[video en inglés y español] Raka Dun and Raka Rich of Los Rakas discuss how blackness is viewed in Panama and appreciating ones culture and background. - Raka Dun y Raka Rich de Los Rakas discutir cómo negritud se ve en Panamá y apreciar la cultura y los antecedentes.
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Here is a list of the top ten most viewed video shorts in the series. Click on the title to go to the video.
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?
(Just because it’s my favorite number)
A multi-part discussion. Women from Latin America, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Africa discuss beauty, body image and media in the Americas.
Negro: Finding Identity- Alex
U.S. expat, Alex talks about living and finding his roots in Panama amid colorism, racism and discrimination in Panama. He expounds on the subtle but harmful ways racism manifests and its influence.
Negro: “Why Identify as ‘AfroLatino’?
AfroLatinidad and the importance of identifying as an AfroLatino is discussed. Music by Peter Barr
Immigration and Assimilation Among African-descendants
Women from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa discuss the hardships of being first-generation Americans. The stigma of growing up African and Haitian is dissected as well as the “us” versus “them” mentality some immigrants have against Black Americans.
Music by Negros Americanos
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