Black Diaspora Review 2016-02-24T09:04:35-05:00 Vernon J. Williams Jr. and Frederick L. McElroy Open Journal Systems <p>The Review will provide a forum for the scholarly critiques; debate every aspect of Black Diaspora studies, including its mission, curricula, ideology and/or scholarly methodologies, linkages to other academic disciplines links to extra-academic communities, and its future.</p> Table of Contents 2016-02-22T12:25:55-05:00 Tanya L. Saunders 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Introductory Remarks 2016-02-24T08:50:04-05:00 Tanya L. Saunders 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Prologue 2016-02-24T08:53:44-05:00 Sandra Abd´Allah-Álvarez Ramírez 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Blackness, Cubanness, and the End of an Era 2016-02-24T08:58:17-05:00 Odette Casamayor-Cisneros This paper seeks to demonstrate the importance of examining racial inequalities in today’s Cuban society. When the island is clearly in the verge of experiencing fundamental transformations, it is more than ever necessary to study the basic mechanism underpinning the pervasiveness of racial prejudices and racism against Black Cubans both on the island and within its exiled communities. How can the current negotiations between the Cuban and US government impact everyday lives of Black Cubans? 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## “Salvándose” in Contemporary Havana: Rumba’s Paradox for Black Identity Politics 2016-02-24T09:01:00-05:00 Maya J. Berry <p>In the scholarship of anti-racist struggle in Cuba, <em>rumberos</em> (rumba practitioners) are typically ignored for operating within racist folkloric stereotypes that further the commodification and appropriation of Black expressive culture by the state. This ethnographic case study explores how the Afro-religious urban poor in Havana deploy rumba within the sacred sphere to perform an affirming Black cultural difference and create an alternative market in which to secure autonomous economic and socio-spiritual sustenance: <em>salvándose</em> (saving themselves). This particular form of political agency finds itself in a paradoxical relationship with the dominant ideological thrust of the “New Afro-Cuban movement” against racism. Using performance theory, Black feminism(s), and political economy, this study found that performances by and for this overlooked sector in the sacred sphere cannot be dismissed as insignificant vis-à-vis antiracist objections to the narrow social definition of Blackness as folklore and the increasingly narrow opportunities for Afro-Cubans in the emerging private market. A performance-oriented lens can offer key insights into how alternative Black political consciousness is developed and transmitted across generations. </p> 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Ayabbas: Memory, Sacred Performance and the Restoration of Afro Cuban Women’s Subjectivity to the Cuban Trans/nation 2016-02-24T09:03:17-05:00 Yesenia Fernandez Selier 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## To Be a Black Woman, a Lesbian, and an Afro-Feminist in Cuba Today 2016-02-24T09:04:35-05:00 Norma R. Guillard Limonta 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Photo Essay 2016-02-22T12:25:55-05:00 Sahily Borrero Marín 2016-02-22T12:25:41-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##