Introducing DASH HARRIS...and a Conversation about NEGRO -a Docu-Series about Latino Identity

 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you, the 50 SHADES OF BLACK Community to, Dash Harris.  Over the next week, Dash will be contributing to 50SHADESOFBLACK.COM as a guest blogger and will also be contributing a chapter to the book coming out this winter.  We couldn't be more excited!

Dash is a journalist based in New York. After working in news for over 4 years she decided to embark on telling stories not usually covered by the media. She attended Temple University for broadcast journalism, business & French. Dash is the owner of In.A.Dash.Media, a multi-media & video production company. She is currently working on Negro, a docu-series about Latino identity, the color complex, colonialism & the African Diaspora in Latin America. She is also a travel writer for Examiner.com, founder of Venus Genus, a website that empowers women by examining gender bias and female tropes and the blogger behind Diaspora Dash, a blog about the African Diaspora.

I was very excited to discover Dash Harris' work and immediately reached out to her to explore the possibility of collaborating.  In a series of email exchanges we discussed the symmetry and points of connection between our two projects.  In our exchange I shared with her my experience in an interview with a magazine about my project where I was asked if this was simply a black-American issue.  I immediately said no.  I used India, Korea, Brazil, other Latin/Central American countries, various parts of Africa, to describe a more global struggle for acceptance (both personal acceptance and acceptance by others).  I gave example after example of people from all over the world who have left comments on 50SHADESOFBLACK.COM describing their own journeys.  By broadening the conversation I believe we open a pathway for dialogue.  I believe for people to simply learn that they are not alone could be the biggest source of inspiration and liberation.

Dash Harris's current project is a docu-series titled NEGRO:

‘Negro’ was bourne of my life-long interest in the African Diaspora and the cultures and resilient way of living descendants fostered and pioneered. Growing up as a first generation-American, child of Panamanian immigrants, I went through no identity crisis thanks to a strong familial foundation. It was American’s misinformed perception of what a ‘Latino’ or ‘Hispanic’ was, that was projected on me. I found it interesting to say the least and as time went on, I found it even more curious at how Latinos even perceived themselves and others from Latin America. A pervading trend being color and appearance and the attitudes that prevail from both. It all started on the streets of Rio, March 2011 when a young Brasiliero, engaged my friend and I on the politics of color in Brazil, ending our conversation with ‘It’s bad to be Black in the World.’ The wheels started turning and just 4 months later, I started on the docu-series, heading to Colombia and the Dominican Republic and this year, Puerto Rico to explore the effects of colonization, color complex, colorism, racism, media portrayals, stereotypes and the African root in Latin America. Latinos are not a monolith. There is no one look or concept of race for us. We are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow and our experiences and identities reflect that. This will open the dialogue to conversations that have not been had out in the open thus far. This docu-series explores the history and present attitudes of race, color, self identification and social interaction among Latinos from Latinos themselves. Through candid interviews you will see the good, the bad, the ugly and the absolute beauty of Latinos’ perceptions of their culture. This project aims to unite, it is to offer insight into a present and future united global community through candid dialogue, truth, awareness, acceptance and appreciation.

We are so grateful for this collaboration and look forward to continuing the rich dialogue with you soon.  Please join the Conversation.

-Carlton Mackey