The implications and dynamics of ‘pelo malo’ or bad hair and good hair are examined by women and men from all over the Americas and Africa. What do these terms mean? How are they interpreted and ultimately what attitudes do they reflect?
Color and African descendant identity is examined in Latin America. How are color and ‘race’ viewed in Latin America? What connections do Afrodescendants in Latin America share with Afrodescendants in the U.S.? Latinos and Afro-Americans share their stories.
Born to Panamanian and Costa Rican parents, New Yorker, Aisha talks about “playing the middle” when it came to Latino and Black Identity. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY among all Caribbean friends, she never separated the two identities although others did.
Melissa is a first generation American expat living in Colombia. She talks about growing up as a child of immigrants,perceptions imposed on her by others growing up as a “U.S. Latina” and what being Colombian in the United States means.
Women of African descent from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa discuss the complexities of immigration, assimilation, race and ethnicity, and their relationship with the Black American community.
'Negro: A docu-series about Latino Identity' DVDs for Latino Heritage Month
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Got an interesting comment from a Filipino man on the docu-series:
“I’m an Asian Latino from the Philippines because of my Hispanic ancestry and heritage. Saludos Latinoafricanos. Viva La Hispanidad!!!”
So do Filipinos consider themselves Latino?
A little history:
The Philipines was colonized by three countries, namely:
Spain for 333 years
United Sates of America
Filipino and English are the official languages.
Spanish was the original official language of the country for more than three centuries.
According to Ethnologue, a total of 171 native languages are spoken in the country. There are 13 indigenous languages with at least one million native speakers: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Waray-Waray, Kapampangan, Bikol, Albay Bikol, Pangasinan, Maranao, Maguindanao, Kinaray-a, and Tausug. One or more of these is spoken natively by more than 90% of the population.
The 2013 Lozano Long Conference — Refashioning Blackness: Contesting Racism in the Afro-Americas
February 20-22, 2013
The University of Texas at Austin
Convened by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies (WCAAAS)
Call for Papers
In recent years there has been an explosion of scholarly work on Afro–Latin America that has moved away from simply demonstrating that racial discrimination exists to analyzing the different ways in which black populations represent their identities, relate to the state, and mobilize politically internally and transnationally. In the United States, meanwhile, the election of the first African American president led many to proclaim the end of race and of black politics. The aim of this conference is to encourage a cutting-edge conversation about the current political and cultural moment in the Afro-Americas. How can scholars and activists engage in anti-racist politics in systems where racial democracy/post-racial ideologies prevail? As governments employ post-racial or multicultural ideologies to stifle the impact of black social movements, new questions are emerging about how racial inequalities can be challenged in the Americas. Embracing blackness, which is often seen as the desirable and logical tactic to counter racism, is an insufficient response, as it can lead to fruitless debates about who is black and how blackness is being conceived and become disconnected from political action. This conference encourages participants to grapple with changing configurations of racial inequalities and racism in the Afro-Americas and the ongoing challenge to topple these hierarchies. We are particularly interested in papers that analyze the ways racial ideologies in Latin America parallel and indeed inform notions of “post-raciality” in the United States.
Conference themes will include, but are not limited to:
Black social movements/political mobilization
Comparative and transnational approaches to racism and anti-racist politics
Cultural production and racism
Race and public policy
Blackness and national identity
We welcome papers that address these themes from both contemporary and historical perspectives.
Those interested in participating should send their paper titles and abstracts (between 250 and 300 words) as well as a short bio-bibliographical notice (200 words) to the two conveners: Drs. Juliet Hooker and Frank Guridy firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the conference should be addressed to Paloma Diaz.
The deadline for sending proposals is September 30, 2012. Notification of acceptance will be given by October 30, 2012.
From a recent conversation with a friend about the docu-series NEGRO
"Yeah this is with cultures of African descent all over the world. It’s really sad and it hurts. I remember sitting down with my college Spanish language instructor and listening to her stories about being a dark Puerto Rican. When she got married they put her as being Negra on the license and her mother got so angry and demanded that it be changed. Senora Perez is my color, and she talked about how she tried to model for the Black magazines like Ebony but didn’t get the job because she was too dark, they wanted someone like Leena Horne. I find that funny because she’s Horne’s twin but a little darker. Her mother told her that she looks like a fly in a glass of milk when she wears all white clothes. My teacher said it wasn’t racist, just only comparing the color of her skin and clothes. Senora Perez was born and raised in Puerto Rico and she identifies with being Puerto Rican. Just thought I share this with you :)"
To all following the docu-series a big THANK YOU for all the support and spreading the word. I have since, again, drained all my savings to continue on to Central America and I need financial support to keep up production. As a one-woman-band, community support is invaluable! The feedback from the series is what keeps me going amid a below shoestring budget. I believe in this project and see the value in telling our own stories and narratives and a lot of you do too. Please donate HERE and re-blog and share with everyone you know and even those you do not know. Thanks so much!