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Africa en el Centro: Afro-Latinx Diasporas in the US
Start Date: 10/5/2017Start Time: 12:15 PM
End Date: 10/5/2017End Time: 1:30 PM

Event Description:
This talk will focus on embracing and celebrating Afro Latina identity. We will make a deeper connection to Africans in the Americas moving towards an unified agenda that includes the voices of African descendants from Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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About the Speaker
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Yvette Modestin, a writer, poet and activist was born and raised in Colon, Panama. Ms. Modestin was named one of “30 Afro Latinas you Should Know” in the world.” She was recently named as one of the 100 Most Influential African Diaspora Leaders. In March of 2017 she was named by ALDia News as one of 10 Latina Warriors. Ms. Modestin has been profiled by the Boston Globe as "The Uniter" for her work in bringing the Latin American and African American community together and for her activism in building a voice for the Afro Latino Community. In July 2017 she was named one of 9 Inspiring Women Who Fought for the Rights and Visibility of Afro Latinamericans by Remezcla. 

She is Founder/Executive Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, MA. She is the Co-Founder of ARAAC EEUU –The Regional Council of People of African Descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Modestin is the Diaspora Coordinator of the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diaspora an international network of Afro descendent women. 

She was recently named as one of the Top 5 Latina Activist by Wear Your Voice Media. Ms. Modestin is the narrator of the film ‘Cimarronaje en Panama/Maroons in Panama’ a film by Toshi Sakai. She is a member of the IBW Board- Institute of the Black World and a Commissioner of the National African American Reparations Commission. 

Ms. Modestin is a contributor to the newly released book, Afro- Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism. She is one of the contributors to the book, Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography. In 2017 her Poetry book, Nubian Butterfly; The Transformation of a Soulful Heart will be released in Panama. She is one of the editors and writers of the book, “Women Warriors of the Afro Latina Diaspora”. The book was named in the top five Latino books in the country for 2013. She is a contributor in the book, The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy and the Psychological Health of Woman of Color. She is one of the featured poets in the book,” Rapsodia Antillana.” This book is the first of its kind to highlight Afro Antillean poets of Panama. She is featured poet in the, “Antologia de Poesia Colonense,” which is an Anthology of poets from her hometown of Colon from 1900-2012.

In 2013 she received the ‘Lider Afrodescendiente’ Award from Fundacion Bayano in Panama. In 2014 she was recognized by the US Panamanian Association Inc. as a Panamanian Leader in the US. Ms. Modestin writes a blog about the events and experiences in the community called ‘Reflections from a Colon Girl.’ As an artist, a licensed mental health clinician, wellness facilitator, community organizer, educator and Ifa practitioner, Ms. Modestin speaks to the acknowledgement of the historical pain of people of African descent and the awareness of the connection that would lead to the healing of our communities. Her purpose is to move with the intent of lifting the voices of the ancestors.


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Contact Information:
Name: Cameron Breither
Email: cbreither@suffolk.edu

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