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Raquel Cepeda

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Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, award-winning journalist, podcaster, and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda is the author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina. Equal parts memoir about Cepeda’s coming of age in New York City and Santo Domingo, and detective story chronicling her year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry, the book also looks at what it means to be Latina today. Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, released the book on March 5, 2013. The paperback was released on February 4, 2014: the companion curriculum, developed and written by Karen Robinson, a senior education officer at the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights’ Speak Truth to Power initiative, is now available for free download ...more

NYAFF & The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Hosted Screening of SOME GIRLS at Lehman

I’m so honored and thrilled about this FREE screening, especially because it’s going down in the Bronx! Lehman College, by the way, hosts some of the best events in all of New York City. See you Wednesday. If you bring your copy of Bird of Paradise, I promise to sign it after the post-screening panel. REGISTER HERE!


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Published on May 08, 2017 09:47
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“I have never bought into the idea that blood is thicker than water. Love and respect are meant to be earned from our children, our spouses, our families, and our friends.”
Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

“Shakespeare had it right all along: Love will kill you in the end.”
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“Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon for the next generation.”
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“I guess it all depends on whom you ask and when you ask. Race, I've learned, is in the eye of the beholder.”
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“We travel with the same clan over and over again, from one life to the next, until some ultimate purpose is fulfilled and we no longer need to return.”
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“When we illuminate the road back to our ancestors, they have a way of reaching out, of manifesting themselves...sometimes even physically.”
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“Our identities are as fluid as our personal experiences are diverse.”
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