To the Land of the Maroons! Commemorating Georgina Herrera

Dear all, it is with a heavy heart that I am letting you know Georgina Herrera has passed on yesterday. She was an inspiring and much beloved poet whose  glittering sparseness was a counterpoint to the Spanish classical flowery formalism of older Cuban writers. Her personal story centers  Afro-Cubanhood as the location, from where, and…

For Hope and Healing: A Visual Homage

On this 17th day of December, and in this year 2020, especially, I honour Babalu Aye, the great Yoruba Orisha of illness and healing.Whether it be ourselves, our loved ones, this beautiful earth, the vast oceans and blue lakes and rivers, the air we breathe; they who invoke Babaluaye on this day, invoke transformative and…

El Doble Exilio: Un Homenaje Breve a Nicolas Guillen y la Lucha Liberatoria de los Afro-Cubanos copyright Kaushalya Bannerji, 2008-2019

Copyright/Derechos de Autor Kaushalya Bannerji 2019 Este ponencia se basa en una perspectiva interdisciplinaria, que tiene como su objetivo, un mejor entendimiento del papel de la cultura y el derecho en formar en la formación de la identidad individual, y colectiva de ser humano como ser social. En particular, mi interés en la cultura afro-cubana…

Re-Humanizing the Caribbean : The Micro-Histories of Documentalist Gloria Rolando

Kaushalya Bannerji (Excerpt from presentation, Berkshires Women’s History Conference) copyright 2014 This is a piece whose purpose is to reflect on and pay tribute to the work of Gloria Rolando, whose commitment to Afro-Cuban history and  to the notion of culture as resistance to forces of oppression and hegemonic amnesia, make her films both contextually…