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SURVEY: Mujer Afro: Violence in the Lives of Afrodescendant Women


This is an anonymous survey that aims to quantify violence (physical, emotional, psychological, verbal or sexual abuse) in the lives of African Diasporic women. [Afrodescendant women in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean] for an upcoming documentary/multi-media project. The survey is also…

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Ain’t I Latina? launch event TODAY!Join us as we add some sazón (seasoning) and sabor (flavor) to your Wednesday night to celebrate this exciting launch!Wednesday, December 4th, 20136:00pm - 9:00pmBrooklyn Colony274 4th AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11215D, N or R Train to Union StreetComplimentary coquito tasting, passed appetizers and pastelitos (sweets), signature happy hour drinks, raffle prizes,musica (music) and more!Please RSVP to aintilatina@gmail.com 


Ain’t I Latina? launch event TODAY!

Join us as we add some sazón (seasoning) and sabor (flavor) to your Wednesday night to celebrate this exciting launch!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Brooklyn Colony
274 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
D, N or R Train to Union Street

Complimentary coquito tasting, passed appetizers and pastelitos (sweets), signature happy hour drinks, raffle prizes,
musica (music) and more!

Please RSVP to aintilatina@gmail.com 

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Black people exist in Central America. Some are descendants of enslaved peoples; some are not. Some speak Spanish; some do not. Some are Catholic; some are Rastas; some are Garveyistes. Some are immersed in hybridized identities that include native, Asian, and African nations. And when these Black people come to the United States, they continue to be Black people from Central America, negotiating among invisibilities.
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NEGRO: Finding Identity - Rosa

"That idea of colorism what we’re really talking about is…anti-black prejudices that run rampant, I think within the Latino community but I also think within the African-American community if we look at the history of race and ‘light-skinnedness’…Black to me is also a consciousness, it’s a politic, so people look at me and be like ‘why you calling yourself Black"’ well you have to understand what Black is, what does Black mean?, Black is not African-American, we’re talking about a global Black or African Diaspora, but it’s  important to also say that as a Latina, at some level i may have a privilege that other darker sisters don’t enjoy and we have to be mindful of that as well."

Self-identified, Black Puerto Rican activist, Rosa Clemente discusses her awakening to ethnicity and race and how education leads the path to liberation.

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Negro: The Intersection of Sexism, Racism, Colorism and Classism

How color, class, race, gender and sexuality intersect in Latin America. Clip from 2-hour documentary, full topical video coming soon.

"In Peru, specifically, it is more difficult to be an AfroPeruvian woman than an AfroPeruvian man….Effectively in countries like ours, where there is discrimination for gender, class, sexual orientation etcetera., the configuration of being an AfroPeruvian woman will generate a different context of oppression, what a Peruvian author, Marisol de la Cadena, calls the ‘Inequality Braid’…The AfroPeruvian woman is discriminated against for being poor, for being a woman, and for her ethnicity, the AfroPeruvian woman faces three forms of discrimination that doesn’t happen with other ethnicities."   

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I’ve always been… identified myself as a black man, and it was hyphened… I arrived in the U.S. in ‘66 at the height, or the beginning… of the Black Revolution and to me, it was an awakening, it was a validation of what I always felt as a Black man in Peru but never knew how to identify myself, because of the mixture of the area in Lima where I grew up, and my family mixture…when I came to New York… it was an awakening for me, I became not only a man, I became a black man, and I remember my first trip back to Peru bringing all of those newly acquired realities as to who I was and sharing that with, not only my dad but also friends that I grew up and they were completely taken aback

-Roberto Criado


Father, daughter self identified ‘zambos’, Afro-Peruvians, or Black Peruvians, Roberto and Alicia talk about their identity and how others perceive them in the U.S. and in Peru. 

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I think that because they ended up in Washington Heights, which is like little Dominican Republic, where it’s really a microcosm of the Dominican Republic, so American values and the way America sees things, I feel like it doesn’t reach them, you go to a bodge, everyone speaks Spanish…whatever they learned in Dominican Republic is just transported here to the U.S. I know from just growing up there…and going back there…and having my family members there, it’s like… ‘Oh Haitians they’re Black, we’re Dominican, we’re not’ and they can be the exact same skin tone, the exact same complexion, but ‘it’s different because, I’m Dominican, I’m not Haitian’ so you come here it’s like ‘I’m Dominican, I’m not Black’. You have those lines to divide yourself…to either make yourself better than or less than.

-Larissa Vasquez 


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. 

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You still have that adoration for whiteness and white women and white men and…all of those things that are result of Spanish or American or white influences in that region…There is a reason why there are…very few visible, very wealthy brown Panamanians, there’s a reason for that. There’s a reason why the only Panamanians of color, who are loved and valued, are either athletes, or rappers or they sing reggaeton, there’s a reason for that. There’s a reason why you go into the richer areas…these very new high class areas where you have these high rises and skyscrapers, why there are no brown faces there, who are not employees or domestics or maids or construction workers or bus drivers or taxi drivers, there’s a reason for all of that. It could be a disparity of resources or education, but that in itself is rooted in something and it’s not just a coincidence that in this particular part of town there are no black people, who are Panamanian, there are American Blacks but they come from different resources and they have different educational benefits that the average AfroPanamanian will not have access to.

-Alex Hardy


U.S. expat, Alex talks about living and finding his roots in Panama amid colorism, racism and discrimination. He expounds on the subtle but harmful ways racism manifests and its influence on how people view Latinos of African descent.

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