Raising 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.
UNITED 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.
Students 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.
RECOGNITION, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT: UN declares International Decade for People of African Descent
This year’s Black History Month kicks off McFarlane Media’s embrace of the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent.
General Assembly Special Event
[caption id="attachment_22918" align="alignleft"]Francisca 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.
[caption id="attachment_22710" align="alignleft"]Roberto 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.
[caption id="attachment_22708" align="alignleft"]Roberto 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.
Afrodescendientes: Proyecto Afro Latino: Creating a bridge for the African, American Latino community through digital technology
[caption id="attachment_22706" align="alignleft"]Amilcar Maceo Priestly-Director of AfroLatin@® Project[/caption]Amilcar Priestly proudly carries on the legacy started by his father the late Dr. George Priestly.
The AfroLatino Project pays tribute to this visionary organizer and leader of anti-racism conferences.
[caption id="attachment_22168" align="alignleft"]Hon. Kenny Anthony[/caption]To a packed audience of more than 200, the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Kenny Anthony, delivered the thought-provoking 16th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University on October 17, 2014.