Do Cubans Really Want US Style Internet Freedom?

Do Cubans Really Want US Style Internet Freedom?

Dec 21, 2014

      Originally published by NACLA.   By Sujatha Fernandes and Alexandra Halkin This past Wednesday, President Barack Obama made a historic announcement about the normalization of relations with Cuba. Although there had been rumors floating around the streets of Havana, most people on both sides of the Florida Straits were taken by surprise […]

Why USAID Could Never Spark a Hip Hop Revolution in Cuba

Why USAID Could Never Spark a Hip Hop Revolution in Cuba

Dec 16, 2014

Originally published by NACLA. Between 2006 and 2007, I received numerous visits from two State Department officials at my home in Harlem, New York. I had just written a book on Cuban cultural production, with a large section on rap. I was never home when they came, so they left messages with my neighbors, telling […]

Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself

Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself

Dec 12, 2014

Originally published by Huffington Post. Eight years ago a young white girl from the rural northern-Australian town of Mullumbimby moved to Miami. Only 16 years of age, she refashioned herself as a rapper by the name of Iggy Azalea with a black Southern accent and achieved notoriety when her sexually explicit songs went viral on […]

The Rhythms of Dissent – Language, Race and Rap in the Modern World

The Rhythms of Dissent – Language, Race and Rap in the Modern World

Nov 12, 2014

Originally published by The Common Reader. “I said a hip hop, the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop and you don’t stop the rockin’ to the bang bang boogie say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.” Wonder Mike of the Sugar Hill Gang recorded these lyrics to […]

Snapshot from the Economic War in Venezuela

Snapshot from the Economic War in Venezuela

Aug 28, 2014

Originally published by Venezuelanalysis.com. On July 18, two functionaries in the western state of Yaracuy received calls on their cell phones, supposedly from a government minister, asking them to go to a local hardware store that they had recently sanctioned for price gouging. They complied. It was a set up. When the two men, Johnny […]

Cultures of Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba

Mar 16, 2014

Originally published by LASA Forum. Ordinary citizens in Cuba faced tremendous difficulties after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the decades of the 1990s and 2000 ushered in a revitalization of the arts and creative responses to the crisis. Cuban music, literature, and visual arts are some of the more widely known and globally circulated cultural products of this period. Cultural forms […]

The rhythms of revolution: Hip hop goes global

The rhythms of revolution: Hip hop goes global

Feb 19, 2014

Originally published by Scroll.in. I first heard the rap song ‘The Message’ – credited to the legendary Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – in the mid-1980s. I didn’t know why the song about an American ghetto struck a chord with me, a teenager growing up in a working-class beachside neighborhood of Sydney. Maybe it’s […]

The Day the Music Died in Mali

The Day the Music Died in Mali

May 19, 2013

Originally published by The New York Times. Everyone has heard of censored songs, like Billie Holiday’s “Love for Sale,” which was banned from ABC radio in 1956 because of its prostitution theme. Most are familiar with the censorship of artists, like the Dixie Chicks, who had their music blacklisted from country music stations across the […]

A Three-part Series on Immigrant Workers in American Prospect

A Three-part Series on Immigrant Workers in American Prospect

May 7, 2013

Originally published by The American Prospect.   The Motorbike Diaries (with Tom D. Wu) A look into the life of Chinese delivery workers in New York City, the first in a three-part series. It’s 11 a.m. on a brisk Friday morning. In the middle of a short block of 40th Road, just off Main Street […]

Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention

Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention

May 6, 2013

Originally published by MSNBC.com. Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez recently completed a multi-city tour of the United States, speaking at major universities and even visiting the White House. Sánchez, who became internationally celebrated through her Generación Y blog, which won her a place on the Time magazine list of 100 most influential people in 2008, […]

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