Friday, February 8, 2008
Formation of Afro Perúvian Network
10:24 pm est
Perú’s Asociación Negra de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (Association of Blacks for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (ASONEDH);
www.asonedh.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) has created a new Red Nacional de la Diáspora Africana en el Perú
The Red Afroperuana has established regional offices in Piura, Lambayeque, Ancash, Callao, Lima
Centro, Lima Provincias, Ica, Arequipa, and Tacna. Those interested in contacting the central office, which is in Lima,
should call 332 2335 – 431 1183 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:45 pm est
African History Month part education, part celebration
"It’s African History Month again," writes Minister
Faust in Canada's Vue Weekly, "and across the city and across the continent, folk are gearing up for education
and celebration. But not everyone is celebrating, with some fighting over the name and others questioning whether the month
still even needs to exist.
" 'All other peoples take up the other
11 months well,' says Winston Hawthorne, an engineer and community activist with the National Black Coalition of Canada (NBCC), a major force behind the annual events in Edmonton. 'We just need a little space for ourselves so we have time to talk
with ourselves, see ourselves and do for ourselves. We’re behind in self-representation.'
"African History Month, also called
African Heritage Month and Black History Month, began in the US in 1926 through the efforts of Carter G Woodson, author of
The Miseducation of the Negro, who established Negro History Week. Originally an American-only observance, the concept
has spread across North America, but, according to Hawthorne, it hasn’t been easy."
Monday, February 4, 2008
6:19 pm est
Death of Tata Güines
percussion maestro, Tata Güines, died Monday, February 4 in Cuba of kidney failure and high blood pressure," write the editors of World Music Central.
"Known as the 'rey de los tambores' (king of the drums), Tata
Güines was renowned worldwide for his percussion work since the 1950s. His specialty was the tumbadoras (the name given
in Cuba to congas). Arístides Soto Alejo was born June 30, 1930 in the town of Güines. He was better known as Tata Güines, his artistic name."
The BBC notes that the " 'King of the Congas' shared the stage with some of the world's most renowned performers during
a career spanning more than six decades.
"In the US in the 1950s, he performed with the likes
of Frank Sinatra, Josephine Baker and Dizzy Gillespie.
"He had spent his formative years
playing with some of the greats of 1930's and 40's Cuban music.
"Despite his success
in the United States, Güines returned to Cuba after Fidel
Castro's communist revolution in 1959, saying he had never been able to get used to the racial segregation in the US at
" 'Fame did not extend beyond the stage. Once you left the stage, it was like
the signs said: "Whites only",' he said in an interview published last year."
6:14 pm est
The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the present
"Like many, I thought the African influence in Mexico was limited to the Caribbean coast, especially
Veracruz," writes Los Angeles Times staff writer Agustin Gurza in his article 'The African Presence in México' breaks new ground which describes the exhibit "The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the Present" on view at the California African American Museum through June 1.
"Think again. The exhibition illustrates the depth and reach
of African culture. You suddenly see African features in a pre-Hispanic Olmec sculpture or in the faces of miners from the
central Mexican state of Guanajuato. The influence is unmistakable in the rhythms of the son jarocho and the architecture
of round huts with thatched roofs in the Costa Chica, a coastal region south of Acapulco with a strong African presence that
is documented in the striking portraits by African American photographer Tony Gleaton.
in this region, straddling the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, that Moreno was first struck by a part of Mexican culture that
had seemed invisible to him until then. How many times had he hung that 1910 photo by Agustin Casasola of a Mexican revolutionary,
'Portrait of a Female Soldier From Michoacan,' and still not seen it? 'I was blown away that it had never before
crossed my mind that this woman is of African descent,' he says. 'I felt like an idiot. There she was staring me in
the face and I had never recognized her before.'
"Racism has led to denial
in Mexico, where the census doesn't even have a category for counting blacks and even Afro-Mexicans prefer to be called brown or Cuban, according to the exhibition's
meticulous and beautiful companion book. At the same time, Moreno notes, interracial
marriage has helped blur race lines in Mexico almost since the Spaniards arrived.
Catalogue cover for "The African Presence
"Still, Mexico has had its Afro-Mexican heroes,
including President Vicente Guerrero, who outlawed slavery in 1829, a move that helped spark the confrontation with Texas,
a slave state, and the subsequent war with the United States. (Like Lincoln, Guerrero was assassinated.)"
11:23 pm est
Remembering the Legend: Bob Marley
February 6th marks the
birthday of Bob Marley. And although it has been almost 27 years since his passing, Marley's music
continues to reverberate throughout the globe.
Bob Marley was born in the small village of
Nine Miles, Jamaica in 1945. Born Nesta Robert Marley, he has been labeled one of the most significant musical artists of the twentieth century and remains the most widely known
performer of reggae music.
He died on May 11, 1980 of melanoma to his lungs and brain at
the age of 36 years of age. Prior to his death he fathered 13 children: three with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita's
previous relationships, and the remaining eight with separate women.
Marley is best known
for his reggae songs, which include the hits "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Three Little
Birds", "Exodus", "Could You Be Loved", "Jammin'", "Redemption Song", and
"One Love". His posthumous compilation album Legend (1984) is the best-selling reggae album ever, with
sales of more than 12 million copies.
"The reservoir of music he has left behind is like
an encyclopedia," says Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes, Marley's famous back-up group. "When you need to refer to
a certain situation or crisis, there will always be a Bob Marley song that will relate to it. Bob was a musical prophet."
To celebrate his birthday and his music, musical events, street walks and talks are scheduled to take place in Belgium, Kenya, Denmark and the United States.
Information about specific events can be found on the www.rastaites.com website.
Visit www.afropresencia.com to find listings and links to areas where you can find out
about upcoming events, as well as links to articles, photos and videos on Life in the Black Americas.
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Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants
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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
Karen Juanita Carrillo
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
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