June 17, 2013
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.