Afro-Cuban Struggle Essays

  • The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality

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    The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality The Afro-Cuban struggle for equality essentially began after the emancipation of the slaves in 1886. This struggle would continue until 1912, when a brutal government massacre ended their hopes of real equality. The Afro-Cuban struggle for equality was a key issue in Cuba’s fight for independence, as well as, Cuba’s fight to find its identity and character. The first attempt to unite the Afro-Cuban community was the formation of the Directorio Central de

  • The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality

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    The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality I. Introduction: The legacy of slavery and the legacy of systematic racial discrimination imposed on Afro-Cubans are grim realities that are imbedded in Cuban societal and cultural fibers. Despite the abolition of slavery in 1886 and its gaining of independence in 1902 Cuban society, politics, and ideology have been haunted with the specter of the ‘race issue.’ According to Aline Helg, "the myth of Cuban racial equality has proved remarkably enduring, even

  • Aline Helg's Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912

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    Aline Helg's Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912 Introduction: Within Aline Helg’s book titled, Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912, she includes many historical events that serve as a foundation for her arguments in order to emphasize the "black struggle for equality" starting in the late 19th century and according to her, still transpiring today. These events are, the formation of the first black independent political party called

  • Afro-Cuban Music

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    Afro-Cuban Music African music has had a major influence on Cuban culture beginning in the early 1550’s through slave trade. Thousands of slaves were brought to Spain in the 1400’s and eventually migrated to Cuba. Since these “Ladinos” were accustomed to Spanish culture and language, they easily were able to get by in Cuba and even escape slavery. As a result, Slave owners in Cuba brought more slaves directly from Africa. In 1526, a Royal Decree allowed slaves to buy their freedom, resulting in

  • Son Music In Latin American Culture

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    the times and using more traditional instruments. They are shown playing what is presumed to be an up-right bass, bongos, maracas, and a Tres, a three string Cuban guitar, along with some other instruments. They are all seated in front of a record and the title reads “Orthophonic records by

  • The Cuban Revolution: A Fragmented Society

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    fragmented Cuban society that led to political corruption. Cuba’s anti-American sentiment begin when the United States forces occupied Cuba right after its independence from Spain and passed

  • Perceptions of Race in Cuba Before and After the Revolution

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    colonized Cuba from which the Cuban race was socially and economically constructed. The Spanish rulers were of the elite while the African servants were of the lowest social class (Marcus, 2013). Ever since these early days, Afro-Cubans—Cubans with African ancestry, are labeled solely upon their skin color, which defines their position on the social hierarchy. Blackness is associated with slavery (Roland, 2011). Thus, the lighter one’s skin, the further away from slavery. Afro-Cubans who are dark skinned

  • Cuban Race Relations

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    Cuban Race Relations I. Introduction- Retracing a History of Racial Scorn in Cuban Society: The study of race relations in contemporary Cuba indelibly requires an understanding of the dynamic history of race relations in this ethnically pervasive island of the Caribbean. Cuban society, due to its historical antecedents of European colonialism and American imperialism, has traditionally experienced anguished and even tumultuous race relations. Racial disharmony has plagued Cuban society ever

  • Reyita Book Report

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    Reyita is a book of real-life experiences and tales of an Afro-Cuban named Reyita, her mother and grandmother. She tells of the discrimination and problems the blacks had in Cuba. She also speaks about the many Pro Afro-Cuban organizations that their own government showed hatred upon. Reyita also told of how blacks were seen, that are still relatable in today’s American society. Reyita tells of the struggles and the experiences the black Afro-Cuban people experienced. From a young age Reyita experienced

  • Racial Disparities in the Cuban Revolution

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    1. The Cuban Revolution was supposed to install a Marxist paradise, lifting all citizens to the same strata and abolishing traditional separations based on class, gender and race. In this brave new utopia, all bodies, regardless of skin tone, would work together to build a prosperous nation, in which all had an equal stake. In reality, however, the revolution was almost immediately co-opted by what Sawyer describes as the Creole elite. Cuba had had a long history of tense racial relations and despite

