Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6pm-9pm
NYU - Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square - 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Join the afrolatin@ forum and NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as we celebrate the publication of Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America
Pigmentocracies is a richly revealing analysis of contemporary attitudes toward ethnicity and race in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, four of Latin America’s most populous nations.
Based on extensive, original sociological and anthropological data generated by the multi year Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA), this landmark study analyzes ethnoracial classification, inequality, and discrimination, as well as public opinion about Afro-descended and indigenous social movements and policies that foster greater social inclusiveness. A once-in-a-generation examination of contemporary ethnicity, this book promises to contribute in significant ways to policy making and public opinion in Latin America.
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With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Africana Studies and Research Center invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applicants’ scholarship should focus on the areas of contemporary, Afro-Latin American literature and culture, history, or interpretive social sciences, with particular emphasis on popular youth culture, gender and sexuality, and/or comparative, Western hemispheric studies. Research on Afro-Latin American experiences in the United States will also be considered, especially if they are placed in extensive dialogue with similar experiences or racial formations in the rest of the hemisphere. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a solid grasp of their methodology for both research and teaching.
The fellow will be asked to teach the following two courses: (1) an introductory, undergraduate course that would describe, define, and interrogate the Black Atlantic from the perspective of Latin American literature, history, and/or popular culture so as to propose and evaluate Afro-Latin American racial formations and the specificities and commonalities they may share with their African American counterparts; and (2) a combined undergraduate and graduate-level course that focuses on the methods and theories that the postdoctoral fellow employed in his or her dissertation; in addition to the examination of the key theoretical concepts or theoreticians that influenced the dissertation, the course should also provide case studies or illustrations of methodology for student discussion and analysis.
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Rightly listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best Brazilian albums in history, and possibly of all time (forgive me if my bias is showing), África Brasil is quite possibly the definitive album of Afro-Brasilian music legend Jorge Ben’s career.
A heavy mixture of samba and funk, Jorge Ben so perfectly captures the iconic sound and essence associated with the Música Popular Brasileira post-Bossa Nova cultural movement in Brasil, and also pays tribute to the various African cultures (e.g. Mozambican, Congolese and Angolan) that have greatly influenced the fabric of Brasilian culture to this day.
Songs such as Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma), Cavaleiro do Cavalo Imaculado, África Brasil (Zumbi) and Xica da Silva all reference and/or pay tribute to Afro-Brasilian historical icons and Afro-Brasilian history. Other favourites of mine include Meus filho, Meu tesouroand O Filosofo.
Negritud en México
Probably the documentary over Afromexicans that I’ve liked the most. Its in Spanish but it talks about not just la Costa Chica (what most documentaries about Afromexicans focus on) but about African and West Indian immigrants AND Black Seminoles, something I hadn’t seen mentioned before. Its only 11 minutes long but the full documentary is supposed to be uploaded eventually.
Also its just nice to be able to share this with my mom, she’s from Durango, normally thought to be predominantly white or mestizo, but she herself is [visibly] afromestizo. I’ve read about Black Seminoles having been in Durango and Coahuila and its just nice to be able to share this with her when I know that despite facing discrimination and racism due to her hair and skin, no one ever spoke about black ancestry. Instead, it was attributed to the an indigenous (Tepehuano and Tarahumara) ancestor here or there, more specifically “Si pues tu mama esta haci de negra por que tu tia [insert diff name every time] era india..piel negra.. pera era india,” hmm.
Quisqueya Heights: A Dialogue in Dominican Identity in The 21st century.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join in on this conversation about Dominican Identity.
This will be a chance to voice your concerns, and talk about events and , organizations geared toward working in and with our communities.
Red de Mujeres Afro-latinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora, Encuentro Diaspora Afro, Where and When I Enter, the Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute and the Afrolatin@ Projectinvite you to attend a panel discussion
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
"THE STATE OF BLACK WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA"
Altagracia Balcácer Molina (Dominican Republic)
Paola Yañez Inofuentes (Bolivia)
Nedelka Lacayo (Honduras)
Yvette Modestin, Moderator (Panama)
Opening Remarks: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center & African Diaspora Institute
WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER
367 BEDFORD AVE. @ SOUTH 6th
J-M-Z Train to Marcy Ave.
Reception: Live Performance by Mai-elka Prado of the Del Sonido Collective; Poetry reading by Monica Carrillo to follow.
Come hear activists from the Network of Afro-latinamerican, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora women as they share their experiences and discuss their work to raise the visibility and improve the lives of women in their communities. It has been well documented that when women are empowered, communities prosper. They will also provide an interim report on their progress as collaborators in the MY World / World We Want 2015 campaign. With the launch of the International Decade of People of African Descent and the Sustainable Development Goals both in 2015 this will be a timely discussion.
"Growing Up Locked Down" (GULD) is a 3-Day multi-media, multi-cultural, solutions-based Juvenile Justice Conference presented by The Gathering for Justice and Justice League NYC. The Conference will include plenaries with Keynote Speakers Harry Belafonte, Bryan Stevenson, Cornel West and Bart Lubow, Panels and Workshops led by noted Juvenile Justice advocates and activists including Soffiyah Elijah, Khary Lazarre-White, Tamika Mallory, George Gresham, members of Central Park 5 and Jena 6, Clinton Lacy, Glenn E. Martin, Jeannette Bocanegra, Thenjiwe McHarris, Tynesha McHarris, Rukia Lumumba, Vince Warren, Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Linda Sarsour, Cherrell Brown, Nate Balis, Scott Budnick, Nane Alejandrez and Sarah Bryer, and special events including an Opening Night Networking Social, Film Screening and a Closing Night Concert. Participating Artists include Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Grace Weber, Quadir Lateef, Jasiri X, Aja Monet, Aurora Barnes, Mysonne, Impact Repertory Theatre, Mike de la Rocha and more. The Conference will also include youth-led programming, nonviolence trainings, a theater program in collaboration with The New School for Drama and Naked Angels Theater Company, and a live art event with noted conscious muralists Beats, Rhymes and Relief. The majority of GULD will take place at The New School’s brand new Tishman Auditorium on 5th Avenue. GULD is made possible by the generous sponsorship of The New School for Drama.
The AfroLatin@ Forum Presents
Making Race Count In the Census
Are Hispanics becoming white? Are Latin@s a race? How can we account for race and ethnicity in ways that best represent our interests? Can a Census form really capture our social realities?
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:30pm – 9:00pm
NYU – King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Proyecto Mas Color is a campaign to promote the awareness of the lack of representation of Afro-Latinos and other minority groups in Latin American media.
"My name is Victoria Arzu and my sister Sophia and I are the founders of Proyecto Mas Color, an awareness campaign. We are petitioning Univision and Telemundo to include Afro-Latinos in their daily programming. Please take a look at our video… http://youtu.be/xoynWkeColI
And please sign our petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/univision-telemundo-include-more-afro-latinos-in-their-daily-programming ”