Examining the Intricacies of Afro-Latino Identity

July 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Milena Carranza, Dash Harris and Gabriela Watson in discussion at Intersections of Afrolatinidad

Milena Carranza, Dash Harris and Gabriela Watson in discussion at Intersections of Afrolatinidad in Focus

Across cultures, darker people suffer most. Why?” That question, displayed on one of Andre 3000’s costumes from the Outkast Tour, may well have been tugging at the United Nations when they declared 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent. The resolution pledged that it would work harder to fully recognize the contributions of people of African descent to global society, to encourage and promote inclusiveness, and to vigorously combat racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia. As Afrofusion TV prepared a segment on Afro-Latinos as part of our African Diaspora series, we found that this group has had varied success in fighting some of the battles outlined in the UN resolution. Less than 4% of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans ended up in North America; the vast majority was brought to the Caribbean and Brazil. The study of Afro descendants in the Americas, their culture, and their struggle with identity led us to the work

Afro-Peruvian group Tutuma performing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2015

Afro-Peruvian group Tutuma performing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2015

of Panamanian-American filmmaker Dash Harris, and her docu-series “Negro: A Docu-Series about Latino Identity.” Through her, we met two other dynamic women who are actively using their art to challenge common misperceptions about the Afro-Peruvian experience, and to bring into focus less discussed truths about Afro-Latino culture and society. Gabriela Watson Aurazo recently directed the film We, Afro-Peruvians, and Milena Carranza is a photographer and activist whose work centers on Afro-Peruvian spirituality, customs and traditions. The three artists presented their works at the event “Intersections of Afrolatinidad in Focus,” at the Washington, DC Office of Latino Affairs last week. Milena Carranza was also showing her photographs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival which ended over the July 4th weekend in Washington, where Afro-Peruvian group Tutuma was performing, and whose members she has featured in her work. We’ve put together a quick preview of some of the issues we talked about with these young artists. Thank you to Dash, Gabriela and Milena for each graciously granting us an interview. Stay tuned for the full segment on Afrofusion TV. Bless…

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