Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Last Chance to Submit !!

ANNOUNCING: WOMEN OF COLOR BLOG CARNIVAL
~~~a call out for submissions~~~

Because Women of Color recognize that real world structural inequalities such as poverty, violence, imprisonment, and community neglect, have restricted our access to the resources the internet has to offer our communities,

Because Women of Color recognize that computer literacy is a right that has long been denied to our communities,

Because the internet has been used as a tool to further racist, sexist, and anti-queer fantasies/representations of Women of Color,

Because Women of Color recognize that these racist, sexist, and anti-queer fantasies/representations have very real world consequences for our communities and us,

Because Women of Color demand that the resources the internet has to offer be available to our communities,

Because Women of Color demand that computer literacy be restructured as to include those of us who must learn the computer in restricted settings (libraries, prisons, institutions, etc)

Because Women of Color demand a powerful, healthy, intelligent and WHOLE representation of themselves on the internet, the Radical Woman of Color Blog Carnival has been created!!

**Centering the voices, opinions, issues, interests, demands, problems, and solutions of women of color, this blog carnival will be used to connect the real world issues such as poverty, violence, imprisonment, and community neglect to the blogosphere.

**Publication date will be the first (1rst) of every month.

Topic 2
Mami Bloggers

Mothers have used the internet as a way to build community, seek information and share information.

There has been much debate and discussion about Mommy Bloggers and childfree bloggers. Are they allies or adversaries? Is motherhood , especially stay at home motherhood helping or hurting the feminist cause. , but most of these discussions have centered around white, privileged bloggers. What about mamis of color? Do they dominate the mujer side of the blogosphere to the detriment of radical women who do not have children and who may not want children? How do we represent mamihood as part of our internet identities? How do we make the connections between mami struggles and all struggles within our communities? Is there a need to mami of color only spaces or are those too exclusive, shutting out mujeres in the wider radical community? Does the net and blogosphere give mamis , mami's to be, and women who never will be mamis more space to explore issues around making, birthing, raising, and educating children of color?

Pues claro these are just suggestions and ideas. Got any other thoughts on livin in the mamihood? Essays, poetry, art and other forms of self-expression are more than welcome just get em to me by February 28th.

Email submissions to me,la Mala at mamitamala@yahoo.com

What are you doing Wednesday?

Detailles

I could into the details of dancing in bars, running in light snow, swallowing words but not quite digesting them just in case they start to spoil and reveal themselves as candy coated poison. I could revel in hearing words I haven't heard associated with my name in a long time suddenly become mine again: positions, rankings, labels. Accents, the kind that impregnanted me so many years ago, seduce me again. How deep down inside I don't mind the cold my body is fighting against because of how I contracted it.

Just flow malita.....just flow.

Monday, February 27, 2006

East Harlem Tutorial Program

Attention all high school students, college/grad students,
professionals and
anyone interested in tutoring youth.


EHTP is looking for volunteers!!

We work with students ages 5-17 and need volunteer tutors for the 500+
students in our program. If you would like to be a tutor or know
someone who
is interested you can call me at (212) 831-0650.

Volunteer tutors work with students ONCE A WEEK during the academic
school year.

Volunteer hours are
Monday - Thursday, 6:30 - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 12pm
Saturday 1-3pm

Also, if your organization is having a community event/fair, please
consider
EHTP for a tabling opportunity. We can also come to your workplace to
give a
10 - 15 minute presentation about volunteer tutoring at EHTP.

Feel free to forward this email to
Thank you for your help. My contact information is:

aurora anaya-cerda
Community Outreach Coordinator
aurora@ehtp.org

East Harlem Tutorial Program
2050 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 831-0650
(212) 289-7967
www.ehtp.org

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Welcome to the Mami-hood

My best girl, la Fea gave birth to bella Isabella on Sabado , February 25th, at 6:59 am. La nena, was 6 lbs 14 oz. and 19 inches long and she's sporting the only mohawk (very rockera). Mami and baby are doing well.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Voices Come from Somewhere Deep



Please join these fabulous mujeres.

How is it this possible

How was I invited to attend an orgy and in London no less????

Friday, February 24, 2006

Mamis and Non Mamis Need to Represent

Yo I am totally beginning to feel like a salesperson and let me tell you , when I was selling clothes, lap dances, and furniture I was a sucky ass salesperson sooooo.

The 2nd Radical Women of Color Carnival is just days away (March First)

The theme is mami-hood , and while I specifically mentioned mami's on the net, writings/images on mamihood or not being in the mamihood are welcome. Mamis and non mamis are invited to participate.

