afrolatin@ forum news
African-Americans and Latinos: Conflict or Collaboration?
Miriam Jimenez-Roman, Executive Director of the AfroLatin@forum: stated "We are not in competition with the African-American community. They have been at the vanguard, in terms of assuring civil rights in this country. And for that reason, all of the privileges that we have as Latinos in this country owe so much to the African-American struggle.” Read more here.
Q&A with Miriam Jiménez Román
Afro-Latino forum fosters dialogue on colorism, lived experiences
Negra & Beautiful: The Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
Letter to Friends of Tato Laviera
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As many of you know, three years ago Tato Laviera found himself homeless after undergoing brain surgery. At that time, the community stepped forward to help him. With your support, the community was able to secure the necessary living conditions for him to continue his work. He has been productive and produced the play The King of Cans and completed a draft of the novel El Barrio.
Over the last two and a half months Tato has been in intensive care. His physical condition has been deteriorating rapidly, and the doctors have not been able to identify the Illness. Doctors, family, and loved ones are doing everything humanly possible to help him. At this time, we once again reach out to the literary and cultural groups, friends, and colleagues and ask for your assistance in the form of donations.
Tato Laviera is an amazingly talented and influential major poet. He is truly one of our community's treasures and has given so much to us. We ask that you please pray for him and give generously.
Send your contributions to:
Jesus A. Laviera
North East Community Bank
1751 2nd Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10128
Or Home Address:
Jesús Tato Laviera
2253 Third Avenue Apt. 1102
New York, N.Y. 10035
Stephanie Álvarez, University of Texas-Pan American
Juan Flores, New York University
William Luis, Vanderbilt University
First Annual Afro-Latino Festival of New York
The First Afro-Latino Festival of New York, June 29, 2013, Parkside Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Join us in celebrating AfroLatinidad during the First Afro-Latino Festival of New York, which will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Parkside Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.
The afrolatin@ forum is proud to be a participating organization, joining forces with other Afro-Latin@ organizations in this endeavor. The goal of the festival is to create a platform that showcases the diversity of Afro-Latin@s and the commonality of Afro-Latin@s with the rest the African Diaspora by sharing cultural and artistic traditions. In addition, the Festival will be a place where constructive dialogue can occur about issues affecting local and global Afro-Latin@ communities.
The First Afro-Latino Festival of New York has a primary mission to strengthen and unite people of African Descent in the melting pot of New York City.
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ISLAS High School Student Conference
The Inaugural High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies (ISLAS) is upon us! We are expecting over 30 students from the five boroughs of New York City to gather at Lehman College next Friday, June 21st, to share their research on topics ranging from U.S. immigration policy to the relationship between multinational corporations and natural resources in Latin America.
The symposium is organized by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, in collaboration with the afrolatin@ forum, the New York Coalition of Radical Educators, among other arts and civic organizations.
Join us on Friday at Lehman College's Music Building to hear their stories!
Inaugural High School Student Symposium on Latin@ and Latin American Studies (ISLAS)
Friday, June 21st
Lehman College, Music Building
250 Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, NY 10468
...To Be AfroLatin@
Launch of New Book Series: Afro-Latino Diasporas
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Series Editors: Juan Flores, Miriam Jiménez Román and Natasha Gordon-Chipembere
The Afro-Latino Diasporas book series aims to gather scholarly and creative writing on the African diasporic experience in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.
The editors welcome manuscripts addressing any and all aspects of Afro-Latino life and cultural expression throughout the hemisphere, with a strong focus on US Latin@s of African descent. We will also consider relevant work on the transnational Brazilian and Haitian experience. We encourage submission of manuscripts in any and all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches. Fictional and poetic work will be included, though the emphasis will be on critical historical and sociological analysis on a broad range of topics, including religion, history, literature, theory, biography, and scholarship in sociology, politics, and economics. We especially welcome works on issues of class, gender and sexuality, in addition to studies of the transnational Afro-Latin@ experience.
Publications will be in English, but we will also consider works in Spanish or other languages for possible translation.
Please send proposals and all enquiries to Juan Flores firstname.lastname@example.org, Miriam Jiménez Román email@example.com, and Natasha Gordon-Chipembere firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs from "Refashioning Blackness"
afrolatin@ forum leaders, Miriam Jimenez Roman and Juan Flores, were speakers at the Refashioning Blackness conference in Texas. Below are some of the photographs from their panel and the conference. Images courtesy of Mari Correa.
Excerpts from the Afro-Latin@s Now! Conference
Photographs from the Afro-Latin@s Now! Conference
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