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U.S and Cuba Relations Reflections.

“50 years of isolating Cuba has not worked and it is time for a new approach.” -Obama

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After a 45 minute negotiation, U.S President Obama and Castro confirmed relations between Cuba and the United States. The rival countries plan to open up embassies in both countries, along with opening business access and trading spaces.

You might look at this and think that Obama’s plan might be progressive and liberal for the Cuban citizens and more opportunities for the American economy, but it is NOT. AfroMadu is going to give you a small run down of why this is a very strategic plan and how it can affect this upcoming movement. We will try to stay away from any conspiracies or falsified information.

  • Cuban Revolution and its after effects: A small history lesson; in the early 50’s, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara lead a remarkable movement to end government control against Cuban citizens. Under the Batista regime, Cuba was corrupted and lacked resources for the Cuban citizens. The overthrow of the government ran Batista out of presidency, but divided any political affiliation between the two countries. After 50 years of exiling a country from any political support from the U.S, things begin to reshape. HOW AWKWARD IS THAT? Do you expect Cuban citizens to NOT have vendettas against a POWERFUL system that turn their backs on them?

 

America has completely isolated Cuba after the Cuban revolution making it very hard to try live in a society that glorifies the American opinion. Cuban-Americans have a hard time traveling, sending money, and even contacting family back in Cuba because of the exile with the two countries.

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  • Assata Shakur: I think this aspect of this new finding might be the most important component in this entire post. Assata Shakur, in my opinion, was the most successful person in the entire world that gave the U.S criminal justice system a run for their money and honestly made them an entire joke. Her tactics of escaping prison and fleeing to Cuba was astonishing and memorable in African-American history. Opening the doors and barriers of Cuba and the United States is going to simply heighten the stakes of America trying to capture and gain possession of leaders that once flee their countries and ran to Cuba.

As far as longevity works and how history has already defined the newest movement, gaining access to a prominent Black leader will be very devastating for what is currently brewing up in America. However, Politics and business might be ahead for the two countries, and there might be great opportunities for Cubans to come to America and make a decent living.

 

AfroMadu will have the latest coverage of this new U.S/ Cuba relation. Stay tuned for any updates from this current event.

Unconstitutional Killings: Drone Strikes.

America, once again, has blood on their hands.

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Drone Strikes have been a trendy controversy that people may have been talking about, but the government did not respond to the discussions until today. The government is owning up to the 4 Americans killed in the drone strikes and is scheduled for the President to have a press conference on National Security but what about the other innocent victims that aren’t Americans?

Drones are missiles that are able to point and shoot DIRECTLY at a target and have the ability to aim and kill a specific person, without having a single person in the craft and operate the drone through a computer on a land. Drones purpose is to get ” wanted terrorist” out of countries without causing havoc to the nation, but shoot a missile in order to kill them.

In April, America sent Drones to  Pakistan and Yemen, killing 12 in Pakistan and 7 in Yemen.

Granted, this is news to us, but there’s a reason. DRONE STRIKES ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

America using their resources and power to go into a country and kill “terrorist” is probably one of the most disgusting things this nation has done. Not only is it unlawful in American bylaws, but continuing to target specific people in different nations, IS TERRORISM.

America always finds a way to be a victim when someone attacks them, but does all of this dirty to provoke nations.

Wake up y’all, America is WRONG and STRONG.

Oklahoma’s Diaster

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A tornado swung over the fields and homes of residents in Oklahoma last night, leaving 24 dead and MANY injured.

What is next for the homeless residents of Oklahoma were impacted by this catastrophe? The presidents held a press conference this morning about the reconstruction of Oklahoma stating that, “We are a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes.”

Updates are still developing, while we are praying for everyone who was been impacted in this horrible disaster.

“I Too Am America”: Post-Racial Reality by Upendo

So I’ve named this post after Langston Hughes poem “I Too, Sing America” for many reasons, the most significant reason being that America still has yet to formally/properly recognize its “darker brother”. I mean yes our President is Black and yes he has paid homage to our ancestors, but after today I pose the question “Why isn’t there a Slavery Remembrance Day?” After a brief conversation with one of my young sisters at Seton Hall University about today’s 36th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service I wonder have we become complacent? As a child who has been “ghettoized” in the inner-city life I see little if any progress for our people. The system still has the same oppressive capitalist agenda that enslaved our ancestors over 400 years ago and yet we all, (Black, White, Latino, Asian, etc,) are caste in it. We are still slaves selling our labor for as little as 25 dollars an hour as a server or 7.25 at McDonalds. Don’t get me wrong get your money, (we all have to survive), but what do we own? What capital have we built other than human capital?  What about the condition of the Motherland? We are worth much more than that and have the resources to do much more. Instead, we are feed into the illusion of the celebrity life and media of all facets to pacify this burning rage to  to escape this Matrix. .

