***In the process of formatting all of my Academic papers on Reggaeton to upload***
July 26, 2020
Featuring exclusive interviews with some of the biggest Icons of Reggaeton’s Underground. The Island of Puerto Rico is a resilient one and its music is testament to its resistance against a number of powerful political forces against its people. Religious leaders joining forces with the Police in the 1990s to arrest supporters of Reggaeton.
Reggaeton is the most impactful genre in all of Latin music, the numbers don’t lie. This subgenre of Underground in Puerto Rico, a fusion of Panamanian Dancehall & Spanish Reggae was the global sound of political resistance created in Puerto Rico. Many question its process of origination of this iconic sound, I do too. Reggaeton without Reggae is a ton of pop. The Prefix ‘Reggae’ is derivative of Panama’s Spanish Reggae and after decades of wondering, with the help of some of those who were physically there, I am able to illustrate how the bridge between the two countries was created.
The juxtaposition of race in the U.S. in conjunction to that of every individual Latin American country has repeatedly been proven to cause agitation in the Pan-African conversation, including clashes both in the Afro-diasporic dichotomy of Afro-Latinos and African-Americans, as well as within the Latinx community as a whole. Confronting the exploitation of symbols inspired to combat racist issues forced artists to move either towards or away from ‘la causa’ further contributing to its blanqueamiento. Essentially it is unlikely that there isn’t any aspect of urbano that does not reflect a sort of lineage to Blackness, it is in its DNA.
A common mistake made by Latinx is the dissociation of these issues due to nationalistic attitudes that contribute to the erasure of Afrodiasporic injustices. Due to phenotypes such as “pelo crespo” and dark skin, Afro-Latinx who are Negrxs do not have the luxury of staying silent because it is a part of their means of survival as well. They’re not capable of separating their negritud from their Latinidad. It is for this reason that Black Latinos are included in the statistics reflecting the Black Americans who are racially profiled and mass incarcerated. The constant education of the effects of systemic racism, mass incarceration and white privilege, or lack thereof are especially important during these profound moments in history and are critical for the advancement of Black people.
2019 – 2020
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