For Nayara Justino, being crowned the 2014 Globaleza Queen was a dream come true. But when there was public outcry over her dark skin color, Globaleza renounced the crown for someone that is lighter skinned.
This short documentary by The Guardian follows Justino and her family through this experience, unpacking the complex history of racism and colorism in Brazil. Nayara's story reminds us that Latin America is not at all immune to racism.
December 20, 1989: The US invades Panama.
"Believe it or not, the week after the war started, I decided 'if we're going to die, let's die playing music'. So we went to the club. And we were all afraid ... but people from different political views ... and the feeling of that music, brought everyone together."
At this moment, Danilo Pérez realized that music can bring people together with endless possibilities for social change.
Jazz Night in America takes us to Panama City, documenting the history of Jazz in Panama, Pérez' foundation for youth music and advocacy programs, as well as live Jazz performances.
The work of these artists is a testament to the force that art has to create change, and a reminder of histories that can't be forgotten.
Less than a mile away from San Diego's Comic-Con is the neighborhood of Barrio Logan, home to Chicano Park. Business owners in the community were feeling left out by the convention and decided to host an event alongside Comic-Con in order to bring recognition to local Chicano artists.
This video shows us a glimpse into the first Chicano-Con, a smart and resourceful way for local artists to share their work with visiting convention-goers. Hopefully, this may lead to a strong and mutually beneficial partnership between the two conventions.
"1961: The city builds a neighborhood school for mostly Black and Latino students, but the city didn't build sidewalks or paved roads to the school."
In La Loma, two Eastside Memorial students use the camera to narrate their daily journey to school. In the process, both display the tenacity of students bent on receiving their education and illuminate the economic and social systems that create an urban setting that's pitted against them. "La Loma" explores the impact of rapid urban growth on the residents of one of Austin’s most vulnerable and fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods. This documentary provides students with a mechanism for questioning issues of race and criminality as the teens perform their daily duty, walking to school.