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'Roots' or the virtualities of racial imaginaries in Puerto Rico and the diaspora

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Arroyo,Jossianna (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2010 summer
Published:
Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:
1476-3435
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Puerto Rico, African diaspora, Video recordings, Puerto Rican Americans
Notes:
This essay analyzes representations and imaginaries of blackness in contemporary Puerto Rico, by focusing on the debates raised by 'Raices'/(Roots) (2001), the Banco Popular video special about traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena. These debates divided public opinion in Puerto Rico and included members of academia, musicologists, bomba and plena groups, and the San Anton (Ponce) community residents. They refer to the ways Puerto Ricans 'speak the unspoken,' that is, the ways Puerto Ricans talk about race and its intersectionalities on the island and in the diaspora.