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NEGRO: Two-hour length documentary
Started in 2010, by Dash Harris Machado, Negro is a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism, white pathology and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as the colonial foundations for the present-day pigmentocracy, racial hierachy and color complex among Latines. Through candid interviews, the social manifestations and consequences of the deep-seated color and class complex is deconstructed. This docu-series explores the history and present attitudes of race, color, self identification and social interaction among Latines from Latines themselves.
NEGRO: Mujer Afro/Black Woman (Short Version)
Interviews from 2011-2013 on the gender, race and class intersections of Black women in Latin America and its diaspora. Entrevistas de 2011-2013 sobre las intersecciones de género, raza y clase de las mujeres negras en América Latina y su diáspora. In English & Spanish/ Ingles y Español
Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Were Important to Black People Outside of the U.S.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities were not only crucial for Black North Americans, they were integral in the education and success of Black Latinxs, Caribbean, indigenous, Asian, and Jewish people too. . . Shout-out to Javier Wallace @famu512 for sharing his family’s story from Panama to Austin and back!
The "Father of Black History" was a Puerto Rican
What if I told you that the modern-day Prince Hall #38 Mason Lodge in New York City was entirely Spanish-speaking prior to 1900 and the person who was integral in making the switch from Spanish to English was a Black Puerto Rican who was the pioneer in the collection and archiving of Black history in the Americas and beyond? If you're talking about Blackness and not talking about Latin America and the Caribbean, you ain't talking about shit.
Katherine Dunham Was Integral in Brazil's Anti-Discrimination Laws
U.S. Afrodescendants, Dr. Irene Diggs and Katherine Dunham were both turned away from "luxury" hotels in two cities in Brazil. With the Brazilian Black Experimental Theater, and the interest of a white congressman whose cognitive dissonance led him to author an anti-discrimination bill as racism came from "foreigners" in Brazil rather than the 500 year white power system in Brazil. His 30-year-tenure which would be unethical upon further analysis later on resulted in him opposing more effective anti-discrimination measures. As 500 years have shown, white allyship is more often than not, performative, disingenuous, and more for them to "feel good" than to actually bring any transformative change or justice. Brazil continues to live up to its white power legacy with Afrodescendants unrelentingly resisting.
NEGRO - FINDING IDENTITY: Angeley - Blackness is Not Confused
In this timely interview, Angeley Crawford talks about how many AfroLatin Americans were never confused about their Blackness. Couldn’t afford to be ambivalent on the subject as it has very real and often deadly consequences...across the Diaspora. We see this consistently, whether in Cuba, Panama, Colombia, Puerto Rico, or Mexico. We all face the same social ills no matter our geography as anti-Blackness knows no borders. She points out, critical to mention, that in *this* iteration of the “AfroLatinx Movement” in the United States, that is, as Latin America has always had social movements centering negritud, the focus is on the mestizaje-fluidity confounding the “question” of race. For many, this was never even a question. We knew the answer. True to white supremacy’s function and power dynamic, Blackness and whiteness know exactly where they belong on the spectrum and she speaks to the Casta activity her students did where they arranged themselves on the spectrum of phenotype, color, and class and how this informs the access one has positioning their proximity to whiteness. The ones closer to whiteness and the ones furthest from whiteness unequivocally knew what time it was as this is the very utility of race. Angeley elaborates: "Whiteness does not differentiate and Blackness is not confused. Let’s have these hard conversations. Let’s live in the tensions that the work of decolonization requires. As the homie @diasporadash said “There is space in understanding the high cost of claiming blackness in anti black nations and space in acknowledging that many of us survived by arming ourselves in it.” We must continue to complicate the narrative."
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