Our National Conversation About Conversations ABOUT RACE

Hear ye, folks. I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be co-hosting a new podcast with authors Baratunde Thurston (How to Be Black) and Tanner Colby (Some Of My Best Friends Are Black) called Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race. The podcast will debut in early April as part of The Slate Group’s new Panoply Network. SUBSCRIBE and download a free preview here. Read …

A Personal Journey in Sedona: the Cepeda-Jenkins Way

Peace Earthlings! Check out my latest piece for New York Times, Travel, in print today. While the idea of renewing your vows on a tropical beach at sunset like a pair of histrionic telenovela stars may sound romantic to some, my husband, Sacha, and I found the idea of celebrating our anniversary that way, well, boring. But we are not …

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

Lesley McSpadden: “This Could Be Your Child,” She’s right.

I wrote and deleted several versions of this post about Michael Brown’s murder at the barrel of officer Darren Wilson’s gun because they called for nothing good. I am so angry about this, another senseless and preventable death of a Black child. I’m profoundly, utterly saddened by Brown’s murder and even more so for his mother, Lesley McSpadden’s loss. To lose a child. To …

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 …

In Conversation with Author Vanessa Perez Rosario at El Museo Del Barrio

I had the privilege of sharing the stage last night at El Museo del Barrio with author Vanessa Perez Rosario for a conversation about her new book, Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon. This is only the second biography written about the Puerto-Rican poetess and political activist, and Vanessa’s treatment of de Burgos adds layers …