Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Since inception, Plena and Bomba have been vehicles for capturing the voices, angst and resistance of the Puerto Rican people. From slave revolts to labor movements, to student manifestations, and most recently island-wide protests to oust ex-Governor Ricky Rosello, bomba and plena, and by extension Bomberxs and Plenerxs, have always been there – standing for the fight of their people. In this frank conversation, we go deeper, examining the perspectives of four powerful women, who have united their backgrounds and passions as bomberxs and plenerxs with their commitment for inclusion and justice. Co-presented by Pregones/PRTT, NYC’s landmark Puerto Rican theater with a visionary commitment towards agency of our cultural voices, the discussion, offers insight from Puerto Rico’s Adriana Santoni Rodríguez (Plena Combativa, Colectiva Feminista), Gloriann Sacha Antonetty Lebrón (founding editor of Revista Étnica), Oakland’s Denis Solis (LGBTQIA activist, union organizer and bomberx), and the Twin Cities’ Maria Isa Perez-Hedges (Youth activist, community organizer, Hip Hop Emcee and Bombera) to trace how issues of race, gender, equity, politics and music are confronted on the island and in the diaspora.
This conversation will be streaming live on Pregones/PRTT’s Facebook page live and interactive question and answer, moderated by NYC’s Marinieves Alba (educator, curator and thought provoker).
WAYS TO WATCH:
—Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/pregonesprtt
BomPlenazo 2020: Bomba & Plena: En Acción | October 7 – October 11. BomPlenazo is NYC’s biennial festival celebrating the Afro-Puerto Rican expressions of Bomba and Plena. This fall, BomPlenazo celebrates the Bomba and Plena legacies of struggle, resistance, action and resilience. Watch and engage online, from our homes to yours, for a series of workshops, film screenings, panel discussions, and artist performances. Presented by The BomPlenazo Advisory Committee & Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. See the full BomPlenazo 2020 calendar at Hostos Online Events. #BomPlenazoPalPueblo