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The interview took place during the Black in Latin America Conference at the W. E. DuBois Institute in January of 2011, where Guridy was a presenter at the roundtable discussion titled, Race in Latin America – a critically important discussion, considering over 11 million Africans were taken to South America and the Caribbean during the slave trade years of 1502-1867 (vs. 450 thousand to the U.S.).
Black in Latin America was Harvard’s first major multinational conference on the African Diaspora in Latin America. Inspired by Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s documentary, “Black in Latin America,” (aired on PBS, April 19, 2011)—the conference gathered scholars from Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Perú, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. to discuss a variety of issues related to race relations of Afro-descendants in the Caribbean and in Latin America.
Here, Dr. Guridy shares his thoughts about growing up in NYC, living in the Bronx, Ugly Betty, the West Side Story, Yankee Stadium, and how it all relates to the hypervisibility and invisibility of Latinos in the U.S.