Archive for the ‘South America’ Category

Brazil: Preparations for the Rio Olympics Hurt Afro-Brazilians

As host of the 31st Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro will attract as many as 500,000 tourists. Yet, the widely reported efforts to prepare for the games have left many questioning whether Rio is ready.

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Brazil: Dia da Consciência Negra / The Day of Black Awareness

The Day of Black Awareness is celebrated annually on November 20 in Brazil as a day on which to reflect upon the injustices of slavery.

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Profile | Ecuador: The Struggle of Afro-Ecuadorians

Afro-Ecuadorians have had some success in pushing for the enactment of important anti-discrimination constitutional and legislative changes.

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Venezuela: Change in the 2011 Census for Afro-Venezuelans

For the first time ever, Venezuela’s 2011 Census will include a question that allows individuals to identify themselves as being Afro-descendent.

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Peru: Susana Baca Becomes Country’s First Black Government Minister

In July 2011, Peru’s president-elect, Ollanta Humala, chose the singer Susana Baca as culture minister, making her the country’s first black government minister since independence from Spain in 1821.

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Peru Profile: LUNDU – Centro de Estudios y Promoción Afroperuanos

LUNDU, fundada en el 2001, es una institución sin fines de lucro que busca el desarrollo de la población afro descendiente en Peru.

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Peru: For Blacks in Peru, There’s No Room at the Top

Although published in 1996, this New York Times articles provides some insights into the everyday life of the black population within Peru.

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Mexico and Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet

In Mexico and Peru, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of each country’s black population—the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States.

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Video | Brazil: A Racial Paradise?

In Brazil, Professor Henry Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.

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Peru: “El que no tiene de Inga tiene de Mandinga”

The popular Peruvian saying means every Peruvian has either some indigenous or African blood – a saying that glosses over the nation’s deep-set prejudices.

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