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Monday, July 12, 2010

Miriam Jimenez experta en problemas discrimen Puertorriquenos de raza negra

Carmen Dolores Hernandez writes a profile of the Afrolatina academician and activist Miriam Jimenez for El Nuevo Día.

The article can be viewed here.

The article notes that Miriam Jimenez grew up in New York City in neighborhoods where African Americans and Puerto Ricans lived in close proximity. These neighborhoods helped her to understand herself as a puerto rican of African descent: an understanding which has influenced her work in places like the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Jimenez has just completed co-editing the book, The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States.

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Controversy Dogs Brazil's Racial Equality Law

"The Statute of Racial Equality, soon to be signed into law in Brazil, is at the centre of a controversy between those who consider it a historical achievement, like the abolition of slavery in 1888, and those who see it as failing to satisfy the demands of the black movement," writes Fabiana Frayssinet in an article for IPS.

"The ceremony at which Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will sign the statute into law, scheduled for Jul. 20, will not be the brilliant occasion hoped for by the government's Special Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR).

"After nearly two decades of debate, the statute approved by Congress on Jun. 16 has not left everyone happy.

"It is 'a watered-down text that does not include some of the major demands of the social movements linked to the cause of black people' and also 'waters down political aspects,' the Collective of Black Entities (CEN) said in a declaration.

"CEN, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), was referring to the suppression of clauses recognising the nature and origins of racism, which it regards as decisive for 'properly overcoming it.'

"According to the state Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 50.6 percent of Brazil's population describes itself as Black. In spite of this, the term "race" was expunged from most of the text, Marcos Rezende, general coordinator of CEN, told IPS."

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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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