Melissa Harris-Perry producer Shanta N. Covington wrote a cool postscript about my book that starts:
The proposed immigration deal introduced last month by the Gang of Eight was one of many issues President Obama spoke about at his White House press conference on Tuesday. The president was complimentary of the deal. “I feel confident that the bipartisan work that’s been done on immigration reform will result in a bill that passes the Senate and passes the House and gets on my desk,” he said. “And that’s going to be a historic achievement.” CONTINUE READING HERE.
Glam Belleza Latina, Glamour‘s digital beauty destination for Latinas, gave me some love today. It starts:
In her new book Bird of Paradise, Raquel Cepeda delves into her Dominican ancestry. Here, we delve into her beauty insights. CONTINUE READING HERE
The Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock was, for the most part, awesome. I loved my first panel (although I wished it took place an hour later) at the Central Library. The moderator brought up an excellent question about language. Part I of Bird of Paradise… is peppered here and there with Dominican Spanish. If you read the sentences carefully you’ll find clues to their definitions within but I chose not to translate them outright because I want the readers to feel as uncomfortable as I imagine Rocío and Eduardo must have been as spanking new immigrants to New York City in the 1970s. I want the readers to walk in their shoes, even if for just a few moments. The best thing about these talks for me is hearing fresh perspectives from folks who’ve read the book and those curious about the narrative. I missed seeing a new friend’s book reading and my other homegirl Rebecca Walker, who was in town giving a talk at a local high school because I had to jet back to the airport.
I fell asleep the moment I slipped onto my seat on the plane and awoke a couple hours later in Chicago, deliriously tired, only to be happily surprised by none other than Rebecca Walker grabbing her carry-on out of the luggage compartment right in front of me. It was a serendipitous moment, indeed. We took a self-y, proof below, when we went our separate ways to catch our respective connecting flights.
We were in Boston over the weekend looking at universities with my daughter Djali Rancher as Boston marathon runners and their families were checking in to our hotel and going on practice runs around the area. It’s a sad day for everyone. From our family to yours, we are #PrayingForYouBoston.