Dominicanish: A Diasporic Commemoration

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Dominican ish A Diasporic Commemoration “I learned that it is ultimately UP TO US to shift the false narratives that have been told about us and not by us. That we are worthy, we are omnipotent, we are DOMINICANS coño and we do not play!” ‘Dominican ish ,’ the first annual Dominican Writers Conference, was [….]

Owning Brooklyn: An Interview with Naima Coster

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Owning Brooklyn: An interview with Naima Coster Excerpt as published on The Paris Review written by Carina del Valle Schorske Facebook Twitter Instagram Naima Coster and I met in passing in college at Yale. We had people in common, but I knew her first onstage. I remember watching Naima perform on the step team: her long braid was [….]

“The Story of a Dominican Dad Who Worked in New York City for Over Two Decades and Was Deported Out of Nowhere”

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[This was a story written by  Gary Gerard Hamilton] For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been looking for Baron, my favorite custodial worker here at Yankee Stadium; not actively going around searching for him, but anticipating running into him. A Dominican man, probably in his late-fifties or early-sixties with a short beard as white as [….]

“Can We Teach Our Dominican Parents and Grandparents How to Use an ATM?”

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If there’s anything more frustrating about living in a Dominican neighborhood and being Dominican is watching our querido viejos and viejas distrust banks. Yes, the idea of people distrusting the highest institutions on earth isn’t a new concept. We all distrust everything from the government to the guy who walks around Dyckman with the ‘Dulce [….]

We Need to Stop Pressuring Young LATINA Women

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Growing up in the Dominican community or any other Spanish speaking one can guarantee you a few things. You will undoubtedly be part of a very close-knit family. You will love your culture. And last, but not least, you will be expected in more cases than not to get an education, a good job “y [….]

“Love and Hip-Hop’s Amara La Negra, Afro-Latinos and How Some African Americans View Us.”

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When I started my professional career, I worked for numerous black media organizations. Many who worked there would look at my name and say: “Claudio? Why is your name Claudio? And your last name is Cabrera!?” They didn’t view Claudio Eduardo Cabrera as an African American sounding name so were immediately wondering where I was [….]