Afro Latino Festival – Australia
Live performances and workshops that celebrate African and Latin American people’s shared cultural heritage takes place March 22 in Liverpool, Australia at the Afro and Latino Festival. The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will host the event. The Centre serves a community where the citizenry speak more than 150 languages.
The Island – Free Tickets
MetroStage and Port of Harlem are offering readers another set of free tickets. The winner in this drawing will see The Island, which depicts the psychological and physical abuse suffered by Black political prisoners in South Africa.
We will select the first person who sends us an e-mail by clicking here.
1 – the first entrant has 24 hours from the time we confirm by e-mail (today) that he or she is the winner to claim the free tickets by e-mail.
2 – if the first entrant does not claim the free tickets on time, we will select the second entrant who must meet the same conditions. We will continue the process until we have a winner.
Recent Winners: Lorraine Kelly, Senora Mitchell, Wayne Butcher, Sandra Jowers-Barber
One Cuba – Two Very
Two groups this week held discussions on the new relationship between the United States and Cuba that President Obama is pursuing over the objections of many Republicans. However, the views expressed by the panel that included Alexander Rodriquez of the Cuban Interest Section and the other that included Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) could not have been more different.
Rodriquez made it clear that “We are Africans, as well,” at the first event dominated by socialist and organized by pan-Africanist Gnaka Lagoke. “The question of racism is still an alive question,” but Blacks got a big bounce from the Cuban Revolution, added James Early, Board Member of the U.S.-Cuba Cultural Exchange.
Linking the relationship change with Cuba to the recent US declaration that socialist Venezuela is a “national security” threat,” Omari Musa of the Socialist Worker Party declared, “US hands off Venezuela now!” Despite the panelists’ general discord with and emphasis on American capitalism, Obama’s break from the 56-year-old state of hostilities is “on the right track,” says Rodriquez.
At the second event organized by The Hill Center, Congresswoman Lee also addressed the plight of the Afro-Cuban. With Obama’s executive order, Cuban Americans, who are mostly White, can now send more money back to Cuba, which has the effect of putting money into European-Cuban pockets. “The Afro-Cubans are now experiencing an income divide,” said Lee.
The second event, however, focused more on change and opportunities. The change, said Peter Kornbluh, author of Back Channels to Cuba - The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana has been a long time coming. Obama, he said, “was not the first (President) to try, but the first to succeed.” Added Lee, “A push from the (traditional Republican) business community,” will probably make sure the mutually beneficial change happens.
In the meantime, Americans can continue to travel the world including to North Korea, but not Cuba without using a licensed agent and with cash - - largely because Cuba still lacks the infrastructure to accept credit cards. While the first group feared that the US will still seek change in Cuba, Kornbluh acknowledged that both countries will continue to pursue their interests.
The US will pursue its goals “but, under a different, (more respectful) framework,” he said. Both panelists urged interested parties to look for news that will probably come from the upcoming Summit of the Americas.
Throwback Thursdays: TV's Good Times episode on Cuba, "The Investigation."
Kentucky Wildcat’s Turnaround
Nearly a decade ago, my wife and I took our two basketball fanatic sons to the local theater to watch Glory Road,
a movie about a Texas Western (El Paso) University basketball coach Don Haskins. He decided not only to recruit African-American student athletes to the school - - during the tough 1960 era of American segregation - - but to start them all in the 1966 NCAA Finals against the one and only University of Kentucky Wildcats, who had not yet broken the color barrier.
The pre-segregation Kentucky Wildcats team, coached by the legendary Adolf Rupp from 1930-1972, had won four NCAA titles and multiple Southeast Conference Championships by 1966. They were successful without any African-American players until Tom Payne accepted a scholarship to attend Kentucky in 1969.
Although it has been reported that coach Rupp had actively recruited Kentucky natives, he also made no secrets about how difficult it would be for him to integrate Kentucky’s basketball team with a populace of racially intolerant students, parents, and alumni
. So, Kentucky natives Wes Unseld and Butch Beard, as late as 1964, took their talents to the in-state Kentucky rival, the University of Louisville Cardinals.
Fast forward fifty years later to 2015 and the Kentucky Wildcats basketball program is now led by top recruiter and inclusive coach John Calipari, who is barely able to secure a minute of quality playing time for the White American players that are at the end of his team’s bench.
Under Calipari, the present-day Kentucky Wildcats chase NCAA basketball history as one of the few undefeated teams to enter the NCAA tournament at 34-0, with a chance to win it all at 40-0, with all African-American starters, most of whom will turn pro a month later. Maybe it’s time during “March Madness” to remind millions of younger basketball fans how far not only has Kentucky come, but hundreds of other American colleges and universities, who now offer scholarships to African-American student athletes.
Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction.
Diana Ross Turns 71 - March 26 - NY Celebrates
14th and P, NW
through April 19, $
Considering the Anacostia
(Photography exhibit) reception
Vivid Solutions Gallery
1231 Good Hope Road, SE
Fri, March 20, 6p-8p, free
Annual Chili Cook-Off
Francis Gregory Library
3660 Alabama Ave, SE
Sat, Mar 21, noon-3:30p, free
Morehouse College Glee Club
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Fri, Mar 20, 12p, free
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Five-Year Anniversary Exhibition
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Sat, Mar 21, 5p-8p, free
Fashion at the Mansion
Newtown White Mansion
2708 Enterprise Road
Sun, Mar 29, 5p, $
700 North Calvert Street
We, Apr 1– Sun, May 24, $
To Love Again:
The Second Annual Diana Ross Birthday Dance
The Monster, West Village
Sun, Mar 22, free
Brothers from the Bottom
with Tony Award winner Wendell Pierce
The Brooklyn Music School Playhouse
126 St. Felix Street
Thru Mar 29, Fri 8p, Sat 3 & 8p, Sun 2 & 7p, $
Santa Fe, NM
Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact,
Courage, Sacrifice and Will
(a documentary about African-American
women in World War II)
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Avenue
Sun, Mar 29, 2p, $
FOX, 8p-10p, free
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