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Afro-Latinos and The Power of And

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Today, I had a conversation with Amilcar Priestly of the Proyecto Afro-Latin@ about Afro-Latino identity and what it meant for me as an educator and writer. As we started talking, I came to a harsh realization about my background: I tried too hard to belong. I taught myself how to read in Spanish, and probably should have worked harder at writing and speaking Spanish, too. I also found ways to …

U Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

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When we talk about black maybe We talk about situations Of people of color and because you are that color You endure obstacles and opposition And not all the time from … from other nationalities Sometimes it comes from your own kind Or maybe even your own mind You get judged … you get laughed at…you get looked at wrong You get sighted for not being strong The struggle of …

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Living Quisqueya

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This past weekend, I spent some time with my Dominican parents. To be specific, my Dominican mother and stepfather, both of whom enjoy the Dominican satellite channels offered on Time Warner Cable. They’ll watch shows rooted in guttural comedy, scantily-clad voluptuous women, and nationalism sprinkled throughout the programming. They laugh, shake, dance, and yell at the television, even when the situation doesn’t call for it. My parents respond to the …

Felipe Luciano At Capicu

Word To The Wise: Make The Words Count

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The night before my engagement, I had the pleasure of attending Capicu’s Anniversary Show featuring the legendary Felipe Luciano. Anyone who’s read this blog for longer than a few months know how much I admire the former first Chairman of the Young Lords Party and member of the select Last Poets. He was probably my first Afro-Latino influence and the first speech he gave to the captive audience at Syracuse …

Dominican Republic and Haiti from Space

My Race: Defining The Undefinable

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For those that haven’t pieced it together from the plethora of race essays I’ve written here and elsewhere, I self-identify racially as a Black Latino. I’ve found it’s probably the most appropriate title for this idiosyncratic, deeply political experience I carry. It was probably what I might call the difference between compromising my understanding of race in this country and the world without compromising myself. I understand the skin I’m …

Hija De Mi Madre by Carmen Mojica

Book Giveaway June 2010: Hija De Mi Madre by Carmen Mojica Fabian

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Welcome back to my monthly book giveaway! < insert applause here > One of two books I’m giving away is Carmen Mojica Fabian’s Hija De Mi Madre, a poetry chapbook I’ll soon have on my bookshelf and I suggest others get that as well. I can tell you more about the book, but I’ll let her tell it in a few minutes. Now, the details: To win the book, you …

Arturo Schomburg by Marcano García at Taller Borinquen

Black History Month: The Importance of Arturo Schomburg and Why I’m So Steadfast on Quisqueya

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A few weeks ago, a few people asked me why I helped create the now annual event Quisqueya, a celebration of Afro-Latino history throughout the Americas at Syracuse University. Honestly, it had a tinge of selfishness: by then, I helped run a series of workshops dedicated to understanding the relationships between Blacks and Latinos at a time when others kept seeing schisms. Plus, my Dominican-Haitian background spurred me to explore …

Sammy Sosa: Before

Short Notes: Day and Age (and My Radio Show Appearance)

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A few links: Long overdue shout-out to the latest edition of Education Carnival courtesy of I’m A Dreamer. [ImADreamer] Mom101’s response to the LA Times’ article about mommy bloggers is the best I’ve ever read regarding blogger relationships with marketers. [Mom101] Want a really cool poster to use in class detailing the difference between Left and Right ideology? Got it for you right here. [Flickr] On True/Slant, Matt Taibbi of …

Black in America

The Tourist (or Not That Black in America)

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Sure enough, I didn’t catch most of CNN’s Black in America 2 special. I’ll most likely catch that sometime in the future; reruns prevail over original programming even on a 24-hour news channel. I caught bits of it and found inspiration in the story of Steve Perry, a Black high school principal whose high expectations and stringent attention to detail made his school (and of course, his students) extremely successful. …

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Me Sube La Bilirrubina (It Raises My Bilirubin)

Jose Vilson Jose 11 Comments

I’m honestly not that arrogant. I just like to call madness out for what it is. Eddie Griffin might be right: I’m insane, and that’s something to be congratulated. Watching Black in America over the last 2 days, at the encouragement ad nauseum of practically everyone in my Facebook, Twitter, etc., I’ve been somewhat reintroduced to the idea of Blackness and how applicable my own experience is to the ideas …