National Latino Collegiate Conference begins TODAY!!
I am so honored to have been asked to speak at this very important event at UAlbany, State University of New York!!!
Friday night, March 23rd: Welcoming & performances by many including Felipe Luciano~ tonight I will be sharing some of my poetry.
Saturday Workshop, March 24th: Alicia Anabel Santos, Writer/Co-Producer for the documentary AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story (www.AfroLatinos.tv) There are an estimated 200 million Afro-descendants throughout Latin America; yet the majority, have no political or economic power. Afro-Latinos: The Untaught Story will take you on a journey to meet Afro- Latinos throughout Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations of Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is the story of a shared history not found in textbooks. This film gives a voice to communities who have been invisible until now.
Workshop Synopsis: We will discuss the term Afrolatinos in terms of identity exploring the questions: Who gets to identify with: Afrolatinos? Latinegro? Black Latina? The effects of the caste system on identity. Issues such as: marrying up to advance the races (avanzar la raza), pelo bueno/pelo malo. The Jezebel stereotype: The raping and using of black women solely for sexual purposes during slavery ultimately leading to the sexualization of black women in all forms of media.
Author of Finding Your Force A Journey to Love~ A memoir written in the form of a love letter to a daughter... filled with personal letters, poetry, affirmations and prayers. In this intimate conversation we journey into the darkest parts of Alicia's soul. We walk with her as she digs deep underneath the ruins where all her secrets are kept. Santos is being called on an excavation to stop running and face those moments that have transformed her from surviving rape, healing through loss and coming out as a lesbian. This is a journey about life, death and rebirth. Alicia tells her daughter a story that is raw and heart wrenching. It is not a love story but definitely a story of love.
Saturday evening: Banquet at Franklin Plaza Ballroom, Saturday night: NLCC after party, & Sunday: Leadership Summit. All empowering and fun filled events that you of course don't want to miss out!
Hope to see you there!!!
Peace, light and LOVE~