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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Passing of Nelson Mandela
 
"Even in death, Nelson Mandela was able to 'unite' leaders who have different opinionsU.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon noted on Tuesday, Dec. 10 during the tribute to the former South African President," reports Le Monde.
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"A hundred heads of state came together shortly before 10 o'clock alongside thousands of anonymous South Africans for a huge celebration at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. This was where the anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize awardee had made ​​his last public appearance before the World Cup final in 2010."
 
Those who want to learn from Mandela's example can examine his life.  Sites like the LSE Review of Books have posted a list of books that examine Mandela's revolutionary ideology and examine the politics of the times he lived through. 
 
 
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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The Códices Oaxaca website reports on the movement to have the national government recognize Mexico's Black communities as ethnic enclaves.  The article, titled "Diputados piden reconocimiento y respeto a comunidad afromexicana" is about the recently concluded, "National Afromexican forum: towards constitutional recognition." The article notes that Teresa de Jesús Mojica Morga, a Member of Parliament who helped organize the Forum, stressed that in Mexico there are thousands of utimately invisible Afro Mexicans -- people who are not seen as part of the nation and thus not recognized as subject to the political rights granted by the country's Constitution.

If anything, Afro Mexicans only find themselves subjected to discrimination and racism because there is no legal framework that allows Mexican institutions to recognize them. 
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Brazilians of African Descent Demanding Political, Economic Equality

"In the wake of the  recent protests in Brazil, known as the V for Vinegar Movement or Salad Revolt, and Brazilian Spring, Brazilians of African descent are demanding racial equality in the political and economic domains of the broader society," the Atlanta Black Star notes.

"Over the past three weeks, more than 1 million Brazilians, mostly middle-class Caucasians, have taken to the streets demanding cheaper transportation, better education and less corruption."

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Saturday, May 11, 2013


Caracas, May 10 - With AfroVenezuelan Day due to be celebrated this Friday, Juan Piñango, a member of the Movimiento Social de Afrodescendientes (Social Movement of People of African descent), spoke out about how the Bolivarian Revolution has helped to increase inclusion of the nation's Afro-descendant communities in government policies, reports the Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN).

"It was with the arrival of President Chávez that, for the first time, a space opened up for grassroots social organizations to be able to dialogue with the State. That had previously been denied. And it was the first time someone opened the door and invited us in to help build the State," Piñango said, during an interview broadcast on Venezolana de Television (VTV).

He said that one of the main achievements AfroVenezuelan communities had won was the 2011 enactment  of the Organic Law against Racial Discrimination, which is "a genuine law of people's empowerment, written and created by us, with broad support", he explained.
 
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The Sound of My Footsteps: Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants

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Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York and England

 
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The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States
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The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity, and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews.
 
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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events
 by Karen Juanita Carrillo
 
The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States.  One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just such an opportunity.
 
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The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future 
by Karen Juanita Carrillo
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The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political activists working for peace in their homeland. The View from Chocó introduces the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks. 
 
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 Raise Your Brown Black Fist is a collection of essays written by Kevin Alberto Sabio during his time as a Contributing Writer RaiseYourBrownBlackFist.jpgfor an online magazine. 
 
 
The book combines his two article series, "Black vs Brown" and "Black Thoughts: A Political Ideological Perspective for Afrolatinos" into one volume, plus three other miscellaneous entries.  The book  is currently available through his publisher, AuthorHouse. 
 
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