And in the words of brownfemipower

I wanted to make it absolutely clear that WE WILL NOT LINK YOU IN THE CARNIVAL WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION.

Thus, if you would like to have something included in the carnival, it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED if you could help us out by sending something in. Otherwise, we are going to be spending a lot of time surfing and asking--time that *could* be spent on our own blogs or creating a better Carnival for your pleasure.

Finally, while our topic this month is specifically Mamihood and the internet, we are accepting ANY posts that you might want to submit. Maybe you don't want to take the angle on your motherhood article that was suggested--maybe you are spittin to write something about identity (seems to be a hot topic lately!)--doesn't matter, just send it in!!!!


Ya heard????

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I'm Hot

Thanks to Ms. Fabulosa, who so graciously nominated me I am a REAL Hot 100 Nominee.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

This Carnival Will Self Destruct in 7 Days

Well not desdtruct but hopefully explode in a mix of words that some of you all will send moi. You have 7 days left to submit to the second edition of the Radical Women of Color Carnival. The theme is the Mami-hood! Do you wanna be in the mami-hood? Do you hate, resent the mamihood? Maybe you love the mami-hood and never wanna get out.

For more details click here or email me at mamitamalaatyahoodotcom.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Got Books?

The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and all hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an effort to restock the shelves after Katrina. The staff will assess which titles will be designated for its collections. The rest will be distributed to destitute families or sold for library fundraising. Please send your books to:

Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

Monday, February 20, 2006

Meanwhile Back in la Patria

The Feds and the government they represent weren't happy enough with just murdering Filiberto last September. So they've begun to violate the rights of Rican citizens in the name of homeland security. Two weeks ago the FBI invaded the homes and businesses of alleged Macheteros.
Friday's FBI sweep was aimed at the Boricua National Army, a pro-independence organization that federal agents said had plans to use explosives against private businesses. Agents executed six search warrants on private houses and one business with the stated intention of thwarting a "domestic terrorist attack." When journalists went to cover one of the searches they clashed with FBI agents, who pepper sprayed some of them.


Read more at the NY Sun

A Drunk Friend Once Told Me...

The other night a drunk friend (might of slept with him once or a few times) slurred something in my ear about vengeful elephants and look it's true!!! Maybe you'll listen more carefully the next time a drunk person tells you something.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Fiestas Poeticas

beer, smoke, dancing, creating alternative worlds on ripped shreds that were once sheets, maybe sheets that I once spilled myself onto, wearing flags as skirts, 3D rainbow glasses and viewmasters taking us to the moon, conversations about the worlds we've been in and the worlds we want to see, dismantle , create and build. It culminates on the 2nd Avenue subway platform with Chile on my mouth.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Oh What a Night

Gracias to all of you who came through to hear/see me at Boricua College yesterday. It was alot of fun and a privilege to be with other wonderful poets. I met some great people and reconnected with people I haven't seen in a while.

Virtual Boricua has some pictures of the evening including a very bad picture of me making a fucked up face. ja ja. Oh well.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Brooklyn in the House!

And Mala's gonna be in Brooklyn tonight.

I along with some friends like Angel Pont and other amazing poets will be reading tonight at Boricua College as part of their XVIII Winter Poetry Series.

Tonight 7:30 PM
Boricua College
86 North 6th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11211 (L train to Bedford Avenue, walk a block and a half).
Third floor, blue room

and it's free!!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tertuliando

If I finish a poem I'm working on I may grace the stage tonight but even if I don't you'll should come through to Fusion Atomica's Tertulia tonight because they always have talented poets, writers and musicians like this fabulous mujer Nicole Cecilia. You know where it's at right? Yes all the way in the depths of Queens at D'Antigua.

Nos vemos.

There's a Hierarchy In the Blog World and it reflects Capitalism!!!

I mean really is there someone (besides my mother) who is surprised by this week's New York Magazine article on blogs? There was no mention on the role of women in the blog world and forget about people of color in the blog world. ::yawn:: Tell me something I didn't know: the blog world continues to be a reflection of the real world with those in power at the top (you can define power here by language, race, class) and everyone else at the margins struggling.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Carnival Over Here!!!!

ANNOUNCING: WOMEN OF COLOR BLOG CARNIVAL
~~~a call out for submissions~~~

