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16 Articles To Help You Wrap Your Head Around Fidel Castro's Complex Legacy

These 16 articles will get you started on understanding the complex perspectives surrounding Fidel Castro's legacy.

I was still awake that Friday night when the news of Fidel Castro’s death broke.


There wasn’t much on TV about the matter yet so of course, I scrolled through Twitter and Facebook to see updates into the wee hours of the morning, as well as hit up the Cuban folks I know (who were also still awake) to get a better sense of their feelings on Castro’s death. Because regardless of these social media echo chambers, the Cuban people’s (various) perspectives should be the ones that lead us through this conversation, right?

It’s not so cut and dry; certainly not black and white—especially with how polarized my timelines were among Afro-Cubans, African Americans and Africans.

I also realized that I needed to read up and understand how Castro’s complex history with the world truly is.

Here are my finds below for you to start to do the same:

  1. Fidel Castro's Legacy on Race Relations in Cuba and Abroad

  2. Africa Is Not Conflicted About Fidel Castro’s Legacy

  3. VIVA FIDEL!

  4. One-on-One With Afro-Cubans: What It Means to Be Black in Cuba

  5. Why Black Americans Love Fidel Castro

  6. Here’s Why People Are Celebrating Fidel Castro’s Death, Even Though it Seems Gross To Do So

  7. Fidel Castro's Anti-Colonialist Legacy

  8. Fidel Castro, African Hero

  9. A Briefing Sheet on Cuba's Racial Demographics

  10. African-Americans Should Stop Lionizing Castro as Champion of Black Liberation

  11. For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun

  12. Afro-Cubans, and Some Black Americans, Mourn the Death of Fidel Castro

  13. Reporter's Notebook | Living under Fidel: A Very Personal Account

  14. Fidel Castro Left Mark on Somalia, Horn of Africa

  15. Fidel Castro Remains a Divisive Figure Among Somalis

  16. Fidel Castro Leaves Complicated Legacy in Africa

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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