#002: The “Could Black Lives Maybe Start to Matter Just a Little Bit” Episode is Live & Direct

Check it out and do your part to help us arrive at a post-racial state in America by passing it on! Come on, you know you want to. Visit our site and subscribe to our newsletter, peruse our show notes, subscribe via iTunes, or just stare at our head shots. It’s all good, fam! On this episode, Baratunde, Tanner y yo …

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 …

I Remember Yusuf Hawkins

The savage murder of Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, is one of those watershed moments of my youth I recall almost every time someone asks me what it was like to grow up nonwhite in New York City during the ’80s. Hawkins was only 16 when Keith Mondello rounded up a mob of bloodthirsty white boys armed with bats, golf clubs, and guns, …

What I’m Reading: This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color

In between writing another round of a section for a new book proposal—wo/man, writing book proposals are tedious, especially when you have to justify your mere existence to editors, explain your language, your culture, your self, your…—I found myself in dire need of inspiration. So, after about two decades, I decided to pick up an anthology I had not visited …