The Lincoln Center Sponsors Jazz for Castro-Stalinism

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But have you ever heard of Eusebio Penalver or any of the other black Cuban heroes? Ever see a CNN interview with them? Ever see any of them on “60 Minutes”? Ever read about them in The New York Times? The Washington Post?  Ever hear them on NPR during Black History Month? Ever seen anything on them on the History Channel or A&E? Ever hear the NAACP or Congressional Black Caucus mention him?

Why do I bother asking? They were victims of the Left’s premier pin-up boys, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Nuff said.

Only six months before the Castroites invited Wynton Marsalis, they murdered black human rights activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo. This black Cuban had endured an 83-day hunger strike seeking (vainly, as usual) to alert the world to the Castro regime’s cowardly Stalinism and racism. Then in February of this year a series of savage beatings by his Communist jailers finished him off.  Naturally the MSM was no more revelatory of his death than they’d been of his jailing or hunger strike.

Samizdats smuggled out of Cuba by eye-witnesses’ report that while gleefully kicking and bludgeoning Tamayo, his Castroite jailers yelled: “Worthless Ni**er!”

Today the prison population in Stalinist/Apartheid Cuba is 80% black while only 9% of the ruling Stalinist party is black. Many of a certain age will remember many of Wynton Marsalis’ musical colleagues mounting a campaign called “Artists United Against Apartheid,” aimed at boycotting South Africa, reviling any musicians who played there, and showcasing the human rights abuses suffered by South African Blacks.

Should we hold our breath for the same bunch to organize, “Artists United Against Castro-Stalinism?”

To top it all, for this heart-warming “Cultural Exchange” the Lincoln Center partnered with Castro’s Secret Police. Leftists, kindly stifle the shrieks of “McCarthyism  at American Thinker!” and instead read the following :

Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s report on this “Cultural Exchange” with Stalinist Cuba: “(Wynton Marsalis’) invitation came under the auspices of the Cuban Institute of Music, an agency of the Cuban Ministry of Culture.”

Now here’s what Cuban Intelligence defector Jesus Perez-Mendes,  during a debriefing in 1983,  disclosed to the FBI  about the Cuban Ministry of Culture: “the Circulo de Cultura Cubana (Cuban Ministry of Culture) is controlled by the Cuban DGI (Castro’s KGB -trained Directorio General de Intelligencia.)

Humberto Fontova is the author of four books, including Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant and Exposing the Real Che Guevara. Visit

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  • yrd4soundingoff

    Mr. Fontova, I join you in wondering why so many African Americans feel some sort of "romance" with Castro and Cuba. Look at our esteemed Congressional Black Caucus' all-expense paid trip to Cuba a year ago? The quotes and emotes from that group about how mystically wonderful and eternally brilliant Castro is were printed everywhere. Please continue to write about the poor black martyrs languishing in the Cuban prisons. I did not know that Orlando Zapata Tamayo was murdered until I read it here. I am heartbroken that he did not get a chance to live. Please continue to write what you can about these people. Get the word out to us here and at other conservative sites. We want to know. We want to help.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Thank you, Humberto, for another excellent piece exposing the horrors of Cuba's "paradise." Where are Amnesty International and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights? By the time blacks in the U.S. remove their blinders, it will be too late — they will open their eyes to find themselves the victims of slavery under communism in their own country. I recently read that Lincoln Center has joined the other New York hosts of bedbug infestations — after reading your article, I believe the plague of insects may be karmic retribution for the theater complex's actions. If Cuba's prisons are "a celebration of human rights and social justice," then I know we are living the Stalinist lie, and the only notes that come out of Marsalis' trumpet should be appropriate for a dirge to be played in the memorial service for the eventual demise of a formerly free world in chains.

  • Jim Johnson

    Would the name of Music Makers at the Lincoln Center be called the "Snuff Band " by any chance.

  • pennswoods

    Correct me if I am wrong but isn't Cuba 20-25% black? So why haven't American blacks and white Liberals ever asked themselves why has Cuba not had one black (or woman of any color) in any top leadership position in Castro's all male white thugocracy since 1959? Just wondering….