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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination to become President of the United States

For those of you who missed it, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination to become President of the United States on Thursday night, August 28, 2008.

You can watch Barack's speech -- which was made in front of over 80,000 people in Denver, Colorado -- here

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

BLACK THOUGHTS: A Political Ideological Perspective for Afro Latinos Part III: Reflections of Me

"I have to admit...I hated the ‘Latin Explosion' when it came about, around ten years ago," writes Kevin Alberto Sabio in a posting on Blacktino.net. "I had previously touched on this subject here on Blacktino.net before, but I now want to go a little further in-depth about it.

"I found it insulting on several different levels. For one thing, Latinos have been around in the entertainment field in this country for a few generations now; to act as if we're just coming onto the scene is disrespectful and insulting. You had the Salsa bands and Latin Jazz bands touring the country during the early and mid parts of this past century. You had musicians such as Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia making an impact in Rock music during the 60s and 70s. Also, you had Latin Freestyle music (which I'm a huge fan of) in the 80s and 90s, along with other Pop Music artists, such as Gloria Estefan, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, and Sheila E. We had been doing our thing in the music and movie industry for a good while now; and we didn't just arrive on the scene out of the blue.

"The other thing that I hated about the ‘Latin Explosion' and found insulting...! I never saw myself being represented by the people behind the hype machine, or anyone that looked anything like me. As far as Afro Latinos were concerned...we didn't exist. Latinos were shown as light, bright...and damn near white."

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The Sound of My Footsteps:

Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants


Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants

on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York

and England

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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

 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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