  • John Birk's Life and Accomplishments

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    a hard worker and diligent musician. Although he struggled with alcohol, he didn’t let it overpower him. He was a champion. Dizzy Gillespie will be forever remembered not only by his talents as a musician but also by his perseverance during the struggles of his life. Jones 6 Works Cited David , Hemphill. American Popular Music: A Multicultural History. 1st edition. 2005. Print. "Dizzy Gillespie ." John Birks (1917-1993) Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. . “Dizzy Gillespie

  • The Rumba Dance

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    developed in the 1850s and 1860s among free black slaves gathered to express their struggles with one another. Following the abolition of slavery in Cuba in 1886, poor Cubans dealt with a society still emphasizing color and class, by... ... middle of paper ... ...national dance. As a native Afro-Cuban simply put, “This will never die. Nothing can stop it” (Farr 80). Works Cited Pérez Jr., Louis A. On Becoming Cuban. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1999. Daniel,

  • Living Hip Hop Feminism Summary

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    Uju Nwizu ASRC 4402 Final Paper December 12, 2016 Voices of Resistance: Transnational Discourses in Afro-Diasporic Hip-Hop Feminism In "Using [Living Hip-Hop] Feminism: Redefining an Answer (to) Rap”, Aisha Durham defines hip-hop feminism as “a socio-cultural, intellectual and political movement grounded in the situated knowledge of women of color from the post civil rights generation who recognize culture as a pivotal site for political intervention to challenge, resist, and mobilize collectives

  • The Movement in Crossing and Dwelling

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    suffering by drawing on human and suprahuman forces to make homes and cross boundaries” was constituted from his encounter with the Cubans in Miami. Through his religious experience with the Cubans, Tweed is able to define religions and not religion from multiple aspects. In his novel Tweed tries to give us an understanding of religion through the observation of the Cuban migrants in three ways; movement, relation, and position. (Tweed) Movement in Crossing and Dwelling evokes emotions of both sadness

  • Olofes Razor in The Lucumi Religion

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    background information. This story between a man and a woman, a mother and her son, takes place in Cuba in the early to mid nineteen hundreds at a time of carnival. They are both mulattos. For the Afro-Cubans, and other Cubans alike, this time of carnival is a time of worship and praise. In the Afro-Cuban religion of Lucumi, or Santeria, the gods are worshipped and praised especially at this time of carnival. The Lucumi religion is a hybrid religion: a mixture of West African religion and Catholicism

  • Castro's Revolution: Rise, Impact and Controversy

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    “A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.” - Fidel Castro In 1959 Fidel Castro won a revolution and overthrew the oppressive and cruel Batista government. Young Fidel along with other revolutionaries sought after a solution, one that remains controversial today, Communism. Castro wanted to use Communism to elevate Cuba’s global position and bring its people from poverty. Fidel turned something that could have given Cuba a second chance, into something that almost

  • Cuban Culture Essay

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    source of pure sugar. This earned Cuba the nickname Pearl of the Antilles for its vast beautiful region during the 18th century. The country has an unusual geographical and cultural unity that has given the Cuban people a strong sense of identity and a pride in their heritage. II. Culture The Cuban people have an extremely diverse culture and

  • Gates’ and Wilson’s Theories on African Diaspora Musics

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    of African people to the New World was brought on by the existence of slavery, and resulted in the creation of a sort of extension of the African continent in a different hemisphere. In his article “The Significance of the Relationship Between [sic] Afro-American Music and West African Music,” music scholar Olly Wilson refutes the tabula rasa theory, and provides extensive examples of the ties that continue to exist between the two distant geographical regions. Another prominent scholar who recognizes

  • An Active Role in Shaping History

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    An Active Role in Shaping History From the beginning of their colonization and enslavement, the histories of the Africans and the African-descended were shaped ultimately by outsiders. The colonization of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America were all controlled and executed by the Europeans. The slave trade and plantations were also under the power of whites. Even the emancipation of slaves, though the African-descended definitely contributed, was mostly shaped by and a result of decisions in

  • Cuban Prison Issue Analysis

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    The third major issue the Cuban government has is within their prisons. Some government officials do fess up about their country’s problems, in this way it was released in the mid 1995 that Cuba supposedly had the world’s highest imprisonment rate, possibly 3 times as many as the United States (Howard LaFranchi). Although this number has gone down somewhat since the end of Fidel’s power with many prisoners being released as humanitarian gestures, this is an astonishing fact. It becomes even more