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Conversation and book signing: Raquel Cepeda, author of ‘Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina’

What does it mean to be Latina? Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda ponders this question in Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, her refreshing and honest exploration of race and identity in a rapidly changing America.

Please join us for a conversation between author Raquel Cepeda and New York Times writer Mireya Navarro.

Date: Wednesday 13 March 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

FREE admission. RSVP:

In 2009, when Raquel Cepeda almost lost her estranged father to heart disease, she was terrified she’d never know the truth about her ancestry. Every time she looked in the mirror, Cepeda saw a mystery — a tapestry of races and ethnicities that came together in an ambiguous mix. With time running out, she decided to embark on an archeological dig of sorts by using the science of ancestral DNA testing to excavate everything she could about her genetic history. read more »

Co-sponsored by: NoMAA, The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, and Word Up Community Bookshop.

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