Because Women of Color recognize that real world structural inequalities such as poverty, violence, imprisonment, and community neglect, have restricted our access to the resources the internet has to offer our communities,

Because Women of Color recognize that computer literacy is a right that has long been denied to our communities,

Because the internet has been used as a tool to further racist, sexist, and anti-queer fantasies/representations of Women of Color,

Because Women of Color recognize that these racist, sexist, and anti-queer fantasies/representations have very real world consequences for our communities and us,

Because Women of Color demand that the resources the internet has to offer be available to our communities,

Because Women of Color demand that computer literacy be restructured as to include those of us who must learn the computer in restricted settings (libraries, prisons, institutions, etc)

Because Women of Color demand a powerful, healthy, intelligent and WHOLE representation of themselves on the internet, the Radical Woman of Color Blog Carnival has been created!!

**Centering the voices, opinions, issues, interests, demands, problems, and solutions of women of color, this blog carnival will be used to connect the real world issues such as poverty, violence, imprisonment, and community neglect to the blogosphere.

**Publication date will be the first (1rst) of every month.

Topic 2
Mami Bloggers

Mothers have used the internet as a way to build community, seek information and share information.

There has been much debate and discussion about Mommy Bloggers and childfree bloggers. Are they allies or adversaries? Is motherhood , especially stay at home motherhood helping or hurting the feminist cause. , but most of these discussions have centered around white, privileged bloggers. What about mamis of color? Do they dominate the mujer side of the blogosphere to the detriment of radical women who do not have children and who may not want children? How do we represent mamihood as part of our internet identities? How do we make the connections between mami struggles and all struggles within our communities? Is there a need to mami of color only spaces or are those too exclusive, shutting out mujeres in the wider radical community? Does the net and blogosphere give mamis , mami's to be, and women who never will be mamis more space to explore issues around making, birthing, raising, and educating children of color?

Pues claro these are just suggestions and ideas. Got any other thoughts on livin in the mamihood? Essays, poetry, art and other forms of self-expression are more than welcome just get em to me by February 28th.

Email submissions to me,la Mala at mamitamala@yahoo.com
or
Use this techorati tag on your blog post:

Monday, February 13, 2006

Soltera/Single Suckage

Of course I know what tomorrow is!! It is a made up holiday so that we consume consume consume flowers, chocolates, panties, stuffed animals , jewelry and a whole mess of things that we don't need. So why when I crawled into bed last night was I thinking about how there will be no cards for me, no flowers for me, damnit even moving that past that materialistic shit, there will be no other person (or persons) to say: Mala you are so fucking hot and smart and I am madly in love with you. Step up people. ha ha. I'm beginning to think romantic love is highly overrated.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Ready for My Close Up (Just Not in This Damn Snow)

Last week I got my hair did and even got and mani/pedi. Do you know when was the last time I got a mani/pedi? Last summer, when el cubano was coming to see me for what would end up being the last time. This time my primping and preening (that's primping, not pimping- none of that for now)was related to Los Angeles but not to el Cubano. Because I don't want to jinx anything I will not go into details but do you think the world is ready for Mala via television? We (including me) will have to wait and see.

La MapucheRican is staying in school am xtra 37 and 1/2 minutes but at least this time she is getting help in the area that she needs it, writing (ay the irony).

Speaking of writing, this Wednesday is a tertulia Wednesday gracias a Fusion Atomica and the talented poetas, writers, and musicos that gather at D'antigua.

And if one night of Latino talent isn't enough , on Friday , the 17th, Boricua College as part of their Winter Poetry Series will be presenting "New Blood" including me and Angel Pont Navarro y Bonafide Rojas y mas. The fun starts at 7:30 pm at 186 N.6th Street in Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Call for Entries: Critical Perspectives on Reggaeton

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS


Reading Reggaeton: Historical, Aesthetic and Critical Perspectives



An anthology of scholarly articles, critical essays, interviews and creative writings on reggaeton



