Eat, Pray, Read: BuzzFeed List Love

I’ve survived a couple of tough though crazy-productive months since we took an ABOUT RACE hiatus (which we’re trying to get back on track, soon, soon, soon…#pinkypromise!). More on all the progress later—have to get back to grant-writing in a few—but I wanted to share this cool list I came across with you. After laboring through two film grants and delivering them on …

October 3: Headlining Target First Saturday’s @ the Brooklyn Museum

So, I’m really terrible at updating my appearances section, and have, am embarrassed but not really, to say I have simply been to hectic to stay on top of it. So, I’ll do it here! I’m headlining Target First Saturdays tomorrow at the Brooklyn Museum. Check out the flyer below. I’ll be in conversation with the brilliant Sacha Jenkins (and …

A New About Race Extra: #003: The B-Side

GREETINGS FAMILY: Because we’ve been reading and processing your feedback, our About Race crew decided we’d drop extras into the mix. Here, we discuss listener questions and feedback about the “Recorded Before Certain Events in Baltimore” episode (available below). Check it out. Tell a friend. Also, make sure to visit showaboutrace.com to sign up for our newsletter and subscribe via iTunes and RSS feed.

Travel Writing, Mythos, Ancestral DNA, and other Morsels with Amy Gigi Alexander

I’m stoked to be featured on #wanderwoman Amy Gigi Alexander‘s blog! She’s a pretty freaking talented travel writer and her fiercely evocative pieces are #swoonworthy. Below is a sample of the piece. Click below to read the conversation in its entirety. CONTINUE READING THE CONVERSATION HERE

So, THIS Happened Last Night at the United Nations

THIS happened last night at The United Nations: Dominican artist, German Perez, presented me with an award at his mind-blowing art show, Amen de Mariposas, for my book Bird of Paradise. The plaque reads: The permanent mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations recognizes Raquel Cepeda, for the courage reflected in her literature, her commitment to denouncing violence against …

Conversations #AboutRace at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Forgive me for not posting this sooner—so, in the future, if I don’t post for a while, check out my social media feeds, links on the right hand side under FOLLOW RAQUEL, for wassup with me—but I’m playing catch-up because I’ve been caught up in a mostly awesome whirlwind these past couple of weeks. Below is an event authors Baratunde …

The Greatest Hits from “The Double Whammy” Panel @ #Bindercon…AND THEN SOME

Yesterday, I sat on a panel moderated by my new homie, writer Kavita Das, called The Double Whammy: Women Writers of Color Discuss Challenges and Strategies, as part of #Bindercon‘s two day symposium. The panel cleverly featured three writers including myself, memoirist Ava Chin (where have you been all my life?), and novelist Tayari Jones, literary agent Ayesha Pande (who happens …

Latino Studies Journal Review of “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina”

I was delighted to find that my book, now out in paperback, was reviewed in the Autumn 2014 issue of the (otherwise academic) Latino Studies journal. I’d like to send a special shout-out to Ms. Kiley Guyton Acosta, PhD., for the thoughtful deconstruction of the themes in my book. Check it out, below. NOTE: And on another subject, my site was …