Grantee Natasha Alford Breaks Down Her Documentary on the ‘Afro-Latinx Revolution’ in Puerto Rico

Image courtesy of TheGrio. United States, 2020.

Image courtesy of TheGrio. United States, 2020.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 03:00pm to 04:00pm EST (GMT -0500)
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Join the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, January 28, at 3pm EST for a conversation with grantee Natasha Alford about her recently released documentary, Afro-Latinx Revolution: Puerto Rico.

The film looks at Afro-Puerto Rican identity, and Afro-Latinx identity more broadly, asking questions like: What does it mean to be a descendent of enslaved Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean today? Why are Black Latinos divided on the use of the term Afro-Latinx? And do Afro-Puerto Ricans face the same systemic inequalities as Black Americans off the island? Alford grappled with these questions and more in the Pulitzer Center-supported documentary, produced by TheGrio, when she traveled to Loiza, Puerto Rico, during the country’s summer of unrest in 2019.

Alford is the vice president of digital content and a senior correspondent at TheGrio, where she leads a national team in reporting the most critical news and issues impacting the African American community. In 2020, she was selected for the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Media, and in 2018 Alford was named the National Association of Black Journalists’ Emerging Journalist of the Year and Rolling Out magazine’s “Leading Lady in Media.”