The Caribbean Binder

Covers mostly Caribbean but also Latin American issues, contemporary or otherwise.

Haitian Vodou is a religion that is very misunderstood. Slaves were brought to the Caribbean against their will and forbidden to practice their traditional African religions as well as forced to convert to the religion of their masters. The Bond movie/Eurocentric/Americanized viewpoint presents Vodou as an evil, primitive version of witchcraft. But it’s a religion like any other, with a moral code, gods and goddesses. Many ceremonies deal with protection from evil spirits.

In addition, the “voodoo doll” itself has been misconstrued. In Haiti, it was traditional to nail small handmade puppets or dolls to trees near graveyards; these small figures were meant to act as messengers to the spirit world, and contact dead loved ones. It’s safe to imagine that European folks didn’t understand this — and assumed an evil intent behind a doll with nails in its body.

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Geoffrey Holder and Carmen Lavallade in Trinidad, 1960
by Fritz Henle

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Geoffrey Holder and Carmen Lavallade in Trinidad, 1960

  • by Fritz Henle

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Being Black Ain’t So Bad… Dominican Immigrant Women Negotiating Race in Contemporary Italyby Lorgia García-Peña

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"This article explores questions of racial identity and national belonging through the experience of Dominican women immigrant in contemporary Italy. By means of empirical examination that includes oral interviews of women living in Italy as well as in the Dominican Republic, the author considers the racialization of Dominican identity in relation to Italian national identity. Through the stories of two high-profile Dominican women immigrants in Italy, Denny Méndez (Miss Italy 1996) and Mercedes Frías (Parliament Representative 2006), this article explores how blackness permits Dominicans to be represented within the Italian nation, allowing them to belong, although in an often-conflicting border. This essay facilitates an original transatlantic and multi-disciplinary dialogue that engages discourse analysis of oral interviews as well as various theories on gender, race, ethnicity and migration. Some of the main questions explored in this article are: (1) Why do Dominican women embrace blackness in Italy? (2) How does this new ethnicity, to borrow Stuart Hall’s term, facilitate (trans) migration and dual citizenship for these women? (3) Can they go back as black to the Dominican Republic or must they negotiate a dual yet separate identity?"

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Cinco Dominicanas en la serie del momento: Orange Is the New Black

"Cinco talentosas Dominicanas que actualmente se encuentran rodando la segunda temporada de "Orange Is The New Black" y que, por cómo terminó la primera, es posible que sus personajes latinos tengan mayor relevancia y profundidad." [x]

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Even When We Chill Out, We Rock Out: Spanish Punk, Puerto Rican Hip-Hop And More || Alt. Latino 

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TransCuba: Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen Explores a Hidden Havana Subculture

For more than 30 years, New York based photographer and painter Mariette Pathy Allenhas been documenting transgender culture worldwide; in 2004 she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier. In her new publication, TransCuba, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro’s presidency.
 
An excerpt from Mariela Castro Espin, who is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana, is included in the book: “We dedicate this day to families because we want families to be conscious of their great social responsibility, so that all of our families, all of the people with the great social responsibility of being a parent, realize that their can’t be any form of discrimination in the family, discrimination based in the prejudice that we’ve inherited from dominant societies.”

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St. Pierre, Martinique
National Geographic | December 1965

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St. Pierre, Martinique

National Geographic | December 1965

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Saint Lucia
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A solitary sprinter dashes along surf-scalloped St. Vincent, one of the least visited islands of the Windward islands in the Caribbean
National Geographic | December 1965

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A solitary sprinter dashes along surf-scalloped St. Vincent, one of the least visited islands of the Windward islands in the Caribbean

National Geographic | December 1965

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Arnaldo Roche Rabell
Tenemos que soñar en azul, 1986.
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latinocaribbeanartists:

Arnaldo Roche Rabell

Tenemos que soñar en azul, 1986.

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