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2016 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Far Beyond “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”: Impressions from an Afro-Latina Filmmaker and Activist in Philadelphia

Author: Gabriela Watson Aurazo

Published in: Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

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In this chapter, I analyze my experience as an Afro-Latina activist and graduate film student, during my two years of residence in Philadelphia in the United States. I discuss my reflections about my expectations, experiences, and moments of connection with the African American and Afro-Latino community using the conceptual framework of transitory identity, as developed by sociologist Stuart Hall (1994) in his chapter “Cultural Identity and Diaspora.” This analysis alternates between important childhood and adolescent memories that shaped the formation of my black identity, and I rely principally on the medium of film to make these comparisons. The ultimate goal of this chapter is to illustrate the connections between Afro-Brazilians and African Americans and to broaden the discussion about the issues that should be addressed as global problems that are common to the entire African diaspora, propose solutions that can be replicated, as well as facilitate an ongoing dialogue between African descendants.

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Title
Far Beyond “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”: Impressions from an Afro-Latina Filmmaker and Activist in Philadelphia
Author
Gabriela Watson Aurazo
Copyright Year
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137553942_13