Harlemborn Dominican/American author, Raquel Cepeda, traces the roots of her biogenetic makeup in her latest work, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina. The autobiographic piece follows Cepeda’s chaotic family upbringing and her yearning to literally identify who she was and where she came from. Embracing both HipHop and the New York City streets of Uptown Manhattan the once “lost” child of the inner city manages to pick herself up and put together the puzzle that is her DNA and history. The book drops March 5, 2012 and can be preordered here. Oh, and there’s even a coupon for 10% off of an ancestral DNA kit of your choice so readers can trace their history as well!
We suppose that most of our readers already know this, but we here at República really love social commentary. Here’s some that comes from our good friend, Jeff Lapaixx, who decided to take his frist stab at documentary work. We could spend time describing its context, but thought that it’d just be better to let the man himself describe it in his own words:
The Question Bridge is a transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions. The project is in full swing and expanding into a a travelling series, educational curriculum and even a smartphone app! Have a look at their introductory video to see how it all works:
Kudos to the Miami Herald for putting together such an expansive and interactive look at AfroLatinos, who are 80 to 115 million strong and a presence, in varying degrees, in almost every country in the region. The informative 5part series is designed as a journey through Latin America which begins in Nicaragua and ends in Columbia. So far, so good the problem really begins or should I say the controversy starts on part 2 with an article on the Dominican Republic entitled Black denial.