You are probably a Crackhead

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“Are You a Crackhead?” If you are presently in the dating pool or are a serial-monogamist, you might be a crackhead. Before I explain, let’s consider the first lines of these classic novels.  “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” Metamorphosis [….]

Fernandito y La Verguenza

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1. Lo Sagrado y La Vergüenza 2. La canción «Compañera» de Fernandito Villalona siempre me ha encantado por lo obvio; la voz del Mayimbe, la composición y las letras. La voz y la composición funcionan como el sol alumbrando las palabras. Y las palabras, bajo la luz, se oyen claramente haciendo sombras ambiguas. La canción «Compañera» [….]

Thank You Letter To Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

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Dear Prisca, For the past few days, restlessness has overcome me and I now know that it is time for me to start spilling; I can no longer balance this hurt in my body. Your writing has helped me shift into a phase of healing that brought a certainty that I would be back. I [….]

Liberatory Afro-Latinidad: a Q and A experiment

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a lot more time than usual to think and rant away. One of the conversations that I keep having with my closest friends, many of whom happen to Afro-Latinx, goes something like this: Me: You ready?! Friends: We ready!! Me: For black liberation, land ownership, collective farming and [….]

“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 [….]

Mami odio mi Pelo-Anyiné Galván-Rodríguez

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A few years back, when my daughter Leila was five years old, she came home from school with a somber face. As usual, I asked about her day eager to hear another funny Kindergarten story. However, this time there was no typical ten minute- long Kindergarten story full of long pauses, stutters, and tangents. Instead, [….]

Etiquetas en mis Caderas?!-Karolyn Castro

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Iniciaba el año 2005 y mi trabajo me exigía viajes constantes fuera del país. No era ajena a los aeropuertos, las medidas de seguridad o como empacar de manera eficiente e impecable una maleta. Sin embargo, aquel viaje era diferente, iría por primera vez al continente Europeo y me emocionaba, aunque iba a trabajar, conocer [….]