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Afro-Latin@ Reader History and Culture in the United States

ISBN-10: 0822345722
ISBN-13: 9780822345725
Edition: 2010
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Description: The Afro-Latin@ Readerfocuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the  More...

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List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The Afro-Latin@ Readerfocuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity, and antiracist politics,The Afro-Latin@ Readerpresents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews. While the selections cover centuries of Afro-Latin@ history, from the mid-sixteenth-century arrival of Spanish-speaking Africans to the present, the majority focus on the past fifty years. The central question of how Afro-Latin@s relate to and experience U.S. racial ideologies is engaged throughout, in first-person accounts of growing up Afro-Latin@, a classic essay by a leader of the Young Lords, and a sociological analysis of answers to U.S. Census questions about race, as well as in pieces on hair-straightening, major-league baseball, and the Yoruba tradition. The contributions that Afro-Latin@s have made to U.S. culture are highlighted in essays on the illustrious Afro-Puerto Rican educator Arturo Alfonso Schomburg and music and dance genres from salsa to mambo, and boogaloo to hip-hop. Taken together, these and many more selections help to bring Afro-Latin@s in the United States into critical view.

Acknowledgments
Editorial Note
Introduction
Historical Background before 1900
The Earliest Africans in North America
Black Pioneers: The Spanish-Speaking Afro-Americans of the Southwest
Slave and Free Women of Color in the Spanish Ports of New Orleans, Mobile, and Pensacola
Afro-Cubans in Tampa
Excerpt from Pulling the Muse from the Drum
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
Excerpt from �Racial Integrity: A Plea for the Establishment of a Chair of Negro History in Our Schools and Colleges,�
The World of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
Invoking Arturo Schomburg's Legacy in Philadelphia
Afro-Latin@s on the Color Line
Black Cuban, Black American
A Puerto Rican in New York and Other Sketches
Melba Alvarado, El Club Cubano Inter-Americano, and the Creation of Afro-Cubanidades in New York City
An Uneven Playing Field: Afro-Latinos in Major League Baseball
Changing Identities: An Afro-Latin@ Family Portrait
iEso era tremendo! An Afro-Cuban Musician Remembers
Roots of Salsa: Afro-Latin@ Popular Music
From �Indianola� to ��o Col��: The Strange Career of the Afro-Puerto Rican Musician
Excerpt from cu/bop
Bauz�a-Gillespie-Latin/Jazz:Difference, Modernity, and the Black Caribbean
Contesting that Damned Mambo: Arsenio Rodr�guez and the People of El Barrio and the Bronx in the 1950s
Boogaloo and Latin Soul
Excerpt from the salsa of bethesda fountain
Black Latin@ Sixties
Hair Conking; Buy Black
Dominican Garveyite in Harlem
Down These Mean Streets
African Things
Black Notes and �You Do Something to Me,�
Before People Called Me a Spic, They Called Me a Nigger
Excerpt from J�baro, My Pretty Nigger
The Yoruba Orisha Tradition Comes to New York City
Reflections and Lived Experiences of Afro-Latin@ Religiosity
Discovering Myself: Un Testimonio
Excerpt from Dominicanish
Afro-Latinas
The Black Puerto Rican Woman in Contemporary American Society
Something Latino Was Up with Us
Excerpt from Poem for My Grifa-Rican Sistah, or Broken Ends Broken Promises
Latinegras: Desired Women-Undesirable Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, and Wives
Letter to a Friend
Uncovering Mirrors: Afro-Latina Lesbian Subjects
The Black Bellybutton of a Bongo
Public Images and (Mis)Representations
Notes on Eusebia Cosme and Juano Hern�ndez
Desde el Mero Medio: Race Discrimination within the Latin@ Community
Displaying Identity: Dominicans in the Black Mosaic of Washington, D.C.
Bringing the Soul: Afros, Black Empowerment, and Lucecita Ben�tez
Can BET Make You Black? Remixing and Reshaping Latin@ on Black Entertainment Television
The Afro-Latino Connection: Can this group be the bridge to a broadbased Black-Hispanic alliance?
Afro-Latin@s in the Hip Hop Zone
Ghettocentricity, Blackness, and Pan-Latinidad
Chicano Rap Roots: Afro-Mexico and Black-Brown Cultural Exchange
The Rise and Fall of Reggaeton: From Daddy Yankee to Tego Calder�n and Beyond
Do Pl�tanos Go wit' Collard Greens?
Divas Don't Yield
Living Afro-Latinidades
An Afro-Latina's Quest for Inclusion
Retracing Migration: From Saman� to New York and Back Again
Negotiating among Invisibilities: Tales of Afro-Latinidades in the United States
We Are Black Too: Experiences of a Honduran Garifuna
Profile of an Afro-Latina: Black, Mexican, Both
Enrique Patterson: Black Cuban Intellectual in Cuban Miami
Reflections about Race by a Negrito Acomplejao
Divisible Blackness: Reflections on Heterogeneity and Racial Identity
Nigger-Reecan Blues
Afro-Latin@s: Present and Future Tenses
How Race Counts for Hispanic Americans
Bleach in the Rainbow: Latino Ethnicity and Preference for Whiteness
Brown Like Me?
An Oral history project in western Puerto Rico Against the Myth of Racial Harmony in Puerto Rico
Mexican Ways, African Roots
Afro-Latin@s and the Latin@ Workplace
Racial Politics in Multiethnic America: Black and Latin@ Identities and Coalitions
Afro-Latinism in United States Society: A Commentary
Sources and Permissions
Contributors
Index

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