Princeton University Screens “Black and Cuba”

 

The international Black and Cuba roadshow continues at Princeton University. Professor Naomi Murakawa of the university’s African American studies Department included the film and talkback with director Dr. Robin J. Hayes in the graduate seminar, African American Intellectual Traditions. The film is also part of the Princeton library’s permanent collection. To screen Black and Cuba in your college classroom, see BlackandCuba.org.

 

West Chester U. Welcomes Progressive Pupil Diversity Programs

At West Chester University in Pennsylvania, the department of psychology, ethnic studies program and the Dean’s office co-sponsors Progressive Pupil’s Coping with Microaggressions workshop and a screening of the film Black and Cuba featuring a Q&A with Dr. Robin J. Hayes. The programs were spearheaded by Dr. Janet Chang. For more information about how you can bring Progressive Pupil programs to your campus, contact community@progressivepupil.org.

When They Ask To Touch Your Hair, AGAIN

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Many of us women, people of color, and members of the LGBT+ community dread these first few days of the new year. The prospect of returning to campuses, nonprofits or companies where we are isolated, harassed, and blocked from success can be disheartening. In my own life, discrimination fanned the flames of doubt and shame I internalized through living in a society where I rarely saw anyone who looked like me-or loved like me-enjoy professional success.

If you’re steeling yourself against microaggressions, mansplaining, or other inappropriate discriminatory behavior, remember two things.

1. It’s Not You.

Discrimination is not something you can prevent with professional excellence, code switching expertise, or fitting into racial or gendered norms of behavior. It is driven solely by perpetrators’ allegiance to White supremacist, sexist and/or homophobic beliefs. (Whether that allegiance is subconscious is not your concern). Discrimination is illegal precisely because it has nothing to do with your actions.

2. You Are Not Alone.

Chances are you are not the only person at your campus or organization that desires a more inclusive atmosphere. To the extent that your feedback is solicited or you have decision-making authority about diversity-related programs, suggesting more trainings and cultural events might jumpstart the constructive conversations about equality and inclusion your organization needs.

I am hopeful for progress. The more we speak up, the swifter change will come. Happy New Year.

Yours in Solidarity,

RJH PhD

Black to the UK

Awrite! Black and Cuba has been selected to be part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s the largest film festival about the African diaspora in the United Kingdom. This is the award-winning documentary’s second public screening in the UK, the first being near Electric Avenue in London’s diverse Brixton neighborhood at the Ritzy Cinema.

 

See the film November 1st, 2017 7:30pm at The Rum Shack in South Glasgow. The film goes great with Cuba Libres and Mojitos!

Photo above courtesy of Getty Images.  A member of Cartha’s Queen Park Rugby team during an exhibition match in Havana, Cuba.

From Havana to Baltimore

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The Black and Cuba roadshow continues Sunday June 4, 2017 in Baltimore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum 2pm 803 Pratt Street. Join this caring and vibrant community for what’s sure to be a lively dialogue after the film. If you can’t make it Sunday, Black and Cuba is also available on DVD and on demand at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Recognize

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Between screening Black and Cuba and working on my new multi-platform project 9 GRAMS, I’ve spent some time this summer thinking about the Black woman’s image.  Of course in one way or another I’ve been thinking about it my entire life by looking in the mirror and beholding the relentless glamour of my mother and grandmother while I was growing up. In creating films that center Black women’s perspectives and – frankly- a lifetime of struggling to valorize my own, I’ve come to realize the most empowering and aesthetically beautiful representations of Black women are the ones we create ourselves.

Podcast: Is Altruism Real?

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Does true selflessness exist? Is the non-profit sector doing more harm than good in communities of color? Black and Cuba director Dr. Robin J. Hayes sits with human rights activist Chitra Ayar – director of the Sadie Nash Project in Queens – to discuss how to fundraise with integrity this holiday season.

https://w.soundcloud.com/icon/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fprogressive-pupil&color=orange_white&size=64Follow Breaking Down Racism podcast series on Soundcloud.

Pictured Philanthropists Dr. Priscilla Chan (l.) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (r.) 2012 Courtesy Forbes magazine.

Produced/Directed/Written by:
Miranda Fay
Patricia Lee
Racquel Samuel

Recorded at TNS_Logo1_Small_RGB in New York City.

Pictured: philanthropists Dr. Priscilla Chan (l.) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (r.) 2012 courtesy Forbes magazine