Afropop in Mexico: Keepers of the Chilena


Produced by Nina Macintosh and Marlon Bishop for Afropop Worldwide
Filmed and Edited by Nina Macintosh
Audio by Marlon Bishop
Music by Los Gallardos


Piden justicia en caso Malcolm Latif. Afromexicanos inician huelga de hambre.

Afro-Mexican activists are demanding justice in the case of the recent murder in Mexico City of Malcolm Latif Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, and have started a hunger strike as part of their protest. This effort is being led by the Committee in Defense of the Naturalized and Afromexicans (El Comite Ciudadano de Defensa de los Naturalizados y Afromexicanos CCDNAM).

Among their demands they are calling for release of a video that may depict events surrounding the death of Shabazz; the establishment of an independent commission to examine the case; and for all Mexicans to renounce racism and violence.

The President of CCDNAM, Dr. Wilner Metelus, made the following statement about the protest:

We are here to support our brother Malcolm Latif who died last month in Mexico. To us, it was a hate crime.

We are indebted to Malcolm X, one of the great leaders of the past century. So we cannot stay silent over the manner in which they killed our brother Malcolm Latif. His family lives in the U.S. and we are showing that we are with them, that they are not alone.

We’re here to help our brothers in other countries who are supporting this fight. And we are in solidarity with thousands of Mexican families who have lost loved ones. We know that in this country there is no justice. We as humans have to fight.

Malcom ProtestsScene from a CCDNAM protest march in June in Mexico City

Jusitce for all

CCDNAM protest in front of the offices of the District Attorney for the Federal District

Club where Shabazz was killed

The Mexico City nightclub where Malcolm Latif Shabazz was murdered.

The clip below explaining the objectives of the CCDNAM-led protests is in Spanish.


The official blog of the CCDNAM.

See also this article on the protests in the San Francisco Bay View newspaper.

Information on the arrests of two suspects in the case.

Hat Tip to Davey D for following this story.


Malcolm Latif Shabazz (October 8, 1984 – May 9, 2013)

Malcolm Latif Shabazz (October 8, 1984 – May 9, 2013)

El carnicero ahorrador/The economical butcher 



El carnicero ahorrador

Cuando se le preguntó el por qué algunos de los cientos de exhumados cadáveres de las víctimas de su régimen militar se había enterrado de dos en dos en un ataúd, el ex presidente chileno Augusto Pinochet respondió: “!Qué gran ahorro!”


El carnicero se para en la posición de firme

en su impecable uniforme blanco

adornado con pulidos botones metálicos,

charreteras bordadas de oro,

e hileras de metal brillante

suspendidas de listones hechos de carne humana.


Desde el balcón sonríe

saluda benévolamente a la multitud,

y saluda a las anónimas tropas

de aprendices de carniceros

que marchan a paso de ganso.


El es el carnicero del pueblo.


Desde el crepúsculo a la aurora

se para atrás de las vitrinas de su oficina

rodeado del humo del refrigerador y el aire acondicionado

orgullosamente exhibiendo sus trofeos:


las costillas de niños malnutridos

las cabezas de líderes sindicales

las lenguas de activistas que lucharon por los derechos humanos

el sexo de una famosa poeta.


En la carnicerías

cada paquete humedecido con sangre es una ganga

pesada, empacada y lista para ser vendida.

Y el carnicero,

caballero de la guardia vieja,

un santo de delantal escarlata

generosamente ofrece un delicioso hueso

para llevárselo a casa a tu mascota.


Pero las mejores gangas

no se exhiben en las vidrieras.

Llenos de balas y descuartizados,

enterrados de en dos en cada ataúd

en el patio 29

en el cementerio general de santiago

en tumbas marcadas con cruces negras

e iniciales n/n, para indicar “sin nombre”.


