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Friday, June 19, 2009

ARGENTINA: Drumming Up Black Awareness

"Argentina's small black community, ignored by historical constructions that have traditionally focused on the influence of European immigration, is now fighting for recognition of its contribution to culture in the Argentine capital," Marcela Valente writes for IPS.

" 'We are fighting for visibility, for recognition of our contribution to culture, and to resist the prejudice that associates black people only with entertainment and carnival,' Diego Bonga, a musician and luthier of Angolan and Congolese ancestry, and an active member of the Afrocultural Movement in Buenos Aires, told IPS."

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Haiti waiting for first penny

"Two months after foreign donors pledged more than $300 million in aid to Haiti," Jaqueline Charles writes in the Miami Herald, "the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean nation has yet to receive any of the promised funds -- or even an outline of where the money will go, Haitian Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis said Thursday.

'' 'We are frustrated,' said Pierre-Louis, using her first official visit to South Florida to repeat her government's call for donors to make good on pledges at April's donors conference in Washington.

" 'We are in dire need of financial support, so it would be helpful to know exactly if they want [the funds] to go into agriculture, in environment, education or health. This was the plan that was presented and they all agreed on it.' ''

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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 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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