In this week’s episode of the Techqueria podcast, our host Jose Fermoso speaks to Matthew Zayas, a young father who has spent a lot of his adult life reconciling with the racism he experienced as an Afro Latino child in New York’s Staten Island. From fights in the back of the school bus in his teens to his work in psychology with new businesses, Matthew opens up about his fears for the first time and looks forward to the future.

Featuring analysis and conversations with the following Afro Latinx experts:

  • Kia-Fiara Melendez, a Founding Social Worker at New York City’s School on the Square
  • Dr. Adolfo Cuevas, the Director of the Psychosocial Determinants of Health (PSDH) Lab at Tufts University
  • Prof. Jill Richardson, the Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and The CUNY Graduate Center and author of The Afro-Latin@ Experience in Contemporary American Literature and Culture: Engaging Blackness

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Produced by Neil Godbole and Jose Fermoso, with editing help from Ami Icanberry.

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