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NEGRO: Finding Identity - Rosa
"That idea of colorism what we’re really talking about is…anti-black prejudices that run rampant, I think within the Latino community but I also think within the African-American community, if we look at the history of race and ‘light-skinnedness’…Black to me is also a consciousness, it’s a politic, so people look at me and be like ‘why you calling yourself Black?’ well you have to understand what Black is, what does Black mean?, Black is not African-American, we’re talking about a global Black or African Diaspora, but it’s important to also say that as a Latina, at some level i may have a privilege that other darker sisters don’t enjoy and we have to be mindful of that as well."
Self-identified, Black Puerto Rican activist, Rosa Clemente discusses her awakening to ethnicity and race and how education leads the path to liberation.
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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?
Three Afro-Americans tell their stories of discovering the vastness of the African Diaspora. One Afro-Colombian talks about wrong assumptions made by Afro-Americans.
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.
Internalized racism, color preference, class whitening and “bettering the race” are discussed. How do these mentalities translate into social norms and treatment?
Dominican-American, Larissa Vasquez talks about growing up with a color complex, recounting a doll story that made color preference blatant at a very young age.
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.
Marta talks about the attitudes of “bettering the race” among residents of the Bay Island of Utila in Honduras. Sex tourism and black men seeking white women and vice-versa is also discussed.
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.
Dash asks people on the street to identify Latinos based on physical appearance. Do stereotypes guide people’s perception of a certain “look” of Latino ethnicity?
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A multi-part discussion. Women from Latin America, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Africa discuss beauty, body image and media in the Americas.
Encuentro Diaspora Afro and In.A.Dash.Media, in collaboration with the UMASS Center for African, Caribbean and Community development and the Red de Mujeres Afro, present a film screening of “NEGRO” a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latinos. Through candid interviews, the social manifestations and consequences of the deep-seated color complex is deconstructed.
A Q & A panel with the filmmaker, Dash Harris and Encuentro Diaspora Afro staff will follow.
Friday, March 22
UMass - Boston Campus
Wheatley Building, 1st FL Room 31
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
OKUS Presents Identidad Re-imagined: A documentary screening and discussion with filmmaker Dash Harris.
What does it mean to be Black in America? What does it mean to be Latino/a? What does it mean to be both? With these questions in mind, FOKUS presents an exclusive screening of Negro: A Docu-Series about Latino Identity and discussion with the series creator and director Dash Harris.
The docu-series explores the history and presents attitudes of race, color, self-identification, and social interaction among Latinos from Latinos themselves.
This dynamic event will demonstrate the diversity of the Black experience and to challenge how we think about identity.
For more information contact Jordan Kifer <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Event will be held 3/14 in 3512 Haven Hall, 3:30pm-4:00pm.
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!
Negro: Finding Identity- Betty
Ecuadorian-American, Betty talks about what it means to be an immigrant, documented and undocumented in the United States. She discusses why she felt her documentary, ‘DreamTown,’ about soccer players from the Afro-Ecuadorian town, El Chota Valley was needed and her hopes for a future of intercultural appreciation.
For more information on DreamTown, check out the website
Dreamtown and El Valle Del Chota on PBS Frontline