Edited by Raquel Z. Rivera and Deborah Pacini Hernández



Deadline for abstracts: March 31, 2006

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2006



While reggaeton has received a great deal of attention in the media, it has yet to receive scholarly attention commensurate with its musical and cultural importance. The first volume of its kind to address this rich and relatively unexplored field of inquiry from a diverse set of disciplinary and methodological approaches, it will begin posing questions, proposing hypotheses, and identifying further areas of research. The editors are seeking theoretical and/or ethnographically grounded essays from the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies examining reggaeton from the perspectives of production, dissemination, consumption and performance, which can include considerations of history, musical aesthetics, discourse and images, dance, technology, as well as other related issues such as transnational migration and media globalization. We are particularly interested in ethnographic studies that engage with reggaeton as lived practices. In-depth interviews, oral histories, relevant visual art (photographs, graffiti or otherwise), poetry, and fiction will also be considered.



We invite submissions that address (but need not be limited to) the following issues:



•What are the musical aesthetics that mark reggaeton as a genre? How have those changed over time?



•What is the relationship between reggaeton and other popular Latino/Latin American-identified music genres? What has been the history of the integration of “popular” and “traditional” Latino/Latin American musical styles into reggaeton?



•What is the nature of its links to its principal Spanish-language precursors: Puerto Rican underground and Panamanian reggae en español? How different was the Panamanian reggae tradition from what eventually became known as reggaeton in Puerto Rico?



•How is reggaeton connected to U.S. hip hop and Jamaican dancehall reggae? What is the relationship between hip hop and reggaeton in Latin America, elsewhere in the Americas and beyond? Is reggaeton better understood as a subgenre of hip hop and/or dancehall, or a genre unto itself?



•What do reggaeton aesthetics, images, dance styles, patterns of consumption, etc. tell us about race and ethnic relations, identity formation, gender constructions and gender relations, nationalism and transnationalism?



•What are the intersections between dance, gender and sexuality in reggaeton?



•What is the history of women's participation in reggaeton?



•What can previous studies of reggae, hip hop and other forms of Latino/Latin American popular music contribute to reggaeton? Should reggaeton have a space within the emerging field of Hip Hop Studies, and if so, what should it be? What do previous studies of salsa and other Latino/Latin American popular music contribute to our understanding of reggaeton? How, for example, do the arguments regarding reggaeton’s origins parallel arguments over salsa’s origins and issues of cultural ownership?



•How does reggaeton articulate with the global consumption of Latino/Latin American music?



•How does reggaeton fit into a music industry segmented by (perceived) racial/ethnic markets? What is reggaeton’s connection to the development of new media and technologies?





NOTES FOR PROSPECTIVE AUTHORS:



•Abstracts and subsequent submissions should be sent by email attachment to: raquelzrivera@aol.com with cc to deborah.pacini@tufts.edu



•Abstracts should be no less than 150 words and no more than 250 words. A short biography should be submitted along with the abstract. The editors will select abstracts based on originality and quality of proposed content, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the volume as a whole, and invite authors to submit their full-length essays by June 15. The editors will use the abstracts in the process of soliciting a publisher, but acceptance of abstracts does not constitute acceptance of the final paper.



•Scholarly articles should be no less than 5000 words, and should not exceed 8000 words. The length of other submissions may vary. We encourage authors to make the writing style of their submissions accessible to as wide a readership as possible, without sacrificing scholarly depth.



•The editors’ goal is to publish this volume in as timely a manner as possible. Since obtaining permission to quote popular song lyrics or to reproduce images of musicians or CDs is time-consuming and, often, cost-prohibitive, we want to avoid last-minute problems that can hold up production, so authors must have obtained permission to quote song lyrics and/or reproduce images at the time of submission. Securing permissions, and if necessary, making payment, is entirely the author’s responsibility. If obtaining permission proves to be difficult or impossible, we encourage authors to paraphrase lyrics (and/or limit their quotes only to short phrases, i.e. 1 line) rather than quote songs directly; or to cite lyrics that have been previously published.





THE EDITORS

Raquel Z. Rivera is the author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology, Tufts University.



Deborah Pacini Hernandez, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Latino Studies Program at Tufts University, is co-editor of Rockin’ Las Americas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin/o America and author of Bachata: A Social History of a Dominican Popular Music.

