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MXGM in Cuba

Ifetayo M. Flannery, Ph.D. MXGM, Oakland Chapter In Black August of 2017, a small contingent of MXGM members and officers from both Atlanta and Oakland chapters arrived in Havana, Cuba. During this orga-nized trip, Mama Nehanda visited with and escorted the five of us each day to advance the visibility and reach of MXGM at the international Latin American “Hip Hop & Revolution� conference in Havana. By day, we would eat breakfast with Mama Nehanda and discuss her life in Cuba, the political happenings of the state, the role of MXGM members everywhere, and the fore-sight of our many ideological and revolutionary strate-gies in the United States and abroad.

This is an image taken of Ifetayo Flannery by a graffiti depiction of Malcolm X in an alleyway of central Havana near Quinta de Los Molinos, August 2017. By afternoon and evening we would attend the conference events and engage the many participants who considered themselves the grassroots voices of oppressed peoples in Latin America. It had been explained to us by participants that in areas of the Caribbean and Latin American countries, political education was hardly transmittable through intuitional mediums and therefore hip-hop continues to be a platform for activists to insight political consciousness and action. In this way, a high regard and appreciation for New Afrikans was expressed regularly and there was no omission to the fact that hip-hop was a New Afrikan cultural production. We were treated very well during our visit. It was also notable that Mama Nehanda was received and recognized as an important political figure in Cuba. Our association with her allowed us into many spaces and privileged us to interview artists and activists who were involved in Third World revolutionary actions in their various communities.

Various hip-hop artists and activists who interviewed with MXGM members Taliba Obuya, Ifetayo Flannery, Omar Hunter and Mama Nehanda on how to engage MXGM and the revolutionary messages of New Afrikans

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By Any Means Necessary  

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