Source: TEDxMexicoCityWomen 2017
Award-winning Sociocritic, Speaker, Artist, Writer,
Award-winning Sociocritic, Speaker, Artist, Writer, Mom
hailing from the bronx and puerto plata, dominican republic, zahira cabrera (kelly) aka bad dominicana pioneered black latinamerican antiracist feminist advocacy online at a time when few other voices were present and none like hers, ushering in an afrolatinx online movement.
known for one-of-a-kind uncensored incisive insight rooted in her hood and barrio upbringing, she introduced framework and accessible language to understand antiblackness & racial & gender hierarchy in latin america, that is now widely used.
CÉSAR COLÓN-MONTIJO, LECTURER,
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Zahira Kelly-Cabrera’s keynote address was provoking, unapologetic, and inspiring. It was everything that our students were hoping for when they proposed Zahira to be our guest speaker during a culminating event of their academic careers—the research symposium where they presented their undergraduate theses projects. Zahira’s intervention challenged the heteronormative and white supremacist ethos that pervades life in predominantly white institutions such as Columbia University, resonating with students’ political concerns regarding the university, intellectual life, and activism. It was clear that students felt a profound synergy with Zahira’s words ...