Author: Marilou

Writing in the time of Black Lives Matter

We are exhausted. America bleeds daily, and leaves us to pick up the remains of our brothers and sisters. Every couple of hours there is a new name of a black man or woman that has been shot for being too “loud”, too “suspicious”, too “aggressive”…too black. We are tired of mourning, grieving, having to piece ourselves together every morning. Ritualistically we grieve, and we move forward. Because we have to, we must protect those yet to come. We must fight for them. We have found ways to restore the air into our lungs: supporting the Black Lives Matter...

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Afro-Latino Festival NYC

This past weekend New York City celebrated its third annual Afro-Latino Festival. The Afro-Latino Festival seeks to celebrate the contributions that the people of African descent of Latin America and the Caribbean have made to the city and the global stage. This summer cultural event consisted of an array of local and international artists, entrepreneurs, academics, and community leaders. During the three-day festival attendees enjoyed conferences, culinary presentations, and artistic performances. Cultural events like these have come out of the need for a just form of representation. The Pew Research Center reported that of a sample of 1,520 Hispanic...

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What a time to be a Citizen: A review of Claudia Rankine’s American Lyric

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric is timeless and urgent in the wake of yet another killing of a black body. Citizen published in October of 2014 has received countless awards including the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, the 2015 PEN Open Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Poetry. Rankine reminds us through her lyrical prose of the continued killing of the black body in everyday encounters; the destruction of the black soul after countless micro aggressions. Citizen is a compilation of prose poetry, lyrical essays, and internal monologue. Brought together as...

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