Latinx (La-teen-ecks) is a non-gendered word used to represent those of us who identify with a Latin American identity. Language has power, and many of us who use this term appreciate its inclusive design and the way it bridges the Latin American gente together in solidarity. While all of that is incredibly important in today’s revitalized identity consciousness, there’s the risk of using such palabras in a way that erases the very identities we’ve sought to include. We are people of many races, colors, creeds, tongues — of histories that are both disparate and interlocking. Many of us are living on the earth our people have looked over for centuries, and many of us are semillas that have planted our roots in diasporas. We struggle with the anti-blackness and anti-indigeneity internalized as a colorism fortified during the colonial period, and grapple with the politics of identity representation within and outside of our communidades.
As for me, a Mexican-American and Southside Chicago Xicanx with immigrant parents from Aguascalientes and Querétaro, I share a lot with my urban liminals while simultaneously being able to celebrate my own particular historical roots. Today I’ll try to present some music from across the Latinx community. Some older hits mama y papa used to jam to at home, some newer stuff from the current wave of Latinx production, un poco de dembow, y un poco de reggaeton. Of course, I’ll be super biased to the stuff I know, but keep that in mind and listen on critically.15:00 - 17:00