Monday, February 06, 2006

37 and half minutes of bullshit bureaucracy

Today my daughter had to stay in school for an extra 37 and a half minutes. Ah yes another smart idea from the NYC Department of Education. Oh by the way my daughter is not in danger or failing nor did she have any 1's on her last report card and since last year as a second grader there were no high stakes tests for her, there were no high stakes tests for her to fail. So why is she staying 37 and one half minutes after school. I have no fucking idea.

When I found a note in her folder saying she was MANDATED for the extra time, I asked the teacher why.
"Because there was space"
When I asked what they would be doing during those extra 37 and half minutes I was told that most likely more math test prep until the state wide math test in March (because our children need more help in learning how to fill out those standardized test bubbles). I said this was completely unacceptable and complained.

The next day my daughter's teacher called me to tell me that she was calling me at the principal's request and that my daughter would be getting writing and spelling help, her weak points (she isn't failing either however). Ok. Fine. I said I would give it a chance.

Maybe judging by the first day isn't fair but this is the same school system that placed my daughter in English as a Second language without my knowledge in 1st grade (See the latest issue of LOUDMouth for the full story). Today when I picked my daughter up from the extended day I asked what she had done. Math.

tomorrow morning I will march into the school after drop off and speak to the whoever and inform them that my daughter is being pulled out of the program.

Homeschooling is seeming like a better option more and more.

Friday, February 03, 2006

La Vida es un Carnival : A Radical Woman of Color Carnival!

The first of many editions of the Radical Woman of Color Carnival is up with many deep, thought provoking submissions of all kinds about what the internet means to women of color.

Check it out - comment- discuss- build over here at Reappropriate

I'm hosting the next blog carnival (Party over here!!!). Stay tuned for the topic and shout out for submissions.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tag - I'm It

Before I get into this post which I was tagged by Fabulosa let me tell you that when I was a kid playing freeze and tv tag back in the day, no one ever freaking tagged me because I was such a slow freaking runner and no one wanted me to be it. So sad no? Anyway on to the fluffy fluffiness.

Three books I can read over and over:
Peel my Love Like an Onion by Ana Castillo
This Bridge Called my Back
Borderlands/la Frontera

Three places I've lived:
Corona, Queens
Temuco, Chile
Lewiston, Maine

Three TV shows I love:
Anderson Cooper 360- I like so many others have the biggest crush on him
Primer Impacto/Al Rojo Vivo- Really these are the same show just on different channels oh except Primer Impacto has Walter Mercado
Gray's Anatomy

Three (one) highly regarded and recommended TV shows that I've never watched a single minute of:
Lost
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Damn I watch way too much tv because I've seen at least one minute of so many tv shows. The shame, the shame.

Three places I've vacationed:
Jamaica - the island, not the hood in Queens (although abuelita lives there)
Los Angeles
Spain

Three of my favorite dishes:
Pernil
alacapurias
Empanadas

Three sites I visit daily:
Do you know how many sites I vist everyday and I only get to pick three??? Fine...
VivirLatino- I write for them so duh.
Yahoo to check my main email account often
LiveJournal for my private well more private thoughts than the ones I lay out here



Three places I would rather be right now:

I have a lot going on here and I love NYC pero if you're gonna twist my arm
Puerto Rico
Chile
Mexico- just cuz I've never been

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Complete and Utter Waste of Tiempo

I actually sat and watched the State of the Union Address last night. I could have been writing, reading, fucking....anything would have been a better use of my time. Some observations: It took the shrub, between his lip-smacking (nervous habit?), about 8 minutes before mentioning 9-11, WMD's and Bin Laden. The President , in need of a haircut, defended his domestic spying program, continued driving a wedge in the country by promoting the distinctions between documented and undocumented immigrants, and neglected to mention that the Palestinian election was democratic. Oh and Condi Rice needs to lay off the blush.

Antonio Villaraigosa's official Democratic Party response in Spanish, repeated the same ole tired I am the son of immigrants and my mom was a working single mom to cover up the fact that he had nothing new or good to say. He also made sure to make a distinction between "legal" and "illegal" immigrants.

The English language official Democratic Party response by Tom Kaine of Virginia was more lively than Villaraigosa's and I found myself nodding my head a few times but it was nothing earth shattering.

What the hell was I expecting from this farce of a democracy?

Oh on a personal note: Pobre de la fea who has to act as a 411 for my lovers pero my latest one called oh and he's reading the blog. So no details about the great sex we had (show that to your friends :P)