Tonyaa Weathersbee is a columnist for the Florida Times Union out of Jacksonville. A member of the prestigious Trotter Group of African American columnists in the US, she has maintained an interest in Cuba and issues of race & identity there, as well as in Venezuela.
In September, 2007, Tonyaa Weathersbee wrote an article about a recent trip she took to Cuba, One Race, Two Countries. A group of 4 Cuban Americans attacked her for this article in a letter to the editor, Cuba is no paradise for blacks, 11/07, citing a few myths that are common among Cuban Americans.
AfroCubaWeb columnist Alberto Jones comments on this attack in A Failed Revisionist attempt To Mask Cuba’s Tragic History, 11/07.
Seeing the people, not Cold War politics, Tonyaa Weathersbee, 2/07 Column about Alberto Jones.
CUBA: Racial segregation is still apparent, 3/16/06 is another letter to the Times Union editors attacking Tonyaa Weathersbee for her column on Cuban academics should be freed from trade ban, 3/13/06. The letter begins factually enough, at least some of the stats on black participation are correct, though one wonders why the author does not include similar statistics for South Florida. Then it veers into never never land with its endorsement of the prosecution of the Miami 5, whose only crime was to monitor narco-terrorist organizations that the letter-writer apparently admires.
For Black Cubans, That Handshake Was Hope 12/17/2013 The Root: By: Tonyaa
Weathersbee - "But for Cubans, particularly many Afro-Cubans, such a gesture
between their president and the black president of the superpower just 90 miles
north of them fuels hopes for bigger changes. One such change would be the
ultimate lifting of a five-decade long economic embargo that has
disproportionately ratcheted up more suffering among black Cubans, who receive
far fewer remittance dollars than white Cubans and feel more of the brunt of
shortages and hardships, as well as the increasing economic stratification that
More visits by artists like Beyonce, Jay-Z, needed, says Afro-Cuban filmmaker 5/17/2013 Pittsburgh Courier: by Tonyaa Weathersbee
Tonyaa Weathersbee: A goal is reached after two decades 4/11/2013 Jax Air News: "This week marked two milestones for the African-American Cultural Society here. For nearly two decades, it had been trying to get Gloria Rolando, a renowned Afro-Cuban filmmaker whose work primarily deals with the triumphs and struggles of black people in that island nation, to visit. Last Sunday, she finally did. Rolando made a stop here after appearing in Atlanta and en route to other U.S. destinations. She showed two of her films, “The Jazz in Us” and “Cherished Island Memories.” Her lifetime mission has been to use film to uncover those portions of black Cuban life either lost or buried in history. “I am very curious,” Rolando told me. “I like to explore the history of a people, how they got there, what happened to them.”"
Why the Black and Poor Loved Hugo Chávez 3/6/2013 The Root: By: Tonyaa Weathersbee - "The news, at least back in the U.S., was that Chávez had shut down RCTV, and the speculation was that in doing so, he was moving the country toward totalitarianism. But the throngs of black and brown Venezuelans who gathered to support him apparently didn't believe that. Nor did they care about the fate of a station that rarely saw them in a positive light or, for that matter, at all. What they cared about was the fate of a leader who not only acknowledged his own black features and heritage but also saw theirs."
?Encuentro con delegación de Estados Unidos 6/3/2010 Noticias de la Biblioteca Nacional José Martí: "Un fructífero intercambio sostuvieron el Dr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas, director de la Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí y el investigador de la propia institución Tomás Fernández Robaina, con una delegación de periodistas norteamericanos."
Commentary: Afro-Cubans could influence an anti-Bush vote in Fla. 3/30/2008 Black America News: by Tonyaa Weathersbee, published 10/04, still topical
End failed trade ban with Cuba 12/14/2007 Times Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee - ""When I approached this solid waste dump, I couldn't even smell it," said Alberto Jones, who is a native of Guantanamo and vice president of the friendship association. "It was like a botanical garden ... the air quality has improved in that area tremendously." "When I met this lady [Garcia], I said to Soledad: 'She ought to be a CNN hero,' " Weeks told me. So Weeks nominated Garcia. And she won. The living room erupted into cheers. Then came the rude interruption. Actress Rosario Dawson announced that because of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba, Garcia couldn't come to New York to pick up her $10,000 prize. Jones had to accept it on her behalf. Such craziness ought to make more Americans want to step up - and push for an end to the failed embargo and travel ban."
Attacking Tonyaa Weathersbee 12/2/2007 AfroCubaWeb: "Tonyaa Weathersbee is a columnist for the Florida Times Union out of Jacksonville. A member of the prestigious Trotter Group of African American columnists in the US, she has maintained an interest in Cuba and issues of race & identity there. In September, 2007, Tonyaa Weathersbee wrote an article about a recent trip she took to Cuba, One Race, Two Countries. A group of 4 Cuban Americans attacked her for this article in a letter to the editor, Cuba is no paradise for blacks, 11/07, citing a few myths that are common among Cuban Americans. AfroCubaWeb columnist Alberto Jones comments on this attack in A Failed Revisionist attempt To Mask Cuba’s Tragic History, 11/07."
Seeing the people, not Cold War politics 11/5/2007 Florida Times-Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee, a member of the Trotter Group, an association of Black US columnists. This article discusses Alberto Jones, whose columns appear on AfroCubaWeb.
Seeing the people, not Cold War politics 2/21/2007 Florida Times Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee - "Alberto Jones is the last person one would expect to have any love for Cuba. Especially when hatred forced him out of it."
TONYAA WEATHERSBEE: Boycotting for revenge, not justice 4/1/2003 BAW: "Fresh off the heels of that great Republican congressional campaign to change the name of French fries to freedom fries on the cafeteria menus in the House of Representatives, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., decided it was his turn to up the anti-French ante. Last week, he sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urging him to terminate a contract between the U.S. government and Sodexho Alliance, a French company."
Perils of life without a free press are evident in Cuba 6/3/2002 Florida Times Union: Tonyaa Weathersbee is part of the Trotter Group
OPINION: There is a plus side to the Cuban struggle for food 5/27/2002 Times-Union, Jacksonville: Tonyaa Weathersbee is part of the Trotter Group of black US columnists.
History and culture inextricably tie blacks in Cuba to blacks in the United States. But they are worlds apart, too
Florida Times Union, Jacksonville
As Cuban-Americans living in Florida, we are appalled by Tonyaa Weathersbee's article on blacks in Cuba. The administration of the newspaper obviously did not check to verify the facts stated in it.
Alberto N. Jones
As I read "Cuba is no paradise for
blacks" (Florida Times-Union 11/29/07) written by Josefa Quintana PhD, Evelio Bofill MD, Mr. Otto Rodriguez-Viamonte from Miami, and Rafael Gomez MD, from Jacksonville, Fl., I am stunned by the fact that fifty years have failed to erase their mythological views and fantasized memory of Cuba prior to 1959,
one that existed only in their secluded Miramar, Biltmore, or Kholy neighborhoods in Havana, where blacks were not allowed and trespassers were quickly moved out
of the area by private security guards.
One Actor, One Accountant, Two Teachers, Two Dentists, Five Physicians (one deceased), One Architect, Four Construction, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Two Biochemist (one deceased) One Biologist and Two Nurses.
This appears to be in response to Tonyaa Weathersbee's Florida Times Union Column, Cuban academics should be freed from trade ban, 3/13/06
by JORGE BRUNET-GARCIA, business owner, Jacksonville
Archive of Tonyaa Weathersbee columns on Black America Web