts. Entrepreneur, visionary and innovator.[/caption]It’s been 34 years since Cuba’s mass emigration exodus of the Marielito boatlift.

The more than 125,000 Cubans who boarded the improvised boats to come to the United States were Afro-descendants … Black Cubans. Among them was 22-year-old Roberto Fonts.

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