El carnicero se para en la posición de firme

saludando con la mano, sonriendo,

su aristocrática quijada hacia adelante, como un sable,

su nariz aguileña feroz y orgullosa

del hedor a muerte que lleva como perfume.


Puede no haber reducido el precio del pan y la leche,

o controlado la inflación,

o provisto vivienda para los sin techo,

pero con el ademan de un gran mago

el carnicero ahorrador

ha hecho desaparecer a los hambrientos y afligidos.


¡Qué gran salvador!

¡Qué gran ahorro!


The Economical Butcher

When asked about the fact that some of the hundreds of exhumed bodies of victims of his military regime were buried two to a grave, former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet responded: “What a big savings!”


The butcher stands on parade,

His spotless white uniform

Adorned with burnished brass buttons.

Gold braided epaulets,

And rows of shiny metals

Suspended from ribbons made of flesh.


From the balcony he smiles down,

Waves benignly to the people

And salutes the faceless troops

Of butcher’s apprentices

Who goosestep past.


He is the people’s butcher.


From dusk to dawn

He stands behind the glass-enclosed cases in his office

Amidst the hum of the refrigeration and air conditioning

Proudly displaying his wares:


The ribs of malnourished infants,

The heads of union organizers,

The tongues of human rights activists,

The sex of a famous female poet.


In the butcher’s shop

Each blood soaked parcel is a bargain

Weighed and wrapped and ready to be sold.

And the butcher,

A gentleman from the old school,

A saint in a crimson apron,

Will generously offer you a handsome bone

To take home to your pet.


But the butcher’s best bargains

Are not on display in his glass cases

Bullet-ridden and broken-limbed,

They are buried two to a coffin

In yard no. 29

In the general cemetery of Santiago.

Their gravesites marked by black crosses

Bearing the initials N.N. for no name.


The butcher stands on parade,

Waving, saluting, smiling,

His aristocratic jaw thrust forward like a sabre,

His aquiline nose fierce and proud

Of the stench of death he wears for a perfume.

He may not have reduced the price of bread and milk,

Brought inflation under control,

Or provided housing for the homeless,

But with the sleight of hand of a great magician

The economical butcher

Made the hungry and disaffected disappear.


What a great savior!

What a big savings!


Copyright: John Chenault 1992

Translation: Manuel Medina 2013

First Americans were Black Aborigines

“Who were the first Americans? Where did they come from? When did they first arrive here? This BBC documentary answers those questions. Scientist were stunned to find evidence of civilization in Brazil dating to around 50,000 years ago. Evidence of fire usage, rock art paintings, and some of the oldest skeletal remains ever found in the America’s have established a new timeline for the arrival of modern humans in the America’s. Analysis on skulls found show that they are more similar to the bone structure of Africans and Australian Aborigines.”


Kenny Barron Quintet – Live at the Village Vanguard – Set 1 – 6/5/13


Kenny Barron, piano
Vincent Herring, alto saxophone
Brandon Lee, trumpet
Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass
Lee Pearson, drums

Produced by WBGO
Josh Jackson, Host and Producer
David Tallacksen, Technical Director and Audio Mix
Steve Weiss, Production Assistant

Thanks to the Village Vanguard and NPR Music.

Aria from Diva – Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez

“Fernandez sings the aria “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”, from Act I of Catalani’s opera “La Wally.” The piece is a haunting reverie on the theme of traveling alone and far from home. Catalani died in 1893 of consumption at the age of 39, only a year after the triumphant premiere of “La Wally” at La Scala.

This performance plays a prominent role in the 1981 French romantic thriller, “Diva” – and is an excerpt from the DVD.

The opera, based on a German novel, has a libretto by the young Luigi Illica, who went on to collaborate on the texts for “La Boheme,” “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly.” It tells of a wild, headstrong Swiss mountain girl who loves one local huntsman and is loved by another. Eventually she wins her true love, the pair embraces high in the Alps, an avalanche entombs the hero and she leaps after him to her snowy death.”