Bloodline Rumba, a new play by John Chenault

My new play, Bloodline Rumba, is premiering 8 pm Wednesday, February 3, at the University of Louisville (UofL). It is being produced by the African American Theatre Program of the UofL Theatre Arts Department, and directed by the brilliant Nefertiti Burton.

For more information, check out this story in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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Yellow Fever: a short film by Ng’endo Mukii

I am interested in the concept of skin and race, and what they imply; in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with —Ng’endo Mukii

Yellow Fever: FULL from Ng’endo Mukii on Vimeo.

-Best Experimental Short Film, Black Star Film Festival, USA August 2014
-Best Short Film, AfriKamera Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland April 2014
-3rd place in the Documentary Category, 2nd Afrinolly Short Film Competition, February 2014
-Best Animation, This Is England Film Festival, Rouen, France November 2013
-Best Student Film, Underexposed Film Festival, SC, USA November 2013
-Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short, 49th Chicago International Film Festival, USA October 2013
-Special Mention, 59th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany May 2013
-Best Short Film, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Lagos, Nigeria March 2013
-Best Animation, 7th Kenya International Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya November 2012

Así somos: Afro Identities in the Coast

The Coast of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero have the highest population of afro-descendants in the entire country. This documentary was created because the people from the coast of Oaxaca requested that I film our talks on identity and blackness. The recordings take place in the towns of Charco Redondo and Chacahua, both in Oaxaca.

This is something I put together last minute because I had no intention of making a documentary. I wish only to give the people from the Coast representation as invisibilization of the Black race in Mexico is common. Rarely does someone think about Mexico when they think of the African diaspora but more enslaved Africans went to Mexico and Perú combined than the United States.

This documentary is intended to bring awareness of the African diaspora in Mexico and to help begin conversations on identity and blackness. — Andy Amaya

For more information on the director, Andy Amaya, and his film, check out this article by Andrew S. Vargas at Remezcla.

The invisible sounds [Los sonidos invisibles] in Colombia

The Invisible Sounds [Los Sonidos invisibles] is a documentary by anthropologists Ana María Arango and Gregor Vanerian that focuses in the San Pacho festival as an epicenter of music culture in Colombia.


For more information on the film and its background, check out his article posted by Africa is a Country.

Rumberos (Documental sobre Rumba Cubana)

This documentary on the Rumba, shot in Havana, Cuba, is in Spanish. In addition to discussing the history of the Rumba, the film provides examples of the three main rhythms that comprise the Rumba family: Yambu, Guaguancó, and Columbia.

The documentary features a few scenes shot during the weekly (Sunday) Rumbas in Callejon de Hamel, one of my favorite spots in Havana.


Call and Responses: The Odyssey of the Moor

Historian MIranda Kaufmann interviews artist Graeme Evelyn about his art installation at Kensington Palace,London, featuring John van Nost’s Bust of the Moor. The lavish sculpture was commissioned by King William III in 1689.

For more information about the history surrounding this installation check out Graeme Evelyn’s website.

Let’s Talk About Race (in Latin@ Communities)

Bring up racism amongst those from Latin America and you’ll often get an exasperated groan, followed by something about how class is the predominate stratifying principle in Latin America, and a plea to stop applying your U.S.-based take on race to those in Latin America and the Caribbean. They may even throw in a “we’re all mixed” or “what is race?” rejoinder for good measure.

They will likely bring up the fluidity of racial boundaries as a way of suggesting that the struggles around this form of discrimination have their own set of particularities when in a different setting like Latin America, and that these particularities absolve them from dealing with contradictory experiences of Afro-Latin@s that reveal a peculiarly hidden racism.

Read the rest Melissa M. Valle’s illuminating article here on nacla’s website.