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Raquel Cepeda is an author, journalist, filmmaker, podcast host, and a whole lot more. She grew up in both the Dominican Republic and the New York City of the 1980s. In 2001, she became the Editor-In-Chief of Russell Simmons’ One World magazine. She left the magazine in 2004, just in time to edit the definitive anthology of rap writing, And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism.

Raquel would go on to make the documentary Bling: A Planet Rock, where she took Paul Wall, Raekwon, and Tego Calderon to Sierra Leone in order to learn the truth behind the country’s diamond trade. Her most recent book is a memoir, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, and she’s also a “co-discussant” on the podcast Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, Episode 004: The “Recorded After Certain Events in Baltimore” Episode
  2. Michele Henderson, “Celebrating CARICOM”
  3. The Cipher Episode 107: Murs
  4. Pharoahe Monch, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”
  5. Studio Enjoy: Supaman - ‘Prayer Loop Song’
  6. Wu-Tang Clan, “Clan in Da Front.”
  7. Boundaries - Freestyle Fellowship Live @ Skid Row
  8. SlamNation - Saul Williams - “Ohm”
  9. Bling: A Planet Rock
  10. Bling: A Planet Rock
  11. Bling: A Planet Rock
  12. Bling: A Planet Rock
  13. Wyclef Jean f/Mary J. Blige, “911”
  14. Kanye West f/Jay Z, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)”
  15. Danny Hoch, “Gentrification”
  16. CNN, “Identity questions cause stir”
  17. CNN, “Identity questions cause stir”
  18. CNN, “Identity questions cause stir”
  19. CNN, “Identity questions cause stir”
  20. Dr. Dre, “The Message”

Show notes:

  1. CARICOM Reparations ten-point plan
  2. Indian Country Today,“Trauma May Be Woven Into DNA of Native Americans”
  3. Village Voice, “Another Love TKO: Teens Grapple With Rihanna Vs. Chris Brown”
  4. Village Voice, “Bitches Brew”
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