“You have a voice, use it.”
I guess something that I have learned through performance is the ability to engage and move a community. The power of communication is so powerful. It really began with my involvement with the National Hispanic Institute (Even though we ended on bad terms) I still appreciate everything that I received from that program. It was really the gateway to many opportunities and friendships that I will never forget about.
It wasn’t until my involvement in college forensics that I actually realized that passion I have for “performing with a purpose.” Does that make sense? I feel like more often than not, people just talk to talk. With no real meaning, they just do it. Well, just to do it. I’m not saying thats a problem cause its not. I just got this passion for doing with a purpose. And that purpose is for my family, the people that have raised me and that have gone through the same struggles. All my life I felt some attachment to my culture. I always identified myself as Latino or Mexican. I never called myself American because I always identified myself with my culture and the roots I was raised by.
Now, when I perform I feel like I’m doing it for my people. Para la gente. And thats something so beautiful. Words cannot describe, how great it feels to perform with purpose. To have heart with something. Now, more than ever, I’m all about Chicano/Latino empowerment because I think its something that its important, especially for us Latinos, to look at. This second year in college has definitely been a turning point as far as point of view and scope. I’m just really excited about what the future has to bring.
I’m also really excited about taking an Intro to Chicano Literature class next fall.
You have a voice, use it.
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Pero, esta cancion me recuerda de mi Lizzette.
Deep in our hearts we believe that being Mexican has nothing to do with which country one lives in. Being Mexican is a state of soul - not one of mind, not one of citizenship. Neither eagle nor serpent, but both. And like the ocean, neither animal respects borders. — Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera (via quecaigaelsistema)
This poem means a lot to me; it mirrors how I feel as a child of both the United States and Mexico.
It’s called, obviously, Yo Soy Joaquin, and it’s by Rodolfo Corky Gonzales
(This poem is very long, and so to save you some dashboard space I will put a break)
(Source: bloodyalba, via un-chico-odioso)
(Source: martinhayfield, via ov-ert)
My sister keeps asking me if I want to go see The Great Cosby with her and I don’t have it in my heart to correct her.