Watch This Poet Break Down His Afro-Latino Identity

Posted in Autobiography, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, United States, Videos on 2015-11-30 02:23Z by Steven

Watch This Poet Break Down His Afro-Latino Identity

Black Youth Project

Jenn M. Jackson, Managing Editor

Gabriel Ramirez’s poem, “On Realizing I Am Black,” performed at the 2015 National Poetry Slam [2015-08-10 to 2015-08-15] in Oakland, CA is an eloquent oration on personhood at the margins.

There is nothing more beautiful than authenticity. But, in the face of imposition, oppression, and exclusion, that authenticity grows all the more radiant and incandescent. This poem, which creeps along the contours of Blackness and Latino-ness and Mixed-ness in the United States is the perfect articulation of how these intersecting identities have come to define a generation…

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