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Written by Rosie Brown, The Writer's Bloc

Photo courtesy of Ryan Eskalis

A single black stage stood resolute in a red-brick and brown hardwood lined room. The sound of salsa, and other genres of music, blared. Eyes around the room grew wide as ears recognized songs like “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” and “Rebelión.” 

When the first performer took the stage with a charango in one hand and a rondador in the other, the energy buzzing through the room was so thick you could feel it. When he left the stage, the applause could be heard down the hall. 

This was only the beginning of the Third Annual Latinx Monologues. 

The Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS) hosted the Third Annual Latinx Monologues on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Prince George’s Room of Stamp. The event was an opportunity for speakers and activists to engage in discussion of issues directly affecting the Latinx community through the use of artistic expression.

Student performers populated the first half of the night. Their mediums varied just as widely as their stories. Poetry was a popular format, but there were raps, songs and monologues as well.

“We have endless dreams. I am a Latina,” Jocelyn Nolasco, who performed at her first UMD Latinx Monologue when she was just in high school, said in a spoken word poem about what being Latina means to her.

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