On Wednesday, February 23, award-winning filmmaker and archivist Djali Brown-Cepeda gave a presentation on Black representation and racial inequities in the U.S. Held virtually, the talk was sponsored by Hostos’ Black Studies Unit as part of the College’s Black History Month event series and moderated by Professor Ana Ozuna.
During her presentation, Brown-Cepeda examined the history, evolution, and impact of Black representation in film and television through present-day, and she discussed pioneering Black filmmakers, television shows and films. Brown-Cepeda, the producer and co-writer of the four-part SHOWTIME docu-series “Everything’s Gonna Be All White,” also shared clips from series and discussed the themes it examined, including systemic racism and navigating what it means to be nonwhite in the U.S.
Brown-Cepeda, a second-generation Dominican New Yorker hailing from Inwood, Manhattan, and the Soundview section of The Bronx, is the founder and curator of "Nuevayorkinos,” a digital archival oral history project documenting and preserving New York City Latino culture and history through family photographs and stories. She has been featured in The New Yorker, Dazed Digital, The New York Times, and Latina Magazine. Her film credits include the Cannes-award winning “Railroad Ties” and the Tribeca-premiering DOC and NYC Audience Award recipient “La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla.”