Following the assassination of Afro-Brazilian rights activist & politician Marielle Franco in March, the LMC speaks with Professor Jaime Alves about the life, legacy, and the fight against institutionalized racism in Brazil. Jaime Alves is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, NY and the author of, “The Anti-Black City: Police Terror & Black Urban Life in Brazil.”
If art is a lie that tells the truth, then what truths can we find with the rise of Narconovelas, or Narco dramas, in both Spanish & English television in the US? Hugo Benavides, a professor of Anthropology at the Fordham University, speaks with us about how Narconovelas reflect the real-life corruption of police and state institutions.
The 2017 Mexico City earthquake happened on the exact date as an equally devastating quake in 1985. Pablo Piccato, a professor of history at Columbia University in New York, says the ’85 quake forever changed the political & social justice landscape in Mexico. Could the aftermath of the 2017 quake do the same? He speaks with the LMC to tell us more.