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I had the honor, (along with a fellow brother and sister),  of introducing 16 Holocaust survivors, veterans, and liberators who each lit a candle in remembrance of all those murdered during the Holocaust. Over 15 million people. Each person had a story to tell from there experience as a survivor, not a victim. It dawned on me after the ceremony that we too should have a remembrance service as children of survivors,(if not survivors ourselves), veterans, and liberators. We are constantly victimized by Eurocentric history where stories of rebels like Martin Delany, Nat Turner, and the Haiti Slave rebellion have been lost. Have we too soon forgotten those lives stolen and those that have died during the Middle Passage? Or even brothers and sisters like Harriet Tubman, Fanny Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X?

I’m still singing our song of redemption and dreaming for the day that Africa will write her own history of dignity. As Nas said our diaspora IS the final chapter; it is time we WAKE UP from the American Dream. It was never meant for everybody. Do we as a people even still have a dream or have so forgotten that “[We] are the Hope and Dream of the Slave”? (Maya Angelou) Our ancestors are probably turning in their graves; it is no wonder that the world has literally been shooken up with natural disasters. The ancestors are calling, but are we listening or is Soulja Boy too loud? We may be living in a time that is more tolerant of the so called “other” but prejudice and discrimination are still very much a reality. But, people don’t seem to respect or have concern for the history of slavery and racism. They seem to have become topics “That are not up for discussion” just as much as rape or repressed as if it never happened. Holocaust, Genocide, Slavery of any kind against any people is wrong. I empathize with all who have gone through any of these experiences and I honor every survivor of any wrongdoing because all who have survived are Strong Beautiful and Inspiring beings.

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I found Hope today for our people in a Polish woman named Luna who encouraged me to be Brave and to step out on Faith. Lord knows I have been struggling with so many fears and anxieties about the future and what it has to hold for the children. But, she believed in me today more than I believed myself to simply be who I am and to speak as I am. I didn’t have to say a word, she knew by looking at me the burden that is weighing heavy on my back. The burden to set our people free and to continue to push forward. She opened her heart and shared her story of Hope and said  to me “You have to believe you will be free no matter how hard it gets, that is key.” So right now I believe and I believe that we should remember who we are and stop hiding behind what the media sells us. We are much more than Beyonce, Jay-Z, Obama, Al Sharpton. We each are creators, musicians, fighters, and lovers rich with culture, knowledge, and wisdom. Each of us holds the POWER to redeem and emancipate ourselves. SO LET’S DO IT! Educate yourself become well versed in politics know the name of the game and observe so you can play to win and winner takes all. Someone grab a Black girl and tell her that she is Beautiful ask her to sing her song of Joy and Strength. Tell a young Black boy that he is a Warrior, a Protector, and a Lion fierce with ambition and pride for his people.

Today was a liberating experience to see people come together to host such an uplifting event of remembrance that gave Hope back to the community. We are all brothers and sisters, all one flesh and blood and we all can live in harmony together if we recognize, embrace, and accept every piece of who we are. My Beautiful Black people remember who we are as a people because if we don’t no one else will fight for us. No one is going to stand up and demand respect and dignity for every person of African decent expect ourselves. As one of three African American students in the entire auditorium and it baffled me to so few. We have to acknowledge slavery and the Native American genocide as a moment in history like the Holocaust and stop sweeping it under the rug.

We still live in genocidal conditions today and are being eradicated, yet ,we continue to buy Jordans and follow the system like Black Zombies. I’m not saying that we should all dwell on Slavery, what I am saying is that it is time we stand up and say “I Too, Sing America” because I Too Am America. We are a part of American history and it is troubling to see how programs such as Black Studies are somehow becoming extinct as if the fight for A Black Identity never existed at all. Or maybe it’s just not in style to be Afrocentric anymore. But whatever the case, if we do not demand our own dignity and pride in our heritage, is else going to? Has our ancestral past become so obsolete that we are willing to assimilate and condemn our souls to the Shadow hell of Eurocentricty? I mean hello, everything in the Political Arena has become a strategic move on the Chess board and Our Queen, (Africa), is in trouble. Yet, it seems the concept of Black politics has been whitewashed just as much as Beyonce, (no offense Bey I feel you but I dont hear you). We so solemnly question the motives of celebrities and the media and what it is being programed into our minds for us to believe. Newsflash: THE REVOLUTION IS NOT TELEVISED.

THE MESSIAH IS IN YOU. WE are MOSES.

Being that I am a fourth generation out of slavery and a first generation college student I have bore witness to the struggle of a revolutionary. I am no reactionary woman that is for sure. And for my brothers as Assata Shakur once said, “A Revolutionary woman can’t have no a Reactionary man”. So I implore you to WAKE UP! STAND UP FOR YOU RIGHT! Support one another and love one another! Stop fighting each other and UNITE! Remember who we were, who we are and who we will be after today. Because Hope is alive, but I question are we?

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Peace and Respect,

UPENDO