Professor Andrews kicks off Pitt faculty book talk to discuss Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600-2000

September 22, 2017

On Wednesday September 6th, the University of Pittsburgh was fortunate enough to begin its series of faculty book talks with a presentation from Distinguished Professor of History, George Reid Andrews, revolving around his recently published book,Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600-2000.

El Duro Relato Ecuatoguineano: Nostalgia y Fuerza Imperecederas

October 11, 2016

Guinea Ecuatorial es un pequeño país de África Occidental que se independizó de España hace casi 46 años, y tiene una conexión profunda con América Latina.  Conocida por varios siglos como “Guinea Española”, la actual República de Guinea Ecuatorial se ubica entre Camerún, al norte, y Gabón, al sur y al este.  Los portugueses, en 1471, fueron los primeros europeos que exploraron y reclamaron en nombre del trono portugués el Golfo de Guinea, las tierras que hoy pertenecen al país.

Gully Queens: The LGBTI Youth Living in Jamaica's Storm Drains

September 22, 2016

The cold, mosquito-filled storm drains of Kingston, Jamaica are no place that any human would want to visit, let alone inhabit. Yet, these storm drains are home to over 25 young LGBTI Jamaicans who have been kicked out of their homes and excluded from Jamaican society. These young and vibrant Jamaicans that go by names such as Batman, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Pebbles, have built a community in the storm drains in order to escape the risk of being openly gay[i]. They are the gully queens.

Pelo Malo: A Look into the Complexities of Identity in Latin America

September 2, 2016

Pelo Malo is a poignant coming-of-age story which chronicles the journey of Junior, a young boy growing up in Caracas, Venezuela. The film, written and directed by Mariana Rondón, has garnered much critical acclaim since its release in 2013. In the 2013 Festival of San Sebastián, Pelo Maloreceived the top honor of the “Concha de Oro,” which is awarded for the best film.1

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