Afro-Latino Festival NYC 2016 Day 1

Event Details

The Schomburg Center is excited to kick off Day 1 of the 2016 Afro-Latino Festival, highlighted by the Afrolatin@Crowd Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and curated panels, a keynote luncheon, awards presentation, an exclusive film screening, a cocktail reception, and musical performances!

Schedule of Events


Opening plenary speaker: Ahmed Reid Springer


PANEL 1: Transnational, Migration, Immigration & Human Rights


Afrolatin@Crowd Part II, presented by
Featured speakers: Cassandre Theano, Esq Open Society Foundation, Carl Liscombe, Policy Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Mirtha Colón, Casa Yurumein. Moderator: Thanu Yakupitiyage, New York Immigration Coalition


PANEL 2: What Does A BlackLatinx Feminism Look Like? Featured speakers: Dash Harris, Director, Negro The Documentary, Uva Coles, VP, Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships at Peirce College, DJ Bembona, Monica Carrillo, founder of LUNDU Peru. Moderator: Lissette Miller, DJ afroluna, One DC Member, Movement for Black Lives


Documentary screening: Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Radiography


PANEL 3: Afrolatin@S, ¡Presente!: Representation And Cultural Heritage Consciousness” 
Director: Bocafloja & Cambiowashere, Producer: Quilomboarte / Sociedad Cimarrona, 2015, 40min + Q&A (15min). Featured speakers: Arianna Curtis, Latino Curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Ruben McCoy, Fareportal, Multicultural Lead/Multichannel Marketing Strategist, Manuel "Chaco" Garcia, Music Producer & Afro-Colombian Music Ethnographer, Geko Jones


PANEL 4: Afro-Colombian Participation in the Colombia Peace Process. Featured speakers: Marino Cordoba, Pres of AfroDes & Intl Coord, Afro-Colombian Peace Council.  Moderator: Gimena Sanchez, Senior Policy Director WOLA 


PANEL 5: #BlackLivesMatter Beyond Borders: Race, Space & Consciousness in the International Decade of Afrodescendants Part II. Featured speakers: Dr. Arlene Davila, Professor NYU Anthropology, Janvie Comrie, Kleaver Cruz, Writer and Member of poetic duo, “The Delta”, Frank Leon Roberts, NYU Lecturer-Professor. Moderator: Larnies Bowen, NYU MA Candidate


Closing plenary speaker: Moises Medrano


Danilo Perez (Grammy Award Winner Latin Jazz Pianist/Composer)
Moises Medrano (Director of Populations, Ministry of Culture, Colombia)
Aysha Schomburg (Board Member ,Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Counsel NYC City Council)
Dr. Arianna Curtis, Latino Curator Smithsonian Anacostia Museum

Live Performances






Joshue Ashy and C3 Project

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First come, first seated

For those who did not get a chance to RSVP, we will offer a standby line which will be set up beginning at 8am on Friday morning. We'll begin to release folks from the standby line for registration based on our in-house count at any given time.

We recommend that you arrive early, as attendees will be allowed entry on a first come, first served basis. Please note that once we are at capacity, attendees--both registered and unregistered--will have to stand by until space becomes available.


Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24 hours before the day of the program to Adenike Olanrewaju at

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.