Black in the America Series

The Black in the Americas series is hosted by the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program with support from The Dresher Center for the Humanities; Center for Social Science Scholarship; Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts; Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies; Global Studies; Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication; Political Science; and Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health.

Tiely: Bringing Hip Hop Out of the Closet and Not Just in Passing!

a poster image for the Tiely lecture at UMBC
Come meet Brazil’s first Nationally Recognized Trans Hip Hop Artist. He will be here to discuss his artwork, activism and new book TRANSPOETHICALBODY.
Tiely has dedicated more than 30 years to hip hop culture in Brazil. He comes from the East Zone of São Paulo and began his career as an actor, dancer, photographer, and as a rapper with the defunct group Tribo Cerebral and later with Fator Ético, one of the groups belonging to Aliança Negra Posse. Considered the first Trans Man of Brazilian rap, Tiely has stayed in São Paulo, performing in films, theater, and TV. He also writes poetry, blogs, and novels. In his projects, Tiely always seeks LGBTQIAP+ artists, thus ensuring space within hip hop culture for them. This often goes against the mainstream, but Tiely seeks respect for diversity, gender identities and the like. He hopes that hip hop culture can be a springboard to change in other segments of society.

Workshop Series | Beyond the Eyes: Embodied Methodologies into an Environmental Image with Maya Quilolo

OCTOBER 16 to 19, 12 PM – 1:00 PM | PAHB 105

Maya Quilolo is a visiting scholar from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil who investigates and explores the intersections between art, anthropology, and black and indigenous cosmologies through film, photography, drawing, performance, literature, and sculpture.
Come to as many as you wish
Oct 16 – Introduction to the series. The use and theory of images in anthropology.
Oct 17 – The relationship between performance art and the dominant visual regimes and how BIPOC practitioners appropriate it to create their videography.
Oct 18 – Using images for writing fieldwork and the products that result from that experience.
Oct 19 – Visual and performative exercise and conclusion.
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Diva Moreira is a Brazilian political scientist and activist on social issues primarily concerning race, feminism, and the working class since the 1960’s. She founded Casa Dandara, a cultural center promoting black self-esteem and leadership, for which she was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship. After the dictatorship, she dedicated herself to Black, feminist, and working-class movements and published newspaper articles, essays and books on the rights of public hospital patients, Afro-Brazilian culture, discrimination against black women, and the meaning of abolition. In addition, Diva Moreira coordinated the Secretaria Municipal para Assuntos da Comunidade Negra de Belo Horizonte (Municipal Office for Black Community Affairs of Belo Horizonte), creating public policies to protect Black urban territories. She also contributed to the United Nations Development Programme and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, coordinating research about race, poverty, and violence. Nowadays, Diva Moreira is writing a book on Afro-reparations and organizing a mass movement about the topic as a member of the Comitê Por Reparações em Minas Gerais (Minas Gerais’s Committee for Reparations).