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In Peru, A Grammy-Winning Diva Takes The Political Stage

"When Susana Baca was appointed as Peru’s culture minister in July, it took the whole country by surprise," writes Chrystelle Barbier in Le Monde. "Despite her lack of political experience, the Afro-Peruvian singer accepted the offer made by Ollanta Humala, Peru’s new left-wing president. 'This appointment comes at a time in my life when I feel it is my duty to accept it,' said the artist.

"Before getting into politics, Susana Baca de la Colina was mostly known for her suave voice and enchanting melodies played on the guitar and the cajon, the instrument created by black slaves on Peru’s coast. The Afro-Peruvian music ambassador even had international success. She was awarded a Grammy in 2002. But despite her thriving career performing on stages around the world, the 67-year-old woman didn’t hesitate when Humala asked her to take over the Culture Ministry. “I will be a minister/singer,” she told reporters following her."

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THE SOUND OF MY FOOTSTEPS: NARRATIVES OF MIGRATORY JAMAICAN IMMIGRANTS.  

By Lisa Scott

 

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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 

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY DAY BY DAY: A REFERENCE GUID TO EVENTS 

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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 

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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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