There is no greater rap beef than the relationship between Cuba and the United States. Given Barack Obama’s love affair with Hip-Hop culture, he’ll have a distinctive edge against Fidel Castro in a freestyle battle; albeit, the language barrier would also provide emcee POTUS the slight edge.
When the United States decided last year to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba–essentially ending the social and political stalemate that began 50 years ago–the news generated tremendous amount of interest from travelers who want to explore Cuban culture to U.S companies salivating over the socioeconomic potential.
We sat down with Professor Sujatha Fernandes (Dept. of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center) to discuss the history of Hip Hop resistance, the commodification of the culture, and the impact the normalization will have on the Cuban Hip-Hop community.
Professor Sujatha Fernandes has written extensively on global social movements. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Huffington Post, American Prospect, and Colorlines.
She has also made appearances on MSNBC, NPR, NY1, American Public Radio, BBC, CBC, and ABC Australia.