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How Colorism Impacts Latin Communities On And Off The Screen

Darker skin linked to lower socioeconomic status and opportunities within their own communities, according to the director of the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies.



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So many were so excited for the Broadway hit In The Heights was finally coming out after almost a year.

However, it was met with a backlash that has sparked a national conversation about colorism, citing concerns that Afro-Latinos and dark-skinned performers were pushed to the background in the production.

How does one’s skin tone change their representation of their own race? And how are those who are “different” are treated even in their own community?


Tulia Falleti

  • Class of 1965 Endowed Term Professor of Political Science
  • Director of the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Jasminne Mendez

  • Dominican-American poet, playwright, and author based in Houston
  • Co-founder of Tintero Projects

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