Afro Latinidad By Way of Los Rakas and the Academy
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Afro Latinidad By Way of Los Rakas and the Academy

This past weekend, more so month Austin, by way of my Alma Mater The University of Texas at Austin, has done great work in regards to activist scholarship. First was Abriendo Brecha, an annual conference dedicated to facilitating dialogue and networks between activist scholars, their communities, grassroots organizations, and local organizers. The following weekend- this past … Continue reading

Pai$as: An American Appropriation
LATIN AMERICA

Pai$as: An American Appropriation

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American Apparel slapped us with a racial reality last week. Paisas are a fashion commodity and play the role of an accessory for young white models. Their round brown faces and humble character tap into the sympathies of consumers to purchase AA products. They dressed up this Paisa “model” in AA to ignite a sense of solidarity with actual AA consumers. One may ask: “You mean if I wear American Apparel I can be in solidarity with brown Spanish speaking immigrants without ever having to actually touch one?” Well, to answer that question, No. A farmworker cannot afford to clothe himself in AA. I am not going to lie, Men like my father, a Paisa from Durango, Mexico got major swag and fashionistas are tapping in but even if they

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