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BIRD OF PARADISE: HOW I BECAME LATINA

February 12 |

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!

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UNFAIR NYPD FEMALE SEARCHES

August 23 |

The New York City Police Department policy of street searches has come under fire (yet again) as civil and women’s rights activists argue against their unjustified nature. By law, male officers are allowed to search and patdown a female civilians if they suspect that she is carrying a weapon. A recent New York Times article breaks down the reality in startling numbers. According to their research, last year the NYPD stopped 46,784 women, frisked about 16,000 only to find guns on 59 of them. And here lies the dilemma. While the department argues that the safety of officers and other civilians justifies the means, others point out that the searches are statistically unreasonable, let alone embarrassing and considered a form of harassment towards some women. And let’s not even get into the subject of racial profiling, as any informed reader already knows what race of women are being stopped and in what neighborhoods…

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NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED

July 2 |

EA’s killer car franchise returns for another year of action and adrenaline via Need For Speed: Most Wanted, their latest installment. Aside from the unbelievable physics and mayhem fans have come to expect, this year’s platform has been designed with social competition in mind. Everything is up for grabs in terms of reputation. Players and friends can meet online for bragging rights to anything: races, jumps, speed, you name it! North American release is scheduled for October 30th (European release on November 1st). Fans and car junkies can enjoy the trailer until then!

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BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE FURNITURE

May 23 |

Although we’re not exactly sure about the case of race relations down in the American state of North Carolina, the following commercial for The Red House Furniture Store certainly raises our brows. If the jingle alone doesn’t blow your mind, just wait until it gets to “black” or “white” furniture. And to thinkall this time and historical tensionand racism will ultimately end with the purchase of a brandnew couch or bed. Epic!

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LIBERATOR MAGAZINE

March 23 |

Introducing Liberator Magazine, an insightful journal dedicated to art, culture, education, politics and truth. The Minnesotabased cooperative project is print published quarterly and updated daily via its blog. Some of the topics covered since its inception in 2002 include; Ability Grouping In Public Schools, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Film, Gay Marriage, Gun Control, Hip Hop Historiography, Homelessness, Hurricane Katrina, Imperialism, Immigration, Literature, Love & Relationships, Music, Parenting, Philosophy, Police Brutality, Political Theatre, Race, Reparations, Sudan, Visual Art, Welfare, White Identity, Zimbabwe and more…

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DOMINICAN RACE & IDENTITY

March 22 |

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:

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COMPLEJO TEASER

July 22 |

Here’s a little teaser from our amigo, Tony Peralta (The Peralta Project), about his upcoming Complejo art exhibit over at NoMAA on August 4th. Stay tuned!

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RACIAL HOLOGRAMS SHOW

November 9 |

Los Angelesbased artist, Candice Lin, explores racial and gender divisions in her Hologram exhibit at the Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Lin uses tribal sculptures and found video, one actually named “Hologram,” to challenge the inauthentic nature of power and its distribution. The exhibit runs from November 6th through December 11th.

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INK_BLAST | TREND WATCH: AMBIGUOUSLY ETHNIC ON TV

August 27 |

Some of my friends have looked sideways at me, or burst out laughing when I’ve declared someone on TV looks “ambiguously ethnic.” At first, my friends looked at me like I’d been possessed by the spirit of a closeted racist or one of the devout selfhaters among us. Thankfully, I have been allowed to explain…

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A RISING VOICE | MIAMI HERALD TACKLES THE TOPIC OF AFRO-LATINOS

June 19 | | 16 Comments

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.

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