ReVista (Cambridge)

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, Winter

African and Afro-Indian Rebel Leaders in Latin America
ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE YEAR 1521, AND HALF a world away from home, a group of enslaved West African Muslim warriors led a slave revolt on the island of Hispaniola, a distant island across a vast ocean. The Wolof slaves had little chance of success,...
Afro-Boricua Agency
PUERTO RICO IS IN CRISIS. MADE UNIMAGINABLY worse by Hurricane Maria, this ongoing crisis highlights the racial character of our colonial condition. President Trump, who charged that Puerto Ricans just want things to be done for them and that providing...
Afro-Latin America by the Numbers
WHERE DID THE ALL-ENCOMPASSING TERM "Afro-Latin America" come from? While "Afro-Cuban," "Afro-Brazilian" and other national terms were invented in the first half of the 1900s, the broad regional concept appears to have originated in Brazil in the 1970s....
Afro-Roots and Mozart Too
I DISCOVERED JAZZ AT 13 IN MY MUSICAL household in Cuba when my brother brought home a cassette tape of Chick Corea's record "Friends," and ever since I have been obsessed with the genre. There was no such thing as jazz in the conservatory where I was...
A View of Afro-Diasporic History from Colombia
THE MUNTU BANTU, A MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER IN Quibdo, Chocó, on Colombia's Pacific coast region, seeks to work "for the study, promotion and diffusion of the Afro-Colombian culture, and the advancement and improvement of the living conditions...
Black Aesthetics and Afro-Latinx Hip Hop
"I'm an African"THE U.S. EMCEES FROM THE GROUP DEAD PREZ rapped, "I'm an African, I'm an African," in front of a crowd of thousands at the 1999 Cuban hip hop festival. The amphitheatre resounded with the thundering response of the Cuban audience chanting...
Compañeros En Salud: Mental Health Services and Gender Equality
I HAVE LIVED IN NON-INDIGENOUS rural Chiapas in southern Mexico since 2013. working willi Compañeros En Salud (CES)-a Harvard affiliated non-profit organization lhal partnered with the Mexico's Ministry of Health lo guarantee peoples right to health...
Consumption as Resistance in the Age of Late Capitalism
Consumption as Resistance in the Age of Late CapitalismA REVIEW By EDUARDO LEDESMADelirious Consumption: Aesthetics and Consumer Capitalismin Mexico and Brazil by Sergio Delgado Moya (University of Texas Press, 2017)Sergio Delgado's brilliant book, Delirious...
Fighting Corruption through Diplomacy
Fighting Corruption through Diplomacy Anatomía de una Trampa by Fernando Berguido (Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México, 2017)While campaigning, many politicians in Latin America use the rhetoric of dignity and rectitude to sway voters. However,...
I Found My Island
I LANDED IN SAN JUAN FOR THE FIRST TIME as a young adult with a bright orange 52-pound suitcase, my dog Zora, and an eager excitement to be reunited with the island. My exhaustion from having recently survived my first year of graduate school-packed...
In the Footsteps of la Rebambaramba
TRACING THE JOURNEY OF AMADEO ROLDÁN'S Afro-Cuban ballet La Rebambaramba (1928) I arrived in Paris. Yes, in Paris, France... both the author of the original libretto, the Cuban writer and musicologist Alejo Carpentier, and the-also Cuban- choreographer...
(Junk) Food for Thought
(Junk) Food for Thought Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context by June Carolyn Erlick (New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2018).When I was running a newspaper bureau in Nicaragua, I once went to look for my housekeeper to ask where we kept something or other....
La Candela Viva
THE DRUM BEAT IS THE PULSE OF PALENQUE DE SAN BASILIO; it is central to birth, death, marriage and other celebrations. In this Colombian town, drumming is about communion and connection: with the ancestors, spiritenergies, dancers and singers. Rafael...
