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mundo zurdo

El Mundo Zurdo Conference 2018 at Trinity University

Today, May 18, 2018, I presented this video at the El Mundo Zurdo Conference. I also read a speech that I will include in this post as well. Please share this video with everyone you know.

            Before taking my first Latinx Literature class and being exposed to great female authors like Gloria Anzaldua, I felt a disconnect from my culture. I didn’t know that much about the history or current events from the country my family came from. Many of my ancestors were political activists, so I’ve always grown up around strong, independent women. I love the way in which Gloria Anzaldua writes about abstract concepts so unapologetically, especially during a time when it wasn’t safe to do so.

She was brave enough to give a voice to the marginalized, and I admire the strength in her work. I have a personal connection to Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera and her concept of mestiza consciousness. Anzaldua describes mestiza consciousness as “a consciousness of duality.” I am a mixture of many different beautiful cultures, but some of those cultures have been pitted against each other for many centuries before me.

Considering how long ago Borderlands was published, I expected her to work to be a lot more mainstream and to find a plethora of information about her. While there was some information about her, it wasn’t enough for me; I wanted to know more about this incredible woman. I was upset with myself for not knowing who she was before reading her work in college. I was upset with the Texas Educational System for never mentioning any Latinx authors even once. The one thing I regret the most about not being able to read her work sooner is that when I finally did read it, so much of my confusion regarding my cultural identity finally made sense. Her concept of nepatla, or “in-between-ness” was a tangible concept that I could understand and it helped define an identity that I had never claimed before.

When creating this biopic, I wanted to focus on the things that most people may not know about Gloria Anzaldua like information about her childhood and her education. From the time I first read her work to the time that I created this biopic, I have noticed a considerable difference in the amount of awareness of her image and work. When I went to The Latino List photography exhibit at the San Antonio Art Museum, I found a sticker set with pictures and quotes from Anzaldua for $15.

While I was happy to see Anzaldua and her image in a mainstream environment, it walks a fine line approaching the dangers of commercialization. Anzaldua’s image and quotes have been used on websites like Etsy, and promote Anzalduan ideas and concepts. There have been countless paintings created with her image, which is interesting because I could barely find more than a handful of pictures of her and none of her family.

She has become not just a Chicana icon, but she has become an icon for the marginalized and voiceless. In reading her work, many people have been inspired by her courage to embrace the freedom to be yourself in order to really figure the many facets of their identity even if it doesn’t exist yet. She has created an abstract language so that people can learn to understand themselves and others regardless of time, space, and geographical borders. I hope that with this video that I can let the world know about Gloria Anzaldua’s extraordinary life journey. She created a path for many of us to follow her in her footsteps and we must all do our part to continue to break down barriers and keep pushing the boundaries of what is socially acceptable.

qigong

New Film Projects Coming Soon

Here is a sneak peek of a photo shoot I did at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

In an effort to get back to filming more frequently, I decided to help out my friend’s Yoga teacher by doing a before and after video of their gardening project. I filmed the video in two segments about 3 months apart. I love shooting scenery with a pan. It’s something I’ve always done and it’s probably the best way to know I filmed something. I’m really glad I started filming again because it’s something that I’ve always loved doing. I’m glad to be sharing my talents with the world again because I know that I don’t keep filming I’ll stop doing it again. I know that if I keep practicing, I’ll get better.

I hope to post a new yoga video featuring my friend, but the weather has not allowed us to film anything. My schedule has gotten tighter with work, but I hope we can do it soon because when school starts I will have even less time to do filming projects. It’s hard to get it all done when filming is not your only hobby. I have so many things to do and these past two months have been pretty hectic with filming family interviews and trying to work on scanning old family photos. I am looking for a way to incorporate all my hobbies so that I can film historical events and sites. If anyone has any suggestions or places that you think I should film let me know in the comments.

If you would like to join any of Mary Martha’s classes please go to GentleWellness.com for more information.

If you would like to read more about how I started doing yoga, please read this blog called 3 Reasons Why I Should Have Started Yoga A Long Time Agostart doing yoga today not tomorrow

concert

[Video] The Scorpions: LIVE in concert

I posted this on YouTube yesterday, and I already have almost 600 views on this video. That’s really cool to me considering most of the views on my videos don’t get too high so 600 is a big deal to me. You should watch this video.

Update: As of August 2, 2017, this video has accumulated over 4,300 views and is my most popular video to date. Because of this video, I was able to start monetizing my Youtube videos since the requirement for monetization is a minimum of 10,000 views. Although because of the copyright, I only get a small portion of the ad money which I suppose is fair. I’ve tried to get around it because it seems like Youtube is really on top of things now. This video was part of the reason I became an Entertainment blogger. I love filming concerts with my phone, but it’s always been a dream of mine to be able to film a concert with a really nice camera. Ever since I saw “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” I thought it would be the coolest thing ever to film a concert. I go to lots of concerts, and I almost always take pictures and video. Maybe I will upload some old photographs and videos from concerts that I may not have posted before. If you follow my Instagram, you can real time updates on the concerts I attend. I usually post lots of pictures on there and I have recently been live broadcasting on Facebook during the concerts. You can also follow my facebook page for updates on when I post new blogs. I usually combined all the photos and videos into one blog for viewing convenience.

If you enjoyed this video, please check out my Youtube channel.

If you want more posts about music, check out my Butcher Babies Meet and Greet post.