“Pelo Malo” Director Explains Why Her Movie Hit a Raw Nerve

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For Latinos born with Afro-textured, curly hair or kinky hair – referred to as pelo malo or “bad hair” in Latin America and the Caribbean – their experiences can be quite intense and in many cases negative, as an Afro-Honduran recently told NBC News Latino contributor Raul A. Reyes.

Precisely because Afro-textured hair holds such a complex, racial history in our home countries, it can be tricky to explore as a topic. But in the skillful hands of Venezuelan director/writer Mariana Rondón, black hair is a window into Latin America’s soul.

The Venezuelan movie Pelo Malo, which opens Wednesday in selected theaters across the country, has generated controversy …

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Hispanic Cultural Diffferences Cause Meriden Restaurant To Change It’s Name

 identity politics

After receiving complaints about it, owner Luis Negron is changing the name of his Colony Street, Meriden restaurant, formerly Coño Grill Restaurant.

The new name is El Condado Grill Restaurant, after the specific part of San Juan, Puerto Rico where his family is from.

“Seventy percent of the dishes I serve at the restaurant were made in that specific town,” Negron said. “They’re dishes that my father made, that were brought down from his mother.”

The former name of the restaurant at 105 Colony St. raised eyebrows because of its nuanced meanings. In some cultures, coño is considered a lewd term that may be offensive. But it is also used …

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