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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Afro Blue, un homenaje: A Room of My Own

HowlRound: The Twitter chatter after Beyoncé’s Grammy Awards 2017 performance got me hyped. It reinvigorated a lot of discussion about the work we have been doing with my experimental theatre collective Lukumi Arts. Many people’s inability to locate Beyoncé, who is an African-American of Louisiana Creole and Bahamian heritage, within Afro-Cuban practices is typical. While it may seem far-fetched or like a publicity stunt, Beyoncé’s diligent public interest in Afro-Cuban culture, including traveling to the island with Jay-Z, and meeting Afro-Cuban legends like Juana Bacallao, cannot be overlooked.

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