Interviews & Readings
by Andrew Viñales
Interview with Michelle Carlo
Interview with Richie Betran
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Daughters of the Stone Introduction
Video by Juliana Mora
¿Y Tu Abuela? A Conversation on Blackness in the Puerto Rican Community
Don't miss this great discussion with our distinguished panelists: La She Rodriguez, Dhalma Llanos Figueroa, Yolanda Serrano, and Dr. Genice Sarcedo-Magruder. This event was hosted by the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women - Southern California, Paulo Freire Democratic Project and the Colegas Group. Let us know your opinion.
Literary Freedom Project
Casita Maria Book Club Chats with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa -May 6, 2020
May 6, 2020, Casita Maria Book Club zoom online discussion of Daughters of the Stone and chat with author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa ABOUT THE BOOK A lyrical powerful novel about a family of Afro-Puerto Rican women spanning five generations, detailing their physical and spiritual journey from the Old World to the New. It is the mid-1800s. Fela, taken from Africa, is working at her second sugar plantation in colonial Puerto Rico, where her mistress is only too happy to benefit from her impressive embroidery skills. But Fela has a secret. Before she and her husband were separated and sold into slavery, they performed a tribal ceremony in which they poured the essence of their unborn child into a very special stone. Fela keeps the stone with her, waiting for the chance to finish what she started. When the plantation owner approaches her, Fela sees a better opportunity for her child, and allows the man to act out his desire. Such is the beginning of a line of daughters connected by their intense love for one another, and the stories of a lost land.
OPEN: Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Host, Rhina Valentin sits down with novelist Dahlma Llanos- Figueroa to discuss her book tour for the10th Anniversary Edition of her book Daughters of the Stone. For more information on BronxNet visit us at- https://bronxnet.org/ Follow us on Facebook at- https://www.facebook.com/BronxNetTV Follow us on Twitter at- https://twitter.com/BronxnetTV Follow us on Instagram at- https://www.instagram.com/bronxnettv Follow us on LinkedIn at- https://www.linkedin.com/company/bronxnet-community-television
Tiziana Simona Rinaldi
Life in A New World: Daughters of the Stone - Interview with author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
An ardent New Yorker of deeply cherished Afro-Puerto Rican roots, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa is no accidental author. I sat down with her for an interview* that spanned the experiences of her authorship, bilingualism, biculturalism and the healing power of reconnecting to one’s own roots. Growing up in the Bronx, after her family left Puerto Rico when she was a young child, she felt neglected by the images and the literature of her new country. There was no place for people like her and the real life vicissitudes of Afro-Latinos in urban America. It soon became obvious that she would have to choose between her ancestral teachings and the values of American culture. “I was born into a world of stories full of color and warmth and tragedy and magic and humor,” says Dahlma on her web portal and to our viewers, detailing the conflict of growing up between two universes. “I was born into a world of music and intuitive knowing and overpowering scents. But when I went to school, I was told that reason and logic were the only acceptable ways of knowing. Emotions clouded reality. Definitions had to be exact, measurable, black and white, no in-betweens. Keep it simple, I was told.” “But I was not simple,” she continues, “I was a black, Puerto Rican female in a world that insisted that I be one or the other and valued none of those parts of me. After years of trying to fit my round self into a square world, I gave up. Those rules made no sense to me. And so I began to write my world, my way.” Rich of her family’s oral history, spiritual traditions and folklore, she set out to reclaim the wisdom that her mother, grandmother and the “ladies on the hill” from rural Puerto Rico as she calls them, have taught her to embody. Daughters of the Stone is a celebration of the value of legacy, both personal and familial, narrated through the undying bond of five generations of women. Their strength is represented by a stone that is passed on to each protagonist as they face difficult moments in their lives, in a continuum that spans the hardships of immigration, the labors of acculturation and the triumphs of finding home. Daughters of the Stone, Llanos-Figueroa’s first novel, was published to critical acclaim and garnered a Bronx Council on the Arts ACE and BRIO awards, a Literary Arts Fellowship and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. The author lives in Riverdale, Bronx, and is currently working on a sequel. *The video production was made possible by the generous support of El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue New York, NY 10029, and the Producers Guild of America East, 100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013.
Meet Author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa discusses her book, "Daughters of the Stone," on October 15, 2009 as part of Northeastern University Libraries' Meet the Author Series. She shared her writing and personal history as she read from her novel focusing on five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women from the mid-1800s to the present. The story takes place in Africa and follows Fela and her husband, who perform a tribal ceremony, pouring the essence of their unborn child into a stone. The couple is then separated by slavery. Throughout the next four generations, the power of this stone is revealed. Find her book in the Library's catalog, NUCAT at PS3612.L36 D38 2009.