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Cuba: Black History, Life & Values

(see also Cuba & Cuba: Revolution)

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On the Web: Articles

Cuba's Struggle Against Racism. Roberto Jorquera, Green Left Weekly (3/11/98).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

AfroCuba Web.

In the Library: Articles

Bronfman, Alejandra. "'En plena libertad y democracia': negros brujos & the social question, 1904-1919," Hispanic American Historical Review 82,3 (8/02):549-88.

Landau, Saul. "A new twist on race in Cuba," Monthly Review (2/91):53-58. Review essay on Moore, Castro, the Blacks & Africa.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Barnet, Miguel. Afro-Cuban Religions (Princeton, NJ : Markus Wiener, 2003)

Bettelheim, Judith. Cuban Festivals: A Century of Afro-Cuban Culture (Princeton, NJ : Markus Wiener, 2003)

Castillo Bueno, María de los Reyes. Reyita: The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the 20th C. (Durham NC: Duke, 2000).

Dzidzienyo, Anani & Lourdes Casal. The Position of Blacks in Brazilian & Cuban Society (London: Minority Rights Group, 1979).

Moore, Carlos. Castro, the Blacks, & Africa (Los Angeles: UCLA Center for Afro-American Studies, 1989).

Walker, Daniel E. No More, No More: Slavery & Cultural Resistance in Havana & New Orleans (Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota, 2004).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Buena Vista Social Club" [1999], dir. Wim Wenders, 101m. In video stores. Documentary on a group of legendary Cuban musicians, some still performing in their nineties.

"Cubamor" [2001], dir. Joshua Bee Alafia, 142m.

"A Cuban Legend" [2001], dir. Bette Wanderman, 80m. Muralist Salvador González & his artistic transformation of a Havana alleyway.

"Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories" [2000], dir. Pam Sporn, 56m. From Latin American Video Archives. Documentary on background & tangled identities of Black Cuban immigrant family in New York.

"Motivations" [1988], dir. Marisol Trujillo, 13m. From Cinema Guild. Painter Manuel Mendive discusses African themes in his work.

"My Footsteps in Baraguá (Los hijos de Baraguá)" [1996], 60m. From Latin American Video Archives. English-speaking Cuban community of descendents of Jamaican & Barbadian laborers.

"Routes of Rhythm with Harry Belafonte" [1990], dir. H. Dratch & E. Rosow, 3 segments of 58m each. From Cinema Guild. Traces history of Afro-Cuban music from Africa & Spain to Gloria Estefan & Rubén Blades.

"Rumblings of the Earth: Wilfredo Lam, His Work & Words" [19??], dir. Denise Byrd, 23m. From Filmakers' Library.

"The Scorpion (comparsa el Alacrán)" [1999], dir. Goria Rolando, 19m. From Latin American Video Archives. Documentary on history of a Black Cuban carnival fiesta.

"Verso Negro" [1999], dir. L. Luchetti & B. Levin, 40m. From Cinema Guild.

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