The strength, resilience, and beauty of the Cuban woman astounds me…
by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada
Beautiful black women,
it is still raining in this terrible land.
We need you. We flex our muscles,
turn to stare at our tormentor,
we need you. Raining.
We need you, reigning, black queen.
(from the poem Beautiful Black Women)
I met him back in the sixties of last century, when he was known as LeRoi Jones. Despite his youth he was already a recognized writer. He had published “Blues People: Negro Music in White America “, an essential text considered “the first great history of black music…
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