B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad) is a joint audio and print chapbook that explores the liminal status of being Black, Latino, a father, low income, and other forms of identification. This poetry collection is accompanied by illustrations and music curated by independent artists, with a special emphasis on artists of color and artists in the LGBTQIA community (or both). Part creative and part academic: B(lack)NESS & LATINI(dad) focuses on the ways identity is simultaneously structurally imposed as well as individually embodied and lived. Through the use of spoken word poetry, Hip-Hop, oral histories and auto-ethnography, this project demonstrates the power of the narrative and how it embodies a radical challenge to dominant narratives that are spread about race, marginalized people, and resistance.
This book was a way to heal the past, a way to interpret my past and things that I dealt with, whether it’s anti-blackness from my Latino family—not feeling like I fit in with black people on that side—or using that experience to talk about how race doesn’t exist but racism does, and what that means for multiracial youth who need to hear these kinds of things.
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"We fashion our identities to not only be political statements, but also positive affirmations of our own value. I am Black. I am Latino. I am a scholar. I am an activist. I am a poet. I am all these things and more.