Moving Forward

So moving forward in the company we have gotten a lot of feedback and inquiry about the Black Latino male experience and how men go through the social issues that for so long have affected women.

After much brainstorming we decided to revamp the One Woman Show and include a male perspective. So now there will be a One Man Show. Both shows will be infused into each other for the whole complete experience on Black Latinos.

We are so thrilled to be working on this project as we know it will shred light on the plight of our Black Latino brothers that we rarely see but desperately need.

The show is going up in the summer and we can not wait for everyone to see it and give their feedback on this unspoken topic.

 Stay tuned as we will be giving further info to the show dates.

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We want to thank everyone who has been so supportive to the Movement and all of our endeavors.

We were gone for sometime as we had an amazing series of Spoken Word and Live music all done Black Latina style of course and our first Off-Broadway run of our newest play The Colors of Love. We also had a screening of our film Memoirs of a Black Latina done for Dominican Independence Day.

With all the new events the company has been getting an overwhelming amount of love and appreciation and we are so grateful for the support.

At times we question what we are doing but the love we get always reassures us we are on the right track. We do get backlash but that does not deter us. As long as their are Black Latina(o)s that continue to pour themselves out to us and tell us that what we are doing is therapeutic for them then we will continue to pushing forward.

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I know this may come off like a general statement and I don’t mean to offend anyone.

After all this is a blog, a place to speak my mind. I have been experiencing something for the pass couple of years and I wanted to address it.

Why it is that I meet so many Latinos who are talented as hell and have so much potential but do not take the initiative, have the drive or really push for what they want. They fall to the wayside and allow certain things to take there course and that’s it. I meet so many who could do and reach such heights and I wonder what is going on.

Is it a family/community type thing? Are the outlets and resources not available for them to follow through? Are there social or political factors that are preventing or holding down Latinos and therefore no advancements in the arts?

I hate to use excuses because there are other minority groups with the same boundaries and limitations that constraint Latinos as well, so I am so stumped on really what seems to be the real reason and main factor.

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Celebration of Black Latina Culture

We are proud to announced that The Black Latina Movement has started a series of Spoken Word and Poetry all done by Latina(o)’s and in celebration of Latinas.

It will be held in NYC at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Each night is themed addressing Latina: Beauty, Power, Strength, Presence and the list goes on. Some of the most talented Latina(o)’s in the NYC area are performing their pieces and will be accompanied by fellow Latina(o) Musicians.

We are very excited for this 4 part series that will be held every Sunday for the entire month of February starting the 13th. It was extremely entertaining as I have had the pleasure of conducting the rehearsals and I must say these Latina(o)s rock and kick ass!

So don’t miss out!

Try to come out, support and see Latina(o)’s at their best!

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So a few months ago I watched a documentary with a girlfriend of mine called “Prom Night”. It was Produced by Morgan Freedman and let me tell you the shock value to this film is through the roof. As you watch the film you are baffled that the timeframe of this film takes place in 2007 or 2008 I believe but the reason being is because the film is about a particular town in the state of Mississippi that still conducts segregated proms.

I had to keep pressing the info button on the remote control to make sure the date of the films origination was in the 2000’s because I was floored, based off the fact that things of this nature still happen in the US. Now I am not totally naïve and I have been faced with racism myself and I was born 20-something years after the civil rights movements in the 60’s. But that doesn’t change the fact that segregation period in the States is unheard of and pretty much abolished.

You watch this film and think it is something from the 40’s or 50’s as parents were meeting to discuss the “harm” of a intergregated prom. The prom that year would be the first of its kind after a huge outpour of students wanting to be able to party and enjoy the night with their friends white and black. It was so disheartening that at this day in age kids were still torn at who they choose to mix and mingle with and the acceptance of their parents. At 17 that is a tough pill to swallow especially when the rest of the country had caught up to the times and your our parent have not.

Unfortunately they continue to live in a warped ignornant time capsuled mentality.

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Language and its barriers……….

Language is a very important part of our culture right?

Does that include slang?

For many of us who are bilingual or simply grew up in a bilingual community, getting things misinterpreted when speaking can be frustrating. Even in learning a second language as an adult it can be difficult to get your point across.

With that said, I’d like your opinion on a word one school teacher chose to use and the consequences he had to pay.

The word “cono”, (COHN’-yoh) can have many different meanings depending on its context as well as the person using it. It can be offensive, express frustration, shock or even happiness.

Its literal translation refers to the female sexual organs, according to the Royal Spanish Academy in Spain. But the institution charged with regulating the Spanish language says the word also can express “diverse states of emotion, especially surprise or anger.”

A public high school teacher is suing the city after he was suspended and fined $15,000 for what school officials say was misconduct for using it in his Manhattan classroom. His attorney claims the word was mistranslated by the court interpreter; his comment was that the interpreter did not understand the way the word was used.

How many of us have used or heard this word used so many times it doesn’t even strike us as being a real curse word? Does that give this teacher the right to have allegedly used this word in a classroom setting? Or is this simply another cross cultural misunderstanding?????

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