Black Diaspora Review // <p>The Review will provide a forum for the scholarly critiques; debate every aspect of Black Diaspora studies, including its mission, curricula, ideology and/or scholarly methodologies, linkages to other academic disciplines links to extra-academic communities, and its future.</p> en-US Black Diaspora Review 2334-1521 <ol> <li>Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="" target="_new"><span style="color: #337755;">Creative Commons Attribution License</span></a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</li> <li>Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.</li> <li>Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. </li> </ol> Table of Contents // Tanya L. Saunders ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 Introductory Remarks // Tanya L. Saunders ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 1 6 Prologue // Sandra Abd´Allah-Álvarez Ramírez ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 7 11 Blackness, Cubanness, and the End of an Era // This paper seeks to demonstrate the importance of examining racial inequalities in today’s Cuban society. When the island is clearly in the verge of experiencing fundamental transformations, it is more than ever necessary to study the basic mechanism underpinning the pervasiveness of racial prejudices and racism against Black Cubans both on the island and within its exiled communities. How can the current negotiations between the Cuban and US government impact everyday lives of Black Cubans? Odette Casamayor-Cisneros ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 12 23 “Salvándose” in Contemporary Havana: Rumba’s Paradox for Black Identity Politics // <p>In the scholarship of anti-racist struggle in Cuba, <em>rumberos</em> (rumba practitioners) are typically ignored for operating within racist folkloric stereotypes that further the commodification and appropriation of Black expressive culture by the state. This ethnographic case study explores how the Afro-religious urban poor in Havana deploy rumba within the sacred sphere to perform an affirming Black cultural difference and create an alternative market in which to secure autonomous economic and socio-spiritual sustenance: <em>salvándose</em> (saving themselves). This particular form of political agency finds itself in a paradoxical relationship with the dominant ideological thrust of the “New Afro-Cuban movement” against racism. Using performance theory, Black feminism(s), and political economy, this study found that performances by and for this overlooked sector in the sacred sphere cannot be dismissed as insignificant vis-à-vis antiracist objections to the narrow social definition of Blackness as folklore and the increasingly narrow opportunities for Afro-Cubans in the emerging private market. A performance-oriented lens can offer key insights into how alternative Black political consciousness is developed and transmitted across generations. </p> Maya J. Berry ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 24 54 Ayabbas: Memory, Sacred Performance and the Restoration of Afro Cuban Women’s Subjectivity to the Cuban Trans/nation // Yesenia Fernandez Selier ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 55 80 To Be a Black Woman, a Lesbian, and an Afro-Feminist in Cuba Today // Norma R. Guillard Limonta ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 81 97 Photo Essay // Sahily Borrero Marín ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2016-02-22 2016-02-22 5 2 98 114