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The AfroLatin@ Forum is pleased to present Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts!, a three-day international conference to be held October 23–25, 2014, in New York City. This gathering will provide a unique opportunity to examine the structural and ideological barriers to full Afro-Latino representation and discuss opportunities for positive social change.
Building on our highly successful 2011 conference the Forum will again bring together activists, cultural workers, community members, academics and other stakeholders representing the vast, diverse Afro-Latino population. This year’s event focuses specifically on how race counts, i.e., matters, for Latin@s of African descent and the need to quantify that racialized experience. Our conference is an extension of the Forum's general anti-racism work and targets efforts to overlook racial considerations when referring to Latin@s. We understand that such efforts contribute to Afro-Latin@ invisibility and are consistent with broader post-racial ideologies, as traditionally presented throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and increasingly advocated in the U.S. Keep reading...
by Melissa M. Valle
El Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (FICCI) has just ended here in Cartagena, Colombia. It was an incredible opportunity to enjoy some cinematic gems from around the world (PELO MALO from Venezuela is excellent!). I recently watched La Grande Belleza, an Italian film that deservedly garnered a number of awards last year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJfvX6zPAuQ). Truly a thought-provoking, visually beautiful work of art. But oftentimes what’s most captivating about a film is the audience’s response to it. There was one scene where a Mother Teresa- saint like character was supposed to be visiting Rome. Religious figures from around the world gathered to greet her and the camera cuts to a white nun staring at a man whom we are supposed to assume is African. Well, the (primarily Afro-descendant youth) audience I was surrounded by just found that hilarious. But not more hilarious than when the larger group of Africans was taking a photo with “the saint.” That’s when the audience really had a good, hard laugh. Nothing like images of Africans wearing what people believe is the “traditional” dress to add comic relief to any program. Keep reading...
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