Hear Latinx pop culture scholars Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González read from their new collaborative publication Reel Latinxs: Representation in U.S. Film and TV. This free reading and book signing is part of SÕL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo.
Inspired by a lack of Latinx representation in the films and television shows of their youth, Aldama and González decided to do a deep dive, searching for examples in mainstream media both good and bad. The result is this new work published by the University of Arizona Press—a riveting ride through several decades of televisual pop culture.
In Reel Latinxs, the authors argue that the way Latinx people have appeared and are still represented in TV and film narratives is as frustrating as it is illuminating. Stereotypes such as drug lords, petty criminals, buffoons, and sexed-up lovers have filled both small and silver screens—and the minds of the public. Aldama and González blaze new paths through Latinx cultural phenomena that disrupt stereotypes, breathing complexity into real subjectivities and experiences. In this grand sleuthing sweep of representation that continues to shape this country’s social imagination, these two Latinx pop culture authorities call us all to action.
More about the speakers
Frederick Luis Aldama is Distinguished University Professor at the Ohio State University. He is the award-winning author, co-author, and editor of 40 books. He is founder and director of the Obama White House award-winning LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research. For more on his work: www.professorlatinx.com.
Christopher González is an associate professor of English and director of the Latinx Cultural Center at Utah State University.