Mining and the Defense of Afro-Colombian Territory
WE-AN ANTHROPOLOGIST AND PHOTOGRApher, sister and brother-visited Yolombó in the department of Cauca, Colombia, in June 2017. Yolombó is part of a federation of five towns known as the Corregimiento de La Toma, governed by an autonomous community council,...
Multi-Faith Lives of Brazilian Congadeiros and Umbandistas
I STOOD OUTSIDE OF THE SMALL CHAPEL, pointing my video camera through the grates of the window. Inside, the devotees of the religious group Moçambique Thirteenth of May of Our Lady of the Rosary drummed and sang to beseech divine protection from Our...
Negra/Anger
NINA SIMONE ONCE SAID THAT HER LIFE HAD BEEN A CONSTANT STRUGGLE BETWEEN BLACKS AND whites...and that she had finally found her balance between the black and white keys of her piano. This is the core message of my piece NEGRA/ANGER, for 32 dancers, dedicated...
Prejudice and Pride
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BLACK IN CENTRAL America? From the Garifuna people along the Atlantic Coast to the descendants of Jamaican and other West Indian groups throughout the isthmus, the region's citizens have become increasingly selfconscious, visible...
Reflections on the Afro-Chilean Social Movement
A SAYING POPULARIZED BY THE AFRO-Uruguayan leader Romero Rodríguez comes up again and again in the history of the Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean movements: "We entered as blacks and left as Afrodescendants." It's not just about words. At the December...
Salvador De Bahia
"BOM DIA, MOÇO! TODO BEM? BEM-VINDO A Bahia!" three enthusiastic women, one of them dressed as a typical Baiana, greeted me warmly at the tourism office at Salvador de Bahia in northeastern Brazil. It was my first time there, and I needed to know how...
Sandoval Redux
"WHILE I LIE ON A CUSHION OF WORM SLIME, Father Alonso de Sandoval appears": So remarks one of the several enslaved narrators in Afro-Colombian author Manuel Zapata Olivella's 19·;; novel Changó, el gran putas, translated into English in 2 010 by Jonathan...
Slavery and Precarious Freedom
SLAVERY WAS A FORM OF LABOR EXPLOITATION in which workers became the property of others; slaves were considered things, thus routinely exposed to transactions such as sale, auction, mortgage, renting. They appeared in last will and testaments, scribes...
Social Policy in Cuba: Across the Great Divides
Social Policy in Cuba: Across the Great DividesA REVIEW By CHRIS TILLYSocial Policies and Decentralization in Cuba: Change in the Context of 21st-Century Latin America, edited by Jorge I. Domínguez, María del Carmen Zabala Argüelles, Mayra Espina Prieto,...
The Bearers
VIÑALES'S SPECTACULAR NATURAL BEAUTY makes it one of Cuba's busiest tourist attractions, but tourists don't come to this mango grove, and the bus driver who brought us wasn't happy about taking the beat-up road that leads here. Plus, it's raining. No...
The Rise of Afro-Latin America
IT WAS A FOUNDATIONAL EVENT. NEVER before had so many activists concerned with issues of race and justice in Latin America come together to discuss their experiences and to chart new agendas for the future. Never before had racism and racial inequality...
The Routine of an Unconventional Path
AS A SCIENTIST BY TRAINING AND BY CONviction, I wish sometimes that I could just be like so many of my esteemed colleagues: just keep doing research in High-Energy Astrophysics, build a career around it, and hopefully derive my life's satisfaction from...
Transforming Havana's Gay Ambiente
THE EPICENTER OF HAVANA'S GAY AMBIENTE might be La Rampa-a stretch of Calle 23 in the touristy El Vedado neighborhood- but the peripheral neighborhoods of Havana are also home to drag shows and other queer nightlife. Recently, my friends Argelia and...
Witches, Wives, Secretaries and Black Feminists
THE ISSUE OF GENDER HAS BEEN FRONT and center for me, both as a subject of my fieldwork on black politics in Latin America, and how I conducted that research, particularly in how I navigated largely male-dominated black organizations. I am, after all,...
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