We will never forget the year 2020. The arrival of the coronavirus to all corners of the globe highlighted a series of issues that needed confrontation. Here in the United States, one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, large health and economic disparities that already existed were grossly magnified. Although the coronavirus itself did not discriminate by race or socio-economic status, its effects disproportionately ravaged socioeconomically disadvantaged communities of color. We were once more reminded of the immense need to confront the powers that drive systemic racism and bring so much suffering to our communities of color.
Recognizing the power of music, dance, and community as a representation of our culture, our monthly column seeks to investigate the Afro-diasporic roots of the rhythms and dances many of us grew up with, underscoring the experiences of the Black members and participants of the culture. We seek to build an understanding about how Afro-descendant people largely created and sustained these rhythms and dances that have exploded and have been commercialized over time. We aim to highlight the Blackness in the music and dance we love.
Toledo's work is local and, at the same time, universal. He feeds on what he has seen in books and travels, but, above all, on what he observes in his environment. In the end, he never stopped being that boy who played barefoot in the streets of Juchitán.
Revista Latina NC cultivating our traditions in celebration of 2022- Revista Latina Dia del Niño Cultural Festival from North Carolina. A special thanks to the Artists, Dance Groups, Collaborators, Writers, Sponsors, Organizations and all the people who participated and enjoyed this celebration.