afro cubans


There are more descendants of Africans who speak Spanish or Portuguese than English.

Brazil has the largest population of Blacks in the world second ONLY to Nigeria!

The Caribbean was often a stop in the transatlantic slave trade to “break” the African before being sold to the Americas.

Haiti was the first BLACK independent nation in the Western Hemisphere , defeating Napoleon and others from France, with the power of Voudon (Voodoo). As a result, Haiti ,was punished by all of Europe through tariffs, taxes and other ways!


In Memory of Chachá

The final interview with renowned Afro-Cuban percussionist and Omo Aña (bata player) Chachá before his death in 2007, iba’e. Chachá discusses playing Fermina Gomez’s (Osha’bi, iba’e) Olokun drums. He may have been the last living person to know how they are played and to have played them.


A very personal reaction/musing regarding the death of Fidel Castro. 

He played a key role in anti-colonial struggles across Africa, improved conditions in some key ways for the people of Cuba, and also lived as a specter of terror, a murderer of his own people. 

I don’t care if he rests in power or peace or at all. 

I want the good things he brought about to endure and the evil he has done to be healed and made right where possible.

I feel no solidarity with white Cubans whose wealth was redistributed. I feel all solidarity with Afro-Cubans everywhere. I feel solidarity with the families whose relatives were imprisoned and killed for their sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, and dissenting opinions. I want Cuban society to confront its alive-and-well anti-blackness, cis-sexism, and homophobia. I don’t want Cuba to go back to what it was before Castro. I want Cuba to move forward from him.

A racially diverse group of teens pose for a picture at a skatepark in Havana, Cuba

Since the Cuban Revolution cultural disparities between white Cubans and Afro-Cubans have all but disappeared. However, particular subcultures tend to attract teenagers based on economic and locational factors, which are greatly influenced by race. Afro-Cubans tend to be concentrated in urban areas, while white Cubans tend to be concentrated in rural areas. Afro-Cubans in urban areas are also generally more impoverished than white Cubans, and because of these factors the reggaeton and hip-hop subcultures appeal to them more than they do to white Cubans.

Nonetheless, the increasingly growing skater subculture attracts Cubans of African, European, Asian, and mixed descent equally regardless of locational and economic background. For many young Cubans, the subculture represents a new generation that embraces cultural exchange between their nation and that of their American neighbors to the north, after decades of social isolation. It also presents a new face of the Cuban people to the world, showing that despite socialism, the post-soviet economic crisis, and the embargo with the US; the country is not behind on global trends as often portrayed. 

I’ve been seeing a lot of African-Americans and non-Cuban black people alike praise Castro by saying, “He did so much for Africa and U.S. blacks in particular!” And I’m thinking, “Great. But I’m hearing Afro-Cubans who said they were treated differently.” And I know others are going to view Castro differently, but if you’re not going to bring nuances into the discussion about Castro, and you are not Cuban, you should stay in your lane right now. Because just because a person saw African-Americans as “cool” and people to chum it up with but didn’t treat their own black people nice, then it doesn’t matter because they’re still anti-black. There are a lot of non-black poc who support African-American rights and BLM but ignore their own people’s oppression within their respective ethnicity. So African-Americans should especially not speak over and talk for Afro-Cubans with this Castro death and life.

We take rejection well its life

How american guys take rejection: Fxck you then Ugly @$$ b!tch

How Islander’s take rejection: Baby gyal Mi going to be right here waiting for ya right here til the end of time incase you change ya mind

*doesn’t move from spot*
*makes eye contact so ya know its real*
Candela: The Lives of Cuban Women, The Documentary - BBC World Service
Five ordinary Cuban women on their lives, their passions and their struggles

‘From a Bolero concert to a cancer ward, and from the apartment of a guy who helps Cubans get foreign visas to an Afro-Cuban Santeria ceremony, reporter Deepa Fernandes finds out how ordinary Cuban women have lived, loved and invented their way through dwindling resources and political isolation.Two decades ago reporter Deepa Fernandes spent a year in Havana. What she learned by living amongst Cubans ended up in an hour-long radio documentary for ABC Radio National. It was the stories of diverse Cuban women that delved deep into the life and culture of a largely unknown people.Twenty years later Deepa Fernandes want back to find the women, and see how they, and Cuba, have progressed. Five of the women in the original documentary tell a rich and vibrant story of Cuba today, Cuba yesterday, and looks ahead to Cuba’s future.’